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Is This All In My Head?

June 24th, 2013 No comments

Good Morning…
It isn’t morning yet, yet a person I spent time with some time ago liked to joke about the arbitrariness of what time it is during the day and how we should greet each other.
It was one of his most annoying habits and I loved him for it.

“How are ya doin’ Sir?” He’d say in the sweetest tone I’ve ever heard.
I’m doing fine, Keith.
Isn’t time for us to have another Bud Light together?
Did you get Anheuser-Busch? No, I certainly did not.

Don’t really want to hang out in a mansion either.

Then I look at you, closely and carefully with as much compassion as I can and I feel my heart swell.
I’m a light-year away from you and I still don’t know if I can or cannot feel you, spiritually.
Sometimes I think I feel you and then sometimes I wonder if I conjure all of this in my head.

I try to reach out, I do.

You just want that thing to explode do you?
Mission accomplished.
It explodes every day.
And every day I grow a little bit stronger.

Not a single one is for me,

Matthew R. Polkinghorne

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It’s No Use

June 23rd, 2013 No comments

Well, gallivanting around making a huge spectacular of ourselves certainly is at a premium these days isn’t it?
All dressed up to the 9 soaking up enough attention to emotionally nurture a small city.

And all of us every day folk just meander around with our heads down, haphazardly and less popularly going through our days.

Sometimes I just kick me feet at the ground, scorch some pebbles and then stare curiously at the sky “I want to know what I did”? I want to know.
More accurately, what didn’t I do?

And then after I get over all that with some careful and deliberate thinking I take a deep cleansing breath and say “Ok, what to do next”?
And then, for the moments moving forward, I’m all better again.

Maybe one day I won’t,

Matthew R. Polkinghorne

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One Deep Breath & A Sigh Of Longing

June 22nd, 2013 No comments

It’s a Good Morning, overcast and dreary as it is.
I’m sure it’ll clear up as it usually does.

I don’t know what to do with the day. I’m feeling creative not in the mood to express it as of now.
I think I may have been pushing a bit hard and need to rev down for the time being.

I really like how you barred that chord. It sounded perfect! I wonder how the progression needs to go after that one eh?

Quote Incubus: I dig my toes into the sand. The ocean looks like a thousand diamonds strewn across a blue blaze. I lean against the wind, pretend that I am weightless and in this moment I am happy.

Don’t even get me started on song #9. How the heck do those guys riff that song? I’m not going to use the word jealous but I’m going to use the term “severely annoyed”. I’m guessing that they are issuing all other musicians a hefty challenge?

I’m gonna let the energy and tension fester in my stomach for a while.

Some family time,

Matthew R. Polkinghorne

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How Dare You!

June 21st, 2013 No comments

Don’t make me call Craig Elliot.
Some know his as Amitahba (the seer and giver of infinite light).

He once told me, as we made music, that he was here from the mother-ship or another planet to abduct me.
To this day I took him very seriously and I still say he’s not from here.
Dude’s an audiophile to the hilt and very health conscious.
He said something to me about moving to a beach house in the next couple of years.

There’s this really cool song I wrote that I want to work on with a producer just for fun to see how it goes. It starts with:

The fire’s burnin’ in your eyes.
On this starry night.
So let’s drink some wine, leave our pasts behind.
Let down your flowing hair. Come on, say it, life’s not fair.

The song is mostly complete on a rudimentary basis and has a very nice and gentle chord progression. The chorus is your standard, Bm, A, E with a modified E (with F#) before beginning the next verse.

Do you know how long I was in the fetal position for?

I’m going to have to go get the apricot jam spread for that one.
You know it’s the grape juice don’t you?

Matthew R. Polkinghorne

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Moving Past the Migraine.

June 21st, 2013 No comments

And back to light creation of sound.
Here’s a couple cool chords to lightly strum (moderate and continuous downward strumming on these 2).

(7) – B.
(8) – G.
(7) – D.
(5) – G.
(0) – only if you want to.
(X)

(5) – A.
(8) – G.
(7) – D.
(X)
(X)
(X)
———————-
More light strumming for the upcoming 2:

(15) – G.
(17) – E.
(14) – A.
(0) – D.
(X)
(X)
Add pinky,

(17) – A.
(17) – E.
(14) – A.
(0) – D.
(X)
(X)

Maybe 4 light downward strums for each one.
Not sure though.

Let’s see what else we can add to the literature of music in a bit.

I hope you guys are having a good day,

Matthew R. Polkinghorne

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I Want You To Know That I Was Right There With You.

June 21st, 2013 No comments

This has been, without a doubt, one of the most painful days of my life.
I don’t think I would have been able to get through it without you. I may have needed an ambulance.

Anyhow,

It was late that night or morning.
I saw you dozing off in your big rig and my eyes began to water.
No, not yet. It ain’t your time yet. I’m right behind you, I’m coming.
Flick on the high-beams and wake you up in the early hours of the morning.

Do you know how much I love you?
Your pushin’ it every night delivering goods to some place. Heaven knows there’s a family waiting for you somewhere.

Good, your awake again.
Now I’m your companion for the next few hours.
I’ll stay right with you the whole way just as long you keep pushin’ me after a long downhill.
Al’s with us too. Let’s rip it.

