I’ve always loved music, movies and TV shows. I’m part of the new breed of screenmusic geeks: People who are huge fans of songs playing during TV shows and movies. The importance of those songs is too often ignored.
Some movies and TV shows are able to combine a great script, stellar acting and enchanting music. I can think of a few examples of when the screen combined those three elements: AMC’s Mad Men and HBO’s Entourage are sure picks for screenmusic.
I can think of numerous episodes where Don Draper’s mysteriousness is greatly enhanced with just the right song. On top of my head, I can quickly remember the song by Gordon Jenkins entitled Caravan, playing when he rides the train back home during the very first episode.
Here’s a link to our blog post on the issue: the Song Detective Blog
And the link to our platform: Song Detective HQ
There’s an intriguing talk at TEDx by Jason Fried who argues that productivity isn’t currently optimized at the workplace. He argues that M&Ms (Managers and Meetings) – not twitter nor facebook, as so many have argued – are the main detriments to being able to get some work done. He concludes with three main suggestions on how to get rid of those net losses at work. Here he is at work:
TEDx – Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work
I found it quite compelling, but his argument about creative people was a bit incomplete. I too work in an office with a severe case of M&Ms, I loose an incredible amount of time by being interrupted and going to meaningless meetings. But, when it comes to being creative, it gets a bit more complicated. I think that what creative people need most is to be in their element.
For example, my buddy and I are creating a new web-based company/product – outside of my current job with the infinite number of M&Ms – and the way we discuss our project (in the way we are most creative) is by going to a local pub to talk about it deliberately. By being in our element, we can interrupt each other, be interrupted by the waitress or by someone who needs to squeeze through, but we feel comfortable and our brains feel free to create.
I do concede, however, that once we are done “creating”, we need some uninterrupted time to write and fill the gaps. Fortunately for us, we don’t yet have an office in which to work, so we do most of our labour in our respective homes with a bit of music, uninterrupted.
Note: keep an eye out for our new product, there will be much more to come on the subject.
NPR music has another great first listen: this time it’s the Black Keys’ new album ‘Brothers‘.
May 18th, the album will be released. For now, enjoy NPR’s player.
I highly recommend a thorough analysis of the album. NPR describes the album as “strong stuff [...] with more of an R&B influence. The album was recorded mostly in a studio dripping with the sounds of Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and The Rolling Stones (circa Sticky Fingers), and even finds The Black Keys covering soul singer Jerry Butler.” Another worthy detail provided by NPR, the song “Tighten Up” is produced by Danger Mouse, an Economic Word favourite.
I love the bluesy-soulfulness of the album.
So far, my grade is between a solid A- and an A.