Think of your favorite band or song. I would be thrilled if there is commonality! Let me introduce you to a few bands that have inspired me, created music that is almost immortal, and offered life lessons.
Eagles – Unique/Original
“On a dark desert highway cool wind in my hair” – I’m sure you know the rest! If you are a musician, perhaps, you are aware that the chord progression for Hotel California is unique. The moment anyone strums those chords, the lyrics of the song find a way to the lips of the listener. With 4 guitars in the lineup, Eagles mastered the art of complementing – each guitar player contributing a different yet harmonizing part. “When you create something original, from your heart, it becomes evident. Almost magnetic that it begins to draw people to you.”
Metallica – Collaboration
What song comes to your mind when you hear Metallica? For me, it is “Nothing Else Matters”. These trash metal monsters, known for their loudness, collaborated with Michael Kamen and the San Fransisco Symphony Orchestra to create an epic concert – Symphony & Metallica (S&M). Metallica’s best sounded better than the best. Both Metallica and Michael Kamen went great lengths to make this collaboration a reality. The result was truly the best of both worlds. Classical and metal. “Collaborations can result in masterpieces even if the idea is unconventional.”
Def Leppard – Resilience
When Rick Allen (aka Thunder God) lost his arm in a tragic car accident, most of the world thought Rick’s career as a hard rock drummer was over. However, Rick’s bandmates didn’t give up on him. They epitomized Brotherhood over Glory. They retained him as the drummer and developed a custom drum kit that enabled Rick to utilize his 3 functional limbs to their fullest potential. “When Def Leppard hangs their boots, the world will not only remember them for their classic rock anthems but also for the message of resilience they have conveyed through their journey.”
Newsboys/Duncan Phillips – Push the Limits
This Australian band has been around for more than two decades. When the time came to carve a niche for themselves in the industry, Newsboys’ drummer, Duncan Phillips was the one to push the limits. At a certain point during their concert, the drum platform begins to rotate/tilt while Duncan is busy hammering the kit. I had vertigo just watching Duncan’s insane act. This extraordinary showmanship has earned Newsboys and Duncan a high degree of respect and admiration in the industry.
Who comes to your mind when you think of collaboration, resilience, or pushing the limits? Is there a certain band/musician that has influenced you? I would love to hear your thoughts.