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This is Sam Brown, 'With A Little Love', one of my faves from 1990. Her dad was Joe Brown, a singer in the sixties who knew the Beatles. She has a great voice and has released quite a few albums. Its unreal hearing this on the headphones of the Ipod - very different from watching it on tv 21 years ago...
Ok, this is Robbie Williams, 'Do You Mind', from 2009. Heard it on the radio the other day and couldn't work out who the hell it was! Finally tracked it down on Youtube. The kids love it and its a good party song.
Rob, that's pretty frickin' cool, actually. Yes, I do enjoy me some ABBA every now and then, believe it or not.
But, Mr. Tramp is not my new found love. I've been a fan ever sine the very beginning, which was the official release of "Fight to Survive" in 1985. I remember this quite vividly, because I had to spend a weekend in the frickin' slammer, and of the 50+ items I brought with me, 1 of the 5 I was actually allowed to take in was a copy of Circus Magazine, and the cover story had to do with the long and arduous road White Lion had to travel to get their debut released. I've been a big fan ever since, including Tramp's solo career, as well as his current Mike Tramp and the Rock 'n' Roll Circuz band.
You know, something just hit me, Jeff. I know that you - in general - don't like formular writing, and by that I mean the rigid 3-act structure where all the plot points has to happen on a certain page, but you fucking adore formular music, don't you, ya big softie
Take hair rock for example, whether it be White Lion, Bon Jovi, Warrant, Def Leppard or any of the other gazillions of band with long hair and spandex, once you heard the opening key, you'd know exactly what the song was gonna sound like (including all the moans and groans), what the lyrics would be and how the solo was gonna play out.
Me, I'm actually opposite, I love formular writing but I can't stand formular music.
Down in the hole / Jesus tries to crack a smile / Beneath another shovel load
What I like in both music and writing is what works, what has talent and polish, and big hooks.
Although I do love music from the big 80's, you shouldn't pigeonhole me there, cause I rarely listen to it now. Most of the music I listen to nowadays is European melodic metal, or progressive metal. Much of it is very non standard in terms of structure, beat, tune, etc. It is not the kind of music you can easily even make out the tune on first listen.
But that's also the beauty of it...you can listen to it over and over and never get bored, while still hearing new things.
One of my favorites is Dutch born Arjen Anthony Lucassen, best known for his awesome band, Ayreon. Extremely complex structures and different tunes within each song. His more recent project, Guilt Machine, is also amazing.
In terms of being against structure in writing, it's really more that I'm against those that think writing must conform to classic structure, or any structure, actually. Point being, that a script that works, that shows talent, and has big hooks doesn't have to conform to any structure.