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The 7 Qualities You Must Have To Make It In The Music Business

Want to know how to become a successful full time musician in the music business? Read this article and find out.

Summer Vacation 2013

Summer has arrived and that can only mean one thing: vacation time! I love hopping in the car with snacks and sodas in hand, venturing to the unknown, and carelessly spending money on regrettable souvenirs. To help me along the way, I have to have some tunes. So here are some of my top picks for a vacation mix.

The Musician and His Instrument Can Create Beautiful Harmony

Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances – to music. The music carries a certain soulful message across the universe bringing together an array of wide-spread cultures, people and their way of life. Music is a common notion, desirable to any person with a pair of ears.

The Making Of U2’s “The Joshua Tree”: The Song Saved By A Dropped Tea Tray

You’ve all heard it, the incomparable buildup to the full song and then the majestic fadeout. It’s “Where The Streets Have No Name”, from U2’s “The Joshua Tree”. But have you heard about how it was saved from oblivion? Check out how extremely close this song came to obliteration.

Anticreative Music – Music That’s Not Commercial

A common complaint of music lovers, both musicians and listeners alike, is that music has become very commercial these days. This puts a lot of pressure on artists to create certain types of music that will appeal to the greatest number of people, which is what commercial success is about. However, the music they create will not necessarily be what they truly want to make.

How You Can Learn Clarinet Music Theory for Perfect Unison

Playing a clarinet in unison with others can open up a lot of opportunities for you. It is important to learn how to play two different notes on a clarinet so that it will sound great when played in concert and the secret lies in understanding music theory.

Album Review: Volbeat – Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies

Review of the latest Volbeat album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies. Volbeat are a Danish metal band that are part metal, part rockabilly, a little bit country at times with some thrash metal and a fusion of jazz and funk thrown in for good measure.

Album Review: The Poodles – Tour De Force

Swedish rockers The Poodles are back. Tour De Force is the band’s fifth studio album.

Music Festivals and Why You Should Care

Music Festivals aren’t necessarily new but they are gaining a LOT of ground! More and more people are attending worldwide. I have been to dozens and dozens of all kinds of festivals, felt deeply connected to every person and every beat and you should know why, and, of course, join in!!

Interview: Tom Keifer

Interview with former Cinderella front man, Tom Keifer. Tom discusses his new solo album, That’s The Way Life Goes, as well as the future of Cinderella.

Album Review: Julian Angel’s Beautiful Beast – California Suntan

Review of the album California Suntan by Beautiful Beast. This band is the creation of German musician, Julian Angel.

Interview: John Waite

Interview with John Waite. John discusses his time with The Babys, Bad English and his solo career.

What Makes a Song Timeless?

Have you ever heard someone refer to a song a timeless? A few days ago I heard someone call a song on the radio timeless and I thought, “There is no way this song should be termed timeless.” Seeing that a few people are confused as to what timeless means, I decided to write an article that defines what it means for a song to be timeless.

Guitar String Winders: Who Needs ‘Em, Anyway?

Have you ever strung a twelve string guitar by hand? Or had to change a string in the middle of a song? Well if you have ever been in that kind of situation, then you know the value of a good guitar string winder.

The Power of Children’s Christian Songs

I’m the kind of guy who is always a half-beat off the music. When people clap along with a song, my hands go out while others are bringing their hands together! So even though I’m musically stunted, I am still so thankful for music’s sweet sounds!

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