Conference Saturdays: visualizing the world of sound
By September 8, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Conference Saturdays: visualizing the world of sound

Sometimes it’s nice to take a step away from the usual sources of discussion and inspiration to see things from a different angle.

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Give everyone a reason to have both
By August 6, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Give everyone a reason to have both

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 […]

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Inspiration from south of the Mason-Dixon line
By July 4, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Inspiration from south of the Mason-Dixon line

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 […]

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Colin Hay: a unique concert experience
By May 10, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Colin Hay: a unique concert experience

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. […]

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OK Go strikes again
By February 5, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

OK Go strikes again

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.

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Everybody sings
By October 9, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

Everybody sings

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 […]

Playing a dry cleaner
By September 30, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Playing a dry cleaner

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.

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Your brain on improv
By January 28, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Your brain on improv

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

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Stop competing with yourself
By January 9, 2011 3 Comments Read More →

Stop competing with yourself

I’ve been accused of being a gear-head; a person who collects cool gadgets because, well, they’re cool and they’re hooked in to my interests. That means a musician collects several instruments, bigger and better amplifiers, more effects than they need, some really cool accessories and the latest and greatest home studio software to record and […]

Teaching for skills and passion
By January 8, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Teaching for skills and passion

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. […]

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Synthesis
By December 17, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Synthesis

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!

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What Bruce Hornsby taught me about communicating
By December 3, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

What Bruce Hornsby taught me about communicating

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 […]

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