The First Thing

that comes to mind when I see today’s one word ‘riff’ prompt is this man’s talent.

I’m not very well versed when it comes to reviewing extraordinary music. I always come off sounding like a star struck school girl.

But what can I say? Whenever I listen to my friend’s music, I’m left speechless – without words … or, if you will, awestruck.

Any avid music enthusiast might agree with me when I say there are maybe a handful of artists who have the capability to move mountains with their music. Tim Donahue is one of them. How many musicians can play such complex compositions on a self-crafted intricate instrument, and sing? To top it off, he has composed hundreds of unique pieces, ranging from ethereal jazz, to progressive rock and metal. The average listener would never be able to wrap their head around the way his mind works. He sometimes calls himself a madman. Maybe he’s an alien, like he joked about the other night.

A couple of days ago, I had a rare opportunity to attend one of his gigs. I would share a video I filmed, but out of respect for his wishes and endless hours of hard work, I will only post official videos from his YouTube channel.

Here is a piece he performed the other night.

Because my brother saved me a seat right in front, I needed to be careful with my eyes. So, I took the opportunity to observe other folks around me. They were truly mesmerized and blown away by his talent.

Here’s the best part about this man: He not only creates and performs some of the best harp guitar music ever, but he is also a beast on the regular guitar when he occasionally performs on his flying v electric guitar. His 2004 Madmen & Sinners CD drew such a large progressive metal audience, it left many wanting MORE.

A few follow-up tracks with James LaBrie’s vocals were recorded, but never officially released. One of those tracks can be heard here.

There is also a track from his current rock opera project, THE CAGE. Many of his progressive metal fans are anxiously awaiting more material, and a possible release date. We are keeping our fingers and toes crossed!

Meanwhile, various tracks can be found on several of his sites. Here’s the opening track to THE CAGE.

I simply cannot find the right words to describe how talented he is. If anyone is ever in Japan, be sure to check his official website for any gigs he may have listed. You will not be disappointed.

The Only Thing I Need

My GOD! I’ve figured out one of the reasons David Garrett gives me such an ….. amazing FEELING when I listen to his music!

Extraordinary talent, charisma, and looks aside, I’ve been trying to nail what it is about him that has me so mesmerized and literally addicted to his music – since 2012!

If anyone has read some of my earlier posts about a phenomenon called ASMR, I have literally just connected the dots.

Since there are virtually no recordings of him performing without backing music, I’ve been unable to explain the euphoria I experience when I listen to him. Until tonight, as I sit here watching YouTube videos with my earbuds snugly in my ears.

I started out an hour ago, listening to some Toronto videos – the concert I attended about a year and a half ago. One video led to another, and I got into the classical side of his performances. And then I revisited this.

When he picked up the Guarneri, the back of my head tingled – the same way it does when I listen to some of my favorite ASMR videos.

Here is one of my all time favorites, by my favorite ASMR creator – who also happens to be German, like David Garrett.

What is it about German men??? Sigh…

Anyways, I just wanted to share my excitement.

Now, back to what I was previously doing – listening to David Garrett. ♥

Eden

Locks of gold
Orbs of light
Manicured digits
Presence excites

Veiled countenance
Confident stance
Enchanting energy
Provoking a trance

Resentfully sharp
Prowler beware
Gone in an instant
Much like a hare

Such beauty should be
Observed with respect
Lest it transform
In attempt to deflect

Listen don’t look
Wise words train
For those who take heed
Glorious sound shall remain

Original poem by Cara Krzyzanowski 18 August 2017

 

Stop Following The Stream

As human beings mature, their tastes change.  Fashion trends aren’t as important as they were in school.  Hair styles become more practical.  Musical preferences change.  And so on.

On several occasions, a friend has told me that’s it’s next to impossible to make it big in the entertainment industry – unless you sell your soul to them, creating material that appeals to the masses.  As Daniel Howell (YouTube personality) puts it, “Give the people what they want”.  But he’s referring mainly to tweens, teens, and twenty somethings.

At around age 21, I noticed my tastes and interests greatly changing and broadening.  I basically became my own person.  I was no longer concerned with conformity.

This was especially true where fashion and music were concerned.  In my opinion, a person shouldn’t be afraid to open their car window when listening to amazing, unique artists like this.

He’s an American born harp guitarist who has made a life for himself in Japan 30+ years ago after graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music.  Check him out on YouTube. He has uploaded many mind blowing tracks – music which is performed mainly on his self crafted harp guitar.  There are a few videos featuring a drummer as well.

In my opinion, people are so caught up in mainstream music, that the true talent out there is often overlooked.

Don’t be afraid to find a different stream in life.  There’s more to music and clothing than than Justin Beiber and Lularoe.  Get out there and find out what YOU like!  Not what someone else likes.

Mending A Broken Heart

I’m just now able to blog about this.  So bear with me.  It’s very difficult.

For the past ten or so years, Christmas has always been a weird holiday for me.  It just brings on an entire range of emotions for me, and I don’t know why.  But this past Christmas delivered a gigantic spike through what little Christmas spirit I have left.

When my daughter came to me saying “Mom, don’t look at social media.  Someone died.  Someone big” with huge sad eyes, almost afraid to tell me, of course I had to find out.  But before I could look, I just asked her.

I cannot tell you how broken my heart was, or how many tears spilled from my eyes when she said “George Michael” … my all time favorite male singer … since forever.

Now, as a tribute, in memory, I post this short but sweet entry, and my top three favorite George Michael songs.

 

 

 

 

George, you will be missed. 😥 ♥