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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

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

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

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

Pop Stars Are Younger and “Different”!

Stu Kushner   
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Jun 20
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

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

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

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

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 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,

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Culture Shock in America?

According to a new study  the US is going to change quite a bit over the next 50 years: it predicts that one in three persons will be an immigrant or a child of immigrants, it’s now one in four. The population will

Music at Work

Studies have tested the effect of different types of music on cooperative behaviors of individuals working together as a team.  The research reports, perhaps not surprisingly, that Music can have important effects on cooperative efforts. It shouldn’t be a surprise; music and work

Why We Dance

Studies have shown that people tend to connect body motion with sound, especially when experiencing music. But why do we clap our hands, tap our toes, gyrate or “dance” with the music? There is a so-called “motor theory of perception” that claims these