If you’ve been following this blog you’ll know that I’ve worked at a wide range of jobs in my life. Teacher, solider and artist are at the top of my list, but I’ve also worked as
- oil field roustabout
- technical writer
- staffing agency manager
- grocery store clerk
- …and field investigator for a major financial institution
One occupation not found on this list is music journalist. I was gone from home by the time dedicated music journals such as Rolling Stone and Creem hit the market and it seemed like time, distance and just life in general conspired to keep me out of that part of the literary world. However the love I have for music and the appreciation I have for its beneficial effect in my life insured it would be a recurring topic in this blog.
(If you use the term “music” in the search block for this page you’ll find a dozen articles about favorite songs and the effect they had on me. I am by no means a capital-A “Authority” on the topic, but I do offer some unique insights despite my lack of a technical vocabulary)
That shortfall is being addressed by a purely random scroll through YouTube last week that turned up an interesting fellow by the name of Rick Beato. Beato’s resume is as varied as mine but centers around music – he’s an accomplished session musician, studio engineer , songwriter record producer and university professor who has become a YouTube personality putting out videos in several music-related categories. My favorite is a series entitled “What Make This Song Great” in which he analyses a song and identifies the theory and principles involved in its construction in much the same way that I would analyze a work of art during a critique by referencing the elements of art and principles of design.
I’ve just started working through his videos and golly-Bob-howdy is this guy good – so good that he deserves a decent look/see from everyone! He does a great job of citing and explaining fairly complex musical theory in a readily comprehensible manner. If nothing else listening to him made it possible for me to explain why I love the keyboard opening to Baba O-Reilley in better terms than “ ‘s totally bitchin’ man!”
At this point he’s quite well known and with a hundred followers to each one of mine it would seem that I’ve got things backwards…however I think what he does is that important and someone to whom you should definitely “lend your ear”. In addition to his videos he has training courses and manuals that teach the musical theory he talks about.
You can find him at http://www.rickbeato.com