Today

I can’t quite explain why, but last night I was full of energy.  I felt absolutely no desire to go to bed but I knew my alarm was going to go off and I had an early start ahead.  Today, where I should be drop dead tired, I am totally amped up.

I blame Gravity Radio.

Jerry sent me a box of CDs for review and I got them yesterday.  Inside was a lot of exciting music (and a fair amount of clunker suspects) AND Robert Carl’s In C book.  Now I have something to read when I’m done with my stack of comic books!

Anyhow, going through the box of treasures, my 4-year-old daughter yanked out the Naxos disc of Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony and had to listen to it right away because it had Superman on it (she reads comics, too).  Then I found Gravity Radio and spun it next.  Wow.  I haven’t been able to stop listening to it since.  Music hasn’t gotten under my skin this way in a while.  As soon as the song Wait For Me came on, within seconds of the track starting, Daria (the 4-year-old comic book addict) proclaimed Wait For Me her favorite song.  Watching my daughter dance around to Mikel Rouse did my heart good.

Music this good makes me evaluate what I do.  Am I affecting people this way?  Am I as expressive as I can be?  Am I bringing every ounce of myself to my music?  Is there soul?  Is there craft?  Will my music stand up to obsessive listenings?  Am I in the right place to do the things I want to do (physical space, mental space, emotional space, pick a space)?

Look for a glowing review/rant about this disc soon.  Right now I want to fly over the state of Michigan in a helicopter and drop copies of this disc upon the public.  Too much?  I could write up a grant proposal for this idea…

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3 Comments

  1. c c prime
    Posted October 15, 2009 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    I went to college with Mikel Rouse and since have returned to Bay City. I’m really glad to hear that there is another in Michigan that finds inspiration in his recordings. I can’t wait to receive my package in the mail.

  2. c c prime
    Posted October 15, 2009 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    or better yet, Gravity Radio dropped on my doorstep

  3. Sallie
    Posted October 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad you feel that way – let’s write a proposal for getting GRAVITY RADIO getting all over the nation! Like you, I’m moved to share it. Thanks Mikel for making this music!

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