A nice vodka soda at Taix.
The Western Canon is not a band, a record label, or the latest cocktail craze; the Western Canon is a gang of songwriters dedicated to challenging their abilities through an original project.
Conceived over several nights at fine establishments across Los Angeles (Musso and Frank, Taix, The HMS Bounty, Astro-Burger) the rules of the project follow thusly: every month parameters are chosen for the program. These parameters could include a lyrical theme, compositional constraints (i.e. all waltzes!), lyrical and compositional constraints (i.a. all waltzes about Royals!), or perhaps the score to a film or a mini-opera… it may even go into left field from there. Once the songwriters have agreed on the parameters, they then rush to write and rehearse an original piece of music (or beloved cover) within the agreed upon constraints. These songs are then recorded over two days in a marathon session under the watchful eye of Eric Rennaker @Zombeat Recording. Once the songs are recorded and mixed the Canon will then invite a local voice (an L.A. writer, comedian, artist, or musician) to write a narrative that ties the theme and the music into one unified program for you to enjoy.
The Western Canon goes above and beyond in its efforts to work completely outside of genres; within their brief existence they have already tackled sleazy rock, graceful pop, Rachmaninoff-Gone-Surfing, epic dub sessions, abstract choral arrangements, wild-eyed hippie campfire singalongs, moody post-punk, and of course big, dumb rock. As long as there are stories to tell, futures to predict, and lands to explore, the Western Canon will be there to cover them through song.