People like stories. We’ve been telling them for thousands of years, huddled around campfires and kitchen tables.
People also like songs. We’ve been making them and listening to them for just as long.
The two art forms are, I submit, structurally identical. Great stories and great songs (and any art form that follows a linear start-to-finish flow) both deal with the proper escalation and release of tension.
It’s not surprising that words we use to describe the plot of a story—beginning, conflict, resolution, end—have near-perfect partners in words we use to describe the flow of a song—intro, buildup, breakdown, outro.
We’ve all read books and seen movies that make us think, “When the fuck is something going to happen?” And we’ve all heard muzak that feels flat and uninspired. The root cause of the boredom is identical: no build up, no release.
The rules are pretty simple: build it up, then break it down.
Sultans of Swing – Move It To The Left (Rise Mix)
We’ve all got good ideas. All of us. All the time.
But few actually execute any of these good ideas. We keep talking about the book we’ll write or the company we’ll found, yet keep finding excuses to put these things off. We talk and talk and talk about how tomorrow or next week or next year we’re gonna hunker down and get to work. Most of us.
The world’s creative leaders aren’t necessarily the people with the best ideas. They’re simply the ones who turn ideas into finished products. Creativity requires action.
Stop talking about that awesome thing you’re going to make. Go make it.
Electric Lush (Original Mix)
Sometimes it’s good for the soul to let go and forget about what may or may not be popular, and to live in the past for a moment, basking in the certain sentiment of the time. Le Castle Vania has an uncanny ability to make it surprisingly easy to do so.
I don’t know why this remix of D.I.M.’s 2007 release, “Is You” is coming out nearly four years hence, but that doesn’t matter, because I’m glad it did. It forced me face first into a world I’d nearly forgotten existed. A world without dubstep, Dutch house, and all that jazz that seems to be inflicting some sort of 1984 crap on the world right now. To be straight forth, it feels pretty good.
Oh and the remix itself? Out of this world. Remember chord progressions? (I know it might be difficult considering they’ve been out of style for quite some time now). Yeah, well they’re back.
Now if only the dude didn’t look like a lame Hot Topic ad, we’d be all good.
D.I.M – Is You (Le Castle Vania Remix)