Joined: Jan. 2005
||Posted: May 17 2007, 13:46
|Quote (ImAFoolAndImLaughing @ May 17 2007, 09:28)|
|Tying it to a personal point of view, I've always had dreams of eventually hacking out a career as a playwright. If the first play I ever end up writing was as successful and captured peoples' imaginations in the way that Tubular Bells did, I'd probably be showing it off and talking about it for the rest of my life, too. Is it so wrong for Mike to want to do the same?|
I don't think so.
Well you would probably talk about it for the rest of your life. But I don't think you'd be willing to.
I have co-written and co-produced a song with a colleague. It was considered by both of us a flawed creation to the point where on the demo CDs we sent out we didn't even put it on as we were going to re-work it. Our friend, who later became our manager, was absolutely appalled. He said it was a hit and he sent it to radio stations.
A few weeks later he gave me a call and told me to turn on the radio. I did. It was playing. It was the very first time I heard my song on the radio. I was absolutely shocked and over the moon.
The song became a kind of underground hit in Poland; it was played on loads of radio stations (it is still played from what I hear), it had a video that went on MTV and Viva, we were interviewed, hosted a chart programme where our song was riding high, etc. And then the follow-up single was recorded and nobody cared about it, even though the two of us knew it was much, much better. Then we sort of stopped doing music together and each of us kept on doing solo stuff which met with complete indifference. We had a record label that wanted to release our album, but they sort of never went past the stage of setting release dates, one after another. The album never came out.
To this day I have people asking me about that song. They aren't aware that I still make music on my own and when I tell them, they're like "yeah whatever". They don't even listen to it. It's hardly a hit of Tubular Bells proportions (I made about 100 euro in royalties, that's how big it was) but it looks like it's the biggest hit I've ever had.
In retrospect, yeah, I think it was a very good song. We probably misjudged it. People still like it, just a week ago an electro blog wrote a huge article about how great it was/is and then mentioned my solo stuff at the end. But... if Mike feels about TB the way I feel about that song, only multiplied by 15 million sales, I can only feel pity for him.
Maybe I need to find my own Exegesis.
http://www.raygrant.com :: My album 'Exorcism' is out on iTunes now