The great thing about music, unlike sports, is that there’s not much of a “win or lose”, “us versus them” concept. Sure, musicians can lose money, fans, timing, their hearing, royalties, and even an entire career, but once you’re on stage, collaboration … Continue reading Key plays on Super Bowl Sunday
Here’s a quick recording of scratch back-up vocals — they appear in a chorus, and the main vocal track is muted — I sang and recorded at home. There’s a little verb and EQ on some of the tracks, but … Continue reading Sketches and snippets I: back-up vox
I came across an article from a musician and blogger, Ari Herstand, through a local DC musicians forum, and wanted to share his take on digital distribution. It’s a great overview and comparison of the digital distribution opportunities available today. … Continue reading Guest Repress: “Ari’s Take: CD Baby, Tunecore, Ditto, Mondotunes or ReverbNation”
Fact: I once owned eight keyboard instruments (before I moved to Berlin!) My favorite? A 40+ year-old tan top Wurlitzer Electronic Piano A200, refurbished by Vintage Vibe, those NJ-based Wurly and Rhodes repairers extraordinaire who are also famous for their fabulous bespoke … Continue reading Vintage Vibes with Native Instruments
Fascinating. Less than 5% of musicians in U.S. orchestras in 1970 were female, according to “Orchestrating Impartiality: The Impact Of ‘Blind’ Auditions On Female Musicians“, a report by Claudia Goldin and Cecilia Rouse published in 2000 by the American Economic Review. Could introducing … Continue reading Sexism and women in orchestras: blind auditions
(No spoilers!) After seeing the Downton Abbey Season 4 Christmas Special, I couldn’t help but notice some of the “special” CG effects like this horrible outdoor picnic Prince Albert Memorial mishmash. It looked like a new England stage for Cammy. … Continue reading New Street Fighter stage background?
Here are some more famous keyboard-based introductions to old and new classics (played by yours truly). Can you guess all of the titles and artists? Continue reading Further famous introductions