Don’t Be Afraid to Colour Outside of Your Own Lines

Don’t Be Afraid to Colour Outside of Your Own Lines

This is our fifth final episode of our interview with Darren Michael Boyd. In this episode we talk about the influence of the late great Eddie Van Halen on modern rock music. We also expound on the greatness of the band Van Halen and how each of its members contributed in their own unique ways.
Darren then treats us to more of his excellent guitar playing. He features his “spooky surf” music. It’s a unique combination of staccato picking, heavy reverb, and lots of short notes, with very few rests. He also features quite a bit of hybrid picking that he attributes to Billy Idol’s excellent guitarist, Steve Stevens. Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid to Colour Outside of Your Own Lines

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