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The Black Keys — Sister

There are zero norms when it comes to music.  This is the lesson I have consistently been learning over the passed few years being in the music industry myself.  Watching Alicia Keys work on her album alongside her engineer Ann was one example of this.  They were like kids in a candy store as a set of new plugins arrived, and all they did was install the software and then play with every single setting there was on it for hours.  “I mean, how else would you know what things do if you don’t play with them and try them out”, she said.  She was right, and yet again I learned more that day.

I’ve been blessed to work alongside some of the more commercially successful people in the business, and right with that blessing has been the opportunity to learn so much at lightning speeds.  Sister is a song to me that is sonically correct.  It contains elements from music genres of the 1950’s-1970’s including: rock and roll, glam rock, surf rock, and some soul.  Co-production by Danger Mouse also leaves very little room for it to not sound good, so you understand how I can appreciate the sonic correctness of it because quite simply there was a good level of attention paid to it.  What the record lacks in terms of “lyrics” that resonate with me, it makes up for in good instrumental recordings and high quality mixes that leave you with nothing less than good music.

A couple of days ago a so labelled “fan-created” video of Sister popped up on youtube and a few blogs.  It took us on a Bad Girls Club tour of modelesque type girls causing havoc in some laundromat somewhere.  Music is sometimes left for our interpretation and other times it really isn’t.  That’s why I mentioned the part of there being no norms within it.  There are no standards or guidelines.  Sometimes it’s art and sometimes it’s just science, and other times it’s a bit of both.  At the end of the day, all we can do is listen and appreciate it, no matter where it comes from, what the agenda behind it is, or whether our ears were meant to listen to it or not.  This is why I write for EMPT and enjoy it.  I came here to learn that lesson and believe me, through all the music I have been exposed to on here, as well as the multitude of genres I never even knew existed, I have learned to truly love music.  I no longer judge it as I once used to, I simply look into the lives and situations from where it was given life and learn to see new worlds and paths I could once never even imagine.

The Black Keys — Sister

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