Everything Is Perfectly Fine In This Moment

This meditative piece that turns into a happy little song in the last minute came out of a dark moment. One of those days when I felt paralyzed, stuck in the mud of unhappy thoughts. The Mind Parasites had brought their A game and me…? I felt like a total loser.

One of those days where you tell yourself, “Just play up your damn guitar – five minutes – and you’ll feel better.” But you just stare at it, across the room, knowing you’re too much of a chump to walk over and even pick it up.

And then this thunderstorm rolled in. It was a clear summer day and suddenly the sky turned dark, the lightning crashed, the heavens opened up and the rain came down. And I got excited about trying to record the thunder and the rain on my iPhone. I ran outside under the front awning. I ran upstairs to the little back balcony. I trotted down the hall to my studio.

And I spent the next few hours in creative nirvana….

On the Moon

On the Moon

Without Contraries is no progression. – William Blake

We’ve been feeling – a lot – this autumn. We can feel the world changing and it can feel by turns exhilarating, terrifying, exhausting and confusing.

Today’s Gemini Full Moon empowers us to think rationally about everything we’ve felt over the last two or three lunar cycles – and, indeed, the last year. This is a valuable gift, Continue reading

Mr. Fantasy Looper #1

Live looping rendition of Traffic’s Dear Mr. Fantasy. Recorded in Ableton Live 9 with McMillen Softstep, one microphone, one guitar. Everything you hear was played live in one take – albeit a take edited down from about 22 minutes or so!

Video images were all taken locally on my iPhone, except for the drawing which is the work of Detroit artist Kyle M. Stone and is featured in the cover art of the latest release by my rock band Stand & Deliver.

[New Song] Short Acoustic Guitar Meditation

Check out this short new meditative guitar piece by D.K. Brainard

Acoustic Guitar Meditation on Four Strings

I sat down to play the guitar for a few minutes to get my energy flowing before recording my October 2015 Audio Horoscopes. I didn’t feel like “playing a song” but making music always opens up my creativity chakra so I just started picking. No destination in mind, no chord progression, just feeling the vibrations of my fingers on the strings and listening to the sounds in the air of my room at night. Continue reading