Believe it or not, there was once a time when being musically talented meant playing actual instruments, writing personal sentimental lyrics and bringing the listener on a journey through whatever the artist was experiencing while composing it. Although modern music can sometimes be repetitive and lack the emotional attachment of its audiences, it's refreshing to come across Grammy award winning artists such as Mark Hudson who are bringing back that "talent" and uplifting message that we once saw shine in the music industry.
One of the most respected bands of their time was the Beatles. The Beatles emerged in to the world of music in the 1960s, working out of their hometown of Liverpool, England. The Beatles released their first album Please Please Me in 1963, gaining them their first taste of fame in Hamburg, Germany. When they returned to Liverpool, they struggled to find venues to play their music. They began at the lowest of low, eventually working their way up to worldwide acknowledgement.
Their first regular gig was at a basement club in Liverpool called The Cavern Club. Later that year, the Beatles released their second album called With the Beatles. In 1964, their determined manager Brian Epstein returned to the United States to try to find his band a record deal despite having already been rejected on a couple of occasions. Epstein got in contact with Ed Sullivan, American TV host of the Ed Sullivan Show, and scored the Beatles a performance on his show. Thousands of fans reacted to this news, all of which were requesting tickets to the event. After getting the band an opportunity to perform on the Ed Sullivan Show, Epstein had a meeting with Capitol Records where he played the Beatle's "I wanna hold your hand". Capitol Records offered the Beatles a record deal which almost immediately leads to their renowned success. When the Beatles arrived at the JFK airport in the United States for the show, they were greeted by thousands of enthused fans. After their performance on the Ed Sullivan show, the Beatles were almost immediately famous. After gaining their fame in the United States, the Beatles continued to produce records which would impact society for decades to come.
In only 8 years, the Beatles managed to release 11 albums. But, their focus certainly wasn't to release a large quantity of records. Each record was carefully put together, ensuring that quality music could live on. What truly made the Beatles stand out from other great bands of their time was that they didn't only produce outstanding rock and roll music but they created a type of culture.
It is undeniable that the 1960s marks the decade of hippies and flower power. The flower power movement is one which originated in California, United States during a time of protest against the war in Vietnam. The "flower children" wished to transform violent wars into peaceful protests preaching a passive resistant attitude. The flower children distributed flowers to the public including figures of authority such as police officers during their protests. This ideology is intertwined with beautiful melodies and well written lyrics, often times metaphorical, in each of the Beatle's albums.
Since the 1960s, pop music has been transformed. We live in a time where an "artist" can get famous for "singing" the same day of the week over and over again and be recognized as a pop star. To be a musician in 2012 doesn't necessarily mean you play an instrument. Some "singers" use so much auto tune that when you hear them perform live you can barely recognize their voice. Thankfully, good music lives in the form of many great musicians, one of which is Mark Hudson.
Mark Hudson is an American record producer, song writer and musician originally made famous for his contribution to the Hudson Brothers music group. Currently working out of Los Angeles and New York, Hudson achieved personal success when he started producing and song writing for many well-known musicians such as Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne and Hanson.
In 1993, Hudson cowrote the critically acclaimed and Grammy-award winning song "Livin' on the Edge" by Aerosmith.
Hudson has spent a lot of time working with the drummer of the Beatles, Richard Starkey better known as Ringo Starr.
Growing up in a small town in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, I always found wholesome ways to spend my time as there wasn't much to do. One of my fondest memories of the Beatles brings me back to when I was about five or six years old.
My grandfather Dave has always been a hugely influential part of my existence. He is the most dedicated and patient man I know, spending hours upon hours with his grandchildren whether it is taking us for walks on the ocean-front boardwalk in -10 degree Canadian weather or dancing his babies to sleep in his music room'a room in his home that he had dedicated to his stereo, sound system, CDs and of course his record collection. Whatever it was that man was doing, it was always guaranteed that he was doing it with a smile on his face. The list of things that I have to thank my grandfather for is lengthy but one of the things that I appreciate is his influence on my love for music.
I believe that music has the potential to change the world as we know it. I believe that the lyrics in a song can truly touch someone and influence them to be better people. I think that where there is sadness, music can shed a light. And, where there is happiness, music can reach out and inspire more and more people.
It's a sad reality that the names of producers aren't always as recognized as they should be for their admirable work. Through getting to know a little bit more about Mark Hudson, his life and accomplishments, I am truly uplifted by the things he has done and the contributions he has made to music. His Lennonesque music will continue to inspire generations to come, promoting the flower child ideology that the Beatles were known to live by. I guess what I'm trying to say, is that Mark Hudson has had an impact on my perception of music and I hope he has influenced yours too. He is surely second on my list' right next to Grandpa.