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Published: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:08:59 -0500


Best Sixteen Songs From Procol Harum

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:56:22 -0500

This time the news truly was about the band, unlike the misinformation my mom related to me about six months ago. She had called to tell me that some Islamic extremists had adopted the name of one of the bands I used to listen to, Procol Harum. Finding that information hard to believe, I immediately scanned the Internet, relieved to find that Mom had misheard the news story.

Grammys 2017: Reluctant Winners, Unsigned Heroes And Powerful Protests

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:25:02 -0500

Let's talk Grammys. One of the biggest nights in music, it always has promised controversies, shock, and an overall good time. This year was no different, seeing Adele take home all five of the Grammys she was nominated for, including Best Record for Hello and Best Album for 25.

Contemporary Musicians

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:45:29 -0500

Are there any good contemporary musicians left in the world? Is all music just about shaking butts, taking shots and one night stands? Well, the answer is a resounding...

Song Titles That Use Animal Cliches

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:16:33 -0500

A popular game show last week featured a category I had not seen before, but I found myself thinking of many of the possible responses. Each question involved animal cliches, such as "strong as an ox" or "busy as a beaver." After the show I came up with a list of songs with titles based on animal cliches, and here are eleven of the best.

Five Horses Made Famous Through Song Titles

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 10:41:35 -0500

As a Language Arts teacher for thirty years as well as a music enthusiast since birth, I have a two fold reason for cheering on one particular horse in this year's Kentucky Derby. His name is not only the same as a classic work of literature, but it is also the title of a song by a veteran indie rock band. When that historic race commences on Saturday May 6, I will be pulling for Iliad.

What Makes a Hip Hop Song Hit Worthy? And How Can You Apply This Theory to Your Own Songs?

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:00:21 -0500

This articles discusses what makes a Hip Hop song Hit Worthy to the masses and what ingredients are needed and always present in catchy Hip Hop songs. Some tips are given on how to record a catchy & Hit Worthy song in your own home recording studio. The term "Hit Worthy" in this article means a song that has all the elements & appeal of charted Hit songs with only a strong marketing campaign needed to go from Hit Worthy to Hit Song.

5 Tips for Rappers and Singers When Looking for and Purchasing Instrumentals/Beats Online

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:59:51 -0500

Tips for Rappers and Singers when looking for and purchasing instrumentals/beats online. 1. As music is relative to the taste and preference of the individual listener then we will assume that you have found beats that you as an artist, like for your style or songs.

Mobile Apps: Helping the Music Industry to Explore New Horizons

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:24:54 -0500

This article aims at emphasising on potential of mobile apps in stimulating growth of the Music Industry. Alike any other industry, the world of music has gained momentum with the upsurge of mobile apps.

Ways to Save Money When Buying a Guitar

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:08:15 -0500

It is an accepted idea that if you want a top quality musical instrument you will need to spend a heap of money. You will of course have to spend a certain amount of money, but there are a few ways you can save some of your costs. There are certainly some ways to save money when buying a guitar, or any other musical instrument.

Ralph Tresvant Biography

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:08:07 -0500

Ralph Edward Tresvant was born in Boston in 1968, and grew up with an older sister and a younger brother in the Orchard Park Projects. He is the lead singer of the Rhythm and Blues group New Edition, and has released some solo albums as well. He began his career in school as a youngster, singing with friends from about the age of ten.

Popular Songs Written About Someone Else's Child

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 14:31:56 -0500

His mother said she nearly suffered a heart attack when she heard the news, but the son managed to convince her that the news was not true. His fans, too, were finally able to realize that Canadian indie artist Mac Demarco was not going to be a father. The 27 year old singer-songwriter admitted to NME.

Top 23 Free Music Streaming Online Sites

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:48:27 -0500

Listed are some of the top free music streaming online sites for you. Each site has its own speciality which comes with some wonderful features. Do check it out now!

Importance of Lyrics for an Ideal Song

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:28:56 -0500

Recently, while I was listening to music, I was thinking of lyrics and music of that song. Does lyrics play a prominent role or music in a song? Maybe this is the most common thinking that many of music listeners have them in mind.

