Hello to all Skope lovers out there, so nice to see you again. There is so much exciting things going on in the world besides war, Ebola, poverty, so lets try and focus on that for a moment. In music news, Splice, a cloud-based platform for music creation, collaboration and sharing announced it has raised $4.5 million in a Series A round of funding led by True with participation from Scooter Braun, Tiësto, Steve Angello, AM Only, WME, Plus Eight Equity Fund LP, as well as existing investors such as Union Square Ventures. at splice.com and create music with people you might never meet in person. In other news, as the FCC’s Open Internet reply comments period comes to a close, Future of Music Coalition has submitted official comments to the blasting the arguments of the big ISPs and wireless , saying, “Nothing in the ISP arguments in any way convinces us that service should not exist under a common carrier framework.” I could not agree more! Anyone who is married with children knows that it is not easy. One day you are up and the next day you are down. Well I have brought in Giggling While Walking who are musical prodigies who found love through music. The duo have just released an album, ‘Bliss.’ I have learned so much from speaking with them and I think you will too.
us as Giggling While Walking speak on music helping their marriage, growing up
playing music as child prodigies, the US bombing of Iraq and Syria, and so much
Southern New Jersey, South Jersey as it’s known by. I grew up here, simple
living, trees, back yards, nature. Forty minutes to Philadelphia, about two
hours to Manhattan. Liking the cooler weather, expecting to hunker down in the
coming of winter, a nurturing cocooned time to come. Quietly, we are also
preparing our live show for appearances planned in the future - will keep you
Just a simple kind of inspiration, and editing, the names we come up with kind
of quietly emerge and land in our minds. In our first project together we were
working with a possible album cover. We came up with stage names, “T. S. and
Mandolin Suite”, that we called the act, with Giggling While Walking” as the
album title. We called the type of music genre of the album “Nouveau”. Turns
out, we loved the name “Giggling While Walking” so much we decided to call
the act by that name, called the album “Nouveau”, featuring “T. S. and
Mandolin Suite”. “Giggling While Walking” seems to describe an idea we
like, a happy, innocent, state of being.
For me, the key that makes our musical marriage work is remembering that we are
both artists. The respect I have for Allen’s talent allows me to remain true
to myself. I love the fact that Allen allowed/insisted that I stay true to the
artist side of me as I reveled in being a newlywed and when
we first married. All of our albums have occurred amidst children,
working, and oh yeah…laying down a track. Allen’s determination to complete
albums kept me in the loop. The platform we’ve created as parents makes it
easy to give him the space he needs as an artist.
I think it is because we are so thankful for each other and thankful for our
uniqueness and the artistic sides of who we are. To add to our marriage
relationship knowing the artist part of each other, is an intuitive, unspoken
“feel”, in our communication, that we express.
Music is our common thread woven into the fabric of our marriage and family. It
is indeed important
to share individual passions with
your spouse. Valuable knowledge can be gained when these passions are
shared and you get a chance to get acquainted on a deeper level.
The day I proposed I was working on recording music. Early on during that first
album I realized, “I don’t want to go on tour without my wife”! I brought
her in with some of her songs and some vocals on some songs I wrote. Since then,
while having children, raising them in early years to now, we were a family that
made albums. About every 3 years an album would be finished and distributed.
Hardly anyone knew about us, just close friends, but highly personable and
artistic, some were audio engineers, visual artists, and fellow musicians.
Making albums is just part of our whole family, and strengthens our marriage,
with that creative outlet and voice.
others, I would only suggest quality time communication, and really talking to
each other, choice quality moments and discussions. Also, to include one’s
spouse into the world of your passion would
deepen understanding and really strengthen your relationship and probably
strengthen the passion itself.
Perfect sounding board.
I started playing by ear when I was five and my family began to give me piano
lessons. My talent was nurtured by everyone around me (family of musicians,
teachers, and visual artists), classical training in the arts, church, and the
freedom to decide what I wanted to do with it.
When I was 5 years old in first grade, my older brother brought home a form to
order and learn to play an instrument. was
for 5th or 6th graders, but he didn’t want to play. My parents asked me if I
wanted to, and I thought about it for just a moment. I said I’d like to play
piano. They didn’t offer piano, but I could choose a clarinet. (Whatever
that was…). I was reading music at 5 years old, and they let me continue! My
parents were always in the audience, for elementary band, high school band. Saw
the Beatles! Ed Sullivan! Picked up guitar! My parents were in the audience for
all the rock band concerts too.
