My World of Music
by Tony Copple
When I was about 11, my father decided I needed education in music, and wrote a paper for me that introduced
me to the names of Bach, Beethoven and Louis Armstrong, plus many others. He also arranged for me to have piano
lessons for a couple of years. Today, music is my #1 passtime. I revere musicians and composers from Bob Dylan to John Rutter.
I created the Ottawa Beatles Site and play guitar and mandolin.
Find out if your child
has an interest in music and foster it. Don't risk her/his becoming a musical agnostic. Music could be his/her greatest pleasure in life.
In the beginning were Ruby Murray, Elvis, Lonnie Donegan.
came THE who really got my attention.
Photos - Xuemei Daisy Geng
Come to my birthday party!
I love good examples of all sorts of music from baroque to grunge, from
Michael Franti to Denyce Graves, from Nick Drake and Richard Thompson to John Newlands, from
Thelonius Monk to Philip Glass, from
Rachmaninoff via the Cascades to Nirvana, and contemporary Christian music from Keith
Green to Delirious?
And every year that passes I love them all more. I suspect that Martin Smith of Delirious? may be the the most important songwriter since Lennon and Kurt Cobain (who died 5 Apr 1994). In my view Brian Wilson is one of the greatest American composers.
Feel free to browse some of my collection. My
wife Laurie-Ann has kindly combined her large record collection
with mine, and I'm enjoying discovering new gems. Our tastes overlap
in many categories. I don't like death metal or most rap.
I play guitar and mandolin (electric and acoustic) and keyboard, and enjoy making music tremendously, having learned
piano accordion which taught me harmony, and transfered that knowledge to the guitar and keyboards.
I accompany Laurie-Ann (who sings like an angel) for Christian activities like the Alpha Course, and we play in a band called Kenosis.
In 2003 I started feeling the urge to actually write songs, which had been a log time dream. The first effort became the theme for Laurie-Ann's radio show "Window of Opportunity". Download the mp3 here of a version produced at Christmas 2003 by James Copple, featuring L-A on vocals and me on guitars. I wrote several more songs in 2003, many with words by inmates in Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, where I run an Alpha course.
On 31 Oct 08 Laurie-Ann and I performed for an Arts Night in Ottawa: see Kenbits Part 1 | Part 2. This was our most ambitious performance to date. All the tunes were mine and therefore SOCAN!
Music has the power to sooth, to stimulate, to change one's state, to
comfort, to make you cry, to make you laugh. It is surely something vital
to us! For me, it is a part of my soul, and I owe a debt to musicians that I can never repay. As Michael Franti sings: "everyone deserves music".
From my large collection I have learned that some
artists and composers
never disappoint me. I enjoy everything they ever did. I am not a good
critic of these musicians; I love them too much.
When Laurie-Ann or I need to buy music we may visit:
We both like to go to concerts, and fortunately live
about a mile from Scotiabank Place in Kanata where world-class artistes
Stereo sound has always fascinated me as an engineer
and greatly increased the pleasure of listening.
Notice: Do you have any pop 78 rpm discs but your player long since
died? I have started a service
them to tape.
SOCAN - the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada
SOCAN membership is free for music creators. If you start your own
publishing company, then you pay a one-time fee of $50 (and
perhaps more, if you have to do a Nuans name search for the company).
Consequently, any Canadian who creates music, should
be encouraged to join SOCAN. I registered with SOCAN in 2004, and by mid 2005 had earned royalties of $44.68 for my song "Window of Opportunity" played weekly on Window of Opportunity on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa. Visit Socan Central MySpace site.
Listen to CDs on the Web
Jango - my on-line radio station
Music Boulevard - release your music to the world.
Spank the Plank Productions - Paul Chenier
Nick Drake - covers, books, historic interest
GOFolk - Hollis Morgan's Ottawa live folk shows guide
The Oz Russian punk opera Che Lennon, etc, 2008
Song for Africa.com
True North Records
Constant Sound Studio - Kate and Hollis Morgan - Constance Bay, near Ottawa
Spirit of Rasputins Ottawa folk venue
Audio Lunchbox - Indie purchasing
The Sixties on CKCU 93.1 FM every Sunday at 8 pm. (Ottawa)
Ottawa school of Piano - includes musical intrument rental
Writer's Bloc - Ottawa songwriters group
Wickman music Bryan Anthony's music on Soundcloud
McGuinn's Folk Den folk archive
BILLBOARD - all the US charts
EMI - A Brief History
365 Top Songs of the 20th Century
Dennis Morgan - collaboration with Roy Young 2003
Voices of the Cenury - Top 10
Oldies.com - Rare & Hard-To-Find CDs, DVDs & more
Blue Skies Music Festival
Rock Rebel.com - Christian rock e-magazine
The story of the single
Sunhawk - download sheet music
Eppiphane - good Ottawa band
The Golden Dogs - Canadian rock band
The Unattended Children - Woodlawn band led by Chris Dyke
Extraordinaire_Instrument_de_Musique - YouTube
Soundcloud.com - like YouTube for audio. I have posted some of my original songs
Serious study, and the music businessCelebrating the life of A.L. Chopper McKinnon - 4 May 2013
Rock's Back Pages - gazillions of interviews with stars
Music lessons in Kanata
Phil Stone appreciation by Jay Stone, Ottawa Citizen, 8 May 2008
Le Hibou coffee house, Ottawa, legendary for artists who performed there
The loudness war explained - the strange trend to compress pop music
Class Axe Guitars - Bob, 613-258-9119, 288 Country Rd. 44, Kemptville
OCFF - Ontario Council of Folk Festivals
Duplium - CD replication
Sonicbids EPK - Electronic Press Kit
SOCAN - Society of Composers, Authors and Music publishers of Canada
Songwriters Association of Canada, SAC
Musicians on the spot - a new way to learn to play
The Beatles Timeline - by John Whelan
1960s British rock and popular music - courses at Skidmore College, NY
Mike's Music - instrument repairs, etc., Nepean
Ottawa Folklaw Centre - instruments, and learning to play
Lauzon Music Centre -
Ottawa: Todd Snelgrove
Oskar Graf Guitars. Oskar founded the Blue Skies Music Festival
AcousticRoof.ca - Canadian house concerts network
Band to band.com
The British Invaders - Where are they now?
Music origins - by Robert Fink
Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop and Vestapol Videos
Prof. Glenn Gass Indiana U/V School of Music - Course on the Beatles
M.L. Liebler, poet, Professor, Wayne State University, Michigan
Six String Nation - Connecting Canadians through music
Increase your enjoyment of music! - 1971 article by me.
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Playing variations on #89 in the Green Book, Aug 1999, GCUC