How many times have you heard the idiom 'practice makes perfect'? The cliché implies that by doing something over and over again that you may eventually learn to do it well. For most of us the acts of repetition and rehearsal are our only hope of improving or mastering a skill. I'm sure you've heard the tired old joke of the violinist who hops into a New York City taxicab then tells the cabbie he wants to go to Carnegie Hall. When the driver asks him how to get there the musician wearily replies, "Practice, practice, practice!"
Then, there are the rare few whom we see as savants. Those who are blessed with some sort of innate ability that allows them to effortlessly accumulate, assimilate and utilize complex patterns of behavior and activity. Some people, me included, would define that as talent. Thus, that too, is a necessary ingredient if one hopes to get to not only Carnegie Hall, but to set one above and beyond the rest in their chosen field.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I've heard Danny Blu's debut album, Do Your Worst, and I feel confident in claiming that we have a very new, talented young artist amongst us. Blu understands that there's more to making music in today's market than just melody and rhythm. To capture the over stimulated attention of an audience in this century you must also be entertaining. And, oh boy, is Danny ever entertaining.
The eleven tracks on the Do Your Worst CD are an orgy of sounds that range from industrial rock/pop to EDM and a few unexpected genre stops in-between. Words like energy and enthusiasm fall short of defining the electrifying lyrics and pounding performances captured in this recording. Pleasant Nightmare, track #2, is set upon the twilight stage of a love/hate relationship and acted out within an atrociously dirty affair. Track #1, Set Me on Fire, is like being chased through a darkened forest by demons. The BDSM swagger of Wild Card (track #5) is a hypnotically scary combination of aggression and hypersexual seductiveness.
Danny Blue is no stranger to incorporating costumes and makeup in his presentation. His music videos on YouTube embody multimedia savvy with a healthy dose of artistic abandon. If this is only a first example of what this young musician plans to bring to the entertainment table, then gather round my minions, and prepare to dine.