Only rarely do I think of my age nor can I understand why it should have any affect on my doings and thinking. But sometimes it just gets slapped in one’s face. Kanye West is a rapper, songwriter, record producer, director, entrepreneur and fashion designer. In his spare time, he spends his leisure with his wife, Kim Kardashian. Recently, he recorded a song with Paul McCartney which caused quite a splash in the music world.
West’s fans responded enthusiastically with praise for the recently released song and added that this Paul McCartney guy had a bright future in the music world. Since 72-year-old Sir Paul is a well-renowned former Beatles member, composer, and known worldwide for his achievements in the field of music, this proves once again that ignorance is not bliss.
Musical collaborations aren’t anything new. Music brings together those who speak that language for the pleasure of “talking” together and creating a sound that is like no other, totally unique to those who are creating it. One of my favorite Christmas songs, Peace On Earth, was sung by Bing Crosby and David Bowie. Another was Wyclef Jean and Freddie Mercury in “Another One Bites The Dust” especially since it was remixed years after Freddie died.
Freddie would have loved it since he did his own collaboration with Monsarrat Caballe in a tribute to the town she loved, “Barcelona”. These few examples are barely a scratch in the surface of musical collaborations over the ages. Really, isn’t music always a collaboration between those who write it and those who play it. Maybe that’s just the way it is. It would be nice if we could bring such harmony into our every day life and collaborations with others.