Music, What makes you happy?

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Goodbye 2016, Oh hell 2017

We lost a lot of great people last year. It’s been tough processing those who died before their time.

Sorry for not putting more out last year. Listen to a number of new albums and will talk about them later on, but right now I want to talk about Green Day.

I have watched them change and grow over the years and have been impressed with what they have said of late and what they yell out loud.

Here is a look back at Green Day and good luck to them in the future.

 

 

Looking forward to many more years of their music.


Retro or not really Retro

I was listening to some of my older music the other day and it sparked a look at one song that has had a lot of success over time. == Singing in the Rain ===
Which version do you like the best?
The Original With Gene Kelly

The 80’s version by TACO

2009 With Seth MacFarlane

Most recently Robbie Williams

GLEE


A few month and alot of music.

Some not as well know people with really good albums out recently are as follows.
They Know

Ian Maksin – Soul Companion

Tim Cheatle – Trust In The Music

Serpent Underground – Death Symphony

Brian Mackey‘s new single America is out with a video on the way.
Other music out and worth getting….
Train – Bulletproof Picasso

Weird Al – Mandatory Fun

Lenny Kravitz – Strut

One Republic – Native


Some people worth a listen!

Ran across some of these groups and people worth listening to.
One was a recommendation from a friend.
Sleep For Sleepers

Seasick Steve

Malice In Wonderland

Reign Project

AVONDALE

Restless Blues Band

Chad Street


Tyler Ward, Mad Dog and others Colorado players.

Yes some bands got their start in Colorado. Big Head Todd and the Monster, The Fray, One Republic, John Denver, Jesse Carmichael from Maroon 5 and Glenn Miller.
People I would like you to notice that should be added to you lists are Tyler Ward.
Graduated from University of Northern Colorado for something other than music, his album The Show is worth picking up and here is a little sample.

According to one of his videos he is a neighbor of Alex G.
Her EP Hello is worth picking up as well as her collaborations.

A group I have previously talked with Broken Tongues.

And a Congrats goes out to Mad Dog & Headman. Tonight They will be having a CD release party at the Skylite Station in Denver.

Enjoy these special Colorado People.


Jeff Daniels, Great Actor and Musician, and Colorado Music News.

Yes you heard me, he is one heck of a musician. 5 albums and counting.


Check out his channel on YouTube to see him on the road with his music.
More Music coming to Colorado!
Paramount Theater Denver
The Monkees, Aug 5
Jack Johnson, Oct 9
Joe Satriani, Sept 4
Pepsi Center Denver
RUSH, Aug 2
MUSE, Sept 17
P!nk, Oct 18
Jimmy Buffett, Oct 22
Rihanna, Nov 9
Hudson Gardens Denver
Bret Michaels, July 14
Pat Benatar, Aug 4
Foreigner, Aug 11
Styx, Aug 18
Three Dog Night, Aug 25


Music coming to Northern Colorado

At the Budweiser Events Center:
Sammy Hagar August 20
Alabama September 15
Straight No Chaser October 24

Celtic Thunder November 26
At Lincoln Center Fort Collins:
Jon Batiste and Stay Human November 1
SYBARITE5 November 15
Chick Corea & Béla Fleck January 15


Wonderful World of Music Video’s

Shinedown has been coming out with a number of great video’s to support the album released in March.




W.E.R.M. Latest music video.

Serpent Underground, made an impression with this music video.

For you Country fans, Billy K Band, this is one of the songs from his new album.

Like what you see share it with your friends.


Serotonin……a bright spot in UK music.

This interview was one I had been looking forward to for a long time since I first heard there music awhile ago. Jay Cobain took time out from the very busy schedule he has had of late tells us about himself and the band.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?
Serotonin was born in the summer of 2007. Myself (Jay) and one of my closest friends, Jody Shinton (Drummer), had been in a band together prior to Serotonin for several years. At the start of 2006, we disbanded and parted ways. Jody went on to work with other musicians in our town, doing various musical projects whilst I took some much needed time out. During this time, I was still writing music, but it wasn’t until mid 2007 that I was ready to “test out” the new material I had written. I called Jody and explained that I had this array of new material and I was desperate to get back into the scene again. The music we wrote in our previous band was very grunge and had a lot of Nirvana influence behind it, but I didn’t want to go back to that as it was getting us nowhere fast. After showing Jody the new music, he loved it and so did I. This was our sound. This was Serotonin.
Jody was good friends with bassist, Dave Chatterley. They had been working together in another band whilst I was taking time off. Their project had not long disbanded and Jody suggested bringing Dave in to play the bass guitar for us. As soon as we all got together it just clicked. We all fed off of each others passion and we were ready. I guess that’s how we were born.

