My son’s music, to be precise! If you click on this (once the tab opens click on the orange arrow to play) you can listen while you read (and yes, it does seem like the blink of an eye since he was born). Or this, The Piano Song. But first….
My road to the hot place is clearly better paved yet again! At least I have a good excuse: great opportunities–which I am not allowed to blab about yet–seem to have been falling out of the sky at me in mid to late March. I have FIVE “now or sooner” deadlines–well almost: April 8, April 26, May 1, May 15 and June 1, plus another for early August, not to mention teaching stuff for Quilt Festival Houston in Fall and travel teaching jobs to Mass/Vt, North Carolina and southern California between now and early July! That’s a LOT of good luck falling out of the sky, involving a lot of work, writing, preparation, travel and quilting. Quickly. So instead of blogging I’ve been working. A lot. Sorta bad me for not blogging! The pressure is a bit eased today as I have sent off what needed to be sent for April 8th yesterday evening, and with almost all of April to complete the next two items, I am feeling less under the gun. I can’t wait until I can tell you all about it… likely in summer and again in autumn!
Now for the music:
Our son, Joshua (of the quilt, here), is a wonderful musician. He has had the music in his head since at least 4th grade (age 10), and has been writing his own music for a number of years. He asked if I would share his songs with you–how cool is that? He loves heavy metal, and writes what I call “crunchy” (sometimes head-banger) songs, but I have actually come to enjoy them– Gravedigger starts crunchy and gets really cool. And most surprisingly given this affection for heavy metal, he writes the most beautiful quiet songs! I hope to some day make some teaching videos–both free short clips and a longer video to go with that book on bindings and edge-finishes that I never seem to get written–and he has already said I may use his music in my teaching videos!
There is a cool site called SoundCloud where musicians can upload their songs, Joshua (a.k.a. Joshwah) among them. Here is the link to Joshua’s SoundCloud page. Joshua also has a good sense of humor. He has written enough songs to make two CDs (well, he burned two for me! not available for sale at this point): Shear Madness (with face of sheep) and Pandamonium (with a panda). Love it when someone makes Mama laugh!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Thunder Song—there is definitely a quilt in there. One of these days if/when I get some down time, I need to plug my iPod into the dock in my studio and blast this out loud, get in the zone, and start creating!
And he’s been doing some really interesting things with audio clips, then composing music to go with them. Here is V for Vendetta.
Joshua has taken guitar lessons, but is self-taught on the bass, acoustic, keyboard, and drum machine. Basically, if it has strings, he can figure out how to play it. He performs and records all instruments himself. Amazing–it took me about 8 years of piano lessons before I could pick out Mary Had a Little Lamb by ear. The music gene clearly went from Mama directly to Joshua, skipping me! Hope you enjoy this musical interlude!