Here’s something trivial to distract from the woeful world of Whitehall and Westminster.
Podicle’s post about 3 words identifying every location in the world focused an idea that’s been circulating in my head about band/artist identity: Is it possible to identify/create a shorthand for any musician(s) using three words?
It’s inevitably going to be a low res assessment or thumbnail sketch of what could be decades of musical creativity, but as an exercise in making me think about the music I love, I find it intriguing, Can I find three pithy descriptors that at least identify key elements? Can it help me to understand what I like in the sounds I resonate to?
I invite you to take this as lightly or as deeply as you choose. A scurry across the keyboard or a heartfelt haiku. As a suggestion, maybe one word for each of music, lyrics and character. but as you can see from my first attempts, that doesn’t always apply.
- Beatles: Love.drugs.yeah
- Stones: Sex.drugs.lips
- Led Zep: Sex.elves.drums
- Joy Division: Despair.entrapment,bass
- Gorillaz: Cartoon.collaboration,rhythm