Tag Archives: Surprise

Tragicians

It occurred to me, the other day, that there was no word I could think of to describe what I believe is a very large group of people.  Artists are particularly well represented in this group (perhaps over represented), but … Continue reading

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Bringing Your “A” Game to Collaborations

There is an unconscionably cruel joke which asks, “Was Ringo Starr the best drummer in the world?” to which the riposte is, “The world?  He wasn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles!” For those that aren’t aware, it’s a … Continue reading

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Musical Motifs

My musical focus, lately, has been on trying to compose melodic motifs or fragments, in an improvisational setting, that have some beauty to them.  It’s very easy to simply roll out all the licks you’ve learned, or to doggedly stick … Continue reading

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Adding the Magic

I read something today, written by the ever-inspirational Seth Godin, asking who is in charge of putting the magic into your corporate project, or whatever it is you’re all working on together.  It’s a very good question.  Who, indeed? It … Continue reading

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Treasure Unearthed

It was only three quid, so I bought it for old time’s sake.  I have a fondness for music of this era.  Maybe I could refresh my memory and learn (or re-learn) a few things about what made this music … Continue reading

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Idea Density in Music

I’ve discovered something about my own tastes in music.  The kind of music I like, it turns out, is music with a pretty high density of musical ideas in it.  That means for every minute of music, there is a … Continue reading

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Three Astonishing Albums from a Parallel Universe

It’s an exciting time for music fans of a certain age.  Several long-awaited albums by some of my favourite artists are due imminently, yet never before has the music industry seemed so hesitant or tentative about actually releasing an album … Continue reading

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