Right now, in St. Burchardi church in Halberstadt, Germany, there’s an organ playing a song that has no end—in our lifetime, anyway. Even though the sheet music for minimalist composer John Cage’s “As Slow as Possible” is only eight pages long, the song will take 639 years to complete. It’s part of Cage’s larger exploration of how music exists in time and space; he wrote the piece for an organ because the pipes can last for thousands of years. A machine, called a blower, constantly supplies air, and a weight holds down the pedals. The first three-note chord, which was played in 2003, lasted for a year and a half. The church is committed to playing the song until it’s over. If you can’t wait for the full version, don’t worry: The club remix will drop any day now.
You know I qualified for the Olympics again this year. But I decided not to go. It wouldn’t be fair to the other athletes. I would have won all the medals especially on Track &Field. I mean that would be selfish of me.
Oh this sarcasm doesn’t look too good in print. Honestly, I’m surprised at how much of an expert I’ve become in sports I don’t know anything about. I was watching the platform divers last night and I had no idea how dangerous that sport could be. Those divers hit the water at 30+ mph. One wrong move and Ouch!
Then there’s me from my recliner in my living room looking to relax and I can only think there is not enough tape in the world to protect my wrists from hitting the water the wrong way. Then I find myself becoming VERY opinionated about the Splash Meter. When I used to watch this sport on the Wide World of Sports years ago, I don’t remember having it so easy. Yet here I sit with a beverage and a meter to gauge how much liquid should be acceptable in my life when it comes to platform divers.
You should have heard me last week during 2 man kayaking!
The question I get asked second most is, favorite song
“What kind of music do you like to play the best?”
I always like to quote Duke Ellington who said, “There are only two kinds of music. Good and the other kind.”
I only play one kind. Which is good.
But what is good? How do you know it’s good? It’s so hard to tell these days. Let’s go back to the Grand Master Duke who went on to say,
“If it sounds good and feels good, then it IS good!”
So it starts if I can make it sound good. Brown Eyed Girl can have a great groove. You can play it reggae style. You can play it bluesy. You can even go Calypso on it and fill the dance floor in nothing flat. favorite song
So, basically, if my audience is having a good time, it’s probably cuz it feels good to them.
I can play Sweet Caroline 4 times a night because if I place it in the right portion of the night, people love that song. They’re having a great time with it. So I’m having fun too.
I got asked that question the other night again, “What is your favorite song to play?”
I was in a club. It wasn’t all that busy. Kind of a quiet night. Maybe 50 people in the bar. The usual mix of foreigners and American tourists. A few Canadians but mostly Brits. A relaxing, warm spring evening in Chicago.
I love meeting new people. Especially people from other places than my neighborhood or my city. It’s good to have another perspective.
I remember one time I was playing on a boat that was spinning around Lake Michigan. I was a young man; about 20 something. I struck up a conversation with a woman from Israel who was living in Germany. I was complaining about our government and all the problems. She just looked at me and in no uncertain terms expressed, “You have no idea how good you have it here in America.”
There are always more than one way to look at things. I forget that sometimes unless I am talking with a wide and varied group of people on a regular basis.
Last night at a party I met a woman who was probably in her late 60s who is deeply involved in the justice system. Her point of view is massively different than my friends who are police.
That’s why when people ask me what kind of music I like the best, I have to answer with a question; “What kind of music do you like? What is your favorite song?” Because as an entertainer I’m not really allowed to judge. I want you to have a good time. I want you to hear the music that makes you feel good. If you’re feeling good, then I’m feeling good. Pretty simple really.
But as a musician (not as an entertainer) I have a very different point of view. First and foremost, it has to have a groove. I also like music that tells a story. I like music that has interesting harmonic structures; something I can spread my wings on and investigate tonalities and textures within the course of the tune. I like to discover something new in every song. Especially if I’ve been playing it for many months – or years.
It’s pretty simple. It comes down to the same thing for me too. Does it make me feel good? Cuz if I’m feeling good, you are too.
Let’s feel good together with live music and piano songs that create more great memories that will lat a lifetime for you.
Call me at +1 773-527-7417 and I GUARANTEE we will have some fun!
I would like to interrupt your viewing of the latest cat video and call the attention of all the dog lovers out there.
I wonder if this is how you feel? So let me start by saying ….
I cant even begin to tell you how much I love snow and winter. Here it is the first week of January and we finally got our first measurable snow fall of the entire season.
Don’t get me wrong. As a piano player not having to move gear and music equipment through snow banks in freezing cold weather for the entire holiday party season made our lives infinitely easier.
I’m just saying that I know a lot of people love to complain about the cold and the wind and the snow. I’m not one of those people.
Tonight the temperature is expected to dip down below zero with -30 wind chills. Dangerous weather no doubt. But honestly, I have no problem with it. I actually went for a walk tonight.
I got my boots on with warm socks, tied ’em all up tight, dressed in layers, grabbed my warmest pair of mittens, the kind that make your hands sweat, scarf (to keep my singing voice healthy) wrapped tight with no possibility of air getting in through my coat, nice warm hat, a gaiter to go around that and hit the sidewalks at a brisk pace.
I love the sound of crunching snow underneath my feet. I love the sting of the air on my exposed cheeks. I love the feeling of independence I get from being able to be out in this kind of weather.
Maybe this is how dog owners feel. The freedom to get out doors no matter what kind of weather we have.
I also love listening to the weathermen and women go on and on with such consternation about “Oh my God, It’s gonna be so dangerous out tonight!”
Who cares? Dress warm. Enjoy winter. What a beautiful scene the snow makes on the trees.
Get out and enjoy it.
… And while you’re at it go out and catch some cool live music or a piano player in your neighborhood. Haven’t got good piano music and comedy in your neighborhood? Give me a call. I’ll stop by no matter what kind of weather we have. Really!
Okay. Now back to your cat videos.
Do you like this piano music logo I just had done?
Okay .. this is just really friggin’ cool!!! I write a lot of custom written music. I have a sweet sweet studio on my desktop. I’m diggin’ it every day and then I come across this website and I’m thinking this is just too cool NOT to share … so here goes …
Go ahead and click on the picture and it will take you to this really cool site. I do a ton of writing original music and soundscapes for advertising and product roll outs and all that kind of thing. But this looks like just plain fun. I think you’ll enjoy it because … let’s face music should be fun … right?
Pretty cool huh? Custom Music for you anytime you want.
Now if you really want some great custom music written for you within a matter of days that you can use on your media platforms; your ads or your web site, then drop me a line. I’ll put something together for you right away .. okay within the week. How does that sound?
Call me we’ll have fun doing this whole original music thing custom written for you.
in the meantime … have at it …click on that picture over there to the right.