Podcasts – Twilight Guitar
By M.J. Murphy
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Essays on music from M.J Murphy's Twilight Guitar blog. The podcast covers a wide range of topics including music theory, techniques, philosophy and musicology. Welcome!
||CleanMyth, Music and Monsters||“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure that you seek. ” Joseph Campbell In the basement of my childhood home there was a big, dusty, menacing piece of furniture that nobody ever went near. My first memory of it was being warned to stay||6/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdagio: At the Speed of Nature||“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson The musical instruction “adagio” comes from the Italian phrase “a dagio” which means “at ease”. It’s a good word, and it got me thi||6/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 8 Ways We Practice||This article is about how you can maximize your productivity during practice sessions. It is also about rediscovering how to enjoy practicing again. We all know that having clear goals is the most important thing you can do to accelerate your rate of le||6/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Music Fan in the Age of Overload||We can thank the Internet; it is now possible to listen to nearly every piece of music ever recorded. This is staggering to think about, but it is true. Today, there are millions if not billions of recordings available for download or streaming over the||6/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMusic and Memory: Raising the Bar||“The true art of memory is the art of attention.” — Samuel Johnson A good memory is the single most important skill a musician can have. If you haven’t been blessed with a great memory, don’t worry, it is something that can be improved and enh||6/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMusic, Across Time and Space||“When you learn something from people, or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it.” – Yo Yo Ma A few years ago I attended a cello concerto by Yo Yo Ma at Powell Hall in Saint Louis||12/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEnter Stage Right – For Those About to Gig||“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson If you are reading this, it is likely that you play music at some level. Maybe you’re a solo performer, maybe you’re in a band, or us||7/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Classical Guitar?||“The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” – Albert Einstein [/caption] Mention “classical guitar” to many beginning guitarists and you will get a whole host of reactions,||4/12/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMusic and Mind Mapping||“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery For those brave, maybe c||2/5/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWinter’s Promise – Music for Christmas||“The whole problem can be stated by asking, ‘Is there a meaning to music?’ My answer would be, ‘Yes.’ And ‘Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?’ My answer to that would be, ‘No.'” -Aaron||12/7/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Musical Plateau: Just a Phase||“The gate is straight, deep and wide break on through to the other side” – Jim Morrison Anyone who has ever attempted to play a musical instrument will eventually reach a phase we like to call a “plateau.” The place where pro||11/8/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Alchemy of Rock||“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist There are three definitions of Alchemy in Webster’s Dictionary, the second one||7/14/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGuitars, Distortion & Tesla’s Cat||“I wish they’d had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would’ve been straightened out.” -Jimi Hendrix Nikola Tesla’s laboratory in Colorado Springs circa 1900. Public Domain phot||6/27/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarshall McLuhan and the Sounds of a Generation||“If it works, it’s obsolete.” – Marshall McCluhan Marshall McLuhan was a Canadian social scientist/prophet who lived from 1911 to 1980 and published most of his work from 1950 to 1970. He once famously said, “The medium is th||5/31/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Tools of Attention||“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo This is an excerpt from the ebook, “Midnight Arpeggios”. Did you ever notice how right everything seems when you are busy doing something you lov||3/22/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
Great Stuff - informative and nostalgic. I totally relate bros.
Love'n the Marshall McCluhan episode. The 'Guitar Distortion' episode is great also.
I'm tell'n all my friends.
Wow - happy to be the first to review.