August 13, 2013
Boney James, the three-time Grammy Award, Soul Train Award and Image Award-winning Jazz musician, is still viable in the popular music culture. Since the release of his first studio album in 1980, his popularity has not waned. Instead, it has grown with each successive record release. His fourth album, entitled “The Beat,” was released April 9, 2013 on the Concord Records label and has been met with similarly-great reviews to those of his previous efforts.
For an entertainer who spent much of his early career performing with such names as Morris Day, the Isley Brothers, (more…)
July 7, 2013
Back in the day, the enjoyment of music was somewhat of a sedentary activity. You didn’t have the mobility or the accessibility – people back then couldn’t even conceive of things like cable tv services with streaming music channels, mp3 players or even satellite radio.
That was then, though, and this is now. So how are people enjoying their favorite songs now?
Mobility and accessibility are all integral to the music experience for the newer generations. People want access to their music when they want it and they don’t want to be tied down by a clunky peripheral or a bulky player.
Emphasis on convenience is the key and, for most music lovers, it just takes a few swipes of your finger on any mobile device to find your favorite music. Digital libraries have become the new norm in place of massive libraries of physical copies of music. Not to suggest CDs are going anywhere, but they certainly aren’t winning out over digital downloads.
Satellite radio is another big way people enjoy their music. With most of these services you don’t get needless interruptions. Same goes for the aforementioned music channels you can find on some television providers.
How do people enjoy their music? With as little impedance as possible.
May 17, 2013
Almost everyone has heard Gangnam Style, the hottest song to ever come out of South Korea. With it’s undeniably catchy beat and hilarious music video, the song became an instant hit with American kids, teens and young adults. While some older folks enjoy rocking out to the smooth synthesizers and indistinguishable lyrics, many simply just don’t get the appeal. It’s not really difficult to see why, the dance song craze that’s been sweeping the nation doesn’t really fit the defintion of “music” in the way that the older generation (more…)
March 29, 2013
Mark Tremonti gained popularity during his time with the band, Creed. His signature style of sound and skill brought him to the forefront of guitar players most covered. Band magazines interviewed him and featured tablature of some of his exercises and lead guitar work. He is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and PRS Guitars added him to their list of developing signature guitar series. When Creed split up, he formed and played in Alter Bridge before branching off on a solo project. However, he (more…)
October 22, 2012
Hip-hop violinist and America’s Got Talent Season 5 competitor Lindsey Stirling, 25, created a viral video in advance to her national tour. Her seven-minute long “Phantom of the Opera” medley has over 2.9 million hits since it was posted on YouTube in August. Her YouTube channel, Lindseystomp, has over 128 million hits.
Stirling’s eponymous album, Lindsey Stirling, debuted on September 25 at number 80 on the Billboard Top 200, but rocketed to Number One on Billboard’s (more…)
October 20, 2012
Every now and then an artist comes along that can take their listener to another time and place. The album “Glad Rag Doll” by Diana Krall tempts the “ear buds” with rich tunes at just the right tempo. Over the course of her career this artist has been able to meld together jazz and blues in a contemporary fashion. Her classic lounge sound is stripped down and unique when compared to several of the other singers in this (more…)
October 16, 2012
Even if you don’t know who Bonnie Raitt is you are sure to have heard her music. Her songs have been part of classic movie soundtracks while her wailing and soulful voice has undoubtedly been the root of several blossoming romances. This singer/songwriter truly encompasses all that it is to be a musical artist, so much so that her iconic likeness has been imitated in some obvious ways in several prime time television programs.
Spring of 2012 marked (more…)
October 13, 2012
Teens Broad Musical Preferences Range from Alternative to Zydecko
Teenagers are exposed to a wider range of music now than ever before. That is a concrete cold fact. With the advent of digital technology and the spreading of music files online, it is virtually possible to experience all kinds of music at a rapid pace. Teens are learning how to expand their musical consciousness, as it were, thanks to being exposed to hundreds and thousands of music blogs throughout the world.
Not only are more (more…)
October 12, 2012
I was extremely upset one day, so, I decided to take my car for a drive and clear my head. While driving down the highway, all of my thoughts were about how awful life was treating me, and how I had lost myself somewhere along the way. I yelled and shouted, everything I had been holding on to was pouring out of me.
After I was finished releasing every bit of anger and doubt about life I had; I turned the (more…)