No time to blog today, so here’s a festive favourite from The Ronettes.
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Band-members are like the ingredients of a cake: get it wrong, and the result is bland or sickly. It’s about getting people together who make each other feel comfortable, who can inspire the audience, and who can deflate the ego of an overindulgent songwriter. The producer is the mould. If you pour cake mix onto a baking tray, you’ll end up with a flat, sticky mess. Some producers are like old-fashioned round cake tins, providing a strong but subtle structure that simply allows the flavours to emerge. Others make fancy shapes, so vibrant and daring that its cakeness comes second to its art-form. Like the line-up, the right producer for your band is the one that fits your personal dynamic, and brings out the best in what you, uniquely, have to offer.
Thanks to The Independent, I know about Darlene Love. Of course, I heard her many years ago – as did you. You just didn’t know what you were listening to. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today, the event marks the end of a long fight after her name was left off several hit singles.