On this day in music history: January 18, 1989 - Stevie Wonder becomes the youngest musician in history to be inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Part of the fourth group of inductees (which also includes Dion, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, and The Temptations), Wonder is only thirty eight years old at the time he receives the honor. In order for an artist to be considered for induction, the artist must have released their first record at least twenty five years before. Wonder releases his first single on Motown in 1962 at the age of twelve.
On a calm night, 18 years ago, Jeff Buckley gazed at the stars, gently floating on his back, singing Whole Lotta Love, as he floated further into the Mississippi River and out of this world forever. But his impassioned music, remarkable soul, timeless beauty, and most of all, his grace, live on in the hearts of those who are still listening.
You have not been forgotten Jeff, We love you, always.
Now many people always comment about electronic music, “I don’t like (Insert Genre Name), because its so repetitive”. The irony of this statement is that comnposers like Steve Reich use repetitive loops to bring back the pulse and rhythm to our contemporary music. Inspired by Jazz, pre 1750 classical music, and a host of world beats, Reich wanted music to be enjoyable and accessible for wide audiences. I can’t help but here many of the same elements that we enjoy in electronic music in this composition. Once more, you can see Reich’s characteristic use of phasing in this piece as different instruments and players are all playing the same loops of notes at different tempos and all have different starting points. For me, the beauty is in the loops and their coming together. This is why I enjoy the genre of techno as it priveleges this same type of composition structure. Check out this live performance of Reich’s music for 18 musicians.