<![CDATA[fleeting moment collections - Music]]>Mon, 29 Feb 2016 04:25:02 +1300Weebly<![CDATA[ARE WE LIMITING PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS' CREATIVE CAPACITY?]]>Wed, 03 Jun 2015 03:09:11 GMThttp://fleetingmomentcollections.weebly.com/music/are-we-limiting-musicians-creative-capacity
As listeners, consumers, and ‘customers’ of the music industry we have the power to choose what is popular and what deserves to be played. If we don’t vote for something in The Edge Top 40, it doesn’t get played. If we choose not to buy an artist’s latest album, they don’t get paid. If we don’t like something, we don’t listen to it. Ideally musicians would make music that is both enjoyed by the artist themselves and by us, the world. But if we don’t listen or buy an artist’s music, then how are they going to survive in the music industry? Professional artists also need to make music that is sellable and viable, not just purely for their own personal enjoyment and buzz.

This brings me to my question: are we limiting professional musician’s creative capacity? We get so used to the genre of a particular artist, and then all of a sudden it’s as if they change their musical direction or ‘sound’ and we don’t like it, so we stop listening to them. As music ‘consumers’ we almost put artists in a box that restricts them on what they can and cannot sound like, and then when they decide to try something new, we shut them down. Think about it, when you were 16 you probably listened to a whole lot of different music compared to what you listen to now. As we get older our lifestyle changes, we grow up, life happens, and our taste in music is a reflection of that. When I was 14ish I used to be really into punk rock type music and my lifestyle was a reflection of that as well. I got an ear stretcher (yeah, I know right!), I probably wore a bit of eyeliner, and I also occasionally was that girl who wore a tie and a t-shirt…nowadays, you would not see me in such a state.

For some unknown reason we have subconsciously decided that it’s okay for us to change our musical taste over time, but not for the professional artists themselves.

One of the main reasons this topic came to mind was due to a new song by Twenty One Pilots called ‘Lane Boy’. It talks about the music industry telling them not to stray too far, to stay in their ‘lane’. Tyler Joseph (lead vocals) says that he’s “in constant confrontation with what I want and what is poppin’”. There is such a huge tension with commercial artists between promotion and creative control. If a music label doesn’t think an artist will sell, they won’t sign them on; if the world doesn’t like what an artist sounds like or sings about, they won’t buy their music or listen to them. As Tyler says: “in the industry it seems to me that singles on the radio are currency, my creativity is only free when I’m playing shows”.

Exhibit A: Brooke Fraser. From wee 20-year-old Brookie doing her ‘What To Do With Daylight’ acoustic, singer-songwriter album, to married (and now pregnant) Mrs Brooke (Ligertwood) releasing ‘Brutal Romantic,’ a more electronic based album. She’s got some lovers. She’s got some haters. And she has radically changed her sound. When asked what inspired her to explore a more electronic sound Brooke said she “wanted to do something that took me out of my comfort zone,” she wanted to see what would happen when she put her voice “against something spiky and cold and mechanical,” she wanted to present her voice in a way that hadn’t been done before. And why not, ya know? Life is too short to do the same thing your whole life! Yet, when we don’t give Brooke a chance to try something new we are limiting her creative capacity, we are essentially controlling her creative ability.

Our music tastes have changed over the years, so surely it would be fair to give professional musicians more creative freedom to do the same. We don't have to love every single song an artist brings out, but we can at least give the song a chance, rather than righting it off straight away. 
<![CDATA[THE DEEPER MEANING]]>Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:52:00 GMThttp://fleetingmomentcollections.weebly.com/music/the-deeper-meaning
This week I decided to look into the deeper meaning behind a selection of 6 songs. For me, I sometimes find songs more meaningful when I know the real story behind the lyrics, for every song, there's a story that goes with it. Of course, there are so many more songs I could've looked at, so maybe I'll do another post like this in the future... but for now I give you songs by The Classic Crime, Ed Sheeran, Needtobreathe, Arrows and Sound, Paper Route, and Skillet.  

The Beginning (A Simple Seed) – The Classic Crime 
This song was written about missing home and the struggle of being on tour away from your loved ones or the one that you love. It’s all about the band members being able to live in the moment while on the road on tour, not giving home life 50% and road life 50%, but giving 100% to their present moment. 

Small Bump – Ed Sheeran
I feel like the meaning behind this song may be a lot more well known than the others I’ve written about in this blog, but I thought I’d chuck it in away. Ed Sheeran wrote this song about his close friend who had a miscarriage after 4 months. However, he wrote the song from the perspective of the friend, as a parent of the unborn baby. 

Haley was written by Bo Rinehart about the girl he was dating (who he later wifed). The song is basically all about trouble in the relationship, being on again, off again. Bo really liked this girl, and he was ready to commit, but ‘Haley’ needed to decide if she was in or out. He didn’t want to be lead on and wanted to know if he should just move on or actually put his whole heart into their relationship.

