I’ve written a fair bit lately about making a verse more effective, either by creating an interesting key change, or by paying closer attention to how the verse connects to the chorus. In this post, I want to look more closely at the chorus itself, and address an issue when the chorus itself just doesn’t…
There are a few important spots during a song, moments that serve as connectors between one section and the next. What happens during those connecting moments will either enticingly pull the listener along and make them want to keep listening, or that moment will fail to do its job, and we feel a temporary “lull” in…
One of the great pleasures of saxophone performance is playing in an R&B, soul, funk, or rock horn section. Hitting syncopated unison horn shots at high volume with a driving rhythm section feels so incredibly fantastic, for both players and audiences alike. But this kind of work is becoming both increasingly rare and highly competitive, […]
Since 1989 Darren Motamedy has released 11 albums: First Generation, Square One, Dangerously Close, Peace, The Best of Darren Motamedy, It’s All Good, Relax Your Mind, Intimate, Don’t Cha Know, Gruv Horn, and All About Love. All About Love delves deeply into nine smooth jazz cuts. “I wanted to allow the songs to be a […]
It’s tough choosing a tonality when chords move by half step. Here is a method that gives good results.
“Now my consolation is in the stardust of a song” — Mitchell Parish, lyricist, Stardust, 1929. Hoagy Carmichael composer, written 1927 Sometimes I wonder Why I spend the lonely nights Dreaming of a song The melody Haunts my reverie And I am once again with you When our love was new And each kiss an […]
MAKING MELODY COME ALIVE: TED BROWN, ETHAN IVERSON, PUTTER SMITH, HYLAND HARRIS (December 2, 2012) — JAZZ LIVES
Listening to Louis Armstrong, Bobby Hackett is reported as saying, “Do you know how hard it is to make melody come so alive?” I don’t know if Bobby and tenor saxophonist / poet Ted Brown ever encountered each other, but my guess is that Hackett would have said or thought much the same thing. And, […]
We’re all very, very pleased and proud to see Sarah Beth Briggs’ wonderful AVIE Records recording of piano concerti by Mozart and Hans Gál get a Gramophone Magazine Critic’s Choice of 2016 from Guy Rickards in the year-end issue of the magazine. Bravos to Sarah and my wonderful colleagues in the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Congrats…
Kenneth Woods and English Symphony Orchestra Earn Classical Music Magazine “Premiere of the Year” for Second Year in a Row with John Joubert’s Jane Eyre — Kenneth Woods- conductor
For the second year in a row, the English Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director Kenneth Woods have received the Classical Music Magazine Premiere of the Year nod for the Midlands. Following on the 2015 selection of the premiere of Donald Fraser’s orchestration of the Elgar Piano Quintet at the Elgar Hall in the final concert…
Most of the time, a song will start and end in the same key without ever changing. But once in a while, it can be interesting for the audience if they hear the music move off to some new key, even if that key change is just temporary. In music theory terms, it’s called “modulation.”…
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“When an artist stops being a child, he stops being an artist.” — Isamu Noguchi, sculptor, landscape architect, designer, furniture designer
*SONG* “The Bonny Swans” by Loreena McKennit It’s always about the music… Somehow when the right song plays Magic happens. I’ve said before that songs answer riddles. Sound is a power, a force… The riddles are answered in more ways than one. The bridge to the Circle of Light. Wait for the call, the sound, […]
Happy Thanksgiving, my fellow beastly Americans! We just pre-gamed lunch at my place and are heading out to my sister-in-law’s shortly for round 2. In the meantime, I was reading the Talkbass forums instead of actually practicing on my bass and found a thread from quindecima, a pianist-turned-bass player. He can read music and has […]
My Joan of Arc A Poem by Coyote Poetry Just words My Joan of Arc She painted her make-up upon perfect skin. She turned to me and she told me . “I need my war face tonight. I rarely show my real face to anyone. I used to pray for perfect life. Now I […]
Zachary Gulaboff Davis, doctoral student studying with faculty artist Michael Hersch, won Chamber Music Amici’s 2016 Composition Competition with his composition Piano Trio #1. He received a $1,000 commission for the world premiere of his new work, Piano Quintet No.1, by Chamber Music Amici in Oregon in August of 2017.