by on June 4, 2014
I've never done a blog before...perhaps I'm doing it all wrong, but....... that has never stopped me in the past. Phase 1 (background) I decided I wanted into music on February 9th 1964 (google that date). By into I mean...somehow, someway, I wanted to go in that direction. I didn't think "yea drums!" or "yea guitar player!" simply "yea!" A recognition of huge proportions to my 14 year old mind, dare I say the first! (Ok girls were neat but this seemed attainable.) Never fancying myself a gr...
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by on July 11, 2014
                                                                                              The Path Chapter Three                                                                                               © 2014 by John Kenney     We went past the garden and I got a better look at it as we did. All of the rows were so perfect, very few weeds, so it was clear this was a well tended to garden. It takes time, effort and diligence to keep a garden looking this good. I know because dad and I wo...
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by on September 19, 2016
"Music" there are so many ways to be a part of it. A listener, producer, writer, musician player, arranger, singer, and the list goes on. I just want to give my two cents here. Once a song is written and then recorded; it is then shared with an audience. It ain't complete until it is! Yes, I do believe in re-writes and I do believe in honing your craft. But, while we're down that path and growing to be even better; it's okay to share. Music is about sharing! I remember when I was afraid. But, si...
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by on August 8, 2015
Here is how I  use Open Mic.  I don't have time to listen  to all the  new songs and catch  up  on all the old songs  I've missed.  I select  "Play All"  from  Open  Mic  and go about my tasks. The volume is loud enough that  I can hear from wherever I am and if something  grabs me, I go and  replay  it  . If I replay  it   you get  2 listens and if I "like"  it  you get a "like". If I have a comment to make I do so . This way  every  new song  gets a "listen from  me ...or more . How  do you us...
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by on March 11, 2014
Nothing is truer than " if you stand still  you are ,effectively, going backwards," cos most of the world around you is moving  forwards.  
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by on December 7, 2016
I never met John Westwood in person but I sure do miss him. Many years ago, while reading song lyrics in a now defunct Songwriters Forum, I ran across a member who was constantly catching hell for commenting and providing constructive criticism on fellow members song lyrics. He wasn't consumed with telling people what they wanted to hear about their songs but he offered heartfelt suggestions and critiques. If the song was good ... he said so. If the song needed a line here or there ... he said t...
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by on June 17, 2014
The Path Chapter Two by John Kenney © 2014 The inside of the cabin was unremarkable for the most part as I recall, but warm and comfortable. ‘Now Nathan would you care for some tea?’ ‘Thank you yes sir.’ I replied, still looking around to see what treasures might be in this home of a man who was gradually enthralling me. There were no appliances as I recall. By that I mean a refrigerator or such. Just an old iron stove, a large bowl, some shelving, a bed, and table and chairs that very...
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by on April 18, 2015
Everyone needs a hobby and some need cuts ... whatever the reason is you're here writing songs this is how I got here.I started stringing words together on paper as a form of self-expression when I was just a teenager. The idea of leaving something tangible, that wasn't there before, through writing has always been a way for me to blow off steam and have a little fun.  I guess I was writing a primitive form of poetry back when I was a youngster (45 some odd years ago), and it wasn’t a far leap t...
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by on April 19, 2015
As I sit here, the morning of my birthday, reflecting on this constant compulsion to create songs, I've come to the conclusion i can't live without it.  It's a sweet affliction - an addiction.  But one that I would never want to changeSongwriters and poets suffer from the same affliction . . . they both believe they have something to say.  I'd bet a buck that most of the following statements describe you: "I spend a large portion of every day thinking about writing songs.""I read scripture and t...
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by on October 24, 2015
It sure seems to me that there is very little to be happy about these days ... it's a challenge just to watch the news without reaching for the prozac jar. Anger, hurt and disappointment. Violence, murder and hate. Crime, drug abuse and hopelessness. One tragedy after another stacked upon a mountain of catastrophe, calamity and despair.I'm not what would generally be classified as a very religious guy. That is not to say that I'm not spiritual, but you won't find me in church very often. When I ...
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by on September 18, 2014
Here's another reference tool I thought I'd share with everyone here on SR.  This is a chart showing different ways that you can modulate (change key) in your song.  It shows the original key, the key that you want to move to, and the "transition" or "pivot" chord(s) you could use to move you into the new key.   Hope you find this useful!  
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by on June 5, 2014
The Path Chapter One by John Kenney © 2014 It was very early morning, school finished for another year. One more summer of my youth about to begin. Waking to the ticking of old Dimes toenails on the hardwood floor, the day begins. A pretty normal night's sleep with ‘those dreams’ again. The good ones, where you don’t remember your feet touching the ground and all the colors are sharp and clear. Another breakfast, another day where all the parts inside wake up one at a time. The sun...
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