It’s Bach to Basics

How‚Äôs that for a title? Two corny puns for the price of one. You’re welcome ūüėČ

The next video from the Cubist Sessions is now available

I hope you enjoy it and stay tuned for more videos to come.

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The Cubist Sessions

This past year and half have been challenging for pretty much everyone. Whether you were suffering from sickness, stress, fear, anxiety or any of the other myriad emotions that accompanied this pandemic, I‚Äôd say we all deserve a collective pat on the back for making it through this experience.

And hopefully we learned something from it all… I know I did.

One of the major challenges as a musician during this period was trying to keep up your chops while there was no gigging. For me the solution was to revisit some guitar pieces that I had been working on over the past couple of years. As I started practicing these pieces again I decided I would make use of the time I was spending on them by trying to record performances of them. What started as some simple home recordings then turned in to a full fledged “project”.

I enlisted the help of the talented videographer Liana Pare from Liana The Ghost Films. Having worked together on several other videos – including Tirage Au Sort (which has now received over 11,000 views on YouTube)  – I knew she would do a really nice job. And that she did!

What came out of our collaboration was a series of six videos we are calling The Cubist Sessions. They are primarily guitar performances – with a little bit of singing – of several different styles of music including Classical, Finger Style, Bossa and a few original songs. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words ( so a video must be worth at least 10,000 right? ) so I will therefore let the videos do the talking but will simply close by saying I hope they are as enjoyable to watch as they were to make.

Here is the first cubist video  Рa guitar study by Carcassi.

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Thanks and I hope you enjoy the videos (more on the way).

AB

Darwin versus The Peacock

“The sight of a feather in a peacock’s tail,” Charles Darwin wrote in 1860, “makes me sick.”

What was it about the Peacock’s feather that bothered Darwin so much? Apparently the cumbersome tail of the peacock flew – or more to the point didn’t – in the face of all of Darwin’s theories of natural selection. Why should the male bird of this species be allowed to survive and even prosper when his lavish and burdensome tail should make him¬†a prime candidate for destruction by his adversaries?

Well, the answer was not easily come by Рand still not very well understood Рbut it seems that in the end Darwin was forced to factor in Beauty as one of the inherent values in Nature. And that’s a beautiful thing!

Through my creations – music, lyrics, graphic art and words – I work towards bringing more beauty in the world. Do I miss the mark sometimes? Sure. But every once in a while I hit on a gem.

In my career to date I’ve independently released a number of¬†musical albums and singles, created a large portfolio of artwork, produced a number of videos and actively maintained a blog of my writings – all self financed.

While it has been an very enjoyable and fulfilling experience bringing these creations to light it has become increasingly costly to support the production, distribution and maintenance of this output so I’ve decided to open a Patreon account in order to offset these costs and fund future endeavors.

If you would like to support my mission to bring more beauty to the world, I encourage you to become a contributor. I have many new projects and a lot of unfinished material that I am looking to complete in the coming days, months and years and as a contributor you can not only help make sure that happens but be the first to know about it.

I appreciate your continued interest in my work and wish you the best.