Making music with my kid

As many of you know, I am a musician. Well, sometimes. It’s not how I make my living, but it has been one of my main creative outlets for many years.

My 12-year-old son, Wolfgang, is a huge music fan. He is fascinated by all aspects of music-making, from time signatures to production. He has made slow progress when it comes to learning instruments like guitar or keyboards, but he has a good ear (to which his hand-eye coordination will eventually catch up).

While my band the Starling Effect has been on COVID-enforced hiatus, Wolfgang and I have begun working on tracks together. To make it even more fun (and to make it feel like an honest-to-god real musical project), we have christened our duo Stars of Stone.

Over his winter school break, we worked on our first track. It’s an odd instrumental, based on the klezmer scale but given an industrial-rock feel with a big dirty beat. The odd scale gave me a challenge when I added guitar to the song, but I figured it out and leaned into more of a Middle Eastern/flamenco direction—hence the title “Alhambra”.

Give it a listen and tell me what you think.

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