Jose Feliciano lived for a time in Detroit where he met his current wife Susan Omillian. He also studied classical guitar at the Joe Fava Studio with Jack Moncreif memorizing further into each piece at his lessons with Jack’s help. I had heard thru the musical grapevine that he had also performed at Cobb’s Corner in Detroit’s historic Cass Corridor.
Robert Abate plays “LISTEN TO THE FALLING RAIN”
Robert Abate highlights his blues guitar skills and vocals playing the Jimmy Reed tune “Mary”. Reed’s wife, Mary Lee “Mama” Reed, whom he had married in 1945, was usually present during his recording sessions. She wrote several of his songs and would whisper the words into Reed’s ear just before he sang.
Please give my latest work a listen, it’s a little over 8 minutes long, and like and post it. I’m getting the word out that I do this type of thing. Thank you.
The love of music is a wonderful thing: organic, natural and ancient. Not only has it been an area of human focus for as long as there have been humans, it abounds and springs to life in nature. Sound waves follow patterns inherent in the creation of the universe and can lead us to emotional conclusions that we need to be shown if we can open ourselves up to it. It is there for you if you are willing to listen and will help fill that hole in your soul.
The Leader is my shepherd, I shall not starve
He maketh me sit down in powder blue tuxedos
He leadeth me beside shrill vocalists
He restoreth my wallet
He leadeth me in dance halls of gratuitousness
For his names sake
Yea, though I walk through the kitchen or the back hallway
I will fear no evil
For thou art paying me
Thy baton and thy charts they showcase me
Thou preparest a chair for me in the presence of mine audience
Thou countest off my chart with vigor
My beer spilleth over
Surely Goodman and Miller shall follow me all the days of my life
And I shall dwell in the house of Band forever
Blessed are the poor in cash, for theirs is the wedding gig
Blessed are those who blow changes, for they shall be soloists
Blessed are the sight readers, for they shall inherit the section parts
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for dinner on the break, for they shall be satisfied
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall never play an accordion
Blessed are the pure in tempo, for they shall be drummers
Blessed are the bass players, for they shall be bored
Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of playing “In The Mood” one more time, for theirs is the kingdom of Mortgage payments
Blessed are you when men revile and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my bandstand
Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great at the end of the night
For also did men persecute the trombonists who were before you.
The most powerful and most used progression in music is dropping a 5th in the root. Anyone has merely to play a Dominant chord of a key followed by the 1st chord or Tonic of that key to understand why the monks of Europe in the Dark Ages named the 5th chord of a key Dominant. It is an inherent rule of music that the Dominant chord leads to the Tonic. Anyone can hear the settling of the tone center when this particular chord change is played.
For this particular example of chord substitution I’m going to use an E7 going to an A7 resolving to a Dmaj7. The A7 chord in this progression is going to be substituted by an Eb7 chord which is the same chord type an augmented 4th away in the root. You can hear in the example that this is a pleasing similar sound. I don’t know why this works but it does. It also happens that the 3rd’s and 7th’s of the A7 and the Eb7 are the same notes reversed in position, making the different chords quite alike. What you can realized out of this harmonic device is a chromatically descending chord progression that is different from the cycle of 5th’s with the same amount of solidity and power. When using this device you must adjust the chords to reflect the notes of the melody that are happening when the chord substitution is being played.