A Glimpse of Heaven

Love is a strange feeling. Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it offers pleasure. If you spend your life pondering over love, you’ll never understand its real meaning. That’s why when it comes to love you should just close your eyes and let your heart guide you. A simple song can be the soundtrack for a whole relationship and every great relationship should have one song in the background. That’s why I love to write music cos you never know if my song will become part of a love story that will last forever or for 2 days. People fall in love and out of love for so many reasons, every day but at the end what remains are memories and music. Will this Glimpse Of Heaven be the soundtrack of your relationship?

Listen to my new single, A Glimpse of Heave, from my upcoming concept EP, The Valley.

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Take A Walk On The Wild Side

The underground music scene and the musicians that occupy have always been ahead of the curve.  You probably wont agree with that statement, but you have to admit the underground music pushes the creative envelop and, more importantly, takes a walk on the wild side.

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This past Sunday we lost Lou Reed, a rock pioneer who went from record label songwriter to a member of the short-lived but innovative and influential Velvet Underground. Reed had a profound impact on American culture, introducing avant garde rock and pop art to mainstream music.

Some of Lou’s best-known songs include I’m Waiting for the Man, Satellite of Love, Heroin, Perfect Day, Pale Blue Eyes and Walk on the Wild Side. Reed was one of the first artists to experiment with guitar feedback on record and to show that sort of ugly noise can actually be quite beautiful and moving. Using his music to tell stories, Lou brought dark themes and a sometimes aggressive disposition to rock music.

I like to think of Lou as an innovative artist, a blend between poet, storyteller and musician. As a musician, I’ve been inspired by Lou’s music and challenged to turn my lyrics into poetic stories. I believe all musicians should be more ambitious in their unique creativity. RIP Lou, you’ve left an important mark in rock’s history.

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LICKS: Walt Disney!

If you’re a guitarist you know exactly what a lick is: a short solo (usually 1 or 2 bars) that you learn and master and you start using it so many times that becomes part of your style. If you think about your favorite bands I’m pretty sure you noticed the same lick on different song (if we talk about Queen, Brian May uses the same lick for the solo of “Jesus, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “It’s A Hard Life”..now, those solos are pretty different one to the other but there is that lick that if you pay attention you will recognize).
This happens also in real life, how many times you said the same jokes or you gave flowers to a girl. And talking again about music the same happens in the songwriting process, how many songs have the same chord progression? In my first album the song “Goodbye” and “Dancing Angel” have a part where the chord progression is the same (only in a different key). The 2 songs are very different one to the other because of the melody on top but the base where the songs are built is very similar.
This is used also in movies and cartoons (especially old ones when everything was made by hand and not by the computer).
When I was a kid I used to watch Walt Disney cartoons so much (and I still do) until I knew every single frame from those movies. And it’s there that I started noticing how so many times the same scene was used in different cartoons. At first I thought it was only me noticing that and then it kinda became natural to me to “see” the same scene in different movies. But the other day I was on youtube and I saw a video that actually put together the same scenes from different movies (so I was right, what a smart boy I was!).
From “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to “Robin Hood” from “Cinderella” to “Beauty And The Beast” and the list could go on. It’s no surprise that they also used the same “actors” for different cartoons (Baloo-Little John, Sir Hiss-Kaa).
At the end this saved time to the people that were drawing the cartoon and it was giving us more cartoon to watch so…how can we be mad at Walt Disney for using this little trick.
At the end is a matter of licks; everybody uses them.
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