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Live Music For Corporate Events

Music is an essential tool for corporate events. Playing a continuous soundtrack from a playlist can be an option but live music is more impressive for corporate parties and networking events. Live music at corporate events suggests a level of sophistication.  Here are some tips for companies and event organizers

Live Band For Your Wedding

Wedding bands have become increasingly popular among couples tying the knot. Live music on a wedding day can create a concert atmosphere that can make the occasion truly unforgettable. Here are some of the things couples need to consider when hiring a live band for their wedding. Choosing The Band

Dance Music Can Help Boost Immune System

Listening to music can help boost the immune system’s ability to fight diseases. Researchers have found that dance music, in particular, can help improve the body’s line of defense against disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Dance Music Boosts Body’s Antibody And Stress Hormone Levels In a study conducted by researchers from

Why the Music Business Matters

Many of the richest nations use public funds to develop a home grown musical culture and to nurture local talent. The costs are often paid by federal funds, arts councils, personal donations, or cultural grants that focus on supporting traditional cultural endeavors in the fine arts areas of painting, opera,

Has Music Lost its Meaning?

Back in the days when a “music performance” was someone walking on stage and bearing their soul, it was all about the talent, the music and how it was performed. Although talent is in the eye and ear of the beholder, in today’s world, most listeners and critics seem to

Katie Hargrove

This young, blue-eyed-soul singer is a sultrier kind of pop star. Katie Hargrove’s new self-titled debut EP, released on Transoceanic Records, is “everything I have--rolled into a few bars: it’s real, it’s painful, it’s empowering and it’s true.” Music was always an important part of Katie’s youth. The native of

Country Outlaw to Renaissance Man

Steve Earle is a Texan country rocker who has distinguished himself far beyond music. He left his state long ago to be an artist with a passion for music and left-wing activism. He’s released his first album since the shock of President Donald Trump's election and although the 62-year-old singer

Pop Stars Are Younger and “Different”!

Pop music has always been a genre for the young and the “different”. It is a way to create their own individuality as well as to express themselves culturally and sometimes politically as well. Counter-cultures are, by definition, in opposition to what the “establishment” considers as normal, and both it

Music and Good Health

We all know that Music helps our mood, But scientists have found  that music  doe more than just lifts your spirits. Research is showing it music provides a variety of health benefits: Listening to music can help  not only mood  but can help cure physical  problems like  back pain. Mental

Is Rap Really Music?

According t0 classical education of music theory, music is generally defined by: 1. Melody 2. Harmony 3. Rhythm The real question is whether music must have all those qualities, or just some of them? Many genres in Western music, have these qualities, including classical, rock, jazz, pop, but some say

The Psychology of Singing

Singing is known to improve our sense of happiness and well-being. Research has found. The activity of singing, whistling or humming is used to improve or to express mood.  “Whistles why you work” is not just a song, it’s a means of making hard, repeatable tasks easy. The songs that

Jeff Hayes

Jeff Hayes has been playing the piano in the metropolitan Washington DC area since the 1980s. He has played solo piano at the area's finest hotels and clubs. Jeff has played for conventions, fundraisers, and every type of celebration imaginable. Jeff’s repertoire runs the gamut from classical and movie themes

The Goree Prison All Girl String Band!

Sometime in the early forties, eight inmates of the Goree prison unit formed one of the first all-female country and western singing acts in the country, with millions of radio listeners tuned in. Then they vanished forever. THEY WERE ONCE a national sensation, one of the first all-female country and

Part Musician, Part Mechanic

“Some days, I come in here and I can’t believe I’m playing this,” he said. “It’s still vital and living and doing its job, and will be for the next 150 years.” Jared Lamenzo is accustomed to showing off the monstrous instrument that he can talk about it even while

Britney Spears Concert Delays Election

What’s most important, a political election or a highly anticipated live concert? In the case of a Britney Spears concert in Israel, it wasn’t even close. According to a report in an Israeli newspaper Haaretz Britney Spears' July concert in Tel Aviv conflicted with the Labor Party's leadership vote. The

Things to Learn for an Audition

Like going to the dentist an audition is stressful but necessary. Even if you’re comfortable in the spotlight and don’t suffer from stage fright, there’s often a long, arduous process to prepare for them. There are things that can make an audition enjoyable, or at least lest stressful. First of

Music and Civil Rights

Music played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement, as it still does today.  Activist musicians like folk singer Pete Seeger performed many concerts to raise money for civil rights issues and helped make “We Shall Overcome” become the “National Anthem” of the Civil Rights movement. African American spirituals,

Mandarin Makes You More Musical

In a paper published in Developmental Science, an international team of researchers shows that young children between 3 and 5 years who speak Mandarin Chinese are better than English-speaking counterparts at processing music skills. Why? Mandarin is a tone language:  the tone in which a word is said not only

A More Diverse “Night at the Opera”!

