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  • blog post Report In Honor Of... The Beatles!

    Loren Christopher Radis
    Posted on Jan 20, 2013 - 14:30 by Loren Christopher Radis
    So! It was probably pretty obvious my first “In Honor of…” EP would be the Beatles. I can’t say enough how much I love them and their music, and it can’t be overstated how influential it’s been on me. I might not be a musician at all if it weren’t for the Beatles. The first time I ever heard anything by the Beatles was their live set before the Queen of England from the Beatles Anthology. They played “She Loves You”, “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, “‘Till There Was You”, and “Twist and Shout”, and it isstillthe most impressive live set I have ever heard.

    My 12 year old brain couldn’t even begin to understand how and why they were so awesome, I just knew I loved it. The Beatles weren’t just incredible songwriters - they didn’t even write two of the songs in that set – although they were that. They were near flawless performers, knowing how to work the crowd, whether it was a bunch of sweaty youths in an underground bar or the elite of Britain at a high class event. Their performances were so in sync, so tight, so energetic. You can tell that they’ve already played literally hundreds of shows together and they’ve gotten better with each and every one.

    Anyway, the three songs I’ve chosen to cover in honor of the Beatles are: “Revolution”, “I Should Have Known Better”, and “I Will”. You might notice that I’ve only chosen songs written by Lennon/McCartney. I only had three slots to work with and, come on, who are we kidding? If John Lennon and Paul McCartney went off on their own and George and Ringo went off on their own and both duos recorded their own music, whose do you think would be most like The Beatles’? George and Ringo were integral to the Beatles, but John and Paul were the Beatles.

    The Beatles’ songs were about a lot of things. Their first few dozen were about love, then they branched out into things like politics, drugs, religion, all that jazz. I feel like the core theme that resonates through nearly every song though, is love.

    “Revolution” is a song that says “Yes, we need a better world, it sucks the way it is, but hurting other people isn’t the way to make it better, we need peace and love”.

    “I Should Have Known Better” works on a really superficial level as a song about young love, being surprised how deeply in love you’ve fallen with a girl who was just a crush. Maybe the author thought it would be a short relationship, a one-night stand even. But he’s surprised to find he can’t pull himself away. For a long time that’s all the song meant to me. It’s pretty versatile though; my wife and I just had our first child, a little girl. And when I think of this song in relation to her, well, I never knew I could love a girl as much as I love my daughter. I love everything that she does, and even though it’s so vastly different from the romantic love the song was probably written about, it fits perfectly.

    “I Will” really embodies Paul McCartney’s style of songwriting. It’s in the same vein as things like “Yesterday”, “Blackbird”, “Some Days”… It’s simple, sweet, and absolutely gorgeous. Paul McCartney has a way with melody, I don’t know how or why it works the way it does, but his melodies, even if there were no words, just sound like love.

    So those are the three songs you can download for free on the music page – music.lorenradis.com – right now, I hope you like my take on them. Check back next month on the 15th for your next batch of covers, and thanks a ton!

    -loren
  • blog post Report New Project - In Honor Of...

    Loren Christopher Radis
    Posted on Jan 15, 2013 - 14:30 by Loren Christopher Radis
    Hi!

    So I had this idea for a kind of big project. I’ve been inspired by a lot of different songwriters throughout my life, and their influence has shaped me into who I am and the songs I write are a direct result of that shaping process. I’ve also always had a blast recording covers of my favorite songs, and people seem to like listening to them too.

    So, over the next 12 months I’m going to be paying tribute to the influential artists in my life by releasing covers their music. Each month of 2013 will be dedicated to one artist and each month I’ll release a new EP of my interpretations of the featured artist’s songs!

    Sounds cool right? At the end of the year you’ll have one huge Super-Album of my covers, and since they’re not my songs, I’m not going to charge for them, it’s all free to you!

    I’m not going to release the lineup of artists in advance, so it’ll be something of a surprise who I’m going to cover each month. You probably could have guessed the Beatles would be one of the artists though, and you’re right, they’re this month’s featured artist! You can grab my EP of Beatles covers right now in the music section – music.lorenradis.com
    I’ll make a nice long blog post about how important the Beatles have been to me as a songwriter but I won’t waste your time with it now, you can check that out when it goes up if you’re interested.

    So there you have it, check out the music page – music.lorenradis.com - each month on the 15th of the month for your new batch of free covers, recorded by yours truly, in honor of the artists who’ve made me who I am musically. Thanks!

    -loren
  • blog post Report Let Us Cling Together

    Loren Christopher Radis
    Posted on Apr 19, 2012 - 7:45 by Loren Christopher Radis
    I have big news, and then I have bigger news.

    First, the big news. I'm playing in a fund-raiser/battle of the bands on April 28th called Band Together!

    Band Together - Fundraiser/Battle of the Bands April 28th

     

    It's purpose is to a) be an awesome concert/competition featuring all the most talented local musicians and b) raise money to support Brighten A Corner, a group who I happen to volunteer for that does home improvement projects for people who are facing overwhelming situations. I can't say enough good things about Brigthen a Corner, I've seen them plant a garden at a half-way house, re-model an entire home for a woman who recently lost her husband, put in ramps and other changes for a man who recently became disabled, and they do it all for free. It's amazing to see local businesses and people pull together to support them but the work they do isn't free, and this fund-raiser is one way to make sure they get to keep doing good all over the central coast.

    Now for the bigger news. We've all heard that pictures are worth a thousand words and... I could easily use a thousand words and more to talk about this, so I'll let a picture do the talking instead, to save you some time.



    That's right! My wife and I are about to become a trio! This event is taking priority over just about anything else in my life right now, I can't even explain how excited I am for the day we get to meet our little one...

    So now you know the news, thanks for reading! Come to my Farmer's Show, the Band Together Competition, and keep us and our baby in your prayes! Thanks,

    -loren

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