Why “our life on the B side”? And what’s a “B side” anyway??
We’ve been thinking about writing a blog for a while now.
We think we have something to say. We are lovers of Jesus. We are lovers of each other and are trying to love each other the best we can — and we work reeeeeally well together. We are worshippers and worship leaders (no, they are not synonymous) and we love talking, teaching and learning worship and music. We are foodies who can’t afford to eat at the restaurants we prefer, so we continue to learn to create those experiences for our friends and ourselves at home. We are DIYers who find the hardest thing to do is finish the job. We bake bread and throw parties. We are parents to the two most amazing kids on this planet.
But then, we wondered if we could stick with it; make it last … not being the best finishers and all. 🙂 And what if we really don’t have something to say? Or we run out of things to say? Well… we could never run out of things to say… But does any of that really matter? Because what if we actually do have something good to give to this world? Why would we keep that to ourselves??
So then we needed a name.
So then we needed a name. We went through all kinds of ideas. It can’t be too specific because we don’t want to pigeonhole ourselves. Branding is important! Since we’re about all that stuff we talked about before and we want to talk about all that stuff, this name has to be superbly all-encompassing…
We thought of all kinds of names, and the names we liked best were taken! We want to be original, of course. And Stephanie thought we should have something about music scattered in there, so we started talking about “our life’s soundtrack” or “mix tape”. A friend off of whom we were bouncing ideas because she’s so off-beat cool said thinking about mix tapes and soundtracks hearkened ideas of the B side of an album, and that was it.
See — for those of you who don’t know — an album is a collection of songs … you should know what an album is. In the “old days”, when albums weren’t digital, they were on vinyl (records) and then tape. Because records were double-sided, labels decided they could charge more by putting two songs, one on each side of the vinyl. Eventually, vinyls got larger and full compilations were put on albums. Labels had contracts with artists that required specific numbers of songs written and recorded. The A side had the songs you’d hear on the radio. They were the reason you bought the album — in theory. They were the songs the record label wanted you to hear; the songs the label thought would be the hits; the “good”, “important” stuff. The B side was the leftovers; the bunch of songs the artists wanted you to hear. The irony is, the B side songs are those by which many of the greatest bands in the world are known. Elvis and the Beatles have more B side hits than anyone. And some B side songs are better known than the band who originally performed them! Songs like:
ALWAYS ON MY MIND ~ Elvis Presley (1973, B side of Separate Ways)
WE WILL ROCK YOU ~ Queen (1978, B side of We Are The Champions; later turned into a medley)
MUSTANG SALLY ~ The Young Rascals (1966, B side of Good Lovin’)
DANCING IN THE STREETS ~ The Mamas & The Papas (1967, B side of Words Of Love)
GROOVE IS IN THE HEART ~ Deee-Lite (1990, B side of What Is Love)
The irony is, the B side songs are those by which many of the greatest bands in the world are known.
Here’s a website with a great list and some fun music history: http://www.classicpopicons.com/top-10-b-side-hits/
Using the phrase “B side” has different meanings to us.
First, we realize that what people see on the outside is not real and, most often, manufactured; that what lasts in this world is the stuff that is unseen. We’ll be sharing the private parts of our life with you. The stuff that’s not “on display”, that doesn’t get airplay and doesn’t get “atta boys” and “way to go’s”. Second, lots of people didn’t think we would make it as a couple, and now we have an awesomely amazing life together and have created this sensational family. We’re like the hit the record label execs didn’t see coming; the surprise success. We like that a lot. Yeah.
We’re like the hit the record label execs didn’t see coming…
So, here’s “Our Life On the B Side”…