Showing posts from 2016

How do you deal with your anger?

Anger can be good for your creativity. You can find my take on it on Soundcloud.  It's called "day After Anger". Just click here!

Bob Dylan, Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder, "We Are The World"

Recording live audio is one of the hardest things to do in music.  These guys show how it's don in this YouTube video.

For these noisy, frustrating times...

Enjoy some peace and quiet here

Music and the Elderly.

The Picture to the left is the Bellingham Community Band Ensemble before a performance at a local retirement home.

One of the things I do is direct a small ensemble that's composed of members of a larger group The Bellingham Community Band.  The main venue (although not the only one) where we perform are local homes for the elderly.

Our performances are always a unique experience for us and our audiences.  It's probably one of the most important things that I do in my retirement.

I know that we have a positive effect on our audiences, not only because of the positive feedback we get directly from the people who listen to us, but because of videos like this one.

In my life, people have criticized me for spending so much of my life playing, writing and performing music.

It's experiences like our recent performances at retirement homes and other evidence  that music is more than entertainment for people who play and listen to it.

My New Album on Bandcamp

Today I published a compilation of my tunes, This Warm Air Lingers mostly from work that I produced from 2014 to 2016.  You can buy the whole album or pick and choose the tunes you like best.  Thanks,

John Hickman Naills It! New Dimensions in Political Protest Music

John Hickman relaeased a single on youtube that, for me at least, brings a new dimension to political protest music with While Everyone Was Sleeping.  Using an upbeat, bouncy melody with a killer chorus, hi tells it like it is about what is happening to our world.  Check it out!

Only Heaven by Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva is a wonderful place to find fantastic Indie artists to expand your musical horizons.

Today I found Coldcut, a British duo -with Matt Black and Jonathon More -- that's been on the electronic music scene since the `80s.

For me, Only Heaven is the epitome of a minimalist, electronic music piece that features British rapper Roots Manuva who contributes a nice, clean vocal.  The production quality is to die for.   Have a listen to Only Heaven .  If you like it like I do, perhaps you'll buy it, like I did.

By the way, as long as you're on stop by my site:

I have a lot of tunes there that are priced to sell!

Mr. McNasty - What Happens When a Bully Runs For President


Liron - I Love The Feeling Ft. Alex Maciel (Official Lyric Video)

This youtube video came to me through my Twitter feed.  I thought I'd share it because the song presents a clear message with a simple but effective musical presentation.  And the kids have talent.  I've never seen lyrics roll onto the screen this way before.  If there's an app for that, I'd like to find out about it!

Parsonsfield at the Green Frog Last Night

Last night my friend Nick dragged me out of my safety zone away from the comfort of my computer, keyboard, trumpets where I like to spend my spare time creating new music all by myself (hence the name ZeroPlusOne).

He wanted me to hear a band from New England, Parsonsfield at a local club in Bellingham, The Green Frog. Nick had heard the band years ago and thought they pretty good.

We settled down with a couple of root beers in the small, friendly confines of The Green Frog.

So, in previous blogs I've whined and complained about the lack of creativity in popular music today. It almost seems like the popularity of music today is determined by flashy advertising and music produced in slick, high quality recording studios where notes are tuned electronically and balanced through separate channels and tracks.  

Last night I heard a group that was loaded talent and energy.  The group used lots of  non-traditional instruments such as saw, harmonium, melodica, accordian, electronic synt…

What John Coltrane Meant To Me

Today, John Coltrane, would have been 90 years old.  I was notified of this after reading a twitter post by Bill Fletcher, Jr.

John Coltrane's genius was know all over the world.  His unique, beautiful tone on the soprano sax was recognizable immediately by jazz afficionados and the large population of Americans who loved his music.

I was in my late teens when I first discovered his album "A Love Supreme."

It was the `60s, the world was going to hell in Viet Nam and I was draft age and lost in grief for my country and the direction we were headed in those days.  An aspiring classical musician with a highly focus goal of becoming an orchestral player the discovery of Coltrane changed my world forever.

