I've had many jobs in my life. I've only had one true calling: Music.
The running joke throughout my life is I don't have time to develop an addiction. All that time was occupied with music. I made my first curated mixtape courtesy of a Sony portable twin tape deck. I recorded songs I heard on WBLS FM in New York City in the summer of 1979. And I've been chasing that feeling ever since.
I curate playlists with what I call the 'beautiful melancholy.' It is feeling absolute joy about life, yet feeling a sadness you cannot put into words. It often leaves you looking out of a window at the rain, longing for a place you've never been to, and you're not even sure it exists. Somehow, you know in your heart that someday, you will find it.
It is that sentiment that powers every playlist I curate. Every expression, every thought and every sentiment.
I've found that an appreciation for other disciplines and artistic channels has given me a greater understanding of my own medium. Learning about concepts such as texture, tone, hue, shade, shape, definition, outline, sketch, framing give you a wider range of tools and context to use.
I find that the more you learn, the more you realize how little you know. With that comes a greater hunger for knowledge.
That should be the force that guides you to achieve and evolve going forward. Not only in music, but as you travel your own path.
Embrace every aspect of yourself. Learn to love and know yourself. Check your ego, keep your chin up and step forward with purpose always.
8 October 2021I thought that you were as good as deadYou’ve made your way back into my headYou possessed me… The famed psychoanalyst Carl Jung spoke of the ‘shadow self,’ which are the parts of our psyche and personality we don’t want to deal with, the things hidden away so that we don’t make other feel uncomfortable…. View Article
8 October 2021Thematically and sonically, this was a perfect fit right after Blur. I’ve been an R.E.M. fan from jump…I connected with the music right away. Once again, I’m not entirely sure this song is actually about depression, but the word ‘low‘ can be interpreted in that context. The meaning can indicate position, as well as mood…. View Article
5 October 2021This is a lowBut it won’t hurt youWhen you’re aloneIt will be there with you This song isn’t actually about depression. It was inspired by a handkerchief that Blur bassist Alex Jones gave to lead singer Damon Albarn. The handkerchief had a map of British shipping lanes printed on it, along with corresponding weather reports…. View Article
29 September 2021
The maddening, frustrating and inspiring experience that is humanity, and our daily struggle as we move forward… – featuring artists like The Stylistics • Flobots • R.E.M. • Mavis Staples • World Party • tulengua • Paolo Nutini • The Jam