Archive for April, 2009

Alison

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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Band Etiquette Part 1

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Having been in a number of bands and a slew of other musical groups, all with varying degrees of success, I would now like to explore the ways interpersonal relationships and interactions manifest themselves in a rock group and lead to success or failure.

First, we should define what success is. It doesn’t necessarily mean sold out tours and platinum albums. Success could be as humble as an appreciative listener in a bar buying you a beer or, even more modestly, that good feeling you get when everyone ends the song together. Whatever your definition of success it’s nice if the players know what they want and even if they don’t want the same thing, the thing each individual wants needs to be compatible with what the other player’s want. Even if all the bassist wants is to get drunk and laid once in a while and the drummer wants a Beverly Hills mansion, there’s no reason why they both can’t be satisfied. Well, there might be a lot of reasons but, at least they’re not working at cross purposes. Since my word count is approaching 200 this would be a good place to call this part 1 and ask you to leave comments along the vein of what success in a band is.

Layla

Monday, April 27th, 2009

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Carry On/Wayward Son

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

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Through the Fire and Flames

Friday, April 17th, 2009

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Money and Power

Friday, April 17th, 2009

I feel for the person who sinks his life savings into a business and gets taken by unscrupulous employees. That is, I feel for them provided that they are providing a business in a manner that truly helps their customer and is considerate and honorable towards everyone involved. This rant is not about people who work tirelessly to provide comfort and security to others within the parameters of the free market system. I have unfortunately had the distasteful experience of dealing with people who have been entrusted with other people’s money and given the power to dole out and revoke careers in a manner that serves no one except their own inflated egos. Unfortunately, my experience has been that these kinds of bosses are the norm.

CD Packaging

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Since Scott and denis moved to Az I haven’t been able to do a decent job of promoting the BoScoDen CD. I can sell them at gigs when I do a solo performance so, since I have all the stuff to make them in my basement, I just bought the supplies and manufactured them myself. The jewel case was the most expensive part and the most easily damaged. They’re hard to open but, they are still the industry standard for packaging. If they’re no longer in use when I use up the ones I have I’ll be glad to switch to something else.

Disco Sucks

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Being old enough to remember a time before disco, I feel compelled to share with the younger readers of this blog just how devastating that particular movement was to the counterculture.

Unlike the folk movement of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, which integrated nicely with the social conscience aspects of music in the 60’s and 70’s the historical underpinnings of disco could only be found in the dance music of the Flappers, Big Band and the sterilized version of rock found on American Band Stand. Plain and simply, it was dance music and brought nothing to the table except a cheap way for large record corporations to have complete control of the product and venues to get away with hiring a single DJ instead of a band. This hurt bands but, it was devastating to folksingers.

Of course, we have to accept that someone going out on a Friday or Saturday night is not looking to get cerebral. However, we should be able to strike a balance. Why can’t we exercise our minds with thought provoking lyrics while exercise our bodies with a beat. Leonard Bernstein did it with West Side Story. The musical Hair did it and gave the audience a chance to dance too. Music should touch all the senses; including the sense of purpose.

Stuck

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Sometimes your family drags you off to a place where you’re not really supposed to be but, that’s what families do. Part of being in a family is spending time with the in-laws. They can be a lot of fun on occasion. They usually just frustrate you. I’d be more specific but, my family found out I was blogging and they protested; especially since I told them I was blogging about them.

Let it Be

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

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