Music changed my life
Months ago, I discovered the docuseries Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music. It is an 8 part series that was produced by Sir George Martin and aired on PBS. I would only catch it in the middle of the night so I think I only saw the first 2 or 3 episodes. When I told my best friend about it, we found it on Hulu and we started it but never finished. So now that I have my own place and my own Hulu, I was eager to jump back into it.
Soundbreaking shifts the focus from so many other music documentaries from the art itself or from the inspiration behind the art, to the process of making the art. The entire focus is on how music is produced, from individual songs, to albums to the way we listen to music.
Music is such an important part of my childhood and adolescence, and such an important part of how I work now as a writer. I couldn’t get any of my writing done without a soundtrack. Music puts me in the middle of my own thoughts; transporting me back to a certain time, providing me a way to focus, or giving me insight into my characters. I can spend painstaking amounts of time trying to pick out the perfect background music. Just to write this post I have combed through my Spotify collection several times to find something that will help me tap into this intro post.
Writing about music was how I first started as a journalist. I interviewed singers I loved for my friend’s website when I was 18 or so. When I was 12 I decided that I wanted to write about music for Rolling Stone when I grew up (I’d still love to do that, and hope that these blog posts will push me closer to my goals.) I have always loved looking at the music I loved on a deeper level and sitting with my friends offering up my own thoughts and critiques. I really want to use this site as my music writing platform.
Soundbreaking is such a great place to start for me because it has evoked so many feelings in me about music and how music has shaped me as a person and a writer. Because it’s an 8 part series, I will devote individual posts to each episode. There is so much to analyze and unpack. There is a good chance that each episode gets multiple posts, I tend to get wordy and there are so many layers!
In addition to my posts about Soundbreaking, I will be offering other posts full of analysis and critique of music I like. I am terribly out of touch with pop music, and what I tend to hear just doesn’t *do* it for me like it might have when I was a few years younger. I will definitely be digging into my boy band analysis, because one of my goals is to write a comprehensive book that focuses on the creation and evolution of the modern day notion of boy bands. I’m currently working on a massive Spotify playlist that will go along with my work.
I hope people will come along with me on this journey, I think it’ll be really fun.