If I had to to pick a single favorite artist over the last twenty years of poplar music, that would have to be Lenny Kravitz.
Kravitz brings it all to the stage and to the studio — raw talent, boundless energy, natural charisma, and a gift for both music and lyric. His songs and style are often criticized as “retro,” but there’s nothing wrong with taking the best sounds of the past and mixing them with a modern interpretative. Amy Winehouse used to catch this same flack, too. Frankly, I wish there was more “retro” music, not less.
My relationship with Kravitz is something quite personal. Think of it this way. Most of the music we enjoy is personal. It touches us. More importantly, it connects us with key moments in our lives, and frames the memories we hope to cherish forever. I’ll bet most of you remember certain songs and music based on the events of your lives. In a sense, our music is our own personal soundtrack.
Back in 1989, just prior to leaving the United States for two years to live and work in Romania, I entered a music store in Arlington, VA. Remember music stores? They’re now a thing of the past. Back then, whenever a new album came out, it would be played inside record stores. So, you came across entirely new sounds and brand new artists, just by walking in and browsing the shelves (this was when people used to go out and buy CDs, rather than stealing them for free off the internet).Read More