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DJ Jim Q's Playlist: Game

The word Game comes from an Old English word emphasizing amusement, delight, and fun. That’s a bit distant from the contemporary interpretation which focuses more on competition or winning and losing.

It seems like maybe we have lost touch with that fundamental idea of delight and amusement. Games don’t have to be competitive or pit one player against one another. In creative pursuits, collaboration and cooperation often produce better collective results. That is certainly the case with music. While Paul, John, George, and Ringo had great solo projects in their own right (some better than others), nothing compares to the creative accomplishments achieved while the fab 4 were playing together. When we share ideas and resources, we build on one another’s micro successes, instead of each person working independently to overcome the same obstacles while also trying to outmaneuver each other. In gaming terms, we could probably benefit from fewer death-matches, more co-op.

This month’s theme is Game selected by the fine folks from the Liège chapter of CreativeMornings. As is the tradition with these playlists, I have included a couple bands from the city that picked the theme. The eastern Belgian city seems to have a knack for intriguing band names. The first band I included is Cocaine Piss and the other is Hollywood Porn Stars. Both bands are great, but I’m really digging Cocaine Piss, such ferocity, and energy. The wild vocals remind me a bit of the X-Ray Specs, but the music is no-frills metal with a nice sludgy 90’s edge to it. I bet this band is amazing live.

From Public Enemy’s, “He Got Game” to the classic hustler’s anthem, “The Gambler” by Kenny Roger’s, this months playlist covers the spread. Odds are you will find something you like. Prince, Nicki Minaj, John Lennon, Rick Ross, Guided by Voices, and Banks are just a few of the key players. With a team like that you really can’t lose.

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