There’s just no getting around the fact that the funk is good. however much you wish to fake it, the funk will follow you, hunt you down and make your neck muscles twitch back and forth so as to make you look like a moron to those around who can’t hear what going on in your Beats (tm.)
Music at any level, to my mind, is active, not something to idly sit by, enjoy, and leave when over. Whether songs are shuffled through on an iPod or enjoyed during a night at the opera, I am always amazed at how passive people are in front of such sublime expression of human intelligence. Whether it is sitting perfectly quiet, eyes toward the stage, listening while working on a proposal at the office, or plugged in while changing trains on the subway, we seem almost always uninvolved in the emotional journey that music invites us to take, dancing being the notable exception. Isn’t it incredible that, for thousands of years, a few notes and rhythms have pushed us out of our chairs to participate in what can only objectively be described as standing convulsions? When we dance, we are literally being moved by music! Is it overreaching to advance that music might have the power to move more than the shell? And I don’t simply mean “to provoke emotion,” we know it does that, I mean to be able to transform the inner parts of our minds and bodies in the same way that it distorts the outer parts. In some measure, to the people lucky enough to understand music beyond enjoyment, that is clearly true.
And the good (French) people of the Daft Punk have been working towards that goal on our behalf for the past decade, to mostly brilliantly funky result. A journey that will continue on may 21st with the release of their 4th album, Random Access Memories which, if judging by the way my elderly hips are reacting to the initially released groove, should be an outstanding one. With an incredible list of collaborators, 3 of which are profiled by Vice here, we are in for a treat… I especially cannot wait to hear Giorgio Moroder come back to the scene…
Anyway, I’m pretty excited. also, cannot just hide it. have a harder, faster, better week!
P.S. this is the first post i draft entirely from the iPad as i test a desktop-less life. and it was spectacular!