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Happy Groundhog Day

Posted on February 2, 2012
Here's wishing everyone a happy Groundhog Day.    Groundhog Day is a great day.  Once a year it rolls around and according to legend the groundhog (woodchuck), a small rodent that hibernates for the winter pokes it head out of it's den on the second day of February to check on the progression of winter.  If the groundhog sees it shadow, the legend predicts that there will be six more more weeks of winter - if the groundhog doesn't see it's shadow then winter will end before six weeks. 
Here in Ontario our rodent predictor is know as Wiarton Willie - Wiarton is a town in the Bruce Peninsula right in the middle of Ontario's snow belt.  Willie was up early this morning and did not see his shadow, so bonus - spring is just around the corner.  I like Groundhog Day because it's all about optimism.  Sure it's based on superstition with no scientific claim to reality - but aren't most of our holidays?  
Winter is a fact of life.  It rolls around [...]
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Alexander's Tears

Posted on November 21, 2010
I've been writing today.  Lately, I've been out of my daily routine of writing - so much going on that I haven't made time.  Excuse?  Maybe, but it feels good to get back in the songwriting saddle and get some ideas out on paper. 
I don't know why or where the image came from, but some time back I had a mental image of Alexander the Great standing on the wall overlooking the city with tears streaming down his face.  As the story goes, he cried because there was nothing left for him to conquer.  I felt I needed to write something about Alexander's tears
I began wondering what force drives a man to that extent.  I don't know that I have an answer, but I think in a way we're all like Alexander - it seems we always want more.  Do we ever reach a point where we are content with where we are in life?  Do we ever reach a point where we are satisfied with the things we have?
We know the world we live in has limited resources, but still we keep wanting [...]
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Wondering What to Buy for Christmas?

Posted on November 19, 2010
I don't know about you, but when it comes to giving gifts at Christmas time, I like to find something a little bit different and unique. So here's a revolutionary idea - what about buying an independent artist's CD? A CD makes a great stocking stuffer, is an inexpensive choice for those inter-office gift exchanges with a price limit, and as a gift for a party host just keeps on giving and giving. Obviously, I think that my album "Dancing With Father Time" would be an excellent choice and you can order CDs right from this website (just click on purchase) for only $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping. If you buy 2 or more, the shipping is free - wherever you are in the world.
Downloads are available too - all links are live on the purchase page. Download one or two of mine, and one or two from other artists and create your own mix - how cool is that?
Marty Lowman

Ray's question about guitars

Posted on October 30, 2010
Ray - thanks for your question.  In the opening sequence of Let it Flow I was attempting to establish a haunting, etherial quality in the music.  The guitar I used in the opening solo is a Prestige NYC Special - a sem-hollow body jazz style guitar equiped with two Seymour Duncan SP90 pickups.  It has a very thick tone and I found that by using a short delay effect and then plugging directly into the board it accentuates the hollow sound.  You may notice I used the same effect on the guitar solos on Shadow Dancers. 
The other electric guitars used on the album are a Godin SD - you'll hear that on the arpeggios in Let it Flow and a custom Telecaster style guitar, and a custom Stratocaster style.  The tele is equipped with Seymour Duncan Vintage Stack pickups to retain the classic tele twang.  On the Strat I installed Seymour Duncan "split rail" pickups.  The split rails pick ups can be used as P90s, single coil, or in combo for a full humbucker sound.  [...]
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Question About "Two Sides to the Coin"

Posted on October 17, 2010
I received a question from Ray in Malta about the song “Two Sides to the Coin.”  He has heard it on Jango.Com and was looking for it on the website.  Ray, “Two Sides” is going to be on a new album that I’m currently working on.  The version you heard on is really a demo version that I uploaded to get some reaction from listeners.  I’m glad you liked it.
I was considering “Two Sides” for the title track of the album, and I’m still not 100% sure, but I’m leaning towards “Autumn Leaves.”  In fact, with the leaves starting to turn colour here in Ontario, I’ve been out shooting photos for the cover – just in case.  I’m hoping to have the album complete by the end of the year and I’ll release it digitally at that time with a physical CD follow up in the spring of 2011.  Thanks for your interest but it will be a few months before “Two Sides” is [...]
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