Here is everything under the Rants category:

Maitreya, Meet Chuck D.

UPDATE: I am informed by both Maitreya and Sellaband head Johan Vosmeijer that introductions have indeed been made prior to the posting of this article. Apparently Mr. Vosmeijer’s inbox has been bombarded with emails lobbying for that which is in the works already. Kudos to Sellaband for jumping on this and I hope that his Continue reading →

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Plagiarism…Getting Mine From Thine

Plagiarism in music is nothing new…damn, I think I just made a very weak joke. But back to the subject, plagiarism is probably the strongest term available to define a phenomena that occurs almost every time a composer sets out to write a popular song. The vast majority of contemporary pop music is written within Continue reading →

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The Bells of St. Monrovia

I am at my wit’s end. Am I going nuts or having auditory hallucinations? Nope, they are real…I’m hearing bells. And I hear them EVERY MORNING…EVERY HOUR! The church around the corner has gone back to a time when ringing bells on the hour was a public service and it has become the bane of Continue reading →

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Looking at Things "From Both Sides Now"

Joni Mitchell’s line “I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now” holds new meaning in light of a recent Science News article which describes studies confirming that musicians use both left and right sides of the brain more frequently than average people. I am assuming that by average, the author refers to what could be Continue reading →

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Don't be Afraid of the Obvious

Quoting one of my earlier posts, rule number two states , “It’s always simpler than it seems.” Okay, so the rule is a bit simplistic. But it  can furnish a sense of optimism, false or otherwise, in the face of overwhelmingly difficult tasks. Creating a piece of music consists of the same multi-tiered process as Continue reading →

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Sellaband, Thinning The Herd

There is an interesting thread on the Sellaband forum which asks the question, “Has SAB become Sella-JOKE?” The author is an artist who has decided that the SAB model is not his cup of tea and as this comes on the heels of a few other “Elvis has left the building” partings, a few thoughts Continue reading →

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