For April 2020, the WordPress Discover prompts have returned, which are thoughts that have as their starting point a solitary word, the brief. This week Krista Stevens is organizing them.
Krista’s prompt today is “instrument.” When I think through what would be the challenges of learning to play an instrument, I think of the 2000s, and what the English pop band McFly did to celebrate breaking up. I think McFly did a few albums that were successful and, oddly I’d say, for young successful musicians, they finished with an album of self-parody, renaming themselves Son of Dork, what I think is a reference to the 1985 Robert Zemeckis motion picture Back to the Future, where Michael J. Fox and Crispin Glover both play characters with the name McFly.
One of the songs on the Son of Dork album is the ditty “Boy Band,” a woefully self-deprecating song that addresses the interest of a young man who day-dreams of being in a band. That said, “Boy Band” does have a nice beat.
Anytime I feel like satirizing day-dreaming of being in a band, one listen “Boy Band” helps cool my heels. I like the tune, as well.
Self-parody isn’t something I explore to get satisfaction with, it is just something neurotic that certain people play with. Sometimes people who are both creative and successful resolve their neuroses with acts of self-parody, but I suspect too wide a foray into that avenue of thought is self-sabotage.
I try to keep an attitude to music that The Four Hour Work Week author Tim Ferriss describes. Music is in, he writes.
When the Son of Dork CD was on my shelves, I’d arrived at the finish of the time in my life that I was finding myself and what my identity was, and I had unexpected interests in comparison to when I was more youthful and when I’d been bound to wander off in fantasy land, of playing an instrument.