The Road To Rooster Walk: Lyle Divinsky Of The Motet Talks Songwriting

first_img“All of a sudden there’s a song – there in your hotel room playing your guitar – and you write it, and two or three years later it will come true. It keeps you on your toes.”These words, spoken by Townes Van Zandt, support a popular notion of the songwriter in American popular culture: A rambling man, on the road with a band, playing venues both squalid and splendid, creating songs from thin air with little more than a beat up guitar, bottle of booze and hotel notepad. And there’s no doubt that countless great tunes have been written in such a manner. But there’s another question worth asking: In 2017, are most songs written that way?To find out, we spoke with six songwriters who will be at the ninth annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28) in Martinsville, Va. These six artists: Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass), Anders Osborne, Andrew Marlin (Mandolin Orange), Lyle Divinksy (The Motet), Marcus King, and Wood Robinson (Mipso) bring different backgrounds, hometowns, experience levels and genres to the craft of songwriting. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they write songs in different manners.Read on to learn about the unique process that Colorado-based band The Motet uses to create the songs you know and love. You can also catch Lyle with the Motet when they hit Fool’s Paradise this weekend!Editor’s Note: This is the first story in a six-part “Road to Rooster Walk” series about the craft and process of songwriting. When lead vocalist and hype-man-extraordinaire Lyle Divinsky got approached about joining The Motet a year and a half ago, his audition had little to do with stage presence or singing ability. Those were skills the band had already verified. Instead, Divinky’s tryout was largely about putting lyrics to a pair of instrumental songs the band had already demoed . . . before he’d met a single member of the group.“It was kind of a fun challenge to know that this was my audition for the band, to write for them, and to know that and to just get excited about how much fun their music was,” Divinsky said. “The Truth’ was the first song that I wrote and that one, I wrote most of it in three hours of sitting down. And then took, I think, a day or two to just kind of sit with it, make sure it was exactly what I wanted and just kind of fine tune a couple things. And then, ‘Fool No More’ was the second song that I wrote, and that one was pretty quick, as well. That one might have even been just a day.”When possible, Divinsky prefers to write from his in-home studio, where he’ll set up shop at his computer (which features basic recording software), a notepad, pen, and his phone. He’ll set the phone’s timer for three hours and then toss it across the room, “because I feel like three hours is about the amount of time that I can work productively without needing a full-on break.”When things are flowing freely, it can be a speedy process.“My favorite times are the ones where I sit down with a song, and like an hour-and-a-half later, the whole song’s written down, and I’m already recording the background harmonies to it,” he said.Like Anders Osborne, Divinsky is adamant in his goal to write something every day, even if that something isn’t a fully realized song or concept. He uses the voice recording app on his smartphone, or a small notepad that he carries in his pocket, to capture lyrical snippets or potential song ideas. These get transferred into a larger notebook or computer file, though when he heads into the studio with instrumental tracks waiting, he tries his best not to fall back on the lyrics he’s already started.“I like to go into it with a completely blank slate, because I think that gives me the chance to really interact with the song and see what can come of it,” Divinsky said. “But then if I’m having a hard time catching something, I’ll start going through hook lines, start going through lyrics that I’ve written, little poems and whatnot. You can get turned on by even just a word from one of those, and then that can send you off in the right direction.”Before joining The Motet, he wrote both lyrics and the music to go with them. But now, with a longstanding band of amazing musicians by his side, the job description has changed. And he loves it.“The melodies aren’t necessarily complete (when the song arrives to me). They’ll give me instrumentals and whatnot – drum, guitar, keys – the skeleton demo version of what they’re coming up with. And then I’ll put the song over it,” he said. “They give the foundation, and I kind of paint in the branches and the leaves and everything like that.”Divinksy is equally comfortable writing on the computer or with pen and paper. When he gets stuck on a song, he’s found that switching from computer to paper, or vice versa, can get him back on track. Thanks to his in-home studio, when he sends a potential song back to the band, it’s far more than an email with typed out verses and choruses.“Whenever I send my ideas back to the guys, it’s usually a fully realized (audio track), just so they can kind of hear it in the context that I intend it to be,” he said. “You know, sometimes it works super well, super quick.”Songwriters who influence Lyle: Bill Withers (“I think that he’s able to capture grandiose emotions in very simple words. So he’s a hero of mine for that.”) Lowell George, John Prine, Stevie Wonder.Song: “The Truth”Next Week on the Road to Rooster Walk: Greensky Bluegrasslast_img read more

