Monday, December 28, 2020
Sunday, December 27, 2020
If you like to listen to podcasts and would like information about podcasts to listen to, check out the following information about a podcast called Within City Limits, created by Guillermo Delgado.
Guillermo Delgado hosts and produces a podcast promoting and discussing music in Austin Tx. It’s very new and very up and coming.
The podcast is called Within City Limits, and can be found on Spotify and other popular platforms. Every episode features local Austin musicians for an interview and a general music discussion. Its aim is to strengthen the musical community and keep live music alive however we can this year!
It is certainly one of the best podcasts on Spotify and one of the best podcasts to listen to! Here are a couple of examples;
Episode 10 was with Emay Holmes. He is a veteran with a great voice who found success in the Navy culture after writing his original guitar ballad “Deployment Song.” He now lives in Austin, performing when he can, and advancing his musical journey.
Christine Rener, who was interviewed in episode 11, grew up in the Austin area watching her dad play in bands and going to see rock shows with him. She is now a gifted songwriter with a great team behind her, both on stage and in the studio.
Guillermo is a Public school teacher and Radio host in Austin Tx. He produces and records this podcast at home, independently.
His motto is “Support music, support people!”
Certainly, in these times especially, we all need more people like Guillermo but especially musicians and other artists. This last year has hit the arts very hard, as I’m sure everyone knows and efforts such as this should be supported and it is one of the good podcasts to listen to. You can find it here on these platforms;
Other platforms; https://withincitylimits.buzzsprout.com
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Monday, December 7, 2020
This is a video I made of me playing the ‘Meditation’ from the opera ‘Thais’ by Massenet on a my 200 year old Carcassi violin.
Here’s some interesting facts about violins;
A good violin will improve with age. A violin that’s made by a reputable violin maker will double in value about every five years. It’s the older violins that may be the best and most valuable. So it’s not like, “get a job and maybe you will be able to afford a new one!” (lol!).
One thing; for a violin to improve in quality, it must be played. This is why museums that keep Stradivarius violins hire violinists to come and play them on a regular basis.
The violin I’m playing in the video is an Italian violin made by Carcassi in the early 1700’s. It’s current value is around $35,000.00.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
A Night In Appalachia
New music video for the classical/pop track, A Night In Appalachia from the 'Tea With The Alien' CD.
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Sunday, November 8, 2020
This is the brand new music video for the new classical pop track 'The Voyage Of The Phoenix.'
Monday, November 2, 2020
This is the new music video for the pop classical fusion music track Rhapsody In Black from the Charm City album.
Friday, October 30, 2020
We have a couple definitions of the word ‘underground.’ The first is;
“A group or movement organized secretly to work against an existing regime.”
"I got involved with the French underground"
The next one is;
A group or movement seeking to explore alternative forms of lifestyle or artistic expression. (Definitions from Oxford Languages)
The next one is a bit more detailed;
“A genre in music and other forms of media intended for an elite audience, that is often characterized by its high levels of originality and experimentation, and does not conform to typical standards, trends, or hypes as set by the popular mainstream media.
The mainstream media has a tendency to steal new ideas from the underground.”
by Essix April 16, 2005
Obviously, referring to The Culture Underground, the last definition is the most applicable and also we’re not talking about ‘a group or movement organized secretly.’
However, resistance is part of it. We are resisting the dismantling of culture in general, especially in these United States.
Naturally there have been other undergrounds, other movements before and I have sometimes referred to them as ‘counter-culture’ movements, such as the ‘beat/hippie’ movements of the fifties and sixties.
These initially at inception had some good intentions and ideas. They were surrounded by trappings and identifiers that served, in the main, to separate the ‘true followers’ from the ‘establishment.’ The drugs were rites of passage that were intended to free people’s minds from ridgid, ritualized ways of thinking and make them more aware that there was more to life.
The new dress code served to identify conformers of the movement, however as is often the case, as time wore on, all that seemed to be left were the drugs and identifiers and boy did the suits jump on this to drill down their demographics.
It would appear we are still in this phase and it is being pushed to the most extreme limits possible.
Time we got back on track and started disseminating ideas that are helpful to the development of an individual. Join the Culture Underground on FaceBook.
Sunday, October 11, 2020
This is the Official Music Video for the track 'Dorian Blue,' from the classical pop album '4 Good Measure'
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Saturday, October 3, 2020
Brand new music video for 'Breakout Number 2, from the classical pop album '4 Good Measure.'
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Sunday, September 27, 2020
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Music Online Serves No Master
Some time ago, I ran an internet radio station and I interviewed various musical artists for the show. One, in particular, had a very interesting story.
She, at one time, had a contract with Capitol Records and she said that one upon a time, they had a division for just about every musical genre; Pop, Jazz, Motown, Rock and so on. Well, they changed management and all of these divisions were shut down.
Why was this? Well this was the beginning of record companies deciding that it would be much easier to offer just one or two acts and build up the hype artificially, rather than try to give people too much of a freedom of choice over what they wanted to hear.
Like the Pied Piper, they would call the tune and decide what people should listen to. Freedom of choice came down to deciding between the cute black kitten with the white stripes and the cute white kitten with the black stripes.
But a society that allows itself to be dictated to about its musical tastes has no vision or self-determination. This sits right at the root of the downward spiral we are in at this present time.
Fortunately along came the internet and online music. The problem was solved, if inadvertently.
The irony is that good ideas do exist and there are people who do have the answers but they are being suppressed. Thus the great responsibility with online music for artists to be in control of their art and how it gets distributed.
The society has, for too long, glibly asserted it was a free society with freedom of choice and that its two party political system is democracy in action. Freedom of choice and being told what to pick from are not the same thing at all, especially when the handful of baubles one gets to choose from won’t solve a thing.
Monday, September 14, 2020
Sunday, September 13, 2020
This is a new video for the pop classical fusion music track 'The Enchanted,' from the 'Tea With The Alien' album.
Friday, September 11, 2020
New video for 'The Dimensional Badinage,' a pop classical fusion music track from the 'Tea With The Alien' album.
Sunday, September 6, 2020
This is a new video for the pop classical fusion track 'Gypsy Carnival,' from the Charm City album of new fusion music.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Monday, July 20, 2020
Saint Charles Street Blues; pop classical music track from the 'Charm City' album.
Monday, July 13, 2020
Monday, July 6, 2020
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Friday, June 12, 2020
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Saturday, May 2, 2020
What Is Essential?
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Social Distancing And 1984
Sunday, April 12, 2020
Returning To 'Normal'
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Do What You Want To Do
Monday, March 30, 2020
Being The Superstar You Truly Are
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Avoid Music When Studying
Saturday, January 25, 2020
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