Seeing the Art in Dada’s Quirkiness

Dada was an alternative rock trio that was active in the 90s and had on-again-off-again spotty career since then.  I have been following them though because they are a bit like King’s X, in that they combine clever songwriting and stupendous musicianship.  Their persona has more quirky, geeky, quasi-slacker type …

The Beatles “Nowhere Man”: Arranging a Lean, Mean Impact Machine

This is the second in a series examining a song from four different dimensions: songwriting, arrangement, performance, and production.  This post focuses on the oft-overlooked aspect of music: arrangement. In the previous post we examined how John Lennon wrote an efficient little pop gem using two well-matched chord progressions and repetitive …

The Beatles “Nowhere Man”: How to Write a Song about Insecurity

This is a first in a series examining a song from four different dimensions: songwriting, arrangement, performance, and production. “Nowhere Man” from Rubber Soul is a brilliant little pop gem with biting commentary on humanity’s tendency to to stick to her/his comfort zones.  The impactfulness of the song is perfectly orchestrated by …

Rock n Roll Is a Sane Reaction to an Insane World

I read that quote somewhere.  If you know who said that originally, will you let me know? Rock n roll is a particular kind of music.  It demands energy, commitment and intensity.  It is a generalization, of course, but a genre isn’t a genre unless there are distinct, defining characteristics. …