Here is an article by Angie Johnson-Schmit wrote for The Noise. http://thenoise.us/editions/0915y.pdf
I had a wonderful experience lately, recording the trio Faultline. They are Yohan Glidden on guitar and lead vocals, Cozzy Bohrman on bass and vocals, and True Borhman on drums and vocals. These guys were amazing, recording two of their own songs plus Sunshine of Your Love in just a few hours. They are all in their teens and had never been in a studio before. I was really impressed with how they just came in a did it without nitpicking little things, just capturing their essential sound. That’s really hard for even very experienced studio musicians to do. Here are their two original songs.
To See the End
I’ve been noticing lately how connected our lives are to our music. Well, if we ARE music then that might imply that our lives and our music are the same thing. Or we can think of them as aliases of each other. On my Mac I can select an object and make an alias from it. Now anything I do to the object is reflected in the alias and vice versa. Maybe it’s the same with Music and Life. We just don’t always know which is the original.
I notice this relationship more in my students than in myself. So having written that, it might be fun to jump in to my own psyche as an example. One of my biggest blocks is reading music. When I think that reading music is mostly about following directions it makes me ponder a truth that I really don’t like following directions. I like to do things my way. So maybe I could work on being a good follower which would in turn help my reading skills. And maybe if I develop my reading skills it will teach me to be a better follower. And if reading becomes really fun (which it tends to be) I will start to enjoy following more.
I have students who are changing many aspects of their lives through music and vice versa. Some are becoming less tentative in life and music. Some are more able to flow around life’s bumps as they develop music improvisation skills. Some, like me, are learning to focus more as they learn to read music.
I’m wondering if we can achieve all of our desires through music. Want to be more powerful? Work on your fortissimo playing. (That means playing very loud) Want new love in your life? Put some attention on your sensitivity, your passion, and your sensualness in your music. Want to be rich? Play like there are no limits to your creativity.
In other words, play more music and live more life.
The Hero’s Journey
Meg Bohrman recently completed a CD at comMUSIKey that encapsulates all that we believe in with the recording process. The CD is part of a songbook of 13 songs. In each song she explores her relationship to the archetypal energy that shapes all of our lives. The recording process has been her own hero’s journey on the way to sharing her music with the world. She will use the CD and book in her work as a music therapist. Here are some tastes:
Chief Seattle’s Song
So Much to let Go
I’m in Love with a Magician
We’ve had some wonderful improvisational music making sessions in the Prescott College Chapel recently. These were open to Prescott College student who wanted to take a chance at being musically creative. Thank you Bill Barton for setting this up. Here are a couple of examples:
The next Music For Everybody Playshop at comMUSIKey will be Sunday January 4th at 6 pm. 327 N. Alarcon St., Prescott AZ. They are every first Sunday at 6 and every 3rd Wednesday at 7.