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Danger Mouse is spot on here. Organic meets Ambient. Radiohead meets Black Keys. Exactly what I envision for every song I write. Oh, and kudos to Norah Jones for a beautiful song. 

TjB

Glen Hansard 

This guy is great. Everything he does has deep emotion. He can’t help but draw his songs from deep within. After all, he is Irish. And growing up in Ireland is no easy life, or so I’ve heard. 

The song “Talking with the Wolves” is off his latest record ‘Rhythm and Repose’. It made me instantly pick up the album cover as soon as the song came on. That’s how I know it’s good. I had to register an image and a source of where this great material came from. It was like subconsciously congratulating myself for a good purchase.

The studio version has a slightly more atmospheric ‘haunting’ approach that I like but with a song like this, it’s nice to see the song fleshed out live. 

Enjoy. 

TjB

You Listen and You Learn

Since I have been focusing on sharpening my skills as a Songwriter, (which has completely overtaken my desire to be a ‘guitarist’) I decided to put the Beatles Revolver album in my car today. Which crazily enough, is the first time I’ve given the Beatles a good listen since my insatiable desire to better myself as a composer. So after listening to the album several times, I noticed how immediate Lennon/McCartney were in establishing a great melodic hook early on. It’s hard to find a Beatle song that doesn’t get your attention within 10 seconds. And what’s even more remarkable and interesting about this, is that almost every ‘Revolver’ song uses the VERSE as the main melodic hook. 

Most typical music and typical (good) music of today, uses the chorus as the focal point to get you interested. Which is the formula I have geared my brain to song write. Not that the verse should be unimportant or dull, but it’s usually the chorus that has that climactic release. Well the Beatles didn’t care to wait that long. 

This song I have attached ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’ (which we all know) grabs your attention immediately and uses the first line of the verse to do this. To establish a brilliant melody. This is the melody we sing. Over and over again. The ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’ is a statement at the end, which cements the title of the song - but not the lyrics of the melody that we associate with this song. 

I find something as little as that very interesting. Because if someone said to me or most other contemporary writers, “I want you to use ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’ for a song title”, I’m sure 9/10 people would wait till the chorus to sing something worth remembering. And only thinking of that line as the ‘hook’. That’s what’s so great. Lennon and McCartney didn’t think like that. The hook came immediately. 

I’m gonna go try this….

TjB

Thanks to those friends who supported, gave feedback and passed my #music off to other ears. It’s all been very positive. Thank you!  (Taken with Instagram)

Thanks to those friends who supported, gave feedback and passed my #music off to other ears. It’s all been very positive. Thank you! (Taken with Instagram)

Excitement for most - Relief for me

This last week ( to a certain few ) and next week, will be the promotion and release of my EP entitled “Feel the Knife”. It’s exciting for my family, my girlfriend & friends - but for me, more than excitement, it’s a relief. 

Maybe that’s common for recording artists. There is so much backstage work that the music can become a chore. You become a manager and forget to be a songwriter for a while. Well thankfully all that is over. My first body of work is ‘out there’. And that’s all I want. I don’t need to sell x amount of copies. Would selling albums be nice? Of course! It’s a wonderful feeling when you know someone appreciates your art. And I hope people do appreciate the “Feel the Knife : EP”. I’m just here to say I feel completely free again and working hard on new material that I am very excited about.

You live and you learn and the process of making my first EP has given me more to draw from in all aspects. Songwriting, voice, production and most importantly the understanding of what is needed at what is not. Simplicity is not to be underestimated. I have a stronger vision than ever before for my next record and if every album I make sharpens my composing, then I’ll welcome the ‘backstage’ work all day long. It’s a small price to pay. 

So I am going to close the shutters, turn off the mobile, sharpen the pencil & tune the strings for the weekend….all in hope that something beautiful comes from this. Something beautiful to share with you guys. 

Best, TjB 

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CLAPTON (of Cream) EMULATION 

(This video is target for the esoteric listener) Haven’t got out my Bluesbird in a while so thought I would today. Because of it’s thick sound my mind and hand technique automatically say “Cream” style Clapton and ultimately I never play as natural to myself as I do when I have my Fender in hand. (like the the last video) Anyway, thought I’d try and emulate as best as possible the intensity EC displayed in Live Cream. Warning: It’s Frantic - but then again, so was Cream.  


One of the coolest photos I’ve seen of Slowhand. Glad I spotted this.

One of the coolest photos I’ve seen of Slowhand. Glad I spotted this.

Booker White - Aberdeen Mississippi Blues

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So for all the musical posing out there this should humble a few people. Certainly humbles me. Excuse me while I go brush off these goosebumps.

P.S… I think Justin Bieber has similar lyrics of heartbreak as these delta singers…..hmmm? gotta love 2011. - TjB

