Last week, when talking with a friend about a mutually beneficial project, something he did prompted me to tell him: "Send me a list of your favourite 50 songs. List them fast, don't think about…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Greywolf Jan 31, 2012.
My big fault as a listener is that I never hear the words, or it takes a long time to learn them.I realized yesterday that there are a few that I've listened to so often that I know every single…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna's Americana Jan 4, 2012.
Do we go back to the 'beginning' and say Jimmie Rodgers?Is it Patsy Montana, with her yodel? How about Hank's?The soulful angst of Gram Parsons or the friendly crooning of Gene Autry? The grit of…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Victoria Woodworth Nov 3, 2012.
My early music education was in classical and jazz. Through orchestration classes, composition, Baroque theory, etc., I learned a lot of music rules. Some of them have stayed with me, even though I don’t write music on a regular basis. In jazz improv, never sit on the fourth scale degree. In orchestration, don’t cross your voices. In composition, never repeat a melody more than three times in a row, and don’t let a modulating sequence go more than three repetitions. I believe this is based…Continue
Posted on July 16, 2014 at 11:30am — 30 Comments
Dare I say there’s an Alberta sound? I’ve spent much of my adult life writing about the effect Alberta’s geography has on its local music, more often in the unnecessarily circuitous language of academic jargon (see how I’ve already made this sentence more complicated than it needs to be? See that?) than in a regular ol’chatty style. But, for all I might be trying to convince my readers this is the case, I finally believe it myself with Jake Ian’s new album, It Don’t Really…Continue
Posted on June 20, 2014 at 8:00am
The Calgary Stampede is just around the corner and, whether you’re a local or a tourist, you won’t be able to get through the season without the usual onslaught of beer, pancakes, and country music. If you’re participating, though, allow me to give you my personal guide to the good music. Places like Ranchman’s and Cowboys, otherwise known as purveyors of bad music masquerading as new country, should be avoided at all costs. If you find yourself unfortunately in those…Continue
Posted on June 18, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments
In an era that has wholeheartedly adopted the phrase, “Any press is good press”, artists, entrepreneurs, politicians, and moms with the cutest baby photos evar recognize the importance of getting one’s name out there in the media landscape. But as everyone also knows, catching and keeping your audience’s attention is difficult, since nothing is operated faster than a scroll button.
While others have written how-tos on this particular topic--and…Continue
Posted on May 16, 2014 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments