Mechanics Music, cadence and writing

Music, cadence and writing

My son Edward, a composer, sent me a cryptic note: Great article about two of my favorite things…. music and Vin Scully. The article is about the Dodgers’ legendary announcer. Professors at USC’s music school studied why Scully’s lines were so memorable, why so many people remember them verbatim. I’ll hope you watch the video …

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Mechanics Rewrite and Guitar-making: The art of shaving the braces

Rewrite and Guitar-making: The art of shaving the braces

When a luthier is making the top of an acoustic guitar, he or she is faced with a delicate balancing act: the spruce used for good tops is thin, 1/8” or less. And the tone of the instrument depends on putting enormous tension on this fragile sheet. The top needs support, but too much support …

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Music “Bloodline” on Netflix, March 20

“Bloodline” on Netflix, March 20

Yes, I know it doesn’t sound like writing.  But it is.  Music, that is.  And my son Edward, not me.  See a first review from the Berlin festival.  Edward Rogers and Tony Morales wrote the music for this Netflix original by the creators of the enormously successful Damages. Am I proud?  You bet.

Mechanics Show Me!

Show Me!

I was privileged to hear jazz singer Kate McGarry interpret Show Me, the Lerner and Loewe classic from My Fair Lady.  Most of my thoughts these days turn to writing, and these lyrics seem to me worth several pages explicating the admonition to Show, Don’t Tell: Don’t talk of stars Burning above; If you’re in …

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Music Warehouse 13

Warehouse 13

Just a quick personal note that SyFy’s Warehouse 13 will finish out with a short fifth season beginning April 14th.  My son Edward has written the music, and it’s been a good run.  Each episode goes to a different time, different place, which made it an exciting creative platform for a composer. The theme song …

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Mechanics Stories vs. Genres

Stories vs. Genres

Over the last couple of years, I have been forced to learn about the difference between the drive to create and the (apparent) expectations of potential readers.  Writing is writing, and the doing of it is reward in itself.  It’s just that you need a  saw and hammer sometimes to fit it into the genre. …

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Mechanics Rollin’ the Stone Up the Hill

Rollin’ the Stone Up the Hill

I knew it had to happen, but I figured I’d be reading Hemingway or Shakespeare, Steinbeck or Joyce when it did. I’m talking about the hit-upside-the-head feeling of being a talentless drudge.  I recognized it right away, because I’ve had it more often than I care to admit as a musician, listening to other guitarists …

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Blues A Reading

A Reading

My Story Blues Highway was published in the May, 2013 annual Bacopa Literary Review, and I was asked to read a portion of it at the Bacopa annual meeting in Gainesville, FL.  Here’s the reading: The Bacopa Review had 80+ short stories, creative non-fiction and poetry.  See the Bacopa website  for a copy.   My whole …

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Blues A Storyteller, the Oral Tradition, and the essence of writing.

A Storyteller, the Oral Tradition, and the essence of writing.

I need a pick-me-up, folks.  In these dark days of gun-blasted insanity, I need something to remind me of the deep current of goodwill and understanding that runs through most of our lives.  Something comforting. As a child, I loved bedtime stories … didn’t we all?  Maybe that’s why one place I have turned for …

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Fiction Writing, storytelling and the music of language

Writing, storytelling and the music of language

I’m finding that the process of writing sometimes gets in the way of the goal of writing, which is storytelling. Language may be the most important gift from the genetic dance that formed us.  It allows us to remember things and share ideas beyond tribe and lifetime.  But writing is a johnny-come-lately at maybe 6,000 …

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