For those taking lessons, it is easy to become entrenched with practicing and mastering theory but sometimes it is necessary to take a step back and not think about music as work.
Sometimes you need to remember that music is beautiful and about expressing yourself.
Yes, we know we’re biased. That is why we loved watching Mark Ronson’s TED Talks presentation about sampling, or the act of taking a pre-recorded piece of music and reusing it for a different song. Ronson said sampling was not about artistic laziness but rather something deeper.
Ronson, who is also respected British artist and music producer to Amy Winehouse and Adele, focused on Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’s “La Di Da Di” that debuted in 1984. In more than 30 years, it is one of the most sampled songs in music history used by Snoop Dogg, Biggie Smalls, and even Miley Cyrus who was not even born when the song originally debuted.
“They were sampling those records because they heard something in that music that spoke to them that they instantly wanted to inject themselves into the narrative of that music,” Ronson told the Ted Talks crowd. “In music, you take something that you love and build on it.”
When you think about it, isn’t that what music is supposed to be about: becoming inspired and making something beautiful? At The Music Junction, we receive requests from young singers who see “Annie” and “Frozen” and who are eager to perform songs from those plays and movies. For them, it is about establishing a deeper connection to something that they care about so deeply.
So, remember that next time you’re practicing and thinking about music as work. You’re gaining the skills to become inspired and build something that is uniquely yours.
Also, we are not the only ones who were taken with Ronson’s talk. NPR collected some of the songs that sampled “La Di Da Di.” It is a musical journey and definitely worth a listen.
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