In the post, "Catchy Jingles," I described the song, "Days Go By," made a smash hit on the radio waves when released in advertising for Mitsubishi. This song, as performed by Dirty Vegas, has a distinct nightclub beat and sound - normally a tone I personally shy away from. House music is loud, intense, and in my opinion without originality - no lyrics, just beat. However, as of late, I find surprise interest in myself.
During my iTunes search for the song, "Shakedown" (see the post "Rockin' Movies"), I came across an incredible number of song and album titles named Shakedown. Overwhelmed, I reviewed all - I was not sure what to look for to begin with. I played every Shakedown title and eventually narrowed my search down to two - the song "Shakedown" and the song "Nothing But a Heartache" on the album Shakedown.
"Nothing But a Heartache," as performed by The Freemasons, is a dance-labeled song. Shockingly, I downloaded it. . .I like house music! So what makes this song special and worth purchasing>? It is fun and fast. It has a melodic beat. It features more than just scratching on a turntable, including a brass section. It is not oppressively intense. "Nothing But a Heartache" is a song with attraction, house-style with substance.
My love for Duran Duran recently zeroed in on individual side projects created by the members. Roger Taylor (drummer) is a professional d.j. when not performing or recording. His style is dance, house. I love the drums and I adore Roger Taylor, so I took a massive chance and listened to his work online, through his official Facebook page. The first link - http://www.thekagency.com/ - provides a biography and background of his work as a d.j. The second link - http://www.subtronicdj.com/ - provides an audio sample of Roger's work, called "Ready For This." When I first visited this site, I myself thought, "No! I'm not ready for this!" Yet with repeated visits, I found myself in a house groove. The words are repetitive, but the beat is powerful. Roger has a way of bringing together random sounds into one coherent tone. ... The man is unbelievable in his talents as a drummer and as a career disc jockey.
So, Roger Taylor, this blog entry is for you. Thank you for opening my eyes to a new world in music. A once-dreaded notion of house has now become an intriguing fun house (odd play on words, sorry). Play it, Rog!