Everyone prides themselves on being awesome at music selection.
At least, that’s what everyone’s iTunes mix tells us. You go to one their parties, they put their iPod on “shuffle”, and for every one awesome song you have to sludge through two or three obscure tracks that are buried deep in their music catalog.
We all know the lyrics to the song, DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA:
if you’d care to take a dare I’ll make a bet with you.
Now you play a pretty good fiddle, boy, but give the Devil his due.
I’ll bet a fiddle of gold against your soul ’cause I think I’m better than you
So what the Devil is proposing in his offer is that Johnny (who plays pretty good fiddle, boy) has a soul that’s only worth a golden fiddle.
The question is, is Johnny getting ripped off a bit?
Kids – no matter how much you’ll hate it now, you should take the time to learn a musical instrument.
Web Watch doesn’t care if it’s the piano, accordion, guitar, or marimba (heck, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots play music using plastic instruments, and that stuff sounds GOOD). The key here is that you should be able to play something – anything.
Web Watch loves karaoke as much as the next person – which is to say that sometimes we really love it, and sometimes we really hate it.
Karaoke is one of those party activities that you can’t plan on being a hit. If you have a karaoke machine in your living room, we guarantee that nobody will want to fire it up and start singing when you say, “hey, who wants to do karaoke with me?”
On the other hand, if your friends know it’s available and are drunk enough – you’ve given them enough rope to lead themselves to hitting the power button and starting the games themselves.
Everyone has a MOST PLAYED or FAVORITE iTunes playlist that you listen to on a regular basis. Heck, that’s what the music industry is all about — getting you to buy (and play) your favorites over and over again.
It doesn’t matter how you listen — local radio, Pandora, your iPod — as long as you listen. Nobody wants to hear crap music.
Then again, what’s crap to you is music gold for someone else. Not everyone loves opera singing or country music, but there are opera and country fans out there.
Going to a rock concert is an experience. Going to a GREAT rock concert is an experience you’ll be sharing with others for years – perhaps decades – to come.
We all have our favorite artists, but not all of them know how to give a great performance. Web Watch appreciates The Steve Miller Band, for instance, but didn’t need to hear them perform a 2-hour rendition of the Steve Miller’s Greatest Hits album.
We also recall one start-up band (whose name we will purposefully leave out) that had to fill a 30-minute set… but only had about 15 minutes worth of material. They opened with their hit, they closed with their hit – then, after being told backstage that they “need to get back out there”, finished their set by playing their hit a third time. Almost a text-book example of what the term ONE HIT WONDER really means.
Whether you get your music listening fix from your own MP3′s stored on your cellphone/tablet/desktop, from the local AM/FM radio station, or a streaming service like PANDORA, SPOTIFY, or others — you know that nothing is ever free.
Whether it be listening to advertising, viewing popups, or purchasing the audio files from your favorite vendor (Apple, Amazon, Google Play, Best Buy) — that music has to get to you somehow. And it’s that transport that’s going to cost someone, somewhere.
It’s a tired comedian point of view: nobody can ever understand the fast-food worker at the other end of the drive thru order speaker.
The order comes back mumbled, they never get anything right when you order at the drive thru. You’re always stuck behind the mom with the 14 different orders for each member of the baseball team in her minivan (along with 14 different payments for each one).
Bands are always trying to figure out what the “next big thing” can be in making their music videos more interesting and engaging with their fans.
You could do the same thing (concert video) that everyone else does, or you could work outside of your comfort zone and do something a bit different — both in film style as well as music style. Why lipsync when you can play live in a unique venue?