Choose Your Own Adventure (Psychopath Version)

 

photo: john maclean

Played an event last Monday called the Wrecking Ball perhaps named after the Neil Young song or maybe the name refers to breaking up complacency. The recorded version is slightly different.

they passed a law last week

scientists can’t speak

gag order

they want every tape recorder

they want to control the blues

restrict access to the news

shamelessly they grin

there will be no facts without spin

they’re tough on crime that’s right

they own a patent on that sound bite

their grand plan unveiled

build more jails

they want to control the blues

restrict access to the news

shamelessly they grin

there will be no facts without spin

they’re okay with foul play

every little G20 cop got paid

but what’s especially perverse

is that this all feels rehearsed

they want to control the blues

restrict access to the news

shamelessly they grin

there will be no facts without spin

photo: john maclean

Ones and Zeros

I work a lot with digital samples.

Wonder when there will be a Margaret Atwood  or  Salmon Rushdie Filter for writing? A Scorsese filter or Lina Wertmuller plug-in for film treatments? Probably around the corner. There was a 10 – 15 year span of  heated arguments about this stuff but it’s history now and the digitaligentsia won.

scorsese

I’ve met more than one film director who’s happy to use music that came with software as themes for their film, it’s impressive, tons of loops credit and copyright free. Downside is they sound like loops. Most people don’t care about  the difference  between Tom Cruise vs. Benicio Del Torro.

Instead of bending over backwards to please the tastes of people who I don’t share taste with or competing with the next composer who has a connected manager or is insider cousin or whatever,  I thought – make something of quality that isn’t imitated so easily. Maybe bigger players will notice things that stands out for quality.

Or perhaps I should go back to school and try to get a better teaching job, a more secure situation with benefits; massages, dental and hopefully a vegetable tempura discount.

Vegetable-Tempura

 

Piano Lessons: Slowing down

Sometimes when learning something new one reaches a saturation point. People just have to slow down, “do it at the speed you actually can do it without mistakes”, said the best teacher I had. Don’t practice mistakes instead practice playing it right, if that’s very slow so be it, it’ll change tempo later.

In this exercise Mr. B. is trying to play both in 3/4 and 2/4. Using the phrase “not difficult” to remember the feel of the rhythm.

These four jugglers have an imaginary piano between them.