October 11: Sour Went for the literal... All previous drawings: https://linesbyleon.com/inktober/ Music Monday: The Unknown Known I found my old iPod shuffle which had some playlists that I hadn’t heard for quite some time. Each song brought back memories, some pleasant, some…well, not so much. Often we stumble upon a band that grabs us from … Continue reading Music Monday/ Inktober Day 11 (Sour): The Unknown Known
I hope that you enjoyed my conversation last week. It was fun to do, and I will definitely do more. I tried to keep it casual sounding yet informative as I aim to highlight some of the authors I am doing promotions with. Now onto today's topic: When I first picked up a guitar, I … Continue reading Music Monday: The Folly of Youth
(This interview was originally posted on August 9, 2021) Welcome to my new conversation series! Season 1, Episode 1: The One with Abigail [Chairs scuffing on floor...*cough*...] Hi, Abigail. I’m glad you made it. I know that internet traffic can be congested at times. So, if you are comfortable, let’s get started. In 33 1/3 … Continue reading Music Monday: In Conversation With Abigail de Niverville
So I decided to put my interview skills to the test. I have written a few humorous ones, Leon Stevens Interviews Himself, but after participating few new book promos, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce some of the authors that are featured on my page, Discover New Authors and Free Books. … Continue reading Music Monday/Monday Musings: Now for something completely different.
I heard a song the other day and it reminded me of a past event. The odd thing was that I had never heard it before, yet it made me reminisce. I guess that the words or the melody fit into my memories so that I could picture myself experiencing it in a different time. … Continue reading Music Monday: Deja…kind of vu?
Did popular music run out of ideas after the first few decades? Last week I wrote about songs that sound the same. Today, we visit how we hear artists reaching back to sample from the musical buffet of the past. Sometimes it is because an artist is heavily influenced by a certain band, or like … Continue reading Music Monday: What Goes Around Comes Around
12 notes. How many combinations can you get? Quite a few. Most of the popular music we listen to is made up of 7, so that makes a few less combinations. Just a quick theory lesson: Western music - not Country and Western - which originated in Europe, is based on the major scale, which … Continue reading Music Monday: I’ve Heard That Song Before
Sometimes a song will just grab you for several different reasons. Lyrics hit close to home, a melody moves you, or the rhythm makes you want to dance. I listen to a wide variety of music, as I wrote about in a previous Music Monday: Music Monday: So Many Genres. Here are a couple of … Continue reading Music Monday: You Oughta’ Tune – Yer Makin’ Me Cry
I write better than I play. I play better than I record. I record better than I perform. Which is why it takes me a long time to get my music into audio form. It was the mid [insert decade here]s. I was two years out of high school, still trying to figure out what … Continue reading Music Monday: Riviera Galliard
I finally changed the strings on my guitar. Wow. What a difference. Will that give me motivation to play more? I still enjoy playing, but sometimes it feels too much like a chore. It takes me a long time to learn a new piece of music (or re-learn something). If I step away for a … Continue reading Music Monday: Nobody’s Perfect