We have reached a fascinating evolutionary point in musical expression, where the very boundaries of what previously defined genres and styles have melded and blurred into a watercolor canvas of crossovers and complex collaborations. Hip hop producers record with shamisen musicians; pop country artists recruit rap stars to add new layers to their work; renown Irish folk bands tour with classic rock icons to the delight of fans of both. In this brave new world of compositional creativity and adaptability, it should be no wonder that styles emerge to appeal to the most unique areas of interest. Individual "geek" or "nerd" fandoms can be served their own flavor of music, with a sound and lyric book that caters specifically to their interests.
Whether your passions lie among young wizards or ageless Time Lords, there are artists out there for you. If you ever wished a hardcore rapper would break down the stressors of meeting a software development deadline, the time is now. If a wistful ballad to the memory of Nicola Tesla pulls at your heartstrings, or you feel energized by a modern-day troubadour regaling the dangers within a goblin mine, today's musical landscape has you covered. Emerging from the performance stages at conventions, flourishing through direct Internet distribution, and getting boosts from viral media, 'geek music' has found its place in our hearts and ears.
As the Fourth Doctor once told Sarah Jane Smith in the famed episode, 'Robot', "there's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes". The world can weigh heavily on the spirit of the adult at times, with demands and responsibilities that only seem to compound by the year. We may find ourselves waxing nostalgic for the days when we could sing to ourselves in a subway station, run wild through a park just to see the reactions on strangers' faces, or close ourselves away in a super-secret space to read a book or play with a puzzle by flashlight. Who says that we can't, though? What rule demands that we surrender our silliness for seriousness? Trade in our comic books for checkbooks? Swap our cartoons for car payments?
This week, we look at the yin and yang between being a capable and functional adult, and retaining the spirit of youthfulness. These don't have to be in any way mutually exclusive, and with the right demonstration of one's capacity for "getting the job done", others can not only accept a little good-natured childishness along the way, but hopefully mirror it a bit, to the benefit of everyone's soul.