There’s a great quote in the movie Vanilla Sky where Penelope Cruz plays a character named Sofia. She tells Tom Cruise who plays David (a.k.a. Citizen Dildo) that ever passing moment is another chance to turn it all around. Such is the case of times like now. I know that a lot of Americans are watching the new President and wondering how he’s going to help solve the mess that is going on in the financial system. We’ll see out it plays out…
I’ve been holed up doing a whole hell of a lot of writing and recording. One project is for a licensing CD of punk instrumental music. That’s been an interesting process with my co-writer Robert Navarro who does a lot of this type of work. The other has been for a slew of cues for Fox Sports. I was writing and recording them all the way up to last night. Then had to remix two of them this morning before heading out the door to a meeting at Fox.
The meeting went well this morning. As the first track/cue finished Jerry mentioned that it would be great for use in Hockey, NFL, MLB, and in fact all sports. That was his first comment. Bonus! He liked the other tracks then got to the 5th one I had on the disc (of the 12 I created) and said, brother you should have put this song first! Which is all well and good. There is more discussion coming about the cues as the meeting got cut a little short. Positive thinking kicks ass!
High energy sports rock and themes. It’s one of those things I wasn’t originally planning on doing, but is certainly fun to do.
In addition to all that I was asked to write a tune in style I wasn’t familiar with last week on friday. Zydeco. I’d heard of the style, but hell, I’ve never even reviewed a Zydeco tune here (until now). It was a quick thing. Come up with 20 seconds for a chorus, send the snippet to the music supervisor and see what happens. Of course they liked it and I had to then finish the full song for a movie pronto. That movie went into the mix today. As of walking out of the Fox meeting, I got a message that the music supervisor loved the tune and immediately put it in to the producers. I would love to see that happen in the movie.
Which brings me to Zydeco Boogie Woogie by Beau Jocque. Upon first hearing his song Zydeco Boogie Woogie, I was instantly reminded of ZZ Top. However, it’s like ZZ Top with accordion and maybe a slightly less dose of blues. Very similar groove. Very similar guitar parts in terms of a chord movement. I’m always a sucker for a uppity type of groove like this. It’s good solid make your body move type of groove fun stuff.
I can’t even begin to really tell you what the lyrics are about, but with the style and the fact its likely more for dancing in a loud live music bar, I’m not sure it really matters other than the music gets you to move your feet. Beau Jocques and his band has most certainly achieved this. So get out your dancing shoes and grab your nearest friend, then cut up floor as you boogie to the sound of zydeco!