People often talk & argue who is the most influential iconic musician of all time? From Elvis to Marley to Lennon to Dylan. Initially, I would have said Elvis in an instant. However recently I’ve come to realize it was Mr. Bob Dylan who’s profound lyrical message’s lead to this social unrest & the forever awakening & realization that artists could write, sing & play whatever they wanted, regardless of whether or not it was socially & politically correct.
Dylan changed the landscape for popular music. From what I’ve read about him, Dylan had this insatiable drive to be “someone”…famous if you will. He knew he wasn’t the best folk guitar player around & definitely not the best singer. So what did he do? He channeled his energy through the strongest outlet he had going for him: his lyrics. The rest, as we know, is history……
If Dylan had not come along to rub the cat’s fur the wrong way, the Beatles entire discography would have been a collection of songs like “I wanna hold your hand”. It is not coincidental that when Bob finally became a international star The Beatles musical depth was taking shape to a whole other level of social relevance. The Beatles are only one of many examples who Dylan inspired. Bob Marley being another. Many had seen the impact & significance Dylan had conjured through his rebellious & in many ways, truthful outbursts. Today it is normal to hear a song that is controversial & lyrically daring. In fact, it’s quite common. However, there was a time where the lyrical content only went as far as “my woman’s gone & left me”….seriously. That was until Bob Dylan emerged to create a domino effect through the last 5 decades that has left a sustaining message & lyrical freedom that seems to be inscribed subconsciously within our boundaries of entitlement as musical artists. So for that, Mr. Dylan I thank you!
-T

People often talk & argue who is the most influential iconic musician of all time? From Elvis to Marley to Lennon to Dylan. Initially, I would have said Elvis in an instant. However recently I’ve come to realize it was Mr. Bob Dylan who’s profound lyrical message’s lead to this social unrest & the forever awakening & realization that artists could write, sing & play whatever they wanted, regardless of whether or not it was socially & politically correct.

Dylan changed the landscape for popular music. From what I’ve read about him, Dylan had this insatiable drive to be “someone”…famous if you will. He knew he wasn’t the best folk guitar player around & definitely not the best singer. So what did he do? He channeled his energy through the strongest outlet he had going for him: his lyrics. The rest, as we know, is history……

If Dylan had not come along to rub the cat’s fur the wrong way, the Beatles entire discography would have been a collection of songs like “I wanna hold your hand”. It is not coincidental that when Bob finally became a international star The Beatles musical depth was taking shape to a whole other level of social relevance. The Beatles are only one of many examples who Dylan inspired. Bob Marley being another. Many had seen the impact & significance Dylan had conjured through his rebellious & in many ways, truthful outbursts. Today it is normal to hear a song that is controversial & lyrically daring. In fact, it’s quite common. However, there was a time where the lyrical content only went as far as “my woman’s gone & left me”….seriously. That was until Bob Dylan emerged to create a domino effect through the last 5 decades that has left a sustaining message & lyrical freedom that seems to be inscribed subconsciously within our boundaries of entitlement as musical artists. So for that, Mr. Dylan I thank you!

-T

One of the coolest Hendrix photos I’ve seen…..got his ciggy, lyric sheet, cocktail (somehow I don’t think it’s orange juice) & most importantly his axe. Love it!

svenfromoz:

jimi hendirx.

One of the coolest Hendrix photos I’ve seen…..got his ciggy, lyric sheet, cocktail (somehow I don’t think it’s orange juice) & most importantly his axe. Love it!

svenfromoz:

jimi hendirx.

Lyrically, this has to be the most beautiful song I’ve ever heard. The song is a delicate combination of raw and subtle. The imagery is so tangible. I swear I could write a screenplay inspired off these lyrics. Read the lyrics while listening:

She lifts her skirt up to her knees,
walks through the garden rows with her bare feet, laughing.
I never learned to count my blessings,
I choose instead to dwell in my disasters.
I walk on down the hill,
through grass, grown tall and brown
and still its hard somehow to let go of my pain.
On past the busted back of that old and rusted Cadillac
that sinks into this field, collecting rain.
Will I always feel this way?
So empty, so estranged.

And of these cut-throat busted sunsets,
these cold and damp white mornings
I have grown weary.
If through my cracked and dusted dime-store lips
I spoke these words out loud would no one hear me?
Lay your blouse across the chair,
let fall the flowers from from your hair
and kiss me with that country mouth, so plain.
Outside, the rain is tapping on the leaves,
to me it sounds like they’re applauding us the the quiet love we made.
Will I always feel this way?
So empty, so estranged.

Well I looked my demons in the eyes,
laid bare my chest, said “Do your best, destroy me.
You see, I’ve been to hell and back so many times,
I must admit you kind of bore me.”
There’s a lot of things that can kill a man,
there’s a lot of ways to die,
listen, some already did that walked beside me.
There’s a lot of things I don’t understand,
why so many people lie.
Its the hurt I hide that fuels the fire inside me.
Will I always feel this way?
So empty, so estranged.

it's funny to me sometimes how much i confuse electricity and music. they both seem to permeate our souls, don't you think? it seems to me you might think so too. so i suppose this isn't really a question, but it might make you scratch your head. where does energy end and music begin? — Asked by Anonymous

Hmmm interesting question…..

Well first of all, I have never had the problem with confusing electricity with music. Although, music has sparked that electrical feeling within myself. It’s that unmistaken bolt of energy that seems to radiate through one’s body when the music perfectly aligns itself with the mood, character, taste & feelings of the listener. You can’t explain why or how? All you know is your adrenaline is pumping & hairs are standing on end.

As for the latter question, energy never ends. It’s all around us all the time. Sound is complete energy. The unique thing about picking up a musical instrument and creating music with it is, the energy is no longer random. Musical sounds are organized into energy patterns that have pitch & rhythm. Noise is just random. So although energy never technically “ends”, you could say it ends when the music begins. This is because music instantly breaks the barrier of sporadic energy and transforms vibrations of energy into a set structure & pattern. -T

When I was 6 years old I went to the premier opening of Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria. As a kid, this was the first song that completely mesmerized me. I thought I was watching an Angel singing…..I haven’t listen to this song in years but it still has the same effect on me. Prob…ably the most beautiful melody I’ve ever heard……It has to be, right?