NYC Musicians are an interesting and varied bunch.
They are like the Hudson River. A tributary into a larger musical ocean. Everyone has their place and time. The music you grow up with, is the music that you know. Perhaps it would be a good idea to expand your New York City musician’s vocabulary.
Do you have to be a NYC taxi driver to enjoy these performers? The answer is no, you do not. This is an inclusive thing. Just show up, with your ears ready, willing, and able to enjoy some amazing stuff. Disappointment is not an option.
My goodness gracious, this is like saying, how much is a house or car. It all depends. We are going to stick with what we know. The trick, if there is one, is to be open minded.
Being a musical omnivore is useful. Like food or wine, there is much to experience. You just have to show up and be hungry and thirsty. Like the City of New York, it is a smorgasbord of assorted and interesting tastes. Some familiar, some foreign.
Let us start with some guys who attended the same High School as I did, in Forest Hills Queens.
Simon & Garfunkle, you have heard of them, haven’t you? Their legacy stands the test of time. If the 1960’s had a soundtrack, these guys would be essential listening.
These NYC musicians' music never gets old. Folk Rock at its finest. Many people alive today were conceived while their parents listened to this great NYC music. Think about that for a moment, you have been genetic predisposed to listen to Simon & Garfunkle songs before you were born. Not your parents doing the Nasty, but their sophisticated musical vocabulary. Isn’t that weird?
The Ramones, unlike Simon & Garfunkle, never achieved the same commercial success. However, in terms of the musical genre called Punk Rock, they did change the world.
These musical misfits have achieved greatness. They are the essence of NYC Musicians with Do-It-Yourself (DIY) attitude and work ethic. Every punk rock garage band has some Ramones in them. Visit NYC Books and scroll down to see The Ramones complete literature.
Blondie on the other had great commercial success. With songs like “Heart of Glass”, “Call Me”, “One Way or Another”, “Hanging On The Telephone”, “The Tide Is High”, “Rapture” How could you go wrong? There are plenty of background soundtracks for automobiles in their catalog.
The Talking Heads have been providing the soundtrack to my Life, since forever. This is as good as it gets man. You can’t make this stuff up. Multiple genre, new wave, World Beat, Avant Funk or whatever you call it. These guys are as good as it gets.
Lou Reed is the Saint of Everything Dark and Decadent in New York City.
Well, that was at least, in the past. Things change, shift happens. Happens all day every day. Songs like “Sweet Jane”, “Walk On The Wild Side”, “Waiting For The Man”, Rock-N-Roll capture a different time and place.
His music is still tasty, fresh
and delicious. If there is something to be said for a junkie prince Lou makes
it all seem so easy. BTW --- it Ain’t Easy.