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    Tsu

    October 29, 2014 // Comments Off on Tsu

    Hey come be in my family at tsu. Better than facebook! Check it out!!

     

    https://www.tsu.co/MichaelKoch56

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    Tucson Folk Festival Recap

    May 12, 2013 // Comments Off on Tucson Folk Festival Recap

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    My assessment of the Folk Festival performance:

    1.  I survived. After not performing for a year.
    2. The dry heat made my throat and mouth cotton mouthed, my guitar was going flat by the minute and I discovered I could not see the tuning light on it in the daylight or the shade.
    3. The guitar to me was very hard to hear. I could hear nothing from the monitors. This was the most disconcerting thing. So I over-played – forced my playing.

    I could say a lot more, but some things went very well and without much practice, and with no prior playing experience the ensembles went off very well. Live and learn and do better next time! Thanks so much to Michael Santander and Rose Todaro for risking their lives with me and adding so much to this effort!

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    William Blake

    February 11, 2012 // Comments Off on William Blake

    I have just completed the first drafts of the entire Songs of Innocence and am working on more of the Songs of Experience. In the meantime this quote from the Marriage of Heaven and Hell from the Second Memorable Fancy came up today:

    “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narow chinks of his cavern.”  You can read all of it here.

    I have come to learn that there is no truth in perception. What seems to be only seems to be and cannot be. Perception is the seeming. But what is IS. Always was always will be. I love Blake and feel a kinship although I have not read all his works (yet). Here’s my latest video:

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    The Chimney Sweepers

    May 10, 2011 // Comments Off on The Chimney Sweepers

    The Chimney Sweepers

    William Blake’s The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience recorded in Tucson Arizona. Link above to YouTube. Click on picture for another link to Blake’s work.

    Recently been short of breath.  So did the best I could for now.

    Hope you enjoy them.

     

     

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    Music for Rumors from an Aeolian Harp

    January 6, 2011 // Comments Off on Music for Rumors from an Aeolian Harp

    Here’s a video of the Henry David Thoreau’s poem “Rumors from an Aeolian Harp”.

    “…The tread of high souled men go by

    Their thoughts conversing with the sky.”

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    Keats’ Ode to A Nightingale

    August 9, 2010 // Comments Off on Keats’ Ode to A Nightingale

     

    The album “Ode on a Grecian Urn” now includes Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale.” Click here to link to lulu.com. It’s also available at amazon.com in the Ode to a Grecian Urn II album.

    Thanks for your support.

     

     

     

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    Ode to a Nightingale, John Keats

    July 18, 2010 // Comments Off on Ode to a Nightingale, John Keats

    First draft of John Keats’ famous poem “Ode to a Nightingale”.  Just me with my guitar…. oops,  says file is too big! The song turned out to be right at 10 minutes long.  O.k. I’ll see what else I can do.

    So here’s a preview of the first two verses:

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    Here’s the first two lines again but different:

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    I’ve been playing with violin, viola, cello and flute which all sound good, but I keep coming back to the bare bones creation. What can I say!

    Thank you,  John for this beautiful poem. I hope you like what I’m doing with it.

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    Nearly Ready….or do I speak too soon!

    July 7, 2010 // Comments Off on Nearly Ready….or do I speak too soon!

    Ode to a Nightingale is finally pulling together.  I’m getting very close to beginning the recording process.  My first reaction to putting this great work to music was a bit overwhelming. But patient, inching progress has led to something I think will be very nice and fitting of the great sentiments.

    My favorite part: “Was it a vision or a waking dream? Fled is that music-do I wake or sleep?”  (The very last lines)

    Of course I love the whole poem. I hope you will like what I’m doing with it.

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    Recouping old work

    June 10, 2010 // Comments Off on Recouping old work

    Blake self-portrait

    William Blake self-portrait

    Just posted a video of William Blake‘s Introduction piece in the collection Songs of Innocence. The audio is taken from an old cassette tape which include several ideas for musical versions of Blake’s famous collection.  I’ve managed to score several of these on Finale and would love to perform them someday once I’ve tested them and feel they are ready for prime time!

    My Youtube Channel

    Thanks for listening!

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    Ode on a Grecian Urn CD at Amazon.com

    April 30, 2010 // Comments Off on Ode on a Grecian Urn CD at Amazon.com

    Ode on a Grecian UrnThe new CD “Ode on a Grecian Urn
    ” is up and running at amazon.com. I’ve ordered my first copies. You can get yours right now by going to Amazon.com.  The inside of the CD cover is blank if I remember correctly. But it looks great otherwise!

    I’m already working on Ode to a Nightingale and some other great poems.

    Thanks for checking it out!

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