Technique vs. Message

“If we admire the music of a certain composer and having studied his style very thoroughly we draw up rules of musical composition based on this composer we then go to send our children to music school to learn these rules in the hope that if they apply them they will become first class musicians which they usually fail to do. What might be called the technique of music as well as the technique of morals, as well as the technique of speech and language is very valuable because it gives you something to express if, and I repeat if you have anything to express. But if you don’t, if you don’t have anything to say not even the greatest mastery of english will stand you in good stead unless you can manage to fool your listeners by talking beautiful nonsense and make it sound profound.”    -Alan Watts

I love this because I think it’s a profound insight not only with all the arts but with language and communication too.  Message will always dominate over technique.

I’ve done a lot of work with the technical side of music but it’s not more important to me than the message and the feeling of the words that I’m singing.

I’ll stand in the middle of my soul
It’s all that I have
Even if I’m the only one who believes
It’s not that I can’t pick it up and
Start it all over again
Sometimes it’s better to be alone

David Olney, a master songwriter and not the best singer or master of guitar technique died onstage a few days ago (*article here), and the meaning in his expression and his bravery for putting the words to page was his greatest achievement and contribution to the music world.

 

Quotes from “Renegades And Healers”

Bending and unbending

When we agreed upon a plan to record and mix an entire record in 24 hours under camera, there were many forces and agendas that came together.  While an ambitious and enthusiastic producer and cameraman wanted to get his rough pilot in front of some west coasters for a shot at getting a reality TV show, I only wanted to get my material recorded and “out” for the fans that wanted it.

And as you can see, the art director decided to mimic one of the most popular TV shows of the time, 24, this was after all 2006.

Many powers at work, each coming together slowly, planning, then a few days of execution and then off into the sunset and ultimately in different directions.

Despite contractual promises, the pilot was never made (such was life sometimes in such matters).

There’s a time to bend and compromise and a time to not bend for anyone or anything at all for any reason and everyone’s got to to figure that out for themselves. 

24 isn’t on spotify but it does exist on apple music.  You can download it HERE but only until Feb 1st as that delivery system will be replaced.

Enjoy!

 

Standing in the middle of my soul

But what does “Standing in the middle of my soul” actually mean?

Maybe, to be balanced or to “see” things in alignment.  Of course, this is abstract thinking and everyone is going to have a different reaction to it depending on their interpretation of the word soul.  And in the end, I never want to explain my lyrics.  I think that it takes away from them.

Can’t Go Home

I packed my bags long before this day came
I can’t stand to see you cry
If you want to blame me
For everything that I am
I’d have no ground left to stand

When you can’t go home
Cause it’s so far away
And everything you used to know
Changed so fast
And your soul has got no place to rest or stay
You keep moving

I’ll stand in the middle of my soul
It’s all that I have
Even if I’m the only one who believes
It’s not that I can’t pick it up and
Start it all over again
Sometimes it’s better to be alone

When you can’t go home
Cause it’s so far away
And everything you used to know
Changed so fast
And your soul has got no place to rest or stay
You keep moving

But what does it mean?

I was asked last night about the title “Renegades and Healers.”  What does is mean?
“Those are the people who change the world.”

We gonna fly over everything that they see / When no one knows what happens next/ We’re going to be renegades and healers 

Big thanks to MVYRadio for debuting this one on New Years Day: