The Dark Legacy of the Beatles

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Exactly 52 years ago, February 7, 1964, a Pan Am airplane taxied down the runway of JFK’s airport as an overwhelming crowd of teenage girls screamed as the Beatles prepared to disembark. That day would start a movement that would negatively change our American culture.

Although the Beatles dressed conservatively and had all the polished charm and wit of proper young British gentlemen, it later became evident that they had an evil agenda to fulfill. Before the Beatles came to the U.S., they had already been at the top of the British charts with a number of melodious songs about innocent, adolescent love. Their music was a style of pop and rock that nobody in the U.S. had heard before. It was so catching, it inspired other young British musicians to record songs of the same style.

The Beatles were at the front line of the British Invasion. Other bands and individual singers hailed from England to “conquer” the United States with their music and fame. A generation of young people was influenced by their music. Teenage boys wanted to be them. Girls screamed and

Writing Great Song Titles

Song Titles

Titles are so important when writing songs. The Title is like a great book cover, a great title can capture the listener before he/she has even heard your song and more importantly will help the listener to remember it. It’s the sales pitch for the entire song.

Purposes Of A Song Title

Song titles have to deliver a number of important factors. For example it is good if they can possess some of these qualities:

 

Evoke Emotions

Evoke Imagery

Be Of Interest

Be Memorable

Make The Reader / Listener Curious

Convey Something Original

Convey Something Universal That Everyone Can Relate To

Tease The Reader / Listener – Not Reveal Everything

Be Imaginative

Use A Small Number Of Words – 5 or less

Contain Or Reflect The Main Lyrical Hook (Importance Depends On Music Genre And Perspective)

1. Noun and Adjective Lists

Write down long lists of nouns and adjectives. Blend words from these lists to create pairs of words. In addition, also blend words within the same lists to get verb-verb and noun-noun word pairs. Select the ones you like and develop those word pairs or use those word pairs to create new word pairs based giving

Writing Melody

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Melody

The melody or tune of a song is what most people hear when listening to music, the chords, drums, bass are very important in supporting the melody but the average person hears the tune. The best melodies are simple, easy to remember and easy to sing along with. However the goal of good melody writing is to make the tune simple but not boring or run of the mill. We will discuss how to write a melody, explain a bit of music theory

(I promise not too much!) behind constructing a tune and how to fit lyrics to melody.

The most common question I receive from ‘non-‘musicians’ is what do you write first, music or words? I like to do both and I would recommend you try both ways. If I’m writing with a collaborator who writes lyrics I would always write the tune to fit the lyrics. Sometimes if you have a chord sequence composing lyrics and melody at the same time is a good way to go. Even a combination of the two will work, remember there’s no hard rules to this. The

A Brief History of Dubstep

A strange thing, this Dubstep. It didn’t just blast out of your speakers one day in full-form. The evolution of this, possibly the newest full-fledged music genre in the world, started with Drum and Bass in the mid-90’s. This fusion of intricate but repetitive drum rhythms and heavy sub-bass sounds is what started it all. Believe it or not, Dubstep is actually on average a much slower sound than Drum and Bass was, which generally was written between 160-180 beats per minute.

Dubstep makers typically keep their BPM’s around 140 today, which leads to very predictable song structures such as the rising intro that leads to what people are calling “the drop.” When this bass drops, the kick drum enters the scene in syncopated rhythms along with the heavy bass wobbles and high frequency glitches and blips that are currently popular. But these elements did not simply arise out of thin air.

The U.K. Garage scene in the late 90’s pushed the tempo faster, but it’s influence on Dubstep is responsible for the even heavier bass lines we here in the current scene. It’s contributions are equal to that of Two-Step in the same time period, which cut the drums

Mighty Mighty And The Ten Best Twee Songs Ever!

Those of us who spent our adolescent years poring over coffee stained copies of The Catcher In The Rye or Tess of the d’Ubervilles whilst bitterly rueing the fact that not a single girl in our school, college or workplace had the good sense to notice the painfully shy bookworm sitting tongue tied beside them, often took refuge in a particular form of popular music. Spurned and tormented, we squandered our teenage years in the self-imposed exile of our back bedrooms, consoling ourselves there by listening to a flutter of indie bands that had somehow cornered the market in self-pitying heartbreak and juvenile angst. We took a perverse pleasure in the confessions of these kindred spirits, as they meekly extolled the trials and tribulations of loveless lives that mirrored our own lachrymose existence.

The Smiths, in this respect, were beyond comparison, and in Morrissey they possessed a songwriter without equal in the miserablist pop pantheon. There were other bands, though, that had plenty to say on the subject of unrequited love. A whole genre of indie-pop, whether you call it twee, shambling or C-86, after the NME’s legendary mix-tape, was absolutely mired in it. Whilst bands like The Wedding

Rare Collaborations Between British and American Music Artists Like the Velvet Underground

Just around fifty years ago, Andy Warhol abandoned the canvas, the screen, and the other artistic pursuits that had consumed him all of his life. Instead, he turned toward vinyl, where he oversaw the band called Velvet Underground. The group immediately began recording its first album in 1966, even though it would not be officially released until March of the following year.