For one thing, I realized that I had to do more with my life than regurgitate music from the 18th and 19th century.  I needed to find deeper ways to express myself.

Sometime, I believe it was the spring of `66 I found my self in Boston at an auditorium at MIT with a full p…

Graffiti Blues- Hip Hop Blues Fusion or Wishful Thinking?

Getting back to Hip Hop Fusion... Take a traditional 12 bar blues, add a few synth sounds, Hip Hop style "Beats" and here is one result. Graffiti Blues

- ZeroPlusOne

Slow Bear Remix

Audio Challenges
I'm learning that uploading to YouTube has some unique challenges for audio.  It seems like they're really helpful when it comes to the video, not so much.  
For example, when I first upload I notice a very noticable softening in the audio levels. When I compensate for this I've found that there may be distosions, perhap as much on my work computer- but when I stream the video on my flatscreen TV extra random sounds happen.  
Perhaps someone out there in cyperland will happen on to my blog and tell me what I'm doing wrong.  Here is a remix of my audio that I came up with today.  I think it has improved the sound.  I'm going to wait a week or so before I upload it on YouTube.

A Bear Climbs Up a Mountain

As with all things, a bear climbing a montain in the 21st century is a little different. Afterall, why bother to travel through rivers and rough forests when all you have to do is hop on I-90? I downloaded this clip from andcreated the music using synths and my cornet.

Is Hip Hop the Last Bastion of Creativity?

Hip Hop-Love it or Hate it, It's Real and Here to Stay
I listen a lot to new and lessor known Hip Hop musicians on Soundcloud.  A lot of the music seems to me to be overly repetitive bordering on boring.  But more often than not the music I hear offers something new.

Using the infinite choice of electric sounds the digital age offers us, on many occasions these artists bring a truly new sound (my opinion, of course).

Today I happened upon this song by Bass player Paploviante and Rap Artist Raquel Divar.

To me, this music is a fusion of Jazz and Hip Hop.  

Have a listen toEastcoast-Westcoast

New Video, After Sleep

I call my new video After Sleep
because the music is from After Sleep, Before Dreams available for download on BandCamp

I was able to download the video clips on  Then I put them together using MovieMaker that came with my new computer (the one with 32 gigs of ram).

The video is a little crude because of my lack of knowledge on how to use the MovieMaker program.  But I am trying to tell a story.  It may not be that obvious but it does have a beginning, middle and end.

 I hope you like the  video .

If nothing else I'm learning a lot about how to use some of this powerful technology that we're being forced to use.  Don't get me wrong, I love it.  The major challenge for me is figuring out the best place to put my time as it's consists of many time consuming but tempting creative avenues.

Underwater Journey

I found a great site, where for a reasonable annual charge you can down load video clips, royalty free and some for no extra charge.

So I used several of those clips to put together this short video.  I used a portion of my song When It's Quiet (full version available at

Breath Taking

3 Tracks, 31 seconds

Here is story about a woman who loves snorkeling.    But what lurks below the deep briny?
Here is my latest Musical Musing!  It's about a man and his Gas Mask. 

Hello Everybody!

I'm working on a new 44 second video, "Gas Mask."  I'm using video from a free clip I found online.  Am really EXCITED.  Hope to have it for you by Friday!

I'll announce as soon as it's up.


Musical Musings: Ideas just for the Hell of it.

We live in a time of shorter and shorter sound bites.  So I've decided to create videos on YouTube that are 30 seconds or less.  Sometimes I will use my ZeroPlusOne logo for the video, but I expect to use original video or public domain video that I find on the internet.  Perhaps you may have a 20-30 second video you would like to challange me to set to music.  Let me know, I'm always up for a challenge.

mm2-Beats with Cornet Background

Here is my 2nd Musical Musing.  I thought that I'd like to insert an improvisation into an otherwise electronic track.  I'm looking for cool and groovy.