Kenna

January 22nd, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

In Blink, Malcolm Gladwell uses musician Kenna as an example of good music that is not marketable because marketing people can’t usually recognize it as good but who knowledgeable music lovers will love. According to Gladwell, this is an example where just sampling something will not yield accurate results when using intuitive expertise.

Regardless of Gladwell’s conclusions, I decided to try and hear a bit of Kenna’s music–and I was floored. Kenna’s music is unclassifiable. It’s a powerful mix of many styles, so well matched that one can’t help but listen endlessly to the variations just one song can provide.

I’ve been listening to the songs of the Make Sure They See My Hands, and the variation is unbelievable. Daylight, the album’s first song, for example, opens with a very New Age intro, evolves to a mix of soul and eletronica, and finally becomes an operatic rock song. Be Still, on the other hand, has the melodic roots of a traditional rock son but also includes a soft blend of synth pop that makes it unforgettable.

All other music share this kind of diversity, using a mix of hip hop, house, synth pop, eletronica, soul, rock, and many other styles that will probably satisfy even the most demanding music lover. The U2 influence is evident in many songs (Sun Red, Sky Blue could have been a U2 song) and I liked that aspect of Kenna’s music as well.

In short, a very worth addition to my music library.

Virtual Guitar and Chordbook

January 9th, 2003 § Comments Off on Virtual Guitar and Chordbook § permalink

The Virtual Guitar and Chordbook is a cool resources for guitar players. It’s an interactive Flash application allow you to hear and see the finger positions for thousands of chords. You can also save selected chords to a chordbank, mute strings and put a capo. Another nice application is the virtual guitar tuner. Very nice indeed.

A dream come true

November 8th, 2002 § 1 comment § permalink

I bought a Danelectro DC-3 guitar from a friend of mine today. He had this guitar for just on month and was selling it. The temptation was great enought and I decided it was worth the price.

It’s simply the best guitar I ever heard in my life! Its three pickups are of a kind called lipstick pickups, wired in series, that give it an unequaled sound. Coupled with two switches that produce 7 different vintage sounds, it’s impressive. I was using an older Yamaha EG112, borrowed from my church, while I’m still learning, and couldn’t believe how different the two guitars are.

It’s a dream come true. I thank God, and my friend, Zé Renato, for the opportunity.

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