Let’s Take A Moment To Be Frightened Of John Tesh

Nov 16th, 2007 // 5 Comments

tesh.jpgAppearances on the Trinity Broadcasting Network aside, John Tesh seems like a decent enough guy. Since his decision to pursue whatever you call his music fulltime, largely he’s been avoidable; his concert date at the performing arts center near my house last year came and went without incident. However, a newspaper interview previewing his show tonight in Fort Meyers, Florida unveiled a new angle to John Tesh’s plot for world domination that was previously hidden from public view: A forthcoming “dance” album.

Haven’t we all suffered enough during the blog-house era? Apparently not.

Daily News: You are a very busy man. Do you have a ‘mission’ in life?
John Tesh: I want to encourage people to find the deepest desire of their heart and act on it. I had between 23 and 25 million viewers for 10 years when I was on ET. I was making seven figures, but I was unhappy in life. Now I do four or five shows a month and the radio show. I make a lot less money, but I’m exactly where I want to be.
I want to encourage people to have a mission that is beyond themselves. That’s how you find out what it is that really makes you happy…
DN: How has your music evolved over the past decade?
JT: We go in different directions. Right now I’m writing dance music, believe it or not. My daughter is into hip-hop and ballet so I’ve been listening to Kanye West, the clean version. My project “Alive!” is about ballet and hip-hop. It’s music that has melodies, but enough of a beat that it can be danced to.
DN: How does a radio audience compare with an audience at a live performance?
JT: It is very similar, actually. But the person who usually listens to my music is a woman between 40 and 70. She’ll drag her husband to the concert. On the radio show, I get a lot of kids who listen. A 15-year-old was only four when I left “ET,” so they have no reference point about me at all. The radio show is a great forum to encourage kids to have a purpose-driven life.

Later in the interview, Tesh discusses how his name has become “a strong brand of syrupy romantic music”, which might be the most accurate self-assessment in music history. John Tesh, I’m frightened to tears for your dance project, but I applaud your self-realization!

John Tesh plays in Fort Meyers tonight [Naples Daily News]

  1. Ned Raggett

    The radio show is a great forum to encourage kids to have a purpose-driven life

    The phrase of doom!

  2. Bong14

    That’s a shame – the Tesh-IDM/Tesh-Miami Bass concepts I was picturing punctured immediately after the jump.

    Can there be, by the way, a more broken human being than the husband of the prototypical 40-70 year-old woman Tesh says gets dragged to his shows?

  3. Anonymous

    I have to give John Tesh some credit. He DID perform Black Sabbath’s “The Wizard” on the Conan O’Brien show with Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa.

  4. DJorn

    John Tesh is my hero. He does whatever the fuck he wants and doesn’t give a shit what anybody thinks about it. John Tesh might be the indie-est musician this side of Jandek. I’ve never heard any of his music except the NBA theme song, and I don’t care.

  5. J DTZR

    I love it when people who made seven figures for ten years tell everyone to “go for their dreams.” Because everybody has a few million in the bank to fall back on if their dreams don’t pan out.

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