Posts Tagged ‘Music’

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).

 

 

Ten Classical Music Favorites (from the Musea Vaults

November 12, 2015

TEN CLASSICAL PIECES (to get you started) – Hey, this stuff won’t appreciate itself!
Here is an introduction to the beauties of classical music. You may not think you like classical music, but you’ll probably love almost all of these. Most people do.

1. BACH: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for Organ. This is haunted house music at its best, and no one has surpassed it for chills in the 300 years since it was composed. Booo!

2. BEETHOVEN: Two choices (among a plethora): For romantics start with the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata. For the rest its the best symphony of all the Symphony #9 in D Minor with the Ode to Joy finale. Music at the highest level, period! Those who know it can add their own novel of praise here.

3. CHOPIN: The Minute Waltz. The best composer for piano has a fast trilling piece with a ‘deep lilt’ to it. Once hooked, listen to his nocturnes, etudes, and preludes, oh my!

4. DEBUSSY: Claire de Lune. Heavenly music – moon inspired.

5.GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue. What’s this – classical AND jazz from a pop song composer? It’s the cat’s meow!

6. MENDELSSOHN: Incidental music for a Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bubbling magic in assorted themes – and the overture written at 17!

7. MOZART: Variations on a French Theme. The title sounds snooty but what it is is variations on the theme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star- an enchanting genuis at work here. (And for the more serious among us try Symphony #40 in G Minor K. 550. The opening has a real kick to it.)

8. SCHUBERT: The Unfinished Symphony #8. Lost then found again by a conductor on the prowl for missing manuscripts, this bit of music has been called the ‘greatest fragment in music. Symphony music of stark beauty by a composer who died too too young.

9. JOHANN STRAUSS: The Blue Danube Waltz. Ballroom waltzing music that takes you straight to turn of the century Vienna – perhaps classical music’s best ‘bandleader’ – even among a family of them.

10. TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker Suite. A Christmas favorite and perhaps the most beautiful and melodic of all ballets – Watch for the Sugar Plum Fairies!

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