Arrows and Sound
I didn’t want to choose a specific song from this band; I wanted to focus more on the fact of the band’s origins and intentionality. The band is made up of Philip Zach (Ex-Remedy Drive band member) and Riley Friesen (Composer and Producer for some of Family Force 5’s albums). After leaving Remedy Drive Phillip Zach needed to have vocal surgery and in order for it to be successful he had to be completely silent for 3 months. During these 3 months he learnt to be an observer of the world; he learnt that being quiet was like being invisible, and so he learnt how to speak without saying anything. Phillip learnt that he didn’t need to sing to make music that moved people. So Arrows and Sounds’ album has a huge focus on the sounds rather than the lyrics to guide the listener experience. Their self-titled album does have lyrics, but they aren’t the main focus, however they also have an instrumental version of the album as well. I can’t decide which version I like better, they’re both pretty incredible. Have a listen for yourself. 

No Sudden Revelations – Paper Route
I found this song really interesting because it was written about how people feel after they are baptised. JT Daly wrote the song after seeing many people being baptised and seeing the look on peoples' faces after they come out of the water. He wrote the song with a longing to feel, hear and see what those people experienced. The two lyricists of the band JT Daly and Andy Smith wrote the entire album struggling with and yearning for the love of God. In this album Paper Route tried to recreate the sensation of those moments when you feel God’s presence. In this song they even wanted the music to reflect baptism so that it portrayed a feeling as if you were being baptised, being submerged in the water and feeling God’s presence. The whole album is worth a listen.

Lucy - Skillet
The story behind the song ‘Lucy’ is pretty intense. John Copper initially didn’t want to explain the real story behind the song, but then at a concert in 2010 he said “..this week is the very first time that I’ve ever told what this song is about, because, uh, it’s very special to me, but I feel like it’s time to talk about it a little bit, so.. listen up while I tell you a story about a young girl and a young guy who found themselves in a hard situation. They didn’t know what to do when they found out that she was pregnant; they were young, they didn’t have any money, they were scared, they didn’t want to tell anybody, they didn’t know what to do, and the only option that they could see was to terminate the pregnancy. So that’s what they decided to do… they went to a clinic, they had the procedure done, and at first they felt relieved that all their problems had gone away. But then something happened that they did not expect… and that’s over the next few weeks, which turned into a few months, they began to feel an intense sadness… and a pain and an agony and a guilt that wouldn’t go away. They didn’t know what to do, so they finally went to see a counsellor; they said look — tell us what to do, we just don’t know, and the counsellor made a suggestion. The counsellor said here’s what you need to do — stop acting like you had a procedure, and act like you had a death in the family. So the couple went home and they made three decisions; number one, they decided to have a funeral service for the baby; number two, they bought a tiny little headstone; and they last decision to make was what to name the baby. After a couple weeks they finally decided they would call her… Lucy.”
<![CDATA[THE POWER OF LYRICS]]>Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:51:41 GMThttp://fleetingmomentcollections.weebly.com/music/the-power-of-lyrics
Quite often, we listen to a song and begin singing without even consciously realising what we are saying; however, if we actually took the time to pay attention to those lyrics, perhaps we would think differently about singing along.

In my opinion, some of the most beautiful lyrics have a poetical nature that remains constant throughout. Songs that have had thought and time put into the lyrics deserve to be greatly appreciated and time should be taken to understand them and their beauty, their metaphors and their juxtapositions, their underlying emotional foundations.

When words are spoken you give them power and authority, therefore wouldn’t it make sense if we sung songs with lyrics which evoked empowerment and were thought-provoking?

A quote that I really like by Patrick Rothfuss says, “Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”

There’s something about the lyrical nature of words that captivate and cling to you. The words circle through the pits of your emotions and somehow bring to life feelings you thought were impossible to be understood, and yet are written in such a way that make your troubles seem so easily identified and simple! They put words to feelings, which can be so hard to do, especially when we are dealing with the complexity of the human mind.

I am thankful for the lyrics of songs that have rejuvenated my spirit and have brought a sense of understanding to emotions I didn’t comprehend myself. I am thankful for the lyrics that have calmed my soul and soothed a broken heart. I am thankful for lyrics that have brought joy into my being and a leap to my step. I am even thankful for those songs that made me angry and dark and brought out emotions I had been trying to hide away.

So, I urge you to spend time actually reading lyrics. Most people behind lyrics didn’t just write them for kicks, they actually were inspired and spent time putting their feelings into words for the rest of us to enjoy! So go ahead and Google ‘songmeanings.com’, read the lyrics, take the time to really appreciate them, and then check out different people’s opinions on what the writer is really trying to say. That’s what I do anyway.
<![CDATA[30 MEMORIES FROM PARACHUTE MUSIC FESTIVAL]]>Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:43:14 GMThttp://fleetingmomentcollections.weebly.com/music/30-memories-from-parachute-music-festival
In light of the sad news of Parachute Music Festival’s end, I have decided to compile a list of memories from the past 10 years of my attendance at Parachute.