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Marijuana has ‘potentially devastating effects on young people’ – Bennett

first_imgRadio NZ News 23 January 2019Family First Comment: “She said the government’s smokefree goals clashed with its plans to hold the referendum and was contributing to its “ad hoc” and “confused” approach to drug reform.” #SayNopeToDope www.VoteNo.nzNational’s new spokesperson on drug reform says she has a raft of unanswered questions about next year’s referendum on legalising cannabis.A binding referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use will be held at the 2020 general election.Today National Party leader Simon Bridges announced that as part of a minor reshuffle, a new shadow portfolio on drug reform would be led by deputy leader Mrs Bennett.Mrs Bennett told 5 o’clock Report that while she was still weighing up whether she supported the referendum, her main concern was the impact of legalisation on young people.“I honestly worry about our young people and the evidence we’ve seen is that more of them access cannabis when their brains are still developing and it has the potential to have very devastating effects on them and I want to know the answers.”She said the government’s smokefree goals clashed with its plans to hold the referendum and was contributing to its “ad hoc” and “confused” approach to drug reform.She said other uncertainties included the wording of the question in the referendum, what would the administration regime look like, would THC levels be monitored, what would happen to illicit drug use, and the legal age for purchase of marijuana.READ MORE: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/top/380681/marijuana-has-potentially-devastating-effects-on-young-people-bennettKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Dera violence: Haryana Police releases wanted list, Honeypreet on top

first_imgHaryana Police has released a list of over forty people, who are wanted in connection with the violence that shook Panchkula on August 25, after Sirsa based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted in two counts of rape of female followers.The list of 43 accused released along with their photographs by the Police has the name of Dera chief’s adopted daughter Honeypreet on the top, besides the name of Aditya Insan, Dera’s spokesperson, as the hunt for these accused continue.Haryana witnessed deadly violence by Dera Sacha Sauda followers after Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted in the rape cases by the special CBI court on August 25, leaving 41 people dead and injuring over 250 people in Haryana.While appealing the public to share information regarding the accused, the police has assured that identity of those sharing the information will be kept secret.The list of accused, which has been put on the website of Haryana police mentions pictures and names of Honeypreet and Aditya Insan, while photographs of all other accused are without name as police has yet to identify them.Meanwhile a special CBI court in Panchkula will continue to hear the arguments in a murder case against the Gurmeet Ram Rahim on Monday.While the hearing in Ranjit Singh murder will be held on Monday, the hearing of murder case in journalist journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati has been slated for September 22.last_img read more

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London Olympics: Teddy Riner wins gold in men’s 100+ kg judo

first_imgFrench judoka Teddy Riner won an Olympics gold in the men’s 100+ kg category on Friday, beating Russia’s Alexander Mikhaylin in the final. Riner, a bronze medalist in Beijing four years ago and a six-time World champion, won by waza-ari, depriving Russia of its fourth judo gold at the Games.”I have trained for this and I earned this medal,” Riner said, adding that he would now focus on retaining his Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro in four years’ time.”Next for me is Brazil at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.”Mikhaylin is the reigining European champion and a three-time world champion.Earlier, German judoka Andreas Toelzer and Brazil’s Rafael Silva won the bronze medals. Toelzer beat Belarusian judoka Ihar Makarau by ippon, while Silva beat South Korea’s Sung-Min Kim by ippon in the golden score period.last_img read more

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FS1’s Tim Brando: Notre Dame Will Eventually Join ACC Football, Is Key To Conference Launching Network

first_imgA Notre Dame cheerleader holding pompoms with the Notre Dame flag in the background.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 30: A Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheerleader performs during a game against the Miami (Oh) Redhawks at Notre Dame Stadium on Seotember 30, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Miami (OH) 52-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)This week, there has been a lot of noise made about the future of a possible ACC Network, which has been long discussed as a possibility for the league with ESPN. In a column on Campus Rush, Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel called the network “imminent.” FOX Sports 1’s Tim Brando, who also calls ACC basketball games for Raycom Sports, doesn’t quite believe that we’ll see an ACC Network all that soon, but he does think it is coming, and the lynchpin to a launch is Notre Dame joining as a full conference member. That, he believes, will happen.Brando previously discussed Notre Dame’s role in the eventuality of the ACC Network on Twitter, and cleared things up a bit on “The Audible” podcast with Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel. Notre Dame/ACC talk starts around the 18-minute mark.On the ACC Network:“I do believe it’s going to happen, and I believe it’s going to happen when Notre Dame understands that it’s in their financial best interest to be in a conference, because they cannot command the same dollar from NBC or any other network by simply having seven home games televised. If you look at the revenues generated by both the Big Ten, the SEC, and the ACC without a network, as a conference member full time, they would, not only right now but certainly in the future, do much better than they are doing with their current arrangement. And I think that’s where we sit.”Brando says that if Notre Dame joins a conference in the next 10 years, the ACC is the only option:“No, Notre Dame cannot have a wandering eye. They not only signed a grant of rights with the ACC, but they signed an additional contract, which mandates that if they do become a conference member in football, there is no other place they can do that other than the Atlantic Coast Conference. And that’s through the year 2025. So (ACC commissioner) John Swofford and his people did a remarkable job when they brought Notre Dame in, to secure that when the Irish blue bloods decided ‘you know what, maybe it’s time to join a conference,’ they need to do that.”Perhaps most surprisingly, he predicts that this will unfold in the next three years.“I really believe that as we move forward, it’s a little early to be thinking about starting a linear network now, given the economics… It may not be the time in a year or two years, but in three years I believe you’ll be looking right down the pipe at an ACC Network, and I think the reason will be Notre Dame elected to become a full-time member.”The ACC is often viewed as the weakest of the Power 5 conferences, although with the Big 12’s issues, and the recent success of Clemson and Florida State, as well as a slew of strong hires this year, the league appears to be on solid ground. If it does, in fact, bring Notre Dame into the fold as a full member, it would be a massive coup for Swofford and company.[FOX Sports]last_img read more