Opera companies often wonder how to attract a more diverse and younger audience. True many opera companies stage their classic operas in modern dress to make it more “contemporary”, but that misses the point:  the music for “Tosca” is the same in modern costume or traditional dress. The point is

Music in Your Bones

It’s not just a saying. You can literally have music in your bones!  Thanks to a phenomenon called “bone conduction”, which allows sounds to be transmitted and heard by the vibration in your bones rather than the vibration of air hitting your ear drum. It’s why your voice sounds different

Ear Plugs Can Improve Your Vocals

Just but everyone wants. Some people actually do it but It takes a lot of courage and practice to be a singer. Untrained singers may have a difficult time learning to singing with a band. Just because you have a good voice doesn’t mean you’re a natural.   Believe it or

Can Mutes Sing?

Yes! Survivors if strokes that lost the ability to speak have suddenly produced words when singing familiar songs. This phenomenon in not a new discovery; it was first reported by a Swedish physician in 1736 when he described a young man who had lost his ability to talk as a result

Josh Christina

It's a path that seemed destined from the start. Born into a musical family, Baltimore-based rockabilly artist, Josh Christina inherited his musical chops from his father (a drummer), his mother (Baltimore-area singer Patti Christina), and his grandmother, who was a big band singer in the '40's and '50's. He's spent

Who has Perfect Pitch, and Why?

Absolute or perfect pitch is obviously a rare trait.  Only about one in 10,000 people have  it, and it seems that perfect pitch is higher in East Asian populations, in blind musicians, and some autistic people. Genetics plays a role. Studies show that people with absolute/perfect pitch were often in

Group Singing Can Be Exhilarating

And that’s good! When you sing, the vibrations alter you, both physically and emotionally. Those who sing in a group can be exhilarating and an intimate sharing of emotions as a  group of people create  something even more beautiful and intimate: harmony. When we think if group singing most of

How Music Affects Us

“I think music in itself is healing," Billy Joel once said. "It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music."  Most of us would agree with that music “bonds”; but music is also used to separate. Armies

“Greatest Show on Earth” Folds its Tents!

After more than a century, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus AKA “The Greatest Show On Earth" plans to perform its final show in May. The news was announced on the company website, citing declining ticket sales, high operating costs after the company retired its group of touring elephants.

Should Rock Music be played During Surgery?

Scientists in Britain say classical music may be the best option for men when concentrating on a task, but music was found to have no effect on a women's performance, and they generally performed better than men. Researchers asked 352 visitors at a celebration to play the game “Operation”. The

Cordial Affair

Cordial Affair, featuring Doug Ross, has traveled an adventurous musical path around the world, from the Caribbean to Asia and all over the U.S. About Doug Ross: After winning awards in high school bands, he was encouraged to head to Hollywood for intensive study with bass greats Gary Willis, Jeff

Judging Musicians by Showmanship

If you’ve ever been to an orchestra performance you know that all about the music. It’s the “sound” that makes the show.  That’s by design—the music, after all, is meant to be the experience.  But a new study finds that general listeners and professional musicians as well will judge a

Music for Business

When you walk into a store or almost every business, what do you hear? Music! Actually it’s “Muzak“:  music especially created and sold to set a mood as your wait for your doctor or dentist or as you shop. Companies and businesses use music as part of the atmosphere of

An Orchestra of One

“Vangelis”. If you don't know his name, you know his music.  He won an Academy Award for his original score for Chariots Of Fire, a film remembered as much for its music as its theme. He also composed original scores for Blade Runner and Carl Sagan's PBS series Cosmos. His

Why Songs Stick in Your Head

If you're singing a song you heard hours after you heard it, it’s just “natural”. Certain songs tend to stick in our heads more than others, and for some very specific reasons, according to research done by the American Psychological Association (APA). According to a study by the APA these

Chaise Lounge

Chaise Lounge performs a blend of music that sounds like it was recorded at Capitol Recording Studios in 1962 and somehow found its way to today’s pop charts. You might call it “Early Stereo.” Or perhaps Lounge with a capital “L.” Or maybe just plain enjoyable. It is the combination

Why Pop Music Sounds the Same

Anyone who listens to pop radio regularly has probably been hit with the realization a ton of pop music sounds very similar. A growing body of research confirms what many suspect: Pop music is actually getting to sound more and more the same. A new study shows why. A new study, surveying

Why Do Orchestra’s need a Conductor?

The conductor stands on a podium with a wand in his arms while ranks of musicians armed with various instruments wait for him, or her, to raise the wand and then suddenly lower it in a flourish; which magically makes all those instruments suddenly come to life, and miraculously music

The Phantoms of the Opera

“The Phantom of the Opera” is a well-known novel written by French writer Gaston Leroux and has been made into an opera, stage and movie spin off.  But Classical Opera itself has always had a fascination for ghosts; from Mozart to Corigliano, ghosts have shown up in classical operas as

The Power of Music

Billy Joel once said. “I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music." Most of us would agree with this. Everyone can recall at least one song that triggers an

Is Music the Basis of Language?

The prevailing theory is that music and language are either separate from each other or that music is a byproduct of language.  But some theorists propose that music underlies the ability to acquire a language, not just a form of communicating emotions. "Spoken language is a special type of music,"