Over the past couple of months we have lost some very talented artists. Being in the studio like I am I always admired George Martin and his work. So I was very sad to see him pass. I always thought as far as bass players go Chris Squire was in the top 5 in the world. So as with Martin I was sad to see him pass. Keith Emerson always amazed me and I was very surprised to see that he committed suicide. The band I was in back in the 70's did a lot of David Bowie covers so his passing was a real bummer. Today Prince passed away and I'm not really feeling anything about it. I'm not saying he wasnt talented, just not my taste music wise. So where am I going with this? All the coverage I have seen today is painting this guy as some genius composer. If I had a dollar for everytime I heard the word "shocking" when they mentioned his death I would have a nice sum to put in the bank. My thought on this is that all the people I mentioned above, to me anyway brought more to this world then Prince did. Yet the coverage for those mentioned above was nothing compared to what I'm hearing today. Really makes me wonder why people like Beiber, Spears, Fifty Cent, etc. as well as Prince are held in such high esteem in this music business. You don't hear much about the people that really started all this like BB King or Chuck Berry, etc. That of course is my thought and based on the coverage today, many people don't share those same thoughts. Oh well, to each his own.
Last blog I told you how I was going to try and listen and appreciate new and different music. Well I have to admit that my attitude is getting better at it. Still not thrilled about Rap, but am listening to some just to get the story telling stuff down. Still sounds like Dr. Suess to me. Am listening to more mellow sounds and wrapping my head around why this sound or group are considered good/bad, etc. I am now working on 3 projects with no real firm plan for any of them. They are as follows:
Old school recording using old mics and what ever is laying around. Going ok, but hard to adjust to the lower quality.
Electronic/Dance music with some help from the MiniButters
Some good old fashioned what ever pops into my head recording. If I like it, it will be good enough.
Those are the 3 projects going on right now. Just going to shut everything down and go home now as its late and its Sunday.
OK, I have to admit that Ableton and Launchpad are pretty cool. I have always been somewhat closed minded when it comes to music. I came close to liking electronic music when the Mini Butters did their first CD here. Never really got into it after that. Started to wonder why I have this thing about liking "other" types of music. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. Im an arrogant a-hole that thinks my stuff is better then others. And the prime reason I hated most of these "other" bands was because they acted just like me. Thats right, I needed to look into the mirror to figure out that I disliked certain music because of the arrogance of their artists. The Mini Butters were down to earth people just looking for a way to get their ideas out to the public. No attitude, no "look at me" shit going on there. So now I am going to do the same and change my attitude and feel the same way about the music. Cant wait to see if this works.
All around nice guy and Chief Engineer at Peepers.