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What Do You Stand For?

There’s a great point in the movie Jerry Maguire when Marcy confronts Jerry about her husband’s contract negotiations. She berates him and finally yells, “What do you stand for!?”

 

In music I believe the best people to work with are those who stand for something. Whether that thing is social reform, education on the truth about drugs, human rights awareness or simply those who play music to show the joy in creating.

 

Artists who have as their goal to get big “just to get big” are ultimately going to lose the game. What are you going to DO with yourself once you are “big”? You will have this huge audience of people that are all looking up to you. Don’t you want to say you stand for something bigger than yourself?

 

True, it can be a hard road. There are people who will try and stop you. There are people who will tell you to just play music and shut up. But there will be a lot more people who will listen. There will me more people who respect you. And ultimately you will feel better about yourself as a person.

 

I am not the only one who thinks so! Musicians as role models:

Bono – One Foundation

Eric Clapton – Crossroads Music Festival

John Mayer – Another Kind of Green

 

Interested in learning what other celebrities are involved in which charities? More than just musicians are on this site: Look To The Stars

 

So… what do you stand for?

 

– Marjorye

Piano Rock

Okay, so if there’s one thing you should know about me it’s this: I LOVE Pop music. All kinds of pop, from Backstreet Boys, John Mayer, The Beatles even to Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. That generic packaged pop sound = love.

I know, I know, normally blogs like this are to be UN-conforming. However I’m going to write a blog soon about how dynamic pop is. I bet you’d be surprised at how many pop bands you like as well!

Now, I don’t ONLY like pop and I don’t ONLY listen to pop. My taste goes all over the place and I listen to all genres. The last few months one particular genre has taken over my life:

Piano rock. Most rock music is based around the guitar however piano rock is based around… you guessed it! The piano.

Piano rock became popular in the 1970s, starting with artists such as Elton John and Bruce Springsteen and has continued to this day with the likes of Ben Folds, Augustana and The Fray.

Here are some of my favorite examples of Piano rock:

Augustana – “Fire” and classic, “Boston

Ben Folds – “Annie Waits” and “Still Fighting It” (*in fact, the entire Rockin’ The Suburbs album is great and you should just go buy it)

The Fray – “Little House” and “How To Save A Life

So what say you on Piano Rock?

– M

The Future of Music Videos

A few months ago Arcade Fire launched TheWildernessDowntown.com. If you haven’t seen it: go do so. This brilliant concept and collaboration with Google is a revolutionary step for the music video as we know it.

 

What makes something revolutionary? A revolution is “a drastic and far reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving.” What Arcade Fire, Google and Chris Milk have done is to bring the viewer inside the video itself. This is drastic. But a revolution is not just about being drastic, this video is far reaching in every sense. What does this bring about for the future? This creates ideas, technology and inspiration for later videos. It sets the bar to a whole new level.

 

Though I’m going on and on about Arcade Fire’s concept – it is not the first jump into augmented reality videos. I’m talking of course about John Mayer’s “Heartbreak Warfare” video. Seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZtRHVMcZjI
Per it’s own description on the video: Flash Augmented Reality (FLAR) is a way of creating a digital hologram in 3D space by holding up a marker to your computer’s camera and activating a special piece of Flash software. As you can see in this video, I’m holding up a piece of paper with the designated marker (in this case a broken heart), and the video of John Mayer follows it around the screen, and even tilts in 3D space!

 

People have the ability to come up with so many ideas from these forward leaps, i.e. What if you had to put a picture of yourself in the video, and the singer was singing to YOU? What if you were to design the space the artists were actually performing in?

 

What steps would you like to see in music videos? How would you feel most involved?

 

Let us know!

 

ML,

 

– Marjorye