Where are you and what are you doing?

A musician I played with used to bring his laptop to gigs and cram business emails in, in-between sets, in a sort of “how can I be as productive as possible” mentality. The downside was that he couldn’t really make the “flip” from closing the computer up and then jumping into a rhythm with the band (nothing to be said for just not being “present” to talk, observe and “hang” with people). He was musically “off” a lot, and in fact I don’t think he’s played out with anyone in a long time now.

Point is, if you’re going to do something, then do it, don’t try to do two things at once and have one of them suffer. ….
I really want to post videos and photos of the recording studio work that’s been happening and culminating this week, but the truth is, I can’t bring myself to do it, because it feels like what I’m describing above: It takes me “out” of that headspace, that personal deep dive, the search, that non diluted focused energy in the attempt to capture something great…

so… no instagram posts …. today.

Recommendations

The best things that have ever happened to me, and for me, have all been on recommendation.  Someone said something to someone else and then a new relationship, a new event, a new memorable moment was born.

Sending out a big thanks to all the love consistently rolls in!

 

Who says there’s no more bass solos?

There’s one in here, listen for it. Greg Toro does it again!

Technical perfection and a loss of humanity

Absolutely perfect and absolutely dismissed.  The response is “next” because there’s nothing that differentiates it from anything around it.  It’s perfect tech.  It’s auto-tune, and perfect tune, and formula, in the mad dash for likes, $, or fame.

There are computers that can write pop songs (that’s how bad it’s gotten).  How out of touch do you have to be?

There are libraries of incredible art that can change your way of seeing the world, so what do you spend your time on?

Don’t you want to be famous?

Someone I know in the youtube biz, a former producer/musician, is getting up there in the fame world with a massive amount of Youtube followers and hits.  Now, he’s  adapted to the latest “catch angle” using titles to his videos that are misleading in that the “sales pitch” has nothing to do with the content (attention is $, views is cash for these guys).

You click on it and are disappointed that you wasted your time on it. Still, the older stuff has meaning. There are some parallels with the music business/art relationship. How many times do we find the early work of a band better than the “later after they’re famous” work?  And why is it so often the case?

There’s an internal fight somewhere deep inside an artist, to not sacrifice the meaning for the substance (the message for the dollars) but it can get lost when the social narrative seemingly for everyone these days is to seek fame over meaning.