Weekly Brews and Reviews: Game and Variations

A common songwriting technique is theme and variation.  Establishing a melody, and then repeating the original material in an altered form, tweaking elements to create something new.  Such elements could be the rhythm, the instrumentation, or even burying the original melody deep within another theme entirely.  It’s a fascinating tool that pops up time and … Continue reading Weekly Brews and Reviews: Game and Variations

Weekly Brews and Reviews: Kirby, Pumpkin Spice, and Flying Dog’s Nice

Winter is a dangerous time for one’s waistline.  Cold weather discourages folks from venturing outdoors to exercise, while a massive supply of holiday goodies magically appears in our cupboards.  For those of us who enjoy beer, the change in the seasons also brings out darker brews with richer flavors (and higher calorie counts).  Despite my attempts to stick … Continue reading Weekly Brews and Reviews: Kirby, Pumpkin Spice, and Flying Dog’s Nice