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Friday, July 19, 2013

Northern Hospital School

A little while ago I was lucky enough to be invited along to a little school in my hometown of Tauranga, the Northern Hospital School, to do some music mentoring for the NZ Music Commission.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, most of the kids there were new to the idea of song-writing but there a few who were active writers and some who were very musical.

I wanted to share with you two songs that I co-created with two of the students. My goal while there was to show how simple it can be to write a song and so these were just that: simple, fast creations that satisfy an expression. Down the road, these guys could easily take these demos to a band situation, flesh them out, get a real guitarist etc..and make them sound awesome. The point is that anyone can do this.

The first was a lyrical creation by Matthew Long that I put music to:



The second was written largely by Lucian (not sure of his surname sorry) - he wrote the lyrics and chords and I just arranged both into what it is now.



Not bad huh?

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sunday pleasures

If you're looking for a nice way to spend your Sunday, go no further than the below.

First - load up this great article about Beck from 1994, written by Rolling Stone magazine right after he released Loser and made the world aware of something truly great.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/meet-beck-the-unlikely-success-story-of-a-hip-hop-folk-rocker-19940421

Second - before you start reading the article, follow the below link for your soundtrack to the words. A beautifully emotive album by NZ group Bannerman. I used to play indoor cricket against the vocalist and songwriter Richie Setford so obviously that's one incredible reason for you to listen to it - the other is that this is the best NZ album I've heard all year.

http://bannerman.bandcamp.com/album/clawhammer