Friday, August 31, 2007

The end of summer

This is Labor Day weekend, the holiday signifying the end of summer. It certainly doesn't feel like the end of summer - the heat and humidity are still unbearable.

It has been a busy summer for Music 2 Work 2 and an exciting one. We haven't gotten the changes for the new look to the web site made yet, but we are getting more and more registrations on our web site, getting more MySpace friends, getting loads of positive feedback, and individuals are playing our music on their MySpace page.

It's all good..........even if it is the end of summer!

Have a safe and happy holiday.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Giancarlo Scalia

Giancarlo Scalia from Montreal, Quebec, Canada is one of Music 2 Work 2's MySpace friends. He composes and performs classical music. His compositions number over 90, and although most are written for solo piano, they are also written for a variety of instruments.

There are three sample pieces available to listen to on Giancarlo Scalia's MySpace page. They are all beautiful compositions. My favorite is "Ripples Main Theme" written for Ripples in Time a documentary - his first film score.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Cecilia Chailly

One of Music 2 Work 2's MySpace friends is Cecilia Chailly from Italy. Cecilia Chailly is a multi-talented individual. She plays the harp and is the "pioneer of electric harp." She had an important classical career before beginning to write, play and sing her own music. She has recorded several albums.

Three of the four samples of her music available to listen to on her MySpace page, are from her 2006 released album 'Alone,' dedicated to her father, a composer. On this album she sings, plays acoustic harp, violin, piano, percussions and flutes. I find these three pieces especially beautiful and sweet. The melodies are lovely and her voice is soft and pleasant. "Kiss From Heaven" is an instrumental piece and one of my favorites, along with Solamente tu."

Not only is Cecilia Chailly an outstanding musician, she is also a writer - working on her second novel, a painter, a film-maker, and a photographer. Check out examples of her many talents on her MySpace page.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Ilkka Saari

One of Music 2 Work 2's friends has a very interesting sound but no information is given about the musician/band on their MySpace page. Ilkka Saari is from Finland; the music is classified as Classical/Electro.

All four samples of music available to hear on Ilkka Saari's MySpace page are very pleasant to listen to. They have an interesting and unique sound. I especially like the lovely, sweet sounding Berenikes Hair, but my favorite of the four is Remous which is a lively, upbeat piece. It has an almost "fantasy" feel to it.

I enjoy the work of Ilkka Saari; I wish I knew more about who is playing this lovely music and the instrument(s) on which it is being played.

Friday, August 24, 2007

The Reunion

The Reunion is an instrumental acoustic band out of Las Vegas. They began in 1991 as a blues band but changed courses and in 1996 released The Reunion, their first instrumental all-acoustic recording.

The group has grown from the original 2 musicians to a variety of guitarist and percussionists. They have enjoyed success over the years with several albums and are currently working on a new album, Consequences, to be released, I believe, this summer.

I really like their music. Three of the sample pieces on their MySpace page are from Consequences. All the songs have a nice feel - lovely, melodic, some with a Spanish sound. It would be hard to choose which of the four songs available to listen to is my favorite. "Last Flight Home," one of their earlier pieces is very pleasant listening; I also very much enjoy the beautiful newer piece "Waiting."

I recommend checking out the music of The Reunion. I'll be looking forward to hearing more from The Reunion soon.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

KY Philosopher

KY Philosopher, Kevin J. Brown, is located in Louisville, KY and teaches philosophy online, as well as being a practicing philosophical counselor. But, in addition to this, he is also a composer and performer of solo piano music.

Kevin Brown's music is peaceful and relaxing. This lovely music reminds me a great deal of some Music 2 Work 2 sessions, for example, Emma's Numbers. In fact, Mr. Brown suggests that his music can be used as "background music for other activities like meditation or yoga."

There are three samples of KY Philosopher's music available to hear on his MySpace page. All are very pretty solo piano pieces. My favorite of the three, however, is Q.

