Prince’s Guitar Heroics – A Breakdown
Mar02

Prince’s Guitar Heroics – A Breakdown

April 21, 2017 will mark the one-year anniversary of one of the most tragic and unexpected deaths in modern music history. To honor Prince’s loss, I’d like to offer a quick breakdown of what I believe to be one of his most impressive and influential guitar solos; his masterful “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” solo from the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. I’d set the stage, but there’s already plenty of blog posts and...

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Music Appreciation 2017
Jan18

Music Appreciation 2017

I am not one for New Years Resolutions per se. I have in the past made goals – send more hand written letters in the mail, give out more compliments, that type of thing, but I wanted to try something different for 2017…Music.  So I pitched the idea to C. Smith – we immerse ourselves in one artist per week. Into their lyrics, their melodies, their riffs, their genius, and C. was on board. We have a plan, now where to...

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Dearly Beloved… Coping with the Loss of Prince, 80% of the Way…
Apr21

Dearly Beloved… Coping with the Loss of Prince, 80% of the Way…

Celebrity deaths are interesting. While we don’t know these people personally, we know them intimately through their art, performance, public persona and our personal connection we have with the joy and beauty they’ve brought into our otherwise tedious and mostly insignificant lives. Is it crazy to feel grief for someone you’ve never met personally? Maybe. But, I’ll be the first to admit, I have been deeply and emotionally affected by...

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I Have Only Come Here Seeking Knowledge
May03

I Have Only Come Here Seeking Knowledge

When I first entered the thunderdome that was our Legend or Lame series on Sting I was a firm believer that this man, this Gordon, could in no way be considered a legendary figure. I mean the dude’s name is Gordon and he changed his name to a verb! Who does that? Well throughout the rounds of our arguments, I began to see the other side of this battle. The little Gordon that buzzed is in fact an accomplished songwriter, musician...

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Legend or Lame Vol. 1 – Sting (final judgement)
Mar08

Legend or Lame Vol. 1 – Sting (final judgement)

For two rounds we here at Forum Magnum have waged a heated debate about Sting and whether or not he is a legend. In round one C. Smith cited hardware and songwriting prowess to take the point while Mitch came back with body blows about Sting’s influence on future musicians to take round two. Now it is time for the final round. Time to see who can wage the better argument. Time to determine once and for all is Sting a legend or...

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Legend or Lame Vol. 1 – Sting (part 2)
Mar01

Legend or Lame Vol. 1 – Sting (part 2)

To quickly recap round 1 C. Smith took round one of the Legend or Lame dispute by providing us with a in depth look at the lyrical styling of Sting and citing some of the hardware he has taken home over the years. A solid argument, however, many holes are there that need to be filled. It is time for this argument to enter the Thunderdome. Round 2 Mitch: Okay, so we’ve established that The Police are a legendary band and I can live...

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