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Simply Beautiful!

Simple is beautiful...

Unofficial: The Dream·Wednesday, May 23, 20181 Read ...and beauty is simplicity, it’s that simple! Ok, enough! It is one thing to be recognizable...wear a hat, some fancy embroidered coat or look totally normal and pull off the most killer lead riff one could imagine but... ...I have always been “Old School”...I can’t say where it comes from, I don’t think I’m that old soul to use that as my excuse but then for me it has always been about quality, craftsmanship and integrity in what I do for no other reason than it is what must be upheld. So having a guitar thats all guilded...mother of pearl inlay all over the place and with some freaked out wood trim statement has never been “my cup of tea’. It’s like, well heres a good example...like an ancient Straovarius Violin, minimalistic at best enhanced by the pure beauty of the wood and the artisian quality of the build...and of course the tone of the instrument, thats what I am into... ...all the other aspects of modern builds understandable, for a thousand souls there may be a thousand guitar finishes that can be experienced...and each to their own. Custom is custom, special to the designer and creator, special to the person desiring a one of a kind design. For me I’ll have mine beautifully natural with a hint of nostalgic...and if need be a fancy jacket from the Taylor to the Stars! Peace!

What is the reason...

No matter what venue of sound you arrive at, be it Rock, Jazz, Blues, Soul, Contemporary, Classic Electric or Acoustic...to most aside from the Artistic endeavor of it, Entertainment i.e. Showmanship usually is what draws you in. It is about the Group or the Soloist and all aspects in between that bring the vision...it's excitement to your center.

There are a multitude of reason other than the aforementioned that make people do what they do...like money or any of the other vices that possess the human condition, but in Art/Music...we are a different kind of human.

Expression being the key to Art...and of course valuable mostly to the creator and to some of those who appreciate the Artists effort remains the force behind the human mind and the challenge of bettering ones skill set.

Just to be good at something is not enough...one has to have a personality connected to there desire for expression and some are quite frankly over the top. It is the nature of the beast.

That is why Music/Art is so viable because it allows all levels of desire and experience to flourish in the medium of sound because as you know...

...Music is not so much the sound but the space and silence between the notes.

Like the hesitation before Roger Daltrey screams in their famous song by The Who titled " Won't Get Fool Again "...

...that leaves an un-removable mark in your appreciation of the depths and emotion of the form of music...and the Art of it all.

What the...

What the...

Unofficial: The Dream·Saturday, May 12, 2018 .

Sometimes, you know when you see or hear something that makes you say... Well, you can figure that part out for yourself but what I’m going on about is what I have heard for years...and never quite understood but then my first instrument was an Electric Bass so...I have never know any differant...that is concerning the weight factor of having one hung around my neck. I started out with a Fender Mustang Bass back in 73...it was a short scale, was what I learned to play on, later on a Gibson SB450, a still farely light Bass guitar...but then I had a Mosrite and a couple of P-Basses and the weight factor and neck lengths became epicly heavier. Then along came the Ric 4001...a slab of hardwood with a briteness that did just what it was designed to do...punch you in the gut with the right Amp set up! I later on had a Peavy Dyna Bass equipted with a Tremolo Bar (4 string model)...prior to that I owned and played the mother of shoulder breakers a Gibson EB3 with a long scale neck ( always wanted a short scale EB3, maybe one day ). ...since then I have become many things and a Guitar Player is one of them. so heres where my whining becomes evident, I don’t undertand guitar player who think a Fender Strat is heavy and need a big wide strap to support this theory. I play one, have for more than 35 years the same guitar...it’s a beautiful piece of cake. I also have and play a Les Paul...a 10 lb’r...it is heavier but still don’t get it. Ok...the majority of y’all out there who play guitar never played anything heavier the what you got...and thats alright, shouldn’t have to carry a brick around your neck...not necessary. But the thing that alway bugs me is when I read or hear someone complain... ...I have worn some of the heavest. Lol...don’t forget to eat your Wheaties!

It's only Rock and Roll...

Greetings fellow Rockers, on my high horse for the moment...there was an era in Rock Music called the Psychedelic "60's"...fuzzy sounding guitars and dayglow paint ran together to create an atmosphere many of us enjoyed or hated. To me however many times it just sounded like a bad attempt at practice and then someone desided to put to vinyl. There are so many variables in music...styles, genres it's not far to pigeon hole anyone to a title or name but...it is what it is sometimes.

I have not been one to approach the FUZZ tone in my style, as in reference to the aforementioned Era but I do enjoy the application of "Distortion" " Over Driven " preamp sound in the appropreiate places concerning Electric Guitar and sometimes as well with the Electric Bass but...there is a limit and and place for everything.

