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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Argentina settles football coach Sampaoli’s exit terms

first_imgMoscow, July 15 : The Argentine Football Association (AFA) has settled the terms of exit of their head coach Jorge Sampaoli following the national team’s disappointing performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The AFA will pay Sampaoli $2 million for early termination of his duties instead of the $20 million indicated in his contract which was initially valid until 2020, Sputnik news agency quoted daily sports newspaper Ole as reporting on Sunday.The 58-year-old specialist took charge of the South American giants in May 2017 with the two-time champions struggling to qualify for the World Cup.After an underwhelming qualification campaign, Argentina managed to set off to Russia, where the team scraped into the knockout stage with a 2-1 win over Nigeria only to be sent home after losing 3-4 to France.In June, the media reported that the Argentina players unanimously voted for Sampaoli to be sacked as the team’s head coach after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland and thrashed 0-3 by Croatia in their opening World Cup games. IANSlast_img read more

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Speaker evicts Nandlall from parliamentary debate

first_img…PPP walks out in condemnationSpeaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland in the wee hours of Saturday morning evicted former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, from the Chambers of the House, bringing an end to the Opposition participation in a rancorous, marathon debate related to the President’s speech to Parliament in October last.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandNandlall was at the time making his presentation on the debate which had begun the previous day.He was routinely interrupted throughout his presentation as government ministers challenged his assertions on numerous occasions.It was on one such occasion, as Nandlall was making reference to a US$5.7 million settlement entered into between Government and BK International in relation to the Haags Bosch Landfill.Nandlall suggested that Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan had in fact made that disclosure in the press.Former Attorney General, Anil NandlallHaving already had to withdraw his statements to the debate on several occasions, Nandlall was this time challenged by Minister Bulkan who denied making the assertion.At this point Nandlall sought to vociferously defend his stance, saying that Minister Bulkan has never denied making statements to the press to the effect that Government had made the payout to BK International on the basis of a threatening letter.The Speaker at this point demanded that Nandlall substantiate his claims by providing the source of his information.Nandlall sought to counter by saying he did not have the newspapers he referred to on hand, but granted an hour’s leave, he would be able to produce it.The former Attorney General lamented that the opposition had not prepared to debate a motion on the President’s speech since they had in fact prepared for separate motions.His request was however not granted and Nandlall was again asked to withdraw his accusation against the Minister to which he defiantly refused.Dr Scotland at this point informed the former Attorney General that should be not comply, then he would not be able to continue making his presentation to the debate.Nandlall instead opted to withdraw from the debate at which point Dr Scotland ordered him out of the Chambers – a move that angered his colleague PPP/C members of parliament all of whom opted to leave the Chambers in solidarity.Nandlall has since taken to social media decrying the actions of Dr Scotland saying, “The Speaker committed a travesty…There is not even an effort to conceal the bias anymore.”Nandlall has since in a public missive, insisted that he was muzzled by Dr Scotland.According to Nandlall: “We were discussing the President’s address to the Parliament delivered on the 13th October, 2016…My presentation was robust and heavily critical of the President’s speech.”Nandlall contends that his presentation pointed to the length and “how skewed and vacuous the speech was by citing examples and illustrating its deficiencies…I further identified the various constitutional interferences and violations of which the Executive was guilty.” According to Nandlall, “As usual, not being able to endure the criticisms and like true authoritarians, the Ministers started to object to every reference I made.” Among other speakers to the debate which finally came to a close at 01:00h on Saturday – having begun shortly after 14:30h the previous day – were Irfaan Ally, Ganga Persaud and ministers Amna Ally, Raphael Trotman and Basil Williams.last_img read more

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HAMMER HORROR CASE: ‘I’M GLAD DONEGAL TOWN MAN IS BEHIND BARS FOR LIFE’

first_imgA HEARTBROKEN mother whose son was battered to death by a hammer-wielding Donegal Town man has said his conviction for murder has been a “relief” for the family.Following the convictions of Derek Johnston, his two sons and a fourth man, Mr Amar’s mother Flora Amar, from London, and his uncle Zafar Ismail, said in a statement: “The news that all four men have been convicted of Shaleem’s murder has been received with a sigh of great relief by his family and friends after 13 months of so torturous and agonising waiting.“Both of us on behalf of all the family and friends would like to express our deep gratitude and great appreciation for the prosecution barristers, Noel Lucas QC and Matthew Walsh for their professionalism and passion for justice, police family liaison officers Densel McIntosh and Melanie Ward for their loving care and dedication, and also Det Sgt Mark Davis and the investigation team for their meticulous hard work and dedication on this case.” Yesterday donegaldaily.com revealed that Johnston is on suicide watch after being told he must serve a minimum 28 years behind bars for the brutal killing in England last November.https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/12/28/donegal-killer-on-suicide-watch-as-he-insists-im-innocent/© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comHAMMER HORROR CASE: ‘I’M GLAD DONEGAL TOWN MAN IS BEHIND BARS FOR LIFE’ was last modified: December 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:convicted of murderderek johnston donegal townlast_img read more

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