Archive for April, 2013

Ben Harper – A Lewis Marnell Tribute

April 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Ben Harper is helping to raise money for the family of Australian pro skateboarder Lewis Marnell, whose untimely death in January at the age of 30 left his family in dire financial straights.

A lifelong skateboarding enthusiast and friend to skaters around the world, Harper has reunited with the Innocent Criminals for the first time since 2007 to re-record the song “Jah Work” from his 1997 album, “The Will to Live.” The song will be available on iTunes tomorrow, with all proceeds going to the family memorial fund.

Ben Harper - A Lewis Marnell Tribute

Share it, it’s beautiful as hell. :)

See ya!


A New Prayer In Form of Music. :)

April 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

Once again I want to share a recording that came out almost without me noticing it… After meeting a friend who is facing a tough family issue I grabbed my acoustic guitar and recorded this. So take a listen and take my best wishes of strenght for those in need–if that’s your case feel free to call it yours as well. :)

Enjoy, see ya!

28 Great Movie Scores Written by Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop Artists

April 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Great content from the Paste Magazine. Enjoy! :)

Paste Magazine

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6 Ways to Dress Up a Simple Chord Progression

April 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how are you doing?

This time I took the liberty to share another person’s post… Because it’s valuable for those starting to compose or arranging. See ya next Monday! :)

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Here’s how to make a simple progression more interesting, while leaving the original progression intact.


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GuitaristI’m a big fan of keeping things relatively simple with regard to chord progressions in the pop genre. That’s certainly not to say that I don’t like complexity – I do! But more often than not, songwriters think they’re writing a complex chord progression when in fact they’re simply using those chords incorrectly.

Keeping things simple doesn’t mean that you can’t use some very interesting chord substitutes. Today, I want to focus on what could arguably be called the simplest (yet harmonically strongest) 3-chord progression we can use: I-IV-V-I (C-F-G-C)

One simple way to dress this progression up is to insert interesting chords between the ones that make up the backbone of the progression…

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The Cure’s Formula.

April 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

The band The Cure is going to play here in São Paulo next Saturday and hopefully I’ll be there… :P In the mean time I’m here to share an article by me for my Brazillian blog :)

Robert Smith by Gabriela Andrade.

Robert Smith by Gabriela Andrade. :) (Click it to go to her Flickr)

In the preparations for the show that’s going to happen here in São Paulo next Saturday I’ve been listening to all The Cure albums again… And finally, as an almost-old man :P, I seemed to have figured out what makes the band special.

The “A” side (at least for the band itself and the fans, since it’s the most… regular way for them to make music) is easier to understand/analyze: a the Doors rehash 10 years later, a… liquid melancholy that drenches their music through the guitar layers, the draggin’ vocals, delays & reverbs, the odd synths, the never-ending intros, the minor tones, the non-definite conclusions… I mean, in the end of the day the song (technically speaking) doesn’t matter that much; the structure, the lyrics, everything else is surpassed by a certain mood. When it comes to this “side” a regular Cure fan can set a random playlist of pretty much any album and be happy (? lol) with any sample of that feeling coming out.

(Example: “The Forest”, from their 2nd album: “Seventeen Seconds, 1980.)

But… That would only make The Cure a band among others. For the good or the bad this “mood” in not a Cure’s exclusive. Joy Division has it, Siouxie and the Banshees has it… Late 70s was favorable for such sounds to flourish, it seems.

(Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, 1980; Siouxies’s “Metal Postcard”, 1978)

Proceeding… lol What makes those guys unique is their “B” side–curiously the “A” side for the media because those tracks are easier to listen to… And they’re only easier because they SOUND (wrongly) happier! lol A more upbeat rhythm, major chords, a more melodic riff/lick… Strangely you can sing pretty much anything disguised that way. lol

(Super-nasty, absurd thematic disguised as pop-song: Oingo Boingo’s “Little Girls”, 1981.)

What’s good about all this in the “Cure case” is how naturally those particular songs fit into their repertory. They’re just another perpective of the same thing instead of being completely new stories… The Smiths has reached that later too; and Belle & Sebastian ultimately got the bottom line in the matter. But in both cases the transition from one side to another is smoother, not so polarized as it happens to be with The Cure.

(Smiths’ “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side”, 1985. Belle & Sebastian’s “Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying”, 1996.)

It’s all the same, I concede. :P But the idea–aware or not–is awesome. And knowing all that may help you to realize if what you like is the furry surface or the cold interior. :)

(B/A sides: “Boys Don’t Cry”, 1979; “In Between Days” and my favorite one “Close to Me”, 1985.)

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