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
I sat down the other day and was able to write a few potential transitions to get me from one part to the next. There are so many different forms that a piece of classical music can take. Some take the forms of dances: Gavotet, Mazurka, Allemande, while others are named for their tempo: Allegro, … Continue reading Music Monday: Opus 6 – Progress
I hope you have been enjoying my composition series Opus 1 through 5. The next one will follow once I have all the parts connected into a cohesive piece of music. How long does that take? Beats me, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I’ll share a project I have been working on called Places. … Continue reading Music Monday: Places (acoustic guitar)
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 on … Continue reading Music Monday: Opus 2
A few news stories have come out over the last few weeks about musicians selling the rights to their song catalogs. Now, this is nothing new, one of the first bombshells was when Michael Jackson purchased some of The Beatles songs – which I believe were repurchased years later. Recently, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and … Continue reading Music Monday: Sell-out or Just Business?