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Making moody instrumental music and
helping music producers
make more music in less time
with better results.
Notes on being Musician and Mentor, TaurusBeats

 

 

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This Morning 20200429

Good Morning, Fam! Had a good rain early this morning and now I'm listening to the birds do a"call and response" outside, while the wind blows more rain our way. Took a moment to stand and take it in, while taking the trash out. It's still the best music I have ever felt! Then, I was led to this gem. Challenge to all my fellow music producers/beat creators: Try recreating this with your computer! (JK) Enjoy the day! Grace and Peace!


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COVID-19 Chronicles Beat 19 TaurusBeats Producer Diary

Visually-Impaired Producer Taurus M. James (TaurusBeats) Makes 90s Hip-Hop/R&B Sample Flip Beat for the Producer Diary "COVID-19 Chronicles"


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The Upper Room Gospel Jazz Band Performs at Bobby Jones Gospel Retreat

Hey fam! Here's an oldie but goodie! Mama Judy Price sent me this video of The Upper Room: A Gospel Jazz Band performing for Dr. Bobby Jones back in 2003. I'm trying to get Mama Judy to record the history of The Upper Room. It just blows my mind when I think back on it all. Enjoy the day, fam!


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VISION Digital Album Available On Streaming Platforms

Check out my new album VISION! Now on streaming platforms like Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, etc.

STREAM NOW


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VISION Digital Album Available On Bandcamp

My latest moody instrumental music collection, VISION, is available online for purchase at Bandcamp.com. Proceeds go to the VISION Program I am currently developing for young men.

 


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Cold Suns Piano Music by TaurusBeats

"Cold Suns" is the latest part of my musical story. This song expresses my deepest feelings about meeting great people and then having to be separated from them. 


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In The Zone with TaurusBeats: Overcomer Piano Freestyle

Part of my praise and worship.

Overcomer is a track from the Vision Collection.


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This Is Why I Love You Trauna James

Trauna and I celebrated our 20-year wedding anniversary this July.

I found a song for us

MAJOR. - Why I Love You.


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Mercy Is The Only Way Out

I was listening to music while writing code/programming and this song came one and totally gripped my heart.

Andra Day's voice is amazing and the music's irregular nature drew me into the depths of the lyrics.

It's like Andra Day is speaking to me and speaking for me at the same time in this song when she sings...

I can't hear love 'cause we're at war
And revenge is so loud and the drums are so proud
But oh, I'm in a cage and I hear mercy say "I'm here now"
And it's the only way out
(I can't hear love 'cause we're at war)
But revenge is so loud and the drums are so proud
But I'm still in a cage and I hear mercy say now
It's the only way out

Props to the writers, Cassandra Monique Batie and Dave Wood.

Powerful, amazing, awesome song.


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To All The Soldiers

Dedicated to all the men and women of the US Armed Forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and all the other combat zones around the world.

"Accept these words from my heart as my thanks to you/"


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Church Drummer Challenge - How He Loves

One of the songs for this week's Church Drummer Challenge - How He Loves - David Crowder Band.  Taurus James Playing Drums for Grace Crossing Church Beavercreek Ohio


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Church Drummer Challenge - Because He Lives

One of the songs for this week's Church Drummer Challenge - Because He Lives by Crowder.  Taurus James Playing Drums for Grace Crossing Church Beavercreek Ohio


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Church Drummer Challenge - Cornerstone

One of the songs for this week's Church Drummer Challenge - Cornerstone - Hillsong Worship  Taurus James Playing Drums for Grace Crossing Church Beavercreek Ohio


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Church Drummer Challenge - No Longer Slaves

This week's Church Drummer CHallenge includes music from Bethel Music -  Lion And The Lamb. This is a new song for me to learn to play as a church drummer.

Church Drummer Challenge - Church Drummer Challenge - No Longer Slaves Jonathan and Melissa Helser  Taurus James Playing Drums for Grace Crossing Church Beavercreek Ohio


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Church Drummer Challenge - Your Love Awakens Me

This week's Church Drummer CHallenge includes music from Bethel Music -  Lion And The Lamb. This is a new song for me to learn to play as a church drummer.

Church Drummer Challenge - Lion And The Lamb Taurus James Playing Drums for Grace Crossing Church Beavercreek Ohio


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Church Drummer Challenge - Lion And The Lamb

This week's Church Drummer CHallenge includes music from Bethel Music -  Lion And The Lamb. This is a new song for me to learn to play as a church drummer.

Church Drummer Challenge - Lion And The Lamb Taurus James Playing Drums for Grace Crossing Church Beavercreek Ohio


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Music and Memory: Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era
"Music evokes emotion, and emotion can bring with it memory and brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can." - Neurologist Oliver Sacks

 

The documentary is called "Alive Inside" and I'll be glad when this project is complete.

This is part of the reason why I make Moody Instrumental Music.


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TV Theme Songs CMA Weekly Podcast

This week, I have two songs featured in the Computer Music Academy (CMA) Weekly Homework Podcast #68.

This week we're taking it back to the Living Room and revisiting 2 of 2013's best assignments. Welcome back to TV Theme Songs… Now with Cartoons! There's one (or two) of three paths to be taken. 8 brave contestants have stepped up. Will that meet the challenge? Press play and find out.

My TV Theme Songs Featured in the Computer Music Academy Weekly Podcast TaurusBeats


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Shook Ones Piano Freestyle by TaurusBeats

I started doing piano freestyles over popular music a few years ago as a way to train my ears and improve my ability to play by ear. This time, I'm playing along with Mobb Deep - Shook Ones Part II.

This is just something I do to have fun and work on my ear training. I am not a pianist at all and I don't know how to play piano like a pianist. I just try to make the keys play what I hear in my head.

