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The Psychology of Keys in Music, (from the Musea Vaults)

November 22, 2015


Can knowing the key of the music tell you what the music will be like? WE THINK SO! Does it matter what type of music? (Excluding atonal) WE THINK NOT! Take a look at the list, then compare for yourself. Check Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, Chopin’s Preludes, or my own Bagatelle Variations – each set has compositions in each of the major and minor keys. Note Masculine keys = A-G, Feminine keys = Ab, Bb, C#, Eb, and F#. Self keys Ab-Bb, Sociable C#-G and B (with C a mix of both). Lightest key is Bb, heaviest E.

A: Reserved, conservative, prudish, domineering, intelligent, shrewd self-centered, closed, color deep-red, bullish, narrow, Bachian, stern, haughty. (see F#m)

Am: Brooding, brutal, uncomplicated, angry, pouting, self-centered, primal, 2nd most powerful minor, childlike, selfish, self-oriented, spoiled (C).

Bb: Gentle, wistful, energetic, brisk, bright, musing, reasonable, youthful, quick, contemplative, cool, light blue, reflective, dry, airy. (Gm)

Bbm: Airy, action restrained, windy, conventional front, frustrated, restricted, wanting to escape from formalities, youth restrained, sociable, deceiving, flattering, crafty, suffocating, entertaining, longing for freedom, theatrical, polite, energetic, regretful (C#)

B: Independent, futuristic, hopeful, inner peace, pleasant, liquid, wintry humanitarian, healthy, mature, fresh, self-satisfied, dark blue, enlightened, content, open, strong, optimistic. (Abm)

Bm: Agitated, guarded, scary, independent, liquid, airy, weird, aquamarine blue, offbeat, perverted, disturbing, medium (not heavy or lite), insane, worried. (D)

C: Active, angelic, basic, not embroidered, plebian, all-encompassing, straightforward, honest, heavenly, creme white or beige, common, sincere, solid, self-expressive, unpretentious, constructive, hardworking. (Am)

Cm: Brooding, tragic, solid, anguish, heavier than C#m, lighter than Em, more evolved than Am, passionate, expressive, moving, active (Eb)

C#: reasonable, facile, polished, cosmopolitan, polite, refined, sophisticated, show-off-y, wise, intelligent, understanding, sociable, wanderlust-ful, people-oriented, achieving, pure white, civilized, fashionable. (Bbm)

C#m: Profound, darkest most intense and introspective minor, heart-
rendering, refined, purest white light, orgiastic, sublime, ethereal, not of this world, subtle, beyond reason, cathartic, enlightened, graceful,

Nirvana (E).

D: Proud, royal, trumpet-like, regal, sunny, boastful, powerful, crisp, bright, haughty, kingly, active, questing, chivalric, yellow, ceremonial, rousing, stately. (Bm)

Dm: Tempestuous, stormy, most aggressive minor, active, rumbling, forceful, lofty, moody, dynamic, haughty, revengeful, stirring, energetic, theatrical, nature-like, windy. (F)

Eb: Hospitable, most sociable of all keys, charitable, pale yellow, charming, luxurious, compassionate, yielding, fun, gentle, generous, open, cultivated, lighthearted, understanding, sophisticated, entertaining, party like, melancholy, warm, philanthropic. (Cm)

Ebm: Melancholy, light, girlish, open, sentimental, mystical, wizard like, innocent, petulant, warm, remorseful (F#)

E: Powerful, heavy, grand, robust, dynamic, stout, open, substantial, charismatic, dominant, watery, emotional, paradise like, moving, strong, gold, most powerful and heaviest key, frank, honest. (C#m)

Em: Powerful, anguish, inner darkness, despair, brooding, emotional, sweeping, tragic, dramatic, heavy, depressive, angst, open, lushful, moody, the heaviest minor, passionate, strong feeling. (G).

F: Pastoral, bucolic, dry, simple, pleasant, calming, restful, light, busy, earthy, at ease, soothing, green, not pretentious, peaceful, country like (Dm).

Fm: Sparkling, dark, busy, dry, earthy, nervous, quick, not heavy, hardworking, natural, not pretentious, mournful, sad (Ab).

F#: Playful, childish, sweet, cloying, wimpy, youthful, clinging, mischievous, dry, virginal, spooky, frightening. (Ebm)

F#m: Childlike, spooky, dark, crafty, hidden, mischievous, sullen, suspicious, secretive, frightened, fluttering, closed, plotting. (A)

G: Joyful, jovial, fun, friendly, regal, dry, solid, frolicking, sincere, moving, grand, honest, frank, unpretentious,, graceful, manly, broad, sweeping. (Em)

Gm: Active, passionate, optimistic, stirring, graceful, youthful, honest, understanding, longing, the most romantic minor, light but solid. (Bb)

Ab: Nebulous, feminine, hopeful, full of faith, solid, sturdy, unreal, maternal, motherly, emotional, excited, imaginative, intuitive, feeling, optimistic, girlish, giddy, not practical, instructive, the key of faith and hope, full of expectations. (Fm)

Abm: Fear, terror, haunted, hopeful, solid, full of faith, full of expectations, worrying, crying, feminine, helpless, dreading, filled with danger. (B).


