Part 1 of a 2 hour+ conversation with Trevor Horn. I’ve been listening to it on and off for a couple days. I can’t reccomend it enough - Perhaps the greatest behind-the-scenes talk on music production and 80s music history I’ve ever heard.
So much to take for granted as a music listener - so many complicated stories behind tracks like “Owner of a Lonely Heart”, “Relax”, “The Look of Love”, Video Killed the Radio Star”, “Slave to the Rhythm” and many more. Seriously, this is a must-listen.
NEW NERDY SHOW! We share stories from our in-game adventures in Destiny and take a stab at determining what kind of game it actually is. We also discuss Secret Cinema’s unprecedented interactive screening of Back to the Future.
Re-I Gotta Try Most times you write a song and you never know if anyone’s going to “get” it. When Mike and I wrote “Gotta Try” I thought it was the third best thing we’d written, just behind “This is It” and “What a fool…” We had high hopes. But we both missed the nerve, …
Check out this letter by Kenny Loggins about songwriting with Michael McDonald (in response to this analysis). I was especially charmed at the fact that Kenny at one point refers to Michael as “McD”.
I didn’t think it was possible. But Kenny Loggins just got even cooler.
'A man with no trace of the feminine in him, with no duality at all, is a man without tenderness, sympathy, gentleness, kindness, responsiveness. He is brute-mean, a hammer, a fist. McGee, what is a woman with no trace of the masculine in her makeup?'
'Mmm. Merciless in a different way?'
'You show promise McGee. The empathy of kindness is a result of the duality, not of the feminine trace.'
John D. MacDonald on the balance of gender. Bright Orange For the Shroud (1965)