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The Darling Conversations

by David Darling and Julie Weber

The Darling Conversations explores the fundamental techniques of sound-making as an instrument of self-expression and personal growth.
Genre: Spoken Word: Educational
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1. Introduction
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2. It's You
7:29 $0.99
3. One Quality Sound
14:36 $0.99
4. Vocal Timbre
6:26 $0.99
5. Babbling
6:16 $0.99
6. Articulation
7:57 $0.99
7. Sirening
15:55 $0.99
8. Introduction - Disk 2
1:10 $0.99
9. Love Your Sound
10:47 $0.99
10. Yea Energy
9:18 $0.99
11. Oooo Energy
10:23 $0.99
12. Fire Energy
5:00 $0.99
13. One Minute Solos
8:33 $0.99
14. Powerful Solos
3:05 $0.99
15. Silence
4:37 $0.99
16. Even Handed Drumming
8:38 $0.99
17. Meters
9:04 $0.99
18. Introduction - Disk 3
0:36 $0.99
19. Tai Chi Piano
8:49 $0.99
20. Solo-Drone
10:12 $0.99
21. Melody - Hold Your Last Note
6:46 $0.99
22. Ostinato
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23. Melody
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24. A-B-A
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25. Improvising Classical Music
16:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
FLASH! The Darling Conversations has been nominated for Best Educational Album in the 2009 JPF Music Awards!

The Darling Conversations explores the fundamental techniques of sound-making as an instrument of self-expression and personal growth. By approaching music from a philosophy of self-acceptance and joy, we can tap our inborn creative impulse and re-vitalize our music-making.

The techniques and philosophy were developed over the last 20 years in the Music for People organization, a group that promotes a humanistic approach to the way music is taught, performed, and appreciated.

This 3-CD set contains extensive conversations with Grammy-nominated cellist David Darling and Music for People chairperson Julie Weber, highlighted with over 80 examples of improvised, in-the-moment music. Darling and Weber take the listener through the basic techniques of creating improvised music, examine the basic forms and structures of improvised music from many cultures, and also explore specific topics such as how to improvise classical music.

*** Review by Paul Winter, saxophonist, bandleader, composer, explorer of the world's musics. www.LivingMusic.com

David Darling is quite possibly the most dynamic and effective music educator on the planet. It was a great privilege and inspiration to work alongside him for many years. What he has created with Music for People is a gift the world!

*** Review by Barry Green, double bassist, educator, recording artist. Author of The Inner Game of Music, The Mastery of Music, Music Alive!

This 3-CD set has captured the spirit and magic of improvisation techniques taught at Music for People to hundreds of amateurs, professionals and music lovers for over two decades. The dialogue between David and Julie is enlightening, informative, engaging, and addictive. Once cannot casually listen without being inspired, informed and spontaneously joining in the many improvisations. The tracks are both musically stunning and simple, while they vividly demonstrate the multitude of Music for People techniques.

This 3-Disk set is a marvelous inspiration for anyone considering attending a MfP course, for current and graduate participants of the training program and for anyone who just loves experiencing the magic of music improvisation. Bravo to Clint, David, Julie, MfP. I can’t wait for Vol 2!

*** Review by Eric Edberg, music professor at the DePauw University School of Music

... Along with what I find to be genuinely profound insights into the relationship between human beings and their creativity, there are numerous musical examples ... The music is beautiful and touching and most of it is exquisitely recorded.

Listening to these recordings has been like attending a MfP workshop. I've been reminded of so much of the core, loving, empowering, embracing philosophy, as well as how that approach is manifested in many of the powerfully simple starting points and musical games David and others in the MfP community have developed.

I can't recommend it highly enough. I'm having DePauw's music library order it, and I'm going to order a few sets, anyway, for holiday gifts. I'm also using it with my improvisation students ...

Anyone who is interested in Music for People, in improvisation as a path of healing, and in ways to begin or enhance your own original music making, would do well to order this set.



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Eric Reinhardt

Everyone is Musical
As others have often said about David Darling and in particular these recordings, I believe he has the ability to change the way people listen to and play their music. The Darling conversations are a must for anyone who is either a musician and wants to go deeper, or a musical listener who wants to explore their own musicality.

Ange Chianese, founder, Zip-a-dee-doo-dah Singing Telegram Co.

