Sunday, April 1, 2018

New Live Music Videos

I'd like to start making more live videos, now; that is to say, stripped down versions of my songs with musical accompaniment. Until recently, the videos have been heavily structured, and I wanna see how strong the songs are in a more basic form. So, as I begin to travel, I shall be posting when a recording is finished. Here are three performances: one current, the others - somewhat recent. Hope you like 'em!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Anything New re: Artie Q is to be found here -

Having hit "end of life experiences" of my mother and father, recently, my creative endeavors have hit a little bump in the road, or should I say more "a screeching halt." I'm sort in frozen artistic and emotional animation, right now, being that I feel bereft of any new impulse to impart, too busy am I simply trying to allow feelings of "the end of an era" to take their toll ... we shall see if I return. Creatively speaking, in one way or another, that is.

I have however found the time and joy and impetus to pen a few essays/observations, finalize an audiobook and live renditions of songs of mine via video.

So, friends ... ArtieQ.Com
Big Hugs, RTQ

Friday, March 18, 2016

New Video: Bubble Headed Man

My time seems so limited these days, that it's miracle I'm able to produce anything (so wiped out am I by the end of each day), but it was relatively easy to put this video together. (All actors thoroughly accommodating with their energies and time.) So through the downpour, I was able to skip between the raindrops, and deliver this video gem. IMHO! :) Hugs, everyone. RTQ

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

New Artie Q Track: Where Did You Go?

Click the pic, below to listen to WHERE DID YOU GO?
 Piano: Ronnie Paris. Guitar: LRW. The Rest: Artie Q

The Alzheimer sufferer views their world through an ever decreasing small lens. It shrinks incrementally day by day until friends and family may no longer be recognized. 

In my own case (with my mother), if we are having a "bad" day, I'll sit with her and hold her hand.

 "So, what's my name ... mother?"  (*prompt*)
"Cmon, you know me, what's my name?"
"... Don't know what you're talking about."
"Mother, My name is Robin. I'm your son, and your name is Pearl Averil ...? All right, how 'bout this one: Sargent Turner, 137 ...?"
"203!" She'll bark right back. 

Strange, she doesn't know who I am, but will always remember life from 70 years ago. Well, maybe not so strange; Service Personnel will ALWAYS remember their number! Hmm

"Mother ... are you in there ... where did you go, eh? Where did you go?"

However, on a good day, we'll have a little fun, and she will remember. :)

Video, New Q Song for Artie VIII cd!

Click below to listen to the new track for the upcoming Artie Q cd set for release late 2015 featuring the fabulous talents of Ronnie Paris (Piano) and Mindmovie (Guitar) — Love you, boys! RTQ

Annnd! Check out the fabulously whacky new Artie Q vid - MISS YOU, ALIEN

 Hugs, QPeeps! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"MissYou Alien" - New track for Artie Q VIII (Video to come)

Click the link below the Alien, to listen ;)

So, I am now near halfway mark for the amount of tracks I need for Artie Q VIII - Yippee!

Ok, well, I've just reconnected with an old friend from my (25 year old) past, and upon asking her if there was any news on the romantic front, she replied "No romance, No boyfriend, No nothing—That's That!" Hmm, thinks I, that's a song right there. Something about the phrase resonated with me. 

A few years ago, I'd worked on a song with long time guitarist/best friend, LRW, called Happy Guy, and I'd been tooling around with some of the leftover music files, and I particularly liked half timing the beat (@ 70 bpms) against the original speed. (140 bpm—The original had a very techno feel.) I start to develop the intro and verse, and it somehow leads me into a melodic passage where the above phrase is sitting quite nicely, thank you.  
Though, what is the song gonna be about; what is my angle? Hmm ... How 'bout letting the phrase guide me to my idea—OK!

"Girl falls in love with alien, or it's the classic 'alien within the boyfriend' (Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus scenario), and after much wrangling with said dude, she realizes that there is just no domesticizing this extra terrestrial. Too difficult. So she kicks him out, but she cannot help but still carry the torch for the lovable though hapless lil green hombre! Dat Dat—That's my song, baby!

