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Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:15:38 -0600


U2's Joshua Tree Tour Could Inspire Similar Band Reunions For Albums Turning Thirty This Year

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:56:37 -0600

Since their iconic album The Joshua Tree turns thirty this year, Bono and U2 are doing a tour to celebrate the anniversary. They plan to perform in several cities in North America and Europe, starting in Vancouver on May 12 and finishing in Brussels on August 1. Fans will likely enjoy hearing the band play the songs from that album, such as the huge hits With or Without You and I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.

With A New Album Due Out Next Month, Here Are The Top Ten Songs From The Shins

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:37:29 -0600

Having already teased their fans with a single just before the holidays, the Shins have officially announced that they will release a brand new album in March. James Mercer and his band have been on hiatus since 2012, when they recorded Port of Morrow. Mercer at the time had believed that album would be the last ever for the Shins, as he chose to focus on his collaboration with his side project.

Make Music Your Muse - Melodic Tones or Hypnotic Harps - Reap Healing-Listen to Music Daily

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:30:59 -0600

***Reap healing or at least alter a mood by listening to various different sounds and musicians or different genres of music on a daily basis. Music can actually command a tone, mindset or even stimulate movement or provide preparation for an audience that gathers together to listen to a common event of praise and worship. Whether you prefer to unplug, decompress or plan to meditate and worship music is the great medium to get your mindset and focus ready to engage what the music, musician or the art does to elevate or change a mood into something that you want to experience, almost as if done on command. Perhaps you have a favorite artist or a favorite genre that represents the form of entertainment your ears prefer to hear. Melodies, harmonies, a creative singer that sings, on-key, it's makes no difference to you or to me. As long as it moves your soul to a comfortable zone or mindset music is liberating and entertaining- to say the least. How grand it is to invite a mood of gratitude by listening to inviting music that invites a nice artist or nice song into your car, home or office?. ~

3 Things That Separate Great Guitar Players From Everyone Else

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 08:39:56 -0600

Want to become a great guitar player? There are 3 HUGE differences between great guitarists and mediocre guitarists. Get started becoming a great guitarist by learning them:

What To Expect Your First Time At A Live Country Music Venue

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:06:55 -0600

Though everyone would like to make a rousing argument for why their favorite music is superior to others, there is no denying that one of the biggest draws of fans is live country music. Country music has seen a surge in popularity over the last few years due, in part, to a dedicated attempt by country artists to make the music connect with the "everyday man".

Bands Whose Self Titled Albums Are Not Their Debuts

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 12:57:16 -0600

Providing a worthy diversion from all of the college bowl games on New Year's Day was a documentary of the band Chicago, which aired on a national cable news channel. The program tastefully presented its chronological development as well as multiple interviews with five of the seven co-founders. One unique characteristic of the band, besides its gorgeous blend of horns and electric guitar rock, concerns its album names.

Seven Songs Condemning The All Too Common Crime Of Robbery

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 09:16:23 -0600

Since the announcement that Bob Dylan had been honored with the Nobel Prize for Literature, fans have been quoting their favorite among his thousands of lyrics. Most people prefer selections from what was Dylan's most commercially successful era in the mid sixties, when he issued Highway 61 Revisited, Bringing It All Back Home and Blond on Blond. The line I find most appealing, right now anyway, comes from an album released fifteen years after those three.

New Albums To Look Forward To In 2017

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 13:15:38 -0600

The music world lost numerous popular artists in 2016, the latest of which was George Michael. The British singer who first gained fame as part of the duo Wham passed away on Christmas Day, adding to a list of obituaries that includes David Bowie, Prince, Glen Frey, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake. In spite of those passages, the year did manage to leave us with something to be thankful for.

Emo Music: Is It Disappearing?

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:34:09 -0600

Recently, I attended a Brand New concert and wondered after I left the show, how popular is Emo music still in today's society? Emo music was at its peak in the early to mid-2000s, and was a big part for teenagers and young adults in the United States. Bands that fell into this genre were bands like My Chemical Romance, American Football, and Dashboard Confessional.

Famous Poems That Have Been Turned Into Songs By Popular Artists

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 07:03:35 -0600

Even though I taught English at the high school, the subject of literature would seldom come up when I met with my main friends there. Being football coaches, most of our discussions concerned that particular sport or others that are popular in our culture. One of the two physical education teachers on our coaching staff happened to glance at a stack of papers I had placed on the desk in the football office.

