Saturday, June 21, 2008

Live music

I went to hear my friend John Joseph play at It's A Grind last night. He plays at 3 of them (the ones that pay). I wish he played at the one closer to my house but they don't pay anything. John said he can't believe how much places will play for a DJ, yet they won't support live music. So true, so true. I don't get it either. People want to hear cover songs so they can sing along I guess.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Ice Cream Truck Music

There is a new ice cream truck on our street. It's not every day that you hear Auld Lang Syne, Oh Come All Ye Faithful and the theme from the Godfather played back to back. I guess it beats the usual ice cream truck music, which is Turkey in the Straw on a loop tape. Will somebody please let that turkey out of the straw?

Friday, June 13, 2008

John Chafe and I

I worked on making my hand stronger for barre chords today. Or is it bar chords? I listened to my CD by John Chafe. I hope I can learn all those songs so I can sing and perform them. I don't want my music to be lost just because he moved to Iowa, but my skill levels are so far below his that it's going to be hard to pick up the guitar part. Memorizing the words is the easy part since I wrote most of them. I appreciate more than ever what a skilled guitarist he is.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Chat Log: Fear

This is a conversation I had in an IM. It gave me lots to think about myself as in Know Thyself. Reaching out for my goals has brought up all kinds of repressed feelings that are giving me nightmares. No wonder I haven't succeeded with all this gunk clogging up my brain.

4:29 Other Person : lol im like that right nwow, i can barley sit down but im bored somehow
04:29 zenchantress : do the thing you fear most and you will no longer be bored

04:30 Other Person : I don't know what my fear is.
04:31 zenchantress : I used to do hypnosis biggest fear is of having a show that flops
04:31 zenchantress : otherwise I'd be rich now
04:31 Other Person : lol
04:31 zenchantress : I would wake up in a cold sweat at 3 AM after a bad show
04:31 zenchantress : night terrors
04:31 zenchantress : so one of my biggest fears is the fear of being humiliated
04:32 zenchantress : its not like they kill you for doing a bad show
04:32 zenchantress : maybe they won't pay you
04:33 zenchantress : I'm not scared of the usual things like snakes or spiders
04:34 zenchantress : I have a very strong fear of rejection that gets in my way in music, entertaining, relationships and all types of performing

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tuning Mandolin

My mandolin was very out of tune when I took it down from it's nail on the wall today. I found this handy site for tuning the mandolin: It also shows how to tune other things like banjos and guitars.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Music Theory

I was reading a book on music theory and that book is dryer than a popcorn fart. There must be a better way.

writing songs

I have a friend named John Chafe that I write songs for. That is to say, I write the lyrics and he writes the melody and performs them on his guitar. That was never my plan. I always wanted to write my own lyrics and music and play them in public on my guitar, but I was never good enough. I can't seem to get the guitar part to go with the word part. Frustrating. Anyway, last night I was out on the patio practicing and started writing a song about my friend Tom Mills. I thought it would be a cool song but it just sounds corny. I vidoetaped it on my cam and my face scared me. It looked so fat I barely recognized myself. All I could think was how am I going to perform on stage if I'm not attractive. I know that's silly because a lot of musicians play on stage and they are not exactly super models. But the thing is, it doesn't help your music career any if you are unattractive. So that means I am still hanging on to the illusion of having a music career. Strange that that is ingrained in me & I just won't let go of it. Or can't let it go. So I'm just going to keep plugging away at it. Maybe I am grasping at straws but they are my straws to grasp at.

First Post Learning Music & how it's been a part of my life

I am a challenged musician. To quote Walt Ribeiro 'learning music is like a giant mountain and you have to chip away at it a bit at a time'. I am an inconsistent musician. My practices are few & far between & I get frustrated a lot.

I first took piano lessons when I was eight. I still have that piano today. In first grade I was in my first choir. I was in choirs up through high school, at which point I got mad about a public school singing religious songs in their choir & I dropped out. But by then I was taking guitar lessons in high school too, and then in college.

I was never a music major, deciding to focus on dance instead of music. The two are so interrelated that it seems silly to label them as separate. Oh, and I also took a snare class in high school. So I have had a fair bit of music theory. But even so, I've never felt like an accomplished musician. But lately I've decided to give music another try, and I've started this blog to talk about it.