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The Psychology of Musical Keys (from Musea Vaults)

November 17, 2015


Can knowing the key of the music tell you what the music will be like? I THINK SO! Does it matter what type of music? (Excluding atonal) I 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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Texas Video Showdown (past 700 and gaining)

October 19, 2015

The TEXAS VIDEO SHOWDOWN, youtube video, without an ounce of help from any Texas Media, has passed 700 viewers. That’s 700 thanks to all of you.

Haven’t viewed it? Please see link, and view many times, and vote once with a thumbs up (can’t vote more than one time.). Your help may be bringing some vitality and rebellion to the music world – that is due for some fun shake up.

The Texas Video Showdown is one indie musician representing thousands of indie musicians, versus the Pop Stars, Swift, Perry, Cyrus, Beyonce, Bieber, 1D etc.

People are asked to vote on the youtube video, for a handful of corporate stars that sound a lot alike, or vote for thousands of indie musicians who don’t.

The indie musician, Hunkasaurus, has purposely made the worst video ever, (didn’t even comb his hair) with great music to challenge the over produced generic corporate music of the sound alike pop stars. AND HE’S WINNING IN FIRST VOTING. Help him by voting thumbs up on youtube.

Hunkasaurus and his cheap bad video with his beat up standard guitar, and no giant set behind him but a blank wall, has challenged Taylor Swift, Madonna, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Bieber, and their very expensive recent videos, to a video showdown.
Hunkasaurus, representing thousands of indie musicians, says his video is not as pretty or trendy or well produced, or as filled with famous people, but that it is better music, because it’s just music – one take, one guitar, one revolution. So far he is winning in first voting.

Strategy: One voice, one guitar, one revolution!

All Dressed UP

NPR diversity in coverage? FAIR says it’s low

July 23, 2015

FAIR, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, has analyzed NPR and found it wanting in it’s coverage.
For a decade, I and my zine Musea, have been saying their coverage of the ARTS is not fair.

The FAIR study found 14 regular commentators, whose viewpoints were featured in a total of 106 segments. Of these commentators, 12 were men and two were women (86 percent male); 12 of the commentators (86 percent) were non-Latino whites and two were people of color.

Here is my concern:

WHAT’S NOT CONSIDERED in the arts coverage on NPR?

The revolution in all the arts, postism music, a back to basics music, Stuckism and other new movements in art, thousands of independent filmmakers on youtube, thousands of zinesters – indy writers, with virtually no coverage of new poets, or playwrights, etc.

That’s a lot of very great art and artists. But the problem gets worse.
What’s not considered is how important fair reviews are. NPR gives fair reviews to films, but never to any books or music. That treats books and music like refrigerator art where all is praised – that is not journalism. We deserve better coverage from NPR and wider coverage too. While a few books and recordings are over praised, most books and music are denied fair reviews,  and coverage.

NPR leader in music promotion, but is it fair?

NPR Why isn’t revenue sharing deals, payola?

Why Are So Many People Saying Bad Music is Good?

July 5, 2015


Music has really reached some new lows. Why are so many people saying it’s great when it isn’t? Why are so many people listening to generic formulaic music and claiming it’s innovative and new? Why doesn’t a single person in the music press stand up for good music, and against the bad that everyone else is praising so much?
Has corporate music jumped the shark?

Consider some of these points:

This from SNL nasty critic character, Jebidiah Atkinson in talking about contemporary music and all the Grammy winners,
” (It’s a)… Spotify playlist of a 12 year old girl.”

This is being passed around as Things that Will Disappear in our Lifetime e-mail.

MUSIC : … The music industry is dying a slow death not just because of illegal downloading. It’s the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is “catalogue items,” meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with — older, established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, “Appetite For Self-Destruction” by Steve Knopper and video commentary, “Before the Music Dies.”

This from Billboard, Feb 14, 2015 :

This is from an interview of Lucian Grange, Chairman/CEO/Universal Music Group. the #1 person on the, 100 most powerful people in the music business, yearly list.

He is quoted as saying,
‘The industry broke five new artists in 2014, and we broke four of them.” Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, and Sam Smith. ”
UMG owns three of 2014’s top five labels.

Why would the biggest music exec in the world be proud that 1. he only released 4 new artists in a year, and 2. that the industry only released 5 in a year.
That is a massive failure. Where is the rest of the world? I’ve found 200 greats that should break out – see the BIG LIST

MUSIC is 80% 3 Companies: Warners/Universal/Sony (WUS)
For real vitality we need not 3 but thousands of competing record companies. Every time there has been a great variety of record companies, the music has improved, often to a point where there is a golden age of music.

The FORMULA: electric guitars, bass, drums.

Some of us, including me, think that the music business is stuck in the same electric guitar, bass, and drums formula done better 60 years ago. Some of us think the real creativity is to break free of bands and go a different way from the 60 year old path that everyone else is on.
How can a musician fit a 60 year old formula and call it new?

Music Down to Coke or Pepsi, Swift or Beyonce.

Here’s the dilemma for the music media – either talk about thousands of musicians and their great music, or just cover Beyonce and Swift over and over and find out what they wear, and where they go.
Music now is down to Coke or Pepsi, Swift or Beyonce.
Where is the media? Rolling Stone, Spin, NPR, anyone – anywhere???


Compare the massive amount of hitmakers from 1955-1975 to the last 20 years.



There is a music revolution going on called Postism music out of Dallas. Some of these musicians are changing music history with some possible world’s firsts; while the dance pop stars that are over hyped seem to be most interested in more publicity.

POSTISM is 3 things, a revolution against what rock/rap/country/pop have become, its back to early rock and roll’s simple honesty, directness, and passion with an emphasis on melody and great SONGS, and it’s a music that includes all types of music from every place in the world.
(and It’s part of the overall art and media revolution).


(no wonder radio is so bad)


Six Country Hits Sound like the Same Song – Proof here.


80’s Called, They want their Videos Back
Have you noticed how only a few mainstream musicians can afford the cost of videos?
Time to put the emphasis on the music not the visuals. Leave videos back in the 80’s when they were relevant. That opens music up to everyone, not just a few with deep corporate pockets. And when you stress the quality of music, you get new, vital, better music again, not a rehash of 30 years ago.




Some think it should close it’s doors!  Who is left to add in the current group?
Has rock/rap/country/pop jumped the shark?


Tom Hendricks
Box Office From my Back


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