Weird Guitar

The luthier who made this guitar left half of his brain in the garage.

Music Poem V

The Sound Of Music

The sound of music gives us so much emotions
and that plays a melody deep in our heart greatly
All the sound on the earth are like music
and the music brings love and enjoyment to our life
Music expresses universal language of the world
and brings people together where ever they live
The music is the best gift of God to all of us
where its fills our soul with peace and mind with creativity
Every music has its own rhythm
and it's creates a great sound of music
Music in the mountain brings peace in our heart
and music in the ocean fills our soul with love
When I hear the sound of music
then I begin to write a song as a soul of music
If you don't love the sound of music
then your soul will be unsung
Because music can put life in to a dead man

Mosh Pit (Moshing)

Moshing is a concert-goers tradition wherein they push and slam into each other during a live performance for the purpose of enjoyment. It is mostly seen on concerts featuring aggressive genres such as hardcore punk and heavy metal. This is the primary reason why “crowd control” became requirement in these types of concerts.

A more recent variation of moshing is called the "Wall of Death". Concert-goers are directed away from the center of the standing area by a member of the band until a large, rectangular area is cleared (sometimes outlined by a “velvet rope”), and, upon the band beginning the next song; the two sides perpendicular to the stage sprint at each other and collide in the middle, and are typically done in an area in front of the stage which is referred to as the mosh pit or simply pit.

Moshing may seem fun, but it also has drawn some controversy over its dangerous nature – injuries are common and there have been reported deaths. However, it is generally agreed that moshers are not trying to harm one another and follow an unwritten moshing etiquette, or pit hospitality. Moshers help their fallen comrades!

To maintain peace and order, it is not uncommon to see bouncers on many concerts. They act as human “barricades”. Maybe they won't be needed if moshers will end their stupidity. One day, they will grow up and laugh while looking back to their idiotic youth. :-)

Music Poem IV

The End With No Beginning

you tell me
the beginning of your music
has no end

you tell me
your music is eternal

I tell you
the end of my music
has no beginning

I must tell you
my music ended
when yours began
my music ends
when yours begins
my music will end
definitely and decidedly
and elegiacally
when your music will begin

your heart is already singing
a sweet love song with no end
eternal bliss
while my song ends
before it begins

Music Poem III


She cried for all the broken hearts,
Painted everlasting winters –
Floral patterns etched in ice;
A frozen tear to
Soften up the bastard bones.

Bow made love to needy string
In cooing fling – wanton whispers
Fondled under pianissimos,
Caressing callous hearts.

Melodrama swayed in satin sound
– Yet the player wasn’t there,
Only creamy song, soothing, yearning,
Teasing bitter minds.

I sensed her persevering loneliness
For beauty of an evening:
Romance of a tune; laughing,
Sobbing at the fire.

Then a climax –
Writhing passion cutting deep –
Wounding macho flesh,

And all in a work of musical art:
Ephemeral stories, yearned of music
Honed impossibly through her tones.

A Rocker Commenting on Classical Music

I've been a choir singer for about seven years and we even went to South Korea two years ago to join Busan International Choral Festival. Choral music exposed me to a different world called “Classical Music”. I can even say that I like classical music more than rock music. There are even times when the Philippine Madrigal Singers organized several local choirs (including us) and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra to perform some Symphonic Pieces such as Bruckner’s “Te Deum” and some works of our national artist, Lucio San Pedro. I really enjoyed it. Classical genre gave me a deeper understanding to what music really is. I never imagined that a rocker like me can love classical music that much! A few days ago I listened to Frederik Magle’s “Cantabile: Cortege & Danse Macabre and Carillon” and decided to give a little comment about it in this post.

Hearing the first few notes gave me a feeling that I was in the desserts of Arabia. It introduces a theme by a flute: its variation can be heard throughout the piece. But first impressions are not always correct. The whole piece is far from “Arabic music”. This is a very dynamic piece and in some parts, the emotions are changing. I personally like the eery contemporary dissonant harmony at 1:45. I have a very good appreciation with this style of harmony since we’ve performed several choral pieces by Eric Whitacre. The choir has a very mature sound! That’s a two thumbs up for me especially the altos at 2:20. In the website by “Frederik Magle”, it says there that the first movement depicts a procession of the dead – dancing. I can clearly see this with the introduction of the marimba at 4:57; the marching sound of the snare drum in some parts; and the waltz feel of the whole orchestra at 5:55. I don’t know but the marimba is giving me an impression that the Mario Brothers are running around. Hahaha! The whispering vocal ornaments of the female voices at 8:12 added a twist to this musical piece. The first movement ended with a major sixth harmonic interval by two flutes.

The second movement started with a very sad feeling. It’s like going to a funeral with some church bells ringing. The emotion in this movement changes many times. This is accomplished by alternating between minor and major keys; changing the dynamics; and varying the harmonic rhythm from fast to slow pace. I really appreciate the simple choral harmony starting at 16:15 which gives emphasis to the lyrics. The whole piece ended in a Major tonic giving it a happy and grandioso ending.

I have to commend the Soprano and Baritone soloists. The soprano doesn’t just have a pretty face but a very beautiful voice as well. The Baritone did an excellent work. But I think he’s really a tenor singing on lower registers because I can hear a glottal sound with his low notes sometimes. I believe his part can be more accomplished by a Bass or a true Baritone.

This is a wonderful piece of music! I wish I have an English translation of the lyrics and a hard copy of this large work so I can comment better. I’m not really an expert but I love classical music so much!



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