Well, so far in 2000 Madonna is contending with my cult-fav Peter Mulvey for album of the year. I’ve bought a lot of new music this year – easily three or four times as much as i did last year, and Madonna and Mulvey have both made albums that drew me in on the first listen and kept me there in each subsequent go-through. Interesting, both albums are rather short: Madonna’s only has 10 songs, and Peter Mulvey’s is under 40 minutes. If every album i buy would lose a third of its length in favour of songs this good, i don’t think i’d mind at all.
One thing that puzzles me about my aforementioned problem with holding a guitar pick is this: how do other artists do it? One of the main reasons i hold a pick like i do is so that i can mute the strings with the side of my hand. Both ani and peter mulvey have been known to use a pick from time to time and also employ this technique frequently. So, how do they do it??? I’m not referring to any namby-pamby little mute of the string; if you listen to my demo with the bass on your stereo turned up the muting on “world in my hand” and “bridge” will rattle your windows. There must be a happy medium between the idiot way i hold my pick and the awesome thumping mutes i use. >sigh