My son Jon posted a picture on his Facebook of Bill, Mark, and me with Elton (I believe he is correct and this is around the time of our signing with Elton's Rocket Records).
With my movie What You Can't See finally on track and my days consumed with writing...rewriting...writing again....sprinkled in with daily doses of talking my producing partner Dave off the ledge....I haven't had much time to engage in my (frequent) habit of daydreaming about the "good old days".
I don't so much go back to specific Hudson Brothers stuff (hell, they are still my brothers so I kind of put all of that in the family album part of my mind), as much as I go back to the amazing performers we were able to spend professional and personal time with.
I was always a sponge when it came to absorbing all that went into making these people "great" or "iconic". The work ethic, the habitual processes each one of them engaged with to maintain their consistency, call me "old school" but our entertainment seems too fast food in its creation and delivery nowadays more so than when my brothers and I were breaking in to the business.
Say what you want about our albums, our Saturday morning show (hey, don't forget, John Lennon called us "The Kings of Saturday Morning"), our movies....I am proud of the work we did and know how much we put in to it. I think about all the classes we took....voice...dance...acting....I mean we worked hard at our craft and so did all of those around us.
I'm not (entirely) one of those "it-was-better-in-my-day" people.....I mean there are some amazing performers doing some amazing work right now. For example, I can be an admitted movie snob sometimes, and when I heard they were doing a 355th reimagining of A Star Is Born I did probably engage in some eye-rolling....until I saw Lady Gaga's performance. Undeniably brilliant. She is clearly someone who spends countless hours honing her talent....sorry...nobody rolls out of bed that good without putting the work in.
With the seemingly endless ways we can access content (movies, music, etc.) and the massive volume of content itself, of course some content is going to fall below the bar as it were. I don't mean this in a personal aesthetic kind of way as much as I mean in the clear effort (or lack thereof) that the creator of the content puts in to it. Regardless of your medium and how you present it, there is a level of professionalism that audiences pick up on whether the material speaks to them individually or not. I think sometimes we, as performers, forget that this all funnels down to someone is using their earned money to pay to watch (or hear) you do something and that dynamic alone demands you give it your very best..every single time. On February 2, 1959....I guarantee the crowd at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa (population 7,500) saw an amazing show by a group of performers who were already roady weary and fighting colds/flus/fevers but who never forgot the value of playing in front of people who paid to be there (may they rest in peace). I try to keep that mentality constantly and won't put out anything i know doesn't have all the effort I can possibly give it.....I'm old school and proud of it.
Keep fighting to kick cancer's ass! Talk (at) you next week......