Monthly Archives: October 2009

ONE YEAR

Woo Yeee Yaaa


It has been one full year for this blog.

Happy birthday blog!

Let's hope for many more years to come.

Peace,Love&GoodVibes
SnowDove,ArmsUp

p.s. I’ve got blogs backed up which will make my life easier.

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4 Reasons To Work On Songwritting

This is a repost from The New Rockstar Philosophy Blog that I quite rather enjoyed.

I stumbled into a guitar shop the other day and was astounded by the virtuosity around me. There were some serious players but no rock stars. That’s because technical ability can only get you so far. Not many people care if you can shred faster than Van Halen. What they do care about is if you can connect with them like Lennon/McCartney. Therefore I’ve come with the awkwardly titled: Top 4 Reasons to Work on Songwriting vs technical skills.

  1. Songs are shareable, technical skills are not – Sure you can teach technical ability once you’ve mastered it. But that takes time most don’t have. Play someone Wonderwall and they’ll feel that and remember it from the first instant.
  2. Songwriting will make you more money – Yes session folks can make a lot of scratch but they’re hired guns. Although they may bring much to the table, they’re still replaceable. A great song isn’t something as disposable. No one is going to turn away Hey Jude ya dig?
  3. Songwriting is move-able – What happens when you leave you instrument at home? A songwriter is able to use whatever they need to make it happen. When your only skill is playing drum solos, being away from your kit may hinder things.
  4. Nobody remembers the shredders – Van Halen only got huge because of great songs. You only have to look at Yngwie Malmsteen to see the difference. Without great songs your career won’t go far.

The funny thing is that the best songwriters are also amazing players.  Look at the chord changes inYesterday and you’ll understand that Paul McCartney is as phenomenal of a player as he is a songwriter. And Joni Mitchell could probably slay most guitar players out there. But they always had phenomenal melodies to underscore everything, and that’s why the world listened in the first place.

-Voyno

p.s. just collecting Voyno’s extra-curricular activities into one place.

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Saskatoon Votes


If you are live in Saskatoon today is the day to make some changes, if indeed you want any changes made to this city.

Peace,Love&GoodVibes
SnowDove,ArmsUp

p.s. some of the video footage from Saturday is Dope!

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MM Tuesday Ed.

I realized that Music Monday was overshadowed by Mustache Madness.  Honestly, there was just too much madness for me to handle and I forgot about MM.

But MM this week is going to be Movie Monday and we’re doing it Tuesday so it should be MT.

Check these out if you get the time:

Peace,Love&GoodVibes
SnowDove,ArmsUp

p.s. mixing tonight.

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Mustache Madness


Hi hi hi,

We played, we listened and we had a great ol’ time on Saturday night.  A great big thanks to anyone who came out to hear the bands.  A great big thanks to Slates and The Falklands who played some killer tunes and had some killer mustaches going.  Enough to rival Handy’s mouth scarf.

This week we’re back to recording and hopefully writing some tunes. The new 3p is coming along swimmingly.


Peace,Love&GoodVibes
SnowDove,ArmsUp

p.s. we’ve got some great footage from the show.  As soon as Voyno can he’ll have er up on youtube.

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Smoke Machine

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Hi hi hi, well if you were there last night then you’d have seen Handy’s broken drum in person.  That crazy guy hit the skins so hard that he went right through.  With that we were engulfed in a huge amount of smoke machine smoke, and got to play with some great other groups.

No matter though.  Saturday still looms up like a great shining beacon of hope, justice and peace in the galaxy.

I’m going to finally get out of bed.  Makes sense at 1 in the afterlunch.

Peace,Love&GoodVibes
SnowDove,ArmsUp

p.s. I need Voyno to be my drink waiter more often.

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Fall Shows


I’ve noticed that the weather just keeps on sucking.  Rain, clouds, lame lame lame!

I have a solution!

ArmsUp is playing with The Band Ef TONIGHT at the Roxy on Broadway.  Come drink, be merry and hear music from two of Saskatoon’s great bands.  I actually talked to Ef today in the mall and he was as excited, if not more than I am about the show.

If you work tomorrow there are a few options: 1. Skip your lame job and come out tonight. 2. Join Voyno’s and my push for a 4 day work week. Or 3. Come see us on Saturday at Louis’.  It’s up to thou.

Peace,Love&GoodVibes
SnowDove,ArmsUp

p.s. Be there or be square.  Though Square has lost its cultural potency after many years.

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