Our favorite Mad Telecaster SuperGenius, Jim Campilongo, has a brand new album called “Orange” that will be released on February 16, 2010 — and, due to the magic of the internets, you can buy it right now via iTunes — that sets a broad, new, standard for experimentation in melody and intention.
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There are actually two “Mozart Syndromes.” This first one is rather precious and new and deals with washing the sounds of Mozart’s melodies over the ears of babies and young children to help them think more clearly. The second “Mozart Syndrome” is more ancient, more insidious and much more dangerous by many magnitudes.
Sometime in High School, my brother introduced me to the wonderful world of Kurt Vonnegut. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until college that I finally got to experience his fantastic writing. He is gone now, and though I never knew him personally, I feel as though I could say that I will miss him.
If you want instant proof of SuperGenius, listen to the new movie soundtrack version of “Seasons of Love” from Rent. You will know in less than three minutes how much we in the theatre all miss Jonathan Larson’s vision and talent and the life that was shucked from him at the age of 36 because of an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm.
Some believe he died of Marfan Syndrome. We all believe the gifts he left behind are evergreen and not enough.
In 1915 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote:
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.
Today, in 2005, mediocrity still belittles us all. The world of people are mostly mediocre. The problem is those who are mediocre have no idea of their status: Mediocrity only recognizes mediocrity.