Music Writing

Piano KeysWriting music can be a mystery as to where the ideas come from. Composers have been known to say that compositions can arrive by dream, sweat, work and time to mention just a few ways. No doubt more compositions come as a result of work than any other way. It has also been said “good composers borrow, great composers steal”. Or maybe that was said about painters, don’t remember, but whatever the case the implication is clear. Creators of great compositions have put considerable work into the ability to write great works. They oftentimes have spent time learning the compositions of others and analyzing what the previous composer did to create a work of interest.

No doubt this was not just a passing and quick endeavor for most. It takes time to really look at something to see the depth of it in a clear and useful way. Just understanding it is not always a guarantee it can be useful. Oftentimes it is necessary to use the ideas in new ways to see if they work well. Some very successful modern song writers have considerable time invested in studying and analyzing the compositions of very famous classical composers. These particular modern song writers have been really successful using the ideas from greats in the past. I saw a documentary of one such modern song writer who played some of his pieces and then played compositions of the the great composers he studied and the link between the two was obvious when it was shown. It was pretty incredible to see that and I would have never made the connection on my own.

We are very fortunate today to have so much material available to us in such an easy way to access. We have more listening choices than ever before in human history, in fact the volume of choice is overwhelming. My car died and was being towed and the sound system in the best tow truck in Casa Grande was incredible.

Today we can also collaborate with other musicians around the world with the click of the mouse and create works of beauty transcending national and cultural boundaries. Musical influences from one cultures music on another is seen more often today than at anytime in history because we have such an ability to cross pollinate now. Remember when the Beatles went to India and George Harrison fell in love with the music from there? He then crafted these ideas and sounds into modern pop music of the day creating a whole new and interesting sound.

Songs

LuxuryDo you have a favorite song? Do you have a favorite style of music. Most of us do. It is not uncommon for these to change for us over time either. This is a nice thing since we can then enjoy more varied things and they say variety is the spice of life.

I really like the ability to take my song lists with me and play them from my media player or Ipod.  I remember the day when that was not possible and you had to listen to the radio. That could be a little bit of a pain if you were driving. It always seemed right in the middle of your favorite song the signal would fade out, always seemed to happen right before the hook in the song I always waited for.

We have had the pleasure of taking some limousines recently and man they can have some serious sound systems in them. Some of the limo owners spare no expense it building some serious machines. I can plug my Ipod right in and get bone crushing sounds of my favorite songs. What a different and cool new way to roll.

One particular ride was really spectacular. We were driving near the Superstition Mountains in the Phoenix AZ area and were just high enough in elevation to look to the west and see the lights of the greater Phoenix area. The weather in the fall winter and spring there is perfect. The night air was clear, crisp and clean and we had the music pumping along with some great wine and a spectacular view. Just a really special time for us. Our thanks to our driver for such a great evening. We will use their limo service again next time we need it there. Just superior service and limos.