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Interview by Rick Beato of Sting and Dominic Miller
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JohnG
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I am not a "fanboy" of Sting and really haven't listened to him very much. This interview may change that! I watched the entire 58:41 video. It not only covered his career and the evolution of his style from jazz and blues in the beginning to the Police and his reasons for shutting that down to pursue other avenues of expression. Both Sting and Dom mentioned J.S. Bach as being inspirational, which came as a surprise to me. Dom went into detail about using Bach as practice material.

I had not even heard of Beato until yesterday when I found a very favorable critique of Adele that he did of one of her songs from her brand new album. It was very technical in parts and may also be of interest to many here, but this post is about Sting and is completely different.

Please comment, if you watch this, and let me know if I'm being overly impressed by both the interview and Sting.

Edit: As of this posting, the interview has over 1.08 million views in 10 days.

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@JohnG said

Please comment, if you watch this, and let me know if I'm being overly impressed by both the interview and Sting.

I think whether an interview, performance or even what anyone thinks about anything or anyone is personal preference and should not change your perspective. Having said that, I don’t recall paying much attention to Sting in my earlier years. I think he was popular during my kids’ younger years? I listen to more of the 60’s to mid 70’s, some 80’s, so maybe that is why I don’t recall much of Sting.

I do recall there were a couple songs by Police the kiddos used to listen to that I liked. I also have a Holiday CD that has a song by Sting and I really like that song.

I have not watched the video, just offering some thoughts.

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hey @JohnG ...yeah ive watched and subacribe to rick beato.  posted some of his stuff on here before...havent seen the sting one before...

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@JohnG -    

OMG!  Sting was HUGE in the 70's & 80's! 

Very insightful interview.

I never drooled over him... well, okay, maybe when he played "Feyd" in the original "Dune". (lol)  I do appreciated his talent.

IMHO, you haven't lived if you don't recognize, "Message in a Bottle", "Every Breath You Take", "Roxanne" and "Russians" (always felt a little Classical influence in this one, but didn't realize it was inspiration from Prokofiev, who I adore)! 

I had forgotten how great these sound (outta sight/outta mind)! 

Thanks, JohnG!

This sounds GREAT on the Violin (or, Viola & Cello) - I just tried it!  

 

Start on the open G,C, then A string; GG,F,Eb,D, back to C, etc... there's 3 flats Eb, Ab & Bb.  I found a piano tutorial for people who can't play by ear well enough, you can follow here. 

Russians - Piano Tutorial

I like Sting's take on the processes he uses to create his music.

...contemplating 'creativity', again.  (sorry, everyone! 🤣)

There are skilled craftsmen, and then there are Artists - in every endeavor.  It's important to master skills as a base, but we can choose to be 'inspired'. 

I believe ALL that anyone needs to be a creative artist, is the desire to 'go the extra mile' to prepare - and 'inspiration', which is just ideas. 

Ideas develop from awareness, personal opinion and asking yourself questions!  Every question is a learning experience. 

 

Sting also collaborated with Dire Straits on one of my all time favorites, "Money for Nothing" & sings the line "I want my MTV"!

 

🤔... didn't care for Sting's song he played at the end, from his new album.  Where's the surprise in the first 4 to 8 measures, that he felt was so important at the beginning of the interview?

Great, now I'm thinking of chord possibilities and relevancy!

- Emily

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Please comment, if you watch this, and let me know if I'm being overly impressed by both the interview and Sting.

@JohnG no not being overly impressed.  Id like to hear more from Dominique too.  laughed when he was talking about the amp "problems" during his audition.   good stuff.

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Yes! 

I wish Beato had asked Dominic Miller more, too! 

All in all, Beato brought up very good questions - really nice when an interviewer actually knows a good deal about the subjects and interviewee. 

I'd like to look at more of his interviews, when I have some time. 😊

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