Images through words

Images through words

The songs that stand out for me the most are those that tell a story and paint mental pictures of the story the singer is trying to tell. It’s easy to say or to write the phrase, “show don’t tell,” but actually writing a song that touches listeners emotionally, tells a story, and paints mental pictures is the most challenging aspect of songwriting. Continue reading Images through words

Patience, practice, and perseverance – Essential elements of being in a band

Patience, practice, and perseverance – Essential elements of being in a band

You will be dealing with different personality types, different worldviews, and different levels of experience and knowledge. You must recognize that we’re not all the same and that everyone has something to contribute – otherwise, why are you on the same team?
You may argue, disagree or even fight from time to time. Don’t make it personal or else your band will be doomed, and you might damage or lose good friendships in the process. Continue reading Patience, practice, and perseverance – Essential elements of being in a band

The Importance of a Regular Practice Routine

The Importance of a Regular Practice Routine

Music brings people together and makes them feel. Makes them feel happy. Makes them feel sad. Makes them feel hopeful, fearful, or bold. Music makes you think. Think about life. Think about love. Think about issues; about people; about your soul. And sometimes music just makes you want to cut loose and crank it up to 11, in a Spinal Tap kind of way. To be part of something so visceral and so real, as one who brings it into the world, is a tremendous feeling and hugely important responsibility. Continue reading The Importance of a Regular Practice Routine

The Blessing and Curse of Modern Technology

The Blessing and Curse of Modern Technology

Like many things, tech can bring people together but can also drive them apart. It takes time, money, effort and resources to learn and keep up with tech. It also takes the desire to invest all of this effort into it as well. Society in general needs to be more understanding that not everybody has the ability or will to learn technology. And as in the case of our seniors, not everyone can relate well enough with it to learn enough to use it proficiently enough to use it as a daily tool that so many of us take for granted. Continue reading The Blessing and Curse of Modern Technology

21 in 21: Twenty-One Great Songs From the Past Twenty-One Years Featuring Excellent Guitar

21 in 21: Twenty-One Great Songs From the Past Twenty-One Years Featuring Excellent Guitar

There are plenty of songs in the new millennium that prove guitar based music is alive and kicking. Here are just a few examples of guitar based songs from the past 21 years that sound great and do a really good job promoting the guitar as a central instrument in a song’s arrangement. Continue reading 21 in 21: Twenty-One Great Songs From the Past Twenty-One Years Featuring Excellent Guitar