Every record tells a story
The Accusation: Heavy Rock lyrics are ridiculous and adolescent
In my previous post I set out the case for the prosecution:
This post sets out the defence:
Do you think heavy rock’s lyrics are bad just because these guys were wearing denim and leather? You can’t judge a book by its cover. Those working class, sweary, sweaty leather clad hoodlums might have something to say, and plenty did. Here are a few examples:
Never mind “Stairway”, try this from Led Zeppelin’s “Thank You”: “If the sun refused to shine I would still be loving you / When mountains crumble to the sea there will still be you and me”
Hair metal? Try this from Guns n Roses‘ “Sweet Child of Mine“: “She’s got eyes of the bluest skies / As if they thought of rain / I hate to look into those eyes /…
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Just got back from a short journey by my laptop. I didn’t have that much fun out of just surfing around for a long time. I guess I needed to forget myself for a while. Talking about surfing… check this video, a little smile at the end is guaranteed. Much better now indeed…
Much Better Now from Salon Alpin on Vimeo.
David Bowie‘s version to Wild Is The Wind is one of the most convincing examples of how a performer should interpret a song. Listening to Bowie you can imagine the wind getting wilder and stronger with Bowie’s crescendo. Bowie is the wind and you can hear it howling through his voice. The desperate need for touch and the feeling that love is the source of life for the lyricist explode at the end with the cry: “Don’t you know you’re life itself?”
There are many versions to Wild Is the Wind. It was composed by Dimitri Tiomkin and lyrics are by Ned Washington . The track was originally recorded by Johnny Mathis for the 1957 film Wild Is the Wind.
From Bowie’s performances on YouTube I like the official 1982 version the most. A live performance at the Beeb demonstrates the magic Bowie and the song have over the audience. The addition of the piano provides more “drama” but its redundant in my opinion.
Live at the Beeb:
Sometimes there are things I’m happy to see on my neighbor’s lawn. This amazing gas – color organ named FireHero is one of them. It was assembled by Chris Marion an 18 years old bright inventor, who has more ideas than time or money to realize them.
The nice thing about it is that what helped Chris build this beast is an electronic platform named Arduino. Arduino is an open source project that allows inventors and non technical people to build relatively sophisticated projects at low-cost. The board comes packed with all the needed software for developing those applications.
The Arduino blog has lots of very creative and often not so practical projects. However its a great demonstration of imagination and how people made their fantasias come true. Worth looking at! You will also find a detailed explanation on how to assemble your own Fire Hero organ. My neighbors will be happy to assist you ! 😉
To see all music related Arduino projects click here.
Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Mother Nature Net cites a study published in the Journal of Human Evolution which describes amazing discoveries in the Swabian caves in southern Germany. Two bone flutes which are dated between 40,000 and 45,000 years ago were discovered there. This is the earliest indication of artistic creativity and of the technological innovation in that era.
2,000 or 3,000 years after the flutes were made an extremely cold climatic phase started in Europe. It is not clear how it effected the people of those times.
It seems that the history of Music dates way back before the history we learn in schools. Maybe it’s time to learn the history of arts first. It will give the well known history of wars and conflicts another perspective.
English: Ben Folds performing in Knoxville, TN at the Valarium on 2009-02-22. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I bumped into WXRT93 post on Ben Folds Five and rushed to the free download link (how could I resist?). That’s how I discovered PledgeMusic which is a great tool for promoting musical projects with the fans help. The amazing part is that the musicians get to keep their artistic freedom and the fans get great new ways to interact with their favorite musicians. The PledgeMusic about page explains:
“PledgeMusic for Fans
PledgeMusic is a way for you to help your favourite artists make their records.
It helps artists and bands design a specifically tailored fundraising campaign to raise money for their next release. Pledge encourages the artists to participate with their fans in an exciting and unique way by creating an irresistible menu of exclusive content and experiences. The list can be anything from DJing at your house party, to attending a rehearsal, or even a movie and dinner with the band!
There is no risk to you as your money will only be taken once the artist’s target amount has been raised, and Team Pledge will keep you informed of the project’s status every step of the way.
So please get involved and have a good time helping your favourite bands create more great music!
PledgeMusic for Artists
PledgeMusic is a music company offering you a new way to take control of your career. We’re not interested in being a rights owner – Pledge does not want ANY rights to your music, live income, merch etc. We just help you fund whatever type or format of record you want to release next.
To do this we simply help and encourage you to participate with your fans in an exciting and unique way. Pledge allows you to easily create an irresistible customised menu of exclusive content and experiences that integrates your database, MySpace friends, Facebook fans, Twitter followers and various other social networking sites. You decide how much money you’d like to raise and your fans pledge money for whichever item or experience they want. They will only be charged once the full target amount has been raised and there’s even the option to build a charitable donation into your campaign. We charge a flat 15% fee and we have no hidden fees or transaction costs whatsoever.
You are your own A&R and Marketing Manager – you choose the studio, the producer, the artwork, the promotion – it’s all down to you! Let the fans be your label, while you keep the rights to your music.”
Two interesting points of view on the state of the music industry, on which side are you?
Positive Music Place
Dear Mr. Gill,
I recently read your comments about what the music business has become. I’d like to thank you for articulating, with brutal honesty, feelings felt by many musicians about the current state of our industry.
However, I’d also like to challenge you–and the countless artists who feel the way you do. Yeah, the music business sucks. What can we do about it?
The first step is to ask why it is that music has become devalued. The superficial answer may be that in 1960, recorded media, such as 45s and LP records, cost more to manufacture and distribute. Digital downloads have less overhead expenses attached to them; thus a lower price point is possible. In general, the trend of technology is that it gets cheaper as it evolves.
But what about the bigger picture? Is it true that “creative brains are being sorely mistreated?”
There’s no nice way…
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Moog sound room : moogmusic.com photos by hyreone@Flickr (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Google commemorated Bob Moog‘s 78th birthday with a great doodle, some say the most successful one ever. The Doodle brought great memories for me. As a teenager I used to play with this kind of early synthesizers at the Tel Aviv University Electronic Music lab. Plugging saw tooth signal into a square one with real cables. Trying to get a cool sound.
I was happy to see that Moog Music Inc have a few apps for iPhone. I downloaded the once called Animoog. Now after 30 years I will be able to continue my trials to get that cool sound!
Nikolaj Lund promotes Classical Music in a refreshingly new way. I’ve reblogged this from Serendipity
Less than 2 minutes long, Steve Hackett‘s Horizons is a complete masterpiece. It sounds so whole you can’t believe it’s packed in such a short time. Although I do wish it would have lasted longer.
Published on Genesis Foxtrot album, Horizons sounds much more like classical than a progressive rock music. In that album it slides gently into the next track, the monumental “Supper’s ready“.