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Gustav Holst: The Planets

Posted on 27/04/2014

I was recently turned on to this piece of classical music from 1915 by British composer Gustav Holst. It’s like hearing a Hollywood score. John Williams, Harry Gregson Williams, James Newton Howard, Howard Shore and all the other orchestral composers in Hollywood have certainly studied Holst’s work thoroughly.

Miles Copeland

Posted on 10/04/2014

A little perspective from Miles Copeland, manager of the Police, as well as Sting during the first many years of his solo career. Sting put together a group of extraordinary musicians in 1985 to back him up as he was launching his solo career. Here’s Copeland’s point of view on the negotiations of their fee.

Calogero in ICP

Posted on 04/04/2014

Just left the gorgeous ICP Studios, after working four days on Calogero‘s upcoming solo record. Alan O’Connell is producing along with Calogero, and I think the guys are on their way to making a massive record for him. We got a good deal of work done, and drums, guitars and bass are also finished. Now it’s in the hands of Alan and Calogero to take the record through the final stretch. It should be released in early September, with a single due sometime before the summer.

ICP is the kind of place where I dreamed of working as a kid. I’ve been there several times over the years, but I’m always blown away. Below are some photos of their synth and snare drum collections. Equally luxurious collections of guitars, amps, effects, microphones are available at no extra cost. I don’t know if the shrinking economy of the music business will allow this kind of place to exist in years to come. I sure hope so. If not, I’m happy to have had the privilege of recording there.