 


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Midday Vibe Piano Freestyle Video

This is one of my piano freestyle videos. This is what I do to train my ear and develop keyboarding skills.

One of the most rewarding things for me when I make Moody Instrumental Music is what I call the "learning journey." I didn't start out knowing how to make beats, produce music, play piano or keyboard, use Propellerhead Reasonn, use the Akai MPD32, record videos, or create beautiful music from the rough ideas in my head. My "learning journey" is what has allowed me to do all of what I do musically. The journey has been long - more than a decade now - but my music clearly prooves that the journey is worth it.

Taurus Makes a Beat Midday Vibe Piano Freestyle Video Moody Instrumental Music by TaurusBeats


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Flo by TaurusBeats Moody Instrumental Music Propellerhead Reason

Piano Freestyle - Moody InstruMental Music bt TaurusBeats aka Taurus M. James

Back from a much needed vacation, I was inspired to do a few new songs. This is one of them.

In this video, I'm recording some "freestyle" (impromptu) piano parts for the song and listening to how I want to arrange the song later.

Flo - Moody Instrumental Music by TaurusBeats (Taurus M. James) Made Using Propellerhead Reason


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Music and Memory Seniors Fall In Love With iPods At Retirement Home

WGAL features seniors benefiting from the services of Music & Memory in action. (Posted with permission from WGAL.) 


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Bedlam by TaurusBeats from the Westward Collection
I'm a little behind in posting all of my newest Moody instruMental Music on TaurusBeats.com. I finished the "Westward" collection a couple of months ago and here is one of the first singles I released from it.

It's called "Bedlam" and I'm playing all of the instruments on the track.

Listen and enjoy!

Bedlam by TaurusBeats from the Westward Moody Instrumental Music Collection


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3 Reasons To Add USB MIDI Controllers To Your Home Music Studio

Making Moody Instrumental Music is fun and relaxing for me - it is my therapy at times when I have high stress from other areas of my life. After more than 12 years of making Hip-Hop beats and instrumental music using Propellerhead Reason Software, I have seen and used a few tools that helped make the process easier and more fun. The USB/MIDI controllers are great tools to enhance the music-making process allowing you to have more fun while making bangin' Hip-Hop beats and moody music. Here are three reasons why you should buy a controller with both, MIDI AND USB capabilities.

3 Reasons To Add USB MIDI Controllers To Your Home Music Studio


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5 Quick Tips To Make Your Music and Beats Better

These are 5 Quick Tips To Help You Make Music and Make Beats Better.

Even though I have been making Moody Instrumental Music and Hip-Hop Beats for more than a decade, I am always looking for ways to make my music and beats better. I am my worst critic when it comes to my music. So, no matter how good my music sounds I always think to myself, "How can I make this music better?" Over the years, I have come up with a few things that have really worked at helping me make my music and beats better. Here are Five Quick Tips To Help You Make Music and Make Beats...Better.

5 Quick Tips To Help You Make Music and Make Beats Better by TaurusBeats


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How To Chop Samples with ReCycle

When I make Hip-Hop beats using Propellerhead Reason, I use Propellerhead ReCycle to "chop" the samples. Here is a question I got from one of my YouTube subscribers about chopping samples in ReCycle and creating bass sounds in Reason.

How To Chop Samples with ReCycle and get Clean Sample Chops Video Tutorial by TaurusBeats


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How to Make Beats Laying Down Basic Music Ideas

I like to make Moody Instrumental Music on Saturday mornings. Sometimes, I start out the morning with playing around on the keyboard until I play a chord or melody that catches me and inspires me to develop more of a song. I call this my exploration and discovery process for making music.

Since I don't start with any musical pieces in my head (the way I normally do), I just make time to "explore" and "discover" music using this method. Rather than try to develop entire song ideas using this method, I just try to get the basic parts - the "foundation" - of a song captured in Propellerhead Reason. This way, I can always come back to the track later and develop it.

In this video, watch how I start out with two very basic 4-note piano chords and build a basic song idea. The bass and drums are added to the piano to create a "chill" song idea - something to lounge to on a nice Saturday morning.

The end of the video catches some of my improvisation on the basic idea. Usually, when I improv or "freestyle" on the track (with the piano) I can develop a real feel for the song idea, making it easier to build a complete song later.

Music Video on How to Make Beats: Laying Down Basic Music Ideas by TaurusBeats


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All I Am - Human by TaurusBeats

Moody Instrumental Music by Taurus M. James Sampled Music, Remixes and Cover Songs

"Human' was a 1986 single from British synth-pop band The Human League. The song was actually written by U.S. R&B producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

All I Am - Human - Music Video by Taurus Beays


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Westward by TaurusBeats Moody Instrumental Music Collection

Westward
Tracks: 14

  1. Arise
  2. Bedlam
  3. Bedlam (piano version)
  4. Butterfly
  5. Chocolate Sun
  6. Flee to Egypt
  7. Sonic Shuffle
  8. Soulstice
  9. Stomp
  10. Sunset on Eden
  11. These Days
  12. Thunder
  13. Westward
  14. Witness

All songs produced by Taurus M. James (ASCAP)

All songs © 2011, Taurus M. James. All Rights Reserved.

Original, Moody instruMental Music.


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Building Moody Instrumental Music from Basic Parts Video Series

Here are videos showing how I was inspired to create Moody Instrumental Music from a simple bass progression played on a MIDI keyboard.

I get inspiration for my Moody Instrumental Music from many places. Sometimes, the most basic thing triggers the creativity in me. This video series shows an example.

Building Moody Instrumental Music from Basic Parts Video Tutorial Series by TaurusBeats


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