Archive for April 2012

THE CEREMONY OF DRUM MAKING

Sunday, April 29th, 2011: THE CEREMONY OF DRUM MAKING Rhythm – Tempo – Groove.   It’s all essential to perform in the style of the music. Today was a full day drum workshop – the traditional way of making a hand drum from elk hide. We began with the traditional ceremony of smudging –  a mixture…

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N-E-R-V-O-U-S-N-E-S-S

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012: N-E-R-V-O-U-S-N-E-S-S A singer/songwriter I work with was just accepted to the reputable Berklee College of Music in Boston.  A respected teacher at that school offers an interesting perspective on dealing with nervousness in performance: “When you’re nervous, where is your focus?  Who are you thinking about?  Are you thinking of your…

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WHERE JOY LIVES

Sunday, April 15, 2012:  WHERE JOY LIVES Last week, I visited my friend Pastor Maynard Hurst at Mount Beulah Church in Amherstburg, Ontario.  He always has time to visit and on this Easter weekend, many friends, family and visitors attended the little church located on King Street in the historic Underground Railroad community of Amherstburg.…

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THE ANTHEM SINGER

Monday, April 9, 2012: THE ANTHEM SINGER Groove, story, notes.  Certainly technique and being anchored into one’s body comes into play when a singer delivers a great performance, but groove plays a huge part.  So does the storyline. It’s playoff time in the National Hockey League – big television audiences and capacity seating at the…

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THERE IS MUSIC INSIDE US

Sunday, April 1, 2012: THERE IS MUSIC INSIDE US “The train … became very important to blues players because of the rhythm of the machine, the rhythm of the tracks, and then when you cross onto another track, the beat moves.  It echoes something in the human body… all of that is still built in…

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