My name is Daniel S. Wilson. I am a guitarist, composer, educator and the owner of Zapharatu Music (www.zapharatu.com)
Through this blog I hope to clearly and openly express my views, thoughts, opinions, research, inquiries, theories, practices and experiences in music and it’s relationship to art, philosophy, culture, politics, society, history, and the mind.
I hope I can engage your thoughts and garner your opinions as you follow me on the journey through the music of my mind.
Delta blues great Eddie “Son” House performs his classic “Death Letter Blues.” From the Vestapol DVD “Legends of Country Blues Guitar, Vol. One.” More info a…
There is a particular sound and power that only comes from experience; from having lived a long, hard life. It’s not a matter of technique, it’s just the rare occurrence of actually hearing someone’s soul. It can be a little overwhelming to some…but it’s the sound of the real, original Delta Blues.
A nice find on Spotify. I think I saw this back when I worked at B&N, but never got to hear it. Both Mendelssohn and Shostakovich are among my favorite composers, the few of whom I love pretty much love everything of theirs I hear. It’s nice enough to discover two knew works I had not yet heard, but it’s icing on the cake to find such a wonderful recording and played by a great performer.
When I like a band, and a really feel like their doing good work, I like to do my part to support them and introduce them to the friends of mine who I think will appreciate them. (I posted a lot of stuff of Robert Glasper awhile back for this reason). I don’t really get upset if a good band isn’t popular. What’s popular is often what’s just easy and familiar. All that’s important is that artists are supported by true fans and can keep making their music.