Hereâ€™s a story about my friend BJ, which Iâ€™ll call:
Fifteen years later, BJ is still a musician, as well as a professional-Internet-person living in [what Iâ€™ll call] The Greater New Je/rk Area.
For many years, up until 2012, he was part of a Brooklyn-based band called Parts and Labor. Parts and Labor released eight albums on five different record labels, toured the country and the world many times over, and even had a song on a Starbucks music sampler. To date, â€œNowhereâ€™s Nigh,â€ the single from their most successful (sales-wise) album and penultimate release, 2008â€™s â€œReceivers,â€ has 15,359 plays on SoundCloud.
Toward the end of Parts and Labor and into the post-P&L years, BJ wrote songs and released his own music under the name Shooting Spires.
Years later, and multiple solo tours into his solo-music career, in February of 2015 — specifically, this past Wednesday — BJ took roughly seven hours to create a mash-up of Beckâ€™s â€œLoserâ€ and BeyoncÃ©â€™s â€œSingle Ladiesâ€ called â€œSingle Loser (Put a Beck On It)â€ which you can take a listen to here:
Since its release via Soundcloud yesterday morning, and as of this post, it has racked-up 446,595 listens and has been written up in NME, MTV.com, Jezebel, Vulture, Time, Mashable, Billboard, Buzzffeed, Cosmoplitan and many, many other media outlets all over the world.
Isnâ€™t that how life works sometimes?