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Restructuring Will Enhance Work Of Coffee Board – Clarke

first_imgMinister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, says restructuring of the Coffee Industry Board (CIB), now underway, is to improve its effectiveness in addressing the needs of the industry.“We have sought to separate the board in terms of administration from the business aspect of it. Things are changing and we will have to change with the times,” Mr. Clarke said.The Minister was speaking at the CIB long service awards function held on December 19 at the Pollyanna Caterers and Banqueters on Stanton Terrace.Mr. Clarke said that a team has been put in place “to work to see how the industry can be improved.” “It is not just about regulation but how we can do many things to lift the profile of the Jamaican coffee. There are many problems, not the least of these, your problem with roads and we have to deal with that because there are farmers, who probably cannot reach their farms because of the bad roads. As Government, we have to concentrate where we ought to concentrate and those are some of the things we will commit ourselves to,” the Agriculture Minister said.He added that research and development is also important in the development of the industry.Mr. Clarke noted also that the price for coffee has increased on the market, and if the country does not increase its production “we cannot be in the business.”“There are many places trying to copy us and trying to tell the world that they have as good a coffee as we have but they cannot outclass us. The CIB must be there to ensure that the integrity of Jamaica’s coffee remains a top priority,” Mr. Clarke said.“Too many fly by night people like to invade the territory and do all kinds of things,” he added.The CIB principal role is to promote, regulate, monitor and guide the development of the coffee industry and to assure the quality of Jamaican coffee.The board owns the Jamaica Blue Mountain® and Jamaican High Mountain Supreme® coffee trademarks and is responsible for the integrity of the brand.The management of the CIB recognised and awarded 38 employees both past and present who have over the years contributed to the success of the board.last_img read more

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SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL HACKED

first_imgThe Sundance Film Festival has been hacked.“Sundance Film Festival has been subject to a cyberattack, causing network outages that have shut down our box office,” said a spokesperson for the festival. “No further information about the attack is available at this time, but our team is working hard to get our system back up and running as soon as possible. All screenings will still take place as planned.” Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

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GLOBAL PHENOMENON CARMILLA NAMED BRAND CONTENT OF THE YEAR AT MIPTV 2018

