On thursday mornings, I teach voice/piano to a 4 year old and an 84 year yr old .
-4 year old is in the moment and takes learning casually…-81 year old feels passionately that he has to fit in as much learning into every day as he can.
-4 year old can’t be interested in any home practice time at all. Learns it all on the spot and retains it. The 81 year old practices carefully and dutifully in order to meet his own standards.
Thinking about lifespans makes me think about my father, who passed away at 74. Here’s a song about how it affected me.
Figure out which is the smartest part of your body when doing a particular activity and use THAT part of the body to guide the rest. In music, let your hands, if they can find the notes more quickly on the piano or guitar, guide your voice, if it’s having trouble with accuracy, or vice versa. I am quicker with my voice, but I have students who are quicker with their hands who can play along while they sing the more challenging passages. In fitness, watch for smarter vrs dumber limbs and allow a dialogue between them.
Weaker sides or limbs can learn from stronger or “smarter” parts.
Creatives, especially females, are in the fight of their lives. Overcoming self-doubt, among other destructive tendencies, must become a way of life. The creative, musical, and emotional workout each day is to establish healthy patterns where older, weaker overly self-critical habits usually dominate. Reaching out for motivation and inspiration is facilitated by well-versed bloggers placing usable tools within our reach.
-James Altucher on the courage to be an independent thinker: http://www.jamesaltucher.com
-Brian Thompson’s Inspiring Quote of the Day plus web picks for productive DIY marketing http://thornybleeder.com/diy_daily.html
-Daniel Linder on establishing real inter-personal boundaries in order to spend energy wisely. http://relationshipvision.com/blog/
Saw Todd Rundgren’s show last night at The Canyon Club/Agoura Hills, CA. He was promoting his new album STATE. Reminder of the authority it requires and it displays when you lead your creative life effectively. Let’s all get to work!
Great day at my Alma Mater Berklee today!
1)My Latest CD “KNOWING ME” mentioned in Spring 2013 Berklee Today.
2)Alumni Affairs connects Nashville/Boston/LA effortlessly.
3)String Department holds options for awesome daughter…..summer programs….college?!!?!?!?!
4)Devoted teacher/mentor/dearest friend Jon Aldrich promises to help update my archives with several years of demos he produced for me circa 1980.
The 2013 Nashville Film Festival sponsored a panel of music supervisors and executives from Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York yesterday here. Especially notable for his wisdom and insight was Steve Vincent, Disney Channel VP Music & Soundtracks. As for the quest to place the best fit music to picture, he believes a song ” finds its right place….”. And it’s nice to hear his perspective on the tv/flim industry’s side of the search for songs: “There’s plenty of good music out there. The companies HAVE to find it”.
Beth’s evocative lyrics, unusual melodies and rich vocal quality are enhanced by her own piano accompaniment. Arranger Jerry Kimbrough completes the picture with multi-textured orchestration. Moody and captivating! -Lisa Silver, Nashville Singer, Songwriter, Liturgical Soloist, Violinist
A wistful take on Americana! Upon listening to “Seven Songs”, I was reminded of that honest, organic sound similar to that of artists like Mary Lou Lord or Patti Smith. That being said, you are able to maintain your individuality by blending a myriad of influences and forging an eclectic take on the singer/songwriter genre. This can definitely be heard in songs like “I Forgive Myself” and “Dying Breed”. I love the twangy Emerson, Lake and Palmer-ishintro in “I Forgive Myself”. This wry little shanty then continues via crisp acoustics atop drving cadence- very catchy.I must say, though, that “Stampede” is probably my favorite song off the album. Again, another flawless intro with escalating electric lead atop the backing guitars. This song has just the type of melody that leaves an impression on first-time listeners. All in all, “Seven Songs” radiates with pastoral goodness and boasts of proficient songwriting. We here at Shut Eye would love to feature you on the third edition of our “This Is Alt Country” Compilation .-RYAN HOFFER,
Beth Sass is “sassy”! She reminds me of former teen singing star, Debbie Gibson, if she had gone Country instead of going into musical theater. Beth has a lovley, lilting voice and can hit all the high notes. The more you hear her songs, the more they grow on you. I like her better than Faith Hill, too. On “I Forgive Myself” — which is like a country version of Joan Jett’s immortal “I Hate Myself for Loving You” — it’s refreshing that she sings “I don’t even want to work it out,” rather than something ultra-lame like “take me back or I’ll die,” because lyrics like that are so played and make me want to scream and punch walls. I noticed also that her performance of this fine song recalls the great Judy Collins and I can imagine hearing Beth belt out an awesome cover version of Ian Tyson’s “Some Day Soon” (which Judy covered so definitively way back in the day). That would rule!
Beth Sass accepts. She watches, she listens, she feels, she accepts. Based on her acceptance, she moves on, or not, with no blaming or whining. She is respectfully honest with whomever might be listening…especially herself. Her songs are tightly crafted narratives, movies that will necessarily play differently in your imagination than in hers. She accepts that too. -JERRY KIMBROUGH, PRODUCER, ARRANGER, ENGINEER, SESSION GUITATIST
Beth Sass is an American original, taking the bricolage of the every day and crafting it into something so deep and penetrating that it becomes almost sacred. Her voice, which has always been an amazing instrument, now has the texture of time and the timbre of wisdom — while lulling you into thinking you’re listening to a pop song. Her lyrics are stark and unusual (“tomorrow ripped me from your mouth”; “I should find a place where someone understands/that I am who I am/but I don’t want to work that hard”(!)) — the pure drop of economy. And have three chords and the truth ever been so brilliantly demonstrated than on the chorus “Knowing Me”? This is music that defies labels, crosses in and out of styles effortlessly, is beholden to no other artist. But somehow you know you’ve heard it before — in the deep recesses of your heart that you, yourself, could never turn into song. Fortunately, Beth Sass has. John Hamilton, Pastor, First Congregational Church; musician, writer, jongleur
If you have the guts to listen to Knowing Me by Beth Sass be prepared to confront some introspection. Her music isn’t for the shallow or fearful. She’s both musically and lyrically deep and expects the same from her listener. Her melodies and images will haunt you after you’ve turned the music off. If you are open, she’ll bring you to tears, she’ll make you examine your life and give you reason to celebrate your survival. -Robyn Flans, Los Angeles.
Up until recently, I hadn’t really gotten excited about Adele. But my daughter, who purchases hundreds of downloads, asked me to listen to Turning Tables. There’s something humbling about the link from the past to the future coming through a child that way. As a keyboard player, a singer, and a songwriter, I was pulled in to and enveloped by the dark and rich mood immediately. The chord changes that the piano defines with the arpeggios, the room for her vocal winds and turns and the conviction of the writing and performance reminds me of the fuel from feeling within a relationship that originally inspired me to start this whole process. I love being reminded of my origins and the wide open future it suggests. I am impressed that the team surrounding Adele helped capture and bring this song to fruition. Bravo! Off to write!