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Album Board / Hey Ben, about the studio version of Free Coffee...
« on: September 27, 2008, 06:31:56 PM »
I certainly don't TRULY expect Ben himself to read this, but I'd love any feedback about what I'm writing about this track that I love:

When I saw the video recording of Ben and Co. playing Free Coffee at the Exit/In in Nashville, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PL3suJRSdA, I LOVED both the song and the arrangement of the song.

Firstly, that amazing, live, distorted, awesomely Atart-reminiscent sound he was getting out of the piano [which maybe only people in the 27 and up age range can relate to in the sense that I am] is something that I think is both innovative and just plain fun.

On the album, the sound appears to still be there, but in a much more semmingly synthesized, drier, certainly more studio-dead kind of way.  I still love it, but I wonder what I would've been like to go with the live sound.  Anybody see what I mean/agree/disagree?

Secondly, during the little instrumental breaks in the Exit/In version, Ben was doing this percussive thing on the G above middle C, something that, along with the unique piano setting, sounded either like a steel drum or some kind of Eastern or Gamelan percussive thing.  Killer!  And the drummer was doing something really complimentary to it, and it made for an AMAZING din of sound and vibe.

One the album, the G above middle C thing sounds like it may be waaay back in the mix if it's there at all, and the overall arrangement has changed into something that seems drier [in my opinion].  Anybody see what I mean/agree/disagree?

I LOOVE this song and do love the studio version.  BUT, I was really looking forward to hearing something very much like what I hear on the Exit/In recording, albeit in poor sound quality.  You know, a produced, high-quality reproduction of what the band does so well live.

Indeed, Ben mentioned how it might not be the most fair thing to have 'reviewed' those songs before they were even done, and before YouTube, some punk like me couldn't even write a nerdy post about this.  ha  But compare to two versions - I think they're BOTH GREAT - and you may see what I mean.  If Ben himself wanted to comment on this great song and say something about the studio arragement process, I'd be thrilled.

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Musical discovery / Kenny Jaworski [me]
« on: August 20, 2008, 10:48:03 PM »
Just spreading the love for anyone interested in what a Folds-influenced pianist/composer sounds like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z19HP5THg9A

And http://www.kennyjaworski.com redirects to myspace, where you can hear three tracks.

Not too much activity these days while I work on an official launch, but feel free to check out what I have.

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Musical discovery / A PIANO SAGA
« on: July 06, 2006, 06:09:11 AM »
Hi there!  If you'd like to see an exciting, energized and different solo piano music, I guess you'll have to look elsewhere.

No no, I'd like to think I fit that bill.  My debut CD is called A PIANO SAGA, and I have a couple of videos for it up at YouTube:

You can watch the teaser for the album here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy9iTQDnFzg

...but this can also be downloaded directly from my website, http://www.kennyjaworski.com.

That is just a 'tease', but you can watch a performance an entire piece here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql8iImhMyr0

I've been interviewed here:

http://www.solopianopublications.com/interviews/jaworski.htm

and the CD has been reviewed here:

http://www.solopianopublications.com/reviews/jaworski.htm

Let me know what you think, always love to hear it.

Thanks Andy!!


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General Board / something really random and strange
« on: March 04, 2006, 05:50:46 PM »
I found out today that Ben Folds lives a mile away from my grandmother.

And, no, I'm not kidding.

I find that to be really random and strange, if it isn't karmic.

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General Board / album trailer from a somewhat Folds-ish pianist
« on: October 27, 2005, 03:03:29 PM »
Yes, indeed, and that somewhat Folds-ish pianist is me.  Take a look and let me know what you think.  Thanks a lot!

http://media.putfile.com/preview1116


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News / Songs for GOLDman?
« on: April 29, 2005, 02:38:19 PM »
Interesting.  It makes sense from a sheer logic standpoint, but, if this is true, I wonder why Ben would want to dedicate the entire album to him.

We'll hear what Ben has to say about this soon enough, I'm sure.  It would be funny if it was a crazy coincidence.

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News / Landed video
« on: April 01, 2005, 02:25:16 PM »
Andy, thanks a lot for posting the "Landed" video!

I'm...pleasantly suprised!  It's just a novel idea for a video, but I think it's really cute and funny.  Very well done just in general, I'd say.


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News / The Larry Batxer interview
« on: March 28, 2005, 03:32:06 PM »
...isn't so bad, is it??   Andy makes it sound like the worst thing that's ever happened in sound!   :)

They praise Ben quite a bit, and they didn't label Robert and Darren as angry, though the question was a little strange.

I don't think they really bashed Shatner, either...

Maybe I'm just wrong.  I don't know.  Here it is, if you haven't heard it and would like to:

http://www.929.com.au/brekky/audio/Baxter_Ben_Folds.wma




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General Board / "the stature of Gershwin for our time" [yeah. right.]
« on: April 11, 2004, 04:58:51 PM »
Hello again!  Just giving anyone within close proximity the heads-up that the concert will be this Thrusday, April 15th in St. Louis at St. Francis Xavier Church!  That at 3628 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63108-3394.  You can use www.mapquest.com to get directions.

