Music Monday: Minimalism

John Cage’s 4’33. A pianist comes out and sits at a piano and begins to…do nothing for four minutes and thirty-three seconds. Is this taking minimalism too far, or is it just someone beating everyone else to the punch. Probably the latter. My first exposure to minimalism was Philp Glass’s Koyaanisqatsi. I didn’t hear itContinue reading “Music Monday: Minimalism”

Music Monday: Opus 5 Playing and Recording

Now that I have written a piece of music, what next? Music, like other forms of artistic expression, is meant to be shared. Not always—some of what I have created will only be seen and heard by myself. Not that I’m selfish, some things are just too personal. There are two options: Live or recorded.Continue reading “Music Monday: Opus 5 Playing and Recording”

Music Monday: Opus 4-Writing it Down

When I started my musical education journey, I didn’t have the advantages of computer transcription programs. There was no easy access to popular sheet music. Other that a few guitar magazines, if I wanted to learn a song, I had to get a recording and learn it by ear. That’s not an altogether bad thing—it’sContinue reading “Music Monday: Opus 4-Writing it Down”

Music Monday: Opus 2

I sommelier once told me, don’t let anyone tell you what you taste. If you taste black cherry, then it has notes of black cherry. He also said that price shouldn’t be a factor. If you like it, it’s a good wine. That’s advice coming from someone whose job it is to sell us onContinue reading “Music Monday: Opus 2”

Music Monday: Composing something original

I was thinking the other day (I do that sometimes) how much easier it would have been to be a composer in the early days. For example: Gregorian chant? You hold that low drone for a while, and then we’ll move up and down this scale I invented. Ohhh, I got an idea! Let’s singContinue reading “Music Monday: Composing something original”