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Some Song Titles That Could Serve As Newspaper Headlines

President Trump has had so far a somewhat contentious relationship with various members of the media, although that situation has been true of many men who have sat in the Oval Office. He has also been a celebrity, another occupation that often leaves people cynical toward the media.

Add musicians and recording artists to the list of those who frequently dispute with members of the press, dating as far back as the Sixties. John Lennon, even more than the three other members of The Beatles, repeatedly bantered with reporters.

One of Lennon’s biggest musical influences, Bob Dylan, occasionally turned his distaste for reporters into songs. “Ballad of a Thin Man” from Highway 61 Revisited is an obvious example, where Dylan lashes out at a fictional journalist he calls Mr. Jones.

Dylan even on one occasion insulted a colleague by calling him a reporter, according to legend. While traveling with fellow folk singer Phil Ochs, Dylan berated the protest singer by saying he was not a songwriter but a journalist.

Ochs did often write songs about current events, and he even called one of his albums All The News That’s Fit To Sing. Sometimes the song itself was titled like a headline, such as his hit “The War Is Over.”

Here are song titles that read like headlines, all by artists who were popular in the rock era from the Sixties to the present.

Five Men Were Killed Today by REO Speedwagon

Before Kevin Coyne joined and helped the group make the Top Ten, Terry Lutrell was the lead vocalist. He does the singing on this song from the Olympus debut, whose title could describe a tragic news account.

The Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzy

Phil Lynott led his group on their breakthrough album Jailbreak, which contained this hit single that might apply to an article about a baseball returning from a long road trip.

Everyone’s Gone To the Moon by Jonathan King

If the title of this hit were indeed the headline for the front page, I am not sure who on this planet would be reading it.

The World’s On Fire by the Housemartins

P.D. Heaton composed this anti-religious track for the alternative British band’s album, The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death.

The Queen Is Dead by the Smiths

The title track from what many fans consider their best album has Morrissey poking fun at the Royal family.

Vinnie Charles Is Free by John Gorka

Most likely it would be a small town weekly that would carry this story of a man who was just released from prison.

Jesus Just Left Chicago by ZZ Top

If it really were to happen, this sentence would undoubtedly be the banner headline of The Trib.

This is History Of Music From Grunts To Guitars

Where did music begin, and where is it going? The answers are surprising. There is a modern movement leading humanity back to the music it first created tens of thousands of years ago. A conflicting movement is creating ever more complex sounds, and creating a world of smaller audiences for more musicians.

Before humanity could write, and even before they could speak, rhythm and single tones were used to communicate. The song of a bird may have inspired a prehistoric man to mimic and improve on the noise. Evidence of prehistoric music is sparse, since there was no language to describe the sound to descendants. Drumming objects and mimicking are considered to be the first “music”. This continued with words being added as speech was discovered.

After the development of writing, music became more refined. Crafted instruments were added. Harmonies were created. Pipes, flutes, basic stringed instruments, and similar tools were used to create the first sounds that modern man could easily recognize as music. The oldest known song is over 4000 years old, written in cuneiform, and uses the diatonic scale. This period is referred to as “ancient” music.

Further developments created more regional sound, as different technology discoveries in different areas led to unique instruments. While “classical music”, you know, the ones our folks used to listen on those old record players is generally assumed to be the sounds of composers like Bach or Beethoven, it actually refers to any music of this period. The music was usually religiously inspired or supported, and usually taught formally as a skill rather than developed through experimentation. As musical notation unified regionally, the composed masterworks of the area were generally performed according to the rigid written work.

Folk music continued soon after. This was generally the sound of the unlearned classes, those that could not write or read. Learned orally, this music was learned and modified time and time again to reflect the personal artistry of the performer. This type of music often portrayed the concerns of the illiterate class. It was usually not supported, but tolerated, but the government and religious leadership. The tradition of folk music still continues as a genre of music to this day throughout the world. Classical music developed into a less rigid modern style of music, mixing with the concept of personal artistry from folk music. Performers would still use either written or learned pieces, but would add their personal touch. The music would sound different each time it was played, even when played by the same performer.

