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Enjoying and Understanding Music

Enjoying and Understanding Music

Enjoying music means understanding Music When I google “understanding music” the vast majority of hits I get are about music theory. Understanding music is much bigger than just music theory; a true understanding includes listening, playing, and creating music. You and I benefit from a better relationship with music…

Recognizing A “Blues” Song

Recognizing A “Blues” Song

“The blues is life itself” – Billy Gibbons When we think of a Blues song we think songs from BB King or maybe Robert Johnson. Is the Blues about feeling bad or feeling good? Does it have to be “12-Bar” Blues to be authentic? I like the quote from W.C. Handy, “The blues – the sound of a sinner on revival day.”  

Leonard Cohen, Bird on the Wire

Leonard Cohen, Bird on the Wire

Like A Bird On The Wire The lyrics to the song, “Bird On The Wire” by Leonard Cohen, have a spiritual quality in their directness. They speak directly to the listener, revealing truths about the writer. Admissions of the writer’s profound failings, yet shameless in the telling.

From The Adirondacks To Maine with Music

From The Adirondacks To Maine with Music

A Blues Singer Finds Rock & Roll I started playing music with my friends in upstate NY. We rehearsed in family living rooms, cellars, and garages. At one point we were practicing in the local firehouse and at one time, a local church basement. The first gig, I recall was at a local church dance in Floyd, NY. where I sang “Let’s Get Together” written by Chet Powers. The crowd really liked it and I was hooked on gigging!    

Listen & Play

Listen & Play

The Dandy Smokin’ Carlisles Living the Dream From 2014   ©Willy Kelly 2014   I saw the “Dandy Smokin’ Carlisles” (Dan and Dave Kelly), at Dennett’s Wharf in Castine last weekend.