Archive for August, 2007

Musea Art Contest 2/28/07

August 28, 2007

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,
our last contest question of:

What’s the range of the average human voice?
I’ll except either the number in octaves or in single notes.

WAS
One and one half octaves, or about 12 whole notes on the piano.
That’s not much is it.. Try it for yourself. Start singing as low as you
can. Then pretend you are doing a scale and start counting each note
as you go higher. You’ll peak at about 12. I’ve been singing for over
40 years and I barely can go a few notes beyond 12. Some singers
have 4 octave range or better – really! – wow!

I had no correct eligible answers –
I note that no one knew this!

I don’t
dumb down,
so please
wise up.

Now on to a new Q.:

Win a copy of
my NEW cd CALLED ’30’! – (first anti-band CD) or
my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT”
or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ’07)
or my RECORDING-IT-NOW cd (Summer ’07)

if you are the first to e-mail me at
tomhendricks474 @cs.com
with the correct answer
to this art question*

Time for an Elvis question. And this one is a bit of a true detective story.
We all know Elvis loved guns. One time he was stopped at airport
security when the buzzer went off. Elvis pointed at his huge belt
buckle. And security let him through. But the King was actually packing
heat. WHERE on his person, was Elvis carrying a gun?

Good luck puzzlers!

Readers: I have lost the ability to
post these contests on newsgroups and so have lost
a sizable portion of my audience. IF you like these and would
like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup,
or any website, please do so. The more the merrier!

MAY ’07 – NOW on the Musea website –
on our contents page, A NEW Year Of Quizzes –
yes all of this past year’s contest questions (’06-’07)
and their answers – check them out!

JULY ’07 – NOW on the Musea blog –
This and all the most recent contests at
https://musea.wordpress.com

SOMEBODY DO
SOMETHING NEW!!!

Musea E-mail Club #401 Two Notable Write-ups

August 27, 2007

Reader,
I’ve gotten to notable write-ups recently that I’d like to share with you.
The first is a long and very favorable review for all things Musea – specially my music, from the prominent and notable blog Soulofrocknroll.com – or go directly to the entry at
http://www.soulofrocknroll.com/?p=178

The second is a letter to the editor in the current issue of UTNE magazine, September/October 2007. Here are the specifics.

Soulofrocknroll.com is a well done blog covering a very wide range of music, and music issues. Blogger, D.A.N covers folk, blues, rock, classic rock, guitar, and more. When you read his posts you find a very smart reviewer that consistently praises what goes beyond trendy. And what I so much appreciated about my own review, was that his insightful writing got exactly what I was trying to say in my music. And to be honest I was getting worried that it wasn’t in the music and I had just been kidding myself. Being in a very conservative town like Dallas, you seldom get the far seeing and open-minded thinking that you’ll find on this blog. So please check out, not only my review, but his other writings too. Good stuff!

2. The UTNE letter to the editor, titled ‘Media Crit Classic’ is a follow-up on their story on the consolidation of the media – something I do know something about. They had published a “Media Reformer’s Handbook” in a recent issue, that did NOT include one (if not THE most important) of the pioneers in fighting media consolidation, Ben Bagdikian. And I wrote, ” I suggest adding Ben Bagdikian’s book, “The Media Monopoly” to your ‘Media Reformer’s Handbook.” He was talking about the dangers of media consolidation back in 1983.” You can see the latest Utne info, at utne.com Also watch the magazine, and/or website for the latest on ziney reviews from Danielle Maestretti.

Till next week,

Tom Hendricks
ed. of the 15 year old zine Musea

Musea Art Contest 8/22/07

August 22, 2007

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,
our last contest question of:

Popeye’s girlfriend, Olive Oyl had a brother.
What was his name?

WAS
Castor Oyl

I had no correct eligible answers –
Seems you don’t know your lubricants!

I don’t
dumb down,
so please
wise up.

Now on to a new Q.:

Win a copy of
my NEW cd CALLED ’30’! – (first anti-band CD) or
my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT”
or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ’07)
or my RECORDING-IT-NOW cd (Summer ’07)

if you are the first to e-mail me at
tomhendricks474 @cs.com
with the correct answer
to this art question*

What’s the range of the average human voice?
I’ll except either the number in octaves or in single notes.

Good luck puzzlers!

Readers: I have lost the ability to
post these contests on newsgroups and so have lost
a sizable portion of my audience. IF you like these and would
like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup,
or any website, please do so. The more the merrier!

MAY ’07 – NOW on the Musea website –
on our contents page, A NEW Year Of Quizzes –
yes all of this past year’s contest questions (’06-’07)
and their answers – check them out!

JULY ’07 – NOW on the Musea blog –
This and all the most recent contests at
https://musea.wordpress.com

SOMEBODY DO
SOMETHING NEW!!!

