Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Midnight Special, Mountain Dulcimer & Guitar Duet, Lyonville, Victoria, Australia

Here's another Radio Springs Hotel recording.  This one is from January 16, 2010.  Adrian Kosky playing a Gibson guitar, and I am playing a Simerman mountain Dulcimer.  I like to re-listen to these recordings!  Glad to share them, too.  Thank you!

Midnight Special, Dulcimer & Guitar Duet, January 16, 2010, Adrian Kosky and Carla Maxwell, Victoria, Australia

Proper Citation for Songs

Lately I've been posting so much of my own music that I temporarily forgot a most important part about sharing information!  In my previous post I shared a performance of the song, "Bad Moon Rising" and the song, "I Walk the Line," but I failed to recognize the writers of those songs......and I hereby profusely apologize regarding the improper posting!

My intent was simply to share an experience from my past.....the only way I know how to best share something.....and that is to get some kind of copy of it out in the universe via the big WWW.  So I freely popped up a recording of my past performance of the song, "Bad Moon Rising" and a recording of the song, "I Walk the Line," both of which I recorded with my personal and handy-dandy-digital recorder....but I left out this bit:  "Click here for information about the song, 'Bad Moon Rising,' a song by Creedance Clearwater Revival, 1969, written by John Fogerty.  Also, the song "I Walk the Line" was written, recorded, and made legendary by Johnny Cash.  Click here to read more about Johnny Cash's hit, "I Walk The Line."

S o r r y!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Dulcimer & Guitar Duet at the Radio Springs Hotel in Lyonville, Victoria

Here are a few recordings from yesterday's mountain dulcimer/guitar performance by Adrian Kosky and me during the Mother's Day lunch hour at the Radio Springs Hotel & Pub in Lyonville, Victoria, Australia.  As always....unrehearsed, unplanned, unrestrained.......never know what background sounds might be included in these recordings.....and I never know how long we might be rolling in various vibes!


Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms, May 9, 2010 (with live babies in the background!)
Bad Moon Rising, May 9, 2010 (with live babies in the background!)
Tamp it Up Solid, May 9, 2010
I Walk the Line, May 9, 2010
Man of Constant Sorrow, May 9, 2010
Forked Deer, May 9, 2010

Saturday, May 8, 2010

My Piano Improvisation on Video

I did a bit of my piano practice/improvisation aka "marching" and filmed it today.  It took a few tries to get comfortable with the camera angle and its presence.  Then I decided to use today's music in an iMovie and added it to one of my "works in progress."

This is my own form of music therapy.  I play what feels right at the time...making up the music as I go.  Sometimes the music stays in my head for a day or two after I play it.  I guess I am embedding the chords and rhythms in my mind as I reflect and listen to what I have already played.  I guess that's why I hear familiar structure in this unstructured playing that I do.  My piano skills are very limited, as I am teaching myself....and no matter what I might sit down to play, it always seems like I return to the "marching" sounds.

I find it interesting to watch my own music making.  Today is the first time I have filmed myself playing the piano.  I'm not happy with the position of my arms nor the tension I saw in my hands, but now that I am aware of these things....maybe I can relax a bit more when I play and correct the problems.




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