When I first moved to New York City from Boston I was totally confused about the way the musicians I met were talking about song structure in terms of Roman Numerals. It didn't make sense to me..why not just call out the chords you're playing? why numbers and what did they correspond to? Granted.. .this was before the internet was the internet. Before you could find any answer to any question in the blink of an eye. So I asked around. Jazz musicians had their own language that was pretty…Continue
Added by Mike Viola on March 28, 2014 at 10:34pm — No Comments
I'm fresh back from 4 days of writing and recording with a new band in Detroit and I wanted to share a little nugget of knowledge that surfaced while I was in the midst of collaborating with a frustrated bunch of writers. You know what is a very powerful tool to have? The ability to throw something away and start again fresh. Why? Am I telling you to give up? NO! I'm telling you that not all your ideas are good. That's all. Some are just stepping stones to something better,…Continue
Added by Mike Viola on March 23, 2014 at 6:55pm — No Comments
Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on March 14, 2014 at 9:08pm — No Comments
Starting with a title is fun. Starting with a given title is even more fun and opens up more possibilities. Like being blindfolded, spun in circles, rip the blind fold off and start walking. going THAT way now. Take for instance "Drowning In Sunshine". You may interpret that as a dark song. Historically speaking, Sunshine is the street name for heroin. So maybe this is an escapist song about needing to hide, get away, or disappear. (see! bet you didn't see that coming) Or, if…Continue
Hello, Musical Exchangers! (or "MXers" as I like to call you)
It's been really fun reading everyone's title brainstorms from the What's in a Title activity. If you haven't done it yet, go give it a try-it's literally a 3-minute exercise!
In the exercise everyone was asked to jot down song titles for 3 minutes, without stopping to judge them. There have been some…Continue
This is a new song I'm working on ,different style then most of my songs so any thoughts would be great .
I'm interested to hear what you all think!