I cannot stop listening to Rufus Wainwright's latest album All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu. What a forward thinking artist. It's like sitting in on a private session with him and being able to, like, stare.
Also on the "Cannot Stop Listening To Their Latest Release" List:
- Janelle Monae (Double rainbow of sound!)
- Jay-Z (Hip-hop rebirths as more musical and more live!)
- Herbie Hancock (Sonic globalization!)
- Band of Horses (Lush Americana!)
- Jonsi (Big downbeats!)
- Sigur Ros (Even bigger downbeats!)
- Derek Trucks (Potent blues!)
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I get shy talking about my musical endeavors with my friends, which is why I rarely ever do. Quite frankly, you readers know about my artistic ambitions than they do.
I'm certain they'd respect my tenacity and blah blah blah, but I'm also sure there's that element of, "Oh, he's at it again with the rock star dreams."
I've never had rock star dreams. I think being a rock star is overrated. Fame, rock stardom, all that stuff is bullshit. What's always been sexy to me is stability from doing something you love. If hyper notoriety is a byproduct in doing something you love as a means of work, then I suppose I'd be okay with that to some degree, but it's the actual writing and labor that gets me excited about working with music.
It's why I continue to play. I just want credits. I want works under my belt that I could look back on and be proud of, at whatever outcome, ideally to leverage my name to write works for movies, commercials, video games, or wherever else music is used.
Except pr0n. Do they still have music in smut anymore?
Anyway, that's my real motivation. I have money, and that's REALLY overrated, so it definitely isn't that.
Some have asked why I continue to work at a finance firm in its online marketing department.
1. I love it, and I truly believe it hasn't and will not create conflict with my well-being
2. There's a very reasoned reason, but that's a whole other book of stories
In the words of Natasha Bedingfield:
(Because she's yelling in EVERY. FUCKING. SONG.)