Can Old Guys Kick Some Ass?

Can Old Guys Kick Some Ass?

One weekend my daughter was going out with her friends and wondered if my wife and I would watch our grandson.

She asked me if I had ever heard of the local band they were going to see.   I heard of them but I never saw them play.

Then she said with a bit of disappointment “Oh, they look kind of old.”

When I looked at the band’s publicity pictures they didn’t look like a bunch of guys in their twenties but “old” is not a word that came to my mind.  To me they looked like they could have been in their mid to late thirties possibly their forties.

To someone who is in their late fifties that is not old.  Old would be watching someone my father’s age play.

I don’t mind her calling them old.  I understand it’s subjective to the viewer’s perspective. Continue reading

If You Can Count It, You Can Play It

If You Can Count It, You Can Play It

One of the basic lessons I learned when I was taking drum lessons was how to count time.

I learned the basic 1,2,3,4  for quarter notes, 1N,2N,3N,4N for eighth notes , 1ENA, 2ENA, 3ENA, 4ENA for sixteenth notes and 1NA,2NA, 3NA, 4NA for eighth note triplets.

My teacher would say, “If you can count it, you can play it.

This is true.

I play predominantly by feel.  I can read music but it’s been so long since I had to that it takes my brain too long to process what I’m reading into my hands.  I should practice it more but there are just so many things you can work on in such limited time.  Once I finally translate the notes on the page into a feel I forget about the written notes and only use it to reference where I am in the song.

For years just about every song I ever learned I learned by simply listening to it to get the feel and then the arrangement which generally changed when the band covered it.

Recently one of the songs I had to learn for a band had a very syncopated rhythm. Continue reading

Creating in Context

Creating in Context

In the fall of 2014 I read David Byrne’s book “How Music Works”.

I don’t recall how I came across this book, maybe I saw it mentioned on another blog or it popped us as an ad on someone’s sidebar.

I like Talking Heads so I read a brief synopsis and from that synopsis decided this book would be something I would enjoy reading.

I found the book very interesting and would highly recommend it to anyone who has a love and passion for music.

In the first chapter David Byrne wrote about the creation of music and how what is written/created is a product of the context it was written in.  It is a product of the time and situation when it was created. Continue reading