Rock Orinted Suggestions For A New College Basketball Tournament Theme

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:19:53 -0500

Bob Christian enjoyed a ten year playing career in basketball, a six-ten center who starred at Grambling State in the late sixties and was selected in the 1969 draft. He spent his first two seasons in the American Basketball Association with the Dallas Chaparrals and the New York Nets, but spent the rest of his career in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns. Even though Christian has the distinction of being drafted with fellow center Kareem Abdul Jabbar of UCLA, it was similarly named Bob Christianson who has...

Fans Say Farewell To Popular Radio Station That Is Changing Formats

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:57:41 -0500

Several friends and I were discussing the demise of our favorite local radio station, which has been sold to a Christian broadcasting company. We will miss the eclectic mix of alternative rock, pop, and folk on the station, and we began to wonder what would be an appropriate last song to play before the change in format.

Wedding DJ or Band - Which to Choose

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:33:05 -0500

Before you decide on a wedding DJ, ask to see some of the music that they play or offer them a playlist to see if they have those songs. You do not want to hire someone that is dull and appears if they are doing the job just for the money so try to get a feel of their personality. They can also set up quicker and take down their equipment faster.

Africa Needs

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:32:03 -0500

I love music... In fact I grew up wanting to be a musician and then halfway through college I enrolled at a music institute to learn how to play the guitar. On my first day of learning at the music institute, I was given the guitar curriculum meant to cover the period of my studies at the music institute.

The Best of John Mayer

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:12:42 -0500

The best John Mayer songs to date of the songwriters career. Songs from his early days all the way up Paradise Valley are on this list.

New Queen Board Game Could Inspire Other Bands To Create Similar Products

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:06:00 -0500

The most famous board game in the world has been in the news recently, though for two completely different reasons. The first occasion regarded the announcement that the company had decided to change some of the game pieces. In the new edition the set will be sold without the boot, wheelbarrow, and thimble, three of the traditional game pieces.

How To Get Tons Of Results From Guitar Practice And Become A Better Guitarist Fast

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:14:10 -0500

Believe that you can't achieve your guitar playing goals due to a lack of available practice time or limited knowledge for how to move your playing forward? I've got some good news for you. You can very quickly achieve your guitar playing goals - you just need to understand exactly how to make your practice time extremely effective.

Beethoven's Classical Music Analysis

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:51:21 -0500

If contrast were his intent, then Beethoven is at his most successful-the three movements of the "Moonlight" sonata could hardly differ more. But while they hold little in common character-wise, they maintain a poetic coherence though the drama their contrast creates. A dialogue emerges between them that examines something deeper than just the forms of a sonata or the tonal varieties of C# minor.

Finding Your Voice As A Musician

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:17:02 -0500

It can be argued that the most frustrating experience that an up and coming musician can have is being able to define their signature sound/voice. After all, you are just one piece, a cog, in the machine that is the world of music through the ages. No matter how much knowledge you acquire or how much time to invest in fine-tuning your craft, you sometimes you feel as though it's all for nothing at all. A parallel, in terms of artistic frustration, would be that of writer's block.

Choosing Between Individual Pedals or a Multi-Effects Unit? Here Are a Few Things to Consider

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:03:16 -0500

Imagine you are a young guitar player sitting in your bedroom at home and playing your favorite songs. As you play more, you begin to hear how the music you play is crafted, and you seek to find out how certain sounds are created. Sometimes it's a percussive element that involves attacking the strings in a unique way with either a pick or your fingertips (or fingernails, but that's another discussion).

3 Ways To Find Top Show Bands For Your Event

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:49:34 -0500

With all the events being planned for summer, you may be trying to figure out how to find entertainment options, show bands, or dance bands, for your event, and we had answers. The easiest, best ways to find entertainment are listed right here - click to read more!

Popular Songs Featuring The Voices Of Children

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 13:03:05 -0600

Spring is a popular season for many events, including festivals at local school districts throughout the United States. Perhaps the least appreciated, save for doting parents and grandparents, are the annual performances of various children's choirs. Generally, people enjoy the spontaneous singing of children more than an organized performance weakened under the supervision of adults.

