Friday, June 10, 2005

My Space Music

I am just learning about this site my space which lets musicians host a site for free, lists tours, and it even hosts up to four songs on the web. Apparently, this is how Nirvana got started. The Black eyed peas have a page here. System of a Down has a page here with songs that leaves you begging for more. NIN has a page. Its a great tool for upcoming artists.

On the Peas....

First, I have to say I love the peas about as much as I love outkast. Second, a funny story. I was speaking with a family friend who retired from working at GE doing R&D for medical devices this past weekend. Needless to say, I was reading an article about My Space in Business week, and how it was a site that got favorites such as the Smashing Pumpkins and The Black Eyed peas started. To which she replied what are those recipes. Too funny.

June 10, 2005 in Music, New Artists, Web/Tech, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Thursday, May 19, 2005

New Aussie Artists - Karen Jaconson

I heard Karen sing for the first time at a bar in Long Island. A few friends were there for a happy hour and she just happened to be singing. She is a very passionate singer and skilled piano player. I really enjoyed her rendition of London Town which you can sample at her site. You can also get a list of upcoming gigs there.  She was very willing to chat about her hometown and career. I love supporting independent artists especially those that are passionately working towards their goals. Its great that you can stumble upon good music anywhere bars, subways, even parks.  I still can't figure out how a girl from Australia goes from Sydney to Fenway Park to a bar in Long Island.



May 19, 2005 in Careers, Music, New Artists, Upcoming Artists | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Friday, April 22, 2005

Hey Artist, Got a dollar...Comments on A Subway Artist

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Have you ever taken the subway and run into an under ground artist, especially while commuting home from long day at work. Well I had one of those days. After a long day I headed down into the 1 train @ 50th Street as I always do. It was around 7 or so, not too late, but late enough so the trains were less crowded. Sometimes there are subway artists there. But most of the time they are just not good enough to take time out of ones busy schedule to even just stop and listen. Then I heard Dorian Spencer. For some reason fate had brought me here to this point in time as the old cliche goes. I had to stop and pay attention. He had a powerful voice and passionately continued to strum his guitar even as an express train screeched by. Discouraged by people passing him by he was not.

I easily found his site and grabbed a sample of a great song "Pretending its not happening" the same one I heard him singing underground. I will only say that first, its a great song - Dorian sings with a refreshing sense of honesty. He writes about his struggle to find his path in life. He sung about his fears of lost potential, and missed opportunity, and sullenly admitted to making mistakes and still not knowing quite what he wants out of life. (Can anyone else relate to this) But then he offered a promising refrain reflecting on the importance of staying in ones own skin and not compromised our identities and continuing to learn and live and pursue our desires.  Looks like someone beat me to posting about him though. Sometimes music moves you. Its not every day you get to hear live music from a person that "gets it".

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I must admit I am now two for two on bumping into talented musicians when I least expect it.

The Lyrics

Here are the lyrics to my favorite song:

The map has gotten darker and life for me has gotten gray
I have to admit that I'm older
Pretending its not happening

Now I am not saying that I shouldn't change
Or look at life in a different way
Or even think twice about the things I thought were strange

But with all I can do and all I can say, I wouldn't be me if I changed my name,
Now maybe I'm jaded,
maybe I'm Jaded

Hopes and Dreams form yesterday
They show how fast time slips away
The promise I showed when I was young
has all but faded
And now I'm trying
and Struggling
and fighting
to hold on to me
Well I'm learning.
I'm living
And Dying
To hold on to me.

I wanted to be an actor,
Well I guess I wanted fame
Now I don't know what I'm after
Pretending its not happening

Now I am not saying that I shouldn't change
Or look at life in a different way
Or even think twice about the things I thought were strange

But with all I can do and all I can say, I wouldn't be me if I changed my name,
Now maybe I'm jaded,
maybe I'm Jaded

ohhhh Yeahh Yeahhh
ohh Yeahh

So many lessons I forgot to learn
Until it was too late
To many bridges I didn't mean to burn, but I guess I cast my fate

And now I'm trying and Struggling and fighting
to hold on to me
Well I'm learning.
I'm living
And Dying

To hold on to me.
The map has gotten darker and life for me has gotten gray
I have to admit that I'm older
Pretending its not happening

Pretending its not happening

Pretending its not happening

Pretending its not happening

On a side note - Did you know...

"The Dorian mode is named after the Dorian Greeks. In Greek music theory it was based on the Dorian tetra chord: a series of rising intervals of a semitone followed by two whole tones. Applied to a whole octave, the Dorian mode was built upon two Dorian tetra chords separated by a whole tone. This is the same as playing all the white notes of a piano from E to E: E F G A | B C D E. Placing the two tetra chords together, and the single tone at bottom of the scale produces the Hypodorian mode (below Dorian): A | B C D E | (E) F G A. Placing the two tetra chords together, and the single tone at the top of the scale produces the Hyperdorian mode (above Dorian), which is effectively the same as the Mixolydian mode: B C D E | (E) F G A | B. Confusingly, the Dorian mode is the same as the medieval and modern Phrygian mode." (as per Wikepedia)

April 22, 2005 in Music, New Artists | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack