Archive for May 2010

BRAGG CREEK FESTIVAL

Monday, May 31, 2010: BRAGG CREEK FESTIVAL I caught some of the Bragg Creek Festival on Sunday – at the community hall in the town of Bragg Creek.  I listened to the Chris Sandvoss Sextet, marimba player Rod Thomas Squance and guitarist/singer/songwriter Calum Graham. I loved the vibe at the Festival – I was surprised…

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THE COWBOY TRAIL AND THE MUSIC

Sunday, May 23, 2010: THE COWBOY TRAIL AND THE MUSIC It’s one of the most picturesque drives in Alberta.  Highway 22 south from Cochrane is known as the Cowboy Trail – nestled in Alberta ranching country between the Rocky Mountains and the Canadian prairie.  Today, we drove along the Cowboy Trail from Cochrane to Turner…

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WHEN MUSIC COMES ALIVE

Sunday, May 16, 2010: WHEN MUSIC COMES ALIVE Producer/musican Ashwin Sood and I brainstormed an idea last summer after I talked with members of REVV52.  What about bringing together Canadian songwriters with a 50 voice performance ensemble of singers?  Select the music that is interesting to the artist to be performed onstage with the ensemble…

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A SONG ORDER FOR PERFORMANCE

Sunday, May 9, 2010: A SONG ORDER FOR PERFORMANCE In Nashville, Tom Jackson offers workshops for performance.   For 20 years he has taught artists how to connect emotionally with their audiences – Jars of Clay, Taylor Swift ….  He outlines a possible order of songs for your performance. The first song should be shorter…

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HEARING WITH YOUR EYES

Sunday, May 2, 2010: HEARING WITH YOUR EYES When the wind blows, can you read a rhythm or a tempo by what you see? Grammy award winning bassist, Victor Wooten explains it like this:  “Music, like all things, is vibration; that is all.  Because we humans can hear Music with our ears, we get stuck…

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