Check out the music of our MySpace friend Kevin J. Brown, KY Philosopher; you might also want to catch him on Radio Free Philosophy on

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

New music

There is another new music piece on Music 2 Work 2. "Shut Up and Play" is a session just beginning to be developed by Andrew. The sole voice now is the organ; others will probably be added later. As Andrew says, "This is real music2work2." I like it as it is now but I am also anxious to hear it as he develops it further.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Unusual combinations

Andrew had a brilliant idea a while back to seach for MySpace friends based on the musicians/bands that are influences on Music 2 Work 2. The first search was for people who also liked Michael Nyman and Pink Floyd. Would you believe the search resulted in over 900 matches?

This second round is an even more unusual combination - Paganini and Keith Richards. Less than 50 matches there.

This is a very interesting way of finding people who might like our music. And, apparently his idea was right on!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Variety is the spice of life...

The music of The Muckrakers is about as different from Music 2 Work 2 as it can possibly be. The Muckrakers are one of our MySpace friends. They are a band of 5 members from Louisville, Kentucky who compose and play Rock/Acoustic/Pop music.

Their music is melodic; their voices combine harmoniously. In a word, their music is "fun." It's almost impossible to listen to it and not move to the music.

All four songs on their MySpace page are enjoyable to listen to. I particularly like Through My Door but liked the others also.

Music 2 Work 2 sessions are music to have playing when you are involved in a task or concentrating, as background that doesn't distract you from what you are doing but makes it more pleasant. The music of The Muckrakers is music "to" distract you, to make you feel good, to move and to dance.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Antonio Benetto

Antonio Benetto, from Italy, is our newest MySpace friend. He is a composer and pianist. He classifies his music as Progressive/Ambient/Electroacoustic.

Antonio Benetto's music has a unique and interesting sound. All four samples of his music on his MySpace page are enjoyable to listen to. Filastrocca and Nuovofiore are my favorites of the four. They are both lovely, upbeat, happy music. Time Contracts is a medium tempo instrumental & vocal piece. Il giardino is the most dramatic of the four pieces.

If you like electroacoustic music, take a few minutes to give Antonio Benetto's music a listen. You're in for a very pleasant experience.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Music 2 Work 2 Update

When we spoke over the phone today, Andrew and I got back to some of the paperwork, the licensing, etc. that we began a while back. Looks like we will finally be able to get the Music 2 Work 2 sessions licensed, and hopefully very soon be able to start our own radio station.

Looking at the list of Music 2 Work 2 sessions, it became really apparent how much new music has been produced this year. Five new sessions have been composed so far this year, and even more than that have been completed this year and posted on the web site. That is in addition to the develoment pieces that Andrew has recently been working on.

I think the music gets better and better, if that's possible - - it's hard to improve on something that is already so good. I really love the Music 2 Work 2 sessions, to actually work to, and also just to listen to. I am so pleased and honored to be a part of this music endeavor. It is all very exciting!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Nathaniel L. Murphy

Nathaniel L. Murphy is one of Music 2 Work 2's MySpace friends. He is from West Chester,
Pennsylvania. He composes and plays music classified as Alternative/Minimalist/Classical.

Nathaniel L. Murphy plays piano, keyboard, saxaphone and bassoon; he says that the bassoon was the only instrument he did not teach himself to play.

Two of the four sample pieces on Nathaniel's MySpace page are vocals. My favorites of the four are Realization and Resignation. Both are instrumental pieces consisting of piano and strings. They are beautiful, relaxing pieces that remind me very much of some Music 2 Work 2 sessions, such as Sexercise and The Duel.

I recommend checking out the music of Nathaniel L. Murphy.

Friday, August 10, 2007

New Clip on Music 2 Work 2 MySpace Page

I posted a clip of the new music session, Marsha, on our MySpace page today. A while back I downloaded the program to edit the sessions and cut out sections short enough to be used on other web sites where uploading music is allowed. It is not technically difficult to do, but I have such a hard time deciding what section to use for the clip. I think a lot of the problem has to do with the fact that I think all the sessions are so beautiful. I want everyone to be able to hear them in their entirety. Thank goodness Andrew helped me with the decision as to what section to use as the clip on Marsha.

