Deciding on Lindsey Stirling’s five best outfits of 2012 was such a difficult task it took eight months of careful consideration to finally decide

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Deciding on Lindsey Stirling’s five best outfits of 2012 was such a difficult task it took eight months of careful consideration to finally decide

Interview – Jennifer Thomas, award-winning composer.

Jennifer Thomas, LDS musician and composer, is on FIRE! She recently won Park City Film Festival’s Gold Medal of Excellence for Original Music in a Short Film  for her work in Minuet. There were over 200 films selected for review this year, and it was Jennifer’s first film score.

Before the excitement of winning had even slightly worn off, she received a Hollywood Music in Media Awards nomination for her classical crossover arrangement of J. S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. There is a version of it here, and it is also being re-mastered for Jennifer’s new album. The HMM Awards honor film scores, commercial music composers, video game composers, and independent musicians in every musical genre. It is the only awards platform of its kind, and it will be the real deal: red carpet, media coverage, and after-parties. Jennifer humbly says that even if she doesn’t win, it will be a great experience to meet others in her field.

With all of the projects she has going on, she still found the time to let me interview her. I was thrilled.

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Interview – Jennifer Thomas, award-winning composer.

Interview – Theta Naught

In a previous post I mentioned stumbling across this intriguing ensemble based in Salt Lake City.  I don’t know what rock I was hiding under in 2002 – I was living in Salt Lake City and did pay some attention to the music scene.  Oh well.  Their website has a lot of information about them as well as links to hear, see and buy some of their recordings.  So far their career has seen great fluctuations in personnel as well as collaboration with the likes of poet/sonosopher Alex Caldiero (I just saw one of his poems in an installation at USU) and My Education.  Ryan Stanfield was gracious enough to answer some questions and give an introductory physics lesson.

The following interview questions have been answered by Ryan Stanfield of Theta Naught.  The answers and opinions expressed are his alone, but are probably shared by most, if not all, of the other members of Theta Naught. Continue reading “Interview – Theta Naught”

Interview – Theta Naught

Interview – Michael Dowdle

ConvergenceMichael Dowdle’s bio is the musical equivalent of the resume of a CEO. He has played rock, jazz, classical, country, and everything in-between. On my mission, we were only allowed to listen to hymns or the Tabernacle Choir. His album 50 Favorite Hymns was a lifesaver. Adding to his vast musical repertoire, Michael is releasing a new rock/fusion album called Convergence.

con·verge/kənˈvərj/Verb
1. (of several people or things) Come together from different directions so as eventually to meet.

His album represents the Convergence of thirty-one years of experience into 49 minutes of pure guitar pleasure. This isn’t a record filled with mindless runs and flashy guitar licks. Each track has its own unique sound and yet all are brilliantly cohesive and melodic tunes. Don’t get me wrong. There is plenty of lightning-fast playing to satisfy your inner shredder, but all is woven into the fabric of some very tasteful compositions.

These are the questions the guitar geek in me wanted to ask Michael. Continue reading “Interview – Michael Dowdle”

Interview – Michael Dowdle

Bill Dent – Guitarist and Collaborator

Need a guitarist or songwriting collaborator?

You may not have ever heard of Bill Dent, but if you’ve worked with him, you’ll never forget him.  Bill is truly one of the more talented people I’ve ever had the chance to work with.   I’ve been around a lot of amazing guitarists, and can attest that not only is he a great guitarist, he is a great musician – something many guitarists sadly lack.  He has such a great sensibility about his playing, covering a wide range of styles with ease.  He doesn’t settle for “what everyone else is doing”, and isn’t afraid to boldly try new things and push the envelope.  When many artists do that, they often end up getting critical acclaim at the expense of offending the masses, but in Bill’s case – he always seems to find just the right balance for each song and project.   As a result of this, Bill is an exceptional collaborator – bringing out the best in any song he touches, and any artist he works with.    He makes an ordinary chord progression become extraordinary, and a mundane melody become memorable. Continue reading “Bill Dent – Guitarist and Collaborator”

Bill Dent – Guitarist and Collaborator

Carolyn Southworth

Lovers of classical and new age music will love the soothing songs of Carolyn Southworth. Carolyn inherited a rich tradition of music in her family and has passed that love on to her daughter, former Linescratchers interviewee Jennifer Thomas, with whom she has released an album of lullabies. Carolyn has a thing or two to say about how she grew up with music, where her inspiration comes from, her musical family, the writing process, and how her faith influences what she does. Continue reading “Carolyn Southworth”

Carolyn Southworth