Sometimes it’s nice to take a step away from the usual sources of discussion and inspiration to see things from a different angle.
Robert Farrell and I get together every Sunday to write and record songs. Our influences come largely from the pop and blues/rock genres. However, in the last year we’ve explored a variety of music styles and experimented with different song structures, production techniques and instrumentation. Part of that is for the challenge, and part because […]
We often go to Kingston (Ontario) to get away from our surroundings. I could carry on about the many reasons that make Kingston the great escape. During one of our getaway weekends last September, we saw a performance by Sheesham and Lotus. They seem to live the period of history when the railway was the […]
I’ve seen my favourite band of all time, The Police, twice (once with hair dyed for the occasion), Sting twice, Huey Lewis and the News and ZZ Top four times each, Eric Clapton twice and Dire Straits once. I’ve also seen Billy Joel, Buddy Guy, Crowded House, Mr. Mister, Howard Jones, the Thompson Twins and more. […]
It’s hard not to blog about these guys. Everything they do seems to incorporate a number of different creative ideas. Plus, they always look so serious when they’re doing the crazy stuff noone else has.
In his book “Wild Thing”, new-wave-breaking booking agent Ian Copeland recalls Sting’s reluctance for The Police to make the shift from performing in relatively small-large venues to arenas and stadiums. Sting was concerned about losing connection with the audience. It was only when The Police were taken to see Bruce Springsteen perform at Madison Square […]
It’s Friday. Let’s have a little fun, shall we? Thanks to Boing, Boing for bringing this great video (and musician) to my attention last week. You can see more videos by Diego Stocco (including one in which he plays a tree as a musical instrument) on his YouTube channel.
Creative people need to do three things today. Start a new creative project Pick up the book Free Play (if you don’t already own a copy) Watch the incredible TEDtalk (below) by brain surgeon, musician and researcher Charles Limb
Try as they might, very few teachers were able to inspire me and make learning interesting. I frustrated easily and was more interested in socializing than cracking open a book and doing exercises. More significantly, I realize very few worked from an interesting script, or were willing to stray from the script to energize education. […]
Everything is better when you have a great (name your) system in place! The band OK Go is the king of synthesizing great ideas, great music and great fun — and single-camera shoots to boot!
In a 2004 interview on CNN, Bruce Hornsby identified himself as a lover of stories. From my point of view, as someone who rediscovered an appreciation of Bruce’s music and storytelling this past summer, that seems to just scratch the foundation of what he creates and performs. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never seen Bruce […]