I just finished watching Dave Grohl’s HBO series Sonic Highways, and I must say that I think it is the most inspirational series I have ever seen. Each one-hour episode features a different iconic American city’s music scene and one of the studios that make it tick. The history of each city’s music scene is explored as well as it’s culture and interviews with artists that have defined and been shaped by each city’s musical identity.
For the series the Foo Fighters recorded one track in each of the 8 featured cities, the results being their new album “Sonic Highways”. All of the lyrics were written on the last day of each session, with Grohl drawing upon the inspiration, experiences, interviews and personalities he encountered in each place.
As that I am of the same generation as Dave and the Foo Fighters this series really struck a chord with me. After watching each episode I felt so inspired that I just wanted to grab my bass and write music. Some nights I did! Watching Sonic Highways I remembered why I started playing music in the first place, and why I haven’t stopped. Whether you are a Foo Fighters fan or not, I highly recommend you watch this series.