“Beth is a multi-talented singer-songwriter, music supervisor, arranger, producer, and performer who enjoys crossing stylistic boundaries. Her music is deeply thoughtful and evokes a tangible sense of time and place. As one of the first graduates of Berklee’s songwriting department, she studied the pioneers of all eras and genres of writing and performing, while gaining a solid foundation in the music craft and business acumen needed to augment the talent she so obviously possesses. Specializing in matching melodies, chord progressions, and hooks to lyrics, she artfully designs her songs and compositions to create special moods, effectively articulating the yearning of the human condition beneath the surface of the words and music. Beth’s understanding of the music industry and performers’ and composers’ rights, along with her writing and performing capabilities, positions her as the “go-to” person for music licensing, film music, music supervision, music production, or any other endeavor where the requirements include professionalism, talent, and ability.”
we’re mastering as fast as we can…a bit more to go….but I’ve got folks needing previews of upcoming tunes, so I am posting soundcloud links to stream while we finish up.
Hello to everyone! I am pleased to share the following current notes and moments from my musical life:
My new favorite musician moment: When someone closes their eyes while listening to works in progress.
The ultimate: exquisite attention. Great to experience producer #Jerry Kimbrough deep in thought as he compares two very similar vocals. We are closing in on two more cuts.
Also great to hear from local production and media outlet executive via Linked In who shares many moments in my time line. Berklee College, Maypop Music, classic rock acts, and now film/tv tracks. Got me thinking about #Pharell William’s many-year-overnight-success is linked to a million mini events of support over the years..like a “mosaic”…in his words. I am affected by his willingness to share so openly his own thrill of this process.
Speaking of timelines, I was moved by #Normal Heart on HBO. Remembering Buddies/Boston: 1980-81. While hundreds of passionates swarmed the piano bar and disco each sunday afternoon, I was coming of age as a singer songwriter with the help of much needed and gratefully appreciated adoration.
By popular demand, I now have a Beth Sass Music YouTube channel. I’ve created 2 separate playlists for videos of my album KNOWING ME: with vocals and instrumental only. This means I am now searchable AND findable on YouTube.
Finally, on a personal note, I am thrilled to announce that my daughter, a rising violinist,singer-songwriter, and guitarist, has been accepted into the Advanced Jam Camp this summer here in Nashville, where she will get to hobnob with many like-minded talented teens and young adults.
This is why I love being a musician these days!
Live Performance/Techno Fun/Arranging/Harmony/Pure Joy!!!!
This marries together media and creativity and ageless love of music!
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!