Hey y’all! Bad Weather – Schuylkill River Remix and the Instrumental Version now on bandcamp… : D
… meaning there are two essential dynamics in life and in our personality as we live in a dualistic universe.
The video to the song “Bad Weather” almost choreographed itself, showing the playful tensions and dynamics between a strong, outgoing and extrovert side (Magenta Stilettos) and the shy, insecure and “average Joe” kind of type (a pair of chucks).
A big shout out goes to my wife. Her feet did an awesome job while mine did a ridiculous one! But see for yourself and feel free to join in. It’s pretty contagious …
You can download the track directly at CDBaby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/beckbeat1) or from iTunes and Amazon, where it will be available in a few days. Thanks for the support! xo bB
I’ve been carrying this little gem around with me for quite some time. Only here and now, at this point in my life I found the right inspiration to polish it and finally frame it into a recording. I’ve always loved music with a strong beat and recording drums for this track was nothing but joy. Lyrically the song deals with the two basic dynamics inside of us, the plus and the minus, the hot and the cold…
it’s not always about “fixing” than it is more about seeing and accepting what is actually true, for oneself and go from there.
After all, life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to DANCE in the rain.
I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do.
Thanks for tuning in!
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Here’s the official remix of the upcoming single “Bad Weather” which will be released early October 2013. I really enjoyed working on this one and twisting the knobs, while tipping my hat to the 80s
I’m not very good talking about “my stuff”, that’s why the video is only two minutes!
Hope you get the idea, though…
Thanks for tuning in!
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus
And sometimes it ends up sounding like this… pure and simple.
See every leaf as a flower,
Klaus Wienerroither, a musician and Radio One journalist from Austria visited Philly a couple of weeks ago to put together a radio broadcast on Philadelphia’s vivid music scene.
Note, the program is in German but the music presented is universal!
There might even be a little bit of Your’s Truly in there! : )
The following post might come across as contradictory and confusing; it’s always hard to put this into words. Anyway, I decided to give it a shot:
I am in the midst of producing new, original music for an upcoming release, a time consuming and wonderful artistic process. This process can also become pretty painful, especially if you find out after days of composing and arranging that the foundation on which you intend to build your house on is not strong enough.
There must have been hundreds of layouts, songs and tracks that ended with pushing the “move to trash” button after having spent days, trying to “make it work.” (As in human relationships, that’s hardly ever gonna work!) Nevertheless, or just because of this process I think I’ve grown as a writer and composer over the past years.
I’ve worked intensively on my writing & playing. Music calling the shots, I’ve found myself chipping away the “ornaments” , leaving myself with nothing but substance and taking it from there.
Since my childhood, playing and listening to music has always had a very visual component. It’s almost like a painting where all the colors gently blend into each other and make the bigger picture (pun intended!).
For me great music feels good because it seems to fall into place effortlessly and remains with a fresh quality, no matter how often you hit “replay.”
(The Beach Boys! Anyone?)
When I say “effortlessly” I do not mean “lazy”.
“Effortlessly” for me means, to have something (a part/instrument/melody etc.) fulfill its function and it being just that and therefore allowing it to take its place in the music. If it doesn’t have a purpose it’s clutter, leaving me with one action only: “Control+Command+Delete!”
No additional baggage!
Mindful composing, sketching and playing always keeps me sharp and on my toes, as I try to avoid certain, let’s call them “composing tools” just out of habit or because I know how to use them. The technology we have today makes it easy for me to get lost in it and lose connection to the base.
Also, I’ve noticed the tendency to do certain things, in order to brag about my (imagined?) abilities and skill level (… and have folks say stuff like “That’s super complex!” “What’s the time signature on this one?” “Wow, he can blow!”).
Time to bring out the Bullshit Detector!
Reflecting on thoughts surrounding this matter always pushes me right back into the direct experience of music itself. Because that’s what every musician wants to do: Make stuff that has value and is true for oneself. (Am I assuming too much?) This understanding carries tremendous simplicity, yet it is hard as fuck and challenges me to constantly question and (re)discover myself.
Note for note.
Ps.: I apologize for possible typos but actually, …. no: speaking from the heart produces no typos.
A drummer and dancer have more things in common than one might think:
Both move in and around “time”
Dedicating their bodies to the power of rhythm
Both balance on a thin line
The zone between sheer control and relaxation
Performing and sketching together emerge
In subtle interaction and awareness of oneself:
Panta rhei, “everything flows”
[I am currently working on performances and workshops with Azhia http://www.azhiadance.wordpress.com . Stay tuned for more this summer ... ]
An excellent summary of what so many people fail to communicate:
“Use your imagination.
If you hear something on a record, you hear a piece of music.
Try to figure out what the drummer plays – on your own.
This will help you to create an identity for yourself. It must be established by using your imagination, your heart and your soul.
Looking on YouTube and learning to do what somebody else did, note for note, is a waste of time and energy.
Stop copying and pasting other people’s shit.
Learn to play like yourself.
For good, for better or for worse, this is the only way you will ever gonna have a career in the music business.
Just telling you the truth, I’m not trying to hurt your feelings.
And last, remember:
If you have 4 guys and they all sound the same, the guy the producer/artist/management company is gonna pick (because they all do the same thing), is the guy who works for the least amount of money. Think about that.
Somebody calls me, because I sound like myself.
You gotta learn to sound like yourself.
Peace.” – P.B.