Great Swan Songs: Five Bands Whose Last Album Was Their Best

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 10:21:35 -0600

The term Swan Song, a metaphor for a final gesture or effort, often gets used when the year comes to a close. It was actually quite a few months before the New Year back in October, when veteran Boston designated hitter David Ortiz enjoyed his swan song by playing out his final season with the Red Sox against the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series. A more appropriate use of swan song occurs when it regards musicians, to whom it applies in a literal sense.

Shapes - How This Kent Duo Have Already Made a Mark And Are Names To Watch

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:51:15 -0600

Shapes, a DJ duo from Kent, have been a part of Kentish nightlife for a year, and have branched out into the world of festivals and further afield in the country. Having ran into them on multiple occasions, i believe they are the next best thing. Here is why, and i hope you agree.

Famous Explorers Mentioned In Popular Songs

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 08:10:36 -0600

Immigration continues to be one of the hot political topics of the year, in spite of the irony of the country's foundation. The very men who forged our Constitution were immigrants, as we all are other than the Native Americans who inhabited the land before the explorers arrived. The most famous of the immigrants is of course Christopher Columbus, an Italian who stumbled upon the New World while sailing under Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain.

The Best Fifteen Of All '16 Albums

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:25:36 -0600

In the world of music, the year 2016 started with sadness. At the start of the second week in January, David Bowie passed away just a few days after his 69th birthday. The demise of other rock icons soon followed, as we lost Glenn Frey of the Eagles and Dale "Buffin" Griffin that very same month.

How To Correct Guitar Mistakes That Occur While Playing At Faster Speeds

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:06:45 -0600

What is the best way to clean up your guitar playing while playing fast? Many guitarists think it's best to practice things slowly until mistakes are corrected... then to build up their speed over time. This may seem like a good idea on the surface, but you will need to do much more than this in order to master guitar playing technique.

The 8 Most Engrossing Los Angeles 80's Tribute Bands

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:00:22 -0600

Los Angeles is best known for its entertainment in the whole world. As the capital of the tribute bands in USA nobody can cast doubt on its potential and great talent. A large number of these tribute bands started as mere side ventures of local artists which eventually turned out as fully equipped entities in the music industry.

Kano - The Forefather of Grime and How His Latest Album Is Exceptional

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:00:44 -0600

Kano is widely regarded as one of grimes forefathers. But why is this? and what is it that makes his latest album 'Made in the Manor' not only a major success for himself, but grime as a genre?

Ringo's Words Are Far More Relevant Today Than The Peace And Love Messages Of His Bandmates

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:36:21 -0600

Much of the late sixties work of The Beatles is filled with messages about peace, change, and hope. John Lennon sang All You Need Is Love and Revolution, while Paul McCartney contributed political ballads like Blackbird and The Fool On the Hill. Their solo albums, such as Lennon's Imagine and McCartney's Pipes of Peace, contain even more philosophical musings about improving the world.

Ten Unusual Foods Mentioned In Popular Songs

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:08:38 -0600

On Thanksgiving Day the local public radio station played Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie, which in great detail describes an ordeal that befell the singer on the holiday of the last Thursday in November. Few other songs seem to fit the theme of Thanksgiving, especially if you are searching for songs about turkeys. John Lennon's Cold Turkey is probably the most well-known, but it is less about the bird on the dinner table than it is about a personal struggle.

Revolution Radio - Green Day Is Back, But Is It a Revolution or Another Musical Flop?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:52:27 -0600

Green Day's Revolution Radio was released on the 7th October, their first studio album since their trilogy flopped in 2012. Has it revolutionised their style, or left much to be admired?

Syd Barrett: Genius or Madman?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:50:08 -0600

There is a fine line between a madman and a genius. Which one was Barrett? Delve into his mind to find your own interpretation.

5 Useful Guitar Accessories

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:15:14 -0600

Most guitarists have their own personal collection of gizmos and gadgets to help play and maintain their equipment. The most popular accessories are there to help perform better, change strings quickly, or make it possible to sound unique.

Pat Metheny: Making Time for Music

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:27:19 -0600

Pat Metheny continues to make time for music. Pat Metheny has an extensive discography. Pat Metheny continues to devote his life to music study and innovation.

