Monthly Archives: November 2014

New Version of Magical Mystery Tour

tharpe Logic Pro X is amazing  (so is most music software) but Logic is the one I use since it was Notator in the 90s which became Notator/Logic which became Logic/Audio which became Logic. At one point the two chief creators toured North America appearing at discussion groups. When they came to Toronto they were presented in the side room at the Diamond (it’s always the Diamond to me even though it has changed names as often as Notator) and I found myself with about a dozen other composers there to meet them and talk to them. It felt like meeting the Beatles in Hamburg. I told Gerhard Lengeling that I missed the fact that in their latest version they eliminated the earlier representation of a piano roll vertically like a old piano roll and he said “Oh ya, we should bring that back in the next version”. Wow, I just influenced the next version of Logic. That was like Paul agreeing to add a diminished chord to Magical Mystery Tour just because I asked about it. Apple_Gerhard_Lengeling


One thing that always bugged me about QTV was that there already was a QTV. Here is a video of them being busted. Robert Priest, Ben Cleveland, Joe Bennaroch even my brother Ronnie among the many faces here that played each night and broadcast live to the pre internet world.


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There was a Sufi story the gist of which was about imitating a master when studying under them even if you didn’t understand why they did what they did. There are things you can learn from imitation that might not make sense immediately, maybe after some months or years it’ll make sense. The guy I studied piano with as a young man played the piano without any upper body movement (not the way I naturally play) and sometimes I tried imitating him;  It changed my internal experience. Sometimes people imitating other artists they admire, I get it. It’s only weird if they don’t eventually drop it and move on to their own thing.

I was struck by that when I found this youtube clip of the amazing man Marty Feldman. This clip performed in 1969 and 1970 made me wonder if Eric Idle was a fan because it resembled one of his famous characters….but I could be wrong. marty-feldman