A New Music Element: Syncopation

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Let’s face it, music has evolved every decade or so. The metal or heavy mental, for instance, from twenty years ago is not as heavy as the metal today. Twenty-year-old metal is considered pop music today, compared to the new metal standards. Alien Country’s music brings something new to the table. Not low-fi, not syncopation, but a pure, raw sound which some naysayers or self-made experts may simply, for the time being, call out of whack or simply wrong. For now, those could be appropriate descriptors of the Alien Country’s sound, but as bad or wrong or raw the sound may be, as a few have opinionated, it is still, as Billy Joel would probably say, sci-fi edged Country Rock n’ Roll to me.

Smile, Soft, Simple, Swing, Space, Shape

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An article by Dennis Winge Not too long ago, a student was in my studio looking at the bulletin board in the office portion of the room, where I have my own personal reminder to myself about performing in big, bold letters.  “Smile, Soft, Simple, Swing, Space, Shape” is the summary of the reminder.  She asked if she could take a picture of it, and I was a bit shy about it, but agreed.  Then I realized that there is nothing to be secretive about in regards to this, and that if I share my own personal experience about why and […]