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Re: The kitchen-all-around-the-globe relay race!
« Reply #30 on: July 31, 2017, 14:32:15 »
Ok...I am rearing back and flinging the red baton back across the very path from whence it just came........to @MichaelA !!

I remember Michael's very first song post, Great Big Beautiful God (https://soundcloud.com/michael-a-duffy/great-big-beautiful-god), a quirky and entertaining tune that got everybody's attention and introduced us to someone who has since become a mainstay of the community. Other songs have come as well showing a very serious and introspective side. As with many of us, Michael took some time away from music creation in his life's middle years and then came back to it with a passion. Listening to Michael's material will give you a lot to think about as these songs come from someone who has experienced his life fully and is drawing from that deep well. His music is steeped in emotion...and that always comes out in his performances.

Those of us who worry so much about achieving technical perfection in our songs will do well to listen a bit more to the music of Michael A. Duffy to remember that the song and the emotion behind it are what this is really all about.

Michael's critiques for the rest of us are always well constructed and meaningful. I wondered about that and in speaking with him I found out that he was once the rock critic for a UK music paper called New Music Express. He knows how to deliver a critique that is honest and helpful without sounding at all pompous or instructional.......and he always includes a bit of self deprecating humor to get us smiling while we consider his thoughtful suggestions.

From his early days in the New Wave band scene around Manchester through the writing and publishing of his novel, "the Sixth Beatle - When Music Changed The World" ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1490952594/ref=rdr_ext_tmb ) and to his new virtual home here in The Kitchen, @MichaelA has found ways to make music his inspiration in life in the hope of using that inspiration to guide him along and perhaps even influence some of the younger artists.

Don't stop now, Michael!! Your best song is still out there and we are here waiting to hear it. Here's to you Michael A. Duffy.... @MichaelA !!  :) :) :)



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Re: The kitchen-all-around-the-globe relay race!
« Reply #31 on: July 31, 2017, 19:16:56 »
Thank you @Leonard Scaper , you are a gentleman! That is a very generous introduction to me, and of course it has been a pleasure to meet you here in the kitchen, along with so many others. I will have to work hard now to match the diligence of your job one me!

Well the first thing I will do is fling this red baton far away from my home near Liverpool, UK. But first of all I had better check that my target recipient wants to catch it!!! More soon from the reds...
If you like novels with a musical theme, why not try 'Sixth Beatle - When Music Changed The World', easily found on Amazon and Google. It is amazing, although as the author I may be biased!

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Re: The kitchen-all-around-the-globe relay race!
« Reply #32 on: August 02, 2017, 01:04:55 »
Well written @Leonard Scaper , and I loved to read a bit more about you @MichaelA , and what a nice job you had being a rock-critic for a UK newspaper!

Anyway, great to read the RED baton is moving to Liverpool, the RED's are making a lot of progress last days!!

RED
@Mar T. -> @Mark Luto -> @Jambrains -> @Zedd -> @Leonard Scaper -> @MichaelA



GREEN
@Mar T. -> @M57 -> @Nic -> @Olbigead -> @marcus_jb -> ?



BLUE
@Mark Luto -> @junemay  -> @Rachel_D -> @Ali  -> @Mar T. -> ?



Cheers, keep them introductions coming.. (A BLUE one is coming from my camp soon) a treat to read and follow this stuff!!
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Re: The kitchen-all-around-the-globe relay race!
« Reply #33 on: August 03, 2017, 01:29:14 »
Hi all, BLUE team speaking here! My turn again to write something about a fellow kitchener. This time the baton flies to Australia, where one of my respected virtual friends lives. Of course we're talking about @Jurgen !!
Jurgen joined the kitchen in January 2016. I was immediately touched by his beautiful guitar work and his lyrics. His challenge was the singing part, but our kitchen succeeded in encouraging him to develop that voice. In February 2016 Jurgen posted the beautiful original 'Fading Shadow' and I fell in love with that song and begged to collaborate on that one together. The result is in all major music stores (Spotify, iTunes etc.) just search for Jurgen and Fading shadow.
 
