A song containing a few as one or two chords can be just as well-crafted as a far more intricate composition. Of course, the world is full of guitarists who play a D-to-G strum pattern ad infinitum, rhyme “fire” with “desire” and declare that they’ve written a song. You goal as a songwriter is to not be that person.
I'm thrilled to premiere this exclusive video from Lily and the Parlor Tricks created for Acoustic Nation! It's their song "Requiem" performed acoustically and fabulously with just a guitar, an Omnichord and RZA's iPhone drum app called iDrum. The result is truly something special.
When I turned 40 I felt as if there was a virus I was exposed to that somehow made me question my place in life. I was confused and foggy… obviously I was sick. What else could it be? I saw many of my friends going through the same thing. I looked at the symptoms. I’ve been a goal oriented person my whole life, but right now I was realizing the fact that I’d accomplished many of my original goals, so what now? Was it all downhill from here, or was this just as good as it gets?
Be the worst person in the room if you’re the songwriter. It’s one rule I’ve tried to follow and succeeded with to some degree. In the case of recording, if I’m the worst person in the room, then my recording is going to be all the better for it.
Here’s the world premiere of “Stuck” from South African folk-pop duo Connecting Stars. The track kicks off with a catchy glockenspiel melody that's bound to stick in your head all day, while the the acoustic guitar sparkles at the center of the song, carrying the listener through. While “Stuck” sounds happy, a deeper listen to the lyrics reveals more – “Am I waiting for lightning to strike me again / Am I willing to trade love for the next best thing,” the duo sings.
I had the pleasure of chatting with David Rosales with his musical partner, Olivia, at SXSW earlier this year. That’s why I jumped on the chance to premiere his new live video for his solo song, “Slice of Heaven.” Here Rosales lays out this laid back version of his sweetly optimistic, fun-loving song.
I have a degree in Psychology and I love to observe people. It’s fun to try to figure out what makes people tick. It’s also interesting to me to study successes and failures to better understand what causes one or the other. Here are my observations about successful songwriters.
If you’re a Metallica fan, you'll want to pick up the August 2014 issue of Guitar World. The issue delves deep inside of the band’s second album – the electrifying Ride The Lightning – with Kirk Hammett as your guide. as the album’s lone ballad – and Metallica’s very first – “Fade To Black” has become one of the band’s most legendary songs.
It’s summer! Yahoo!!! Time for sitting on the porch and strumming a tune or two, or three, or ten! This is not a “best of” list, just a collection of great, easy to play songs that’ll put a smile on your face…and everyone’s around you, too! So grab an iced tea, sit back and get your strum on!
You’ve seen Jonathan Jackson. He’s that guy that seemed like kind of a jerk in season one but turned out to be a good guy in season two. What am I talking about? He appears as Avery Barkley on the hit TV series Nashville. But the cool thing about Jackson, and pretty much all of the talent on that show, is that they are all really and truly amazing musicians as well as great actors.