Saturday, December 8, 2018

This Day in Music History

December 8 was quite a day in music history. Probably the first on everybody's mind is its the day that John Lennon was shot and killed in NYC in 1980. Very sad day indeed.

Also on this day....Beatles release "Magical Nystery Tour" (1967)....Whitney Houston wins Billboard Music Award for "The Bodyguard" soundtrack (1993)....folk legend Jean Ritchie is born (1922)....rock legend Jim Morrison is born (1943)....rock legend Gregg Allman is born (1947)....rock/fusion guitarist Marty Freidman born (1962)....pop sensation Sinead O'Connor born (1966).

In addition to John Lennon, the world also loses Marty Robbins (1982), and Pantera guitarist and metal icon Dimebag Darrell.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Barlow's 25 Principles of Adult Behavior

John Perry Barlow was a giant of a man. I'll simply leave it at that.

Below are his 25 Principles....with link at the bottom to read more about bim and this brief list.


1. Be patient. No matter what.

2. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, never blame. Say nothing behind another’s back you’d be unwilling to say, in exactly the same tone and language, to his face.

3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.

4. Expand your sense of the possible.

5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.

6. Expect no more of anyone than you yourself can deliver.

7. Tolerate ambiguity.

8. Laugh at yourself frequently.

9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.

10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.

11. Give up blood sports.

12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Do not endanger it frivolously. And never endanger the life of another.

13. Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)

14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.

15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.

16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.

17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.

18. Never let your errors pass without admission.

19. Become less suspicious of joy.

20. Understand humility.

21. Forgive.

22. Foster dignity.

23. Live memorably.

24. Love yourself.

25. Endure.

Here’s what these principles meant to Barlow:

"I don’t expect the perfect attainment of these principles. However, I post them as a standard for my conduct as an adult. Should any of my friends or colleagues catch me violating one of them, bust me."

Read more here.....

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thankful for This Day is Music History

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Skinny Devil Magazine and Skinny Devil Music Lab!

And we're thankful for many things, including this day in music history....legendary composer Hoagy Carmichael was born (1899) reggae bassist Aston Barret was born (1946) and more birthdays still: guitarist Little Steven (1949), bassist Tina Weymouth (1950), Jason of the Scorchers (1958), drummer Rasa Don (1968)..... which saw Miles Davis debut at Carnegie Hall (1957)....the Beatles released "The White Album" (1968) and had also released their 2nd album on the same date in 1963....Prince released "The Black Album" (1994)....

Feel free to comment on any other favorite or compelling November 22 happenings, and I'll be happy to up-date the article!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Scientists turn Martian sunrise into a piece of music

You can now listen to the sun rise on Mars. Scientists in England have translated the Martian sunrise into a two-minute score.

Researchers used sonification techniques to translate image data into sounds, turning each pixel into a sonic data point. Using images of the 500th sunrise observed by the Mars rover Opportunity, scientists linked each pixel with brightness, color and elevation measurements.

Special algorithms helped researchers turn the pixel data points into pitch and melody, forming a piece of music.

The two-minute score will be shared with visitors to NASA's Mars Soundscapes exhibit on Tuesday at the Supercomputing SC18 Conference being held this week in Dallas, Texas. The song will be presented both sonically and vibrationally, so that it can be experienced by visitors with hearing disabilities.

Read the entire story HERE


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Music Modernization Act now a Law

From The Verge:

President Trump has signed the Music Modernization Act (MMA) into law, officially passing the most sweeping reform to copyright law in decades. The bill, heralded by labels, musicians, and politicians, unanimously passed through both the House and Senate before going to the president.

The bill revamps Section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act and aims to bring copyright law up to speed for the streaming era. These are the act’s three main pieces of legislation:

The Music Modernization Act, which streamlines the music-licensing process to make it easier for rights holders to get paid when their music is streamed online

The Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, & Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS) Act for pre-1972 recordings

The Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act, which improves royalty payouts for producers and engineers from SoundExchange when their recordings are used on satellite and online radio (Notably, this is the first time producers have ever been mentioned in copyright law.)

What does all this mean? 

Read the entire article here.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

GUITAR GODS - Lawrence Juber

I first heard Laurence Juber when he performed Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" on Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Night (other guests at that performance include Peppino D'Agostino, Alex DeGrassi, Ed Gerhard, Phil Keaggy, Preston Reed, and more). Needless to say, I was blown away! I had to find out more about this amazing guitarist!

Turns out Laurence, who started playing before his teens, earned a music degree at London's Goldsmith College and immediately become a session guitarist, playing on countless projects, including the music for the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me".

