November 25, 2008

  • The Joy in Creating Music

    My oldest son is becoming very accomplished on the bass guitar.  Maybe this is a rite of passage for me, but is seems that a lot of the current music teenagers are listening to is really depressing. It seem like Grunge Part II.  I guess I am just getting old.  We have been playing some of the Beatles Anthology discs to get a sense of how they put the songs together.  Perhaps that proves I am getting old. 

    But there is real learning value in these Anthology releases for young musicians.  There are numerous selections where some of the famous songs are played from their raw inception to the eventual master.  It is remarkable how simple melodies strummed on a rhythm guitar or a few key strokes on a piano developed into incredible lasting music. What really comes out of those recordings is the joy, energy, great humor that went into those sessions.  There is one track, “And Your Bird Can Sing” where the bass work is outstanding.  But the real joy is listening to them mess up and then break down into uncontrollable laughter.  That’s what I wanted my son to hear. I think he gets it.  –BTB


Comments (2)

  • Hey there, thanks for commenting on my blog. I just read a couple of your last entries. You’re a great writer; I found that I simply could not stop reading. I’m so sorry to hear about your sister and brother-in-law, I cannot imagine how hard it must have been for you during all of that. However, it sounds like you have a couple of great kids to keep your chin up. Keep looking up, better days are still to come.


  • @covered_in_lies - I think I am too busy to stop and wallow!  That’s probably a gift after all!  Thank you for your note. –BTB

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