Looking primarily at the strange music trends from the 1950s, we discuss the novelty song in its many forms - and how Mitch Miller (who helped launch the careers of Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day and more) tried to steer Columbia Records away from the Rock n Roll craze. It'll be a walk down memory lane for many of you as we look at the influence of Lawrence Welk, Disney, Perry Como, Brian Hyland, Peggy Lee and many more greats from music history.
Some of my favorite songs are about summer, fall, winter and spring. Let's talk about some of the very best "season songs" that have ever been written.
An overview of the many uses for the extremely versatile diminished 7th chord and how great composers over the last 6 decades or so have used this chord of intrigue to make rich and compelling pop songs.
I thought it would be fun to compile all of my favorite "babies" from popular music into one giant montage. I hope you enjoy it and that you let me know who you THINK sang it best in the comments on YouTube!
Paul McCartney is a living legend. I’m just AMAZED when I think of his body of work. This video celebrates his ability to use his voice in a myriad of ways in order to suit the mood of the song he sings. What a talent!
Taking a line from Chet Baker's most famous solo (But Not For Me), we discuss how to REALLY internalize an important lick and make sure it becomes a DEEP part of you forever.
David Bennett (of David Bennett Piano) and I decided to each make a video about the influence of jazz on popular music. Here's my take on it!
Just me, skating around, painting a picture of what it's like to be a gigging musician in a relatively normal world. Mike Scott's track, Rondo from his new album, "Collecting Things" is the backing music for this video. Check him out everywhere. One of my favorite guitarists in the whole world! https://www.guitaristmikescott.com/