And Now for Something a Little Different
Most of you know that my son, Kenneth, is an aspiring musician and that he has a soft spot for film scores.
In fact, I don’t know another almost-seventeen-year old who can hear the difference between Danny Elfman, Clint Mansell, and Hanz Zimmer just by listening for less than ten seconds. Kenneth listens to their work constantly and has a gift for composing, as those of you who have heard his Prophecy score can attest.
But he’s also just an all-around lover of music, and like all artists, he goes through phases. Sometimes he plays piano for a month straight and then, inexplicably, is enamored with the guitar all over again. The amp goes on (or not, if he’s in an acoustic phase) and that’s our background music for the month.
Recently, Kenneth and a couple of friends, Brandon and Tyler, have been working on some alternative rock. They’re calling themselves Innocent Posture, and I have to say, I’m really, really impressed. The stuff they’ve posted so far is stuff they’ve come up with just jamming in the basement and was recorded with the use of a single mic and a very low-grade mixer (no midi).
Hey, they’re teenagers! They have to work their way up to the good stuff, right?!
It is a profound experience to watch your children grow and develop insight, opinions, and yes, talent of their own. It’s always been one of my goals to insure that my kids TRY as many different things as possible. The goal has never been to set them up for a “good” job, but to help them discover a love for something as great as my love of writing. Something they can’t wait to do every day and that sustains their soul. I’ve always figured if they could find it and devote themselves wholly to its perfection, the rest would take care of itself.
I think it’s safe to say that Kenneth has found his purpose in music. Like me with writing, he often says if all he has is us (family) and his music, he’ll be content.
And THAT is a beautiful thing.
Anyway, lyrics are forthcoming but take a listen anyway!