How To Easily Clean Up Sloppy Guitar Technique And Make Your Guitar Playing More Accurate

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:41:42 -0600

Sloppy guitar technique is a major part of why you make mistakes and experience frustration in your playing. When you have sloppy guitar technique, you are unable to make fast progress and your playing tends to sound amateur.

6 Types Of Music You Should Know About

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:00:04 -0600

There are thousands of different types of music that have different features. The different types of include: Blues They originated from the African-American work songs. The songs are characterized by simple and plain designs. The first blues song was published in 1912 and was written by Hart Wand. Prior to 1940s, blues music was played unplugged but with the entry of electric instruments, most of the music now heavily relies on the instruments.

Taking A Look At The Differences Between Old And New Music

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:59:59 -0600

Music entertains, educates and informs. While it has been around for a long time music has gone through a number of changes that range from the instruments used to the style of composition. To help you out, here are some of the ways in which music has evolved over the years:

Tips to Get a Great Singer for Your Event

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 07:07:20 -0600

As soon as you know you will host a party with music, you need to get into action. Understanding how to hire a singer for a party will save you time and stress. It will get you the results you want in the least amount of time. Keep in mind many performers book fast so you don't want to wait!

Festive Delights With the Best Known Christmas Songs

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 07:06:49 -0600

Enjoy the festive fun by singing some of the best-known Christmas songs and Christmas carols and enjoy the festivity with great joy and fervor. Merry Christmas!

A Beginner's Guide to the Guitar Chord Chart

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:03:31 -0600

Do you find it difficult to get the precise finger placement on your fret board? Are you new to the world of guitar playing? If so, you might need to study up on the guitar chord chart. The guitar chord chart helps you identify specific chords that you'll need to know once you start building your own songs or simply playing the tunes of your favorite jazz hits. You can't get around the chord chart if you want to be a successful guitar player in any music genre.

Popular Songs That Mention Specific Journalists

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:22:50 -0500

One of Bob Dylan's folk songwriting peers in the sixties, were he still with us, would probably appreciate an ironic result of the Nobel Prize For Literature being recently bestowed on Dylan. That peer is Phil Ochs, who died in 1976 after a career as a clever protest singer and political activist. Ochs had a unique sense of humor, so he would certainly find it amusing that Dylan was preceded in the award in 2015 by journalist Svetlana Alexievich, an investigative reporter from Belarus.

How to Be Creative With Your Songwriting and Stand Out

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:52:12 -0500

This article contains creative ideas about songwriting. Learn how to stand out from the crowd and be a goose among among a world of ducks.

Five Regrettable Cover Versions of Bob Dylan Songs

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:40:53 -0500

One testament to the substantial influence of Bob Dylan, who recently was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, are the numbers of artists who have covered his songs. More than three hundred documented singers have made their own versions of Dylan tunes, people ranging from Cher to Metallica to Johnny Cash. The most well-known of these cover versions are hits like Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower" and "Quinn the Eskimo" by Manfred Mann, both of which scored bigger than Dylan's originals.

Importance of Jazz Theory to Jazz Musicians

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 16:38:15 -0500

Most musicians just want to play the instrument of their choosing to the best of their ability. They don't want to spend hours in the classroom learning about the theories behind music, but should they? When it comes to jazz theory, how important is it for aspiring jazz musicians to learn it?

On the Record

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:10:43 -0500

Have you ever wondered where the records you loved were recorded? Today great sound can be recorded on to the hard- disk of a computer or hand- held device, but most professionals still use a purpose- built recording studio with expensive high- tech recording equipment. Before tape recording technology, recordings went straight to disc.

New Album By Lady Gaga Recalls Other Unusual Collaborations In Rock History

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:45:23 -0500

A review of Lady Gaga's new album Joanne questioned the decision to include so many collaborations on the songs. According to the October 23 Wall Street Journal article "Can Too Many Singers Spoil the Song?", critic Neil Shaw wonders if too many is a crowd.

Jazz and Blues - An Overview

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:10:40 -0500

Each music genre is unique. It comes with its own characteristics, musical influences, and even its own set of music fans. For many, jazz and blues are the same thing. In fact, many enjoy listening to what they call 'jazz blues songs,' despite the definition of each genre being very different. The evolution of jazz and blues began in very different geographical locations and required different skills to master. Those with a keen ear for each genre know precisely what to expect when they listen to music from each musical style.

