Appearances 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]