Summer is here in all its glory.

Enjoy this jubilant, complex, lively flourish of the Mad Ms’ brass & reeds, in other words a “Fanfare”.

The Mad Ms horn players are stellar! Not to mention a big part of what makes our ensemble so distinctive.

For those who look under the hood of musical compositions, this is a five-part, hybrid contrapuntal piece somewhere between a canon and a fugue.

For those who simply enjoy the bold force of wind instruments and brass with percussion accents, this will delight.

I wrestled with this piece on and off for over five years to get it right. The counterpoint is satisfying. 🙂

You’ll notice how much fun I was having with “particle effects” in the video.

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As I was writing California Love, I kept “hearing” a harp version. I asked fab multi-instrumentalist and longtime friend Roxanne Oliva if she’d like to do it and happily she said yes.

She recorded her tracks at her home studio, playing her Celtic harp, a 22 string Stoney End. She sent the tracks to me and I added parts. Next step was to Wally Sound for mixing and mastering mix. The result is a lovely instrumental, a movie soundtrack.

To listen and/or download a hi-fi version, go to our BandCamp.

I had oodles of fun playing with the theme of “hearts coming together” in the music video.


 

newspaper photo clipping of Rox and MagsRoxanne and I have known each other since the mid 1980s, having met at Sonoma State University. We performed together in Mixed Company, a mixed-media theater company I formed with choreographer/director Diana Keener. (I must say, the shows we produced were waaaay before their time.)

We have criss-crossed in the musical world ever since.

I particularly love that neither one of has stopped making music. Can’t keep a dedicated artist down!
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“Opal” is an upbeat, catchy, pop/rock/dance love song.

All Mad Ms added their artistry and Wally Sound added his studio magic. Music, lyrics and video by yours madly.
Dare I say it? “This tune is a gem.”

Enjoy a hi-fi version on our BandCamp

Enjoy our official and decidedly “psychedelic rock” video.

Speaking of rocks, did you know that opals are mineraloids? If a gemstone has a crystalline structure, it’s a mineral. If it doesn’t have crystallinity, it is classified as a mineraloid. Amber and obsidian are other examples of mineraloids.

Opal is the birthstone for October, which happens to be my birth month. I’ve always found them fascinating, especially fire opals.

Now there’s some groovy / roll your own light show imagery. 🙂

Back when Phillip Glass was quite popular, I quipped that anyone could compose like he did. Well, if one throws stones …

Here is my composition “Those in Glass Houses” in which I mix some of my distinct sounds with some of my Glass-like passages.

It’s a pleasant, relaxing piece. 🙂

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The expression people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones is first found in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, written in 1385: “Who that hath an hed of verre, Fro cast of stones war hym in the werre!”. Source

I gathered up a few musician friends to record some of my tunes on February 14, 2004. What was a one album project turned into a crazy 20 year musical ride. Wow!

We’re celebrating with a new tune: Hold On, Let Go

Available for download on our BandCamp

Enjoy the very danceable rhythm — a line dance shuffle, perhaps.
And, the chorus is just asking for you to singalong. Go for it!

One of the most valuable skills in life is knowing when to take chances and stay in the fray and knowing when the smart move is to walk away.

That hint of free will feels good in this crazy game of life.

Meanwhile, it’s not time for me to “let go” just yet.
I have quite a few tunes in the hopper. 😉

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We’re booking some nice shows in August. So stay tuned.
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May you all have as much love as you need, as much peace as possible and plenty of joy throughout the new year and beyond.

The Mad Maggies turn 20 this year. Look out for new tunes and shows.

Here’s my next “Mags’ Jazz” piece — storytelling and music inspired by Ken Nordine’s “Word Jazz” style.

In “Out of Proportion“, a shopping mishap leads a woman to discover that clothes don’t make the woman…or the man.

And naturally, there is accordion.

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Music & Lyrics by M. Martin
Musicians:
Maggie “Mags” Martin: composer, vocals, accordion, & synths
Gary “GDub” Wium: bass

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I’ve been creating some pieces loosely inspired by Ken Nordine’s Word Jazz – narration over background music.

Nordine is one of my early, big influences. He told tales and made commentary on the world with a fabulous, mellifluous voice over the sounds of cool jazz by the Fred Katz group.

I listened to the albums over and over and over when I was a kid.

First up is “Actual Factual”, a laid-back groove in which I have something to say about disinformation. Of course, there is accordion.

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Dead Air is a rock/pop tune with vintage dub stylings. The lyrics describe that feeling when you finally leave for good.

Try singing along. It is very satisfying.

The fab noir-inspired illustrations are by multi-talented artist Wendy Pires (Instagram: @_wkpires)

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For a high quality audio file, go to our BandCamp.

Mixed and mastered by Wally Sound at the Wally Sound, Oakland, California.

Featuring:
Johny Blood: tuba
Ian Luke: drums
Maggie “Mags” Martin: accordionist, vocals, composer, bass & synths
Mark Nemoyten: trumpet
Gary “GDub” Wium: guitar

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