Tuesday, February 17, 2009
What I'm up to Musically...
As if a room filled with art supplies, panels to paint on,
every storage space packed with framed paintings isn't
enough...imagine being a long time musician as well!
Amps, guitars, sound systems with main speakers,
cables, floor pedals, mic stands...on and on.
Many folks understand that artists are very often
musicians as well...and vice versa. There is a deeper
appreciation & understanding too I think for that which
is held in common...such as rhythm. Rhythm as in
tapping and strumming the guitar, rhythm as in color
notes and brushwork in painting.
A big one for my teaching of painting has been the
idea that less is more, focusing in on the one or two
essentials that the viewer will have no confusion for
understanding what grabbed the artist by the jugular
and said, "paint me!" I use a cliche to better explain,
"where everything is shouting nothing gets heard!"
A principle most important once again for both
music and visual arts.
So...thought I'd catch up with friends here, curious
what I've been doing musically...and put together a
short casual setting video of my discovering of late
the employment of Kyser short capos to my acoustic
There is a little known link on my website that
will bring up some past history on my music play
over the years, some CD's available...click here to
check that out if interested.
While my past is more rock and blues, for the past
several years the acoustic has taken my interest
working with capos and fingerstyle, and here are
two of the three CD project I've been working on,
the last will be called, "Wandering No More"
So...now you know a bit more about me as an
Coming back a few days later now, and tonight
having been inspired early today...I spent time in
the recording studio and put those last riffs I
demonstrated in the video above to use, writing
and producing the song "In the Presence of the
New Day" .
In the Presence of the New Day
Has a bit different arrangment and sound, but
finding a hook leads to creative possibilities.
I really like this new one, and it has my former
band "Beggar's Joy" all over it. I know they
would love it!