“Stephen Goes Sailing” (two versions) – Now on all streaming platforms

“Stephen Goes Sailing” is a new song that I’ve released and it is now available on all major streaming services. There is a fully produced version and a piano/voice demo version as well.

Here is a video preview of the produced version…

Here is where you can listen to both versions…

If you use other streaming services, it should be on those as well – if not now, in the very near future.

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“Stephen Goes Sailing” – New Music

This video is a piano and voice demo of a song that I’ve been working on called “Stephen Goes Sailing”.

There is a fully produced version of it coming soon. But there is something nice about sitting at the piano and just singing without all the production elements… It’s also a lot less work!

If you like the song and video, it would be appreciated if you shared it with friends on social media.

Here is the YouTube link: https://youtu.be/An0fV5_xyMM

Here is the Facebook Video link: https://www.facebook.com/michaelstegnermusic/videos/10155779645637998/

 

New Music – “Dead Man Blues”

As endless and overwhelming as music can get, sometimes it feels really good to just let things fly on a simple blues with good friends. This recording is of a song I wrote called “Dead Man Blues”. Hopefully it will make it onto a record soon. In the meantime, you can check it out here…

Robin Holcomb in the studio

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Take a Picture Part 2 in the "Playing from Memory" Series

While a student at University of Miami, I wrote an original jazz tune for one of our ensembles that I was very excited about. I felt the tune captured the vibe of the famous Miles Davis quintet from the ‘60’s… That was the theme of the ensemble. The tune had unpredictable harmonic rhythm, harmony based on modes of melodic minor and a lot of suspended chords, and romantic-influenced melodies. It wasn’t extremely complicated but it wasn’t simple either.

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If I Only Had a Brain Alternatives to Memorizing Music

For many students of music, performing without the printed music in front of them can be a stressful venture. Over the years I’ve eliminated the word “memorized” from my teaching vocabulary – at it has helped my students tremendously. However, for the sake of honoring the tradition I’ve included the word “memorize” from time to time in the post – this is the first of a series of posts on playing without the printed page.

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New Single – Love Song from a Montana Boy to a Wyoming Girl He Saw Once Forever

I have a new single out on all the major streaming services online. It’s called Love Song From a Montana Boy to a Wyoming Girl He Saw Once Forever. It features my friend from Senegal, Thione Diop, on the talking drum.

Here are the links… Please share on social media and add to your playlists if you’re so inclined.

The Unassigned Assignments

There’s an assignment that we often miss as teachers. And it’s one that always makes our jobs way easier – maybe easier than anything we could have students do. Over time it simply transforms our students’ musical experiences and their abilities.

Students should be asked to listen to music each time we see them. It can be done in casual conversations about what they’ve been listening to (or what we’ve been listening to), to more precise assignments based on what you’re working on in lessons.

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