The invention of recorded music and radio began the slide backwards. Recorded music is very rigid. It never changes. Audiences began to expect live performances to be as close to the recorded music they have been listening to as possible. Sheet music allowed amateurs to closely mimic the original performer. To appeal to a larger audience, music started to become less an expression of what the artist wanted to say, and more what the audience would pay to hear. This trend continues today in the form of ever simplifying music. Music has to be quick and easy to identify. Complexity would lead to missed sales. Many modern styles forgo either the lyrics or the melody completely. Recycling previous music in the form of sampling gives an artist an instant audience, while limiting the artistry possible.

Fortunately, the Internet allows for any artists from any styles to combat the decline in music artistry. The low cost of entry makes it possible for almost anyone to gain an audience. The low cost also allows artists to perform what they wish, rather than pander to a larger audience. Hopefully, this will allow the trends in popular music to reverse, creating ever more artistic and unique music in the future.

About Austin Live Music Genres

The Austin live music scene (and by Austin we mean Austin, Texas) is one that is generally held up as a beacon for other musician-heavy cities trying to build industries around people gigging and those going out to gigs. After, Austin has been noted as being “the live music capital of the world”, and there’s a good reason for that. The city has been an embodiment of the utopian spirit that musicians have flocked to for decades. Couple that with a population that is always listening for the next big star, and you have the makings of a combustible music scene that is ready to go off almost any night.

Still, sifting through the number of solo acts and bands that move through the corridors of Texas’ capital city can be a little overwhelming even for the grizzled music “lifer” who feels they have a grasp on what types of music are in Austin.

For starters, you have to take into consideration the geographic location of Austin. Nestled along a string of major interstates that lead into the city (i.e., I-35, I-45, I-10), it’s no surprise that there’d be a veritable mix of music. Probably the most popular genre of music in Austin is rock music. The image of the young, hip guitar-toting kid walking the streets looking to make some serious noise is about as rock and roll as it gets, and Austin has it in spades (you can even look up “music census reports” for the city that tell you as much).

Even with the rock edge in play, Austin also fares well with the presence of folk music and “Americana” that uses a more traditional (old-school?) sound and acoustic instruments. This isn’t surprising given the ability to carry an acoustic instrument around, and by virtue of the instrument’s construction, you are able to play without the aid of amplification or electricity. The genre also offers a generally more intimate experience between the musician and the audience, allowing the song’s message to ring a little deeper.

However, one caveat to the folk genre is that it tends to have a number of music styles get lumped into that could be served as their own genre, such as the label of Mexican music. Texas is a state that is steeped in history with its neighbor to the south, and as with the advent of Tex-Mex cuisine, Mexican music is fervent in the area though to a much lesser degree than other genres.

There is also some relegation of music styles such as R&B, jazz, blues, and hip-hop to cellar dwellers in terms of their popularity in Austin. This could be, in part, due to demographic shifts in city population, as well as general shifts in population movement in and out of the metropolitan Austin area.

Austin, Texas and the Austin live music scene, regardless of its genre breakdown, is an institution in the world of music. Musicians flock to the area to get a taste of audiences that actually want to hear live music, and they cut their teeth working the popular gig thoroughfares hoping to make it big. If you’ve been thinking about visiting the “heart o’ Texas”, now is about a good a time as any.

How to Finding Bars With Live Music

So, the end of the week is upon you, and somehow you’ve done nothing to prepare for an evening out on the town. It may seem like an impossible task to throw together a great night out when you’re up against it in terms of time, but instead of fretting, quickly ask, “Are there any bars with live music near me?” At a time when streaming music is the cool way to hear your favorite artists or discover new ones, why wouldn’t live music be at the top of your list when it comes to having a great time out?

