I was driving to dinner last night. On my way there I popped the radio over to Jack FM as I hadn’t put my iPod in the auto. On comes a song from a day gone by. I know I had heard it before. It’s what you’re hearing now. I don’t really know much about Foreigner as a band or as the people involved. I do know that while attending music school I had done a transcription to Juke Box Hero. That song came across my path while I was attending class one day and I thought it would be a fun one to dissect on my own – so I did.
Anyway, I figured that rather than just playing an audio copy I’d show a live video of them in concert. It’s something that shows how the talent behind the music. When a band can sound this good live, there’s a reason they’re good. They’ve got the ability to play! Lots and lots of acts today are constructed in the studio and then shoved out on stage without the means to back up the material without a computer or tape or something.
That seems to be the thought provoking thing these days. The ethical question. The moral dilemma. Should a band be allowed to perform if they can’t do the material in a satisfactory way? I’m not going to say yes or no. But I’m sure many consumers probably don’t think about it one way or the other. If they did, there’s an awful lot of tours that wouldn’t be selling out like they do. On the other hand, there are still performers who can back up their material with the mouth and talent. So it’s all good.
If you don’t know Foreigner’s music – get on it. They wrote some pretty big hits some years ago.
(** Disclaimer: If I get an Urgent message from Foreigner’s label, I’ll make it priority one to pull the video link. The post will remain to show I can appreciate the past. **)