I’m new to blogging. Well, at least in the modern sense. But I’ve been keeping online journals of one sort or another ever since the late 80′s and the days of the Tandy TRS-80 computer…
…with its wonderful acoustic cups that always looked to me a bit like a male mutual masturbation device.
Modern blogging has all sorts of new ways for guys to jerk off, but I will try hard to refrain from doing that here.
It’s about twenty days until the start of my tour — the first in over 15 years, which is a long time to be away from rock’n'roll. So long, in fact, that until a few weeks ago my three children had never seen me perform. They’d seen tapes of MTV videos starring some guy that had hair, and heard other kids’ parents refer to me as a ‘former rock star’, but for all their short lives I was just a business guy who went to work every day with a briefcase.
Why choose now to get back into music? Well, for a start it was never meant to be a 15 year hiatus. Certainly I was pretty fed up with the music business and when I left LA in 1994, I washed my hands of the whole thing. But in the back of my mind I always thought I’d get my appetite back within a couple of years. Music is the only thing I really know how to do well. I can do lots of things ok — including writing, directing flims, starting a business, computer programming, soccer, and sailing boats and boards — but I’m only world class at one thing and that’s music.
Then there’s technology. I’ve come to realize I only function well when I’m using tools that are unrefined, ill-defined, unexplored. That’s the way it was when I started making electronic music in the mid-70′s using primitive synths. The same thing happened when music videos took off in the early 80′s but nobody knew what a music video was supposed to look like. And in the 90′s, virtual reality, video games, the Web, and finally mobile phones and content caught my imagination. In each era I was drawn to a new technology and its possibilities for self-expression. When I moved to Silicon Valley, I was right in the crucible of all technology, and it was irresistable to me. During that period, I watched as technology turned itself inside out more than once.
In 2006, the new horizon for music is the Internet. And I don’t mean MP3 piracy, which is old news by now. It’s taken a long time to arrive, but I feel the true Internet music revolution is finally upon us. I’m talking about musicians having the ability to reach out to their fans and make music in close to real time, in their own back room, while never having to put themselves in hock to large corporations.
I believe we’re about to enter a fascinating new era for musicians and music fans, and I want a front row seat. So I’m putting my enterpreneurial activities behind me, and going back on the road. This is just the first step — before embarking on new songs I’m feeling a strong need to reconnect with my original music and my core fans, who (unbelievably!) have never stopped arguing about my songs and lyrics, even with the total dearth of fresh material. Certain music has the ability to become part of the fabric of your life, and it’s something you never outgrow. This tour will be a way for me, as well as the audiences, to rekindle the old excitement. Getting road-ready is a complicated process, but it’s fun as hell. I’ll be recording some of the process here on my blog. Hope you enjoy it!