You kept on going though. I had to stop. It had been a very long day, always, ain’t that right?

That night, however it came about, helped me to realize that the detachment I thought I was feeling was never really there.
I had to see that someone else needed help to know that I still cared and do care.
Just like I know that you care because today was a very hard, painful day, and you got me through it.

What else is there to say?
I miss you. I miss a lot of people. I know you need your space.
I’ll always be here and it does and doesn’t matter.

Just keep pushin’ me. I’ll stay with you as long as I can,

Matthew R. Polkinghorne

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Is That The Intro To The Y & R?

June 19th, 2013 No comments

Hmmm…

Let’s add to the archive:

(10) – D note.
(8)- G note.
(12)- G note.
(10) – C note.
(0) – only if you want to.
(X)

Maybe just a bit of light strumming for this chord eh?

Then a bit of riffing:

(0)
(0) 15(b^), 12(b^), 12(b^)—s-down(10)—-slide down(8)
(0) 12, 14,
(0) 14,
(X)
(X)

or

(0)
(0) 15, 12
(0) 12,
(0) 5 (slide with index all the way to 12) – 12
(0) 7,
(0)

It all kind of jives together when you let your mind absorb it and hear it.

Sorry, we need to find a setting or function that adapts or allows for soloing tablature to be written on WordPress.
Is there an App for that?
I’m sure you audiophiles won’t have any issues with it.

Where the heck did the coffee go?

Matthew R. Polkinghorne

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Unconditional Surrender…

June 19th, 2013 No comments

To your voice.
That thing, whatever it is, wherever it comes from, is ethereal.

Here’s my own self-study for the day and a contribution to the archives of cyberspace (cyborg space to Dr. Yucek):

(0)-E
(12)-B
(14)-A
(12)-D
(10)-G
(0)-E

G,D (play together 2 downward strokes). Single pick on A-note. Then single pick (12),b-note. Then single pick 12, d-note. And single pick 12, b-note.

Then:

(0)-E
(10)-A
(12)-B
(11)-C#(Db)
(12)-A
(X)

Continuous downward strokes on this chord, casually.

Try a counter-echo effect with this chord shape:

(5)-A
(0)-B
(4)-B
(5)-G
(4)-C#(Db)
(5)-A

And this one:

(5)-A
(3)-D
(0)-G
(0)-D
(X)-muted
(5)-A

And this one:

(5)-A
(3)-D
(5)-C
(0)-D
(X)-muted
(5)-A

Let counter-echo ring as true as possible.
These 4 chord positions and moderated picking technique in the 1st chord shape are enough, I think, to build a song.

Matthew R. Polkinghorne

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Jazz, Blues, Blahhhhhh…

June 18th, 2013 No comments

I got a coffee headache.
It’s one of those good bad ones.

I’m going to do something I don’t want to do; share a idea (s) in the Key of F.
When I fiddle around in the Key of F, something ain’t right.
Nonetheless, it’s a 3-4 chord progression that moves through a nice spectrum of emotions.

Try to start with a modified F-chord:
(1) – F
(1) – C
(0) – muted
(3) – F
(X)
(X)

Pick the 4th string F one time and then stroke up the other F,C a couple times. It’s sets the sombre tone nicely. Then drop the ring finger F to an open D and hammer on the A-note on the 3rd string (play open D and A together).

(1)-F
(1)-C
(2)-A
(0)-D
(X)
(X)
This progression brings you right back up. Couple downward strokes on the D,A and then a couple upward on the F,C. It’s very pretty and opens up the possibilities of life. Then I like to drop it right back down again to the emptiest kind of sound.

(0)-E
(1)-C
(0)-A
(2)-E
(0)-A (only if you want to).
(X)
This really brings the mood right back down. Kind of like “Oh God…I just want this to be over”. Sure, add the ring finger to complete the major-C if you’d like and then back a half-step on the 5th string back to the B-note (to slightly mimic Strange Days). Then, however, bring the mood right back up by going back to the original F on the 4th string.

It’s a quite simple and nice 3-4 chord progression.
Thought you might like it, even if it’s in the dreadful yet elegant Key of F.

Oh Lordy, time to open the fridge to see what Aunt Roberta made. For the love of God Aunt Bert, the casserole is dry. I’ll have to make the spaghetti and meatballs!

Somberly yours in the Key of F,

Matthew R. Polkinghorne

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Now You Listen To Me…

June 17th, 2013 No comments

I don’t find you funny, in the slightest.
Do you have any feelings (I sound like a woman right now)?
Do you think I don’t know?

People have feelings and needs.
Some people need to get paid? Are you kiddin’!?
Some people need to get laid too (I sound like a woman again).

Do you think that I don’t know what your thinking as you think it before you think it as your ready to broadcast your thoughts?

I don’t care if you cooked with corn. The corn was cold and unsavory. I need it piping hot! (I sound like a woman again).

Excuse me while I go cry myself to sleep.
I don’t know what to say…I….I…I…I’m crying inside (everything is wrong with my life).

And she said it with her eyes,

Matthew R. Polkinghorne

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