parodies by nacrowe
author F SCOT FITZGERALD is famous for having once quipped that there are no SECOND ACTS in AMERICAN lives. once you SELF-IDENTIFY and SELF-DEFINE yourself it is DIFFICULT to transition to an alternative in the PUBLIC PERCEPTION. i was a secondary school teacher and now im pursuing a business degree which could not be more different in terms of mission, sentiment or perspective. i can see it in my classmates. i still question whether i have shifted in the process or if i still see myself years after the fact as an educator. in some ways this blog and the bi-weekly radio show is a continuation of that previous WAY OF LIFE.
i enjoy it.
when i think of the ENGLISH band NEW ORDER, they appear to be the prime cultural example of turning a page and pursuing your PASSION anew, irrespective of who you were before or how PUBLIC PERCEPTION has compartmentalized your identity in a tidy box. the ICONIC MANCHESTER POST PUNK band JOY DIVISION begat the DEFINITIVE NEW WAVE band NEW ORDER through a DEATH in the lineup. the death of IAN CURTIS ended one set of opportunities and HARSHLY and ABSURDLY opened others. you listen to the former's final album CLOSER (FACTORY, 1980), the tone and sonic aesthetic of the later's POWER, CORRUPTION & LIES (FACTORY, 1983) seems UNCONNECTED and completely ARBITRARY, but in fact its the same rhythm section. the band through COLLECTIVE PERMISSION or sheer PIGHEADEDNESS allowed themselves the ability to EVOLVE and TRANSFORM. forget DAVID BOWIE, the transition from JOY DIVISION to NEW ORDER is one of the most UNLIKELY and FRUITFUL musical transitions in recorded memory.
for me it is an example to KEEP READING, KEEP LISTENING, KEEP COMMUNICATING and allow myself to not feel defined by my past. i hope that is the case for others as well.
embedded below is the second DEER GOD RADIO episode on nonprofit internet radio station MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC, which originally aired a little over three years ago. the playlist includes music from throughout the CELEBRATED NEW ORDER catalogue. enjoy!