Monthly Archives: September 2012

Capturing the World’s Imagination

We all have a tendency to notice the things we want to notice, which reinforce our prejudices and ignore the things that argue powerfully against them.  The whole notion of the starving artist is something that people believe in, because … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Overdubs

I suppose that if you don’t record music, this post might not mean very much to you.  It’s about a technique called “overdubbing”.  Overdubbing is the process of recording something once, and then making another recording alongside of the first, … Continue reading

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Taking and Telling the Time

Ever noticed that humans are the only creatures that care what time it is?  We’re the only species that have clocks and calendars and the only ones that obsess about times and dates.  That might have some universal benefits, but … Continue reading

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I’ll Be Brief

While the obsession with brevity is necessary, in an information soaked age, and while lucidity and clarity benefit from concision, there are still some things that need the longer narrative.  You can’t tell every story well in 140 characters. So … Continue reading

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Illusions – To Shatter or Not to Shatter?

It seems to me that artists, writers, musicians and all human beings have a fundamental choice to make.  In their daily work and in the values embodied within and stories told by their art works, they can choose to uphold … Continue reading

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An Explanation for the Guitar Face

It’s a subject of quiet tittering and amusement.  When guitar players play their solos, they contort and twist their faces, gurning in unconscious ways, so that they look, frankly, ridiculous.  What is it about playing music that connects to the … Continue reading

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