This week I was reminded of how irrelevant albums have become. Back in the day, they were kind of shoved down our throats and albums were the only way to get certain cuts by favorite artists.
There are relatively few albums that I would never fast forward less than two or three songs. So out of all the albums I’ve purchased over the years, the skip-to-listen ratios were always quite high. Continue Reading
A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.
A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.
A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work. Continue Reading
I’m not a fan of Jack Black but it became clear to me this week that his 2003 movie, School of Rock has had quite a far reaching influence on the zeitgeist of popular culture. In the movie, Black portrays a wannabe rock star in need of cash who poses as a substitute teacher at a prep school. He then tries to turn his class into a rock band. Obviously the meme of learning to be a rocker in a formalized scholastic setting is a strong and sticky one.
This commercial featuring the meme is still playing in heavy rotation.
With a strong 211 points, Azerbaijan’s plastic-pop duo Ell & Nicki were the surprise winners tonight at Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Dusseldorf. Cheesy pop sung in English has long been a staple of Eurovision so while it was a surprise it wasn’t much of a shock.