We are having an early spring here in Colorado, and I have come out of hibernation. I spent the winter working on new material, both original pieces and cover tunes. I also assembled a collection of music composed by other solo guitarists. I look forward to playing this new music for you soon.
Brian's 2016 Farmers Market World Tour continues at the Larimer County Farmers market held on Oak Street In downtown Ft. Collins. See calendar for more details.
Last week I spent a beautiful Sunday morning at the Loveland Farmers Market. The weather was perfect as were the fruits, vegies, meats and other products that the vendors had for sale.
I hope to see you Saturday at the Larimer County Farmers Market.
It's that wonderful warm time of the year when it's great to be outdoors and it's great to play guitar outdoors. I just finished practicing guitar on my front porch while occasionally glancing up to catch a glimpse of Long's Peak and the other 14ers I can see. It is very inspiring. I wonder if I could see my house from Long's Peak. I think I would need a great pair of binoculars to see that far and a house this small.
I'm working on learning more solo guitar instrumentals by guitarists such as Will Ackerman and Jorma Kaukonen. At some point I hope to phase out the pop songs and just play my original guitar pieces and guitar solos by other guitarists. The acoustic guitar is a wonderful and versatile instrument. It has its own voice and doesn't really need to be just an accompaniment for a vocalist. Especially a voice like mine. I'll leave singing to the people on The Voice.
I have some Farmer's Market gigs lined up so check out the Calendar Page for the details and listen to some great guitar playing while you shop for your fresh vegies. See you there.
Hello again. It's been a long time since I've posted any blogs. A lot longer than I thought.
Much has happened in the guitar world. Not so much in my life though. I am continuing to learn new music and trying to figure out my sweet spot in the musical world. I have had the opportunity to listen to a few of my idea tapes from decades past and was surprised to hear how my musical pieces have developed over time, and even found some old original compositions that I had totally forgotten. I have relearned them. It wasn't hard. Apparently my muscle memory has survived the years. I have reworked a few pieces, making them better and more enjoyable. I look forward to performing them in the future.
I still haven't figured out whether or not to release a new CD or if downloads are the way to go. If you have any feelings in the CD vs. download issues let me know. I don't know if many people buy CDs anymore so that is cost efficient to produce them.
On a sad note, my guitar friend, Pete Huttlinger, passed away recently. He was best known for being John Denver's lead guitarist, but he was a terrific player and performer and a great arraigner of songs for instrumental guitar. Check out his versions of Steely Dan's "Josie" and Stevie Wonder's "Superstition." Simply amazing playing.
Watch my upcoming events page for more performances and I see you there.
The arrival of the technology of the 21st Century has brought some casualties. The biggest loss is that we no longer know how to listen anymore. We cannot focus on just sound, in particular music without a visual prompt. When was the last time you sat down, closed you eyes and just listened to a piece of music? We are so trained in the art of multitasking that we get all nervous and edgy with just aural stimulation. We eat to music, work to music, drive to music but we never listen to music by itself.
Pop music is now just a soundtrack to a video or a performer "owning the stage." And music has suffered because of this. It's all about rhythm and repetition, not about a melody and lyrics merged together to create a better experience.
Even Classical music performances are including big screen videos so people have something to look at. I was stunned that at a Colorado Symphony Orchestra of 2 symphonies, one by Beethoven and one by Stravinsky (if I remember correctly), that it included a big screen visual that showed the photography of a Colorado artist. These are major classical works being relegated to second fiddle by visual art.
I will admit that I am as guilty as anyone else of multitasking but now I challenge myself to just sit and listen without any visual prompts to get the true musical experience. I hope you will also take some time to do this.
This past Saturday I played at the Larimer County Farmers Market in Fort Collins. It was a fun time for everyone. The customers and vendors had great things to say about my performance and we bought lots of vegies, meats and plants and a bottle of wine.
July 12 I will be at the Loveland Farmers Market at Old Fairgrounds Park on Railroad Ave. I hope you can make it.
I sheepishly admit that I have not listened to my CD "One Man, One Guitar" in several years. I still perform the music on it, so that is my excuse for why I haven't slipped it into my CD player.
When I was at a friends birthday party last night, the host made an announcement about the his appreciation for the music he was putting on his CD player and I recognized from the first few notes that it was my CD my first thought was "Uh-oh!"
But I didn't run for the door. I sat and listened. Soon several of the guests were very forthcoming with their praise for my CD. By the time the CD ended I admitted to myself the CD was very good. Especially since it was recorded with absolutely no overdubs. The sound was of high quality also. I came away from the party inspired about my playing and my music.
So if you are looking for a CD that provides a good listening experience check out my CD at CDbaby.com or Amazon or BN.com or iTunes. I wholehearted recommend it.
This was an interesting winter that hopefully is nearly over. It was either near ZERO degrees, snowy and miserable or SIXTY degrees and unnaturally warm. I spent much time thinking about the music I wanted to perform and how to go about giving the best performance of that material. I also had the 5 week flu even though I had a flu shot. I stayed home as much as possible because I didn't want others to go through this misery.
I've reworked many of my earlier guitar compositions making them even better and I look forward to performing them for you.
Watch my calendar for upcoming concerts.
Winter has arrived with a blast of frigid air. I say brrr. We had a beautiful unseasonably warm autumn and now it is 2 degrees below 0 F.
I have retired from my corporate retail job and I have spent the last 3 months getting my life in order. I have gone through the garage attic and the basement storage rooms assembling items to donate or sell, finding all kinds of stuff I didn't know existed. I also began a get myself into shape program. I worked my way up to "running" 5 miles every other day and I have lost 15 pounds in the process, however, it is hard to run outside when it is below freezing so we will see how much I can keep off.
I've also spent time thinking about my music and guitar compositions and the musical direction I want to go in the future. So check in for future updates.
There are now 2 of my compositions on YOUTUBE performed by guitarist Jorge Torres. Associate Professor of Music at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.
As soon as I figure out how to get to add a direct link to the website I will, but until the you can go to YOUTUBE.com and view them by typing the composition's title in Search. The title's are:
The Wish For Water
The View From Mt Pinos.
I very much enjoy his performance and interpretation of the pieces.
Check them out.