Yogi Berra Explains Jazz

Yogi Berra Explains Jazz

Don’t know if this is apocryphal, but I have heard parts of it quoted to me enough times that I’m willing to assume that most of it is 90% true. Yogi Berra Explains Jazz Interviewer: Can you explain jazz? Yogi: I can’t, but I will. 90% of all jazz is half improvisation. The other half is the part people play while others are playing something they never played with anyone who played that part. So if you play the wrong part, its right. If you play the right part, it might be right if you play it wrong enough. But if you play it too right, it’s wrong. Interviewer: I don’t understand. Yogi: Anyone who understands jazz knows that you can’t understand it. It’s too complicated. That’s what’s so simple about it. Interviewer: Do you understand it? Yogi: No. That’s why I can explain it. If I understood it, I wouldn’t know anything about it. Interviewer: Are there any great jazz players alive today? Yogi: No. All the great jazz players alive today are dead. Except for the ones that are still alive. But so many of them are dead, that the ones that are still alive are dying to be like the ones that are dead. Some would kill for it. Interviewer: What is syncopation? Yogi: That’s when the note that you should hear now happens either before or after you hear it. In jazz, you don’t hear notes when they happen because that would be some other type of music. Other types of music can be jazz, but only if they’re the same as something different from...
Design Observer Podcast: “What Design Sounds Like”

Design Observer Podcast: “What Design Sounds Like”

In the new Design Observer podcast, The Observatory, Jessica Helfand and Michael Beirut discuss highlights from the “What Design Sounds Like” symposium. My contribution was “Dancing About Architecture” – the interplay between sound, architecture, composition and meaning. I spoke and spun J.S.Bach, AC/DC and FKA Twigs. I think it made sense. Other stories include: • It’s Nice That’s Rob Alderson on TED and Design Indaba • Roy Choi • Sindiso Khumalo • Interactive videos by Yoni Bloch: Like a Rolling Stone; Pretend to Be Happy • The Christmas party scene from Kramer vs. Kramer • CBC on Spocking the Canadian $5 bill Bonus: Check out Lena Dunham’s concept for a graphic design web series featuring Jessica and...
New Song, “The People You Never Really Trusted”

New Song, “The People You Never Really Trusted”

I had a great time being part of The Acoustic Guitar Project, in which participants are given a guitar, a mic, and a week to write a song. This is what happened. The song is done (I’m already thinking of revisions, of course), and the guitar is signed and passed onward. Thanks Matt Beck for handing it to me, and good luck to Osei Essed this coming week… “The People You Never Really Trusted” (first draft) © Mike Errico Did you know You tell a lot and never show You talk too fast and listen slow Did you know Are you mad The shiny things you never had It’s a drug, and it’s easy to go bad Are you mad And I wonder how you ever got so angry The gratitude you missed with your swinging wild fist You’ll take my time enough to finally blame me For the moment we first kissed and I wound up on your list Of the people you never really trusted Do you care The cage you’re in is made of air And nothing real is really fair Do you care And I wonder how we ever get so blinded By what we think we need, what it looks like to succeed But do you even want to be reminded That no matter what the speed, you’re not close to breaking free From the people you never really trusted Line ‘em up against the wall And tell everybody else for once and for all You know your secret’s safe with someone new If only you could hold on to the strength you need...

Wanna Hear My Students?

I talked a lot about my students this semester. WANNA HEAR ‘EM? They put a Soundcloud page together and several students uploaded some of their work. I would point out ones I personally enjoyed, but feel that’s not sporting. I will say that the class cranked out over 100 songs (not counting the revisions), collaborated, wrote analyses, journaled daily, and gave final presentations. Unreal. https://soundcloud.com/yalesongwritingsem Please feel free to like, share, and tweet them...

Pay What You Want: “Wander Away”

Let’s try this experiment out. Pay what you want: “Wander Away,” with extended bonus version of “1000 Miles,” in hi-res mp3, FLAC and other formats. $0? $10? $55.32? It’s your call. http://mikeerrico.bandcamp.com/album/wander-away Wander Away by Mike Errico I credit a conversation with Jonathan Coulton. Let’s see what...
Mike Errico, “Happy”

Mike Errico, “Happy”

BUY IT ON ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/mike-errico/id3567281 From “Tonight I Drink You All,” by Mike Errico | www.errico.com Happy I’m always happy That’s ‘cause I’m happy to be here in New York Happy Everybody’s smiling That’s ‘cause they’re happy to be here in New York And the traffic seems to pass me by And the cabbies yell their languages I bet they’re saying hi Hi Happy When I feel happy We all seem happy to be here in New York Family We’re one big family Big happy family of New York And everybody’s got a pamphlet for me And I say I can’t afford it, but they give it to me free (Whistle) And the waitresses will all become famous And they’ll lock their arms and sing “Can you blame us if we’re happy And since we’re happy We hope you’re happy to be here in New York” Well I’m happy But since you’re asking I’d be more happy if you lived here in New York Tune in for music, shows, announcements, giveaways, videos and all that stuff, here: Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Bandcamp || Pandora Tallboy 7, Inc. Box 20463 NY NY...
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