Category Dizzy’s Random Rambles

Well The Rain Exploded With A Mighty Crash

The following is an excerpt from my email news letter that gives some defining moments in my musical life. To read more, sign-up for my newsletter and get lots of freebies as well!
So what happened at the Peabody? Well, first we learned about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and saw that in action. As you may recall, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity goes like this;

_____N___________ = Cool 2
N 10
Where N equals Nerd over the quality of Nerd to the tenth power, which then equals Cool squared, or, to put it another way, if you take someone who is a bit of a nerd and insert them into a nerd-rich field or environment, they can actually appear to be somewhat cool in comparison to everyone around them.
This is a constant that holds true whether you are approaching the nerd or ...

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New Music Genres

What do people mean by New Music Genres?

Webster’s second Edition Dictionary of the English Language defines genre as; “one of the categories, based on form, style, or subject matter, into which artistic works of all kinds can be divided.” So this article is a fair attempt to look at some new music genres. Now I have often had fun with the term ‘new music,’ because there has always been new music in every day and age. But what people are often getting at is music that is new and different in some way than what went before and whereas every good composer was new and different than what went before to some degree, one can step back and take a really broad look...

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Free The Music

Plato said;

“The introduction of novel fashions in music is a thing to beware of as endangering the whole fabric of society, whose most important conventions are unsettled by any revolutions in that quarter.” 

Well, the guy could have been a record exec. What about a society whose conventions need a little unsettling? I think Plato inadvertently voiced music’s main function. I’m glad I looked up this quote, actually because I hadn’t quite put my finger on it. Music is communication and so you must free the music. It’s interesting that, for so long, people have had different notions of what music and art really are. Many regard it as a pastime; an entertainment, which is well and good because it is certainly that...

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Misunderstanding Lyrics In Popular Songs

Being a songwriter I can’t help but notice lyrics in popular songs I hear so, when people misunderstand lyrics or (just as often) I am misunderstanding lyrics, I find it very funny. I mean, here’s a song that you like and listen to all the time but you are misunderstanding lyrics and that seems to change the song considerably, at least to me. For example this song they play on the radio all the time now where this guy is singing ‘don’t call me daughter.’ That just can’t be right. If those are the lyrics, he needn’t worry on that account. In the first place I don’t have a daughter and, if I did, she wouldn’t be a dude so he doesn’t have to worry about me calling him daughter.

Then there’s that Yes song where the backup vocalists sound like they are singing ‘toast on a stick...

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