No matter the stellar quality of your home stereo set-up, nothing beats the blissful assault of your senses by a live band laying it on the line for a chance to be big someday. How exactly, though, does this translate into a good time? Well, take in consideration the notion that you don’t have to go out to check out some local tunes alone. Call some friends up and make it an impromptu night out.

Even though the music is what it’s all about, many local bars & music venues have made it to where patrons can enjoy a drink designing their place to create quieter spots for those interested in chatting it up with friends or even new friends. Therein lies another great reason to hit up the local haunt — you actually can socialize. It may be pure happenstance that you’re in the same bar together enjoying a cold beverage and listening to some righteous jams, but being bold and introducing yourself to someone new is just a part of being a social creature.

Perhaps you and this new someone you’ve met hit it off and can’t get enough of the music being played. Why not hit the dance floor? Sure, you can be beholden to the rigidity of a music genre and be afraid to look a little foolish, but there’s nothing wrong with just letting the music take you away. After all, you now have someone sharing the floor with you.

Maybe you’ve both decided that even with the winning atmosphere of live music and adult beverages, you just want to go somewhere else. What do you talk about? Well, why not talk about the band and use it as a springboard to a bigger discussion about your musical tastes, favorite bands, and most epic mix tapes (or CDs… or MP3 playlists). Either way, you’ve laid the groundwork for what could be a romantic interest. And even if that’s not on the table, so be it. At least now you have someone you can call on a whim to check out some local bands.

Checking out live music can be the most amazing way to take a nearly lost evening and make it something fun & exciting. For future reference, get to know your local music scene and see what else you might be missing. Think of the idea of “bars being near me with live music” as more of a reason to smile because you know it’s going to mean the night has a chance to be epic.

Here Best of John Mayer

It really is hard to choose which of John Mayer’s current discography warrants to be called his best since he really doesn’t have much that isn’t top notch, but I were to pick 5 songs that encapsulated the strength of his lyric writing, melody, chord structure and command of storytelling all while balance the pressures of a major label to be “listenable” without turning full cheese or hokeyness, I’d list these five in no particular order, if you think they should be ordered, let me know below.

Gravity – This may be his crowning achievement of ALL TIME. From the lyrics to the melody to the singing, almost crying guitar solo in this song, it’s a great testament to his abilities as a player, a songwriter and a singer. It’s even more amazing when you see him do it live.

In Your Atmosphere – Few artists have ever written a more easy to digest pop themed song with such intricate guitar playing. This song really bends melody in a way that makes your heart just start getting that longing feeling like you want to call your ex and say you’re sorry for everything you did. His live performance of this song from “Where the Light Is” is the perfect punch in the mouth for anyone who’s ever said John Mayer is an overrated guitar player.

Stop This Train – Time is a train that is never going to stop. You cry and plead and beg to just stop for a second, maybe to go back and be a kid again, maybe just pause for a week or so and catch up on calling your family and friends you haven’t talked to in a while, but it doesn’t slow for a moment. John captures this notion masterfully in this heart pulling song on his album continuum, arguably his best album to date.

Nothing drives home your sense of impending mortality more than this:

“So scared of getting older, I’m only good at being young
So I play the numbers game to find a way to say that life has just begun”

The falsettos on the bridge during the line “he said turn 68, you’ll renegotiate” seem to hit every word with every right note. The way this song makes me instantly contemplate my own life and begin to miss my family members that aren’t even gone yet is why this very powerful song goes into my list of the best of John Mayer.

Walt Grace’s Submarine Test – the first song John ever wrote in the third person and he went through great lengths to prevent a single soul from hearing it until the album it was on “Born and Raised” was released. After listening you know why. It is pure storytelling genius. Chris Botti’s sailing trumpet helps bring some unexpected tones and perks up the ears or what’s to come. Walt Grace, the main character of the story, is a bit of failed mad scientist, doubted by his own wife, laughed at by people… until he builds a one man submarine and travels to the shores of Tokyo… his first true success story. He rises up through the criticism and doubt and does something his loved ones can be proud of.

