Valentines Day, also known as Lupercalia, began in the Roman 5th century when a Catholic priest, named Valentine was held responsible for decreeing certain acts of
loving kindness toward single, unmarried men who were forbidden to marry. The Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage believing single men made better soldiers and should remain single. But Valentine, believing this to be an injustice, continued in defiance, to perform marraiges and was later put to death.
Sounds like Valentine understood the meaning of love between a man and a woman and thus started the long standing tradition focused on romantic love.
LOVE is likely the most important thing in life since most or all research models indicate a lack of it is at the root of every kind of human malady known to mankind. I believe this to be true and knowing love and how to love is one of our main purposes in life.
When I ask myself during the course of a day "what would a loving...
So, here it is... a cold Northeast Monday morning in February and I need to get my day started on the right track. So I'm reading Proverbs 1 which speaks to The Beginning of Knowledge and The call of Wisdom. Huge topics! It reminded me of my own need for mindful investment of the time set before this day and to use it well, and to be wise in all my affairs..ALL!!
My intention here is not to get too heavy but to say that we, as musicians, need wisdom and a reliable "compass" in how to navigate our own special path. You see, we start out learning music by copying and emulating those before us but most of us merely continue to do just that and, sadly, never find our own voice. We simply must find and nurture our own God given voice, embrace our own musical "DNA" and put it out there.
There are only 12 notes in music which can be fashioned into infinite rhythmic juxtapositions which will NEVER expire of original ideas. Musical creativity is limitless. Le...
Today I posted a vintage audio session (masterclass) originally recorded on a cassette player with the late, iconic Jazz guitarist, Tal Farlow and myself from the late '90's when he was living in Sea Bright, NJ.
I digitally transferred it to a disc a while ago and now decided to post it in this blog.
There is some good conversation and great playing by Tal and some rambling "improvisation" by yours truly. There is a part on the tape where he tells me "you're playing alot of notes but not really saying much" Truth be told!
This would interest mostly guitar players but I thought I would post it here for everyone.
A newly established branch of Central Jersey Guitar was recently opened in 2016 in the very heart of the great town of Highland Park to serve Rutgers Univ and the surrounding community! The location is perfectly located in the former Lafayette school with easy access and parking. New students/parents are welcome to check it out by appointment with Robert Phillips
and discuss their musical aspirations/needs.
The main music studio in South Plainfield is fully stocked with an array acoustic guitars, electric guitars, jazz guitars, basses and amps, audio visual material and a library of printed music and books.
In addition to that, Central Jersey Guitar offers pro guitar repair and maintenance services from basic re stringing to new guitar setups, pickup replacement, intonation and truss rod alignments due to changing norteastern climates.
The clean , well lit area provides the perfect environment to relax and get lost in all things guitar.
When you want quality, no nonsense services you search for the best at what's available out there. Central Jersey Guitar offers excellent instruction to fit your schedule so you can finally fulfill those musical aspirations and dreams. Waiting is not the answer!
After all our hard work is done, we all want a creative outlet to just get lost in and have fun. Playing guitar is truly one of the best, creative past times ever!
I know, since I've been doing it for a long time and it just keeps getting better!