Musea E-mail Club #400 – 10 Reasons for an Alt to Rock

August 21, 2007

Readers,
Somehow the number of these weekly posts, climbed to 400! Yes this is number 400. And I thought I would use it for a big top ten list of reasons why its time for an alt to rock n roll. Sure there are a few exceptions to the rule that rock is fading fast – but they are getting fewer and farther between.
When rock has become everything it started out opposing, when rock has become the most mainstream music the world has known, when the only thing rock rebels against is change, then it’s time for a real change.
NEW CENTURY – NEW MUSIC! Time for the post-bands music!

Top Ten Reasons for an Alternative to Bands and Rock and Roll
1. Rock is now THE music for commercials – bank commercials, car commercials, just about any ad with music.
2. Singers: boy bands, Jessica and Brittany, William Shatner, etc.
3. Politicians that put on sunglasses and play electric guitar for a hobby.
4. Payola on radio (they’re paying big fines now as we speak) PS You’ll never hear a protest song on mainstream radio.
5. Fifties oldies uses as background music for kids movie soundtracks.
6. 40 years of sound alike bands. No band is new. They are all retro – 40 years retro.
7. More oldies stations than new music stations.
8. Records sold at Starbucks.
9. 4 music companies instead of thousands (Sony/BMG, Universal, Warners, EMI) and the mean ole RIAA the bulldog for all four.
10 American Idol – where you fit in to win – pop music.

What do you think?

Tom Hendricks, ed. of Musea
the 15 year old monthly art/media zine.
http://musea.us
https://musea.wordpress.com (blog)

Hunkasaurus and Pet Dog Music
http://www.hunkasaurus.com

tomhendricks474@cs.com

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First new music in the last 40 years
First musician to oppose bands
First non electric music in 50 years
First box office concerts
Where breaking the rules is the rule!

Musea Extra AT&T censors Pearl Jam

August 16, 2007

Readers, This is from the Future Of Music newsletter.
No wonder you never hear protest songs on mainstream radio anymore! (for more go to futureofmusic.org)

Pearl Jam closed Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 5, 2007, but if you weren’t there you didn’t hear the whole show. AT&T, which had the exclusive rights to webcast Lollapalooza via its “Blue Room,” silenced a piece of video from its live webcast that featured anti-Bush lyrics.

During the song “Daughter,” Eddie Vedder sang “George Bush leave this world alone” to the tune of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.” When he repeated the line again and then sang “George Bush find yourself another home” the sound on the webcast was muted, even though it’s clear that Vedder was singing.

AT&T admitted it had silenced the lyrics, but said it was a mistake by a monitor hired to edit out inappropriate language. But over the past five days, it became clear this was more than a “mistake.”

Fans of the Flaming Lips, John Butler Trio, Rage Against the Machine, and many other bands, reported similar instances of AT&T silencing political lyrics during other webcast events. Recently, a technician on one of the webcasts reported he was told to censor political comments.

Last Friday, faced with mounting evidence, AT&T admitted to silencing bands during other webcasts. Whether this can be attributed to a big corporate blunder or a blatant effort to censor speech, the incident is a cautionary tale that shows what can happen when one company has unfettered control over Internet content.

AT&T and other big telecoms have been pushing for several years to increase their control over Internet content. They want to create an Internet where they determine which websites are the most accessible. The Pearl Jam incident points to the crux of why this is dangerous.

If this kind of incident happens during a webcast of a concert, imagine what type of power AT&T or any other telecom might wield if they determined which websites you are able to effectively access? Would they degrade access to websites that feature political views they don’t agree with, or perhaps, ones that compete with their commercial interests? We don’t know and we don’t want to find out.

This is exactly why 726 musicians through FMC’s Rock the Net campaign and tens of thousands of other citizens have been pushing for “net neutrality.” Net neutrality means the web remains a level playing field, and prevents internet providers from speeding up or slowing down web content based on its source, ownership or destination.

**To see the evidence for yourself, visit:

**Here’s Pearl Jam’s press release on the incident:
http://www.pearljam.com/news/index.php?what=News#195

**FMC’s Statement on Pearl Jam incident, including comparative footage:
http://www.futureofmusic.org/news/PRattpearljam07.cfm

**Wired’s Eliot Van Buskirk has been covering the developing story:
http://blog.wired.com/music/att/index.html

**AT&T Admits It Censored Other Bands
Marguerite Reardon, CNET, August 13, 2007
http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-9759184-7.html

**Join FMC’s Rock the Net campaign for net neutrality:
http://www.futureofmusic.org/rockthenet/index.cfm
**Read FMC’s June 2006 Op-Ed on musicians and net neutrality:
http://www.futureofmusic.org/news/musiciansonnetneutrality06.cfm

Tom Hendricks
ed. of the 15 year old zine Musea

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