Have two bands who admire each other's work each do a cover of their favorite song by the other group. The more different the genres or unique the individual groups' sounds, the better.
A yearly music collection of the best songs by all the famous musicians who died that year. They would generate unique, cross-genre collections that exposed new generations to great music and musicians of all kinds. This would work (in one incarnation or another) for TV shows, movies, books, and other media, as well.
This was originally inspired by the R. Kelly and Michael Jackson sexual abuse scandals, but it's a question that will come again and again in different contexts, as artists fall short of our expectations for them. When a creative artist is convicted of such serious crimes (murder, rape, etc.), divert all of their profits from … Continue reading Problematic Artists’ Work
There are lines in songs that stay with you forever. They strike a chord for whatever reason when you hear them – so much so that you may forget the name of the song, the artist, the other words, and even the tune, but that one amazing line is always there. For me, one of … Continue reading Unforgettable Lines: “Rocky Mountain Music”
It only took 35 years for me to hear The Beach Boys version of “California Dreamin’” for the first time -- and to be absolutely blown away by it. I never thought I’d be able to say anyone could top The Mamas and the Papas’ version, but The Beach Boys did it. The way they … Continue reading California Dreamin’ by The Beach Boys
I just recently discovered The Dead South, though they’ve been around more than a decade. They are what I guess qualifies as a bluegrass band, featuring banjo, mandolin, guitar, and cello (often played as a bass). I can safely say I’ve never heard anything like them before. The uniqueness of their sound blew me away … Continue reading The Dead South