What or who inspired you?
From a very early age it was Nirvana. Kurt Cobain was a huge influence on me and got me into writing music from the start. However, my guitar idol is one Mark Tremonti; the guitarist for Creed and Alter Bridge. Mark is the reason that I became more experimental with my music and made me want to learn to shred and solo more. Corey Taylor (Slipknot & Stone Sour) is another huge influence of mine.
Jody is a huge fan of Bon Jovi and has named Tico Torres as one of his idols, but he has many others such as The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold).
Dave is a big fan of Matt Bellamy from Muse.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
I play guitar. My guitars of choice are Paul Reed Smith guitars (PRS). I absolutely love them. The trouble is that they are very expensive, but worth it.
Dave enjoys his Fender Jazz bass guitars.
Jody plays DW drums.

What do you listen too?
A lot of rock, metal and alternative metal. I like to think that I have an eclectic taste in music, but these genres seem to shine through more. I can’t stand pop music, R&B or drum and bass.

What makes you happy? sad?
Music for both. Music is such a very emotional tool.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love spending time with my fiance and our son. They are a huge part of my life.
I also enjoy directing and editing. This helps when it comes to our music videos. I am a very artistic and creatively driven person, so I channel it all into areas that interest me.

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
Honestly? Make a living through music for the rest of my life. I understand that a lot of musicians say this, but it’s true. I guess the only difference is that it’s not about the “fame and the fortune” for me. I only need enough to support my family and be able to eat.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
This is a good question and a difficult one to answer. I don’t think there is anything… at the moment.

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
There is another record in the works. Actually, we’ve not long finished it. We started working on a new EP last September and finally finished this past spring. It’s called ‘The Missing’ and consists of 5 tracks. There have been talks of releasing a new music video for one of the new songs, but nothing is official yet.
We are planning to begin work on another record soon and I’m also contemplating a possible solo album.

How hard has it been managing your own label and yourself?
We signed to Crash Records who are an independent record label in 2009. Since then we released 2 records through them. However, we have since parted with the label and we have been doing everything ourselves. Our new record (The Missing) will be released through my own label and was even recorded in my home. It’s been challenging doing everything myself, but it’s all a part of the journey.

What’s the new album about?
The new record is easily our darkest to date. The title of the EP is apt because they were songs that didn’t make our first 2 EP’s. We had a lot of requests from fans that wanted copies of songs that weren’t available on our previous records.
The record itself is based around deceit, fate and broken relations. It sounds depressing, but makes for some good music. One of the tracks is called ‘I’m Nothing’ and is actually the first song I ever wrote. I originally wrote it when I was 16 and did nothing with it. It’s changed a little bit since it’s creation, but I am proud of this song.
The inspiration behind the songs on this album?
A lot of the music that I write stems from some form of experience, whether that be past or present. The songs on the new record are based on past experiences and dealing with deceit. I enjoy the way that I wrote the lyrics for the track ‘Twist of Fate’. The first verse is written about the past, but the second verse describes how that fate was changed for the better. It’s hard to explain, but I thought it was a good way to show that everything happens for a reason.
The opening track on this record is an intro track. I wanted something to set the mood for the rest of the record. It’s called ‘Absentia’ which is Latin for ‘absence’. I felt that this was a fitting title as the EP is ‘The Missing’. It’s quite a peaceful track and even has orchestral pieces in it. In my opinion, it certainly sets the tone and the mood for the rest of the record.
When do you hope to have it released? and where?
Originally, we hoped to have it released in June, 2012, but due to unforeseen circumstances, this didn’t happen. We’re now aiming to release it in August.
The release will be digital and will be worldwide. As with our 2 previous records, it can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon and many more.
Once we have the official release date ready, we will announce it on our official Facebook page.
Thanks to Serotonin for the interview and good luck.
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Postcards from the Deathbed….talks.