Baseball References In Popular Songs Not Really About America's Pastime

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:59:58 -0500

The regular season has been over for several weeks, and as soon as the World Series champion is crowned baseball will be put on hold until Spring Training begins in February. For true fans, and even casual ones, baseball is never really forgotten. In fact, the sport is so ingrained in our society that references to it abound in pop culture.

Why Hearing Music Is Paramount to Good Health

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:29:49 -0500

It looks like hearing your favorite music can instantly place you in a great mood. But researchers are actually finding that music can perform more for you personally than simply raise your spirits. Scientific studies are showing it features a number of health advantages.

Acoustics in Auditoriums - Know The Challenges And Solutions

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:00:23 -0500

The auditoriums are one of the important sections in educational institutions, business organizations, religious places and other public places to gather larger number of audiences. From plays, musical performances and debates to motivational lectures, auditoriums are required to cater large group of people at once.

A Life Singer at Your Event Can Make It Spectacular

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:39:25 -0500

Music is the heart and soul of just about any gathering. Why not make yours spectacular with a singer for hire? You can find someone with a lovely voice, plenty of material they offer, and a great price. This makes it ideal for dancing to be part of the event. You can hire someone who sings their own songs or covers from other bands.

Memorable Chracters Created By John Prine, A 70 Year Old Once Deemed As The New Bob Dylan

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:21:08 -0500

Bob Dylan made the news this week for winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, an honor of which America's greatest songwriter was certainly worthy. Meanwhile another influential folk artist, one who was initially deemed as the next Dylan, quietly celebrated his seventieth birthday. John Prine released his debut album way back in 1970, a record satiated with many clever songs that earned him the comparison of Dylan.

Jazz Guitar Scales - The Essential List

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:01:15 -0500

Guitar scales are essential to jazz improvisational play. If you want to rock it on your solos, you have to know the basics of guitar scales. Let's take a look at what a guitar scale is and which ones you need to know as an aspiring jazz guitarist.

An Introduction to Learning Jazz Improvisation

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:01:06 -0500

Learning how to play jazz music can be a bit of a nightmare. There are so many theories about how to best play. This is especially true if and when we are talking about how to learn jazz improvisation. Every great has to, at one time or another, be introduced into playing improvisations, and today is as good a day as any for you.

Ten Popular Songs That Feature Fatal Stabbings

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:49:42 -0500

In spite of the dangerous connotations of the words, people continue to use expressions such as "take a shot" or "take a stab" quite frequently. Fortunately, these phrases are used only figuratively in common life, given the consequences of their literal meanings. As is the case in our society, shooting is much more frequent than stabbing when it comes to popular songs.

Prince and the Opening of Paisley Park

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:47:25 -0500

I had the opportunity to tour Prince's Paisley Park on October 6. The museum honors the legacy of one of the most talented musicians of the last 100 years.

6 Pieces of Jazz Advice You Need to Play Better

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:19:24 -0500

Whether you're struggling to tap into the world of jazz music or are a longtime player who wants to improve his or her style, everyone could use a bit of jazz advice every now and again. Today we're offering up a bit of encouragement sprinkled in with some straight up jazz advice to get your jazz music career headed in the direction you want. Consider the following 7 bits of advice to jumpstart your road to jazz fame.

Things You Need To Know To Make The Didgeridoo Drone

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:35:19 -0500

It is an impressive talent to see today if a person can make a distinctive didgeridoo sound out of the latest didgeridoo players. If you are looking for an answer to how to make the didgeridoo sound that way, the first thing that you need to know is that the instrument essentially functions like an amplifier. That means that no matter how hard you blow into it, you will not get the drone sound. Instead, you have to focus on learning how to vibrate your lips.

Long Awaited New Album Brings Both Delight and Worry For Fans Of Swedish Band Peter, Bjorn and John

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:08:41 -0500

The new album from Peter, Bjorn and John has been a delightful treat, but long time fans may sense fear when they listen to the lyrics. More than half of the dozen songs on Breakin' Point portend discontent either within the band or with their recent success, or perhaps a combination. The Swedish rock trio has been together for nearly twenty years, but their first taste of commercial success came in 2006 when the single "Young Folks" reached number six in the United Kingdom.