Jurgen's journey in the kitchen from the musical perspective has been dominated by working expirimentally (an approach I love!). He's tried different things, added R&B and hiphop to his 'jazzy' guitar style, and while developing a singing voice he tried to add spoken words to a lot of his work as well.
The combination of those beautiful words he writes and the jazzy guitar style are his signature.
He also did an excellent collab with our fellow kitchener @Mitzi , called 'Bridges To Burn', it's on Jurgen's SC page.

As a person Jurgen was so giving to the kitchen and he felt like a good friend very soon. We promoted him to moderator in November 2016, what a kitchen carreer!
Last months Jurgen is more on the road again, the kitchen inspired him to keep expressing musical stuff, and as of now he's glad that happened. He has a stressful job in ICT (just like me) and music really helps recharging the battery. He'll be recording again when easier times at work will let him, at this time he's quite busy.

Let me finish with a link he posted earlier where he plays live in a Parlour gig (I didn't know what that was, but it's actually playing the guitar live in people's home's on parties, an upcoming concept):



And here's Jurgen playing and performing a cover of Good Man from Raphael Saddiq, one of his inspirators:



Jurgen, thank you mate for being here in the kitchen, keeping an eye on our activity from the Australia timezone. Your presence, encouragement to others,
kind words and reviews are loved by all of us!

Well my friend, now the BLUE baton is in your hands (I'll update the map soon, now the BLUE team is really going to see a raise in milage haha). Let us know who you'll send it to!
Cheers!
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« Last Edit: August 03, 2017, 01:31:05 by Mar T. »

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Re: The kitchen-all-around-the-globe relay race!
« Reply #34 on: August 03, 2017, 17:38:52 »
Ha @Mar T. nice words and a good description from our fellow kitcheneer living on the other side of the planet @Jurgen ...

BUT  ;D ;D ;D ;D, i think you left out that one of the things Jurgen excells in, in my opinion (apart form his smooth guitar), in doing a very cool spoken word vocal.....one that is extremely credible (spoken words can become corny...., it is a fine line)

i got to mix one of his spoken word songs...(sorry for the self-promotion...  ;D ;D ;D ;D), and him sort of talking to his son (?) on his song really works for me..he called it: the lost leading the lost
https://www.songwriter-forum-kitchen.com/forum/songs-for-review/2/spoken-word-rap-song-from-jurgen/1994/msg21159#msg21159

(i guess i can relate to it in RL)

sorry  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :-X :-X :-X :-X :-X
I lost it...ages ago

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Re: The kitchen-all-around-the-globe relay race!
« Reply #35 on: August 03, 2017, 23:54:53 »
Thank you @Mar T. for that very nice introduction, it was nice to read so thanks mate.

And now I must pass the blue baton onto  ;D ;D ;D :) :) ::thumb:: ::thumb:: @Dutchbeat  ::thumb:: ::thumb:: :) :) ;D ;D ;D

Well, where do I start...

DB as he is known is in an interesting, lively, creative and perhaps most of all enthusiastic member of this forum. He is of course much more than a member as he also runs it's with @Mar T. and without their efforts this place wouldn't be the same.

Some of the reports and film we've seen of them at bootcamp have been interesting, amusing and to be honest, at times a little disturbing!  :D



I think a lot of people on this forum were encouraged to join and participate by DB as he finds songwriters on soundcloud or other places and introduces them to this place. His enthusiasm always provides encouragement to others and he takes the time to listen to review a lot songs in all sorts of genres.

His own music is important as well. He is a great keyboard player and also does a lot of mixing and production  ::Rachel::. As he mentions in the post about me, he took my song and remixed it - but he did a lot more than that, he added instruments  ::dj:: and Mrs DB added her wonderful vocals to the track as well.