3 Common Myths About Achieving Musical Greatness (And Why They Are False)

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 08:55:56 -0600

Achieving musical greatness becomes impossible when you follow the (false) conventional wisdom that many musicians believe in. Avoid these 3 common myths to get on the right path towards becoming a great musician.

Song Titles That Could Serve As Newspaper Headlines

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 21:48:19 -0600

President Trump has had so far a somewhat contentious relationship with various members of the media, although that situation has been true of many men who have sat in the Oval Office. He has also been a celebrity, another occupation that often leaves people cynical toward the media. Add musicians and recording artists to the list of those who frequently dispute with members of the press, dating as far back as the Sixties.

The History Of Music: From Grunts To Guitars

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:39:52 -0600

Where did music begin, and where is it going? How did we get to the type of music we have today?

5 Ways to Become a Guitar God

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:24:31 -0600

Over the years, the musical instrument that has ruled over the masses is Guitar. From swinging and swaying along a soft rhythm, to the fast paced swag, it has caught many of us spell-bounded. We try to follow in the footsteps of our heroes like Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Slash or Kurt Cobain, dedicating hours of practice and hundreds of dollars to learn the art of playing guitar but more often than not we fail miserably. It is true that there is no alternative to hard work, but one should also follow a fixed plan to make it work, so that the hard work we put in does not get wasted.

The Origin and Early History of the Banjo

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:00:05 -0600

The banjo originated in West Africa in various forms, and was brought to America by African slaves. The earliest references to the banjo in America describe an instrument with a gourd body covered in hide or skin, a fretless neck, and strings.

Planning A Last-Minute Night Out? Make It Easy By Finding Bars With Live Music

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:40:33 -0600

So, the end of the week is upon you, and somehow you've done nothing to prepare for an evening out on the town. It may seem like an impossible task to throw together a great night out when you're up against it in terms of time, but instead of fretting, quickly ask, "Are there any bars with live music near me?"

A Quick Overview of Austin Live Music Genres

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 08:47:39 -0600

The Austin live music scene (and by Austin we mean Austin, Texas) is one that is generally held up as a beacon for other musician-heavy cities trying to build industries around people gigging and those going out to gigs. After, Austin has been noted as being "the live music capital of the world", and there's a good reason for that.

Nightingales Live

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 08:26:19 -0600

The best band that you've never heard of? The Nightingales, for sure. Read why Robert Lloyd is the best lyricist in rock ' n ' roll history!

The Geography In The Steely Dan Discography

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 08:43:56 -0600

For a band that eschewed touring during its commercial peak in the seventies, Steely Dan sure did do a lot of traveling in their songs. Not only do Donald Fagen and Walter Becker mention many cities in their home country of the United States, but they also refer to various places around the world. Naturally, the group makes mention of New York and California, two of the most popular states when it comes to song titles.

Farewell Richmond Fontainej

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:14:23 -0600

After 20 years on the circuit, Richmond Fontaine are folding a winning hand. Here's my selection of their best ever songs.

The Importance of a Musician's and Music Teacher's Social Community

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:00:33 -0600

Sometimes it can be difficult to find a quality musician, band, or vocalist. Oftentimes, it is difficult to know where to begin to locate them.

History Of The Electric Guitar

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:26:57 -0600

The electric guitar is at the heart of the music we know and love. It's also the heart of the music that has been enjoyed by generations before us...

Acoustic Guitars Through History

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:26:56 -0600

They are instantly recognizable and they have been around for centuries. What are they? Acoustic guitars, that's what!

The Ultimate Guide to All Your Beginner Jazz Guitar Questions

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:55:25 -0600

As a new jazz guitar student, you likely have tons of questions. The good news is we've got the answers. Here's a brief list of some of the most common beginner jazz guitar player questions and professional answers.

Questions To Ask When Buying A Volume Pedal

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:53:42 -0600

Volume pedals are used for different reasons, including fetching organic sounds that mimic the human voice and adding crispness and reverb among other effects to the sound. They are important items for musical setups, especially for people wishing to perform live since they can mimic different effects. They also make useful items for studio sessions as they can be used not only for mimicking the effects but also for looping and focusing volume.

