daphnep: (lempika guitar)
( Apr. 27th, 2007 03:30 pm)
Doesn't hearing Tom Waits' voice just make you smile?

Everything about Tom Waits makes me smile. See, that's the thing about the holy trinity: books, art, and music. Art in all its forms is the surest way to change people's moods, feed them information, change their outlook, change their lives, feed them the little changes bit by bit that add up and make up the bigger picture, or just send people about their day slightly changed. It's what matters.

Today, it's Tom Waits.
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( Apr. 11th, 2007 10:43 am)
Here's a fascinating article from the Washington Post, about an experiment with violin virtuoso Joshua Bell busking in the D.C. Metro:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html

I don't have time to really read it like I want to, so I'm posting it here to come back to, later. Some of y'all might be interested as well...touches on an entire range of points fascinating to me, from contextualizing art to children's innate musical appreciation to buddhist mindfulness.
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( Feb. 16th, 2004 03:07 pm)
This is just the best music magazine ever:
http://www.pastemusic.com

Every issue comes with the coolest mix CD ever. I can just stack the CD carousel with Paste mixes, hit "shuffle", and live happily every after. The only problem is that on each one, I find about 4-8 songs of artists whose CDs I just have to run out and buy.

Artists who I first heard through "Paste" that I've bought so far include:

Over the Rhine
Sun Kil Moon
Erin McKeown
The Flatlanders
Belle and Sebastian
Pete Yorn
Clem Snide
Rober Earl Keen

Then there are all the musicians I already liked and that Paste was cool enough to include more of for me, like Wanda Jackson, Juliana Hatfield, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and The Be Good Tanyas.

I'm in a happy little musical vortex over here.
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( Sep. 24th, 2003 11:43 am)
This morning my fingers hurt so much from playing guitar that I had to stop after a couple of songs. I've got some pretty decent callouses, but not good enough, it seems. This is such a neat process, learning guitar! Since I've never played a musical instrument before, it's as if a whole new part of my brain is being woken up and put to use. I keep figuring things out, and then applying them to all the little song exercises in my books, playing through this and that...I've also discovered I'm starting to be able to remember music a little better. Last night before going to bed I had a "eureka!" moment and put together the chords and melody of "Love Me Tender" (yeah, sure, easy enough for the musicians among you, but for me it was a big deal) and then this morning, I picked up the guitar and was able to play it through without looking back at my notes.

And the thing about music is that (mostly) it all fits a regular pattern. It's like a puzzle, or an equation...if I take it apart and figure out how it works, it all makes sense and becomes easier to play. And when I get it right, I get the reward of playing something that actually sounds good.

Two nights ago I had a dream that little green buds of tree branches were sprouting from the tips of my fingers. I think it comes from this tingly feeling I have all the time, in my fingers, from pressing on the strings.
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( Sep. 8th, 2003 10:40 am)
Now why is it that I am so irresistably drawn to a very specific certain type of bouncy pop music? I'm sure that if I looked at it closely, I could figure out exactly what musical element it is that draws me to play the same CDs over and over again.

The epitome of the sounds that I am craving right now can be found on these albums:
Papas Fritas "buildings and grounds"
The Be Good Tanyas, both "chinatown" and "blue horse"
Erin McKeown "grand"

At certain times, Erin McKeown sounds almost like Jolie Holland (from the Be Good Tanyas) or the guitar part will sound just like Papas Fritas, the three groups endlessly circling in a happy spiral of sameness.

Eeek!
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