DB's humour seems pretty out there to me and his posts often make me smile - he comes across as a friendly, talented and funny guy. Someone you'd love to have a few beers with - even if they have to be Heinekens  ;D ;D

One other think I've recently noticed about DB  ;) is that he likes to use emoticons - just a little, never too many and never too few  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Oh and one more thing, I think he has a secret stash of karma points - if you're nice, you'll get a karma storm coming your way!

OK DB - take the baton and run!

cheers


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Re: The kitchen-all-around-the-globe relay race!
« Reply #36 on: August 04, 2017, 02:26:29 »
You're welcome @Jurgen , it was a pleasure to intoduce you from my perspective!
Wow the BLUE team is on the move!! That's 2 introductions within 24 hours, fantastic!! Well written @Jurgen , @Dutchbeat is our only real MAD-ministrator and hell yes, it's nice to have a Heineken or a Stormhoek wine with him! And that'll happen somewehere in the future, promise?  ;)

So here's where we stand...

RED
@Mar T. -> @Mark Luto -> @Jambrains -> @Zedd -> @Leonard Scaper -> @MichaelA -> ?



GREEN
@Mar T. -> @M57 -> @Nic -> @Olbigead -> @marcus_jb -> ?



BLUE (sorry, suffered from some turbulence..  ;) )
@Mark Luto -> @junemay  -> @Rachel_D -> @Ali  -> @Mar T. -> @Jurgen -> @Dutchbeat -> ?


(click to enLARGE  ;) )

Cheers, keep them introductions coming.. (A BLUE one is coming from @Dutchbeat 's camp soon) a treat to read and follow this stuff!!
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Re: The kitchen-all-around-the-globe relay race!
« Reply #37 on: August 04, 2017, 19:53:37 »
i am speechless @Jurgen  and @Mar T. and @all... :-X :-X :-X :-X

and that rarely ever happens to me  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D (that i am speechless)  ;D ;D ;D

i am honoured to be part of team blue......although the batton came like a boomerang.....from Australia (still recovering... :P :P :-[)

but thanks, and team Blue clearly is making the most milage!!!  ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb::

.....i think i will ask [....censored....] to join team blue..........it will get us loads and loads more of these airmiles!!!!!
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Re: The kitchen-all-around-the-globe relay race!
« Reply #38 on: August 05, 2017, 19:56:01 »
ah psst ... @Jurgen
i just made the karma storm we talked about happen....

(you know: in exchange of your objective, yet very nice and heartwarming, PR)
 ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb::

 ::trumpet:: ::trumpet:: ::trumpet:: ::trumpet::
no FAKE news... in this thread


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Re: The kitchen-all-around-the-globe relay race!
« Reply #39 on: August 05, 2017, 23:43:11 »
psst thanks @Dutchbeat  ;D

here's to no fake news on any threads here!  ;D ;D

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Re: The kitchen-all-around-the-globe relay race!
« Reply #40 on: August 07, 2017, 19:53:17 »
I will shortly be introducing the amazing @CrystalSuzy on behalf of the red team. But sadly she's not very well at all at the moment, so please bear with us! It will be undoubtedly worth the wait however!  ::thumb::

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Re: The kitchen-all-around-the-globe relay race!
« Reply #41 on: August 11, 2017, 13:22:26 »
OK, so the global trotting red baton now goes on its travels once again. This time to Canada, the home of long-time forum member, the amazing @CrystalSuzy.

Our Suzy has been here in the kitchen since September 2013, practically before some newbies could even play their instruments (!), and in that time has contributed almost 1300 posts. I’ve noticed she’s commented right across the whole spectrum of the forum, so is a true all round contributor and stalwart member of the kitchen community.

Sadly, in recent months, she has been quite ill. She somehow even feels guilty about not being here as much as she would have liked. But we all forgive her of course, and wish her all the best with a speedy recovery! Get well soon, from all of us, C.Suzy.

