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Paul Muzea

ambient, world and otherworld music

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Posted by paulmuzea_wp on May 16, 2012
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This is by far my favorite time of year. The intense life force of the landscape is unmistakable and contagious.  We had two days of sorely needed hammering rain in upstate NY  and all the trees and vegetation are exploding with life. The smell of the night air is intoxicating with dozens of scents that would make roses pale.  To be on a motorcycle in the middle of the night taking all those scents is like being high. I don’t care if I get soaked.

The eternal life of love.

Posted by paulmuzea_wp on March 14, 2012
Posted in Much ado... 

I am becoming convinced that the greatest works of art and music that have endured through the ages have been inspired wholly and solely by the greatest force of all in life, that being love, be it in appreciation of or an expression of unreturned. And the creators of these works have without a doubt had someone that deeply affected them in their lives. It is this love that lives on immortally as much as the lives of the artists.

Cheap Guitars

Posted by paulmuzea_wp on March 10, 2012
Posted in Much ado...Uncategorized 

Ten reasons to own cheap guitars
1) Its really easy to be impulsive and buy it on a whim.
2) You don’t need to spend extra for a case or a guitar stand. You would never dream of that with a nice guitar
3) You can take it camping or strap it on a motorcycle without a second thought.
4) If you need to get the audience’s attention in a loud rowdy bar. You can severely abuse it. That gets peoples attention.
5) If you abuse it constantly it will start to look “distressed”, people will be impressed by how much you “play” it. (also see reason 6)
6) If you play it really well, people who know guitars will be impressed. If you strap on a $4000 guitar, people will expect you to play really well. They are surprised if you play a crappy one well.
7) Less like to get stolen. If it’s sitting next to a 1963 Les Paul, it won’t even be noticed.
8)You can play it in the rain and not worry about it. about it. If you leave it out in the rain and it gets ruined you throw it away and get another one.
9) If you’re attacked you can use it for a weapon
10) they don’t cost much. you can buy 10 different ones with the same money you would need for 1 really nice one.
Everyone loves a nice guitar, but cheap guitars are practical and well, cheap. And when it comes down it when you get more than 3 feet away from it, most people wouldn’t notice. In most cases, 95% of  playing a really nice guitar is vanity on the part of the owner.
Here’s to cheap guitars.
A side note. Yes, the strat in my header picture is a really nice guitar, but when it sold new in 1960, the price was comparable to any cheap guitar today, And I didn’t really pay that much more for it when I bought it in 1979.

Beyond the sky.

Posted by paulmuzea_wp on February 24, 2012
Posted in Music in progress 

Beyond the Sky,

This is an extended ambient version.  I intend on trimming it down for a radio ready version. This one is available for a free download. I hope it’s enjoyed.

Best listened to on a dark and starry night.

Cry in the Sky, Parts I and II

Posted by paulmuzea_wp on January 5, 2012
Posted in Music in progress 

It’s funny how a cut can take on a life of it’s own. This track took a lot longer than I had ever expected.  What started as a small cozy ambient track has developed into a multitrack conceptual monster. The name came as I was out running one day. I heard the shriek of one of the distant hawks that populate the skies over the upper Delaware valley of New York State where I live.

The name “Cry in the Sky” lead me to start thinking about a concept piece leading up and beyond.  This is just the opening track of that extended concept. Parts I and II are combined here, although I have online versions separated The next track in the series “Beyond the Sky” is pretty well along , but I have no idea when it will be done. As I mentioned, the tracks take on lives of their own..

Cry in the Sky, Parts I and II

And a happy and healthy New Year to you.

Kiss it off…

Posted by paulmuzea_wp on December 14, 2011
Posted in Progress in music. 

Sometimes It’s hard to know when a mix is really finished.  There’s always something else that can be done to make it a little sweeter, a little crisper,  a little smoother etc etc…

This one is pretty much sounding just the way I want, so I will kiss it off and move on. It’s definitely not what I consider normal repertoire for me (love songs, if you can call it that are not my standard) , but this one really grew on me as it developed. And it’s great to step out of your normal groove when faced with a new challenge. I love it when an artist does something out of the normal for them. So here’s what i consider a final mix.

A tribute to the animal instinct in us all.