Some Scattered Thoughts, Now Collected

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 09:06:47 -0500

The musical soirees that changed my life are the memories of the days gone by flood my mind. "Gazab Ka Hai Din Socho Zara, E Diwanapan Dekho Zara." Truly unforgettable!

A Beginner's Guide to Jazz Guitar Transcriptions

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 07:52:46 -0500

Before we get too far into jazz guitar transcriptions, it's vital to understand their importance. For starters, jazz is its own language with its own melodies and tones. Learning how to transcribe jazz enables you to get a better grasp of jazz language. It also turns abstract ideas into applications that you can use to improve your skills.

Where to Find Free Music for Your Videos

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 11:29:43 -0500

There are a lot of free music sites out there, but they're not all equal when it comes to quality and ease of use. Here's some good things to know about royalty free music sites.

Inviting Songs That Begin With The Word Welcome

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:16:23 -0500

A colleague in my poetry class a few years ago claimed that a good song is like a pair of socks fresh out of the dryer, warming your feet on the cold floor in the winter. The simile worked for me, except that I kept thinking about how most of the socks I pull from my dryer come out without a mate. A better comparison for a good song, I think, would be the home of a friend.

7 Las Vegas Style Entertainment Options for Your Corporate Event

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 08:47:38 -0500

They said, "Come to Vegas, it will be so much fun!" And I took them seriously, but I really didn't have the money, or the time to go to Las Vegas to find the right spot to host our Corporate Training Event, and I wasn't really keen on the whole concept of spending ALL of our training time on Entertainment, so the option was Las Vegas style entertainment for our Corporate Event... Here's what I found.

One Word Song Titles Named After a State

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:32:38 -0500

My pride in my musical knowledge suffered a bruise recently, while I was reading an article about former governor Huey P. long. The piece appeared in the July 16 issue of The Weekly Standard and was written by contributor Geoffrey Norman.

How Playing An Instrument Can Improve Your Brain

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:01:50 -0500

We all love music, there isn't a person in this world who doesn't like some kind of music or the other. Well, who would have thought playing music or learning to play an instrument could improve the functioning of our brains? I'm not saying it- it's all well documented in science.

Composers Corner: Henry Purcell

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:12:42 -0500

Henry Purcell is the most famous of all English Baroque composers, as well as one of the best-known composers of any era to originate from the British Isles. His career preceded that of the two most famous composers of the era -- G.F. Handel and J.S. Bach -- and was considered a strong influence on both their careers, even though Purcell never left England.

Five Simple Improvements That Could Make The Vinyl Revival Even More Enjoyable

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:36:41 -0500

Few people could be enjoying the revival of vinyl music as much as I am, a trend that is lifting my spirits but denting my bank account. The collection from my teen and college years was lost to fire a number of years ago, so I am now trying to replace most of my favorites from back then. For those older ones I of course browse used record stores, which usually have them priced from anywhere between a buck and ten dollars.

Ten Pairs of Ex-Band Members Who Reconnected To Become Self-Titled Bands

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:31:00 -0500

The history of rock and roll is filled with bands who have broken up because of fighting among their members. More often than not, it has been the conflict between the two group leaders that eventually brought on the band's demise. The most obvious example is the clash between John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the great songwriting team responsible for most of the best hits by The Beatles.

The World's Top 10 Best Jazz Guitarists of All Time

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:53:55 -0500

There can be no denying it, jazz music has shaped the course of music history like no other genre. It's given way to some of the greatest musicians the world has ever known, and inspired some of the world's most influential musicians.

V Festival 2016 Review

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:38:20 -0500

Your 21st is always one to remember, especially when you're one of the most popular music festivals in the world. V Fest 2016 marked the 21st time that acts had taken to Chelmford's Hylands Park and Stafford's Weston Park, and it was clear that organisers had pulled out all the stops.

Tips For Beginners Who Want To Learn To Play The Didgeridoo

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:21:25 -0500

If you are interested to learn how to play the didgeridoo, you will need a lot of patience since this is a musical instrument that isn't too easy to master. But certainly, with some time, hard work, and tips and tricks, you can learn how to play the didgeridoo.Below are some useful tips for beginners who want to learn to play the didgeridoo.

