Photos taken by Bob Agee, 2007 (used with permission)
Angie Mack Reilly has been a long-time creativity coach and advocate for musicians….both dead and alive. She is passionate about issues that effect musicians and creative people such as mental health issues, economic hardship and pirating. Angie has spoken to various groups of people about the creative process and how to embrace it. To book Angie as a public speaker, email firstname.lastname@example.org
He’s Like the Wind
by written and produced by Angie Mack Reilly 1999 in Grafton, WI
Look at how the wind blows and how it moves the trees
Have you ever seen a sailboat get blown across the sea?
A bird cannot fly against the mighty wind
The wind can carry seeds so that a new life can begin
God’s spirit is the wind that moves our souls
he carries us to where he wants us to go
we should not resist the spirit that exists
the spirit gives direction and happiness
He’s like the wind….0hhhhh….ooooo
Have you ever had the evening wind blow through your hair?
the night is filled with song as the wind rushes everywhere
it creates a melody upon the trees
and the spirit performs a song upon the hearts of you and me
We may not see him coming but we can surely see where he’s been
sometimes a gentle breeze, sometimes a mighty whirlwind
As someone who led worship music for many years (about 12 years), I was able to play what some would call “jam band music”. In other words, there was a lot of embellishing and improvising during worship events with other musicians and singers. I was used as a conduit of healing energy through music. I miss those days at times. I know that many people were “touched” during my time of music ministry.
“Song of My Beloved” is somewhat based on the principles behind the biblical book, Song of Solomon which is my personal favorite.
Someone else who was a worship musician was Thelonius Monk.
I have always listened to music repetitively. It’s like I listen to the same song or songs over and over again to embed them into my subconscious mind, often time for weeks. It’s how I “study” music. We should never underestimate the power of learning through listening.
It started out, I was listening to Miles as background music and then Coltrane. I have been into Miles Davis for quite some time now.
All of the sudden, I heard this piano playing. It sounded sort of like mine as of late. I was blown away. The piano was dramatically fluid, playful and free. Bold. Daring. Unheard of.
So I opened up my YouTube tab to see that the album was “Monk’s Dream”.
“Who is playing the piano?” I ask myself. “His piano playing….so unique. It’s like he’s escaping all of the expected lines of society and inhabiting every bit of space that isn’t already taken by the main beat.”
And I hear frustration. And an expenditure of immense energy. The dissonance is oddly welcoming. It’s Thelonius Monk. Strange hat, crossing hands, pounding piano and all. And I’m in love.
Thoughts on Musical Dissonance
Most people do not like dissonance. Their ear isn’t accustomed to it.
Dissonance is like the stretching of a rubber band. You know how warm the stretched band gets and how it screams to be pulled all the way to the very edge? Well, I used to do that with rubber bands. Stretch them as far as I could, feel the heat, ease off on the tension and then let go. It was just fun. Something to do. Daring. Exciting. Slightly dangerous. That’s what dissonance is. So when you introduce the exciting and slightly dangerous, what you really have is a genre full of action. OK. Think action film. That is why jazz is actually quite exciting and terribly underrated and wrongly stereotyped.
Our society needs to be reminded that we are emotional human beings. We are spiritual beings.
“I recommend that children and adults with attention or focus issues listen to jazz. The elements of surprise are abundant! In my opinion, these “little surprises” massage tension in the brain. Jazz provides much needed stimulation, which is known to help those with ADHD relax. I play jazz in my home a lot. It’s my preferred favorite genre right now. I even raised my boys on Miles Davis….” — Angie Mack Reilly, musician
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When I was a young mother of 3 boys, I produced an album called, “Comfort My People”. This was about 20 years ago in 1999.
Our family had relocated from Madison and I was a stay-at-home mom.
I struggled with falling asleep back then. My mind would get consumed with worries about marital issues, finances and my three busy boys.
I remember being awake at 3 a.m.
I was reminded that the sun rises every morning. Faithfully. And because of that, I could trust that my circumstances would change for the better.
The poem that you see etched into a sidewalk is my award-winning poem, “The Traveling Minstrel”.
My spiritual journey has been a part of my entire adult life. Sometimes it’s been lonely. And I have had to lean on my faith for support many many times.
This is a song of hope for anyone going through a “dark” time.
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Open Your Mouth written, recorded and arranged by Angela Mack in the late 1990s.
Published for the first time on the Internet. Here. Right now. First time the public is hearing it. Please know that I produced this going on 20 years ago now. This is part of my musical archive that I will begin sharing. Living and breathing music almost everyday since this was recorded has obviously matured me as a musician.
But there are elements in this song that remain true today.
One. I love major seventh chords. This song was built on major seventh chords. It lends itself to go jazz, or whatever.
I originally wanted to have a million musicians on this. Like a John Tesh Live on the Red Rocks kind of thing.
But, I was raising three busy boys at the time, didn’t have a car, nor the money to pay musicians. So I played every instrument on my Korg N264 and wound up with a total of 17 layers. I turned my townhouse living room into my music studio. We lived at 142 W. Falls Rd. in Grafton. (My boys used to call it “the ghetto of Grafton.”) Gosh. When I think about how much time it took me to record these, I have to give myself a little respect. Or attribute it to being somewhat miraculous.
Of course, there are stories and meanings behind this song that I will share as time goes on…….
On another note, I would love to do an acoustic remix with as many singers as possible….harmonizing…. and, of course, I would love a full orchestra and band. #gobigorgohome
I will be posting more music and content in my spare time. (ha!)
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