LRW added some lovely guitar in the middle section & ending sections. A Perfect Fit—Nice!
Thank you, Lol. *Mwah!*

Listen - MissYou Alien

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Songs for Artie Q VIII: Winning & SoulMate and THB Video!

Am tentatively thinking of calling Artie Q VIII: One Step Away From Falling Apart ... Hmm, we shall see.

Anyway! :) Tho' I'm posting this now—early days Jan 2015/end days December 2014, these two songs were completed in December and late September of this year.

SoulMate - Click to Listen -

The song came about from a thought by Mrs Q. I think it's well documented (with regard to relationships) that I tend to believe in "Contenders" as opposed to "SoulMates." I'm dubious about the idea of there being only one Special One residing inert in time & space, simply while-ing away the time til the others' appearance, and Hey Presto! Anyway, Mrs Q suggested that maybe Artie Q had to travel all around the world and then return to his point of origin to discover that his SoulMate was really here, in the UK, all the time. He just needed a little time away to get objective. 25 or so years!!! :) I thought this was a neat idea, and as I write about my life in song, I decided to explore the idea.
So, Piano delivered by the wonderful hand of Ronnie Paris (whom, as far as I know has no web presence), and fab guitar from Mindmovie helped me put this track together. Must admit; I like it! Thank you, Mrs. Q. *Mwahs!* Baby.

Winning : Listen

So, this time Mindmovie sends me a track. It's a ballad by a gentleman called Bob Grey (with guitar by Mister M) and asks me if I'd care to create a lil 'summin summin' on this piece. I thought it a little slow, and there were too many sections for my taste, but there was a certain opportunity for great melodies, here. I sped the bpms up by 10, added a few of my own chord changes, wrote melodies, lyrics, beats, etc. As I was told Mr Grey was busy, I asked Ronnie Paris to help me out and flesh out Bob's original piano samples and add his ornate touch in the new sections I'd created ... here we go!  

 Song dealing with the impending next step into the great unknown, yet rejoicing in the Here & Now. One more song about mortality and mothers! ;)
Piano samples: Bob Grey. Solo Piano: Ronnie Paris. Guitar: @mindmovie . The rest: Artie Q
ENJOY! ;) Hugs to you, Artie Q

While I was in LA, earlier this year, I shot a bunch of footage down by the water in Santa Monica, CA and Voila—THE HEARTACHE BABY!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

New Song: And If i Fall Apart ...

Click to listen: And If i Fall Apart ...

Piano: Ronnie Paris / Guitar: LRW / Remainder: Artie Q

I was gonna go into great detail about this song, but folk have already interpreted it from their own point of view, so I shall leave it up to you (listener) to make of it what you will. Lovely piano from Ronnie, and fab guitar from my lifelong friend, Laurence/LRW. Thanks boys; til next time! :)
... then again, I might just change my mind and fill you in: a perception of the whole social media scene. We shall see. I wish you all a lil fun along the way. RTQ *Mwah!*

Lyrics: Robin Thomas Quinn © 2014

All I see’s a virtual ocean of carpet baggers callin’ me
Won’t you come inside ...? ... mmm
Feng shui masters ain’t the answer,
Shaman elders, spirit guides, elevate my consciousness, and take me for a ride

I see you
Truth is we’re all a step away ...

Social media, do I really need ya ... just like lovers do?
Sourcing, branding, texting ...
Sourcing, branding, texting nothing new.

I see you
Fact is we’re all a step away from falling apart
I’m fallin’ ... I'm fallin' …

And if I fall apart, yeah
I’ll put myself back together ... mmm, or maybe not.

And if I fall apart,
I’ll put myself back together, bar inclement weather, once again

Oh can’t you see, humanity.
No one’s got it over another, sisters & brothers.

Everyone’s a player on the Net, these days 
Sell insecurity
Give ya Personal Growth, Man of Note,
A Leader, Believer, a Millionaire
Have to say I don’t believe ya Mister,
I’ll take my chances -

And if I fall apart, yeah
I’ll put myself back together ... mmm, or maybe not.


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