Ten Classical Music Favorites (from the Musea Vaults

November 12, 2015

TEN CLASSICAL PIECES (to get you started) – Hey, this stuff won’t appreciate itself!
Here is an introduction to the beauties of classical music. You may not think you like classical music, but you’ll probably love almost all of these. Most people do.

1. BACH: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for Organ. This is haunted house music at its best, and no one has surpassed it for chills in the 300 years since it was composed. Booo!

2. BEETHOVEN: Two choices (among a plethora): For romantics start with the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata. For the rest its the best symphony of all the Symphony #9 in D Minor with the Ode to Joy finale. Music at the highest level, period! Those who know it can add their own novel of praise here.

3. CHOPIN: The Minute Waltz. The best composer for piano has a fast trilling piece with a ‘deep lilt’ to it. Once hooked, listen to his nocturnes, etudes, and preludes, oh my!

4. DEBUSSY: Claire de Lune. Heavenly music – moon inspired.

5.GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue. What’s this – classical AND jazz from a pop song composer? It’s the cat’s meow!

6. MENDELSSOHN: Incidental music for a Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bubbling magic in assorted themes – and the overture written at 17!

7. MOZART: Variations on a French Theme. The title sounds snooty but what it is is variations on the theme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star- an enchanting genuis at work here. (And for the more serious among us try Symphony #40 in G Minor K. 550. The opening has a real kick to it.)

8. SCHUBERT: The Unfinished Symphony #8. Lost then found again by a conductor on the prowl for missing manuscripts, this bit of music has been called the ‘greatest fragment in music. Symphony music of stark beauty by a composer who died too too young.

9. JOHANN STRAUSS: The Blue Danube Waltz. Ballroom waltzing music that takes you straight to turn of the century Vienna – perhaps classical music’s best ‘bandleader’ – even among a family of them.

10. TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker Suite. A Christmas favorite and perhaps the most beautiful and melodic of all ballets – Watch for the Sugar Plum Fairies!

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My Musical Alphabet – complete

June 22, 2013


“A” is for Alice

“B” is for Ballad of Willie Nelson

“C” is for Cat’s Meow

“D” is for Downtown

“E” is for Everybody’s Looking for a Comet in the Sky (Dreamboat)

“F” is for Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey

“G” is for Goodbye

“H” is for Heartbreak Hotel

“I” is for I’m alive

“J” is for Juggernaut

“K” is for “Kernels of the Popcorn Patrol”

“L” is for “Let it Be Me”

“M” is for “Moon Dance”

“N” is for “Never Fall in Love Again”

“O” is for “Oldies’ (History of Rock and Roll)
“P” is for “Pegasus”

“Q” is for “Quiet”
“R” is for “Record Spinning”

“S” is for “Stories”

“T” is for “Too Shy”

“U” is for “Under My Thumb”

“V” is for Vacuous
“W” is for “When I Fall In Love”

“X” is for Xmas

“Y” is for Your Cheatin’ Heart

“Z” is for Zine World

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Box Office Concerts at the Inwood Theater, suspended after 17 Years

May 23, 2013

The first and only box office concerts, at the Inwood Theater , after 17 years, have been suspended, and most likely cancelled by management.

For a decade and a half, Tom Hendricks, as “Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar”, played two shows every Tuesday and two on Wednesday, in the box office ticket booth, behind the glass.

In between shows Hendricks would sell tickets. Performances happened through both cold winter days and hot summer nights.

Hendricks and his ’64 Silvertone Guitar would play a mix of originals, and classics – vocal and guitar accompaniment, or instrumentals. The 6 CD “Outside The Box Set”, from Musea Records, reflects many of those songs.

That may now be Dallas Music History.

The most common comment he would get when playing, was reported as, “I thought you were a Radio!”

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 20 year old zine Musea – see wikipedia for more.)

Stadium Concerts

April 1, 2013

Do you like arena concerts? Stadium music? Do you think the ticket pricing is fair? Do you get mad when you fight your way in among the thousands and all the best seats up front, down on the floor, are filled with jewelry wearing fat cats that got their tickets for free to promote the concerts? Do you like the excess fees you pay, the lines you stand in, and the parking? When you hear your parents talk about concerts for $5, do you think they are exaggerating?

Here’s the problem with arena rock – its either a show where you can barely see the performer and you are getting a raw deal all around; or it’s a carnival of cheap theatrics that the performer has added to have something you can see. More fireworks instead of hits!

What it is NOT is a good show with great music where you are close enough to the stage to both hear and see the music performed! Sometimes your seats are so far away that the sight of the performer reaches your eyes before the sound!

Part of the music revolution advocated by Musea, is to bring back good concerts in smaller venues at better prices. Time to dump the excess middle man fees, media tickets, and all the rest of the mess that keeps us from fun concerts.

THEN broadcast the smaller theater, more intimate, more fun, livelier concerts over the net and let a 2nd audience join in the fun. (Pay or for one time free or … whatever that artist wants to do.)

Bring back the smaller venues. Live music should be more than big corporations treating their customer as wallet carrying cattle. Live music should be fun again.

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