Wheee hoo! Did everyone have weird sleep last night? I did. I also had Milli Vanilli’s ‘Girl I’m Gonna Miss You’ stuck in my head all night (coupled with a very cool re-imagining of the ‘Friday the 13th’ series, complete with original 1980s film grain and acting, and a strange long-legged bipedal wolf creature at the end…but I digress) …so, because sometimes life is cruel…you will now share my experience:
SONG: Milli Vanilli – Girl I’m Gonna Miss You
I know, weird, but when these songs came out they were HUGE! Blame It On The Rain…Girl You Know It’s True…when these two guys were big it was crazy how much people were into them. A friend and I actually started writing movie scripts (always wanted to be a screenwriter, I know right?!) based on titles of Milli Vanilli songs! Guys, girls, everyone knew their music and bought the album in my hometown. It’s interesting to think back at how music worked…and probably still works…when you get the right artist and the right songs…
…artist…I know, I know what you’re thinking. I’m not even going to talk about the second half to this story (or the even sadder epilogue) because it’s been told and retold and joked about and poked at. What I remember is the before time when there was this German duo (BEFORE the Berlin Wall came down, I should add) that had great voices and wrote great songs. That’s what we believed, not because we were gullible or stupid,but because that was just how things were.
The record industry is SOOO different now. This was five years before Napster. Crazy!
Kansas and Tori Amos…Steely Dan and Airborne Toxic Event…Rush and the Pixies…they don’t go together, right? If you’re an active music listener like me it’s exciting to think that someone is crossing genres, eras, and styles to find good music (often obscure or rare) and putting them together in one smooth playlist…then letting us hear it!
Perry Bax is doing a great service to music lovers by finding great music and kicking away the formats…Tori’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ totally deserves to share the stage with Adele. Too many programmers believe that no one wants to hear a variety of sounds. I mean…if the song is good…why not place it with other good songs??
Seriously, check out The Best Radio You Have Never Heard and listen online or download to your listening device (…iPod…I know you have one) It’ll introduce you to music you never knew you liked by giving it context, by surrounded it with other great music. I’m not a classic rock fan…in the context of this podcast, I love classic rock!
Repetition is no good without a goal. I kind of realized that this morning. The last few weeks I’ve been just trying to keep up – the move, the new job, the life – and what I’m doing is just on loop. The loop can keep going but it’s SO much more interesting if there is context (oooooh! Today’s theme is context!) and a reason.
Lacking a reason makes me sleepy. My goal right now…well, I’m not going to tell you, but let’s just say that it has to do with music, and the future! Everything I do ‘now’ is heading towards this goal.
Do you haver a goal, a context for your music or your creative career? Hell, for your job? Have you taken the time to think about how your work and projects relate to everything else? What did you discover?? Lemme know!