Reading List: Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge and Slash & The Conspirators
Tue, 10 Apr 2012 09:40:47
If you take a closer look at Myles Kennedy's lyrics, you'll instantly see how powerful of a writer he really is.
In addition to having one of the biggest and best voices in modern rock, the Alter Bridge frontman and man behind the mic for Slash pens some genuinely vivid and captivating stories within his songs. One listen to "Blackbird" or "Words Darker Than Their Wings" will instantly prove that. He doesn't hold anything back, and he builds these tense emotional landscapes that instantly transfix.
It's no surprise that Kennedy's quite erudite. In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Myles Kennedy shares what's on his reading list.
Kenny Warner — Effortless Mastery
I would have to say one of them is a book I'm re-reading right now. It's become like my musician's bible, and I can't recommend this book enough if you're a musician young or old. It's called Effortless Mastery, and it's by a guy named Kenny Warner. He's actually a jazz pianist. He wrote it back in the mid-90s. Someone turned me on to it years ago. I actually turned Mark Tremonti on to it, and I'm about ready to give a copy to Slash as well. It's a brilliant look at how to play music, how to think about music, and how to remove your ego from music. I love this book so I'll probably read it over and over again as the years go on. [buy it at Amazon]
John Irving — A Prayer for Owen Meany
Another book I love is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. They actually made a movie years ago called Simon Birch. Irving also wrote The World According to Garp and a lot of really great books. He's an incredible storyteller. A Prayer for Owen Meany is an interesting look at faith, and it's a very funny, heartwarming book. The character development is really awesome. I love what John Irving does with characters. I thought the movie was solid. When you read a book, it's always hard to capture the way you envision it in your head. [buy it at Amazon]
Kahlil Gibran — The Prophet
As far as a third favorite goes, I might have to say The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. My stepdad turned me on to that book years ago, and there's some beautiful stuff in there. I need to go back and reread that. This year, I'll be writing like I always try do but I also made the resolution to go back and read a bunch of my favorite books. [buy it at Amazon]
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