Chicago Is Often Overlooked As A Late Sixties, Early Seventies Protest Band

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:56:29 -0500

When a discussion arises of protest music from the late sixties and early seventies, bands such as Buffalo Springfield, Jefferson Airplane and the Byrds are among the ones often mentioned. A group even more successful than that triumvirate should be included in the protest genre, although most people associate them with softer, love-centered, non-controversial pop songs. Chicago, the band named after the Windy City, is best known for enduring classics like "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is", "Saturday in the Park", and "Feelin' Stronger Everyday.

No Longer Flowing, Fountains Of Wayne Leave Behind A Trove Of Pop Culture References

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 08:30:51 -0500

One of the most underrated bands for the last twenty years has officially split up, according to the member who sang and co-wrote all of their songs. Chris Collingwood revealed in an interview that Fountains of Wayne, who became well-known for their single "Stacy's Mom", will no longer record music together. "Fountains of Wayne, it's a history I embraced for a while," Collingwood told Elise Lu of National Public Radio on July 24.

Time Has Been Good For A Song Title By These Ten Artists

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 07:19:49 -0500

On the way back from visiting my daughters at college in Cincinnati, I stopped into a convenience store to get a soda and a newspaper. The drink I easily spotted in the back of the store, but I had less success finding a newspaper. I looked in every conceivable spot in each of the aisles, but I found neither a newspaper nor even a rack.

Five Bands Besides The Eagles Who Made Radical Changes In Musical Direction

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:25:03 -0500

I admit that I was a little skeptical about buying Hotel California, the iconic album that forty years later is still considered the best by the Eagles. My dad years before had been the first in our family to discover the band, when he first heard "Peaceful Easy Feeling" on the local AM rock station. The rock and roll fanatic that I was had wanted no part of the Eagles, who to my young ear amounted to nothing more than a country band.

String Quartet Disasters and How to Avoid Them: A Primer for the Beginning Wedding Player

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:04:51 -0500

For the beginning wedding player, disasters can happen quickly. Here are several ways you can put a stop to common gig problems.

Ten Little Known Facts About Number Ones And The Artists Who Sang Them

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:30:45 -0500

While perusing the latest volume of the history of Billboard's Number Ones, I uncovered a modest collection of musical trivia. I even discovered two pieces of trivia I did not know regarding The Beatles. First of all, the Fab Four were the warm up band for Tommy Roe, singer of the number one hits "Dizzy" and "Sweet Pea," in a United Kingdom tour in 1963.

You and I Make A Great Title For Artists From Queen To Lady Gaga

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:26:45 -0500

A popular soft drink company has been running a musical promotion all summer, placing famous song lyrics on their bottles. While I usually enjoy reading the words to see if I recognize the particular song, I have discovered that many of their selections have become repetitive. Just yesterday I grabbed two twenty ounce bottles from the local convenience store, only to discover that both had the exact same lyric on them.

Create in Your Own Way

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:32:09 -0500

A short look at my own creative process, how I work on numerous things at the same time. I'm not too sure if other people work this way, it's just how I do things.

How A Country-Inspired Album Has Influenced Today's Hard Rock Icons

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:10:18 -0500

An album that owes its origins to old time country music has often been cited as the all-time favorite of headlining hard rock bands like Guns N Roses, Metallica, and Motley Crue. For their iconic record, Rocks, Steven Tyler and Aerosmith drew inspiration from country music for what is often considered the band's most rocking album.

Things to Remember When Buying a New Guitar

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 06:54:28 -0500

Learn the tips for buying a new guitar for beginning to learn to play guitar. You will get the tips for finding the guitar which produces beautiful sounds while not hurt your budget.

Specific Years Memorialized In Hit Songs

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 07:40:16 -0500

The year 1984 inspired numerous song titles, only because of George Orwell's futuristic novel that made us fear that Big Brother was watching. David Bowie, who wrote several space tunes, composed one called 1984 for his Diamond Dogs album. The hard rock band Van Halen called an entire album 1984, which included the title track as its opener.

Love African Drumming? Here Are Two Tools to Help You Find Your People

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 11:03:07 -0500

African drumming is a great group activity that brings people together - the social experience can be as important as the musical. The internet is awesome, and if you love African drumming, here are some online ways to help you find kindred spirits!

