Archive for June, 2013

It’s interesting to be a music creator as well as music consumer. What I’ve noticed over the years is that I rarely think a song I’ve written sounds like “real” music. I mean, it’s music, yes, and it’s OK, but from my perspective, it lacks that special something, that oomph, that magic, that beauty, that mystery, that element that makes me crave it, that makes me want to hear it over and over and over again – the very things we all find in our favorite songs.

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Admittedly, I spend a lot of time trying to push my own music. To balance that out, I want to spend some time in this blog promoting the fine works of musicians I happen to know and who work hard to get their tunes to the masses. One of them is Josh Decker, who I used to work with. Like me, he writes instrumental electronic music, yet our two styles couldn’t be further apart. Check him out on iTunes.

Word of mouth is a powerful marketing tool. If you like something, tell someone.

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There’s a certain drum pattern that I hear in some songs that I call Muchacha Drums. It’s a kick-snare-kick combination, and when it’s done at the right speed, I like to say “muchacha” over it. A great example is at 2:40 in Waiting For The End by Linkin Park. It goes mu-CHA-cha, mu-CHA-cha.

Hey, stuff it – this is MY blog 🙂

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I bet, if I didn’t already introduce them to you (and you’re not my brother), you’ve never heard of The Brandos. Not sure how this fabulous band has flown under the radar for decades, but what good songwriting and musicianship. I first heard them in 1987 when my brother got hold of their album Honor Among Thieves. He played the song Gettysburg to death, but it never got past the point of enjoyment. I found out in 2003 or so that they had released a greatest hits collection called Contribution, and I hadn’t ever owned a copy of Gettysburg, so I gambled and bought the album.

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The biggest failure a DJ can experience is a bunch of people leaving the dance floor. I was a mobile DJ from 1987 to 1994, and one thing a mobile DJ craves is the “short” version of a song, especially a song that has already peaked in popularity (it can be fine to play the long version when everyone on the floor wants to hear it, but once the song has aged, it’s difficult to keep people’s interest). We like to play a lot of songs for people to dance to and enjoy, but sometimes they drag on for five minutes or more, and the attention-span deprived people dancing to them don’t realize that they really only have enough desire to dance to three minutes of the song. A fine example of a song that lasted too long was Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me). Personally, I think it ran about 4:45 too long, but that’s just my opinion of most of her catalog. A short version sitting at three minutes would have been ideal. So … edits are key.

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The club I have played at more than any other is a raunchy dive in Revere, MA called The Tank.  It’s no longer open for business, sadly :), but those among my friends who were lucky enough to catch a show there, they will never forget the good times.

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A lot of people may not have known Brad Delp by name, but if they ever heard More Than A Feeling by the band Boston, then they certainly knew his handiwork. I had the opportunity to work with Brad when he was playing with the Beatles tribute band called Beatlejuice during his downtime from working with Boston. My drummer friend Jeff (check this older post) had some nice local connections and ended up being the head roadie and tech for the band.

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