The JavaMusiK BloG #12 is going to take a detailed look into the musical influences of JavaMusiK. This may or may not give some background as to the development of the unique stylings behind the creations so far. This list is going to start with influences who have had somewhat of an impact, leading finally to the influences who have had a major impact on JavaMusiK.
The following is a JavaMusiK perspective on each band member, not based on literal fact, but only from personal observations from afar:
John Lennon - The painfully honest, raw unschooled talent. Always preferred to be a collaborator, whether with Paul, Yoko or any other musical icon who happened to wander into the studio during a session. The initial attraction for me as a listener to John's music in the early 70's was his combination of a beautiful melodic line, combined with lyrical content dealing on an intensely personal, sometimes painful subject matter all while seemingly dancing on the edge of a proverbial cliff. But more than that, was something about the production of John's vocals. If you listen closely, his vocals had a very faint echo in songs like Mind Games which, combined with the above listed elements, provided a very unique signature to his sound.
Paul McCartney - The left-handed antithesis to John, who could smooth over the rawness of John's innovative concepts propelling them into wonderful pop creations. Often accused of being the AOR member of the creative team, Paul had a gift for giving his musical creations a timeless quality through the steady musical form and solid construction. Beyond the musical contributions to the band, Paul provided the ultimate leadership in the band through his sometimes arrogant, usually balanced, always grounded leanings. Whether it was providing a framework for a string quartet accompaniment, or a fabrication based on the blues, or an uptempo ballad, Paul's handiwork never failed to deliver the goods through strong vocals, intense delivery and crafty orchestration.
George Harrison - Rightly or wrongly described as 'the quiet one' never getting his due in track representation on The Beatles' records, yet always providing the much needed subtle yet tasteful guitar handiwork over John's rhythm guitar, Paul's bass line & Ringo's beat. Some of the most timeless guitar lines have come from George's nimble fingerwork. It's no mistake that George had the first #1 hit following the breakup of The Beatles. 'If Not For You' and 'My Sweet Lord' are as refreshing to hear now as they were upon initial release. While the vast majority of the songwriting credit goes to Lennon/ McCartney, George's unique ability to provide fitting guitar work for each piece cannot be understated. When given the opportunity to offer up a track to The Beatles' records George sometimes would call upon his Eastern musical influences, such as in 'Norwegian Wood' or 'Within You, Without You' to provide a very different approach on some of his offerings. However, songs like 'Here Comes The Sun' and 'Something' put all the finer qualities that Harrison had to offer into classic creations that rank among The Beatles finer works.
Ringo Starr - The loveable teddy bear of a drummer who has provided music critics much to debate about over the years. From the camp calling Ringo the greatest rock drummer to the camp on other end of the spectrum describing Starr as a below average beat keeper, one thing is for certain. Ringo offered color to the band beyond his drumming prowess in not only his 'cute one' image, but also his quick wit combined with his fun artistry in songs he wrote such as 'Yellow Submarine,' 'Ob La Di, Ob La Da' and 'With A Little Help From My Friends.' Ringo provided the casual observer a lighter side to The Beatles' image which may have made the group more attractive to an even more diverse audience than they would've had w/out him.
Each member of The Beatles provided a set of essential elements that combined to make an appealing product which has proved to stand the test of time and afford subsequent contemporary bands a template to adhere to. This may prove to ultimately be the legacy underscoring their final legend.
At a critical time in my musical formation, I had become disillusioned and quit taking piano lessons for awhile. Having become fascinated with the visual imagery combined with the melodic voicings of 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' followed by the subsequent release of the wildly fun sounds of 'Bennie & The Jets,' suddenly 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me' took to the airwaves. Upon hearing the opening introductory notes to this song, I suddenly became captivated by piano keys again. I had to learn how to play that song! That is the one driving factor that led me back to piano lessons again.
The previous story, followed by discovering that EJ wore spectacles too (like me) and made it a fun part of his image, followed by finally seeing his show live all combined to make this musical giant of a showman my biggest musical influence outside of my family.
Looking back, I feel lucky to have been given the opportunity to take piano lessons through my childhood - an opportunity not available to all children by any means. This opportunity eventually led to the piano becoming a true friend. I cannot lay claim to the technical prowess of the musical influences listed above, but I can lay claim to a love and passion for the instrument. This is a direct result of the lessons and guidance given to me by my parents during my childhood.
There you have it. Not a complete list by any means, but the more important standout influences are listed. This list may be expanded in the future, as there are indeed many more influences. Thanks for reading.
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