Now that I have entirely oversaturated the rock genre, how about a complete change of musical pace with house, or dance, music.
The song, "Days Go By," was made a smash hit on the radio waves when released, ironically, in advertising for Mitsubishi a few years ago. This song, as performed by Dirty Vegas, has a distinct night club beat and sound - normally a style I personally shy away from. House, or dance, 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 an iTunes search for the song, "Shakedown," as performed in Beverly Hills Cop II (Tribute to Bob Seger album), I came across an incredible number of song and album titles named Shakedown. Overwhelmed, I reviewed all - I was not sure who or what to look for to begin with. I played every Shakedown title (including Steve Laury's "Shakedown" - see And All That Jazz post) and eventually found the "Shakedown" song and artist I was thinking of. Along the way, however, I found the song "Nothing But a Heartache" on the album Shakedown. Still in search mode, I listened to the 30-second window.
"Nothing But a Heartache," as performed by The Freemasons, is a dance-labeled song. Shockingly, I liked what I heard so much that I purchased it...Oh my God, I like house music! So what makes this song special and worth buying? 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 various members. Roger Taylor 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 chance and listened to his work online, through his official Facebook page. The first link under his Facebook Info tab provides a biography and background of Roger's work as a d.j. The second link provides an audio sample of his work, called "Ready For This." When I first visited this site, I myself thought, "No! I'm not ready for this!" I truly felt like I had just stepped into a loud, busy nightclub. Yet with repeated visits and more due chances, I found myself in a house groove. The words are repetitive, but the beat is powerful...Holy something I cannot say, I love house music! And there are times when I can't get the beat out of my mind! Roger Taylor has a way of bringing together random sounds into one coherent tone. The man in unbelievable in his awe-inspiring talent as a drummer and as a career disc jockey.
I dedicate this blog entry to Roger Taylor. 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. (Apologies for the pun.) Play it Rog!