New Album : Anatomy of a music project

Writing and recording an album is a laborious process. While the technology has certainly become better, easier to use, and very reasonably priced; the reality is the artist still needs to”do the work”. Here is a breakdown of the process and the timeline: Step one Write good songs. A song can come in a flashContinue reading “New Album : Anatomy of a music project”

The birth of a single: The story behind “Falls To Pieces”

Drummer Chad Wieland, bassist Ben Lindenberger and guitarist Jim Hansbauer have been essentially a power trio with invited guests on various tracks. At the beginning of 2020, the guys got together to start working on tunes for the 2020 album. The plan was to work on one song at a time and if they foundContinue reading “The birth of a single: The story behind “Falls To Pieces””

Soul Pigeon added to several Pandora algorithms

You can check out Soul Pigeon on any major streaming platform. Our friends over at Pandora have just placed us on several of their recommendation algorithms and we wanted to thank them for that!!! Great results so far. Please consider downloading Pandora and check out our artist profile And if you do visit our artistContinue reading “Soul Pigeon added to several Pandora algorithms”

Dissonance in Music

Think of your favorite song and I promise you it has some dissonance.  Dissonance is a somewhat “off-putting” feeling or sound that you experience in a song.   The only way dissonance works is that it resolves to something non-dissonant.  Music is just like life, it just simply can’t be all smooth and perfect. There isContinue reading “Dissonance in Music”

The rise of independent music

It’s very satisfying to be an independent artist. Artists can pursue their own path without any unwanted influences and publish it on their own terms. The independent artist is on a fairly level playing field with major recording artists. The rise of Post Malone is a great example of how an artist can produce theirContinue reading “The rise of independent music”

A good song: do the chords matter?

There are some truly brilliant songwriters out there who are coming up with amazing songs using the most basic chords out there. Musically, I like to hear something fresh and not the same three chords (I, IV, V).   There are a few songwriters that really deliver.  Paul Simon would be one songwriter that comes toContinue reading “A good song: do the chords matter?”

Words: The fuel to musical inspiration

There is nothing better than stringing some words together that just somehow fit perfectly and having an entire song burst forth.   Maybe is something you hear in a conversation or an idea that springs from a book; wherever the inspiration sometimes the words just start flowing. When that happens for me I turn to aContinue reading “Words: The fuel to musical inspiration”

Chords that sing

I’m always playing around with different chords. Whether it’s chord substitutions, inversions, or voicings I get inspired by the sound they create. Here are a few of my favorites Voicing I love 7/9 chords. I end up using them everywhere. If you don’t know 7/9 chords they are super easy and, properly used, can giveContinue reading “Chords that sing”