Now, Suzy has got a rich heritage by way of musical background. Her parents were both very musical and played in a community band. She tells me that her dad used to play classical records, which were piped throughout the house, for the family to hear. He'd also play his trumpet along with Al Hirt tapes. On weekends, Suzy would  wake up to her mom playing beautiful music on the piano or clarinet clarinet. While she herself played French Horn at school. Amazing upbringing for a songwriter/musician!

On her rich musical background, in her own words, she says:

“I bought my 1st guitar in my teens and started playing and singing with friends around a campfire. I even travelled to Europe with it. Since then I've acquired 3 more guitars, a mandolin, a tenor uke, a saxophone, a pink trombone, a flute, various drums and percussion instruments, a couple of keyboards, a duduk flute and of course a trumpet(which was my dad’s). I play the trombone and the trumpet in our band.”

Suzy is also lucky, in that her partner Cris is also a musician, and so they’ve had a great time together playing in various bands over the years, dabbling in a multitude of genres – Funk,  Latin, African, Middle Eastern, Ska, Reggae, Gypsy. They play in an 8 piece World Beat band now, and Suzy says this a big part of her life. A woman of many talents and a great embracer of music of so many types. Maybe that’s why she can comment with authority on so many different types of song here in the kitchen.
All pretty cool!   ;D

Recently I was really struck by Crystal Suzy’s crazy and imaginative song, ‘Cell Phone Junkies’. https://soundcloud.com/crystalsuzy/cell-phone-junkie It’s a haphazard and unruly comedic social commentary on mobile phone addiction that has so much going on in it my brain almost exploded on first hearing it! Who was the wildly imaginative person behind this creation, I thought? So that’s why I wanted to introduce her here in our relay race.

Since then I have been searching out her other tracks. And in keeping with her diverse heritage, we see she writes in all kinds of genres and styles – she is just immersed in music really as a creative songwriter and performer! Citing her influences as wide, but including Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell, it is unsurprising that despite the genre, Suzy always has a lot to say in her songs. They are often deep social and political commentaries. Take https://soundcloud.com/crystalsuzy/in-the-name-of-god-1, which decries all the atrocities Man commits in the name of religion – such dense lyrics and a very powerful message.

Then she can surprise us with beautiful melodic numbers like ‘I’m Fragile’ – which is quite self explanatory in its title, but I guess is the way a lot of artistic people can feel. https://soundcloud.com/crystalsuzy/im-fragile. So very worth a listen!

I’ve been astounded how she can switch effortlessly between styles and moods and genres, and always make a quality contribution to whatever she is presenting. Very versatile artist at work!

Suzy is quite self-deprecating when talking about her songs, saying she just messes around in Garageband and is still learning and developing. She says she enjoys this place, as it helps her get pointers for her own songs, as well as learn from others in how they are approaching this dark art of songwriting. Well, I’m with you on that one! I admire her modesty, but she probably doesn't realise how interesting and absorbing she is an artist - and I for one would like to see her own confidence in her creations grow and blossom!

Well the Kitchen would be a far less rich place without our own Crystal Suzy, and her ongoing support and creative musicianship. It's been a pleasure to be the one to find out more about her, and certainly to hear more of her output, So here’s to our Canadian Queen of the Kitchen, and long may we all hear your music on here for years to come!  ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb::

WOW, @MichaelA   :o I'm stunned, and also humbled to think that this amazing write-up, is actually about me  ::Note:: I think think you're are an amazing writer, not only because you express yourself so eloquently, but also because you've made me sound like a lot more of a musician, than I really am :-[   ::smiley:: I really appreciate the time you
put into getting to know me and my musical efforts a little better  ::trumpet::
I don't know what to say, other than, thank you from the bottom of my heart  ::heart:: This brought tears to my eyes, and gave me a real confidence boost, which I kind of
needed right now  ::thumb:: I hope that I'll be well enough in the near future, to start cooking in the Kitchen, full steam ahead, once again  ::Suzy::
« Last Edit: August 13, 2017, 14:20:07 by CrystalSuzy »

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Re: The kitchen-all-around-the-globe relay race!
« Reply #42 on: August 11, 2017, 16:31:36 »
@MichaelA ....fantastic write-up!!!