“One evening,
When weeks had passed since his leaving,
The call she’d planned on receiving,
Finally made it home.
She accepted,
The news she’d never expected,
The operator connected,
A call from Tokyo.”

This is likely to be John creating a character to serve as a metaphor for his own struggles as a musician. The madness of claiming greatness before it happens, the ambition that leads you and all the struggles in between seem to be encapsulated by Walt Grace and his eventually successful home-made fan blade one man submarine ride.

Slow Dancing in a Burning Room – What metaphor could be any better to describe the dying moments of a relationship?

“It’s not a silly little moment
It’s not the storm before the calm
This is the deep and dying breath of
This love that we’ve been working on”

Imagine it. You and that person you’ve so frustratingly tried to love to no avail. So you embrace each other for one last dance as the house around you burns to the ground. I’ve felt it before, I’m sure you have too. This metaphor alone makes this song a strong candidate for one of John’s finest.

Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey – You know those phases of life where you get into a funk you can’t get out of? Symptoms may include: drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, crying yourself to sleep, reevaluating your life into another convoluted mess of meaninglessness.

“whiskey, whiskey, whiskey,
water, water, water, sleep
dream somebody missed me,
wake up shake it off and repeat
and repeat and repeat after me”
Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey
Water, water, water
Sleep
Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey
Cut me off and pour me in the street”

Can’t you see it? Heading to the bar every night. Sitting down and feeling that upwelling and unexplained sadness as you sip on whiskey until the bartender cuts you off and throws you out? This very sad but very earnest look into this phase of John’s life is very antithetical to his “New Deep” Heavier Things days, this time of is life may have been to heavy for even him to carry, but makes for a very, very good song.

Paper Doll – After his quick lived romance with Taylor Swift, she wrote “Dear John” about him. He responded with this piercingly accurate song about her charades.

“You’re like 22 girls in one
And none of them know’s what they’re running from
Was it just too far to fall
For a little paper doll”

Nailed it. This is borderline Shakespearean-elegant insulting right here )(a little less languid and flowery but just as beautiful). Such a harsh accusation said so beautifully, you know exactly what went down in the relationship from this chorus alone. The catchy rotating guitar riff and ambient tones just transmit this message so beautifully it makes it into the best of John Mayer.

(fast forward to :30 seconds to skip the intro by the bizarre “Prancerize” lady”)

If you like John Mayer, you can get a free original song from songwriter Dylan Galvin

DJ or Band for Your Wedding

You have most of the details worked out for your big day but have not yet decided if you are going to use a wedding DJ or a band at your reception. Whichever you choose can make or break the wedding reception and if it is dull or enjoyable.

What to consider

• Vibe- the type of music you pick can set the tone of the reception. People remember the wedding but they seem to remember the reception more and whether it was enjoyable or not. Think about what music genre reflect both of your personalities. The way the music is delivered will also affect the atmosphere.
• Variety-make sure that the band or the wedding DJ will play fast and slow songs and new and old tune so all of the guests will be encouraged to dance.
• Budget-a wedding DJ is less expensive but the actual cost will depend on the equipment they use and if it is on the weekend or during the weekday. The price of the band will vary by the amount of time you want them to play, what time of the year it is, day and time of the week, and how many musicians there are.
• Space-you will need to check to see if the reception venue has any limitations on the pieces of equipment and number of musicians you can have in the venue and if there are noise limitations and enough electric outlets. A wedding DJ only needs enough space to set up his equipment and one or two electrical outlets.
• Referrals-with both the band and wedding DJ you should ask for referrals to see what others who have hired them had to say.

Wedding DJ

Before you decide on a wedding DJ, ask to see some of the music that they play or offer them a playlist to see if they have those songs. You do not want to hire someone that is dull and appears if they are doing the job just for the money so try to get a feel of their personality. They can also set up quicker and take down their equipment faster.

Band

If you do not know the band ideally you would want to see them in action before you commit to having them play at the reception but may not be possible. Ask if they have a taped performance of hosting a wedding reception. One thing against a live band is that will not have as a large repertoire of music as a wedding DJ.

