Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sound City the Movie - Just See It

Sound City Movie Logo.jpg
 
As regular readers of this blog know, sometimes I take a detour from the highway of technology to consider other aspects of life.  Hence the words "life and times" in the description of the blog that is above this post.  This, is one of those little detours.
 
In addition to loving my career and loving technology, I also love music.  I stumbled across this interest of mine in the 70's.  Back then, of course, it was listening to whatever I could find from my family and as I got older, from my friends.  However, my interest really took off when technology entered my life and allowed me access the web pages that fans created in the early days of the web.
 
As the tech became more sophisticated, it allowed me to find images and then… along came the digital music revolution which allowed me to finally own all of those albums and songs I had longed for as a kid but had disappeared over time from stores.
 
Over the years, I've read lots of books about bands I was interested in and I have always loved the parts of those books where artists discuss the recording studio and the creative process that happens there.  Having never been a part of it, I've always been fascinated by it.
 
So the point of this post is a movie that I watched recently called Sound City.  It was directed and produced by Dave Grohl who was the drummer for Nirvana during their most successful period (Nevermind, etc) and is the frontman for the Foo Fighters.
 
It is the story of the the Sound City recording studio in Van Nuys, CA and it tells the history of the place through the eyes of employees and bands that recorded there.  While most people have probably never heard of the place, it has been the birth place of some of the most famous albums of all time.  
 
I won't go into great detail, because nobody likes someone that gives away all the good stuff about the movie, but suffice it to say that I found it to be a must watch if you are a music lover.
 
The other cool part of it is that Grohl brought together many of the musicians who recorded there and put them together with others they probably hadn't worked with before and had them create music for a bit of a "soundtrack" to go with the film.  Part of the movie is watching these musicians working together while some of the others are in the "extras" section of the disc.
 
Both the movie and the album are well worth it and if you are a music lover like me, you'll find yourself watching it multiple times and looping the album.  I know I did.  Both are highly recommended!!!

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