So I was listening to the new M83 album today titled "Hurry up were dreaming". M83 is a French musician named Anthony Gonzalez and he is largely inspired by the 80s. The song "Midnight City" came on and I immediately started bopping my head. The heavy use of re-verb and vintage synthesizers definitely projects a sense of nostalgia, which is why I love this album so much. Any Whom I started to think about the 80's even though I was born a couple years after the decade ended. I started to think about how cool it would have been to be a teenager growing up and watching the thriller video for the first time, or hearing the birth of Techno music. I can’t help but feel that there is a part of me that romanticizes a decade that I was never part of, but a lot of my favourite music are from the 80s or was inspired by it, and many of my favourite movies are from that decade as well such as the "Breakfast Club" or the "Karate Kid" . I can certainly make do without the fashion sense, for instance the spandex or the leg warmers everybody seemed to be rocking, but I guess it was a time to be outrageous, and wild. Any ways as I listened to the rest of M83s album, if someone would have told me the song titled "Steve Mcqueen" was from 1982 I would have believed them, Anthony captured the essence of so many things I have only been able to experience from watching movies or looking at a photograph from the past, he was able to paint a picture and took his listeners to a "dream" like state as the title of the album suggested. Some of the stand out songs included "Midnight City", "Reunion", and "New Map".
Monday, February 13, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
As a child and even as a teenager, a lot of my goals were far-fetched, and some were even fairy tale like. I was unaware of the various curb balls and side tracks that life throws at you. I refused to think realistically as my mother put it, if all that meant was working as a mechanic or a plumber (nothing against these professions it’s just not for me!) I guess you can say I was unfocused, and didn't learn the meaning of goal setting and following through with things until later on in life. Like a lot of kids I didn't learn from being told what to do, it was more of a lengthy trial and error process, perhaps it was just the course of growing up and maturing that made me learn to make compromises as well as get more organized, but nonetheless I woke up one day and a light bulb went off in my head! I was always involved with Music growing up, and I had my eyes set on becoming a DJ. Now that my musical goals are coming into fruition I have learned to adjust my goals accordingly. First I obviously had to buy the equipment, but then I realized that in order to achieve my long term goal I had to do a dozen smaller ones, that would help in the process. I had to become good at public speaking, I had to create a financial plan, I had to create a marketing plan, I had to learn the ability to make decisions quickly. None of these things came easily for me, I recently just completed my business plan, and I am still working on completing my other goals. One important thing I have realized is my weaknesses; I don't see my short comings as losses (after all terrible things happen to everyone), only as areas where I need some improvement, I guess what it all boils down to is being persistent, passion and patience, the first step is figuring out what you want to do!