@CrystalSuzy ....how wonderful it is to get to know you better.  :)


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Re: The kitchen-all-around-the-globe relay race!
« Reply #43 on: August 11, 2017, 22:43:51 »
OK, so the global trotting red baton now goes on its travels once again. This time to Canada, the home of long-time forum member, the amazing @CrystalSuzy.

Our Suzy has been here in the kitchen since September 2013, practically before some newbies could even play their instruments (!), and in that time has contributed almost 1300 posts. I’ve noticed she’s commented right across the whole spectrum of the forum, so is a true all round contributor and stalwart member of the kitchen community.

Sadly, in recent months, she has been quite ill. She somehow even feels guilty about not being here as much as she would have liked. But we all forgive her of course, and wish her all the best with a speedy recovery! Get well soon, from all of us, C.Suzy.

Now, Suzy has got a rich heritage by way of musical background. Her parents were both very musical and played in a community band. She tells me that her dad used to play classical records, which were piped throughout the house, for the family to hear. He'd also play his trumpet along with Al Hirt tapes. On weekends, Suzy would  wake up to her mom playing beautiful music on the piano, clarinet or French Horn. Amazing upbringing for a songwriter/musician!

On her rich musical background, in her own words, she says:

“I bought my 1st guitar in my teens and started playing and singing with friends around a campfire. I even travelled to Europe with it. Since then I've acquired 3 more guitars, a mandolin, a tenor uke, a saxophone, a pink trombone, a flute, various drums and percussion instruments, a couple of keyboards, a duduk flute and of course a trumpet(which was my dad’s). I play the trombone and the trumpet in our band.”

Suzy is also lucky, in that her partner Cris is also a musician, and so they’ve had a great time together playing in various bands over the years, dabbling in a multitude of genres – Funk,  Latin, African, Middle Eastern, Ska, Reggae, Gypsy. A woman of many talents and a great embracer of music of so many types. Maybe that’s why she can comment with authority on so many different types of song here in the kitchen.
All pretty cool!   ;D

Recently I was really struck by Crystal Suzy’s crazy and imaginative song, ‘Cell Phone Junkies’. https://soundcloud.com/crystalsuzy/cell-phone-junkie It’s a haphazard and unruly comedic social commentary on mobile phone addiction that has so much going on in it my brain almost exploded on first hearing it! Who was the wildly imaginative person behind this creation, I thought? So that’s why I wanted to introduce her here in our relay race.

Since then I have been searching out her other tracks. And in keeping with her diverse heritage, we see she writes in all kinds of genres and styles – she is just immersed in music really as a creative songwriter and performer! Citing her influences as wide, but including Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell, it is unsurprising that despite the genre, Suzy always has a lot to say in her songs. They are often deep social and political commentaries. Take https://soundcloud.com/crystalsuzy/in-the-name-of-god-1, which decries all the atrocities Man commits in the name of religion – such dense lyrics and a very powerful message.

Then she can surprise us with beautiful melodic numbers like ‘I’m Fragile’ – which is quite self explanatory in its title, but I guess is the way a lot of artistic people can feel. https://soundcloud.com/crystalsuzy/im-fragile. So very worth a listen!

I’ve been astounded how she can switch effortlessly between styles and moods and genres, and always make a quality contribution to whatever she is presenting. Very versatile artist at work!

Suzy is quite self-deprecating when talking about her songs, saying she just messes around in Garageband and is still learning and developing. She says she enjoys this place, as it helps her get pointers for her own songs, as well as learn from others in how they are approaching this dark art of songwriting. Well, I’m with you on that one! I admire her modesty, but she probably doesn't realise how interesting and absorbing she is an artist - and I for one would like to see her own confidence in her creations grow and blossom!

