Friday, September 21, 2007

Taking a break

Before we begin to move on to the next level with Music 2 Work 2, we will be taking some time away. One half of Music 2 Work 2 is off to Paris; the other half is off to the other side of the country for a meeting.

We have some really exciting things planned for the web site and Music 2 Work 2, in general. We will be back around the first of October, so check back to see the changes and additions. Until then, peace!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Steven Belong

Steve Belong, one of our MySpace friends, is a guitarist, songwriter and singer from Canada. He says that he is mostly self-taught, but his guitar playing is amazing.

My favorite of the songs on his MySpace page is Ode to Paganini but the others are also great. I am always fascinated to watch people play instruments; I would love to be able to see him play the guitar. Can you imagine the dexterity and skill for his fingers to move that quickly?

He is another of our friends that I would definitely recommend checking out.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ron Davis

If you like Jazz, you'll want to check out Ron Davis, one of our MySpace friends. Ron Davis, from Canada, plays the piano; he is joined by other musicians on drums, bass, sax/clarinet, and alto sax.

His great talent is apparent in all four of the songs available on his MySpace page. I enjoyed listening to all of them but my favorite is Pawpwalk c2005 Ron Davis, followed by D'Hora c2004 Ron Davis as a close second.

Ron Davis is described on his MySpace page as "One of Canada's hottest acts in bop and pop. -CNET"

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ash Tree

Ash Tree (Henry Baum) of Los Angeles has an interesting sound. The music is classified as Indie/Alternative/Rock. Baum says that he plays everything himself with a drum machine. He also composes music and writes fiction - his second novel is out now.

I like the music of the four songs on Ash Tree's MySpace page. I find the mix of different musical sounds interesting. The vocalization is pleasant, but the melodies draw my attention to them. I especially like the music of Dear World.

Check out Ash Tree, one of our MySpace friends.

Monday, September 17, 2007


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 19th century American poet, is credited with saying, "Music is the universal language of mankind." I have to say I agree with him.

One of our MySpace friends is Megahertz from Italy. The information on the MySpace page is in Italian, and so are the lyrics to the songs that are available to hear. So, I don't know anything about Megahertz except that I really enjoyed listening to their music. It is classified as Electronica/ Expermental/Ambient.

All four songs have pretty melodies. The tempo of the first three songs is lively - the beat is catchy - the kind that makes you want to move to the music; they make you feel good. The fourth song, Fine, is a beautiful piece, of slower tempo and a more somber mood.

I don't know that this is exactly what Longfellow had in mind, but even though I could not understand the lyrics and all I can tell you about them is that Daniele Dupuis is the musician, or one of them, I liked the music; I felt better after listening to it, and I would very much recommend checking out Megahertz.

Friday, September 14, 2007

After months of no significant rainfall, the rains came to NC today, bringing with them severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and, of course, the weather related migraine. Things have been so terribly dry I really can't complain about it. It would have been nice though to have the rain without the storms and headache. But, as they have to take the bad with the good, so I'll just be thankful for the rain and take medication (which I'm also thankful for) for my migraine!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Luis Carlino

As I have said before, one of the fun parts of looking for MySpace friends for Music 2 Work 2 is having the opportunity to hear so many different musicians and types of music. Many of our MySpace friends are pianists and composers of music in the classical genre.

Luis Carlino, one of our MySpace friends living in Madrid, Spain, composes and performs Pop/Rock/Indie music. He writes the music and words, sings lead vocal, plays bass, keyboards, and guitars, but is joined by other musicians helping with the vocals and playing additional instruments.

I really enjoy listening to the songs available on Luis Carlino's MySpace page. The music is upbeat and quite lovely. Luis's voice is striking and pleasant. I especially like the music in Loneliness but I think my favorite song overall is Emotional Exile.

In addition to composing and performing great music, Luis Carlino has had a very interesting life, including being a teenage rocker, philosophy graduate, trained classical musician, foreign correspondent, and media executive.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Joe Odea

One of Music 2 Work 2's MySpace friends is Joe Odea, from Tucson, Arizona. He is a solo pianist; his music is classified as Classical/Acoustic/Other.

His music is melodic, of a moderate /slow tempo and very calming. The four samples available to hear on his MySpace page are all lovely pieces. I like August a lot, but my favorite is Rain. Unfortunately, it is the shortest of the four pieces; I wanted to hear more of it.

This is another composer/pianist I recommend you check out.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

What is there to say...?

September 11th

Remembering the victims and the heroes

Monday, September 10, 2007

Glenn Hardy

Glenn Hardy, one of our MySpace friends, is a solo pianist and composer. He now lives in Connecticut but was born in California and grew up there in a musically diverse home. His music is classified as Classical/Rock/Jazz.

Glenn Hardy has recorded ten CDs of solo piano music and collaborates with his wife, a poet, on vocal and choral works.

My favorite piece from the four available to hear on his MySpace page is The New Day, a beautiful, melodic piano piece which reminds me of the Music 2 Work 2 sessions in which the piano is the sole voice, such as Boy's Bedtime or Emma's Numbers.

Check out the work of Glenn Hardy.

Friday, September 07, 2007

The Weepies

Our MySpace friend, The Weepies, out of Topanga, California, is made up of two band members, Deb Talan and Steve Tannen. They have a unique and very pleasant sound.

Each of them had successful solo singer/songwriter careers, and was a fan of the other, prior to meeting in a bar in Boston and later forming The Weepies. The Weepies first CD, "Happiness," was released in 2003; their second CD, "Say I am You," was released in 2006.

Their music is classified as Pop/Rock/Acoustic. The music is upbeat, melodious, and their voices combine harmoniously together. Three of the pieces available to hear on their MySpace page are from the "Say I am You" CD. Somebody Loved, the fourth track, is from the first CD.

I enjoyed listening to all four pieces; I really could not pick a favorite. I would definitely recommend listening to their music. It is pleasant, the tunes catchy - - all in all a very enjoyable experience.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Starr Parodi

Starr Parodi is one of Music 2 Work 2's MySpace friends from Los Angeles. She is a composer and pianist, and has several film scores and film trailers to her credit. She may be best known and recognized as the keyboardist on the late night Arsenio Hall Show several years ago.

Her newest CD, "Common Places," is a collection of improvisations on a variety of themes. The four pieces available to listen to on her MySpace page are from this CD. I especially like the title piece, Common Places, but I believe my favorite of the four is Albinoni's Adagio I...

Starr Parodi's great talent is apparent in her beautiful and creative music.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

What's new?

Notice anything different about the Music 2 Work 2 MySpace page?

Thanks to Anatoly for adding the new tag line!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Another new development piece

There is another new development piece up on the Music 2 Work 2 web site. Lally 90th is a piece Andrew is developing for his grandmother's 90th birthday.

I think the piano track just as it is has a lovely melody and I can imagine how fantastic it will be with strings or other voices added. I love this way of experiencing the development of new sessions. But sure and check back for additional development on this and the other pieces in progress.