My thoughts and out loud thoughts on composition, performance, and many things musical.

Posts tagged “21st century

Roses & Arrows

This summer, in Valdeblore, France, I wrote a trio. The cellist, clarinetist, and pianist brought it to life and made it absolutely beautiful. It was a summer of validation, of friendship, and new musical influences. (more…)

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2013 – Late to the Game, So Much Great Music – Year in Music

This is always fun. Here are my 12 favorite artists/album/songs/pieces of music that have helped define 2013 for me.

Another year in Texas, the first full one, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve found I’m good at other things, my interests have changed dramatically, and I bought a violin. I cannot play it well. So, that.

1. Gabriel Kahane makes my list every year. Or every day. Everything, really. I had devoured his Craiglistlieder song cycle, February House musicaland his second album Where Are the Arms, among other gems along the way. I only THIS year listened to his FIRST self-titled album, from 2008. **head.desk.** (more…)


What Music Changed You?

I’d like to make this post an interactive one. I’ll explain the music that made a significant change in my life, and I’d like to hear yours. Comment below this post, or even in an e-mail (musicjoeyoung@gmail.com).

What Music Changed You?

I have two major answers to the question: one band changed entirely what I consider “good” music to be, and another composer saved me. (more…)


Album Review: Timo Andres’ “Home Stretch”

This is my first time (in)formally reviewing an album.  My immediate disclaimer is that I am reviewing this solely from the point-of-view of a music lover. This will not be a scholarly response to one’s music (if the reader expects that.)

moving on…*ahem*

It is with great conviction that I attempt to review (commend and praise) this album in the hopes that others will want to give it a go.

My review’s thesis statement: this album rocks.  (more…)


And we even sang the athem

I usually use this blog to update on compositional ideas, which I intend to do here in the coming sentences. But I have to use this to mark down some emotions too, this time.

But first the musical ideas:

1) I’m going to start recording very soon with a good friend who is a great musician and very technically savvy. I have some new songs I’m really proud of. Musically they’re what I want them to be, and lyrically, I’m at a stage of honesty I prefer to be at. I hope others find my lyrics to be intuitive and not without story. (more…)


A Man’s Will to a Woman – now 4 movements!

So since I’ve finished the string quintet, A Man’s Will to a Woman, (guitar, violin, viola, cello, bass), I have had the continued urgency to make it longer.  I wanted it to be longer because I just wanted more music happening, I had more ideas that related, and I felt there were still more thoughts I had to get out lyrically.  The piece is now about 36 minutes long, as opposed to its former roughly 25-minute length.

The final movement I had originally was definitely how I wanted to exit the quintet, so that is still the final movement, just movement no. 4 now! (more…)


A Man’s Will to a Woman – COMPLETE!! **nope, still not true**

I am happy to say that A Man’s Will to a Woman is complete! **nope still not true** Per the changes I mentioned before, I did in fact change the mandolin to a viola, and banjo to cello.  Obviously I had to re-write a lot of stuff, but I think this gives this my own unique sound and I really love what I have.  I am proud of it.  (more…)