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Me & The Blues

 

Deciphering life through music is an empowering and decisive way to express one’s self, a cathartic way to analyze one’s thoughts & feelings, and a way to examine and self inventory.

Feeling the joy through a song that reminds you of a special celebration, a favorite road trip, or maybe true love is something we may take for granted. Or maybe it’s the heartbreak ‘ripping the heart out’ kind of tune. Then comes the reaction between the body, brain, & heart.

A chemical reaction,

More than the beat of the tune, the great guitar riffs, or the lyrics, music is much more to our brain. There is more to liking or not liking a song for each individual than most of us are typically aware of. Dozens of brain receptors in our brain respond to different rhythm, tones, and lyrics, determining the qualities we personally like and dislike in a particular song.

Music involves more parts of the brain than any other function that humans perform, Specific brain wave rhythm’s are associated with particular emotional  and cognitive outcomes. Over time listening to music improves language skills, creativity & happiness. Music also has incredible healing powers aiding in anxiety, speed healing, increase optimism, and decreasing pain.

Music definitely does not go in one ear and out the other. In fact, I tend to think we absorb it.

I write.

I write a lot. 

I write a lot about self-exploration and spirituality.

I think of my writing as a process, as an excavation of myself. Interesting I find that I am unable to write effectively without music, I always knew it inspired me, even helped me open up  to the muse by striking chords within myself that torch vulnerable raw emotions.

When I hear feel certain blue’s bar chords my ears like radar pick up the notes and the tones as the resonation travels; through to my soul allowing myself to be more in touch with myself than any other time. No other genre or instrument quite has this immediate impact on me like the blues guitar.  There is a kind of physiological reaction and my mind opens up to my heart & to my spirit  Blues chords strip away my ego’s thoughts and protective sleeve helping me find  way to the raw emotions I garner for when I write. I have a play list called 4WritingMusic,, and another  one titled HealingMusic  among my collection’s of music. These two playlists are most prized in my collection of music, All genres are represented in my library, (even Rap now which I had not  been able to say until most recently.)  I have opera, classical, classic-country, folk, pop, hard rock, acid rock, country-rock in my collection to name a few genres;  but if I could choose only one genre which would it be?

No question; for me it is Blues when I am writing.

My friend and master guitarist Pablo Camara’s background is in music therapy.  He is a music teacher and has the soul of a great artist who gives to others his gift of brilliance. His improvisations are in my mind and ears the very best. Through the music he covers & his original work I  have discovered what music really does for us physiologically. If we pay attention we can learn,

To me it is significant in the way we are able to emote such feelings through a piece of music like this Gary Moore cover below interpreted by Pablo Camara. The music sensibilities & sensitivity it takes to improvise & improve with a different perspective than anyone else while creating something quite moving is phenomenal.  Focusing on the recognition that it is the creative energy that flows from such a well composed song with its many layers, I see that this is my inspiration for my own creative wings to fly. And I write. And I write some more cleansing my mind as I do.

With my friend’s full permission I want to share this music I am referring to that sets my wings a flight.  (for full credits see *below)

Maybe your wings will soar too.

This Gary Moore cover is my all time my favorite version. Which is saying something because I am a self- admitted Gary Moore snob. With Mr Camara showcasing all his chops; incredible riffs & vibrato, and the way he bends those 6 strings while working the fretboard is a pure blissful muse for my soul.

And my muse for writing.

The music we are able to connect with on different levels with someone else is remarkable. And it can become a compelling way to communicate and express feelings.  It can be a pretty healthy way I might add. The genre of blues does this for me, I hear those chords and get a lump in my throat.

I know that this means something in me needs to be explored, and possibly expressed in some way.

It’s music that inspires me.

It’s.music that plays to my soul.

It’s music that sings to my heart

And sometimes… it’s a blues cover from a friend.

Pablo Camara’s collection of covers & original music can be found on his YouTube  link @ http://www.youtube.com/user/polcamara/videos

 

Gracias mi querido amigo Pablo, tu regalo de esta música mece mi mundo.

Credits:

* GARY MOORE ¨The Messiah Will Come Again¨ (Roy Buchanan)
Album: After the War, 1989.
* Cover by Pablo Cámara.
Zárate, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Backing track: http://soundcloud.com/pablo-camara-1/…

NO COPYRIGHT INTENDED. ALL RIGHTS REMAIN WITH ARTISTS AND RESPECTIVE LABEL/S ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY

Lecciones gratis de guitarra/Free guitar lessons: http://www.facebook.com/pablo.camara

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Old Friend ~ New Friend

After a couple of months of deeply ensconced topics here at Lady Barefoot Baroness my feelings are that something on the lighter note are needed, so this it shall be.

This time in my life is being dedicated to chasing  my dreams, both old &  new. In fact there is a common thread in my life now of old and new. I am combining old and new in my life everyday. I am also working on that proverbial bucket list of life and this is where today my thoughts bring me.

I have been around music in one form or another my entire life, as far back as a young child I can recall music memories. As far back as when I was about 3 years old I have distinct memories  of sneaking out of bed and down the hall on weekend nights and early mornings to listen and watch my mom & dad jam with family & friends.  Hoping always to get caught, every time, because it meant after a small chastising I was encouraged to join in and sing with the group., My first stage.  I was hooked.

