Some of us use music to wind up in the morning. I know I do. I love classic rock for getting myself energized and rocking productively in the morning. Like an alderman getting ready to speak at council who went to the church choir to fill his heart with spirit and motivation, I, too, use music to shape the way my heart feels. I know music has the power to do this because music is vibration, and the protons and neutrons in our atoms are also vibrating. Music has the wherewithal to shape our emotions in ways no other medium has.
So for those of you who are like me and enjoy music to wake up and get the day started, have you considered also using music to calm down and settle at the end of the day? Here I will recommend some good music for doing this:
The Gregorian Chant
Mediterranean mandolin music
Renaissance lute music
Ancient Chinese music
I highly recommend checking these out for winding down at the end of the day. Especially after hitting the gym and getting your system all hyped up, this calming music has the potential to alleviate our tensions and stresses so that we can relax, sit down and read a book without twitching in our seats. Try it!
Earlier today I made a post about my excitement for new folk music in 2019. Since then and now, I was blessed by an email from one of my readers and it inspired me to make a follow-up post. The man who got in contact with me a is a full-time industrial refrigeration technician in the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He was very inspired by my post and taught me a very, very valuable secret. Apparently this appliance technician is also a part-time folk singer and his New Year’s resolution for 2019 is to put a new folk music band together! He sent me a sample of his music via an MP3 file and I was so touched by his talent I literally cried.
After I finished crying, I listened to the MP3 several more times with a friend of mine and started dancing. It’s amazing how a blog post can reach high and far for many, many miles to inspire such talented individuals. He said he wouldn’t have made this New Year’s resolution if it wasn’t for my inspiring post. I feel so honored to have motivated such a talented young man.
We promised to keep in contact and I’m going to critique his new band’s album before it’s released. First, he has to put his band together but he already has a guitar player who can also play the harmonica. I couldn’t be more happy about this. Apparently this young appliance repairman is addicted to listening to all the old folk classics and has been following my blog since before I rebuilt it in mid-2018. So thank you, kind man! I look forward to playing your album when it comes out! He told me he has a hilarious song all about fixing fridges and ovens for all the lovely people of Vancouver BC. I can’t wait to hear it!
The company this refrigeration technician works for is https://www.werepairappliances.ca/ and I’ll make sure to choose them whenever I’m in Vancouver BC. I hope you do, too! Depending on if it’s a big job, my new appliance repairman friend would even be willing to travel out to Kaslo, although this is a special privilege for me because he wants to get together for coffee and fixing an appliance of mine would just be an excuse. I recently moved back to Kaslo and so this is exciting for me. I might just break my fridge on purpose to take advantage of this (just kidding).
So if you’re an old folk music lover like me, you now have cause to be excited. There will be a great Canadian folk album coming out relatively soon! I hope you’re as excited as I am. Folk music is my passion and this means a lot to me. The fact that a young appliance repairman from Vancouver BC reached out to me thanks to my blog has made my whole year, let alone my day. It has inspired me to listen to all the old folk music classics all over again and now I can’t stop listening!
Who said all the best folk music is old? Some of the best folk music I ever heard has come out in recent years. I’m so excited to catch the new talent coming out in 2019. I just want to throw my hands up and cheer!
Now it’s really crucial that if you know people who are making folk music in this new day and age that you motivate and inspire them as much as possible because old people like me are counting on them to bring our memories alive! With that said, though, don’t rush them. True folk music lovers like me are willing to wait a long time to hear a new quality album.
Now is the time for young folk music artists to hone their skills, not flaunt them. The future of folk music depends on them. They must keep it alive, no matter what. Patience is key. And I really hope the music that comes out in 2019 is quality. I’m noticing a revival of folk music as young people gain inspiration from the classics. Let’s make 2019 a great year for folk music and I can’t wait to meet all you at the local Kaslo festivals!
Being your own boss is not for everyone. If you can’t micro manage, making it big in any field will be difficult. For example, a musician wanting to reach fame and glory can’t just be what TV shows as “the life of a rock star.” I’m sorry but drinking and smoking and playing the guitar on a beach all day won’t get you those thousand dollar venues nor have you honing down on the science of what music really sells. You have to make music you hate sometimes, and there are other things that most musicians just can’t do but are required in order to succeed. Having an agent, managers and helpers are things that can help the micro managing get done without stress. If you get the right set up with a label, however, you’ll still need to do more than just remember your lyrics and show up at the airport on time. There’s sound checks, meetings, public appearances, interviews, writing new songs, copy writing, photo shoots and you need to know when, where and how you’re going to do all these things many times each month!
I’m not saying this to scare any young people away from following their dreams. On the contrary, I want to get you prepared for making your dream a reality. The secret is to find joy in micro managing so that all this minute detail stuff becomes a habit ingrained within you and therefore requires no effort and perforce causes no stress. Develop the habit of writing things down and grinding things out and micro goals won’t start adding up to drive you mad. Build a team that can help with these things, a team you can trust and know that some months will be better than others. Put your heart in the game and the game will bless your heart!
My brother became a somewhat of a big shot folk music success back in our old city but he wasn’t willing to do what it takes to take things to the next level. He wanted to reach the next level but maybe he should have read more from us folk music experts because I believe he had what it takes but he just didn’t know how to bring it about for himself.
Just remember if you want help, you got to be ready to help yourself first. Help yourself by preparing your mind and developing the habits needed to wake up early and grind away at your passion even when you feel like napping all day. You can do it!
