Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Texas Music Office and TeXas Video Showdown Support

May 23, 2016

Dear Musea Readers,

Lately I’ve gotten some support for the TeXas Video Showdown, a musical protest against an industry controlled by 3 CEO’s, from the TEXAS MUSIC OFFICE in Austin..

Marc Fort from the Texas Music Office, saw my post, liked it, commented on it, and sent me a guide to resources so that I could pass the word on to other Texans.

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Hi Tom,

I love that line: “time to change the music industry so it’s built on talent and not publicity.”

It’s true that *the traditional music industry* is distributed and controlled by 3 multinational conglomerates, and the men that lead those companies.

The great news is that the playing field for having a career in the music industry is more wide open than ever. Prior to the Internet, musicians had to almost completely rely on the record labels for national and international distribution. Now it’s perfectly normal for musicians to have long, healthy, prosperous careers independent of the traditional industry.

Commercial radio is still very tough for independent artists to break into… because of the conglomerate consolidation, but independent and college radio do provide artists with opportunities.

Please feel free to give the Texas Music Office a call on Monday (when we’ll be back in the office), or shoot us an email at music@gov.texas.gov, and we’d be happy to send you some resources for the various genres you listed above (genres outside of pop music).

We have a ton of resources for indie musicians of all genres!
Thanks for sharing this! Did you write it? It’s really well done and thought out. I’m checking out the link to the TeXas Video Showdown now.

Best regards,
Marc Fort
Texas Music Office
(512) 463-6666

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[And later after viewing the TeXas Video Showdown video:]

Loved the video! Reminded me of an old school rockabilly rave up! Thanks for sharing.
… I really, really enjoyed the song! I look forward to finding & hearing the studio version, because this video immediately made me want to hear another version where I can hear the vocals better.

We’ll definitely help spread the word! Musicians are organizing in DFW, San Antonio, Lubbock, & Austin, spurred on by some of the same inspirations. There’s a new nonprofit org up near your area – Hear Fort Worth – that’s organizing in an attempt to change some of the ongoing issues in the music industry.

Thanks again for sharing that rave-up! …

Cheers,
Marc

Music Business Has Jumped the Shark

January 27, 2016

Dear Readers, I have been saying it for some time, the music business is a mess.
My friend JHC sent me this link. Seems that the shape of music is a big concern to this writer too. Take a look.

https://medium.com/cuepoint/the-devaluation-of-music-it-s-worse-than-you-think-f4cf5f26a888#.lbzaab3uj

Mother and Daughter Duo. (pencil drawing.)

Sayings of Editor Art – Another Batch

January 23, 2016

Tommy Says: I laughed, I cried, I ran the gambit.

Didn’t like your novel – too wordy!

The media is an ambulance with a microphone.

Take what you need, and give back when you don’t

Most solutions are taken too far until they cause problems of their own.

Beware a trail of chocolate!

The people that are the most sociable always have a patter that keeps others at bay.

Peeling tape never gets better.

Wherever she is is a safe corner for me

Ninth Day Music Message

January 9, 2016

The Texas Video Showdown is between two sides in the music business – 5 sound alike pop stars that control the music business on one side, and the thousands of other musicians that have been marginalized out of careers on the other.

The five or so sound alike pop stars include: Taylor Swift,, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Adele, Gaga, and 1 Direction.

The Texas Video Showdown, youtube video challenges the entire music industry.

Some say there is plenty of good music out there, you just have to search for it.
But I say why? Why should the music business be controlled by bad music instead of the best music out there, and why is it our job to find the good music on our own? Is the music business built on bad music? If so why do people put up with that. They don’t!

Some say they are content that they have favorites that are not the karaoke pop, and they get all the good music they want. But that attitude is keeping all those musicians from their careers.

Do you know a great musician? Do you have favorites that are not one of the 5?
I can predict that right now he/she/they are out of a career and making close to minimum wage no matter how good they are, or how hard they works. Buying a CD or t-shirt won’t help them. Support them by opening music up again so great talent has a chance. Vote for indie musicians not 5 pop stars in the Texas Video Showdown. Show the industry that enough is enough and too little is not enough!

Want to join other musicians and bring some fun, rebellion, and vitality to the music business, and open it up to more than a few pop stars? Take a stand right here – vote thumbs up on this video. Bring it down to one video and one place to concentrate the start of a change in music. You are for indie musicians or you are for corporate pop stars. You decide. When music has jumped the shark we need a shake up. Texas Video Showdown.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZvMa2f33Wc

The Psychology of Musical Keys (from Musea Vaults)

November 17, 2015

K-E-Y-S

Can knowing the key of the music tell you what the music will be like? I THINK SO! Does it matter what type of music? (Excluding atonal) I THINK NOT! Take a look at the list, then compare for yourself. Check Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, Chopin’s Preludes, or my own Bagatelle Variations – each set has compositions in each of the major and minor keys.
Note Masculine keys = A-G, Feminine keys = Ab, Bb, C#, Eb, and F#. Self keys Ab-Bb, Sociable C#-G and B (with C a mix of both). Lightest key is Bb, heaviest E.