1.     Nathan and his kissing booth! Everyone (Simon) was shouting “KISS HIM! KISS HIM! KISS HIM! I’m not sure of exact numbers, but I’m pretty sure Nathan got over 20 kisses! Good man!
2.     That year when Grace called Rachael a b!%#h! Rach sat in the car for a while after that!
3.     When Simon drove into Parachute with a trailer filled with sheep
4.     When I was in the moshpit and I looked beside me to see an old granny rocking out to Switchfoot
5.     The year our tents flooded nuff said.
6.     When Nathan & I did an all nighter
7.     When Hayden took nodoz and went and jumped on some random guy’s back
8.     When Katelyn’s Nokia died from the rain during Sunday Night worship
9.     When Parachute Band sung Living Rain on mainstage, then it actually began raining
10.  The adventures of Rachoni (What would Parachute be without a bit of Rachael Raponi drama!)
11.   When Sheridan and I found a cellphone sliding along the floor on the roller coaster loop ride, and we met up with    the girl after behind the ticket booth
12.  Grace and her watermelon. She decided to just bring a huge watermelon to Parachute and scoop the insides out and eat it. So refreshing!
13.  Hayden and his racoon leg, thanks to Kirsty’s hairdressing skills!
14.  The boys and their never-ending supply of coke
15.  When Kirsty chased after Nick (pre-marriage) and stole his hat
16.  The year the frogs came
17.  That random guy I met who caught a frog and was carrying it round the village on Sunday night, its name was Fred.
18.  People floating down the flooded roads on blow up mattresses
19.  People getting baptised in the flooded puddles
20.  When the Ferries boys kept getting free ginger beer by leaving the movie building and coming back in again through a different entrance
21.  My first Parachute with Grace and Aunty Janie in 2004, and our neighbours that got kicked out
22.  When I lost my voice from singing (screaming) to Mumsdollar’s last ever performance as a band
23.   When they used Cocoa-Cola as the communion juice
24.  The V Rocket Man!
25.  Crazy Village dancing, ghosting, games, chanting, people-watching, and more
26.  When Rachael and Sheridan posed next to Matt and Dayna’s sign, then they actually walked past and got a photo with the real deal!
27.  The Mexican wave of throwing glow sticks in the air
28.  When the mist tunnels were actually on- so good!
29.  The tent neighbour who spent a lot of time in his tent…smoking…
30.  And last (but not least) WHEN JAMES TRIED TO KISS ME!

Parachute will have a lasting legacy in the lives of everyone that has attended. I am thankful for how it has brought us all together as a family. The yarns we had…some marginally inappropriate… The opportunities to see high quality international performances from bands (and speakers) we would most likely never get to experience live in little ol’ New Zealand. 

Thanks for making my teenage years that much more incredible Parachute! I’m looking forward to seeing where you go as an organisation next! 

<![CDATA[GOOD MUSIC VS. NOISE]]>Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:25:55 GMThttp://fleetingmomentcollections.weebly.com/music/good-music-vs-noise
What separates good music from just noise?
Personally, I feel that there is plenty of noise out there, but the real music comes from artists that are inspired and direct that inspiration into the lyrics, rhythms and melodies of their songs. 

I have 19.43 GB of music in iTunes, but I can guarantee you that if I put my music on shuffle I would be pushing the next button reasonably regularly during a 30minute period. The reason for this usually comes down to meaningless lyrics, boring beats, and inappropriately timed songs. They’re songs that you know you should delete, but you know a day will come along when you are going to need a bit of Shania Twain’s “Man I Feel Like a Woman” and you just can’t bring yourself to delete it. Songs do have a time and a place in our lives, and during different periods of growth, we do appreciate different artists and different genres of music.  However, there are those certain songs and bands that you would never press next to while your iPhone is on shuffle, in fact you could quite happily spend a whole afternoon listening to that one artist’s music song after song, album after album. But why is that?

I believe artists that create ‘good music’, not just music you listen to at a party or dance to in a club, but real, soul-touching, life-changing, GOOD music, should be praised, and recognised, not just washed over and ignored. Music that shows how much time and effort has been put into every sound, every second and every sentence; Music thats lyrics come from an artist who is inspired, and has the bravery and delicacy to deliver a sound and total musical encounter that is both unique and intriguing; Music that’s sound and lyrical nature has been intricately woven through the length of the song and has an appropriate accompanying musical emotion; Music like THAT deserves to be acknowledged. It takes courage and talent to be able to retell emotions and experiences in a poetic lyrical form that is both raw and relatable, and then on top of that accompany such words with an appropriate musical experience, which guides listeners through those lyrics and allows them to feel the song, rather than just hear it. There is something special about an artist that has an ability to recreate, or reignite, a feeling you experienced at a certain point in your life, allowing some form of connection between the listeners, the artist, and the song itself. 

Don’t get me wrong, it’s quite nice to listen to a variety of artists and genres; my 19.43 GB of music can assure you of that. But there’s always a distinction between music that will forever captivate you in its wake, and sounds that just make you feel ‘pretty good’ while you're listening to them. 

Sounds have a time and a place, but good music has an everlasting quality.