It’s Bryaaaaaaaan!

One of those memorable sessions with Layne Greene (left) Alex Lank (center) and Bryan MacDonald(right)

One of those memorable sessions with Layne Greene (left) Alex Lank (center) and Bryan MacDonald(right)

Yes that’s the name of Bryan MacDonald in Soundcloud. This dude is kind of laid back and shy but he has a good sense of humour. His guitar playing is a must-hear for those looking for unique styles. He has already collaborated with many musicians and among them is appearing in the new album of Layne Greene called “Everywhere Around Here.” You can’t miss his style. It has that spacey characteristic along with the gentle use of reverb. It is hard to compare him to other  guitarists but I recommend you hear him out. His sound is really different. It will blow you away.

If you are a recording artist or a band living somewhere in Nova Scotia, try to look for him and bring him along. I am sure he is going to be a great asset to your recording needs. He is always ready, all geared up to play his guitar. His many experiences in performing in front of live audience (busking and actual gigs on stage) have stood the test of time(and weather).

I am looking forward to hear more from this amazing instrumentalist. I hope to catch him in a new album by another brilliant musician.

Music as a Universal Language-Richard Gablick

I have another  special guest today. His name is Richard Gablick and he is recognized as a musician and filmmaker.  I asked him about his musical thoughts and this is what I got. Enjoy folks. I am having a blast posting this. And I am sure you can get something memorable out of this series of guest postings.


Music is the universal language that human beings from all over the world can communicate with. It is expressive and healing to the senses. Music has always been a big part of my life whether I am driving in a car or recording my own music.

I remember pretending I was Paul McCartney from the Beatles and I would use a tennis racquet for the guitar and sing. Later in my life, I would become a self-taught guitarist and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin became my biggest musical influence.

I learned how to use open & alternate tunings of the guitar from Jimmy Page and Michael Hedges. The guitar strings are more richer with a resonating texture when I use alternate tunings. My best friend Jeff Pogas will play the lead guitar using standard E tuning over top of my alternate guitar tuning and the mix of it is quite unique.

IN2 THE MYSTIC is a musical project I started years ago so I could record music for my films. IN2 THE MYSTIC consists of a variety of musicians though it is mainly myself, Jeff Pogas on lead guitar and sometimes Bill Baldwin on lead guitar.

I love middle-eastern music and dancing. It expresses the soul! I also love Rock, Folk, Jazz & Classical music. I like to fuse cultural music with Western music. I love tribal percussion with an electric guitar. It creates an eclectic sound, add a layer of synthesizer strings over top and you can create your own groove. The key to writing is to have people grooving on it too-then you have a kindred spirit with your audience.

I currently have a electric guitar-Fender Squire, a acoustic/electric Ovation, a classical guitar-Yamaha G-65, for strings I use an Alesis QS6.2 Synthesizer and Alesis drum machine, I record on a Fostex MR16 Digital Recorder. I use various percussion drums.

The videos I did with my own music are Trance Dance, The Electric Garden, The Divine Universe, and What If? These can be seen on You Tube under pagerox1

 More about Richard:

Richard Gablick-Filmmaker, Musician, Songwriter and Make-Up Artist.

Musical Project – IN2 THE MYSTIC –Songwriter, guitarist, producer. Performing music for films.

Musical Influences- Jimmy Page-Guitarist for Led Zeppelin. The Beatles. Beethoven.

Film Influences- Stanley Kubrick-Director; Alfred Hitchcock-Director;
Akira Kurasawa- Director.

Favorite Actors- Cary Grant, Christopher Walken.
Favorite Actresses- Ginger Rodgers, Jean Harlow.

Santa Fe Community College –Santa Fe, New Mexico 2005-2007, 2011-Present
Dean’ List
Film Major

Community College of Allegheny College – Pittsburgh, PA 2008-2010
Dean’s List
Studio Art

Notable Achievements
2012 – Make-Up Artist for a CBS series (Untitled) starring Dennis Quaid and Carrie Ann Moss.
2012 – Film- A Moment of Bliss appearing on television in Santa Fe, New Mexico every weekend in April.
2012 – Film – As The Rush Comes – a music video that will star Anais Gonzales dancing ( In production)
2011 – Films- Jessica Maria, Mi Carino, Love Wave and The Divine Universe appear on television in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2011 – Films – Mi Carino is showcased in the SFCC Film Showcase, What If? is selected on the website of Coast to Coast the #1 Late Night Talk Show in the world-generating over 34,000 views- voted Best Rated Video & Most Watched Video in the Entertainment Section.
2008 – Films – VIDA won Most Watched Video in the Earth-Spirit-Love Film Festival.
2007 – Films – Morning Embrace is nominated in the Santa Fe Film Festival – Art Matters Section-also Morning Embrace is showcased in the New Mexico Film Expo.
2006 – Films – Clown In Trouble- Won Best Comedy in the Santa Fe Reporter Film Festival-Richard was an actor in it-Boss Clown.

Richard was an Expressive Arts Counselor facilitating groups for disabled adults for many years. He has been studying Film for 7 years. Richard was a model for John Casablancas (Elle Ford) in his early life.