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Surah Yasin Over Celtic Music

 

“Surah Yaseen with Bagpipes”

AKA

“The Baghdad Pipes”

 

 

I promised everyone something amazing yesterday. A song that would surprise you and maybe even make you a bit upset. I don’t know unsettled or mad. However, I want you to just listen to the mixing of these cultures.

The name of this song is “Yasin” and the music behind it is Celtic.

If this upsets you, I’m sorry. I am also a kind of musical purist too, but I know beauty when I hear it. This proves to me a million times over that cultures would work together if they only had a real chance without religion and politics. Music can indeed bring people together.

I’m not going to claim that I am the first to put these two styles together, but I haven’t heard of anything like this yet.

Baghdad Pipes or Baghpipes

 

I came up with this by listening to choir music for Christmas and then “Surah Yasin” came on and I wanted to change it because it was not “my” music, but the more I listened the more I thought the voice sounded like a baghpipe. (<— misspelled on accident , but I’m keeping it.)  Of course, I didn’t know what the lyrics, but I just listened to the sounds of his voice and I knew I heard an amazing style of World Music.  Turns out, I like this baghpipe sound and am listening to it still.

 

 

Balance by Tragedy Theory

This is the second video I made for the band Tragedy Theory.

Balance

by Tragedy Theory

 

 

Lyrics to:

Balance

Misused, Abuse
So Controlled and consumed
By now, you found out
You take away from me

I’ve found, my place
Inside is where I stay
Hope is gone for me
Leave me to bleed

Where is the balance
in this hell
Tearing away from me
Now

Breaking away once again
I’ve found, I’ve found
The End

This torture, this pain
Is driving me insane
I know it sure shows
But I can’t let go

Where is the balance
in this hell
Tearing away from me
Now

Breaking away once again
I’ve found, I’ve found
The End

Social Disease

Social Disease

by Tragedy Theory

This is the third video I’m posting as a reminder to the times and a thanksgiving to the people and venues that made being in a band so amazing and rewarding. I will forever be grateful for the “living in the NOW” moments music brings. I have often felt possessed when performing on stage and also while practicing.

This song was recorded by Tragedy Theory in 2009 at Brimstone Records in Tennessee. Allen Owens sings and Dan McCray plays lead guitar. Eddie Hamby on drums and myself on bass.

Enjoy.

No Heroes by December Harvest

The first video I ever made was for a band called December Harvest. The members were Jimmy Vegas, Nick Bones and Stephen, I played bass for them for a little over a year. I didn’t help write any of the songs because I was a little out of my wheel house with this type of music. However, I enjoyed it very much.
I hope you enjoy the music.

Mark Afraid to Fly

Over the years I have played bass for a couple bands. Sad to admit they never went anywhere under my leadership, but I’m not giving up on music. I am taking a new approach to the entire idea of performing art. As you might can tell from my writing, or if you’ve heard any of my music as of yet, I have a lot I want to say about our place in the universe and our position in the spirit world. I come at the questions I have through faith and fiction because it takes a little both to bridge the gap I so often find between one mind and the next.

I have also made a couple videos, which is not really something I do well. However, I think they have something to say and I’m going to post them over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Why?

Because I am thankful for my creativity. I am thankful for my place in this universe and my place in the spirit world. I am thankful for my friends and former band mates. I’m really thankful that I get to be in bands and play shows and make videos. I’m thankful I have something to say, no matter how many people read it or see it or hear it.

So, this is Minor Nine. The Song is “Mark Afraid to Fly.” Rex Green sings and plays guitar. He also wrote the song. Robert Ruddick is on lead guitar and Matt Fahey is the drummer. I am on bass and I made the video.

Mark Afraid to Fly”

Minor Nine

New Album 2018

I recorded a blues album for 2016, then an experimental album for 2017, and now I’ve got an idea for the 2018 album. This will be the best album I’ve ever made. I will not hold back. It will get The full treatment and, if the recording artists get behind the idea, we’ll do a Tennessee Theatre show. One night.

More is in the works for the recording schedule. All new music, all new ideas, can’t wait for 2018.

A year from now, I want to look back and know that Dreams are exceptionally hard to achieve for a reason. There will be things and people that pop up to block the flow of your energy. But, it’s only a test. They are not permanent road blocks. They are only side street distractions.

Remember that these distractions will pop up from our old lives to misdirect our resources and energy, but we must think back to why they became a part of the old life in the first place.

They are the Lazy, thoughtless, part timers, who speak without thinking, eat the crap people feed them, sleep where other people tell them, and simply go with the flow.

But, we are not!!

They will always be on the sideline of your life needing asking for a helping hand, giving a shallow compliment, and trying to make some dead memory live again.

Remember, remember, the 4th of November.

OK. Here are the names I’ve been working on… but first, I think I want a pseudonym because I’m in  a place I can start over and do things a bit differently. So, these are anagrams of my name. Check them out.  They are the best of the lot and the ones I like most in bold.

Thadd Presley

Shred Adeptly
Add Thy Lepers — possible album name for 2019
Addle The Spry — my fav
He Lept Dryads
Ethyls Red Pad
Shady Red Pelt
Ed Held Pastry
As Thy Peddler — album name 2020


James Thadd Presley — album names

Helpers Add Majesty
Redhead Amply Jests
Slapdash Jet Remedy
Medley’s Depths Ajar
Jaded Harmless Types
Shapely Jaded Terms — my fav album name
Empty Jaded Slasher
Jaded Pastel Rhymes
Them Deadly Jaspers

I think these will all become album names eventually.

 

Wish me Luck!!!!

Minor Nine

I’ve written about my band before, but not often because writing and music are separate jobs and one definitely distracts from the other.  It’s complicated even more by scheduling and the splitting creative energies between the two. However today is different.

We were in the studio yesterday recording our newest song and getting ready for the show in November at The Token Lounge in Michigan.  This show is one we are proud of and excited to play. Many grat names are going to be playing on the stage with us.

 

Joe Retta will be there with his band “Heaven and Earth” and if that’s not enough to get someone excited, maybe having a listen to my band will get you there.

You will find many of our songs here:   Minor Nine

Writing Music

This is a piano, trumpet, flute, and bass arrangement I wrote yesterday. It’s not amazing, but it’s a major step on my road of reading and writing music. I want to share it so I can break the ice between me and the world of composing music. I am very new at writing music. I’ve always been a bass player and lyrics writer. So, I’m a bit nervous about sharing this. However, I’m doing it and I hope you like what you hear.

P.S. It sounds much better if you listen with earphones.

F# comp

Donald Trump’s The Wall (Side One)

A complete re-imagining of Pink Floyd’s Epic Masterpiece “The Wall” painstakingly created from footage found on the web covering the amazing life and of our upcoming new president Donald J. Trump.

 

Side One

1. In the Flesh?
2. The Thin Ice: Young Trump
3. Another Brick in the Wall (Part I)
4. The Happiest Days of Our Lives
5. Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)
7. Empty Spaces: Trump Rising
8. Young Lust: Trump in the 80s
9. One of My Turns: Trump in the 90s
10. Don’t Leave Me Now: Trump’s Women
11. Another Brick in the Wall (Part III): The Trump Brand
12. Goodbye Cruel World

 

Links to Side Two are coming soon…