One test to see if they are right for the job is to ask if they can play your song as a married couple. If they cannot, move on.

Ways to Choose the Best Subwoofer Size

Within it, one can find a moderately large driver, something that actually produces sound, and the amp that empowers it. To make the device perform in the best fashion, the driver must have some space within the cabinet behind this. On a general note, a driver of around twelve inches can be expected to have a fair size box. There are also the eight inches drivers available, but their box size is obviously a bit smaller.

Best recommended size of driver:
Box sizes are given so much importance as these play the most crucial part in generating sound. The sound waves of the bass are quite long in comparison with the conventional sound waves. Hence, the driver often has to put some added effort for generating those waves in desired volume that someone prefers in general. One can use 12 inches driver for better results, though the fifteen inch editions are preferred for high-end purposes. In fact, some subwoofers even come up with numerous drivers.

Interesting here is to mention that having a couple of drivers of six inches each, can’t really meet the level of a single twelve inch driver. Undoubtedly, a single 12 inches driver is a better performer in comparison with the two six inches idea.

Boosting the power efficiency is also one of the frequently tried methods for improving the subwoofer performance. It is essential to depend upon more power with diminishing size of the drivers and cabinets. Here the power balances the size factor of the device. In fact, with boosted power, an eight inches sub in a small cabin could generate equivalent sound as of a twelve inches sub within a large box, upon being offered with sufficient power.

To generate greater sound:
Proper positioning of the subwoofer is extremely important for significant power generation. It is recommended always to have the sub against the wall for generation of decent sound. If you want more volume from the subwoofer, place the sub at the corner. However, such positioning may not guarantee you about the best bass effects. But yes, it definitely generates greater sound, something that most people want from their subwoofers.

How best positioning generates best bass effect:
You can enjoy a better bass effect from your subwoofer simply by sitting at a central position inside the room, and asking someone to adjust the sub, so that you can ensure when it produces the best effect. Anyway, the best result can be experienced if the sub is placed exactly at your hearing position. It means if you are sitting on a chair, the sub position should be equivalent with your ear level. Naturally, you can set the subwoofer size based on that. To make things even better, just empty the wall behind, and shift towards the wall to realize its best effect.

News Fans Say Farewell To Popular Radio Station That Is Changing Formats

Several friends and I were discussing the demise of our favorite local radio station, which has been sold to a Christian broadcasting company. We will miss the eclectic mix of alternative rock, pop, and folk on the station, and we began to wonder what would be an appropriate last song to play before the change in format.

Here are ten tracks, all from bands who were often heard on the station, that would serve as a fitting coda.

One More Last Song by Kaiser Chiefs

This indie rock tune from Education, Education, Education and War epitomizes the station’s dedication to alternative acts.

Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now by the Smiths

Morrissey’s band, born about the same time as the station, has always been a favorite artist on it. The title sums up how many of us will feel after that final song is played.

Losing My Religion by REM

Some folks rely on spirituality for comfort, but many supporters of the station turn to the radio for that very reason. This title also makes sense in that a Bible company bought the station and will begin airing a Christian format in April.

Where Will You Go? by the Minus Five

This title from Down With Wilco is the question many of us fans are asking right now, for the radio choices in our city are rather narrow.

Up the Junction by Squeeze

Lyricist Chris Difford took this Cool For Cats title from a common British phrase for being in a troubled situation without much hope.

Troubled Times by Fountains of Wayne

Before “Stacy’s Mom” became a huge hit for this New England indie rock quartet, our station had several tracks from their first two albums in heavy rotation.

No Sunlight by Death Cab For Cutie

Ben Gibbard and all of his projects remained favorites of the disc jockeys, who will unfortunately be no longer a bright spot on the radio dial.

You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go by Bob Dylan

In dark times there is no better record to play than Blood On the Tracks, which features this poignant heartbreaker.

1985 by the Minor Leagues

Ben Walpole’s band fills two characteristics of the station, in that they are a local band as well as an indie rock act.

