There are a lot of books out there about music, and music theory. I recently met a local first-time author named Rob Bruce who has written a book called; ” An Introspective Of Canadian Music/ The Power Of Song” . In it he explores music’s emotional power, and looks at a who’s-who of famous musicians from Canada and around the world and discusses how their songs had a world-wide impact on music lovers. The book also covers many aspects of music from Jazz to musicals to rock. Rob comes from a musical background and, as I learned from talking to him, has a vast knowledge of music ( especially Canadian music) and wants to share his love of music with readers.
Rob has been fortunate enough to actually meet and talk to many of his favorite musicians including Gordon Lightfoot, Randy Bachman, and Rayburn Blake from the group Mashmahkhan. Mr. Blake helped to provide the Canadian music content of the book. Rob has given me permission to post excerpts here on my blog”.
” An Introspective Of Canadian Music/ The Power Of Song”
Throughout our daily lives we hear music in some form or another. It could be the “Muzak” that’s played in elevators, or a great rock tune or classical concerto on the radio. In chapter one of this book we will explore the question of why certain songs or instrumental tunes motivate us to dance. This portion of the book also delves into the “power” of certain songs, and the bands, or individual performers who sang them. We will see how and why successive generations of music lovers enjoy music their parents and grand-parents loved, and why. Certain types of songs stir different emotions from within us. We will laugh, cry, or just plain rock out to a great riff! Let’s explore the music of our lives and find out why it means so much to us!
In the 20th century we were lucky enough to have blind performers who gave us some of the greatest music of all time. Stevie Wonder, Jose Feliciano, and Jeff Healy, just to name a few. If you were one of the fortunate fans who saw Mr. Healy perform live, before his untimely passing a few years ago, you would gaze in amazement as his fingers flew through chord after chord and riff after riff!! How did he know the finger positioning? How did he change chords so fast and accurately? Simply put ; he had the power of music flowing through his veins. For the “Star Wars” fans I guess it could be called the “force” of music. In order to play like he did Jeff must have felt the music deep within his soul, then projected it out to his audience. Jeff’s signature song was called, ironically, “See The Light”, a high energy number that never failed to blow our minds and get live audiences up out of their seats. As it was with the opening chords on “For Those About To Rock We Salute You”, by AC/DC or the Guess Who’s “American Woman”, “See The Light” started with a bang( quite literally) and held audiences spellbound right to the last note.
If you would like some more info about Rob or his book please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org