One of my greatest pet peeves as a musician is hearing other musicians write off entire genres of music. It’s easy to do, and happens often. I’ve certainly been guilty of this in the past. “Anything but country” used to be my go-to line, until I found out that there is in fact a plethora of amazing country music, and then wrote an essentially country album myself. I believe every type of music serves a purpose, and what you don’t resonate with today may one day be your saving grace. Kind of like how I used to roll my eyes at the “nerdy” women who wore those high-waisted jeans which now comprise half my closet. Which is to say, change is inevitable, so maybe don’t stick your foot in your mouth.
On that note, I have what might be referred to as a guilty pleasure (except that I don’t believe that guilt has a place where sincere, harmless enjoyment exists) and that is the music of reggaeton artist J Balvin. So when I received an email announcing a contest in which all were invited to create the music behind his new vocal track, I immediately jumped on board. Now, when I say immediately I actually mean 24 hours before the submission deadline, because I’m nothing if not a procrastinator. So I didn’t exactly have time to craft and record a song using organic instruments the way I typically would. I did, however, dedicate an entire day to being hunched over my keyboard utilizing the magic of Garage Band, and must say I am pleased with the result. If all goes according to plan, this beat will be bumpin’ next time you go to the club, and I’ll be on my way to the Latin Music Awards to brush elbows with the bigwigs.