Well the Kitchen would be a far less rich place without our own Crystal Suzy, and her ongoing support and creative musicianship. It's been a pleasure to be the one to find out more about her, and certainly to hear more of her output, So here’s to our Canadian Queen of the Kitchen, and long may we all hear your music on here for years to come!  ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb::


Wow @MichaelA that's a lovely re-introduction, well done!! Thanks for joining the relay race!!

And look at the miles!

RED
@Mar T. -> @Mark Luto -> @Jambrains -> @Zedd -> @Leonard Scaper -> @MichaelA -> @CrystalSuzy -> ?



GREEN
@Mar T. -> @M57 -> @Nic -> @Olbigead -> @marcus_jb -> ?



BLUE (sorry, suffered from some turbulence..  ;) )
@Mark Luto -> @junemay  -> @Rachel_D -> @Ali  -> @Mar T. -> @Jurgen -> @Dutchbeat -> ?


(click to enLARGE  ;) )

@CrystalSuzy the RED baton is in your hands, make sure to PM the kitchener you want to introduce!

Cheers!
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« Last Edit: December 01, 2017, 02:12:03 by Mar T. »

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Re: The kitchen-all-around-the-globe relay race!
« Reply #44 on: August 12, 2017, 13:39:14 »
Great description of @CrystalSuzy  ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb:: @MichaelA  ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb::

For team Blue.....I like to hand the blue baton to Mr. Bouzouki.

Mr. Bouzouki joined the kitchen forum quite recently (in june this year), but has already placed more than 170 posts on the forum. So after joining the kitchen he dove right in, and became a very respected and great kitcheneer in a short time. He is one of those members, who takes time to listen to, and comment on, other people’s songs, and he initiates all kinds of new topics  8) 8) 8) 8). His new threads can be about music theory, mixing tips, the best songs from the past decades, Soundcloud, and anything in between. He also joined the new songwriting challenge on the forum (see: https://www.songwriter-forum-kitchen.com/forum/competitions/18/the-2nd-inspirational-input-competition-looking-for-contestants/3361/msg37826#msg37826

When asked about his enormous input to the forum, Mr. Bouzouki commented: “I try to be as helpful as I can. It is part of my nature, research defines me really, and I love passing information on”.  In real life Mr. Bouzouki was a researcher before he retired, and before he joined the kitchen, Mr. Bouzouki also already had a long career in songwriting behind him.

When asked, he remembers the first song he wrote…..he wrote his first song back in 1978…. The song however was “very cheesy” according to Mr. Bouzouki himself, and was called: Excaliber. (he remembers almost all of the lyrics by heart.....nothing cheesy about these lyrics in my opinion, and believe me, i know about cheeses   ;D ;D ;D ;D). Mr. Bouzouki is one of those songwriters who believes a song chooses the songwriter, rather than the other way around. So he has always been armed with a notebook and a pen in case inspiration strikes.

He owns quite a collection of guitars / sting instruments  ::e-guitar:: ::e-guitar:: ::e-guitar::, ranging from old beaten up (but very dear) guitars to his Lionheart flat-back Bouzouki (hence his nickname)  ::OSMAN::. Acquiring his collection of instruments has not been easy since he is left-handed. In the last years he has been making much progress in recording with a DAW (Cubase) and in mixing, using midi, and starting to have more fun and confidence in singing and recording his vocals as well. For a while now he has been working on what will be his master piece….. “It is a 16.5 minutes prog rock monster”  ::e-guitar3:: as he describes it.

I am looking forward to hearing that beast! Thanks for joining the kitchen, Mr. Bouzouki! @MrBouzouki . I am confident that you will pass on the baton to another great kitchenaut and add further mileage for team Blue!!!!  ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb::
« Last Edit: August 12, 2017, 13:41:50 by Dutchbeat »


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