Decision-making has never been easy for me. I usually end up second-guessing my decisions. I know the clips are necessary due to the length of most of the Music 2 Work 2 sessions. But, the longer length is one of the things that makes them the perfect background music that is not distracting. It seems such a shame to have to "cut them up." The entire sessions, such as Marsha, can always be heard on the Music 2 Work 2 web site. I just have to keep reminding myself of that fact when I am cutting sections from these beautiful pieces of music. Hopefully the clips will just make the listener want to hear more!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Rob Costlow

Our MySpace friend, Rob Costlow, composes and performs piano music in the Healing & Easy Listening/Ambient/Down-Tempo genre. Rob is located in the United States. He founded his own record label, Tourist Records, in 2004.

I enjoy listening to all four samples of Rob Costlow's music available on his MySpace page; the music is relaxing and beautiful. His piece, Not Alone, makes me think of Music 2 Work 2's Emma's Numbers from two aspects - the music and also its title. Not Alone and Emma's Numbers are both piano solos that create a similar mood - one of calm and peacefulness. The title, Not Alone, also makes me think of Emma's Numbers in that it was composed for one of Andrew's friends who was dealing with a difficult time in her life. I can't think of any better way to convey to a friend that they are "not alone" during a stressful, difficult time than to compose a beautiful, soothing music session especially for them.

I don't know what the motivation was for Rob Costlow's compositions, but his music is very pleasant and enjoyable listening. Check out all four pieces by Rob Costlow on his MySpace page.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

New Music Session on Web Site

There is a great new music session on Music 2 Work 2. Marsha was composed in honor of Andrew's mother-in-law's birthday.

It is a beautiful, three-voice piece - piano, organ and strings. I love the description Andrew has written about the process used in composing this piece. Be sure to listen to this new music and to also read the accompanying text.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Traci Toguchi

Our MySpace friend, Traci Toguchi, has a lot of talents to her credit in addition to singer/songwriter. She is an actress, speaker, publisher, model, humanitarian, and entrepreneur. According to her MySpace information, "her mission is to help people live their potential through her music, words, and actions."

Traci's music is melodic; her voice is clear and pleasant. There is a message in each of the four songs available to listen to on her MySpace page. Her music is classified as Healing & EasyListening/Pop/Hawaiian. Traci Toguchi is from Honolulu, Hawaii and won the title of Miss Hawaii in 1995.

My favorite of the samples of her music is Feel the Breeze. It is an upbeat, feel-good song with an inspirational message and a touch of the Hawaiian music influence.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Benny Woo

Like Music 2 Work 2 composer/performer Andrew, our MySpace friend Benny Woo is also a Scotsman. His music is categorized as Classical/Acoustic/Folk.

There are only two sample music pieces to hear on his MySpace page. Both are lovely, melodic pieces. I especially like Love is a Wild and Untamed Bird which is relaxing and calming. Eggshell is nice, as well, but faster tempo and more dramatic.

According to the information on Benny Woo's MySpace page, new music will be available soon. I'll be looking forward to hearing it.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

erix piano

erix piano is another of Music 2 Work 2's MySpace friends that I know little about. Erix piano is apparently Eric Silva who does vocals in another band Capulet. He lives in West Covina, CA.

Two of the sample pieces on erix piano's MySpace page especially remind me of Music 2 Work 2 sessions. They are The End 717 and The Flame. Both are relaxing piano pieces. Erix piano is classified as Other/Other/Other but I think it could fall into the category of Easy Listening or Ambient. Check out erix piano and see what you think.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Another sad day

Once again, one of our friends (not a MySpace friend but a personal friend) has suffered the loss of a pet. There seems to have been one loss after another of pets recently among the people I know and care about. Having experienced such a loss only 7 months ago myself, each time it brings back the pain of losing a loyal, loving animal.

I know some people consider the loss of a pet to be "nothing," after all "it was just an animal." Anyone who can say or feel that has never been a true pet lover and known the joy, love, and companionship an animal can bring to one's life.

My sympathy goes out to our friend for her loss. I know the pain she is feeling and wish I could lessen it somehow. Unfortunately, I know that is not possible, so all I can do is keep her in my thoughts.