Damo (empty_jester) wrote in 20_reasons,

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I'm a light-headed wonder

Enough with games.

I feel like just making a post in here today. None of this. "What's your Top 3 *blank*" or that kinda stuff. I'm actually in a disappointed mood today. Matthew Good is doing an acoustic session this Thursday and I won't be able to attend. It's made a further crushing disappointment by the fact that I so didn't get Franz tickets.

I want to go and see some live music. Any kind really. I know a lot of people who shun concerts or "Live" albums because they say there's something missing in the sound. I disagree whole-hearted-ly. Perhaps the overall sound quality isn't there in it's entirety, however there is much more to be said about a live concert than a studio album.

I like hearing the way the acoustics echo off the various intricacies of each venue. You don't get that with studio recordings. It's almost stale in my opinion. Also there's that certain spontaneous feel to a track live. The guitarist might add a different peddle to the chorus. The singer might cut a lyrical repetition and just soak in the moment while the crowd rages on. To date I have only found one "studio" recording that matches the feel of a live concert...

Matthew Good's "Rooms" recording is brilliant.
Not only did he take popular (and not so well known) MGB songs and record them acoustically, he set up a second microphone outside the apartment window where he was recording. The effect is beautiful. I don't want to sound snobbish with the following but sadly I believe you need a finely tuned ear to appreciate it in it's entirety. The street noise that does end up being picked up adds this "real" feel to the songs. It's hard to describe since it's not simply enough to hear about it, you NEED to listen to it.

OK, I'm rambling.

My point is simple however. I find so many bands these days focus on making a "brand new sound" and come up dull and almost re-used. You don't have to be "different" to make good. For me a return to the roots is what the music industry needs to be respectable as a whole once more.

I know I said I wasn't going to do this but:
Top 3 Musical Performances that have Impressed Me:

3. Kanye West's track recorded with his mouth wired shut.

2. Nirvana's cover of "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" by Leadbelly.
~Yes, sadly I'm making a Nirvana reference. However I have justification. YOU try and find me a track that was recorded with as much emotion as this song was without it being the artist's own lyrics.~

1. Matthew Good's "Rooms".
~Trust me, this surprises me too. Honestly though, when you hear "Hello Time Bomb" acoustically you fall in love with music all over again.~

Where has my head gone?

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