first_imgAdvertisement With over 71 million views, “Carmilla” has been viewed in 193 countries and translated into over 20 languages, with more than half the views coming from outside North America. Viewers of this scripted digital series are 91% female and 9% male, with 48% of those viewers in the 18-24 demo, according to YouTube analytics. Fans of the series, who refer to themselves as “Creampuffs” after a line in the series, have catapulted “Carmilla” leads Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis to international stardom; most recently, Bauman was awarded the Fan’s Choice Award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards, an award that co-star Negovanlis won the year prior.“Carmilla” is created and produced by Toronto-based Shaftesbury, in association with U by Kotex®, A Kimberly-Clark company, as executive producer, and was co-created and written by award-winning playwright Jordan Hall, and directed by Spencer Maybee. The series puts a modern spin on the cult gothic vampire novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, meshing the vlog aesthetic with scripted storytelling as it follows the adventures of university student Laura (Bauman), whose world is turned upside-down after a vampire (Negovanlis) moves into her dorm room.Season One launched in August 2014, Season Two in June 2015, and the third and final season in September 2016, for a total of 108 x 5 minute episodes. The series boasts one of the most engaged fandoms in the world, particularly with the global queer community, with nearly 500,000 fans across its official social accounts on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, and YouNow.Due to overwhelming fan demand, Shaftesbury announced in 2016 that it would extend the series into a feature-length movie. “The Carmilla Movie” premiered in fall 2017, playing for one night only at Cineplex theatres across Canada, before making its world television premiere on Hollywood Suite.“Carmilla” has been recognized with numerous national and international nominations and awards including the Streamy Awards, the Webby Awards, the Shorty Awards, and the Canadian Screen Awards. Shaftesbury Sales Company holds worldwide distribution rights for the series and film.About MIPTV – MIPTV (9-12 April 2018, Cannes) is the flagship and leading global TV and digital content market. Each April, over 10,000 professionals from across the international TV and digital entertainment ecosystem connect to launch and discover new content, forge partnerships, negotiate financing and distribution agreements, find co-production opportunities and explore the latest trends.MIPTV is preceded by the biggest weekend in unscripted content (7-8 April 2018), comprising MIPDoc, the world’s largest screenings library, conference and co-production marketplace for the factual community, and MIPFormats, the discovery showcase for the global formats community. www.miptv.com​About  Shaftesbury –  Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television, film, digital, and brands. Shaftesbury’s current slate includes 11 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV, and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment, detective drama Frankie Drake Mysteries for CBC and UKTV, and two seasons of critically acclaimed thriller series Slasher for Netflix. Shaftesbury’s digital arm produces original digital, convergent, and branded entertainment projects including the global phenomenon Carmilla, scripted comedy Upstairs Amy for Walmart and Interac®, supernatural drama Inhuman Condition, and the Slasher VR app for iOS, Android, and Oculus Rift. Shaftesbury’s branded entertainment division drives profitable engagement with millennials using scripted series, turning brands into executive producers. Recent brand partners include Walmart, Interac®, U by Kotex®, and RBC. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Paris – MIPTV has chosen to give its Brand Content of the Year Award to Kimberly-Clark’s global phenomenon “Carmilla”, a branded entertainment digital series that has evolved to include a feature film, book deal, and primetime series in development, becoming a brand in its own right.The flagship global TV and digital content market, MIPTV takes place in Cannes, France from 9-12 April 2018. The 2018 Brand Content of the Year Award will be presented during the “Carmilla” Keynote Showcase that will take place at noon on Wednesday 11 April in the Auditorium Debussy.The “Carmilla” Showcase presents a new approach to producing original scripted content. Shaftesbury, the producers behind this successful brand, is an award-winning creator of scripted content for TV, film, and digital, and have become leaders in branded entertainment. Shaftesbury CEO Christina Jennings and SVP of Branded Entertainment Kaaren Whitney-Vernon will discuss their successes in partnering with global brands to create scripted series that have garnered both critical acclaim and international fandoms. Kimberly-Clark will accept the Brand Content of the Year award and offer insights into how “Carmilla” has driven engagement with consumers and global sales. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Ohio State womens soccers poor play results in three game losing streak

Ohio State’s women’s soccer team posted an 0-2 record against Big Ten foes last weekend and, according to coach Lori Walker, the team’s performance was as poor as she’s ever seen. The weekend started for the Buckeyes with a 1-0 home defeat to Iowa Friday. Then came a 3-2 loss to Nebraska Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (8-7-1, 3-4-1) have lost three matches in a row, with all of the defeats coming at the hands of conference foes. Coach Lori Walker was noticeably frustrated by the team’s play this weekend. “I think our team is playing about as poorly as I’ve ever seen us play,” Walker said. After being held scoreless Friday, the Buckeyes showed more energy offensively Sunday, outshooting the Cornhuskers 26 shots to 14. Despite scoring two goals, Walker said the team is struggling most on the attack. “I think that our inability to be dangerous in the final 25 yards of the field is absolutely crippling our confidence,” she said. “Although we found a couple of goals today, we are not consistently being dangerous in the last 25 yards. “You can’t outshoot a team 26 to 14 and find a way to lose 3-2 unless your attack is in the crapper right now, and ours is.” Trailing 3-1, senior defender Danielle Scoliere settled a loose ball in the box and finished from six yards out to bring the Buckeyes within a goal in the 81st minute. It was her first goal of the season. The Buckeyes dug themselves into an early second half deficit, allowing a Nebraska goal in the 50th minute. The gap swelled to 3-1 in the 71st minute when OSU gave up a breakaway goal. Junior forward Lauren Granberg tied the game in the 26th minute with her third goal of the season. After a deflected header attempt by senior forward Paige Maxwell, the ball landed in front of Granberg who finished into a wide open net level the score, 1-1. OSU fell behind early when it conceded an own goal to the Huskers in the 11th minute. October has not been kind to the Buckeyes, who are now 1-3-0 during the month. The Buckeyes continue Big Ten play this week with two away matches. OSU will face Michigan Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State Sunday at 12 p.m. read more

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