The Vancouver Symphony May 20th, 2015

By on Thursday, May 21st, 2015.

In 2014, we embarked (with Randy Bachman) on another quest. Randy had decided that to perform his wonderful music catalogue with the band and a symphony orchestra. The incredible Charles Cozens was enlisted to score the charts. In October of 2014 we had a two day run through of these very different arrangements of…
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David Letterman

By on Saturday, May 16th, 2015.

I will be sad on Wednesday May 20th, 2015. My main reason will be that David Letterman is signing off… AND… I will have to record it. I am gigging that night. It’s somewhat odd that I feel that I’m not going to be ‘in the moment’ by watching it later. Of course my feelings…
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What’s in a Professional Name?

By on Thursday, April 30th, 2015.

I was born Michael Allan Dalla-Vicenza At Bawating (my high school in Sault Ste. Marie), the musicians I hung out with adopted the first names of their favourite rock guitarists. Glenn Barbisan became ‘Eric’ (for Eric Clapton), Michael Sicoly became ‘George’ (for George Harrison), Jeff Neill interestingly enough remained ‘Jeff’ (for Jeff Beck) and so…
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The ‘Great’ Buddy Rich….

By on Monday, March 30th, 2015.

There’s no disputing that Buddy Rich helped to put drums at the forefront of music. Along with contemporaries like Gene Krupa, he took drums from the back level of the orchestra and onto the front of the stage. He wowed audiences worldwide. However – was he the best? Some people would say so… but was…
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Has music become TOO cookie cutter?

By on Sunday, March 29th, 2015.

This is an interesting example of some recent hits in country music. The similarities are quite evident (and more plagiaristic than the recent Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams/Marvin Gaye lawsuit in which it was ruled in favour of Gaye’s estate) What’s your thoughts on this subject?