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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Best John Mayer CD

Born and Raised

A brilliant album that showed yet another side of Mayer. Parting from his acoustic pop, his blues trio work and his funky stuff he dove into the world of Classics, Country and Americana and proved he could bend genres to please the ideas he was coming up with. “Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey” was a terribly depressing yet beautiful description of his bout with alcoholism, “Walt Grace” a metaphorical song of a man who builds a submarine and gets to Japan was arguably his most surprising and most well written song in his entire career.

Sold – 570, 000

Room for Squares

His debut album as pop-pop-poppy as it is, is still just gigantic. As critics were putting this album in their players so they could rack up tedious insults to the baby-faced guy who crapped out “Your Body is a Wonderland” they sat their listening, waiting for their chance… and then the CD ended and they sat in their chair, dumbfounded and angry that they couldn’t hate him anymore.

Sold – 4.5 million

Continuum

Nailed it. This album will go down in history as one of the greatest pop albums off all time. Amidst a sea of immature writers, shallow philosophies and a bunch of entertainers who can’t play a G-chord this album start to finish is an absolute masterpiece in every sense. The vocals are intriguing and emotional but never pretentious. The guitar work is envy inducing. The writing blends mature themes (not like hookers and cocaine but soul-searching and social observation) and clever writing. Start to finish if you have never heard John Mayer before, get this album and welcome to his world. It has all the best parts of him and perfect synergy.

Sold – 2.8 million

Songs Containing

Ironically, the oldies station, when it finally became audible, soon played “You May Be Right” by Billy Joel, which starts out with the sound of a motorcycle engine, not unlike those so frequently drowning out the tunes on my car stereo. That incident brought to mind other hits that featured the sound of a car or motorcycle engine, and here is a list of seven of the most well-known.

Movin’ Out by Billy Joel

The Piano Man opts for the car engine on this opener from The Stranger, which depicts the fed up Anthony driving away from his job at the grocery store.

Leader of the Pack by the Shangri Las

This doo wop track from early rock and roll tells the story of a girl falling for a biker, and you can hear his machine rumbling before the fatal crash at the end of the hit.

Detroit Rock City by Kiss

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley encourage everybody to get up and leave their seats in the chorus of this opener from Destroyer, only to have the record end with a loud motor before a deathly silence.

I’m In Love With My Car by Queen

Drummer Roger Taylor wrote and sang lead on this track from A Night at the Opera, admitting that he loves his vehicle much more than his girl. The running engine fade out used here also appeared an album earlier on Taylor’s Sheer Heart Attack contribution, “Tenement Funster.”

The Motorcycle Song by Arlo Guthrie

Woody’s son cares nothing for a nickel or a dime, but it makes sense that the revving of a bike engine ends this hit from Alice’s Restaurant.

Tricks When Learning Piano

* Learn your music theory:

I’m sure you weren’t expecting this one. Learning theory when you just want to sit on the bench in front of the piano and start playing? Well, only by understanding some of the theory you will be able to evolve and become a better pianist. You don’t have to dig it all in, but knowing some of the theory will help you play any music you want.

* Listen to a lot of piano music:

When you are learning the piano, you have to train different things. You train your eyes to read, you train each one of your hands to play the piano, but you also need to train your ear. You need to be able to identify the notes that are being played.

What you can do, for example, is to get a piano music CD and just listening to it. You can start by trying to identify the notes. As soon as you evolve, you can try to identify chord patterns and intervals.

When you do this the first time, you might be able to identify only a couple of notes. But as time goes by, and you’re developing your hearing, you’ll start identifying more notes, the chords, and the intervals.

* Don’t try to learn the whole song at once:

Just like when you’re listening to the CD, you need to take it easy. You won’t figure it out all at once. Take time to learn the song you want to play and try to play it. You can even break it into small sections so it may become easier for you.

All about Techno Artists and Music

Detroit Techno

Detroit Techno is a subdivision of the techno genre which generally includes some of the earliest techno productions from Detroit. Detroit techno had its largest audience in the Atlantic. Some of the most common techno music artists include Underground Resistance, Mike Banks, Blake Baxter, Kevin Saunderson, Jeff Mills, Derrick May, Eddie Fowlkes and Juan Atkins. Some of these artists used whatever technology they had in their reach and initiated music with epic synth sounds and engaging driving grooves. I could never list a top ten of tracks from this genre as it changes all the time, but a personal favourite label was always the Red Planet series. This label seen some fantastic releases in the mid-90s. I witnessed both Ghostdancer and Stardancer in particular causing some serious mayhem when played out in clubs.

Dub Techno

Another famous sub category of the techno genre, dub techno is quite distinctively un-show-y, doesn’t try to wow or stun and is never overreaching. I could probably put the dub techno sound alone being the reason I wanted to produce techno music. Nothing more do enjoy still to this day is generating those lush minor chords on a synth then washing them with reverb and delay. I could spend hours applying the filters and tweaking the sound to death. The fact that this style of techno is able to stun and wow the listeners, is a testament to the strength of its subtlety. Dub techno is a work of structural, architectural and musical genius in my opinion. It is unquestioning, placid and deeply soothing. My favourite dub techno artists without a doubt goes is Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus, sometimes known as Basic Channel. My all-time favourite dub techno track has to be Maurizo – Domina which holds special memories from Glasgow’s famous Arches, sadly no more, where I heard it at the regular Friday night event held by Slam.

Scottish Techno

So where did I discover this music? Right on my door step. As previously mentioned through the early to mid-90s I had the pleasure of being a regular attender of Glasgow’s famous night club “The Arches”. Hosted on a Friday night for many moons by legendary Techno duo Slam. They would serve up a mixture of these varieties of techno to welcoming, knowledgeable crowd every week. They too influenced by the sounds of Detroit and dub techno, among others, introduced me to these styles and I was hooked for life. As a lifelong fan of their label, Soma Records, I followed their releases and many of the artists they have. Funk D’Void has also been another firm favourite with his ability to turn has hand to many different styles of techno, more often than not bringing more melodic and emotional elements to a track. Check his aptly named Emotional Content track and you will get the picture.