With Bass Guitar I am a traditionalist...The bottom is the Bottom...not Lead as in guitar...but Bottom as in Rhythm section. It does depend on the numbers of instruments in the Rhythm Section so equality is everything but if one is talking about a three piece Band well anything is up for grabs and so as in tone or Fuzz or Distortion...choose you sound it is all relative to the song.

After all it's only Rock and Roll!

It's an Artsy Fartsy thing...

...the reason I play Guitar!

Unofficial: The Dream·Tuesday, May 8, 2018 .

I don’t know about anyone else, for me it has always been about expression. When I was in primary school I always wanted to be Artsy...you know draw pictures. people landscapes...but that eluded me. Later on I wanted to be a Technical /Architectual Draftsman but math was my downfall ( imagine that...hahah! ). So aside from the standard answer of “ It’s Rock and Roll “ and we all know the old school reasons why guy’s used to play guitars... ...that was never my calling. It has always been about the look, the sound, the technic. It probably sounds boring as hell to most but it is an Art thing... ...that we go with me when I’m gone!

Keyboards Vs: Bass

Keyboard Vs. Bass Guitar

Unofficial: The Dream·Wednesday, May 2, 2018 .

Well, no...not really. It’s should be a harmonious thing but...weirder things have happened! Music composition is a relatively volatile thing. Punk Rock was as close as it gets to volatile as one might suggest yet even in that environment there occasionally was music... ...because music is not just the notes but also the places between the notes where there is no sound. So no sound can be good just like the multiple sounds of a group of instruments clashing together or allowing a spacial place for each instrument to exsist. Because Keyboards can contribute simular notes as a Bass Guitar slurring and definition can be lost when two instruments play the same tone. I think that unless it was intended engineering sound in a recorded mix becomes a Rubics Cube of death if you do not pay attention to the placement of all the elements of the composition. It also adds to the dynamic nature of the track and helps to elevate the music with depth and texture.

Aesthetics...

...ok, you are probably saying to yourself huh? We are talking musical instruments here. I have always taken great care maintaining my gear. Rarely if ever let them get all gummed up and dirty, it is a matter of respect and tone for me...a gooey fret board is not comfortable to play. I have known players who never clean their guitars, some say it builds character in the realm of sacred...history you know but for me that has never been the case. The Guitar or Bass represents who I am extensionally. It is a matter of fact. A well taken care of Instrument doesn't play itself...but the musician who holds the value of the instrument as to sound, tone and reflection of attitude toward the composition one is playing...it is a visual thing as well. A prop, an image...something that triggers a response to the eye and mind...Aesthetics, that's it!

Ther will be Guitar...

There will be Guitar...

Burt K Arthur·Friday, April 27, 2018 .

Note: Backs Against The Wall...dialogue. New song coming from NorthernBandit/Burt K Arthur Greetings one and all! I have been inspired by many guitarist in my journeys, Ritchie Blackmore being one of them. Having read a interview recently where he delves into some of the things you only seem to hear in rumor there was some truths enlighten I had not known. I have been enamored by Deep Purple from the very beginning of time and Ritchies use of a Stratocaster and Marshall Amps are legendary...but so is his style and technic. However he revealed a couple of things that I will attempt to keep to myself, esoteric. You’ll have to discover it yourself but... ...concerning what's coming in the new track it’s going to be an exuberant approach at something I have not done before. It is a tone thing given the fact that all music is sonic, to have all instruments fit together in the sound mix it is essential so I will be using some old school technics and of course a Strat! Stay tuned.

Large Condenser Mic Placement recording Vocals...

Unofficial: The Dream I got a great response from a fellow ReverbNation friend who states " the technic using the inverted set up allows if one is singing or speaking to the Microphone takes in the geometry of how words with a P are verbalized and projected which if you say any P word place your hand 2 to 4 inches from your mouth and notice where your wind goes...it's out and downward hence when inverted your P pop might miss the condenser completely " thoreticlly speaking while recording. Brilliant, I had a feeling it was on purpose!

...in a word.

Pete Townshend...probably the one Artist/Philosopher that I am inspired by more then any has said many times in his carrier as a Art Rock Songwriter and Performer, diminished his efforts by questioning everything at a particular moment of what he was doing and what was going on...often saying things that asked the question ' are we relative and expanding or are we simply just a parody of what we were '. So I think what happens to everyone at some point is this evaluation of what we do...for me I tend to allow my inspiration to direct me without enforcing my will on it... I don't create anything new...every note and structure has already been played out..the best and the only thing I want to do is throw my light on the thing that has excited me the most...

...and share that excitement with those who are similar to me...though they are few and far between...I have no mass appeal but what I bring to this Opera of Life is a love for what I do and a fire I hope comes through and allows you...like it has for me be able to breath and have a peaceful experience