Author Ed Miller: “Music is the weirdest human thing. A few dozen songs out of the zillions recorded fire off like a massive dopamine flood every time I hear them.
And then like other people don’t even like those songs.”
A friend and long-time loyal blog follower recently sent me a 30-Day Song Challenge meme in the hope that I couldn’t resist taking the challenge and blogging about it. Here’s Day #14 – A Song That Someone Showed You: Loose Talk, Another Place.
The people who have shown me the most music over the last 20 years have been My Daughters. More often than not these days, it’s via a text with a Spotify link to some indie artist they’ve discovered that they know I’ll like. Sometimes it’s a major band like Audioslave – I learned about them back in the day from My Daughter Diandra. I love the fact that this should have been the other way around. Sometimes it’s a whole genre, like when My Daughter Cassandra used to play the dance music channel on AOL Radio while she was playing computer games back when some fancy thing called DSL got us on the interwebs. I’d be on my computer next to her asking on every other song it seemed, “What is this one?”
What’s so fascinating about this process is that each of The Girls have widely different tastes that also differ from me and yet, each one can send me very different music both knowing I’ll like it. So, it only seemed fair for this entry of the Challenge to include the most recent song I got from each Daughter.
My Daughter Diandra texted me about the band Loose Talk consisting of ex-Anberlin members Christian (McAlhaney) and Deon (Rexroat). I love it when band members do projects that are very different than their band’s music. This is especially interesting when it’s two members because usually it’s one person with an itch to do something different for a season, e.g. Paramore’s Hayley Williams who is getting a ton of buzz right now for her new solo album.
As to Loose Talk? No signs of their band Anberlin here. This song rocks so hard it may hurt you.
Then there’s the text I got from My Daughter Cassandra a couple of days ago for a sister band called Crimson Apple. No balls to the wall rock here. My Daughter Cassandra expressed concern that they might have crossed too far over the pop line for me but I liked their vibe. They have a very listenable, fun, easy-to-digest pop sound.
I love the fact that My Daughters so often know what I’ll like. For the new music, of course. But it’s also a reflection of thousands of hours spent listening and talking and going to music together. I love that even more.
P.S. By the way, it works both ways. I recently texted My Daughter Diandra to check out a London female-fronted indie trio 91Knights that I am pretty obsessed with – kinda London Grammar meets Florence + The Machine.
P.P.S. Last night My Daughter Diandra and I “attended” Loose Talk’s Facebook live stream. It wasn’t quite the same as getting our 9:30 Club cards swiped for our Friends with Benefits points, drinking cheap “red” wine out of a plastic cup, and trying to get pics with the band after the show. But it was still fun enjoying music together and Loose Talk rocked us HARD! The stank face may not wear off for several days.
Tomorrow’s Challenge: a song from a movie soundtrack.