Sunday Grooves – 06/12/11: Chicago Blues Edition

I’m constantly listening to music for inspiration and enjoyment. Each Sunday, I will share 10 songs that have influenced me during the week. This week, I’m in Chicago so this edition of Sunday Grooves is dedicated to Chicago blues legends: 1. “Going Down” by Freddie King 2. “Easy Baby” by Magic Sam 3. “Five Long…

Playable Google Doodle Honors Guitar Legend Les Paul

The web was abuzz on Thursday, June 9, 2011 after Google placed a playable doodle on it’s homepage. Users could use their mice to play chords or single notes. They could also record their compositions and share them with the rest of the world. Google posted the doodle in honor of Les Paul’s 96th birthday.…

Max Matthews: The First Computer Musician

by Mocha Dad It seems as if computer generated music has been around forever. Actually, the seeds of ProTools, GarageBand, and CakeWalk were planted in 1957 by a 30 year-old engineer named Max Mathews. Max’s work made it possible for musicians such as Moby, The Gorillaz, Daft Punk, and The Chemical Brothers to create compositions…

Indie Artist Spotlight: Ira Perez

I first discovered Ira Perez while I was eating a BLT at a Farmer’s Market. After listening for a few minutes, I was captivated by her voice and her music. Even bacon couldn’t pry my eyes away from this musical phenom. “If I could have it my way, I’d want everyone’s first impression of me…

Live Music: Trudy Lynn – Discovery Green, Houston, TX

On my way to another concert, I happened to stumbled across a blues concert as walked through Discovery Green Park in Houston, TX. The Houston Blues Society was sponsoring the show. The society holds periodic jam sessions and concerts around town to preserve the legacy of blues music. Singer Trudy Lynn is a legend in…

Sunday Grooves – 06/05/11

I’m constantly listening to music for inspiration and enjoyment. Each Sunday, I will share 10 songs that have influenced me during the week. 1.”Disco Nights” by GQ 2. “Dirty Diana” by Michael Jackson 3. “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne 4. “The Thrill is Gone” by B.B. King 5. “Boom Boom” by John Lee Hooker 6.…

Joni Mitchell on Songwriting

I [write] by twiddling the strings into a different tuning – I throw it open to the cosmos. Then when you discover something that has an element of divine intervention, it’s like a blessing. – Joni Mitchell Peace & Blessings