This blog post is the result of an entertaining discussion I had with my local roof cleaner. My friends operate an underground folk music band and they wanted to shoot a video at my house only because everything was covered in moss. Two weeks ago, before the abovementioned discussion with my local roof cleaner, my friends shot their music video at my house. They were playing drums and guitars on my roof and I must admit all the moss gave the video that folk feel, especially because my home has a log cabin style exterior. But once the video was shot, the singer of my friends’ band openly admitted that the amount of moss on my roof was very concerning and he said I should get it demossed. He pulled up some articles online that showed why roof moss was a very bad thing.
Long story short, I took his words without salt, and immediately went on a search for a roof demossing company near me. I have multiple homes, but this one in particular is in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, so I did some looking around online for roof demossing Victoria BC. After getting quotes from several different moss removal businesses, I settled on one I thought was right for me. Their team was available to clean my roof the day after I called and, even though my house no longer has as much of a folk feel, I’m so glad I took the step to remove moss from my roof shingles because I saved myself a lot of hassle in the future.
So this blog post, as well as being a cool story, is also a warning to all you folk music lovers who haven’t demossed their roof because they like moss too much. Moss is very beautiful, so is lichen, but it doesn’t belong on our rooftops. Moss belongs out in nature with the spiders and mold, not in or on your home.
At least I managed to get a good music video out of my deteriorated roof. So my roof didn’t get damaged for nothing I guess. But now I guess you might be wondering what that discussion with my local roof cleaner was all about. As you know, here at Kaslo Folk Fest, we’re all about sharing cool info about folk music in general. I used to live in Kaslo for many years and still have a house there. I live there on and off throughout the year and am blessed to do so. But the roof cleaners in Victoria BC are on a different level when it comes to roof demossing techniques. My local roof cleaner was talking about how people in inner British Columbia are for the most part not as aware of the dangers of moss as they should be.
He said his dream is to spread the importance of getting rid of moss on roof shingles because it will impact the economy of not just British Columbia but Canada in general as moss will no longer be degrading the value of homes. This may affect the cost of homes across BC but it’s worth it, he says, because everyone in BC who owns a home should want their property to be worth more! That’s a good thing. It might not be good for the starving folk artist who dreams of buying a home in their thirties but it’s a good thing overall. I agreed with this kind man and now I share his mission. This is the whole reason why I’m writing about this today. We need to warn people with moss on their roof that by removing it the value of their home will rise, especially our fellow folk music lovers!
So thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you too will share this information with your friends and family. Until next time, stay safe and keep jamming to that good old folk music!
Unlike Rap, Pop and other popular music, Folk, Soul and other mature music tends to show more allegories hinting at social justice. Of course you see this in every genre, but folk music writers tend to be of a sophisticated level and share unique views into politics, whereas many popular genres couldn’t care less about politics.
Folk music, with guitar and harmonica, played by a single singer can be a devastating weapon in the war for social justice. One singer with a guitar can inspire a whole nation to act differently. Many say the pen is the most powerful weapon, but in the ancient tradition of oral speech in pre-Christian times when nearly everyone was illiterate, music was the greatest means of sharing ideas, music and the recited poem where no pen was needed. In ancient Greece, the ability to memorize powerful speeches was praised unlike it is today in the Age of Information, which is rather ironic. But today memory and recital still plays just as important a role as it did back in ancient Greece. We have illiterate people today in First Nations communities and in Africa who are arguably more intelligent than most New Age thinkers. Music for these people can be played without a pen, and it is so powerful for their people that it is in some cases the center of cultural growth. The emotion that you can feel from a bagpipe is no different than the emotion you feel from reading a dramatic book. Unlike writing a book, all music requires is a passionate heart, talent and the motivation to create. Unlike a book, you can go on the street and music can be heard by everyone. Without even words, the sounds of music can drive a listener to act in a more positive way, to appreciate the beauty around them.
Today, on this quick note, I want to ask you to never take music for granted. Music is taught in universities for a good reason, and in medieval times it was one of the central seven arts of teaching, right up there with astronomy and mathematics.
As we step away from the profanity of popular music and reach back into the root-music of our cultures’ origins, we find a kind of sophistication that reaches out to us and asks us to question our morality. Whether it’s the Soul of the African American ghetto or the Rockabilly of the rustic farmland, we hear stories of love and self-sacrifice so beautiful they make grown men and women cry. Today it’s so rewarding to see young people shedding away from trying to be “hip” and “cool” by blaring pointless music about sex and fancy cars, because these young people are the Peace Warriors of tomorrow, and the power of music will drive them to unthinkable levels.
But rap can be used for a good cause. Sometimes a rapper can shed light on something only he sees. My favorite example of this is Kam’s Holiday Madness. Most of America, I believe, should carefully listen to this song.
Do you make folk music? Do you want your music to be heard by a wider audience? Get a chance to perform in festivals around the world. if we think you have what it takes we’ll connect you with magazine interviews, recording time and radio showcases.
Why do we do this? We’re trying to keep folk music alive! and often the talent out there is shy, and we’re to help you. Please contact us today with a link to your music and if we like we hear we’ll get back to you. If we don’t get back to you it’s not the end of the world.
Many great musicians need over 50 years before their talent reached a level worth spreading across the world. Keep an eye out for opportunities and stick around this blog for tips and tricks on how to make your folk music soar!