Not the Same by Ben Folds

The oldies station plays “Brick” occasionally, but it was our station that brought us dozens of other tracks by the guy who recorded “Rockin’ the Suburbs.”

Whatever serves as the last song, as soon as it ends we agreed that we will all need to find a different station for the preset 1 button on our dashboard radios.

Information History Of The Electric Guitar

The guitar itself has been around since ancient times with minstrels strumming away on early editions of the instrument. As it was meant to be strummed, and most aren’t very loud, it doesn’t bode well if you are trying to be heard over other instruments, so those early musicians were pretty much on their own. Fast forward to the early 20th century however, and people tried to get their notes louder, amplified if you will, and some even went so far as using telephone transmitters placed inside instruments in an effort to boost the sound.

While there are many who claimed to be the ‘father of the electric guitar’ they were actually designed by those who already made the instruments and not hobbyists or someone messing around with a new design. The first one was introduced to the world in 1931 and was designed by a man named George Beauchamp. It was a one piece cast aluminum design that looked like a frying pan and it met with some success, so much so that the company went on to create other models, one called the Electro-Spanish Ken Roberts which allowed musicians a full 25″ scale with seventeen frets that were apart from the fretboard. They only produced a handful of these guitars, however and it is thought that only ten are still around today.

In the era of big bands that dominated the music scene generations ago, the guitars needed to be heard with the other instruments, not drowned out by them. You may think that the first documented recordings then were from a big band, but they weren’t. Instead, they were from Hawaiian-style players back in 1933. The sounds lent themselves to jazz and blues and that’s where we find some of the most influential guitarists, those who transcend time and are considered the greats of the genre.

Names like Alvino Ray, Danny Stewart, George Barnes, Lonnie Johnson, Les Paul, Memphis Minnie and T-Bone Walker besides many more were all early proponents of the new fangled electric guitar. Many artists today still credit them for influencing their style. While musical tastes change, these early entrepreneurs took a simple instrument and made it into something we all can relate to, whether we play or not. Of course over time they have changed in sound and design and many artists today have custom models made just for them, but it all started with a thought–how do we get this thing to play louder??

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Here Importance of a Musician’s and Music Teacher’s Social Community

Sometimes finding a quality musician, band, vocalist can be a very frustrating endeavor. Oftentimes, it is difficult to know where to locate them. Usually people have to ask around or rely on word of mouth or pin up boards in local stores or public establishments. Imagine if you had a go to site where you could find the musician of your choosing and be able to hear samples of their skills by a simple click? What if you were looking for a music instructor or a vocal coach to receive lessons and you could go to a directory of any instrument instructor of your choosing? Suppose you were a musician yourself and wanted to find a local sound technician or recording engineer to hire for an upcoming gig or recording project? Well luckily now, finding a quality musician band or local area business can be made easier than ever.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an online directory that points you to the nearest music and voice instructors and also the nearest musicians, vocalists, bands and music related business services? Find the way. Ease your soul.

Whether you are new in town, or are searching for a qualified music instructor for your child or for yourself, or are a music instructor yourself that wants to advertise your services to a large local audience, or are just someone who wants to sell some music equipment that you no longer desire or even if you are a business establishment that wanted to post a job to hire a band for an occasion, it can be very helpful to have a one stop shop go to site for musicians.

With just a few clicks, you would have the capability to do several things: you can find musicians, vocalists and local area talent of all music genres, locate an instructor to receive personalized music or voice lessons, read reviews and choose the perfect performers to hire, search for audio companies, producers, studios, and a host of other music related services, advertise your business service, find music events & performances in your local area, buy & sell instruments & music equipment, locate music related jobs, or simply network with a host of musicians & performers.

– befriend local members and network

– enjoy a community that is totally catered to all those involved in every aspect of music and music related business services.

Enjoy a directory that allows musicians, performers & local area businesses providing various types of music services the opportunity to promote themselves and their services, as well as points users to musicians and performers in their local area.