“With the lights turned low and acoustic instrumentation, we were reminded in an era dominated by tech, it's humanity that triumphs.”
Bob Lefsetz said this in one of his daily e-blasts, referring to Mumford and Sons’ performance at MusiCares. I really enjoy reading his e-blasts, because I just like knowing others’ opinions on the things I care about, too. I don’t always agree with him, but when I do it’s always like “YES! Thank you!!!” And that’s exactly how I felt when I read this particular e-blast.
I’ve met bands and artists who just want to hear their song on the radio, but there’s a difference between making a song for the radio, and making a great song. A great song will stand the test of time, and so will a great artist.
What makes Adele eternally great? She can stand there, sing, do nothing else, and completely mesmerize and touch you.
The first concert I ever saw was when I was seven or eight years old, and it was Elton John in the Grand Arena at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas. There was no pyro, or laser beams. There wasn’t even any fancy backdrop. Well, if there was, I don’t remember it. The only thing I remember was being in such amazement over just him playing the piano and singing the way he does. Well…plus a few selections of colorful suits. To this day I find his performances incredibly inspirational. When he rocked out on the piano upside down, I thought “O my gosh, I have to do that, too!”
I always tell people that I didn’t want to work in the entertainment and music industries, because I love it too much. Only when I started law school did I realize that is exactly why I should pursue a career in these industries. And it wasn’t until I had swum around in the shallow end of the pool for a little bit that I realized that is exactly what, at least, the music industry needs. This industry needs more people who really love and CARE about the music, and the art of the music—whether it’s the likes of dubstep or bluegrass.
There’s one artist right now who I particularly want to gain a larger audience and recognition—Gabe Dixon. I want to see him at the Grammys. That’s a musician. That’s an artist. Just ask Paul McCartney, who wanted Gabe in his band.
BIG LOVE & HUGS