Have you noticed how fast the world is turning? I don't mean literally rotating. I mean, using this word lightly, progressing. If you don't agree, consider this. The first cell phone was created in 1973. It had 12 physical buttons, no screen, and weighed over 2 pounds at 10 inches long. Not even 50 years later Apple has released buttonless technology that scans your face to allow you access to your many applications. Did you just realize how old you are? Don't worry, it's not you, it's meme.
The Blue Bird Cafe. A Nashville gem, where Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift, among other artist, caught the eyes of people who would soon launch their career. Although, it was closed and pouring down rain, I felt accomplished. I'd never even seen photos of this place. I had imagined it being this huge music venue with "Blue Bird Cafe" designed in regal neon lights siting high above a pillared door. I know, but I'm an idealist. Sue me. Instead, it was a tiny blue hooded cafe snugly placed in a small complex off of Hillsboro Pike. I love it.
McDonald’s or Burger King? Coke or Pepsi? Biggie or Tupac? Drake or Meek? No publicity is bad publicity, but all publicity can be good marketing. I was getting my hair cut at the barbershop the other day when one of the barber’s noticed the owl earrings I was wearing. Anyone that knows me well enough, or not at all, often knows that I have an ironic obsession with owls. It’s ironic because although I love the graphics of owls on everything from earrings all the way down to the tattoo on my left hand, I’m a bit terrified of the personality of real owls.
And the winner is...Christina Aguilera. I have a hard time getting through embarrassing content so, for my likeminded readers, I thought not tease you with a link. If you're curious to find a video of the performance I am referring to, simply YouTube "Christina Aguilera Super bowl XLV". In my opinion, Christina has an amazing voice. Her range, although often seeming out of control, impresses me. That aside, this might have been the worst performance of the Star-Spangled Banner I have yet to find, although, R. Kelly's contemporary rendition came in as a close second. Not only were some of her notes questionable, but she also forgot some of the words.
I'm sure you've heard of the placebo effect. For those of you that have not, it's simply the idea of something having a beneficial effect, not because of the physical act that took place, but only because of the belief in that act. I, to this day, believe in this and the power of the mind. It's inevitable that our thoughts play a huge roll in our lives as conscious beings. So, what if you chose to steal ideas more often? What if you made a conscious decision to consistently edit the collaboration which is yourself? Imagine the amount of confidence that would come with that control. As artists, as people, our creativity could be that much more productive. After coming to this conclusion, I decided to edit my own collaboration.
I'm not a huge sports fanatic, but it doesn’t take one to know that the super bowl was this past Sunday. Whether you were rooting for the eagles, patriots or bashing the entire franchise because your team didn't bring the steam, you probably witnessed, or at least heard about, what all music lovers look forward to each year. The halftime show. This year, Justin Timberlake had the honor of being the talent. As I was scrolling through Facebook, I noticed a good bit of my friends on social media voicing their dislike for how he chose to execute his performance. To quote a few of my musician friends, "It was over-produced."
I panic sometimes, but at the end of the day what needs to be done must be done. Wouldn’t life be so much easier if someone, before you, had already figured out a process that works? It would be like reading music. We could just tune up, sit down and play, confident that everything would workout in a timely manner. Unfortunately, we are the composers of our own lives.
I highly doubt this will be happening anytime soon. Beyond the musicians struggle, a lot of us encounter this same battle in our day-to-day lives. Have you ever had to make the executive decision to push through a time-sensitive, tedious project instead of rejuvenating your mind at the beach, picking shells for your next seashore inspired creation?
Did you know Ne-yo created his name with the help of the legendary producer Deon “Big D” Evans? It started out as a nickname. Big D compared Ne-yo’s outlook on music to how Neo saw the matrix in the movie “The Matrix.”
When it comes to music, what defines a legend? I’ve always believed a legend was someone who has presented and executed an idea in such a way that changed the direction of music forever. Cliche, I know. Especially, when time and time again history has proven to only repeat itself. Maybe, with this concept,
I realized, upon arrival to my destination, I felt more in control and confident. Some days, I wouldn’t listen to anything, and I found myself experiencing a little bit of anxiety. On days where I would only listen to the radio, my emotions found a calm medium.
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