Music’s Power and Influence

piano-and-guitarMusic beckons the emotions even without lyrics. As a song, the lyrics can become a mantra sinking deep into the subconscious. As art music can suggest values, behavior, goals.  All this can occur while tapping your toes, whistling a melody or being engulfed by a torrent of reactions.

I’ve seen music create an atmosphere of faith in churches and trouble in bars. It is a universal language. Make no mistake, it is language. It can change our mood and take us places.

The span of genres, types, tastes and interpretations of music is displayed in the vast array of radio stations, musicians, orchestras, and history. So hungry are the masses for the music that suits them there are billion dollar music industries internationally that peaked historically in profits in the 1970s and 1980s. The demand for music has exceeded the ability for many to buy and the convenience of internet technology has made music even more available than ever before in history, both legally and illegally.

While the historic profits were soon followed with historic loss due to peer to peer sharing of music for free, there is also a new opportunity for 10’s of thousands of musicians and songwriters delighted to share their music for free with the whole world.

It is an interesting time.

According to the global music trade body IFPI, there are now more than 13 million licensed tracks available on more than 400 different services worldwide.

Not only can music influence powerfully, how many simple songs do you remember and enjoy? Children’s songs, fun songs, love songs . . . In truth, simple melodies stick with us easier and longer than complicated orchestrations but in the end, it is always about how it makes us feel. There is no right formula.

Here, I share my music free. Most of it is rather amateur, but like most artists I hope to create some extra quality stuff … someday (this year?). It is not for any ambition except the sheer joy of producing musical sound that I personally am proud to have composed.

There are some good songs here that I am proud of also.

I wrote my first song at age 8 and still know it.  I began playing guitar at age 7.

Surprisingly, after playing guitar for more than 5 decades, I have never purchased a guitar. It has always been a gift. Also surprisingly, is that I have done almost no recording during my life. It is the mechanics of recording and a host of character flaws that has prevented me I suppose. On the positive side, as an athlete enjoys a sport without becoming a pro or an artist who only paints without selling or a collector collecting … my whole life, music has been a joy and making new songs has been another layer of pleasure as well.

However, I learned that anything unfinished, remains unshared. I think I should finish, share, improve, share, learn, enhance, improve, share …

Instead of the extremely pleasant lifetime of playing for my own pleasure for the sake of  . . . personal motivation, encouragement, worship, or fun.

I have learned so much about guitar, composing music, creativity, lyric writing, songwriting and presentation through the years I did not realize until recently how much I have to offer, which I intend to do with Songwriting Webinars.

Please let me know if you are interested by emailing through “Requests“.

For more on Songwriting, click on the big graphic sign below.

← This link (graphic on the left)  leads to a page you may enjoy especially if you are a songwriter. It is conversational.



Below, I will provide some audio original music samples.  ↓

The first sample is a simple guitar piece with a 2nd guitar added. It is light, semi-classical. You could do this. You could make up something simple like this. Remember, this is TWO guitars.

I use a portion of this on my radio program every day as an intro and the fade-in exit on my 2-minute Nature Narrations. It is played on a classical music station.  ↓

The title is “Butterflies” ↓

Keep scrolling to click on the bottom graphic to hear some original Alibrando mp3 files, see power point lyrics,  and view lyric chord sheets, all downloadable for free.  Be encouraged, some is quite amateur (seriously) . . . but sincere.

Composing Music

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