All those  years I was involved with music in one form to another, voice lessons as a child, music theory as a tween, performing with a few bands, to managing a band and producing a demo tape for said band. However, I never followed through to learn how to properly play the guitar despite it being on a long bucket list even then.

Because I am taking on my bucket list of life, having had this wonderful new renewal and reminder of who it is I am,  I now also have a new roommate, a new friend.

New Friend, Welcome to My World!

 My Yamaha Folk Guitar:

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isn’t he a handsome one?

I do need to give this beauty a name, as I am slowing learning to play on him. I am taking suggestions I just now decided  toward that end to if you kindly have one.

  Learning proper is what I am doing, not just learning a couple of cheating chords like I did as a kid. My fingers are somewhat sore, but I think I am not practicing enough,  because they are not bleeding. Or calloused yet.

I have several musicians in my life who are giving me lots of advise. My little brother who plays and writes music is one.  All welcome. But my closest musician friend, the person in my life I feel closest too helps advise me on all the matters when it coms to these guitar lessons and my new guitar. The wonderful thing about this is I know the criticism if any is in the genuine best interest of my learning to play properly.

I love my guitar already. We have been spending the last couple weeks getting to know one another, this will be a fine friendship.

Old Friend. Where have you been?

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This book of music, copy write 1887 by Philip Phillips, is one of the many antique books I have in my book collection. These antique books were part of an in-law relative’s book collection for which I inherited as the rest of this family did not see the charm or the value.

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While unpacking one of the final boxes from my ” Moving On” recently I came across this music book above, Bright Gems. I have a thing for unusual music books. this book is an all sheet music for spiritual hymns popular by 50 songwriters in the late 1800’s and before. In the early 1980’s I sang with University of Oregon‘s Chorale society; along with show tunes, the classics, we also performed old spiritual hymns. At the time I shared this book with our director, and he went about finding a copy for his library.

Philip Phillips:

Philip Phillips

Phillip Phillips (The Singing Pil­grim) 1834-1895

Phillips be­gan teach­ing sing­ing school at age 19. In 1860, he formed a part­ner­ship in Cin­cin­nati, Ohio, with Will­iam Sum­ner & Com­pa­ny, un­der the firm name of Phill­ip Phill­ips & Com­pa­ny, to sell pian­os, or­gans, and Sun­day school song­books. Phil­lips fre­quent­ly in­tro­duced him­self in a town by put­ting a mel­o­de­on in a ve­hicle, park­ing on a prom­i­nent street cor­ner, and be­gin to sing and play. His mar­vel­ous voice drew large crowds.

Phillips’ other books in­clude:     New Stand­ard Sing­er (New York: 1868)     Early Blos­soms     Musical Leaves     Singing Pil­grim     Song Life

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On a side note about my music book collections:

My most recent acquisition to my collection is actually not so recent as it was a couple of years ago at Peter Yarrow‘s concert I attended.  I did at that intimate concert purchase his new “Puff The Magic Dragon” pop-out book, and his “Favorite Folk Music book.  Peter wrote an addendum to Puff’s story in this latest version. I will give you  only something to peak your interest by saying that Jackie Paper has a granddaughter in this new version. You really should make a point of going back in time with Peter’s new version of his old folk song.

Puff The Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow.

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With Peter Yarrow Autograph

Both books come with sheet music, and CD’s  of Peter Yarrow’s music. A must have in any Peter Paul &  Mary collection I would say. I did. For mine. They will be treasured in my heart always.

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By this time next year I hope to be able to play all 24 songs in this Folk Song Book as well as to play Puff too. I now the lyrics to each tune, have for more years than I will admit to.

Taking  Guitar lessons from Peter Yarrow too.

Old & New Friends ~

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“Wish You were Here” Acoustic Style….

WHEN YOU ARE IN NEED OF A LITTLE EXPRESSION WHAT DOES IT FOR YOU?

I have to say that when I’m in a mood, and I get in moods. Just ask anyone, there is nothing that works better for me than listening to some beautiful guitar music. Turn up the volume ans let it envelop me. Using the breaks with the amazing riffs help work the cobwebs of life out of my head every time.

On Saturdays I will typically listen to the guitar God him self EPIC CLAPTON in particular. We have had a regular Saturday date for most of my adult life.  He plays while I work, and I turn it up the audio LOUD.

But today it’s David Gilmore and his acoustic folksy version of “Wish You Were Herekind of mood. It’s his acoustic version of his Pink Floyd’s tune by the same title. It is the medicine I need right now. No offense Clapton. There is something about the clustering of these of chords, and the way that Gilmore plays off of them into his improv riffs that rips into the soul.  Some days its just best to sit down and let yourself be taken away by the music, the playing. Let it do its thing.

Did I say that I am a big fan of guitar music? Anything with strings actually. Love violin music too. But I have definite tastes and that tend to run acoustic. But I love some good electric riffs to as I said…. Eric Clapton is Epic Clapton and what is not to love about him? But there are times when something else was needed. Music tends to be like that, Very emotional based are music choices made I believe.

I am blessed that I have a great collection of music. I have been collecting it for 45 yrs. I also am very lucky that I have a great Music Maestro in my life who is constantly teaching me new things. i  am not sure he will agree with my choice for today but that is what teaching involves. New music. And continually building my collection. thank you

©tjhelser2012