Who am I? Why am I here?
This is not a philosophical blog, so I don’t mean that in the existential sense. I’m going to provide some comparatively mundane answers to those questions.
I’m passionate about music. That is the main thing to know about me. But, when I say “passionate,” I really mean it. Music is on my mind most of the time.
I engage in a voracious, relentless search for music. I often spend hours on youtube and amazon.com sampling bands or artists I haven’t heard before. Sadly, it seems that with the advent of technology, much of the music out there is utterly devoid of substance and originality. I live for those moments when I discover an artist that sends shivers down my spine. They’re so rare it takes a lot of digging. Some days I listen to ten or more artists, and none of them move me.
Being that passionate about music led me to pursue the craft of music itself. I’ve been playing the bass guitar since 1992. I’ve played in bands of various genres: jazz, metal, punk/alternative, and rock/pop cover bands. I’m currently playing in a metal band called Project 25. I also write songs. One day I hope to finish the album I started recording last year. The project is called Voice of the Vortex.
Getting into it.
The genres of music I’m into the most are metal in all its forms (I’m a huge death metal fan), and jazz. I gravitate towards acoustic, instrumental jazz for the most part. I’m also a big Latin music fan, as I’m of Hispanic origin. I also love the blues, funk, reggae, soul/R&B, various “world musics,” especially Middle Eastern. Last but not least is classical music. Unfortunately, it seems I don’t listen to enough of it. Days have only 24 hours, though!
In this blog I will be doing album reviews, and interviews with musicians (local only at first.) I will cover mostly the genres mentioned above. If you like to dig into music beyond what’s being overplayed on the radio and what you see on the celebrity tabloids, if you value originality and substance over image and hype, if you listen to many genres of music, then this is the place for you.
I hope you join me in this journey of discovery.