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Caught On The Web…

Killer Queen

I came across this while I was working on a project. I was waiting for some files to load, and the files loaded just as I pressed play… so at first, I was only listening to it.

After I was done, I went back and played it again, only then realizing the multi-part harmony was all the same guy, overdubbing himself.

Very cleverly done…

Musicality…

In many TV Shows, there is a discussion of Musicality.

Myself, I have a small frame on my wall, with the words… “In Tune, In Time & With Feeling”

Wikipedia suggests that Musicality is:

a noun that means sensitivity to, knowledge of, or talent for music. The word also refers to the quality or state of being musical (aka melodiousness.) A musical person has the ability to perceive differences in pitch, rhythm and harmonies. One usually differentiates between three types of musicality: To be able to perceive music (musical receptivity), to be able to reproduce music as well as creating music (musical creativity).

Musicality may also refer to fitting a dance to the music being played, with the goal of relating the dance to the music’s rhythm, melody, and mood. Dancers usually step on the beats of the music, and may vary the size of their movements with the volume of the music. This is especially true in choreography, where dancers plan a routine of dance moves, sometimes with a specific song in mind. This is also a key characteristic of improvised swing dancing. Unlike most ballroom dances which tend to use the music as a metronome to guide the dance, Lindy Hop and West Coast swing view matching your dancing to the spirit/mood of the music is the highest goal achievable.

A friend sent me this video.

The gentleman doesn’t sing, and doesn’t dance…

Doesn’t speak.

But you HAVE to have the sound turned on… (we are talking about musicality here) …to enjoy it.

A gorgeous performance… of Juggling.

Enjoy…

Bob Blah Blah…

Friedrich Nietzsche said it best.

“I am one thing, my writings are another matter.”

I started the BobSongs Blog, because I wanted to write, and talk about my music… and the music of others.

However, life… (messy as it is) …got in the way.

Things sometimes tick me off, and affect me, and I feel compelled to write and explore my feelings.

So, (for instance) when news that convicted pedophile Graham James had received a pardon from the National Parole Board, and the Federal Government (tough on crime ??? Not !!!) …knew nothing about it… I was ticked.

When I was plucked from amongst other volunteers, to Run with the Olympic Torch, I wrote about it.

And, for over a hundred Blog posts… whatever the fallout, I wrote about it.

I’ve had some hate piled on me… one person, to the point that I had to block him.

But overall, the response has been positive, or it has (in some cases) inspired a debate… and that is good.

At its best, discussion brings together different viewpoints, and when done properly, is an inclusive process, showing us that we are more alike than different.

At worse, it allows me to vent, to bring to light something that I am proud of, or think deserves a bit more prominence.

There have been a LOT of very varied topics… but my original intention was to have my Songs and Songwriting featured, but my BobSongs Blog has evolved into a lot of other things.

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Thus, I’ve been looking for another Blog domain, that encaptures the “everything else”-ness of my writings.

Driving down the highway, in Washington on Friday, my sweetie and I were talking about it, and that’s when we came up with…

Bob… Blah… Blah…

So, from now on, the BobSongs Blog will be Music, and music-related Posts only.

Bob.. Blah… Blah… will be the home of “What’s In Store”, Caught on the Web, Musings and other NON-Music posts.

Thanks for checking both out, and I hope to see you back here… AND there… soon !!!

Nashville Floods… By Sam & Luke

I have not yet been to Nashville, but Sam and Luke were there… right through the floods…(which I’m sure influenced the songs they wrote).  They’re heading back home and I’m looking forward to hearing from them first hand, about their experiences… but in the meantime, in a Guest Blog, here are a few of their thoughts, “borrowed” from their blog:

Sam & Luke Band

Nashville Floods–We Were There


We were huddled inside our Nashville hotel room, writing songs for our debut CD as Music City was experiencing severe thunderstorms and the worst flooding in 150 years.  For a while there, the weather was pretty terrifying to us.  We kept waiting for the windows to shatter…. or worse.
Reassured by our producer, the legendary Colin Linden, we pressed on and penned 11 brand new songs altogether . . . four of which were written in collaboration with Nashville songwriting giants: Gary Nicholson (Peter Frampton, Etta James, B.B. King, Los Lonely Boys, Ringo Starr) and Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Taylor Hicks, and Billy Ray Cyrus).  Colin lined us up with those great songwriters. They made us feel right at home so we could write freely and openly. We’d come up with the direction of the songs then we’d all collaborate on the music and lyrics.
We also wrote songs with Colin, and with the young Canadian recording artist, Liam Titcomb, who happened to be in Nashville at the time.   Liam’s close to our age and a lot of fun to write with. We’re really glad we got the chance to work with him.
But not all of the songs were collaborations. Sometimes we’d write alone in our hotel room at night. Our parents were in the room next door so we were free to fire up our micro amps and plug-in, working late into the night.  Thankfully the other guests in the hotel never complained.
Once all the songs were written it was time to lay down the tracks. The sessions, which came off without a hitch, were recorded at Nashville’s Sound Stage Recordings and Pinhead Recorders. We were blown away to record with the celebrated bassist and American icon, Bob Babbitt.  Never in a million years did we think that one day we’d be recording with him.  Bob is the original bass player with the Funk Brothers and is prominently featured in the movie, “Standing in the Shadows of Motown”. He has played on thousands of recordings with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Elton John.  Along with the other monster players: Tom Hambridge on drums, Kevin McKendree on Hammond B3 and grand piano, Stephen Mackey on bass, Colin Linden and Liam Titcomb on acoustic guitars, and Jim Hoke on horns, we blew through the fast-paced recording sessions charged with creative electricity. Our personalities immediately clicked. It didn’t take long before we were all playing and nodding and laughing and trying to outdo each other. It was magic.
Beginning September 7th, the CD “Standing in a Room” (working title) will be available on CD Baby, and iTunes.
We hope to have it available directly from the Sam and Luke website as early as August 1st. www.samandluke.com
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Congrats guys !!!
We are SO looking forward to hearing your new songs live, and getting your new CD, as soon as it is available !!!
 
 

I Miss My Mom…

A friend of mine, Earl Taylor wrote this song, about how he missed his Mom.

On Mother’s Day, it seems quite appropriate to Post it, as I miss my Mum, too.

To all the children, who still have their Parents, enjoy a wonderful Mother’s Day.

I Miss My Mom – Song By Earl Taylor

My Mum

Joy Gray