Would You Hop On A Bus and Go Cross Town To Learn a new Chord?
I fear that a bit of laziness has crept into singers + muso's of late.
A young fella (who's name shall remain nameless, because Phil would be really upset if he knew I'd mentioned his name), came in and recorded his songs, but only wanted to record ONE chorus and to cut + copy the other 3 Chorus's.
So what you say... Well, I would have thought this 18 year old songwriter would have wanted to sing his enjoyable little ditty till the cows come home, seeming he's at the very start of his career. Looks like cows walk faster these days!
The problem is, what's he gonna be like in 5 years time, will I be cutting + pasting, consonants + vowels cause he want to cut + paste the 2nd verse?
The way anyone learns anything, is to do it a bloody lot of times so you get really good at it. The only thing you get good at when you cut + paste, is cutting + pasting!!!!!
What's poor Phil gonna do when he gets married.... have sex once then say "OK darling, there you go, cut + paste that!"
He's presumedly, gonna enjoy having sex and therefore will want to do it again, why not sing the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Chorus? Enjoy it. It's part of the craft of learning and getting really good at something.
At my studio, I have some music magazines, DVD's and stuff on the noticeboard, and as time goes on, I notice less + less of that material is being utilised, kinda like table manners at a footballers convention.
I think it's really important to spend time on your craft. When clients come to my studio, they expect me to be REALLY-REALLY good at what they're paying me to do and I am good at what I do because I've done the homework + the hours... Put those 2 things together and you end up being good at whatever you do. Drive your car into your mechanics workshop, he'll probably tell you what's wrong with the car before you get out of it - why... he's done his homework and he's been doing this job for a while.
To become good on your chosen instrument, you HAVE to give a bit time looking into the history of that instrument and the great muso's who have come before you.
If you wanted to be a great actress you wouldn't study Paris Hilton.
If you wanted to be a great comedian you wouldn't study Rove.
So below, God bless my little cotton socks, I have compiled a very modest "gotta have a listen to that" list.
Now, a word of warning to those of you who disagree with my list. You will fall into 2 categories -
Almost all current artists / musicians has roots that go back to the 40's, 50's or 60's. Joss Stone goes directly back to Aretha Franklin, so that's why her name isn't on the list, Aretha was first.
So here we go, mind your step.
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