In 1978, he joined Paul McCartney's band Wings, recorded on their "Back to the Egg" album, and hit the road for their UK tour. He picked up a Grammy Award when Wings took the Best Instrumental Rock for "Rockestra Theme" (he speaks about his time with Paul below).

After Wings, he moved to the US and his sessions include pop albums to TV shows to films, from "Dirty Dancing" to "Happy Days", and in 2005 picked up his second Grammy Award for his instrumental guitar version of "The Pink Panther" theme.

26 solo albums, instructional videos, a signature guitar from Martin, a book, and countless concerts later, Laurence Juber is still going strong. 2017 saw another album of Beatles classics and this year he re-released his 1979 album "Standard Time", and he's hitting the concert stage again.

Find Lawrence Juber on-line HERE.

I had a chance to speak with Mr. Juber recently. Check it out!


Saturday, June 30, 2018


"THEY SAY you're pretty much the best at what you do..." - David Letterman, 1980, interviewing then 26 year old Al Di Meola....

I first became aware of Al Di Meola as a teen. I'd spent hours trying to learn riffs from '70s rockers, and thought I'd heard everything the guitar could do. And then, a late December evening, I turned on the TV, scrolled through our 3 channels, found nothing, and switched to the local PBS station before giving up....only to see 3 men holding guitars on stage. What I witnessed (the concert that would become "Friday Night in San Fransisco" - see video below) was earth-shattering and mind-blowing and took me a long time to get my head around. I'd never seen anyone do what they did. Never heard anyone make those glorious sounds. The influence changed my life.

Al Di Meola has been having this effect on listeners for decades.

From his early Grammy winning work with Return to Forever (alongside legends Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, and Lenny White) to his electric-based solo albums, to his explosion into acoustic music, to his collaborations with everyone from flamenco god Paco DeLucia to classical legend Liona Boyd, to "jazz princess" Aziza Mustafa Zadeh to progressive rock keyboard master Derek Sherinian to his "Rite of Strings" with bassist Stanley Clarke and fusion violinist Jean Luc Ponty to so many more, Di Meola has been a trail-blazing musician and guitarist for 40 years.

Al's technique is other-worldly, his expression soul-searing, his compositions kaleidoscopically wondrous, and his rhythmic mastery the stuff of legend.

With 2 new albums out (a live 2017 collection "Morocco Fantasia" and 2018 studio work "Opus"), Al Di Meola hasn't even begun to slow down.

Find him on-line HERE!

I had a chance to speak with Mr. Di Meola recently. Check it out!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Body Temple Burns...and Rebuilds

Kieba Blacklidge wrote one of our "Day in the Life" pieces back in 2012. Find her amazing diet and exercise for that day HERE. Since then she's helped hundreds of people reach their goals, published an autobiography, and built up her Body Temple Bootcamp to provide even more diverse experiences for her "campers".

But when Kilauea erupted earlier this month (technically its been erupting continuously since 1983, but things got explosively violent last week and Kilauea spit out tons of ash up to 30,000 feet in the air), it destroyed dozens of homes.

Among those homes was that of our friend Kieba Blacklidge. Her home and the entire Body Temple Bootcamp complex.

Please consider lending a hand for her to rebuild. No amount is too small.

Go HERE to donate.

Thank you!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Corey Glover & George Lynch: Supergroup!

Reported from Guitar World:

Corey Glover—lead singer of Living Colour—and Dokken/Lynch Mob guitarist George Lynch have teamed up to form Ultraphonix with bassist Pancho Tomaselli and drummer Chris Moore.

The band's debut album, Original Human Music, is set for an August 3 release via earMUSIC. You can check out the album's first single, "Walk Run Crawl," below.

"The album sounds like a fusion of early Chili Peppers meets King Crimson meets Judas Priest," Lynch said in a press release. "It's a super fun band."

Read the entire story HERE.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Christina Eve and Synesthesia

Taken from NPR...

I'd never be a visual artist if I was not first a musician. I have a deep love of music and especially love how a good song can arrest your heart or communicate things for which there are no words. I began studying music as a child and went on to get a degree in classical music. I geek-out over music theory and love the thrill of performing on stage with other musicians. Yet beyond all this, I experience another dimension of music that most do not.

I have synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon that involuntarily merges senses in the brain. Auditory stimuli activate my visual sense, so whenever I hear sound I see a unique light and color show. Listening to music is always a remarkable experience as the ears, eyes, heart, and mind are all inundated. For me, music reveals shimmering lights and geometric textures in bright colors, and light and dark swell and spin around each other......

Read the entire amazing article HERE!