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Hi everyone,

I've just written a new blog post about to what extent it's ok to take ideas from other performers. I'd appreciate your thoughts and comments as always! Here's the link:

http://blogs.linn.co.uk/music/alisdair-h...vation.php

Best,
Al
(2012-02-22 12:07)Alisdair Hogarth Wrote: [ -> ]Hi everyone,

I've just written a new blog post about to what extent it's ok to take ideas from other performers. I'd appreciate your thoughts and comments as always! Here's the link:

http://blogs.linn.co.uk/music/alisdair-h...vation.php

Best,
Al

Not much of a musician myself but found this really interesting - what's the strangest or non-typical influence that you've ever picked up in one of your performances or recordings? e.g. consciously or not, you find that something from another non-classical realm has changed or improved the particular way you play or interpret something
Actually, I do think the influences with the biggest impact for me have come from within classical music, but often not necessarily through other pianists. Because I work with singers so much, that has really helped with keeping the melodic line flowing when I play, and breathing with the music too. In some ways, the jazz I've been working with recently has been a huge influence. Creating music at the same time as playing it makes you perform classical, written-out music in a different way; you kind of hear it through another pair of ears and you listen more deeply.
Ah, so to paraphrase the Terribly Smart Eliot:

'A good musician will usually borrow from artists remote in time, or alien in style, or diverse in instrument.'

I once did an English Literature presentation drawing comparisons between Byron and Eminem. Well, it made sense to me at the time...
Absolutely! Everything is connected...Barry Manilow's 'Could it be Magic' quotes Chopin Prelude in C minor, Radiohead's Exit Music for a Film is based on a classical concept, the ground bass (a repeating bass line that you create melodies on top of), and 'All by myself' pinches a big chunk of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto!
Alisdair - Interesting read, that blog article.

If you're posting on the Linn blog site, are you a Linn employee, out of interest? (And If so, why don't you have the "Linn Logo Avatar" like Oliver and other Linn staff?)
Thanks! No I'm not a Linn employee, but I'm a Linn artist with my group The Prince Consort. We've recorded a couple of CDs... On an Echoing Road and Other Love Songs if you're interested:

http://www.linnrecords.com/artist-prince-consort.aspx
(2012-02-22 17:33)Alisdair Hogarth Wrote: [ -> ]Thanks! No I'm not a Linn employee, but I'm a Linn artist with my group The Prince Consort. We've recorded a couple of CDs... On an Echoing Road and Other Love Songs if you're interested:

http://www.linnrecords.com/artist-prince-consort.aspx

Great plug! Smile
You should check out Alisdair's 1st blog too if you've not already: http://blogs.linn.co.uk/music/alisdair-h...erfect.php
(2012-02-22 17:33)Alisdair Hogarth Wrote: [ -> ]Thanks! No I'm not a Linn employee, but I'm a Linn artist with my group The Prince Consort. We've recorded a couple of CDs... On an Echoing Road and Other Love Songs if you're interested:

http://www.linnrecords.com/artist-prince-consort.aspx

Ah. That makes sense. I'll have to have a listen...

Thanks.
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