The Darling Conversations
The unique model for being who you are, in a musical way, is perhaps nowhere else more clearly stated than in the decades-in-the-making offerings of cello artist and mentor, David Darling. I, as someone who must create and deliver original songs on a regular basis in the form of singing telegrams, can name no more influential source of inspiration than the teachings developed by this innovative and dedicated master.
We now have a distillation of the thousands of hours' evolution of this treasure chest of technique brilliantly discussed and illuminated by both David Darling and Julie Weber, the driving force behind the teaching arm of the Music for People Organization. Each aspect of the concepts examined here is ingeniously demonstrated with very clear musical samplings of many diverse artists, culled from years of recorded archival material.
It seems a gift beyond expectation to be able to have these two deeply dedicated musicians share their most profound artistic perceptions with me at home, right inside my own CD player! My music has not been the same since first experiencing these teachings. With these marvelous learning CDs I now get to understand the reason why.

marie van vuuren

Refreshing Approach to Music Making
I began the Musicianship/Leadership program with Music for People last year, and it has changed my life. I've been a musician since childhood, but never "felt" like one. I actually quit playing for about ten years out of frustration. Music for People was my last hope and they delivered. I am now exploring new sounds and enjoying the process of finding my unique musical voice. This CD set is amazing! It's packed with inspiring and motivating words of wisdom. After years of formal, classical study, it's a wonderfully refreshing approach to music making. The recording itself it beautifully produced and the "conversations" are insightful and compelling. I have recommended this to all of my students and friends. I highly recommend it to all musicians at all levels.

Randy Brody

Drum Circle Facilitator, educator, performer, recording artist
This wonderful 3-CD set truly captures the essence of what the Music for People philosophy is all about. It's a perfect blend of informative and fun dialog and wonderful musical examples of inspiring improvisations. I graduated from Music for People in 2000 and have been using the many techniques discussed on the CD in my work as an educator, as well as a performer. This CD set is a great reminder of how much I learned. When musicians (from beginner to professional) ask me about Music for People, I tell them they have to experience the program in person to understand what it's all about. Now I can tell people, listen to The Darling Conversations for an in-depth initiation, and THEN go attend a workshop. I highly recommend this CD set to anyone with even the slightest interest in music as an art form and as a means of self-expression. Bravo David and Julie!

Jackie Bhuyan

Classical musician/teacher/composer
"The Darling Conversations" is a unique opportunity for all to hear the philosophy and learn the techniques of the greatly innovative teacher David Darling. Darling's deep love of all humanity and belief in the need, yearning and innate ability of each individual to make beautiful music, to have genius moments, has been the basis of teaching improvisation for 22 years at Music for People. In a relaxed atmosphere infused with bits of humor, that is, how to begin simply with "One Quality Sound"; how to develop and continuously use proper breathing (even for instrumentalists!); to explore the use and effects of different sounds (pitch,pulse, texture, styles);to abandon forever "old fears, inhibitions, and negative criticism" (by both others and oneself); to become "totally absorbed in a note", "to love your sound, the beauty of it", and to recognize "the miracle of it all" for "there are no wrong notes". That it does not have to be difficult... and can be learned even by those with no musical background.
These techniques have rid me, a classically trained music teacher, composer, and pianist of a decades-long deep fear of public performance. I now love and want to play for others, to share my many musical thoughts from deep in my heart and soul, to share my new beautiful and wonderful journey.

Henrik Stubbe-Teglbjaerg

The Darling Conversations
Being a human being, with all our potentials is exciting, when we come into an environment, where we are being seen and heard as the amazing beings we are. We are capable of so much, when some one believes in us. David Darling and Julie Weber are two such people, that believes in our humanity. With the organization "Music for People" they have created a place, where our unique voices are being honored and valued. This beautiful 3 CD's captures lots of the beautiful spirit shared at the " Music for People" gatherings, and the technics that are being used to create music out of the moment. The Darling Conversation is a wonderful gift to us all.

stephen v2

Liberate your musician
I suffered a lot of musical damage as a child and an adult. I felt a lot of things I liked to do with music and sound were considered "pointless" "amateur" "not serious" "just noise" by serious musicians.

My wife has been attending Music for People which ironically has been a revelation for me. She just shared these excellent CDs with me.

The Music for People program appears to be perfectly captured on these CDs - the beautifully recorded conversations and examples exude truth, beauty and love.

I plan on attending my first Music for People workshop as result of listening to these. This program has given me permission and support to be the musician I already am.

That is the most precious gift of music that anyone can give and I've very thankful this program exists, now wonderfully captured on these CDs.