When I play music, I hear and feel. Writing music happens two ways for me,
inspired and predetermined. The latter happens if I want to write a particular
type of song for a specific genre. Mentally I may see the song being performed
and possible settings. Music has helped me excel in life through the mental
discipline it requires; it also gives me a place to put melodic creative
emotion. I hear different languages as melodic structures also - everything has
a rhythm. Listening to other artists is another helpful tool I use. Allen makes
it easy to play music together because he creates a profound lyrical canvas full
of tangible structures of rhythms and melodies.
In writing, I sit with pen and a large piece of paper, for scribbling, editing,
etc. The first word comes, then a phrase, until it comes to a natural close.
Then some editing and looking at what I have, and the of
understanding the song itself, what it is meant to be and what it will be when
it “grows up”… Then I create an accompanying and complementary guitar
part(s), along with a click percussion assignment mostly bongos, for the
backdrop. That’s how I write, starting with the words, one word or phrase at a
time that gently enters my mind. Playing is to let the performance simply
happen, as clear as I can, without over thinking, or judging. It’s more
natural like that and I think the words of the lyrics, as actual thoughts so the
performance is more a communicating the words, like talking and connecting to an
audience. Both recording and live.
adds so much! Being true, being a true person in all walks of life, caring,
caring for people, and family. Being artists adds an internal discipline and
quality that helps toward being a better person.
“Bliss”, our 6th album was recorded in our home studio. By home studio, I
took that as meaning unlimited studio time. It took about one year to complete
the album and have it mastered. Some of the time was spent remembering engineer
chops on my DAW, but mostly, going much deeper into the mix-down engineer skills
and knowledge. A deeper understanding of the “Cool Edit Pro” DAW I’ve used
for years, brought me close to mix-down engineer chops perhaps that a major
label might use. The intensity, thickening the vocals much like the 48 channel
major studios would perform, just a much deeper understanding and utilization of
the depth of features. Disc Makers mastered “Bliss”. I think they did a
wonderful job. I gave them major label quality mix-down tracks, zero noise-floor
giving them full authority to use their expertise.
Our artists’ owned label is “Og People Records” at http://www.ogpeople.com
you can both stream the entire album, and buy iTunes, Amazon mp3, and CD’s at
Amazon.com This album is meant to “land” in rotation at Adult Alternative
radio stations. We like the somewhat older and more mature market, and the
quality of music in this genre.
Oh yes! People who have the CD play it regularly as a staple in their personal
lives. They use the album in unique ways because the album takes listeners to a
special and unique “place”. There’s a sense of immediacy perhaps in the
vocals, as you described, but that was something that developed in the style of
recording. That was something I noticed early on, that it plays well at home, on
a home stereo or car, and that one “experiences” the album as a whole. In
the liner notes of our artists’ owned label Og People Records CD release, it
says, “… an after work album to unwind, to clear one’s thoughts. A good
companion to life. The role of an album.”
This album allows the listener to feel vulnerable in a safe environment.
I don’t “write” songs per se, songs are almost dictated to me, words and
phrases at a time. That is how almost all of my songs were written. I always
have a sitting of lyrics first, pen on paper where it makes a dot underneath the
ballpoint. Then I write the first word that comes to me, whatever it may be. The
next, etc. until there’s an end point. I “wrote” the song specifically for
“Time” is about recognizing what is often overlooked and appreciating
it—as simple as it is no matter how often its been seen.
Reflecting, I think it’s about living life with the one you love.
The White House and its cabinet definitely multi-task. The focus is just the
on the level of unbelievable atrocities, it is America’s duty to do something
about it. The consequences of not doing anything are worse. Limiting the effort
to highly organized air strikes seems to be the key in my humble opinion. I am
sure that issues at home are being worked on as well however complex, with the
balance of power, and constitutionality of things.
First, I would like to thank all of the people who have served and continue to
serve in America’s armed forces. America’s responsibility is two fold both
national and global. No, war should not be considered since many soldiers were
finally able to come home to their families, but it may be necessary according
to experienced advisors. Honestly, America’s national issues that really need
to be addressed seem to be ongoing much like the conflict in Syria and
surrounding nations. The best we can do as Americans is appreciate our freedoms
and collectively create peaceful communities.
Immediately, we’re working on a level of live show production, and honing
those types of chops. Through additional avenues more people will start to hear
about us and and the album, while waiting for others. Hope to catch the
attention of a significant record label or two in the process, for more support
at that level.
thank you huge! For recognizing this work, and showing it to the world! This
means so much to us.
(Our website and artists’ owned label Og People Records site, 3 videos,
full album streaming, iTunes, and Amazon mp3, CD sales)
(Giggling While Walking youtube channel)