Light the Night, Tracey Chattaway

Stumbled on a beautiful song, Light the Night by Tracey Chattaway. She composes wonderful, lush, cinematic soundscapes.The textures and layers to this joyous progression are sublime. I’ve been listening to it in the evenings frequently to unwind from an intense day. Sometimes I listen to a double dose when I need it. There some inspiring and highly motivational parts to this song. It’s a sweet instrumental that makes you feel like the night is indeed lighted. Well done Tracey Chattaway.

Cradle Me Germany — Lucien Dante

I saw a share from Hugh McIntyre on my Twitter feed. It was a video someone submitted to him on Fluence. It’s as a cool, trippy, chill tribute to Germany and Berlin. I dug the groove, vibe, and nature of the song. Timing is everything. I may have missed this interlude if I didn’t catch that share from Hugh. It makes me think we should have more ways in Fluence to surface up great tunes to more curators who would appreciate.

Germany Cradle Me…there’s a life inside you gave to me.

The imagery and soft tones of the video spoke to me. Maybe it got to me in the right frame of mind. I was just speaking about Berlin earlier in the evening with Nazlee at Beckie and Mark’s place in the Mission. My time in Berlin was special. I look forward to going there again. I hope you have a chance to visit and experience the culture and beauty of Germany.

UPDATE: video was taken down. I redirected to SoundCloud.

Fluence and The Next Web

fluence tnwMartin Bryant, the Editor of the The Next Web, wrote a great piece about Fluence today. Martin is a curator on Fluence. He’s also an artist who used Fluence to promote his songs to curators on the system. He talks through the process and the implications for what we’re doing with Fluence. Our mission is to make curators like Martin Bryant more accessible. We built a service where the creative community can connect directly and give each other feedback and share their work to new audiences. It feels good when the Fluence platform is recognized by curators like Martin and written about in publications like The Next Web, one of my personal favorite sites on the web.

Hotel – Todd Michael Schultz

Todd Michael Schultz submitted this amazing track Hotel to Fluence and sent it to me directly. I’ve listened to it many times, shared it on twitter and facebook, and now I’m blogging it for posterity. I’m a huge fan of this track. It’s got a great “hotel” metaphor for life and relationships, and the songwriting is tight. The song arcs nicely and definitely has a summer style anthem sound to it. I can see a mass of people singing this out load. I had a chance to meet Todd Michael Schultz during one of my trips to LA and was psyched to see the man behind the song. Super solid all the way around. I hope you enjoy as much as I did. Can’t wait to see it live in full production.

 

TinderHoe

Steingold Music delivered some incredible weirdness and brilliance with a recent submission into Fluence. I am so happy to share the magic of TinderHoe. It may make you laugh and ponder. The video footage synching to the beat back and forth is tight and fun. It doesn’t get boring because the song keeps lifting and new footage keeps us laughing.

From the first images through to the end, I was riveted. I had to watch it several times to understand it, and even now I’m not sure I completely do. It made me laugh at us as a society. It will probably have the same effect on you. At times it felt like the trash-TV factory of Maury Povich, but I don’t mind a getting a bit dirty in the trash TV to crack up to deftly stitched weirdness with a good beat.

It was so much fun, Joe Fernandez tweeted it out to Sean Rad the CoFounder of Tinder.

 

I had the awesome opportunity to meet the creator Jason Steingold in Santa Monica this week and learn more about TinderHoe. Maury Povich’s day time talk show has a straight but sad formula that works. He brings in troubled couples who are going through the challenges of raising an unplanned child and then manufactures the drama on the show. At the end of the session the paternity results reveal if the guy is in fact the father of the child. If the the result is negative, the father erupts in a “daddy dance.” This is a thing. Steingold brilliantly and imaginatively weaves this into a unique and fun journey. These “almost-daddies” can bust a move, and some of the antics are pretty hilarious and just plain silly. The audience members are a trip too clapping away with abandon and no shame. I hope this gives you as much joy as it gave me.