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March Update

I’ve actually gotten back into writing, composing and recording music again. For a while I seemed to do this in fits and spurts. I used to get started on an idea and get it about halfway done but then I’d get distracted usually by work issues from my day job or vacation would come up and then the project would sit and gather dust.

However, in December I got a new idea. In many things I become very productive and efficient when I have a task list, to-do list or project plan to work against and keep myself accountable. So I got the idea in December, after listening to huge amounts of Christmas music and attending the Seattle Symphony’s production of Handel’s Messiah, to produce my own album of Christmas/Holiday music. After that, I began making my plan and creating “the list”.

Since starting in December I have five (5) songs that I am actively working on and of these three are essential complete. The first of these I will be releasing as a single before and in time for Easter: My own arrangement, performance and recording of the Hallelujah Chorus. My Hallelujah Chorus is a Pop/Rock version inspired by Mannheim Steamroller/Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

After going to the full production of Handel’s Messiah it was amazing to me that George F. Handel wrote, not just the Hallelujah Chorus, but the entire Messiah, including the orchestral and choir parts after receiving the text from Charles Jennens in a breathtaking 24 days! Talk about focus! If I could only have 10% of his focus.

Here are a few photos compliments of Wikipedia.

George_Frideric_Handel_by_Balthasar_DennerGeorge Frideric Handel by Balthasar Denner

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The Great Music Hall in Fishamble Street, Dublin, where Messiah was first performed

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A portrait of Charles Jennens from around 1740

 

Dreams

“If your reality begins with your dreams, your dreams will become your reality.”

-Donald J Trump

DB-16 Musical Scale Modes Matrix

I can never seem to remember all of the scale modes, so since teaching something seems to be the best way to learn I decided to create a musical scale modes chart to help drive this home.

Per Wikipedia, “The modern Western modes consist of seven scales related to the familiar major and minor keys.

Although the names of the modern modes are Greek and some have names used in ancient Greek theory for some of the harmoniai, the names of the modern modes are conventional and do not indicate a link between them and ancient Greek theory, and they do […] Continue Reading…

DB-15 Music Reading Basics via Logic Pro

Watch The Video Lesson

This is lesson DB-15 Music Reading Basics, aka Real, Real, Basic Music Theory, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as an adult double bass student.

See the video for a few pointers about the rudiments of reading music.

The illustration below shows how the various values of notes and rests discussed in the video relate to one another.  If you want, click here to download the PDF.

 

 

 

Be sure to check out my Double Bass Lessons page for a complete list of all of my lessons!

The Wisdom of Sirach

Today’s Old Testament Mass Reading

Sirach 15:15-20

If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you;
if you trust in God, you too shall live;
he has set before you fire and water
to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand.
Before man are life and death, good and evil,
whichever he chooses shall be given him.
Immense is the wisdom of the Lord;
he is mighty in power, and all-seeing.
The eyes of God are on those who fear him;
he understands man’s every deed.
No one does he command to act unjustly,
to none does he give license to sin.

Chron’s/Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

I haven’t said much about this publicly in the past, but I have Chron’s/ulcerative colitis (UC) and it is great to see the therapy that basically saved my life get some validation and recognition.  The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).

What’s even better is that this recognition is coming from our very own Seattle Children’s Hospital!
Dr. David Suskind, a gastroenterologist at Seattle Children’s hospital, had been searching for a more appropriate and efficient solution for treating IBD that is free from chronic side effects. Recently, the researcher found a perfect way for treating IBD. His research, published in the Journal of […] Continue Reading…

Happy New Year World!

Hallelujah Chorus iPhone Ringtone

By the way, I created an iPhone compatible ringtone of the Hallelujah Chorus.  If you’d like a copy, you can find it on my music store page.

The Coming Hallelujah Chorus

I must have listened to more Christmas music this year than normal, plus we attended the Seattle Symphony’s concert of Handel’s Messiah because I got inspired to do some recording.   During the holiday down time (does that really exist anyway?) I got to work doing my own pop/rock arrangement and instrumentation of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.  Most of the tracking is completed, but I haven’t gotten into the mixing phase yet.  But I think even without that it is sounding pretty good.  Here is a snippet, the final few bars everyone loves as a ringtone in case you want […] Continue Reading…

Sounds of the Season

Managed to capture this clip of the US Navy Band Wind Trio playing Jingle Bells prior to their free Christmas concert at the Everett Washington performing arts center.  They were members of the US Navy Band Northwest based at Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor located in Silverdale, Washington.

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