Andrew Gemkow, his solo project is called, “Postcards from the Deathbed.” If you check out all the places on the web to find him you realize that one style of music is not in his vocabulary. Alternative, R&B, Rock, Folk, he has a wide variety of sounds out there, and all of it is great stuff.

His own Bio on ReverbNations says,
“Postcards from the Deathbed is the story of a man who has chosen to hide in plain sight through his use of music to make sense of the world around him and the events of his life that he cannot possibly understand. The purpose of all of this is to allow the truth to flow out though the vehicle of sound; the wording is carefully chosen to protect all who exist within the spaces of these electrons that bind us all as one existence. As the memories slip from the failing mind of an old man in his fate, these postcards may well serve to remind him of memories lost within the chaos of passing time.

The multiple sketches and refinements as they are released here are with the intent to show the evolution of understanding and acceptance of the self and the impact others have had upon his very being. These creations are a shelter within the soul from the storm that rages within the mind. This is me.”

We asked a few questions,
What or who inspired you?
Coming from a family of musicians, they have always been an exceptional source of inspiration to me. My great grandpa Rudy could play anything he heard on the concertina. My uncle Bob played drums in a wedding band. However, my greatest inspiration came from my uncle Ed. Shortly after I began learning violin, he had me stand up on a side table and play the first three songs I ever learned. When I finished, he gave me a dollar, saying, “Now you are a paid professional. It’s up to you to go as far as you want because you can be the best if you work at it.” I keep this in mind whenever I play music for someone else.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
I play any stringed instrument. The physics of a vibrating string has fascinated me since my time studying with Nelle Meintz. She taught me harmonics. Later, when I learned to regulate pedal harps at Lyon and Healy, Peter Wiley introduced me to the bible of tonal physics by Hermann Helmholtz titled, ‘On the Sensation of Tone’.

The instruments I own have been carefully selected for their tonal characteristics and playability within the capabilities of my hands. Let’s just say that it’s unlikely I will ever buy an instrument off the internet.

I play a 2006 Fender Jaguar Bass that I have customized to suit my playing techniques. For example, I played about 30 different jag basses at the time before I selected the one that sounded and played best. It is strung with Thomastick flatwound strings and has a Hipshot D-tuner. I removed the pickguard and custom shaped a rosewood coverplate for the electronics pocket and added a thumb block to accommodate my right hand technique. Everything else is stock.

My guitar is a walnut 1979 Gibson SG. It was a factory “second” from the Norlin era that has had much work done to it over the years by Kagan and Gaines in Chicago and Northwest guitars. After a complete restoration in 2008, I stripped the original body finish to the natural wood and applied a hand-rubbed linseed oil finish. It has the stock “tarback” or T-top pick-up in the bridge and the stock “super humbucker” pickup in the bridge; split series/phase/parallel. Everything is stock except for a bison bone nut.

There are other instruments in the rack, but these two instruments define my sound.

What do you listen too?
My musical taste is eclectic. I listen to all forms of music. My preference is toward music that is innovative and isn’t an emulation of previous artists. “Sound-alikes” bore me. I do enjoy the recognition of an artist’s influences in their compositions; so long as their own style and personality is dominant in their sound.

I also listen intently to what other people are saying. Without this fundamental base in communication, the intent in my own compositions holds no merit.

What makes you happy? sad?

It took me a bit to think about this question. I’m pretty happy most of the time. When I’m not, it usually leads to 3am writing sessions until I can sleep again. It’s the only way that I know how to at least be completely truthful to myself. As long as I have truth, I have happiness. This doesn’t necessarily exclude sorrow, remorse or joy. Truth just happens to be the justification for experiencing all other emotions I feel.

Sadness has come from innumerable directions in my life. It is not an emotion I dwell upon for fear of becoming awash in its consumption. It’s emptiness is the very thing I avoid at all costs. It will have its place in time in its lesser forms, but holds no shelter from the night when it rolls in like a fog. I choose happiness for its limitless reward when continually shared. Sadness brought me nothing but a quick fix, hopelessness and death in all its forms.

But, if one thing makes me sad, it is those who may walk through this life having never known they are alive.

oh… and White Sox fans in a ‘shakin’ my head’ kinda way. Only because they suck so bad at being fans. That’s right, you 35th st. mutts. I said it

We would like to thank Andrew for talking with us and wish him the best of luck.
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