Did Bob Dylan Steal Your Tune?

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“The words are the important thing. Don’t worry about tunes. Take a tune – sing high when they sing low, sing fast when they sing slow, and you’ve got a new tune.” Folk legend Woody Guthrie is reported to have said these words to a young unknown folk singer by the name of Bob Dylan … [Read More]

Music Of the Spheres – Rising Up The Serpent’s Tail

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“Everything is connected man.” If you have ever, perhaps with the assistance of mind-altering drugs, come to divine a perspective on life the universe and everything in which a web of energy connections, between the stars, planets, colour, sound, the elements, nature, societies and the human body, has presented itself, take heed. If you haven’t, … [Read More]

Zen & The Art of the Singer-Songwriter

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You’re a singer-songwriter, standing on stage, guitar in hand, as lights go down on the audience and powerful lights are beamed upon you. You’re in the moment and totally aware of your surroundings: the obnoxious drunks, the cool kids ready to judge and your friends praying you don’t embarrass them. A warm buzz flows up … [Read More]

Sophisticated Basics in ‘Desperado’ by The Eagles

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been working through ‘Chord Progressions for Songwriters’, a book by Richard J. Scott*. Despite the rather dull title, it’s a fantastic book that has been dishing out inspiration inducing revelations on every page. This week, the I-IV (1st and 4th chords of the chord scale) progression, known as the basic progression, … [Read More]

What happened to Bjork?

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Iceland’s Gelfling goddess of eccentric soul, as wild and sensitive as a fantasy forest creature, Bjork has seemingly been a conduit for the musical expression of universal intelligence. With heart melting, structurally sophisticated melodies, diverse instrumentation and a rich array of rhythms, harmonies and melodic riffs informed by numerous musical styles, much of Bjork’s music … [Read More]