My Influences

My Influences

I grew up at the beginning of Rock n’ roll. I was born at the end of the swing age so my music is unique because of the amount of time I have been able to enjoy the work of others but also exposed to a great  span of styles and technology that has changed mostly our perceptions of what good music sounds lik.e 

In that respect, I can bring a new perspective to add to the present day pop music scene. For a better word to explain what the music we have today is, it ia a homologation of everything. This makes it more universal and with less bounds to tradition.

To me, like for many others, the Beatles was the foundation of my understanding and love for music but it didn’t start there. American music had many roots and we as Americans now thrust into a shrinking world, are a product of our lives in a specific moment in history. For me It began in the swing era or at the end of it in the late forties and early fifties. I was brought up around classical music and influenced by Jazz, both d

Dixieland and Improvisational jazz. Swing is also Jazz and it influenced me growing up in the post war culture as did blues and and on through the later decades.

The Beatles shifted the balance of popular music away from America and to the rest of the world, and the globe awoke to Rock beyond the borders of the U.S after the bedrock of Jazz, blues and country and folk had sown their seeds and broken up the hard foundation of traditional western music and allowed the masses to cultivate the fruit it bore. Modern music is a product of modern technology and communication and especially the development of the telephone. 

As with any artist, we create from what is given us. We take from the soil of history and what past cultures and societies have given us. We are in an age where now it is all avialable in a world grown small. I am taking my interpretation of what I have processed and hope to creat a new work from it. I hope you enjoy the music and the random discourses I write on the subject. 

I think this was taken in 1952 while stationed in the US before moving to Buenos Aires with my sisters. My brother Philip had not been born yet. The image below is from 1954 both are photos from the Herron Family Archives. On my left is Kathryn, myself, then Margaret and Lillian.
In this photo it i’s myself, Kathryn, Maggie, Patricia and Lillian.

Lyrics and poetry

There are 8 elements in music which include melody, rhythm, form, harmony texture, timer tonality,.

yet for me lyrics were as great importance as was the music. I study English literature in college. and believe it is important for any songwriter of a band to understand poetry and its contribution to music (more later.)