Word on the street is to expect good attendance!  That means to try to come early to work out the parking situation.  

Check out www.kennyjaworski.com, if ONLY to see the poster.  We think you might really enjoy it.    ;)

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General Board / kennyjaworski.com
« on: March 26, 2004, 11:45:01 AM »
Ello ello, burbsers!

I have a concert coming up on April 15th in St. Louis.  Take a look at the poster we put together for it, as well as my bio, at:

http://kennyjaworski.com

I think you might get a kick out of the poster.  You might have to increase the text size of the bio page, we haven't fixed that yet.

I'll post here about updates to the site, most specifically, SOUND AND VIDEO, but also news about a documentary about me in the works!  Pretty silly, eh?

Thanks for checking this out,

Kenny


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Transcription / Pianorock.com
« on: November 01, 2002, 02:10:10 AM »
I have no idea if this has been posted yet...probably has, but just in case it hasn't been, they do, indeed, have Ben Folds transcriptions there, and from a quick look, they appear to be fantastic, imho  (I haven't exactly poured over the transcriptions, though.)  They've got all of RtS, along with Hiro's Song, Morgan Davis, Bizarre Christmas Incident, and Emaline.  Enjoy!

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Album Board / "Hiro's Song" - Studio Version
« on: September 09, 2001, 04:58:14 PM »
What do you all think?

I REALLY like it.  It sounds to me like it could've been a single here in the states, but, of course, it's not available on the album, so that will never happen.  Something would have to be done about the ending, though, even though it is really funny.  "More s*&#!  Come on, bring in some more s*&#!"  hahaha

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Album Board / "One Down" and "The Secret Life of Morgan Davis"
« on: August 10, 2001, 02:17:15 AM »
OK.  As those of you on MA already know if you've checked your mail (yes, I'm that Kenny), I was lucky enough to be one of the first people (far as I know) to get those two b-sides to the Australian RtS single through msn im from the most generous Tino78, who's trying to make them available on audiogalaxy but they aren't coming up on searches even though they're in both of our shared folders right now.  They should be available very soon, though.

***For anyone who doesn't want to know any details about these two tracks, spoilers ahead (although a lot of you have heard an incarnation of 'morgan')***

"One Down" - amazing.  IT would be the REAL first Ben Folds song (that we know of) to feature guitars (b/c the RtS song was recorded at the last minute during the mixing process), but these are acoustic.  To me, it's the single most candid, overtly autobiographical song Ben's ever released by far.  It seems he's singing about writing and recording this very album (although Tino78 might disagree with me).  Says some things about himself being a recording artist that might downright shock you.  It'll at least suprise you.  It's a great tune, and a perfect closer, but, of course, "The Luckiest" fits that role already.  I like this more, though, for sure.

"The Secret Life of Morgan Davis" - Yes, it's a studio version, with some MAJOR orchestration that's dominant with HORNS, as opposed to strings, this time around.  THIS one is by far the most GRAPHIC song Ben's ever written.  Two watermarks on one CD.  hehe  For those of you familiar with the lyrics, you know why, but if I remember a lot of the lyrics aren't very clear on that live recording.  It's great, too.  Sounds like MGM music or like novelty at times, and it contrasts greatly and hilariously with the lyrics.  The bridge will destroy you with laughter, if you don't know it already.

I don't want to get into specifics about the lyrics, unless asked, so you all can get the full effect when you hear these for the first time.

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General Board / Upcoming Concert
« on: October 30, 2002, 10:46:57 PM »
Greetings!  My name is Kenny Jaworski and I was one of the first routine posters on this bulletin board.

I am a 24-year-old musician and I have a concert coming up in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri on Monday, January 20, 2003 [this is 99% certain] at the Webster University Thompson House Recital Hall, which is at 8282 Big Bend, St. Louis, MO, 63119.

It will be a solo concert of tunes of mine: five tunes for solo guitar, five tunes for solo piano...and, no, it's not a 'classical recital', if that's what you're wondering.  The general consensus (of those I've heard from) seems to be that I'm a unique voice: you'll hear elements of pop, jazz, AND classical music...and, if you listen closely enough, you just might hear some Ben inspiration...

Technically, it runs the gamut as well:  If you enjoy seeing jazzers or classical performers do their crazy thing, you can see that type of thing as well...but NEVER in an inaccessible way.  My music and execxution are ultimately rooted in something that, hopefully, speaks and resonates directly.

St. Louis radio listeners just might hear me on KDHX 88.1 FM soon, we're still working out the details of a live performance on the station.

What else to expect?  This comment has been volunteered to me a couple of times by peers: "some of the coolest, greatest stuff you've ever heard"....

I know, that's pretty crazy, and I'm definitely not saying I agree, but, hey, it's been said, and if you're in the area, you have an opportunity to judge for yourself!  Thank you very much for reading.




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