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4 things in the music world we should stop saying: 

Here are a handful of commonly used terms that don't sit well with me when used to describe music or musicians. What are your thoughts? What popular sayings grind your gears? :) 

Best Ever: 

I imagine this buzz phrase started on some ridiculous click-bait site and has made its way into popular music culture. But to be clear, it has no place and no meaning in music. When did music become a competitive sport? Search YouTube and you’ll find insane numbers of videos with titles like “best ever guitar solo”, or “best ever lyrics”. 

A song may be your favourite, but there is no accurate unit of measurement to definitively say it’s the “Best Ever”.  

Female-fronted: 

Ok, I’m guilty here. As a member of a band that is in fact female-fronted, I have occasionally used the hashtag on Instagram, and I died a little each time. Unless we start saying “male-fronted” or “featuring a male drummer”, then STOP. IT. 

The Canadian Beatles: 

I use the Beatles as an obvious reference, and Canada because that’s where I’m from, but replace any band with any country and you get the idea. My gripe here is that Canadian artists don’t need to be a version of an already successful group from somewhere else, and vice versa. It’s lazy marketing and we’re not naive enough to fall for it anymore. After all, we’ve been promised the next Beatles SINCE the Beatles, and it’s never happened, has it?  

The female Beatles: 

Same deal here. “She’s like a female Meatloaf!” 

Seriously? NO. She does not need to be compared as a female, to a male, to be validated as an artist. When people say stupid things like this I want to get the spray bottle and squirt them until they correct their behaviour. 

Acoustical musings  

We often hear songwriters say, if a song is good, it can be played on an acoustic guitar. While I think there may be some exceptions, I do believe there is some truth to the saying. 

I didn't even own an acoustic guitar until relatively recently. Over the past year I've been writing and performing with my beautiful new SEAGULL Amber Trail Mini Jumbo - far more than I'd ever expected to. Amazing guitar, made in Canada - check them out! It's been an educational experience, and a very different approach and challenge for a rock guitarist and songwriter. 

The live performances have been with a stripped down version of Creeping Beauty - featuring lead vocalist V, and myself. We have also been demoing a few tracks that way too. Live, we play a few originals, and a whole lot of cover songs that probably should not be played on acoustic guitar. I guess I'm determined to test the above theory! 

The latest songs I've written and recorded are acoustic versions of tracks for my first "SOLO" release... coming soon. Killer vocal contributions so far are from Mitch Foster, and V. 

I will keep posting various clips and links on the site, so check back often, and let me know what you think! 

ROCK and/or ROLL! 

DMB

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