The Roots of Funky

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:12:07 -0500

The Funky guitar is one of the things that I like to play, very much. This style is very dynamic and gives that extra spice to already solid drum grooves (and basslines). Since the late 40s the rhythmic guitar styles evolved in many different ways, one of them being the Rhythm and Blues style, that, mixed with Soul, Blues and a little bit of Jazz, gave the grounds for Funky Music.

Ten Songs That Have The Single Word Title of Hollywood

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:35:44 -0500

Obviously aspiring actors would be drawn to Hollywood, where lies their best chance of getting in films or on television. For some reason, that city has been the focus of a lot of songwriters as well. Pop-rocker Ryan Adams scored with s song called "Good Night, Hollywood Boulevard" from his Gold album in 2001.

The Cure: Disintegration (1989)

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:11:56 -0500

The Cure were never in fashion, never in vogue. They were too nice for punk, they were too dense for pop, too versatile for most rock audiences, too verbose for Top of the Pops. One thing they were, however, was miserable. Where Morrissey played misery as a pantomime, Robert Smith played it as a never-ending dream, his music as dense as his lyrics. Fittingly, he called the band's masterpiece 'Disintegration'.

Well-Known Songs About Underworld Crime

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:46:53 -0500

The Major League Baseball All-Star game has been completed, resulting in the American League's 4-2 victory and home field advantage in the World Series. The local department stores have put away all of their baseball wares, replaced by aisles and aisles of school supplies. The fact that both of these events just occurred indicates one stark truth.

Detroit and Soul Music History

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:59:23 -0500

They say the birth of soul came in the 1950s, when the parents of gospel and jazz came together to form a more contemporary and dance-friendly style of music. The Motor City is no doubt the backbone of modern soul and R&B. It became a powerhouse and industry standard for soul music throughout the country, competing with Atlantic Records and Stax for chart-topping hits throughout the 60s.

How Would You Learn To Play Tabla Like An Expert?

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:21:31 -0500

Tabla is one of the best forms of Indian classical music that can be played for relaxation after a hard day's work. It is also a great form of extracurricular activity that can be carried on in life. Playing Tabla helps to erase the monotones of life as well as our boredom.The best part is that it can be played by kids as well as adults.

What Are Headphone Amplifiers?

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:14:06 -0500

Headphone Amplifiers are not something very common in most gadget stores. They are made specially for music enthusiasts, who are willing to invest in good quality sound. Headphone Amplifiers are small audio amplifiers, made specially for headphones instead of speakers.

Protest Injustice With Singing, Not Shooting

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:40:42 -0500

The fatal shootings of police officers in Texas last week are another tragic indication of the animosity between law enforcement and part of the public sector in major cities across the United States. While there has always been some resentment toward members of our police force, never did it escalate to the point of multiple murders. Fifty years ago, during the anti-Vietnam War protests and Civil Rights activism, policemen often suffered chastisement and threats from groups of citizens.

Hip Hop Samples To Make Awesome Beats

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:27:27 -0500

You can create the music that you have in mind easily with the help of modern aids like hip hop sound kits and hip hop samples. Sound kits are available from a variety of stores online.

Traveling Through the Radio For a Horse With a Name

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:26:25 -0500

A local radio station that plays oldies served up a three spin by the group America, a logical choice given that it was Independence Day. Little did I know that I was very soon to hear one of those three songs just a few hours later, only it was to be on the television instead of the radio. I had just settled into enjoying a rerun of The Simpsons, an episode called "The Haw-Hawed Couple.

Importance Of Music Education In School

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:05:54 -0500

Learn how music can help increase a child's academic skills. It improves math, science, language and history. It can increase a child's ability to learn. In this article you will see how music can help your child develop self expression and creativity.

Musical Impact on Culture

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:56:01 -0500

Why is it so important to value the music of other cultures? Read a little bit about why music is an important agent in social change!

How To Find The Best Songs

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 12:33:29 -0500

This article is about finding the best songs out there by using the best available resources at your disposal. This includes using your mind as well as other tangible resources that can help you discover your new favorite songs!

