DON’T JUST MAKE MUSIC...

Start a Radical Movement

Create a Brand New Genre

Protest Unfair Government & Corporate Practices

Teach

Compose the Next Timeless Ballad

Write the New Anthem for World Peace

Encourage the Hopeless, Helpless and Homeless

Expose Evil

Inspire

Shout for Justice, Freedom & Equality

Cross Cultural Boundaries

Sing Out for Love...Again

Build Collaborative Platforms

Dream

Represent the Unrepresented

Cultivate Community

Show Us All The Way

Don’t Just Make Music...

Make a Difference

I was listening to Roy Hargrove’sMoment to Moment” with Strings as I wrote this.

May He Rest In Peace…

BEYOND THE BANDSTAND

Bands come in all shapes, sizes and denominations.

The definition of what constitutes a group of musicians & singers recording and performing together over a period of time is as varied as there are musical genres. Very rarely is there a purely democratic situation.

Often One or Two members maintain the band’s direction and everyone else plays supporting roles –or perhaps there is an employer\employee relationship which navigates necessary personnel changes per project. Whatever configuration your group falls into, it’s extremely difficult to function as a band without at least three elements engaged:

1) A Shared Vision

2) A Love for the Music

3) A Mutual Respect for Each Member

Even under the direction of an employer, If you are unable to capture–and buy into–the Leader(s) and his/her/their overall vision, it’s going to be extremely hard to convey and express their wishes in the studio and on stage. If you are dealing with music that you feel is ‘beneath you,’ unprofessional or even perhaps, counters your personal convictions, it will be a constant struggle to perform at your best. The issue of respecting the people you work with or for, runs so deep that even the world’s best studio musicians are not able to perform their best if they have to bite and chew their tongues during a session.

Furthermore, your ability to travel from city to city, sharing personal space with anyone you can hardly stand for more than 17 minutes takes a huge toll. The best bands, regardless of their status, fame or organizational structure have learned how to bring out the best in each other, quell tensions in tough situations and overcome disagreements.

At the outset, they believe in what they are doing. They believe in each other and despite what may be obvious differences, they have learned to lay them down for the benefit of all concerned. The best bands hang out like family. Because They Are. The perils of the road, long nights and layovers in strange cities create emotional security, strengthen relationships and ultimately the music. A Genuine Appreciation for One Another and a High Regard for the Work You are creating together are the essential ingredients for success and longevity.

Music is Spirit. The Listener can hear beyond the Rhythms, Harmonies & Melody. They tap into the Soul and complex synergy of musicians who are on one accord. An Audience can tell when something doesn’t “feel” right on stage. We can sense the tension between members and immediately know when the act is ‘phoning the performance in,’ no matter how perfectly they play the notes.

A Band that transparently expresses Love, Commitment and Unity to its fan base even before the very first note is struck will ignite an audience instantly and have no trouble bringing the house down because Unity is Contagious!

Are You in a Band of Sisters and/or Brothers or are you just a Group of Others?

DATED VS TIMELESSNESS

Dated chases Fads, Trends and the Latest Fashion

Timelessness contains Innovation, Creativity & Will

Dated is based on Beats, Loops & Sampling

Timelessness maintains Harmony, Natural Rhythm & Melody

Dated fluxes Gossip, Heresy & Innuendo

Timelessness sustains Truth, Principles & Wisdom

Dated vacillates Fame, Fortune & Fears

Timelessness breeds Encouragement, Wealth & Security

Dated is Upgrading Disposable Technology

Timelessness is Ever Expanding Imagination that can’t be Bottled, Bought or Sold

Dated is a Shortsighted One Hit Wonder

Timelessness is Music that transcends Generations

Dated is Hatred

Timelessness is Love

It's All You Have

It's All You Have

Unless you have shut down all social, terrestrial and relational media, you could not have missed the long winded, ever evolving story of one such celebrity, for reasons unclear to anyone anywhere, who concocted an outlandish story of physical & verbal assault which has now been systematically dismantled and may have cost this person both their career and incarceration.

New Directions in Honesty

New Directions in Honesty

If you’ve been following my musings for any length of time, you’d soon know that I am not at all a fan of Spotify or any of her ugly butt stepchildren who line up behind her promising all artists ever where a greater degree of exposure in lieu of actual money. Not that I am at all against streaming technology, which is arguably a better vehicle than that of downloads or traditional predecessors, with respect to True Audiophiles and with exception to the “Death of Access” we all face, because as we no longer own any physical, tangible artistry, we are left subject to the whims of Big Brother who doles out only what He wants us to digest.

The Flexible Entremusician

The Flexible Entremusician

I consistently regurgitate the Virtues of Intentionality, Discipline, Habits, Planning, Perseverance, Endurance, yada, yada; almost to the point of being Pharisaical! In many instances I am preaching at myself more so than to anyone else, because I know that if I don’t stay on it, I drift. You may recall, my previous post screamed “Make The Decision Before You Have To!”, which is fabulous advice (in my opinion) and spurs one on toward…

Happy NOW Year!

Happy NOW Year!

Much planning has gone into crossing this threshold. Many calendars sold, commitments promised and resolutions made. Not a one of us has forsaken optimism, triumphing in our imaginations that no matter how great last year was, This Year IS Going to be BETTER! Well The Ball Has Dropped, The Hangovers have surrendered to sobriety and our…

The Majestic Wonder of Music!

The Majestic Wonder of Music!

My wife absolutely L O V E S  Christmas. It is her favorite holiday and she cherishes it more than her own birthday – perhaps even our anniversary, but I’m afraid to ask… The fact is that she will spend the entire season playing holiday music in her car and at home, practically non-stop. Obviously, as we decorated the tree and began to light up our…

Your Music Is Not For Everybody

Your Music Is Not For Everybody

Early on, Calling Our Music “Alternative Christian Funk” as catchy as it sounded, wasn’t exactly accurate for my band, SounDoctrine. Most importantly, the phrase Didn’t Tick Off Enough People! Our goal was to create a space within a space that didn’t fit anywhere! Eventually, We decided upon “Originalternativefunkjazzfusion” just to see the look on…