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.

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

Sleepy John Estes by Aileen Torres Bennett
Art, Music

Listen: Diving Duck Blues

  I've started playing around with a USB microphone and Audacity. So much fun. Here's my first recording with this setup. There's audible hiss and a bit of echo, but I like the rawness of the sound. Reminds me of old recordings. This is a cover of "Diving Duck Blues" (1929), a song by the… Continue reading Listen: Diving Duck Blues