|This is Dr. John.|
Just recently, however, Dr. John has rediscovered his groove. With the help of the singer of my favorite band, The Black Keys, Dr. John has re-imagined his song writing and musical style to produce a new album, titled Locked Down. Dan Auerbach, produces the album in the music business sense of the word, and their collaboration is extremely relevant to topics we've been discussing in class. "It's hard being a musician that's out of fashion," says Auerbach. "When you can play that New Orleans stuff so well without even thinking about it, and can collect that paycheck ... you can't blame him." On Dr. John's new album, however, Auerbach pushed Dr. John to retrieve the magic of his early works.
The pair worked together to re-inspire Dr. John, and Auerbach pushed him by asking him to write its songs outside of his native New Orleans, for example. He also encouraged him to write about personal subject matters, previously unexplored by John. It's interesting to analyze their partnership, as in class we've discussed examples which both catalyze (Watson and Crick) and hinder creativity (Graham and her husband). It's certain that Auerbach and John's relationship was extremely beneficial to the creative processes of Dr. John, and the album has received the high acclaim similar to his earlier creative works.
|Dan and the Dr.|
It seems as if John has rediscovered his musical groove, and that Locked Down was the "Aha! moment" that our Creatives describe when creating something especially meaningful. "Everything came together for this album," says Dr. John. "Mystically, spiritually, emotionally, and musically. I wasn't expecting it, but it came together. That's how the world works sometimes." Sounds like inspiration to me.
[Here} is the link to read more about their collaboration and the review of Locked Down.