While many prominent musicians famously shun any discussion of genres, the fact is that there are broad categories of music with shared origins, instrumentation, arrangements, and other characteristics that bind them together.
My classical piano studies taught me a lot about technique and reading music, but in jazz and pop styles, you improvise over chord changes. That terrified me. How do you just… improvise? I didn’t know how to make the transition.
When looking for a summer festival to conclude their 2015 Zip Code Tour, The Rolling Stones picked Quebec City’s Festival D’ Été De Quebec as the event with the most festival feel in North America.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a union guy through and through. When I see public sector unions doing battle with the government, I don’t bitch about how good civil servants already have it compared to the rest of us, I bitch that the rest of us should have it as good as the unionized workers do.
It turns out that playing music engages almost every part of your brain simultaneously! As a musician, I found this fascinating and wanted to share it with our readers.
Live streaming this Friday at 7:30 NS (Atlantic), Life As A Human features two-time JUNO Award winning folk musician – the troubadour with a banjo – Old Man Luedecke. See this master songwriter in the tradition of the great folk artists like Woody Guthrie in the most intimate of settings, a “house concert” in a small town Shelburne Nova Scotia recording studio, HarbourTone Productions.
We of the masses who consume or benefit from the products of highly creative minds and souls often have a romantic notion of the “tortured genius.” But we do not live in their world.
If the Beach Boys and John Lennon had a baby, it would be this surfer, tattooed flower child spreading his message of peace and love. His guitarist could be a leather-clad punk, but Franti’s lyrics and stage presence offer equal counterpoint.
With unprecedented room to experiment and access to so many different viewers, Psy and others show us that music videos have found a new calling on the Internet – a postmodern medium that lends itself so easily to cheeky, self-reflexive, ironic content. Enter the funny, satirical music video.
Jacqueline Du Pré has been for me a ‘Song Without Words’ because no one word could express what she was.