Blogs by Paul Arow

December 23, 2018

It is hard to pin down all my musical influences. There are so many great artists. My main musical influences are Jim Croce, the Beatles, Cat Stevens, and Leonard Cohen. Growing up, I was mainly a folk junkie, in grade school and high school, and I really related to acoustic music. However, as a child I remember going to see a Beatles movie, where all the girls were screaming so loud it heart my ears. This experience left a lasting impression on me. Of the Beatles my two favorite musicians are George Harrison and John Lennon. After high school and throughout college, my favorite artists were Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Jimmy Buffet, Neil Diamond, Tom Petty, The Grateful Dead and Al Stewart. When Fleetwood Mac joined forces with Steve Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham it was stellar. Check out my albums Life Blood and Old Man In a Modern World.

Jim Croce
Jim Croce
The Beatles
The Beatles
Cat Stevens
Cat Stevens
Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
Kris Kristofferson
Kris Kristofferson
Jimmy Buffet
Jimmy Buffet
Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
Tom Petty
Tom Petty
Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead
Al Stewart
Al Stewart
Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac

Jim Croce Photo Credit Wikimedia Commons, Leonard Cohen Photo Credit Wikimedia Commons, Neil Diamond Photo Credit Ger1axg, Tom Petty Photo Credit Takahiro Kyono, Grateful Dead Photo Credit Chris Stone, Al Stewart Photo Credit Vandonovan, Fleetwood Mac Photo Credit Weatherman at Wikipedia

October 20, 2018

A song I wrote called Spiritual Man (Goin’ Home) is written about some neat stories my grandfather experienced, as well as some moments my family shared together with him in his later life. One of the stories in the song is about a time when he was rescued by an angel. In this picture I am wearing my grandfather’s tie.

Paul Arow Wearing Grandfather’s Tie

Here’s the details of the angel story. When my grandfather was young, he was a Presbyterian minister in the outback of Australia. He would preach in bars while riding from town to town. He usually rode a horse to move around on his journey.

Paul Arow's Grandfather Frank West

Once he rented a horse named Satan of all things. While riding at full gallop, the saddle slipped, and my grandfather was being drug, with his foot caught in the stirrup. Thankfully a man on a white horse rode up and helped my grandfather get back on his horse. The man disappeared as soon as my grandfather turned to thank him. My grandfather always felt it was an angel who saved him that day! The Australian outback it is flat and barren, so you can see for miles around.

Man Riding a Horse

June 6, 2012

Writing a great song requires not only a musical and lyrical hook, but using imagery and bringing into the mix some of your life experiences, as well as adding in your heart and soul. Sometimes a song just comes out as an inspiration or can happen when you achieve a higher consciousness or state of mind. Most of the time you have to write many songs just to be able to get one or two good ones, or rewrite a song over and over to make it a great song. In most cases it takes a lot of hard work to create an excellent piece that will be successful. A great song should have interesting changes, highs and lows, and different sections so as to not bore the listener, but rather excite them to want to hear more. It should be written about a relatable experience to establish a connection.

Paul Arow Recording Studio

The music should be structured with a good range of melody, not with just a few notes. The song should have a sense of catchiness so the listener will keep the melody and lyrics going on after the song has finished playing. Presentation can make or break a great song. When a song is arranged well and performed by musicians who are good at what they do then a great song will be enhanced and will sound more professional. But when a great song is poorly arranged, recorded, or performed badly then it will fall to a train wreck. If you have a passion for music and songwriting don't give up if other professionals think you're not good enough. Perseverance and dedication, as well as believing in yourself is as much the keys to success as is following the recipe for writing a great song.