Popular Songs About People Getting Out of Jail

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:03:25 -0600

The local oldies station played a string of seventies flashbacks, and one in particular caused me to revisit the lyrics. It was Tie a Yellow Ribbon by Tony Orlando and Dawn, the tune that went on to be selected as the number one hit of 1973. The story that builds to the applause-inducing last verse centers on a guy riding on a bus, intending to see if his girl still wants him.

Albums of 2016

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:23:26 -0600

There was plenty of excellent music doing the rounds in 2016, so much so in fact that favourite artists like Van Morrison and Dexy's didn't make the short -list this year! Here are the albums that did!

Marvelous Musical Pillars in Hindu Temples

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:51:49 -0600

What is a musical pillar? Around a bigger central column are clustered smaller shafts; each having different thickness and differently fluted, produces different notes when struck with a hard substance like a pebble or hammer or with rubber head. Sha, Ri, Ka, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni, Sha are the basic seven notes in Karnatic Music. These note could be produced in these wonderful Musical Pillars. A remarkable and thinnest musical pillar of diameter 4 cm and length 1.6 metre is found in Thanumalaya Perumal Temple at Suchindram near Cape Comorin.

St Paul and the Broken Bones Live in Bristol

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:25:05 -0600

St. Paul & the Broken Bones are a retro soul group with a phenomenally gifted frontman in Paul Janeway. If you get a chance to see them play, make sure and take it!

Big Band Corporate Entertainment Options

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:10:21 -0600

Big Band Corporate Entertainment Options for the event of the season? Who's on your list? We offer a recognized list of live entertainment options for your corporate event, and then we offer to help you make the best picks.

The Power of Vibrations, Sound and Music

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:02:11 -0600

The Universe can be explained simply in one word! Vibrations! It is all vibrations. Scientists now have come to the conclusion that the universe is full of waves and vibrations. It is made out of vibrations. Scientists want to find out a theory which could explain everything or tie together all the theories so far found out. A single theory is needed. Vibrational energy will be the basic for this unifying theory.

Pro Tips for Beginner Jazz Players

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:01:29 -0600

Beginner jazz players have it rough. They want so badly to play their favorite tunes but are so far away from where they need to be to do that. Fortunately, you can build a better foundation for learning how to play jazz guitar and music with a few simple tips. Check out the following to get started on the right foot.

How To Easily Become A Faster Guitarist Without Moving Your Hands Any Faster

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:26:07 -0600

Are you having a difficult time playing guitar with speed? The reason why is you are focusing way too much on building potential guitar speed vs. building usable guitar speed.

Bands With Family In Their Names, But No Members Who Are Related

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:39:18 -0600

Before it brings those proverbial May flowers, the month of April will bring a brand new studio album from one of today's most popular recording artists. Father John Misty is set to release his third record, Pure Comedy, on April 7, and he is already streaming a twenty five minute video relating to the album. In addition to his eclectic amalgamation of various musical genres, Father John Misty is also unique in another way.

Taking A Look At Cambodia Music

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 07:26:25 -0600

According to experts, Cambodia music is a mesh of cultural traditions in China, India and Khmer empire. While majority of Cambodia music is traditional, there is some that has been modernized due to westernization. Types of Cambodia music - There are many types of Cambodia music. The most common types are: Court music: It's similar to java Indonesia and features choruses with large orchestras that are based on gongs and keys.

With A New John Wesley Harding Album Coming Out, A Look At The Ten Best Songs From His Past

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:53:30 -0600

Fans of British indie rock received some great news last week. One of the pioneers of that music genre, an artist who dates all the way back to 1990, is releasing a new studio album next month.

Top Jazz Legends and Their Influence On Jazz

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:05:18 -0600

Jazz is one of the world's most loved music genres. Whether enjoying one of many classic jazz standards or embracing the sounds of a local jazz musician, the melodies and improvisations originating with this style of music have forever changed the world. Today we're taking a look at some of the most influential jazz legends in the world to see how their work changed the way music is played.

The Facts About Electric Guitars

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:42:24 -0600

Guitars come in many shapes and sizes and produce all kinds of sounds. Here we discover what there is to know about electric guitars.

