The Perfect Album

September 19, 2011

I don’t know if Leroy wanted this as a learning experience or not, but I doubt any of my answers will surprise him. Maybe…

When I think of the perfect band or perfect album, I cannot help but assemble a line in of musicians that has always inspired me. However, whenever I run a roster through my head, I can’t imagine how well the boys would get along.

Frank Zappa’s music is so very structured, and the music of the Flaming Lips is loose and free, so Frank and Wayne probably wouldn’t agree. Jeff Mangum and Colin Meloy are probably too upset about having their music (incorrectly) compared so frequently, so they may be less than willing to participate.

J.S. Bach and Tom Waits in the same room? Forget about it.

While these are some (but not all) of my major musical influences, I can’t imagine what would happen if I tried to work with more than one of them at a time, let alone all of them at once. Things would go terribly. I could not even guess what this sort of curdled amalgamation of “super group” would possibly sound like, or if they could even get the legs to write more than two songs.

Frankly, it just couldn’t happen.

I would be forced to play the tambourine (hopefully correctly) and sit in the corner crying. Maybe Zappa would use the audio from my crying sessions for sort warped bit of musique concrète. Maybe Tom Waits would like it.

I can only assume that any of the classical guys (aside from Cage, if you can consider him classical in any way) would hate it.

That’s the problem. When making music, egos and long-standing ideals can get in the way. Sure, you can put any group of musicians together in a room, and at some point, someone has to start playing a melody and someone has to accompany. That is just it goes. There is no promise of mojo, just ‘music.’

The key is to find a group of people that not only play well, but that play well together. I have had that before. It came under the guise of The Lost Contacts, The Dead Stick Experiment (every permutation) and most recently The Phonaesthetics.

Hell, I have that when I can grab hold of a guitar and sit with one of the members of any of the above bands for more than 10 minutes.

Frankly, from the point of view of the person that actually makes the record, the whole process is different. I can listen to someone else’s album and love it or hate it. But, if I can put in the hard work and man hours to make a cohesive album with people that I groove with and care about, then that is the album for me.

Whether or not the album is perfect, that’s for listeners to decide. As long as I make the album with you guys, it’s pretty damn perfect to me.




This is not included in the 500 word limit.

I didn’t want to get mushy or anything, but I had to write from the heart on this one. It’s almost 2:30 a.m., and I have to be up for work in 4 hours. I really feel like I can’t write from my head, so…

it had to be from the heart.

Those days have passed. What we do with the days to come will shape us.

Truly ghjr.


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