|Posted by JamesHealey.com on January 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM||comments (0)|
The CD is done and we are now getting things rocking with getting it out there. It has a lot of different vibes on it. I feel it all fits and paints a picture. Hope you do also!
Also starting to work on some new stuff and writing again in Lakewood. I have a fireplace next to the piano and the 2 go well together!
|Posted by JamesHealey.com on December 22, 2012 at 1:20 PM||comments (0)|
Sadly we lost a great musician a few weeks back. The great pianist Dave Brubeck.
He was playing concerts well into his 90's and he was a great statesman also. An awesome example for all the world of us, our people, our art, our vibe.
If you get a moment check out his albums from back in the day. His great quartet that featured Paul Desmond. Dave and Paul had a really cool thing but the entire band had a specail language all of thier own.
But we all understood it and if you check it out I bet you will understand it also....
|Posted by JamesHealey.com on December 2, 2012 at 1:15 PM||comments (0)|
Wow, a lot has heppened in the past year since my birthday. Last year I got a brand new melodica and I have put it to good use during these last 12 months.
Some years ago I had gone to Mexico and while there I saw a young boy on the side of the road with a small accordian. He was playing for tips as he had a little tip jar and I couldn't tell if he liked what he was playing or had any thought into it. One thing that did come trhough was that he was playing from the heart.
The accordian and harmonica always get a lot of run compared to the melodica and I have always felt that was a little bit unfair.
True the harmonic and accordian have more of the performer and less of the instrument, However the melodica though stoic in the ability to have expression has a breath attack and that makes it a compelling alternative to the piano.
I think I came up with some good results of what I am describing. You guys can be the judge on it....
|Posted by JamesHealey.com on December 5, 2011 at 11:25 PM||comments (0)|
Sad to say but the great Paul Motian passed last week. He worked with the seminal Bill Evans trio, with Bill and Scott Lafaro. Paul also recorded with my teacher(the great Alan Pasqua).
The way I got to know Paul's playing was through the KJ American quartet that was around in the early to mid seventies. That band had a special groove and Paul was a main catalyst. There was something about him that absolutely did not try to impress anyone with his playing. That to me was what impressed me so much!
Also, he has an extensive list of albums he put out on his own on ECM. I don't own any but will soon. I have heard a bunch of them and they are amazing as well. Like a lot of cats, he wrote at the piano - there is something about a non-pianist writing something at the piano that gets me.,....hits me right where I live...his songs were powerful and profound.
To your family and loved ones, we pray....goodbye Paul.....
|Posted by JamesHealey.com on December 4, 2011 at 4:50 PM||comments (1)|
Today is my birthday. Last night I had family and friends over and we had a blast. Just chilling with some great food, a fire inside and outside and taking it easy.
I am excited to let you know the website is up and slowly taking shape. A bunch of my recorded music will be up here pretty soon, hope you dig it. There is also a lot more coming. I have just finalized plans for a big recording session in January here in LA. I will be working with my favorite musicians and Rich Breen my engineer.
The cool news is that all the new tunes are right down the middle, hitting the sweet spot. Pretty sure you guys will like it. As soon as we get it done we'll make it easy for you to get a copy.
My hands are all better after being injured in the 1990's. - It meant a big turn in my life when they got hurt but things all work out for the best. It has taken me time to understand that but it is true. But now it is time to sieze the moment and make hay while the sun is still shining!
I am very thankful I never lost the dream and passion for playing the piano and writing. If you are a real musician, you know the feeling. A friend that never leaves, it is a great thing to have never stopped writing and developing my concepts at the piano.
I have been very blessed with great teachers and encouragement from many people in my life. People like my mom and dad, my 2 great sisters and my sweet wife Faride who has been instrumental in helping me get back in the game. I hope to encourage some of you to go after your pursuits in life as well. It's December, it's cold, it's fire weather! Life is good!