Several facts about the debut album called The Velvet Underground and Nico have given it iconic status in the rock world. For one, Warhol himself designed the banana centered album cover, an art work typical of the artist famous for portraits of Campbell’s Soup cans.

More important, the album spawned several songs that have endured fir half of a century. “Heroin” and “Waiting for the Man” are two of the most well-known of the tracks.

Perhaps the most unappreciated characteristic of the album is the fact that it was completed by a band comprised of both American and British members. Most groups at that time featured all American members or all British members, a homogenous trend that is still the norm in the music business.

The Velvet Underground was founded by Brooklyn born guitarist Lou Reed and Welsh multi-instrumentalist John

Four Reasons Live Music Is Better

They say that even savage beasts slow down to hear melodious sounds. Listening to tunes can be enjoyable as well as therapeutic in some cases. While recorded sounds are plentiful at any time of the day or night, live music has special advantages and benefits for the people fortunate enough to be in the audience.

Use All the Senses

Recorded sounds coming out of speakers can have a powerful impact on people. Familiar songs have a way of transporting people to virtual places where pain subsides, spirits lift, and memories flow. As powerful as these sounds can be, live music has the potential to do so much more simply because of the greater involvement of all of the senses. See the performers with your eyes to experience their emotions as they sing or play instruments. Feel the energy released with the sounds. Performing involves a passion and energy that often surprises people who aren’t involved in the process. Artists often shed the proverbial blood, sweat, and tears as they work to perform for others. A live show often helps people develop a more profound appreciation for this craft.

Attend with Companions

The experience of attending a show together with others in the

Bossa Nova Guitar Solos – Laurindo Almeida Created History!

Laurindo Almeida was born in Brazil in September 1917. He was without a doubt among the most versatile guitarists of the 20th century. He was among the very few guitar players to accomplish great success in both the classical and jazz fields of music. Charlie Byrd was the only other guitarist to do so.

Almeida was the total musician, not just a dazzling soloist and accompanist with a distinctive warm tone, but also an impressive composer and arranger. His overall musical talent and original concepts gained him massive worldwide respect amongst his peers in the 60 plus years of his professional career.

Laurindo Almeida got his early musical training from his mom who was a classical pianist. She hoped that he too would end up being a pianist however Laurindo fell in love with a guitar owned by his sister Maria. In a short time it became clear to all around him that he was on the road to being a master guitarist. In 1936 he signed on with a Brazilian cruise line, the “Cuyaba”.

Throughout the voyage to Europe Laurindo took in a variety of musical forms including his very first exposure to jazz. On a visit to Paris he

Artists Who Collaborated With Both David Bowie and Glenn Frey

The first month of 2016 has set a somber mood throughout the world of rock music, as two popular artists passed away from long illnesses. For two stars who had been making music for a combined ninety years with a dozen top ten hits between them, David Bowie and Glenn Frey had little in common.

Bowie, who had just released a new album called Darkstar on January ninth, passed away two days later. Then in just a matter of a few weeks, Frey, too, passed away.

Both men, apart from their greatly contrasting backgrounds, acquired huge fan followings. Each one also veered into acting careers with much success, Bowie starting in numerous feature films and Frey landing on a few TV shows.

Musically, though, they could not have been more different. Bowie will be remembered most as a glam rocker who associated with primarily fellow British artists. Frey, on the other hand, collaborated mainly with West Coast musicians like Jackson Browne and J.D. Souther.

While it is unfortunate that the two legends never did a collaboration, there are several artists who are directly or indirectly connected to both. Here are five of the best known rockers who have a link to David

8 Tips on How to Make Vocals in Music Recordings Sound Professional

First things first

Every voice is different. Settings that help the voice of the top-selling artist to be at the top of the charts, might do nothing to help your voice. In fact, such settings might even harm it. Keep that in mind as you read advices regarding frequency numbers, etc.

Your voice is unique. And what is unique, has to be treated as such. That’s why opinions about microphones vary so much. I will say this though – the better the vocal recordings, the easier it is to mix them properly.

1. Equipment

Let’s say you take a picture of a sunset over Paris with an old, two megapixel camera. It’s going to be a great picture nonetheless. But if you try to make a poster out of it, you’ll end up with a blurry, pixelated mess. What the pixels and camera quality are to your eyes, bits and studio equipment are to your ears.

Expensive, high end studio equipment can indeed give you a sense of what makes it expensive, or to put it correctly, what makes it different. Using it is a good way to train your ears. But never suppose that quality lies in the price, because like I