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.
Then came THE Beatles 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 perform frequently.

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 to transcribe 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.

YouTube Concerts and very special videos
WCR at IG Apex Vancouver 20 Sep 2015 WCR
Imagine, by Elias's Children - Lucas Haneman and Marco Vezina 2014
Muse Austin City Limits 2013
Like a Rolling Stone 2013 & The making of
The Songs of Nick Drake concert 18 Nov 2012. Playlist and musicians
Rolling Stones 'At the Max' 1991
Sting - Winter's Night Live in Durham (Includes Laila Biali)
Van Morrison - Cyprus Avenue 1970

Jukeboxes

Other links
Spank the Plank Productions - Paul Chenier
Binary Rhyme - Mike Heffernan
Acoustiq Duo - Gary Racicot and Joseph Crowley
Nick Drake - covers, books, historic interest
Ottawa Bluesjazz
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
My Music.com
BILLBOARD - all the US charts
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

Downloads
Groove Shark Listen to music free. Audio quality less than iTunes
Soundcloud.com - like YouTube for audio. I have posted some of my original songs
Puretracks.com

Rock / Classical blends

  • Matthew Bellamy of Muse
  • Bryce Dessner of The National
  • Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead

    Songs wholly or partly by me
    What is the difference between this man and me by Peter Wake, 2015

    Serious study, and the music business

  • OFME Latest postings - Upcoming folk music events, Ottawa area
  • U-Rock Music School for kids and teens, by Cathy Hallessey, 613-457-5064
  • Song Meanings.com
  • Discogs.com Music database - track listings, buy-sell CDs, etc
  • Rock's Back Pages - gazillions of interviews with stars
  • Music lessons in Kanata
  • Phil Stone appreciation by Jay Stone, Ottawa Citizen, 8 May 2008
  • Oremus Hymnal
  • 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
  • Folk Music Ontario (transitioned from the OCFF)
  • 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
  • Guitar chords
  • Hymn chords
  • 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