John Prine by Aileen Torres-Bennett
Art, essay, Music

Ode to Music Legend John Prine, R.I.P.

John Prine is dead. He died on April 7, due to complications from COVID-19. He was 73. This is an incredible loss for the music world and all those who look to his songs for comfort, consolation and wisdom, as well as an artistic ideal. He was a musical and lyrical genius, and his influence… Continue reading Ode to Music Legend John Prine, R.I.P.

Rainy afternoon Illustration by Aileen Torres Bennett
Art, Music

Original Music: Rainy Afternoon

I created another acoustic guitar instrumental track, continuing to experiment with Audacity. Same method as my last track: I recorded a snippet of rhythm guitar, copied and pasted it into a sequence in the Audacity timeline, then recorded a solo over the rhythm.   You can listen to my last track here and watch a… Continue reading Original Music: Rainy Afternoon

Guitar_Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett
Art, Music

Original Music on Acoustic Guitar: Circles of 9

  I was inspired recently to create a picking sequence on acoustic guitar. I recorded a 25-second piece of music, then played around in Audacity to create a full track. I replicated the original sequence eight times by copying and pasting into the timeline window of the software interface to lay down the rhythm, then… Continue reading Original Music on Acoustic Guitar: Circles of 9

Bob Weir STFU
essay, Music

Bob Weir Wants You to STFU at Concerts

I had a good/bad start to 2020. The setting: a Dead and Company concert on New Year's Eve at the Chase Center in San Francisco, the new home arena of the Golden State Warriors. The band would go on to play an epic three-set show, opening with Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" and closing… Continue reading Bob Weir Wants You to STFU at Concerts