The Big Think

August 26, 2013

Reaping the Whirlwind

Filed under: Education,Music — jasony @ 4:32 pm

Offensive, absurd and pornographic? On MTV, you say? I can’t believe it!:

“We are the Culture of Death, the Culture of Nothingness. Miley Cyrus is but one small consequence of it. Go onto a college campus on any Friday night and you’ll find thousands of other consequences behaving in a fashion pretty similar to Miley’s VMA performance. Every once in a while we catch a glance of ourselves in the mirror and recoil in horror because, as it turns out, being a society without any sense of discipline, decency, character, and self respect, really isn’t as cool as we might have imagined.

I’m not trying to turn the Miley Cyrus molehill into a proverbial mountain, but I am saying last night’s horror show didn’t happen in a vacuum. We are generally an oversexed, amoral civilization, and this is the sort of spectacle that sort of civilization produces. Pretty simple. People often seem troubled when a young woman acts so sexually desperate, but then many of those same folks will lash out with mockery and derision anytime someone suggests — GASP! — self control as an alternative. “

Read the whole thing.

Typical Call

Filed under: Business,Disclosure,Music — jasony @ 11:53 am

Just had this conversation with a Major Client:

“Hi, we’ve got a great job we want you to do. It’s for a major national venue with huge public exposure (2.5 million+ people). 20 minutes of music. It’ll be performed every hour on the hour, 10 hours per day. Multiple live singers. Runs for 6 weeks. Sponsored by Coke!

We can pay you $400. Maybe $500 if we stretch the budget. Oh, and we need the music this week.”

I mean, how can a guy with two decades’ experience say no?

Believe it or not, this is typical of the kinds of calls working musicians field on a regular basis. A very regular basis.


Is This the Real Life?

Filed under: Music — jasony @ 10:34 am

Queen Guitarist Brian May Explains Exactly How Bohemian Rhapsody Was Made: “Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the greatest rock epics of all time. The late Freddie Mercury, legendary rock star, wove together complex harmonies and instrumental layers, from the choral introduction to the head-banging bridge, to build the British band Queen‘s best-known song. And in this behind-the-scenes tour, Queen guitarist Brian May walks us through exactly how it works.

Using the original mix tape for Bohemian Rhapsody, May goes piece-by-piece through the multitude of tracks that made up the song. There’s a bit of a jitter at around the 3 minute mark, but don’t worry, it cleans up. “

30 minutes long but worth it if you’re a fan of the song (and who isn’t?).

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