A: Reserved, conservative, prudish, domineering, intelligent, shrewd self-centered, closed, color deep-red, bullish, narrow, Bachian, stern, haughty. (see F#m)

Am: Brooding, brutal, uncomplicated, angry, pouting, self-centered, primal, 2nd most powerful minor, childlike, selfish, self-oriented, spoiled (C).

Bb: Gentle, wistful, energetic, brisk, bright, musing, reasonable, youthful, quick, contemplative, cool, light blue, reflective, dry, airy. (Gm)

Bbm: Airy, action restrained, windy, conventional front, frustrated, restricted, wanting to escape from formalities, youth restrained, sociable, deceiving, flattering, crafty, suffocating, entertaining, longing for freedom, theatrical, polite, energetic, regretful (C#)

B: Independent, futuristic, hopeful, inner peace, pleasant, liquid, wintry humanitarian, healthy, mature, fresh, self-satisfied, dark blue, enlightened, content, open, strong, optimistic. (Abm)

Bm: Agitated, guarded, scary, independent, liquid, airy, weird, aquamarine blue, offbeat, perverted, disturbing, medium (not heavy or lite), insane, worried. (D)

C: Active, angelic, basic, not embroidered, plebian, all-encompassing, straightforward, honest, heavenly, creme white or beige, common, sincere, solid, self-expressive, unpretentious, constructive, hardworking. (Am)

Cm: Brooding, tragic, solid, anguish, heavier than C#m, lighter than Em, more evolved than Am, passionate, expressive, moving, active (Eb)

C#: reasonable, facile, polished, cosmopolitan, polite, refined, sophisticated, show-off-y, wise, intelligent, understanding, sociable, wanderlust-ful, people-oriented, achieving, pure white, civilized, fashionable. (Bbm)

C#m: Profound, darkest most intense and introspective minor, heart-rendering, refined, purest white light, orgiastic, sublime, ethereal, not of this world, subtle, beyond reason, cathartic, enlightened, graceful,

Nirvana (E).

D: Proud, royal, trumpet-like, regal, sunny, boastful, powerful, crisp, bright, haughty, kingly, active, questing, chivalric, yellow, ceremonial, rousing, stately. (Bm)

Dm: Tempestuous, stormy, most aggressive minor, active, rumbling, forceful, lofty, moody, dynamic, haughty, revengeful, stirring, energetic, theatrical, nature-like, windy. (F)

Eb: Hospitable, most sociable of all keys, charitable, pale yellow, charming, luxurious, compassionate, yielding, fun, gentle, generous, open, cultivated, lighthearted, understanding, sophisticated, entertaining, party like, melancholy, warm, philanthropic. (Cm)

Ebm: Melancholy, light, girlish, open, sentimental, mystical, wizard like, innocent, petulant, warm, remorseful (F#)

E: Powerful, heavy, grand, robust, dynamic, stout, open, substantial, charismatic, dominant, watery, emotional, paradise like, moving, strong, gold, most powerful and heaviest key, frank, honest. (C#m)

Em: Powerful, anguish, inner darkness, despair, brooding, emotional, sweeping, tragic, dramatic, heavy, depressive, angst, open, lushful, moody, the heaviest minor, passionate, strong feeling. (G).

F: Pastoral, bucolic, dry, simple, pleasant, calming, restful, light, busy, earthy, at ease, soothing, green, not pretentious, peaceful, country like (Dm).

Fm: Sparkling, dark, busy, dry, earthy, nervous, quick, not heavy, hardworking, natural, not pretentious, mournful, sad (Ab).

F#: Playful, childish, sweet, cloying, wimpy, youthful, clinging, mischievous, dry, virginal, spooky, frightening. (Ebm)

F#m: Childlike, spooky, dark, crafty, hidden, mischievous, sullen, suspicious, secretive, frightened, fluttering, closed, plotting. (A)

G: Joyful, jovial, fun, friendly, regal, dry, solid, frolicking, sincere, moving, grand, honest, frank, unpretentious,, graceful, manly, broad, sweeping. (Em)

Gm: Active, passionate, optimistic, stirring, graceful, youthful, honest, understanding, longing, the most romantic minor, light but solid. (Bb)

Ab: Nebulous, feminine, hopeful, full of faith, solid, sturdy, unreal, maternal, motherly, emotional, excited, imaginative, intuitive, feeling, optimistic, girlish, giddy, not practical, instructive, the key of faith and hope, full of expectations. (Fm)

Abm: Fear, terror, haunted, hopeful, solid, full of faith, full of expectations, worrying, crying, feminine, helpless, dreading, filled with danger. (B).

 

 


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