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Why? I Really Mean It. Why?

  10/31/11 03:45, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Monday Morning Musical Musings, Paul Bourgeois , Tags: article, commentary, dan grigor, music, musical musings, paul bourgeois
Paul BourgeoisWhen BareFootMusicNews started I was writing little blurbs on Facebook about the joy of making music. I was a neophyte, and I had recently found myself in a band and I was making music with other people and it was great. And Dan Grigor said I should do the same thing on Barefoot. I’m just fresh to music, and I came to it late in life, and I don’t know the minds of anybody else. All I knew was how great it felt to come in sync with other musicians and carry a tune and a basic rhythm. And then Dan, this twelve-string virtuoso blues folk classical rock musician whose been around as a musician forever, says he gets it. Wow.

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Lord of the Dance (Potato Chips and Chocolates, Part 4)

  10/24/11 01:33, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Monday Morning Musical Musings, Paul Bourgeois , Tags: fiction, lord of the dance, paul bourgeois
Paul BourgeoisPaul was faint from hunger and he could hardly breathe, but he needed the money. His guitar was propped up beside his stool and microphone. Through the drinkers and smoke and noise he made his way to the stage. “Hello,” he said, “How are you tonight?”

“Castle, Castle, Castle.” They knew who he was.

He started to play. Young girls screamed. Bags of potato chips and chocolates surrounded him like offerings. He caught sight of the door. Mason came into the bar. The world spun and he fainted.

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Lord of The Dance (The Runner, Part 3)

  10/03/11 03:51, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Monday Morning Musical Musings, Paul Bourgeois , Tags: barefootmusicnews, fiction, music, musical musings, paul bourgeois
Paul Bourgeois

On the fifth of September the voices came to him again. They told him to run away. If having money meant being tied to Mason then Paul would rather be free. All he needed was food and guitar strings, and Kirsti, the cabin girl, received a substantial amount to keep him in the cabin. So he just took a thousand Euros from the kitty and took a train to Helsinki. It was his money, anyway.

He still felt guilty for stealing, and he damned Mason for turning people into slaves, jailers and thieves.

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Lord of The Dance (Voices, Part 2)

  09/26/11 03:14, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Monday Morning Musical Musings, Paul Bourgeois , Tags: barefootmusicnews, fiction, music, musical musings, paul bourgeois
Paul Bourgeois

When Paul Castle’s first album “Voices of Fortune” was released Mason North had anticipated the great success and sent Paul away to a cabin in Northern Finland for a few months to write more. Mason also needed Paul to disappear for a while so he could manage the musician’s career without upsetting the artist’s delicate constitution. Mason needed Paul away so he could build up the necessary myths.

Paul was walking along a lake gathering mushrooms for his dinner, the small light yellow ones with the frilly bottoms. Kirsti, the woman who took care of the cabin, had been quite clear about this. The other mushrooms would kill him dead. He was already into his second song about saving the planet.

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Lord of The Dance (The Instrument, Part 1)

  09/19/11 03:04, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Monday Morning Musical Musings, Paul Bourgeois , Tags: barefootmusicnews, fiction, guitar, music, musicians, paul bourgeois, rule the world, voices
Paul Bourgeoisd

“You are my instrument. You are my tuning fork.”

The voice came to him, and he just shook it off when it did. It just made him want to rule the world. It was true though. His life was music. He was music. But it was time to practice. He lifted his guitar and gently placed his fingers on the neck, like an embrace. Right hand touched the body, brushed the right buttons. Small fuzz, a little distortion. Stroke. A perfect chord.

The world wasn’t worth ruling, anyway.

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Writer's Block

  09/11/11 01:54, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Monday Morning Musical Musings, Paul Bourgeois , Tags: barefootmusicnews, bourgeois, dream, fiction, music, musical musings, writer_s block
Paul Bourgeois

Plink, plink, plonk.

“Doe, ray, me, faaaa, damn, damn, damn!” Nothing! He felt discordant, or worse, ordinary. He wanted to scream but he was trapped in a little apartment: walls, wife, children, neighbors on all sides of him. He needed to get away. But what was the point? What was the point? Death was better than this. Writer’s block was killing him.

He went for a walk.

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The Masters and The List

  09/05/11 16:32, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Monday Morning Musical Musings, Paul Bourgeois , Tags: davey graham, eric clapton, greatest, guitar, jimmy hendrix, jj cale, johnny winter, joni mitchell, lenny breau, masters, music, musicians, neil young, paul bourgeois, trey anastasio, vernon reid
Paul Bourgeois

Mastering an instrument is a personal thing. We find an instrument that fits us physically - fingers, arms, breath, lips, upper body, feet, legs… When we learn to play the instrument becomes part of us. And we find a way our instrument can express what we are. Our instrument breathes with us. It is our life. And we want to make our lives mesh with the lives of others. Me?  I am a humble harmonica player, struggling with life, trying to make sense of the world and what things, like music, mean to me.  And so, with these articles, I offer you a piece of my soul.  This is why we play.

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