One of my personal goals on this project is to break some bad old musical habits. I am truly a marvel at slipping into a creative groove (read: rut) and staying with what's safe, rather than taking risks and expanding my creativity. One of my weaknesses in this vein is my tendency to mimic too closely the lead vocals on cover songs, and to remind myself not to do that so much I am going to re-examine some of my big influences. What works, what doesn't, how can I borrow some aspects of a performer and ignore others? It's a bit like cleaning out an old closet and deciding what to throw away.
Buddy Holly always gets mentioned as a great songwriter, but rarely as a guitarist. But the guitar solos and parts on his records are really excellent. And put in the context of what else was being played at the time his stuff came out, he was way ahead of his time. I might have to go back and steal a few licks!ReplyDelete