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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Franken doesn’t seem to understand why he had to resign

first_imgCategories: Editorial, Opinion“I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said as he announced his resignation Thursday. Franken, who has been accused by eight women of sexual misconduct, said that he was leaving not because the allegations against him were true, but because “it’s become clear that I can’t both pursue the ethics committee process and at the same time remain an effective senator.”Franken’s statement was defensive and often angry.And though he said he “was excited for that conversation and hopeful that it would result in real change,” he didn’t seem to grasp what that change might look like or why he has been swept up in it.Franken and many other men have lost their jobs over the past few months because society has finally decided to treat them like other people who allegedly behave in wildly entitled and reckless ways. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists But it is an explanation for the disbelief that some of the men who have been exposed over the past few months seem to feel.The idea that Harvey Weinstein could redeem himself with a week-long stay in rehab, or that director James Toback could bluster his way through hundreds of allegations, seems ludicrous to any of us who have had to choose between our passing desires and the realities of our lives.I’m sure the idea that these strategies wouldn’t work is equally confounding if your life has been defined by a near-total freedom to seek gratification without worrying about the consequences.Franken might not yet understand what happened to him.But like the women who say he groped them, he couldn’t escape his fate.Alyssa Rosenberg blogs about pop culture for The Washington Post’s Opinions section. If this change has been disconcerting to men like Franken, he’s not alone.The reckoning of the past few months has made it clear – if it wasn’t before – that sexual harassment and sexual assault are widespread.It’s also horrifyingly obvious just how many men feel no compunction about using their power to demand sexual contact, and how many of them don’t even bother to demand.They “just kiss.” They just grab, they just open their robes, they just start masturbating, they just force themselves inside women. They “don’t even wait.”But knowing that still doesn’t make it any more comprehensible to me.What must it be like to truly believe, deep down, that “when you’re a star, they let you do it”?Or to be absolutely convinced that you can kiss whomever you want, whenever you want, because to do so is your “right as an entertainer” (as one accuser said Franken told her)?center_img I have absolutely no understanding of how it feels to think you’re entitled to have your every passing whim fulfilled, even if that whim involves another person.I have never expected that much satisfaction out of life.I also can’t understand the specific calculus involved in spectacularly destructive acts of self-gratification.Is a kiss from an unwilling woman or a handful of flesh really worth endangering a career in radio, or a seat in the Senate?Is forcing yourself on a clearly unwilling woman or enlisting her as an obviously miserable viewer in a session of masturbation actually worth the potential loss of your movie studio, or your development deal at a major network?Maybe I’m missing the point.Maybe I just don’t know what it’s like to live without fear of consequence. The truth is, there’s plenty of evidence to bolster men’s belief that they can get away with these alleged acts – that at most, the price they’ll pay is some irksome public humiliation.Clarence Thomas holds a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.Bill Clinton retained his presidency and will retain the cushion of his wealth even if he’s stripped of some esteem.Donald Trump is president. Roy Moore may still become a senator from Alabama.So if Franken sounded petulant and defensive when he announced his resignation, maybe it’s because he is genuinely flabbergasted by the past month of his life.If I struggle to imagine feeling as free and as entitled as the many men accused of sexual harassment this fall, I’m sure it’s hard for those men to imagine navigating the constraints many women (not to mention people of color and LGBT people) have to contend with.This failure of imagination isn’t an excuse.last_img read more

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Nigerian start-up redefines cassava meal business “Garri”

first_imgBuhari meets with Nigerian governors If you are from West Africa, chances are that you not only know Garri but you might have consumed it. Garri is a popuplar West African staple food made from cassava.It’s quite popular and widely consumed in Nigeria. It’s sold virtually everywhere in the open market.One young Nigerian is now refining the sale of Garri and aiming to make a fortune out of it. CCTV’s Deji Badmus reports. Nigerian steel plant to start production 40 years after being built Related Nigerian farmers seek more incentiveslast_img read more

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First look at Lego Tower game for Android

first_imgFirst look at Lego Tower game for Android by Martin Brinkmann on July 02, 2019 in Games, Google Android – No commentsLego Tower is a new free to play game for Android and iOS devices by NimbleBit LLC, a game development company that is best known for its Tiny Tower game.It should not come as a surprise therefore that Lego Tower resembles Tiny Tower. The game is not a 1:1 copy of Tiny Tower with a Lego theme plastered on it though.First the basics: Android users can download the game from Google Play, Apple iOS users from the App Store. The Android version that I looked at is available for all versions of Android starting with Android 4.3.The game is free to play but it includes in-game purchases to speed up certain operations or make certain purchases.Lego TowerThe main idea behind Lego Towers is to build a huge tower by adding levels to it. Each level has a certain function, e.g. Health Club or Apartments. Minifigures, that’s the Lego term for the little figures that you find in most Lego sets, play a huge role in the game.You may assign jobs to the minifigures, unlock new characters, and customize them, and interact with other players.Here is how it all begins.The game starts with a quick intro of key concepts and throws you in right away. There is no sign up or registration process to get started; great.You start with a basic tower and a tutorial of some sorts that walks you through the first steps. Hire a new minifigure, construct a new tower level, and pick a room type.New residents will move in and you need to move them to the right level. Once moved in, you may assign them jobs so that they start earning money. Money is key, as you need it to expand the tower and for other things.Lego Tower displays notifications at the bottom of the screen when events happen, e.g. when a minifigure wants to be taken to a certain level in the tower.The gameplay is not stressful at all and some may even find it relaxing. Yes, you have to make some decisions in the game but it comes down mostly to assigning the right jobs to minifigures and building new levels.Tip: if you cannot find how to exit the game: tap on the lowest level and there on the exit game icon.Graphics are well done; they really look like Lego.Closing WordsLego Towers is a user friendly addictive tower building game in the Lego universe. It is a must play for Lego fans and for anyone who likes the tower building genre. Generally speaking, children will like the game and adults who play games on their devices will likely too.What I like in particular is that the game is not overly pushy when it comes to in-game purchases. Yes, you can speed things up significantly when you use in-game currency to do so but you are not blocked completely in the game if you don’t spend money on these purchases.The game is not complicated at all and while I played only for a bit, it became a bit dull after a while. That does not mean that others can’t enjoy it for a prolonged period of time but if you are used to games that have more meat, then you may not be entertained for a whole long time playing Lego Towers.Still, the game is well designed and Lego fans and children in general will probably like it more. The collecting aspect of the game, the finding of new Lego parts to customize minifigures and the customizing of the tower and player minifigure, play a role in this as well.Now You: Do you play games on your mobile devices?Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 2 votes Software Name Lego TowerOperating System AndroidSoftware Category GamesLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nimblebit.legotower Advertisementlast_img read more

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