I Can Go For That: The Eight Best Episodes of Live At Daryl's House

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 13:27:04 -0500

One of the must see television shows for music fans of all generations is Live At Darryl's House, which airs every Thursday night on VH-1 Classic and Palladia. It is hosted by pop rock veteran Darryl Hall, who wrote and sang most of the famous hits by the group Hall and Oates. Some of his finest singles include "She's Gone", "Rich Girl", "Sara Smile", "Kiss On My List" and "I Can't Go For That.

How Directional Picking Makes Playing Guitar Fast Much Easier

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 08:28:43 -0500

Using efficient picking technique is the key to making fast guitar playing feel easy. Directional picking removes a lot of the struggle to play guitar fast. How? The picking motions used with this technique are smaller and quicker - giving you more speed with less effort.

Paranoid: Black Sabbath (1970)

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 10:56:54 -0500

Where Led Zeppelin barely escaped the label, Black Sabbath were the very emblem of heavy metal. Their riffs were heavy, their drums were heavy, their lyrics were heavy and their album work was heavy.

Learn to Play Piano in 10 Minutes

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 09:49:36 -0500

There are many people who always wanted to learn to play piano since they were kids. In fact, 8 out of 10 people wanted to have learned to play the piano when they were young. While some kids even had piano classes, others didn't. So, if you're one of this people, what's holding you back?

Dancing With Songs From Ten Stars

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:31:29 -0500

For once, the problem was not my math deficiency. There really are just eleven years between 2005 and 2016. The situation occurred when my daughter mentioned that I might want to watch Dancing With The Stars for the first time in my life this year.

Inspirational Female Singers That I Love

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:40:03 -0500

As a touring singer, I meet a lot of incredible musicians and singers. In this article I will discuss a few of my favorites: Jennifer Russell, Gia Ciambotti, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Christy Paige. Their music embodies something that makes me feel free and alive. Check it out.

How To Start Producing Music: The 4 Essential Pieces of Gear

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:16:38 -0500

The amazing thing about all the advances in technology in recent times means that anyone with access to a computer (Mac or PC), and a pair of headphones or decent studio monitors can make outstanding electronic music with minimal financial outlay or a requirement for significant physical studio space. Read on for the 4 essential pieces of gear and learn how to start producing music in no time.

Can Soca Be Called Music?

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:24:19 -0500

A critical look at Soca Music in Trinidad and the impact it has had on Trinidad's society, Trinidad's youth and the Caribbean in general. Soca is party music, but it is also loud, vulgar and aggressive. This is a rather harsh view of Soca versus Reggae as well. The impact both musical genres has had on the world.

Artists With Weird Names For Their Songwriting Publishing Companies

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:16:55 -0500

Reading about Led Zeppelin the past few weeks has spurred a lot of memories I have of listening the band back in the seventies. Each album they released back then was a huge event, especially the double album Physical Graffiti. That particular release spent nearly half a year in the number one spot in Rolling Stone magazine's Top Ten list, a remarkable accomplishment considering the many other classics that were released that year.

3 Mistakes You Must Avoid When You Learn To Play Scales On Guitar

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:22:49 -0500

You probably already know that scales are important for your guitar playing, but very few guitar players know how to practice scales correctly. This makes it hard to improvise guitar solos and limits how good of a guitarist you become.

How to Make Someone's Day From Playing Piano

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:01:41 -0500

Music is medicine for the soul. If you are planning to play for an audience, be sure to express yourself the best way you can, because that performance maybe the only highlight of their day.

Ten Songs You Do Not Want To Hear On the Day Of Your Wedding

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:38:27 -0500

I was on my way to the wedding, not mine, thank goodness. Nevertheless, the person was very special to me, someone I have known for his entire life. In spite of all the statistics that half of all marriages end in divorce, I believe this one can beat the odds.

Calypso Is All But Dead in Trinidad

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:39:38 -0500

A brief look at the demise of the music of Trinidad - Calypso and what took its' place - Soca. Trinidad is the birthplace of both genres of music. Calypso was the earliest form, whereas Soca has become the standard. It is faster, more aggressive and less intelligent. Soca has killed Calypso.

The Basic Tricks When Learning the Piano

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:20:52 -0500

When you are learning the piano for the first time, it may seem a little hard to understand all the terminology. From scales to chords, it may seem almost overwhelming since most people just need to know some basic stuff and they'll be playing piano in no time.