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1983 – Will Powers: Adventures in Success

Updated: Aug 6, 2023

Released in 1983 on the "Dancing for Mental Health" album, "Adventures in Success" is a song whose positivity effectively impacted its listeners. Let's find out how!

 

I was scrolling my way down on Instagram a few days ago, and I fell on an interview Snoop Dog gave some years ago where he was explaining how much self-appreciation is important. It immediately made me think of Will Power's song "Adventures in Success" that has been featured in episodes 11 and 124 of Balearic Breakfast. Let's watch Snoop Dog first.


Reading the comment section of Will Power's "Adventures in Success" YouTube video allows you to quickly understand how much the track has impacted the people who heard it:


I had no idea this was a parody! I found this video on the USA network's "Night Flight" TV show right after I had finished high school. I taped the video and wrote down what the steps were. I was really helped by this. I remember getting the album and listening to "you are an important person.... A rare individual. you have talents and abilities no one else has. the power to do anything you can imagine is within you..." I went through a real dark period in the last part of the 80's and I kept thinking about that phrase. I teach now and I have used that phrase to inspire my students and some of lines in this video are really inspiring. I don't know what your intentions were when you recorded this but I am so glad you did. This gave me the ability to really see that I was unique and I could do anything. Seriously, this totally came to me at a time when I could have either hatched or gone bad. I play this video to my students and have them follow the steps. I bet you had never thought that some people would take this as seriously as I did. But the wonderful advice you give with the three steps worked with me and I have been able to incorporate a lot of what this song encourages when I have worked with my students. Thank you so much for this. This really changed my life. I could probably tell you so much more. I honestly think that you could turn this into a university course or seminar for high risk college students and they could do well. You probably think I am some kind of kook, but I'm not. I am so glad I found the real source of this so that I can thank you for how this made my life better, I was 18 when I found this and I am 50 now. I was able to college, grad school and serve as a missionary for my church because of the positive message you gave me.. Thank you so much. George

It did have a huge impact on me (the Lioncub) when I first heard it thanks to Colleen, I laughed so much and I thought: "Aw my god, I need to buy the extended version and play that over and over and over again till I drop" (laughs)! So, of course, if you don't take a step back you can't understand why self-appreciation is important. To some people it might be something "arrogant"; people may think that it is a very "self-centred" approach. But, on the other hand, when you're young and insecure, or when you face difficulties in your life, being kind to yourself might be the only way to keep going. And, lastly, think about it, how do you react when something bad happens to you, something you need to take care of, something you need to address be it an accident, or an event you don't really know how to handle (an illness for instance)? What do you tell yourself? You say "I'm gonna make it, I'm gonna find a solution, I'm gonna get out of this maze". This is belief; this is an indirect way to tell yourself that you care about what you are. The same thing happens when you work hard on something (like I did on this blog) or when you're ready to quit whilst your inner voice keeps on telling you "No, don't do that; try one more time". There is hope in there; there is self-love, there is a need to show people how much you mean to the world. It is also, a "self-extending" experience... You believe so much in yourself that you are ready to destroy your boundaries and show the world how important and great you are. And it is You for you, and not you against the other people. You don't need to win a race; you don't need to compare yourself to other people. If they love you, they will recognise your value. Be True. Don't let yourself Go. Don't let life destroy your light, and everything will be Fine...

With all of that in mind, let's discover some of the song's secrets! Because this blog is all about being "Balearic", it's all about... You!


The first question you might ask yourself is: Who is behind Will Powers? My first answer: Did you notice the play on words in the band's name? Nice move, heh? ^^ As they say, if there is a Will, there is a Way...

In an interview she gave to the Redbullacademy on December 18, 2015, the Rock Photographer Lynn Goldsmith said: "I thought: “What could I do that’s not like anybody else?” I have always been someone who hopefully helped people to realize their potential, whether I used the camera to show them that they could be beautiful or helping people to have a better stage presence by helping with their dancing. I opened doors for people.

In my lifetime, I had also been through every form of therapy I could think of. Whether it was therapy from a spiritual path like meditation, primal scream therapy, Dr. Casriel’s group therapy, Freudian therapy. I had a teacher who studied with Sai Baba. My thing was there’s always something to be gotten from everything. Even if you think that it’s simplistic or baloney, there’s something to be gotten from it. I felt like all those self-help books, from Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People to Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking, or The Greatest Salesman in the World, I’d read them and be laughing out loud. The stories seem so made up, but it didn’t matter, there were germs of truth in them."

So as with a lot of things in life, the song was born out of a Will... Working as a Rock photographer, Lynn got to hear a sample at her Friend's (Rob Palmer) house. She came up with a rap and recorded the song using a vocoder to get that neutral voice, including it on the LP she was working on back then. It is interesting to note how she insists on the words, their structure, their "Sounding Force ". Using word's natural dynamics and rhythmic structure is so important when conveying a message! To me, it is a full part of the "positive thinking" method!

Everything in that song is about the Soul and the positive impact it can have on us. I truly believe we all have a Soul, and it is our duty to find it and to allow it to become our absolute best friend (yes, I know dear Lioncub, you're happy, don't forget to hug Michael Too, please!)

"I used a vocoder and worked with lots of different possibilities. I wanted it to be neither male nor female. I wanted it to be one’s supposedly inner voice. I don’t know if I was successful with that, but that was where I was going with it. Todd taught me how to use the vocoder. It took a lot of work to get it like that. You have to talk a certain way with a certain rhythm pattern: “You. ARE. An. Im. PORT-ant. Per-SON. a u-NIQUE. Indi-VID-ual.” You can hear the ups and downs and make a sine wave that matches it. You have to do it in a certain way for the voice to modulate like that."

Featuring Sting, Todd Rundgren, Nile Rogers, Carly Simpson in the recording process and also the great Meat Loaf in the video Clip which made use for the first time of 3D Technology, "Adventures in Sucess" is a song every one of us should listen to at least once in a month. In another interview Lynn gave about the song, she stated "I have always thought that one has to find who or she is, and that's why I wanted to create the character Will Powers".

Last but not least, I would like to end this unorthodox presentation, by bringing out one last quote explaining why the song has been chosen by the Balearic Breakfast Family and played by Colleen (yes, we are talking about that Mental Connexion once again)!

"I wanted the whole record to be danceable, however that’s where it kind of got away from me because as writing and recording for the record progressed, I felt the words took over. In that way, the album did fulfill my original vision. It’s really important for all of us to get up and move. I think dancing is important."


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