Artists: Steve Morin & the Higgs Boson Project
Genre: Progressive Rock
The Higgs Boson. A title not frequently heard of or talked about amongst the masses. The search for “Dark Matter” and “Dark Energy” that make up more than 96% of our universe. It is the undiscovered particle thought to give matter mass. The God Particle! It is also the name I’ve chosen for this musical endeavor.Thank you for taking the time to visit and I hope you enjoy your stay! About the Guitar….I borrow these lyrics from the song Discovery,by Rush. “Behind my beloved waterfall, in the little room that was hidden beneath the cave, I found it. I brushed away the dust of the years, and picked it up, holding it reverently in my hands. I had no idea what it might be, but it was beautiful” … … “I learned to lay my fingers across the wires, and to turn the keys to make them sound differently. As I struck the wires with my other hand, I produced my first harmonious sounds, and soon my own music! How different it could be from the music of the Temples! I can’t wait to tell the priests about it! …” What can this strange device be? When I touch it, it gives forth a sound. It’s got wires that vibrate and give music. What can this thing be that I found? See how it sings like a sad heart. And joyously screams out its pain. Sounds that build high like a mountain. Or notes that fall gently like rain. I can’t wait to share this new wonder. The people will all see its light. Let them all make their own music. The Priests praise my name on this night. Welcome to The Higgs Boson Project!
My name is Steve Morin. A lifelong resident of small town US of A!I am married to my wonderful wife Audrey and we are the proud parents of a rambunctious little boy named Garrett. Pheeew!…..what a handful he can be! But he is truly a gift to both of our lives!He is our sunshine for sure! Living in the western portion of Massachusetts, we are privileged to be able to enjoy the four seasons of mother earth,and blessed to be spared from most of her wrath. How anybody can complain about our weather is beyond me.But, people inherently need to complain about something! I picked up my first guitar when I was 13 or 14 and have never looked back.She has been a part of most all my life and has proven her ability to be a close friend no matter what life dishes out. Always waiting quietly in her case to be held and more importantly, to talk to me. She can lift you up,lower you down,join in during happy times and console during loss.She is truly a great friend! Wow! 48 years old! I guess it’s fair to say that I’ve reached the top of the hill! At this time in one’s life, all we can wish for is a controlled and hopefully predictable decent.I truly believe there is nothing we can do to alter this course,short of driving your car off a cliff! Our fate in my honest opinion, is in the hands of God.But, the choices we make in life,particularly the ones that affect the well being of other people can be the difference between smooth sailing and turbulent seas.”Do unto others”….you know the rest! Some call it “Karma”. So much easier said than done.But herein I believe is the only way we can alter our short stays here on earth. It is up to us to choose the paths that can lead us to the proverbial green fields and warm sunshine,or to a never ending hail storm that has no remorse.Short of preaching,the old adage holds true.”We made our beds;now we must sleep in them.” You might already be asking where I am going with this? The answer is that these things are the content of most of my music. Songs that provoke thought.I still stray every once in a while and revert back to my adolescent roots,(who doesn’t? They were some of the best days of my life!) but for the most part I enjoy writing songs that can make people take a step back and reflect on their own lives.Ultimately, I pray that some of my music can make a difference.
I am a studio musician, having a full time career in the telecommunication industry.
What Music activities are you involved in? Recording artist, songwriter, composer, producer, engineer?
I write, compose, perform all of my music. A multi instrumentalist, although I leave the drums to a long time friend.
What aspect of what you do musically, do you find challenging?
The most challenging aspect for me is waiting. Many artists write songs on a whim and a prayer. I do not. I must wait for inspiration to take hold. I write from my heart….not from my head. Inspiration has many forms……always be on the lookout! You will know when it knocks on your door.
How would you describe your music?
Put your headphones on….close your eyes….and enjoy the ride. I’ve been told my music has given many listeners a floating, drifting sensation while listening.
How long have you been playing music?
Since I was a whippersnapper! LOL! But, I never knew how to let out what was inside me, through my music…..until I grew up. This I believe is what separates good music, from great music. It has to come from the heart or soul.
How would you describe your sound?
Mesmerizing. This is what fans/friends tell me.
How involved are you in making music, writing, performing, recording, mixing, etc?
I do it all! Everything from lyrics to final master is done “in house”.
What do you find the most enjoyable about playing music?
The response I receive from my fans! If you listen, they will guide you down the right path.
How important is music in your life?
As a musician do you ever think you’ll quit learning your art?
Never. Music always is the teacher.
Do you think music is an important life pursuit?
I think music is an important life’s pursuit for someone who thinks music is an important life’s pursuit. There are many passions in life. Whatever one person decides to follow, he/she should follow it passionately.
Does music play an important role in society? If so why?
I will answer all 3 of these questions.
Music is a universal language. So yes, very important in concerns to society.
What advice would you give to young musicians starting out?
Young musicians need to play from the heart. Be yourself. Try not to emulate. It has already been done!
Do you consider art music, or a commercial product?
Music is an art!
Do you worry about making it in todays music industry?
No, because I realize my chances are slim to none. The record labels prefer to milk every last dime from established artists. It is cost effective. The industry has been dead to new musicians for a quite a long while.
What would you tell young musicians that may help inspire them to develop their talent?
Try to find your own signature…….play from your heart. Look out your window……can you play what you see?
How long does it take you to write a song from start to finish?
To write a song can be measured in minutes usually. But the space between these writings can be long. If an artists chooses to write in these “dead spaces “…..the result will be all the songs between the 2 great ones on an album. Be patient.
Do you ever have trouble finding time to work on your music?
Of course…..priorities! I’m a husband and a father. I will not leave them behind. The devil is always looking for a soul to steal! Careful grasshopper!
What affect do you want your music to have on others?
I pray my music touches another person. Maybe make them take a step back and smell the flowers.
How do you deal with writers block when writing music?
I don’t. I ignore it and wait for the inspiration to find me. Very easy! And the results are always worth it.
Do you ever use mobile technology to help you record your ideas?
I think it is a great idea! If I hear something, or think of something really cool…..and know it would make a great song…..I will record a line or two via Mobile. I’ve even done the guitar and drums with my vocals so I don’t loose the inspiration or idea!
My final thoughts to inspire young musicians:
Now I’m going to be perfectly honest. Be sure you have a good paying job before you embark on a musical journey! Get an education in a field that pays well. I cannot stress this enough! Less than 1% of 1% of aspiring musicians will pay the bills with just their music. Unfortunately, this is the nature of the business. If you want to make it as a professional musician, you will learn that YOU and you only will have to finance your trip! And it’s expensive!
Thank you on behalf of Listening Edge Records for taking time to share with us your thoughts on music, and helping inspire musicians of all ages.Trevor Baron President Listening Edge Records