Lately I've been a little concerned. I use to be able to bring you with me everywhere and everyone would love you. I don't know what has happened. I mean I don't really NEED you to rock a party but in truth every set that I play with out you just breaks off another piece of my heart. You were the inspiration, you are the reason I am who I am and I do what I do. I DO need you even if everyone seems to think that I don't. I miss you so much. Techno and I are just not hitting it off, we're just NOT in love. I mean I have to take it everywhere I go now but it doesn't and never did to me what you do for me. I've never felt the rush from a techno beat like the way I get off on just one good verse or that one line or a classic primo hook. WHERE ARE YOU? Please come back! Every now and then you send me a little tease with a track that has a lil umph but it's so far a few between. And who the f--- is this nicki chick that you keep messing with? I mean really? I never thought you'd stoop that low. Are you really going to throw it all away for that? Why would you change when so many people love you just the way you are. I will never give up on you. I believe the "real you" is still inside of you and when you come back, I will be here waiting with all of my heart.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
-He has been making music and releasing it independently for well over a decade and though it took a long time for him to experience any commercial success he never gave up.
-His hit single is not a poppy piece of cheese so therefore he never sold out and stayed true to himself.
-even though it seems like a slow (downer type of song). The BPM is fast enough to mix in a great house record, right during the climatic hook, so I dont have to sell out and play the lame techno remix :/
-"You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness" So Sad but so true. A lot of people forget that they can choose to be happy but they just prefer the wackness.
-The song Bronte on Making Mirrors is about the passing of his friend's dog :/ and in my opinion it's one of the best songs on the album. Much like "somebody i use....." it is very specific but universally understood.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
I'll never forget how my brother would sit me down to "school" me on what is and what is NOT good music. He became particularly concerned when I tried to dress up like Madonna (my parents were a little concerned too after all I couldn't of been a day over 8). He pretty much gave up on me when I became a New Kids on the Block fan but every now and then I would get his stamp of approval. The day I asked to borrow his "License to Ill" tape to make a copy: I made my brother very proud.
As I was growing up and becoming a teenager I always found myself having a crush on "beastie boyish" boys who were skaters, punks, artists and/or just flat out crazy. I'll never forget the day that I heard "get it together": It was a hot summer night and I was sipping peach snapple on my dad's upper west side rooftop with this boy that I had a really big crush on. "Get it together" came on the radio and at the time it was the official 'summer anthem' and it got him all excited and probably gave him the courage to finally kiss me. I'll also never forget the first time that I had learned about the "Tibetan Freedom Concert". I was an overly righteous teenager that was plagued with American teen apathy and anxiously hungry for a cause. I made a mission out of learning more about the crisis in Tibet. I also studied Buddhism in a desperate attempt to find myself and to find peace and to this day I can't say that I've ever stopped. Last and regrettably far from least, a couple of weeks ago I thought to myself that I would never forget the day when I learned that Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys had died.
I have written about a handful of artists who have passed away but nothing has hit me this hard. As a DJ, as a New Yorker and as someone who has done a lot of work in the non-profit sector: Adam Yauch's life, career and legacy is the epitome of everything I love and believe in. At first I was too broken to even write about it. Never in my life time has there ever been a "pop culture icon" to grow and evolve as much as he did. He went from being a little " Brooklyn punk" to becoming a truly compassionate humanitarian. We all know that he use to talk a lot of trash. At the beginning of his career his lyrical content was sometimes deeply offensive. I, however believe that "true greatness" shines stronger in those who can change, who can evolve, who grow and who can become a better person. We are not born to be a certain way. We are not stuck with some fate or personality. We are not good or evil. We can choose our values, we can choose a purpose, we can choose who we want to be to ourselves and to others. Adam Yauch is a stellar example of an individual who (against many odds) chose to change, he chose to be great, he chose to dedicate a big part of his life to helping make this world a better place. His life and legacy inspired and raised the conscious of millions of people and though he was not a very famous 'rocktstar' at the time of his death, I believe that the work he has done for humanity makes him one of the greatest superstars of my generation.
All philanthropic work aside, Adam Yauch was also an incredibly talented and progressive artist. The Beastie boy's revolutionary "crossover rock/hip-hop" sound is a cornerstone in pop music as we know it today. After much commercial success the group took several risks and created progressive, epic, cutting edge and truly phenomenal masterpieces such as "check your head" and "paul's boutique". The Beastie boys might not be getting heavy rotation on the radio anymore but the music they created and the Tibetan awareness movement that Adam Yauch spearheaded actually changed the world and that is worth more than a million platinum artists.