Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Big List add ons 4/4/14

April 4, 2014

(from intro to big list)
This, as far as I know, is the WORLD’S FIRST WORLDWIDE BEST NEW MUSIC LIST. Some entries are pure music, some are a fun mix of music and video, all IMO are VERY GREAT and better than what you hear as mainstream music. I think about 90% of these would make #1 Singles. Note these are from every continent and from all over the world. They includes EVERY type of music. I looked for good songs that had melody and rhythm. I also looked for a variety of styles and anything that showed originality. And finally I looked for things that are in some way magical – that enticed me to hear the music over and over.
Glad to announce new inductees to the BIG LIST.
It’s the first, best music of the entire net and world, music list (and best, at least until someone does a 2nd one). See url that follows.

BIG MUSIC LIST (200 Song – First Worldwide Best Music List)


Best Soul Duo Performance, “Shotgun”, Buddy and Stacey (yt).

Best Romantic Cornet, “Alone Together”, Buddy Hackett (Jackie Gleason Orchestra)

The Three Songs every 60′s Combo Had to Learn, “GLoria” , Them or Shadows of the Night; “House of The Rising Sun, The Animals, “Louie Louie”, The Kingsmen.

Best Minimalism in Soul (singer and stand up bass player – with sometimes a drummer), “He Will Break Your Heart”/ “Donna Lee”/ or “The Man in the Street” (yt). Pair Extraordinaire

Best Collection of Music: “The Great American Songbook”

Best Title Song of a Classic Album, “Astral Weeks” from “Astral Weeks” by Van Morrison (yt).

Best Love; “Alone Again Or” (or any song on Forever Changes) from Love (yt).

Best Classical Improv, “The Koln Concert, Keith Jarrett (yt).

Best Unreleased Swan Song, “Written in My Heart”, Davy Jones (yt).

Reached the Top 20!

March 21, 2014

Dear Musea Reader

When you go to Neil Young’s website,, there is a protest song list of about 3,000 songs. I have 2 songs that have reached the Top Twenty at #12 and #13 .
AOL Can Go and Tank Tomorrow, and Peace Sign
Here is the link.

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 22 year old zine Musea)

Katy Perry “Dark Horse” video

February 21, 2014

Katy Perry: The 80′s called. They want their videos back.

I just finished watching Katy Perry’s* video to her song ‘Dark Horse’.

This is one expensive video production – note how only a few mainstream musicians could afford to do that? (There are basically only five: Perry, Swift, Gaga, Bieber, and Beyonce) So better play it safe and add some auto tuned vocals, to a generic song, with karaoke music that sounds like just about every other diva dance pop.

Part of the Postmod music revolution coming out of Dallas is to put the emphasis on the music not the visuals. Leave videos back in the 80′s when they were relevant. That opens music up to everyone, not just a deep pockets few. And when you stress the quality of music, you get new, vital, better music again, not a rehash of 30 years ago.

*Perry is one of 5 musicians that get more coverage than all the rest of the musicians in the world combined:
First Tier: Beyonce, Beiber, Gaga, Perry, or Swift.
Second Tier: 1D, JT, and Miley
Third Tier: Rhianna, Britney, Selena, Carrie, and the flavor of the day musician.
(Note we run out of major stars very quickly)
Fourth Tier: Thousands of good musicians outside corporate music – often as good or better.

We are down to not thousands of record companies, but three, three main ones that own 80% of the business. Universal, Sony, Warners. Don’t want to bow down to these corporate music behemouths? You are out of the music business. This has very little to do with good music. These five and a handfull of others are the musicians we are allowed to like, talk about, read reviews of, and hear endless – almost daily, promotion on.

Postmod Music- its 3 things, a revolution against what rock/rap/country/pop have become, its back to early rock and roll’s simple honesty, directness, and passion with an emphasis on melody and great SONGS, and it’s a music that includes all types of music from every place in the world.
(and It’s part of the overall art and media revolution).


Yesterday, recorded vocals for ‘Anna’, ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’

February 19, 2014

Readers, I’ve started recording again, (#8) and have been doing guitar and vocals for the next Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar album.
Yesterday, Feb 18, I did two of the most emotionally taxing and draining vocals.  One for Somewhere Over the Rainbow, the other for Anna.
My arrangement of Somewhere over the Rainbow has a slow intro, a couple of verses, 2 tricky middle parts, and an ending where the voice matches the two highest notes on the guitar (actually the highest note on the high E, then the note beyond; B-C).  I got it, a keepable version that had both the correct timing, and feeling that I wanted – but it wasn’t easy.  After a break,we, I and engineer Nolan Brett, listened to the playback for background vocals, … no – we decided to leave it alone.
Then on to Anna.  This powerful rock and roll classic is full of emotion, and feeling, and a lot of angst. The singer is responding to his girlfriend breaking up with him.  I tried to mix, in my voice, a feeling of anger, bravado, upsetedness, and more. The middle break was the emotional high point.  We did some background vocals here and there – mostly just singing Anna – but that middle was left in it’s stark state.
Can’t wait till you hear these two and the others we’re recording.
For about a hundred songs :

Bruno Mars accused of not being Diva enough!

February 12, 2014

This is perhaps the most bizarre quote I’ve ever seen from the music press. This excerpt from Huffington Press:

The actual quote was from New York magazine’s Jody Rosen, who spoke to the Times’ Dave Itzkoff about the NFL’s decision to select Mars for the halftime show:

Jody Rosen, the pop critic of New York magazine, hailed Mr. Mars as an artist with a dynamic stage presence and an energetic live band. But he also characterized Mr. Mars as someone who has not made much effort to construct an offstage persona around himself: To his benefit, Mr. Rosen explained, Mr. Mars has focused on his sound and his stagecraft, but to his detriment, he does not yet have an identity for a massive television audience to latch onto.
To be a pop star today, “you have to sprinkle your stardust across all these different platforms,” Mr. Rosen said. “Not just the concert stage and the record, but the red carpet and the paparazzi shot, your clothing line and your fragrance.”

Here’s my take on this weird advice:  Here’s a summary of Jody Rosen’s advice – Bruno, be more plastic, phony, generic, diva-like, and quit wasting time on quality of music, when image is everything. This is the most bizarre quote from any critic I’ve ever seen. Time for a revolution not only in the music business, but in the music press.

Postmod Music- its 3 things, a revolution against what rock/rap/country/pop have become, its back to early rock and roll’s simple honesty, directness, and passion with an emphasis on melody and great SONGS, and it’s a music that includes all types of music from every place in the world.


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