Moods of the Common

 
Man

 
Samples and thoughts
 

that inspired the music

 by the composer.

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Moods of the Common Man
(Title piece)

This piece reflects the emotional and psychological journey of a father. Inspired by my own father. I tried to capture the moods and emotions of my mother and fathers meeting and dating. Romantic tension of marriage. Having 5 children. To the shock, fear and instability of battling a major illness. Confrontational teenagers. The loss of self, spirit, body and mind. Finally going inward for self exploration and awareness.

John McGrath's classical / experimental debut CD "Moods of the Common Man" is said to be
a manipulation of time and space in sound - a soundtrack for the psyche.

Morning Colours

Simply put. The wonderful and sometimes overwhelming awareness of ones surroundings, sounds and feelings. With the arising and shifting colours which occur during morning meditation.


Put on your headphones, lay back and lose yourself so that you may be found, observe the observer till the observer can no longer be observed. "Moods of the Common Man" melts down the complicated facets of mundane understanding while freeing the spirit to soar through the many layers of masked illusion. Trip the trip and don't sweat the curves.

Rita's Mid-day Creek

Inspired by author Rita Williams and her book "If the Creek Don't Rise". Rita's memoir begins at the age of four and ends around her 18th birthday.
"If the Creek Don't Rise" also comes highly recommended by Oprah Winfrey herself in O Magazine, and by the University of Colorado's Director of the Center of the American West.


Rita Williams @ http://www.ritawilliams.com

With overlapping hypnotic rhythms and melodies, "Moods of the Common Man" guides you thru shape-shifting midtones assuring safe passage over the bottomless lows of the abyss as intricate highs decorate and light up the skies.

Manic Expressions

My own inner-personal nightmare dealing with A.L.S. better known as
Lou Gehrig's Disease..


John's talent, versatility and experience composing, recording, editing and mixing music for the film/tv and music industry is clearly evident in "Moods of the Common Man" by being dramatically somber and meditative to wildly moving, energetic and exciting.

2am and On Til' Dawn

Simply put. The wonderful and sometimes overwhelming awareness of ones surroundings, sounds and feelings. With the arising and shifting colours which occur during morning meditation.

The illusionary Rolling Stores Magazine raves, "compositions like Beethoven with a bong". Newsweak proclaims "a Copelanesque Dark Side of the Moon". "Moods of the Common Man" is a collection of depth expanding musical journeys that'll blow your mind like psychic steam from an alchemist dream.


AMAZON REVIEWS; 5.0 out of 5 stars -


By Jack Cousineau - See all my reviews
This is beautiful music, May 31, 2008

What do you do if you are a composer and hiring a symphony orchestra to record your pieces
is a bit out of reach?

John McGrath has an answer;

it's his recording "Moods of the Common Man". Your reviewer is a player of
an acoustic instrument who is not a fan of synthesizers.

And yet I like this music. McGrath must be writing for real instruments and obviously has
tried hard to find the highest quality sounds to substitute for them. And so in this recording he
succeeds in conveying a real sense of the depth, power, sophistication, and beauty of his musical
imagination. That imagination seems to relish a tonal/modal approach with enough tasteful
dissonance to keep us moderns in touch with our 20th century roots.

"Moods of the Common Man", the first track, is rich, passionate, and modestly
titled.

The next two, "Morning Colours" and "Rita's Midday Creek" are
sure to please listeners who meditate with music.

"Manic Expressions" is the keyboard piece in this set. This is mania as pure energy
and a one movement concert piece for piano and orchestra.

"2am and on till Dawn" begins in an electronic impressionistic way, moves on to lush
orchestral textures, and then to folksy modalism with tasty drum kit support, before a simple,
elegant ending.

Do get this recording. The music is wonderful and the listening experience is sublime.
McGrath creates a profound accoustic space in this recording. It must be that he knows a lot
about recording and producing, as well as composing.

Initial post: Jul 2, 2008 8:50 PM PDT
internet buying junkie says:
Thank you! You put my feelings into words! Great review!
Moods of the Commom Man, June 30, 2008

By M. Buenaventura (OC, CA)
1 of 3 9/6/08 6:39 PM
This is a great collection of music creation .... wonderful, pleasant and relaxing music, McGrath
is a genius!

Review for An Uncommon Album,
June 1, 2008
By H. Laird (Kansas City, MO) - See all myreviews
Listening to this CD is an exceptional experience. McGrath's background in motion
picture sound is very apparent in the broad and cinematic feel of the compositions. And the lush,
full orchestration sounds so real that it is almost unbelievable that it is all synthesized.
Listening to this album is like watching a little movie in your head - - the old fashioned way - with
your imagination. Bravo for Moods of the Common Man and the not-so-common chops of the
composer!

5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a must for every fine music collection.,
May 19, 2008
By internet buying junkie (Long Beach, CA) -
This review is from: Moods Of The Common Man (Music Download)
This is beautiful!!! It takes you so many places. This CD is an incredible escape! I love it!

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MYSPACE Reviews / Comments -
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http://cdbaby.com/cd/jmcgrath

Leo Key
Jun 5 2008 11:11 PM
Hi Johnny McGrath / Manic Expressions,
It's so good to see someone doing something different!!!
Your creative genius is on fire!!!! Wishing you the best there is to come...
Keep on grooving my brother!!!!
Luv, Peace, & Happiness,
Leo Key
Blues Artist

Bruno Bertoli
Jun 16 2008 12:47 PM
Thank you johnny to interest you in my work, that pleases to me. I listened to the music of
your page with great pleasure, it is very good music and I congratulate you for quality on your
work.
All the best !
BB

Honey Bane
Jan 26 2007 4:36 PM
Hi there, good to meet you. Love the sounds. Hope you come by and say hi when you can. Love
Honey Bane

Kimi Starr
Jan 23 2008 7:16 PM
Thanks friend! I like your music. Very cool!

Denise
Jul 28 2008 12:44 PM
Thanks for the ad Johnny and welcome to my page!
I really like your music very much. Nice to have you with us. I hope you will enjoy the many
talented artists you'll find here.
Denise

Larry van Loon
Jun 29 2008 9:45 AM
Hi Johnny, and greetings from over here in Nashville. It's a real pleasure to meet you,
cybernetically speaking, and to be introduced to your art. Fascinating, deep stuff you do! Love
it... Thanks so much for the +, I'll be back. Stay cool...

Robson Galdino-ROBSOUND
Jun 29 2008 6:11 AM
Thanks Johnny. Great talent.I wish you the best on your career.

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With overlapping hypnotic rhythms and melodies, "Moods of the Common Man"
guides you thru the bottomless lows of the abyss as intricate highs decorate and light up the
skies.

Put on your headphones, lay back and lose yourself so that you may be found, observe the
observer till the observer can no longer be observed. "Moods of the Common Man"
melts down the complicated facets of mundane understanding while freeing the spirit to soar
through the many layers of masked illusion. Trip the trip and don't sweat the curves.