Music and Erotica, Few quick notes

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Introduction

So, in the last radio show I mentioned both subject when talking about the great B.B. King who died last month. In my opinion, one of the reasons B.B. King is so great, is the relationship with his guitar,”Lucille”. After the broadcast I was addressed by few students from the local college for more information about this topic.

Lets first mention something important, these are only notes on musical instruments, this notes should give the reader some idea about this subject, I always recommend to expend your knowledge by asking and looking for more resources. Of course, I’m not writing on all instruments or families, these are just general examples.

Musical Instruments

Wind Instruments:

The idea here is simple, in order to play wind instruments (lets say a flute) one must use the mouth, I hope farther explanation is needed. This includes Harmonicas and bagpipes.

Stringed Instruments:

How does one really hold a guitar, or in my case, lute? you hug it, you need to feel the body of the instrument (it can be  lute, Chinese Gaohu or the Russian Gusli) need to touch the neck, pressing the strings in the right places ,while the other hand need to pluck the strings to produce sound. If one can’t hold the instrument right and control the hands, the sound produced will be less the ideal.

Some instruments, such as Cello, Viola da Gamba and the Harp are held between the legs, like in Wind Instruments, I hope no farther example is required.

Violin and other similar instruments are held close to the head, often with the chin, just think a couple hugging together after the act, lets not go too visual here.

Percussion:

These instruments are erotic because of their role, they give and/or emphasis the rhythm. Can you think anything else that required rhythm to be good?

Keyboard Instruments:

These instruments are perhaps the less erotic instruments, or not? When one thinks about it, all you need to do with keyboard instruments is just press they keys, once in a while use a pedal maybe. So, what’s make keyboard instruments erotic? Just go and look how a good pianist plays, he doesn’t only press the keys and use pedals, he (or she) first feel the keys with the fingers, violent does not work here. One have to do it right, or the instrument just freaks out and the sound is just wrong, almost like plucked instruments, only without the hugging.

Vocals:

Anyone can sing, when you sing you need to control inhales and exhales, or you get too tired. Again, not going too visual again, but the meaning is pretty obvious.

Conclusion

As I said, these are only quick examples, if you’re interested on this subject, please go ahead and look for more info. When you’re playing or watching someone plays an instrument watch it carefully and see if these examples really works in the real world. You might never look at a musical instrument the same way ever again.

 

 

The Weekly Playlist – July 19th 2014

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The Playlist

The Story

So it seems like my iPhone is dead, I ordered original cable in hope it will work. If not, I have a cell phone the annoying part is that I can’t setup WiFi sync without connecting it to the computer first, I really don’t understand Apple’s logic in forcing that. I’m also planning to get a new iPhone when I’m replacing my computers, but it will take at least 6 more months due to a problem with the new Intel CPUs.

I’m also a victim of a very viscous iTunes bug, it doesn’t mark tracks as played or last played, meaning, I can put a track on 200 times, all the  same for iTunes. Because I use a random album playlist it changed quite a lot, and because I’m listening from remote computer (used to be my iPhone, now via iMac) the playlist won’t update. The only solution I found is to play it on the MacMini, but again, it’s a RANDOM playlist, so at the end of the week, I might end up with wrong play count.

The Winner

This week I can barely, even after being aware to that annoying bug and the lack of iPhone I still managed to listen to pretty darn good music, in fact it was a very hard to select one when you have B.B. King, Frank Zappa and Sepultura in the same playlist, But B.B. King wins, no one can really win against 89 years old heavy dude who performing all his life, right?

But there’s another reason this one wins, this is not just another album. First of all, it’s King’s 50th album, quite an achievement for a person growing up in racist Mississippi USA, Sure there are other great black blues musicians about there, but how many of them are 89 and still performing? Second reason is that this album is not just blues about life, This album is about Lucille, Mr. King guitar and companion. Most people can’t understand the connection between a musician and the instrument, if you’re one of those people, leave everything and go grab Six Silver Strings, if you think you understand this connection, go grab it too, and if you just want great music, go grab it.

The Request

As Always, if you have any recommendations I’ll be glad to hear! just leave a comment here or in any channel you feel like.