The longer I spend time doing work for Gladeo, the more I find myself loving the idea of writing features as much as hard news.
Mostly that comes out of a deep interest in the people and telling their stories, something that comes inherent to all aspects of news writing but takes an especially poignant angle for profiles. After all, a profile is taking the opportunity to tell someone’s story with the sole focus of telling it.
For some reason I always figured I was never very good at features writing just because I’ve always written hard news. But once I got it in my head that it’s all about telling someone’s story, I’ve found myself getting more confident in the idea of writing them.
As I said, Gladeo has helped. Even if it takes more of a Q&A approach to the idea, everything still ties back to finding interesting people and learning the interesting things they have to say.
Tonight, that hunt for interesting people brought me to Magic Moreno. His full pedigree is far too lengthy for me to possibly ever be able to grasp in just a few fleeting words, so I’ll let his website do most of the talking there, but in essence he was a child star musician at six years old and eventually became a music producer/performer with multiple gold and platinum records under his belt and a rolodex featuring such names as Aretha Franklin and Freddie Mercury.
Needless to say, a fascinating guy to get an hour-and-a-half with.
Quick shout out to Aly for making friends with Magic’s son through band at RUHS. I knew you’d come in handy one of these days!
What wound up being even more fascinating about Magic than his accolades (though those alone are a great chat) was his spirituality, his philosophical outlook on the world and how both of those tie in so deeply with his career and how he looks at giving back through other branches of his work like teaching.
I’m only about an hour or so out from actually talking with Magic as of writing this post, So I’ll need a little more time to debrief, and transcribe out what I got to truly have any insights that stood out as especially bright gems.
If anything, I’m considering publishing the entire transcript here once it’s all out together and my Gladeo piece is out there. Because his words deserve an uncut treatment.
Seriously, this interview wasn’t only cool because I got a brief glimpse into a star-studded life, or even just because of the 10 minutes or so we spent listening to a song he just finished producing.
Though that was amazing in itself, seeing him able to distill out one of the 100+ audio tracks comprising the song just to explain how it was an exotic instrument out of Uganda and showcase the way it seamlessly blended into this copacetic composition up until you specifically know to listen for it.
Particularly interesting for me having dabbled slightly into similar audio mixing for broadcast classes, but there’s a vast difference between the three audio tracks there versus the 100+ for a song.
But overall, the stuff that stood out most to me were his philosophical approaches to the ideas of why we do the things we love, the drive we have for that.
I actually felt a pretty deep connection with what he was saying while thinking about the work that I’ve done in the past. After a week that felt like a spiritual lull for me, it was honestly a wonderful thing.
Like I said, it’ll probably be a while before I get to throw everything out into the world, but look forward to it.
I’m certainly looking forward to adding his name onto the list of people I’ve had the pleasure of telling their stories.