Ahh Summer…

It has been a great summer in the great city of Los Angeles.

I’ve been trying to get to the beach to hit the waves as much as possible this summer. I think Swami’s in Encinitas is my new favorite spot. Really good surf and a beautiful view.

When not getting beat up by the ocean, I’ve been working with The Harmony Project educating future musical geniuses. I’m currently teaching a really fun musicianship class that is part of a research study being conducted by Northwestern University on how music instruction can help youth focus in school. Really fascinating stuff that could have a big impact on the future of music eduation.

And I’m playing in a band! Alanna has done a wonderful job of putting together a group of incredibly talented musicians to perform Emergency Songs live. So far the performances have been private, but we’re gearing up to do some public performances around Los Angeles. Watch this space for details.

The soundtrack to my summer has been provided by a band from Seal Beach called RX Bandits. I had seen the band live back in 2001 and wasn’t terribly impressed. They sounded like all the other 3rd wave ska bands that were popular back then. They have since grown out their hair, ditched the skanking, and added progressive rock  to the mix creating one of the most original sounds I’ve heard in a long time. They played their last show here in LA about a month ago and I was blown away by their energy. I’ve been listening to their last three albums on repeat. You can stream their albums for free on Bandcamp.

I love summer.

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About Monk Turner
"This prolific/eclectic artist/producer uses a spectrum of styles, generating entire concept albums. Turner is both daring and melodically gifted..." -Music Connection Magazine "You've got to love Monk Turner for creativity and witty lyrics. He combines various music genres and creates tracks suited for any type of music listener." -FrostClick Over the past decade, Monk Turner has produced more than 20 concept albums, using a freeform collective of musicians who share his passion for creating unique, genre-defying music. His songs have been featured in movies, television programs and advertisements, and his reach continues to widen. “Seeking” from the 2008 release, Love Story currently has had more than 500,000 plays on the online radio station, Pandora. Music from Emergency Songs was featured in an international video that was created in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake in Japan. But, his most ambitious project to date has been the production of his 2012 album, Kaleidoscope, where he collaborated with more than 40 national and international artists to create an album of music and poetry based on the concept of color. Turner offers free download capabilities via the unconventional distribution platform offered by Creative Commons licenses so that the public is able to enjoy and share his music.

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  1. Pingback: This is Your Brain on Music | Monk Turner's Angular Blogosphere

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