Imagine attending a concert in which if you were to close your eyes, you would assume that the music you are hearing is being created by a cast of band members, each playing their respective instruments. Contrary to your assumptions, however, this band only consists of one member. Keller Williams, dubbed by critics as a one-man-band, is one of a kind both in his musical talent and his solo act. Very few solo musicians have mastered such a multi-dimensional sound and captivating live show as Keller, making him standout amongst today’s musicians. Keller’s ability to perform improvisational live shows, form a large and dedicated fan base, and share the beliefs and attitudes of the hippie generation has given him the musical identity of the jam band genre in addition to his personal identity of being a solo act.
In the last two years of his life he has lost the ability to play and later the use of his whole body. Mingus last works as a composer are songs he composed for Joni Mitchell by singing into a tape recorder. He was honored by many tributes after his death from his fellow musicians. Of special notice is the Epitaph project, led by Gunther Schuller which, while in my humble opinion is not very successful, tries to recapture the special spirit in Mingus’ music. Today the music of Mingus is still being played by the Mingus Big Band, formed by his widow Sue Graham Mingus.
Very little "jamming" was put into it and the themes in the lyrics were more morbid and serious as ever before. Some Devil is more about giving Matthews a platform to showcase his singer and songwriter side, by releasing serious and straightforward tunes with a slower beat. The album causes many to ask themselves, could there be an outstanding poet lurking behind Americas favorite "frat" boy band? One of the songs on this album, "Gravedigger" might stand out to one who has listened to the band before. Instead of displaying a hippie, live life to its fullest theme, the idea in this song is of life leading to death.
Luckily, we have come across a very talented and devoted band. Tony took Carlos's role as the lead singer and guitarist, while Josh and the rest of the group kept their positions. They weren't about to let anything ruin what they had worked hard for. After recording the short album, "Burner Recording Sessions" at Love Juice Laboratories in Riverside, they performed many shows at parties and at the Cobalt Café. I can remember their amazing performance at the Cobalt after they had released their album.
Concert Report For this concert report I had the pleasure of attending the Dana Guitar Studio in Recital at noon on Wednesday April 23rd in the Butler Museum of American Art. The concert was directed by Dr. Francois Fowler and performing in this recital were seven student guitarists from the YSU Dana School of Music. I would say there was many venues being held in this concert. One venue was a studio recital because the concert showcased the strengths and talents of the performers. The concert was also a public concert; it was free and open to the people.
Dave Matthews Band Formed in 1991, The Dave Matthews Band is composed of the widely varied musical interests of five musicians to create a uniquely impressive sound that combines the influences of folk, Jazz, rock, world beat, and reggae. South African David Matthews, the band's lead guitarist, began to assemble the players in 1991 to accompany him on a demo tape of original songs. Matthews, at the time was a bartender at a Charlottesville, Va. Jazz venue, called Millers. Matthews decided to approach the area musicians he most respected, and invite them to listen to his musical ideas. He approached Leroi Moore and Carter Beauford first, two musicians that he respected greatly.
I’m a fan of the new fad of crossover music, but this piece did not create a cohesive sound. Lastly, I also did not like the detached feeling among the performers and their audience. Many of the other performers interacted with those in attendance while offering words of encouragement and support. During this song, they simply sang the lyrics and left without getting the crowd involved. In this type of environment, the connection between the celebrities and locals played a key role, and this specific performance lacked that
Soon Daniel became homesick, and again the bassist needed to be replaced, but this time by a well-known bassist named Fruity McGuyver. The band was finally complete! They have been a band for a year and their popularity is rising everyday. Unfortunately, I only had the chance to interview Elvis and Chris: Q: Did you guys have to overcome any obstacles? Elvis: “Yeah at the beginning…We’ve had three bassists…Sometimes we had to practice without bass, but we never quit the band” Chris: “Putting things together musically and being open to everything…using each others different inspirations to put it all in one music, because everyone has different influences.” Q: What do you think about your growing popularity?
Because, while my mum is the most supportive mum on Earth, she wouldn’t have known how to deal with me. With her I’d probably have gone down the classical music route, or maybe Disney, or musical theater … but at The BRIT School I found my direction, because the music course was really wicked. It had free rehearsal rooms with free equipment, where I was listening to music all day for years.” Adele
Both poets prove that the darkness of which they speak of is greatly misconceived by many, they convey that the “dark” (Dickinson 1) or “night” (Frost 1) is often misunderstood and that something’s are “neither wrong nor right” (Frost 14). These poems of great darkness attempt to shed “newness of the night” (Dickinson 2) to their audience, or in Dickinson’s case never intending to publish her works, her own self. They attempt to enlighten their readers,, a loose term,, and gain a new understanding of the unknown darkness and night that society has black-labeled and ostracized. Even more, there are a few common reoccurring archetypes in literature that stay consistent in most literary works, universal patterns such as; the rise and the fall, the mentor and the student, the journey and the ending, and the most pertinent and commonly used; the good and the evil, with light always being embodied by good and darkness always being the symbol of evil. But really what is darkness and light?