How an Acoustic Guitar Works

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 12:56:00 -0600

A guitar is a guitar, they're all the same. Or are they?

Eleven Penultimate Tracks From Great Rock Albums

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:46:26 -0600

Neither conference championship game was very exciting, as New England trounced Pittsburgh and Atlanta dismantled Green Bay. All football fans are hoping the Super Bowl will prove to be more of a nail biter. What would really be nice is to have a contest much like those to set up the conference championship matchups, when the Packers beat the Cowboys on a last second field goal and the Steelers edged the Chiefs when a fourth quarter two point conversion was nullified.

Popular Pieces for Any Wedding Ceremony

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:25:02 -0600

A listing of popular pieces that work for all wedding ceremonies. Most of the pieces are popular classical favorites that suit all musical interests.

3 Tips for Picking Music for Your Wedding

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:15:39 -0600

Congratulations on your engagement! Now that the excitement of a new life together is in the near future, many decisions are required to help create the perfect wedding day! One important set of decisions for any wedding day is the musical accompaniment to be provided at the wedding ceremony, wedding reception, champagne reception, and dance. Of course, there are many options to consider. Not all newly-engaged couples wish to have a large ceremony. On the other hand, not all newly-engaged couples want to go "all-in" with a lavish reception to the 9's!

All You Need to Know About Jazz Guitar Scales

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 06:56:43 -0600

Learning how to play an instrument requires more than patience, it also requires the right instructions. Whether you want to learn scales or figure out how to improvise properly, there are several steps along the journey to get you where you're going. Here's what you need to know about everything from guitar scales to jazz theory to become a skilled player.

New Resident At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Donald Trump - You May Also Know These 5 Musical Addresses

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:14:11 -0600

President Donald Trump is now settling into what will be his home for at least the next four years, having replaced Barak Obama as the chief executive of the United States of America. Trump and his family are now the residents with the most famous address in the country, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Other well-known addresses have come mainly from television shows, starting with the home of Archie Bunker and his clan at 705 Hauser Street in the seventies sitcom All in the Family.

How to Choose A Jukebox For Your Home or Business

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:05:32 -0600

Are you thinking of purchasing a jukebox for your home or business? Here are some things you should be thinking about before you make your purchase.

5 Tips On How To Find Songwriting Inspiration

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:10:14 -0600

It's fun being a pop star as everyone knows your name. Unfortunately, writing hit songs isn't easy. If you are a song writer and you don't feel like writing or you don't have song ideas, here are tips on how to find the writing inspiration:

Interview With Bobby Rydell

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:05:39 -0600

Bobby Rydell shares some personal and sometimes painful memories with me in an eye-opening interview. Read about the deeply personal, inspiring, and extraordinary back story behind this fascinating man.

Musical Instruments for Children - A General Guide

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:30:23 -0600

Recent scientific evidence has shown that learning to play a musical instrument can make you smarter. Researchers found that playing regularly changes the shape and power of the brain and can add up to 7 IQ point in children and adults. In addition, playing an instrument can improve a whole range of other skills including increased memory capacity, concentration and basic mathematics and arithmetic amongst many others.

Twenty Memorable Musical Debuts On Saturday Night Live

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:25:17 -0600

Sturgill Simpson, who just played for the first time on a recent episode of Saturday Night Live, joined a venerable list of recording artists who have been musical guests on the long-running show. Perhaps the most memorable musical performance came during just the second show ever, hosted by Paul Simon on October 18, 1975. Art Garfunkel made a surprise appearance, and he reunited with his long time music partner Simon for a poignant rendition of their hit The Boxer.

7 Tips For Tabla Players

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:02:19 -0600

Are you interested in playing tabla? If so, you may be looking for some useful tips to improve your skill. Given below are a few tips that can help you improve your practice and techniques with time.

A Buyer's Guide to Select That Perfect Home Audio System

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:38:56 -0600

This article emphasizes on the key areas that you need to focus on while selecting the type and size of home audio systems. You need to do a considerable amount of investment while buying one and this article makes sure you get the best out of it.

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.