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History of Influences, and Study of Music

A History of Influences, and Study of Music.

Inspired and improvised based on feelings at the time, first takes. Usually Blues inspired.

I’ve learned to play Drums, Bass, Harmonica, sax, flute, Bongo's, Piano, electric and acoustic guitars, Dulcimer, Mandolin, and to make songs as improvised pieces.

Around 1965, I had a paper route and bought a Sears “Silver Tone” electric guitar and amp, like the one that they had on display over at the shopping center when we lived, “In the bad part of town”.

I met John Lee Hooker in 1972 at the local University in a small room with about 20 chairs, he was not well known here at the time.

John sat and held his acoustic in his arms and with his head down, he prayed in front of us. He seemed very sincere and intense as his head came up and he started to play, I chill went down my spine. I knew there was something special happening.

This made me feel something about "God", and few things had this effect. I was moved for years, and decided to try to learn blues, gospel, and play-N-pray.

Feeling the music means not chewing gum and looking around because I'm bored and would rather be somewhere else right now - that is not how to play the Good Music or the Blues!

You have to be one with yourself, and feel somewhat humble and thankful, this allows things to flow freely, and not have ego get in the way of music.

Around 1973 I was lucky and worked as Roadie for Frank Zappa. He was very mellow in person, but was a towering figure, he was shorter than I was and soft spoken. Once on stage in front of people, he roared large and bigger than life.

This version of The Mothers included George Duke on keyboards and vocals, Ian Underwood on saxophone, Bruce Fowler on Bass, Ruth Underwood on percussion, and Zappa on guitar and vocals. This was the music for "Over-Night Sensation".

Met Robert Moog in 1974, at lecture in Physics. He gave an amazing demo of synthesizers and explanation for how they worked. Many times when Bob came to Canada for years we went to see him.

Studied with Gene Martynec in Toronto (70's) at Ring Music Guitar store. Gene Played with Lou Reed, and produced Rough Trade, and Bruce Cockburn albums. (and more)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Martynec

Acquired a Mini Moog in the seventies, and learned how to make Sound, what each aspect of Audio makes Sound, Attack, Decay, Release, Sustain, Filters, and I still make my own Patches/Sounds from basics to final sound.

Subtractive and Additive Synthesis tools for music making became part of how to work with compositions, as well as electronic foot pedals, Wah, Distortion, etc.

The studio approach appeals to me, have one at home so you can record when you feel creative. Creativity and the Spontaneity may come when it wants to, not when you wants it to be done. Analog playing and Software recording, I'm going to need some new "Analog" Guitar strings...

Mat Toronto to Release CD to Amazon, iTunes, eMusic!

Mat Toronto to Release CD to Amazon, iTunes, eMusic!

Just completed remixing high quality versions of 14 songs. I have now applied and submitted the Songs for review to sell online Digital versions with Amazon, iTunes, etc.

Should be out in 6-8 weeks. Called "Rock the Blues"

Mat Toronto

Mat Toronto
Mat Toronto  (over 7 years ago)

Mat Toronto to Release CD to Amazon, iTunes, eMusic!

Just completed remixing high quality versions of 14 songs.
I have now applied and submitted the Songs for review to
sell online Digital versions with Amazon, iTunes, etc.

Should be out in 6-8 weeks. Called "Rock the Blues"

Mat Toronto