Josh Groban: The New Style in Pop Music

Josh Groban made his taken the world by storm with his amazing voice, and theatrical but simple beauty. All around the world now, self styled ‘Grobanites’ talk ‘Josh Groban’ Forums, wear ‘Josh Groban’ apparel, and sing along with Josh’s two CD’s.

Josh has already made both TV and Movie songs, and has hit the charts, hard and fast. His hit solo, ‘Where you are.’ From his first self titled album, showed us just how good his vocal abilities are. His second big hit, Per Te and You Raise Me Up taught us all how far that range extends. Even though he comes out to his concert in a sweater and jeans, the public loves it!

The question really is though, is Josh Groban the last ‘pop opera’ or ‘new classical’ singer to take all of our hearts. 
Evidence says no. Already, many are following in his footsteps, like the religious/pop/opera group known as El Divo.

Dedicated pop, hip hop, and rap artists are taking note, and their songs are reflectiong more and more depth all the time. Really though, is this just a common fad, or are the popriststs here to stay?

Experts like Simon Cowl and the Rolling Stone are already saying ‘Yes, Yes Yes,’ to this new breed of music, to the delight of the public. So pop/opera? or just plain old pop?

Whatever the choices are, Viva Musica!

What Music or Lyrics Make You Tune in or Out???

Often times we hear an artist not knowing who it is. Yet we can relate to it, either with how we feel or with the events that may be coinciding in our lives at that particular moment. Does that make us tune in to the music and make us like that song, or is it the beat of the music or the voice of the artist?

After hearing Adele, or her album , titled, Adele 21. I soon had to find out the name of the artist as well as the album name, as it was a different style of music- yet she possesses a phenomenal voice, that spoke of love, love lost and being happy for others finding love.

The music almost spoke to me of hurt, love and moving forward. Which is something I feel everyone can relate to. After listening to the entire CD, after purchasing for only 1 song, I soon fell in love with all the songs as well as the entire album.

It only goes to show you that even if you are a singer, they too face the same problems as we people do also. It has nothing to do with class or how much money you make or what your job may be, big or small in a company. We are all able to get hurt. Your social status doesn’t matter.

With this CD purchase, it is an acoustic version which is phenomenal.

Her voice is just amazing, the words are very empowering and it just speaks to your soul as well as your heart.

Uploading Music for Exposure

New musicians often find it very hard to get noticed by the music industry. These days it’s not good enough to send a demo tape or CD over to a record label. Most of these go unopened and often returned to the sender. These days, music labels are looking to sign new musicians after discovering them through social network based sites.


Sites like Miami based YourListen, a free audio file sharing websites which helps to promote new musicians via their free music upload service, are finding that their business is booming, thanks to new musicians who are posting their tunes in order to get discovered by record labels. It is becoming more and more common for musicians to get found and signed as a result of directly uploading their tracks to services like YourListen as record label executives are using these resources to scout out up and coming artists.

In addition to helping find that ideal record contract, such sites have benefit to musicians who are looking to develop a more diverse fan base. As they have embed facilities, where by a musician can upload their file for free hosting and then embed the music player directly from the network right onto their own websites or social network profiles. Additionally, musicians are finding that their tracks are appearing on recommended lists for other users. This realy helps to develop a strong and lasting fan base. Recording artists which use such services report of great record sales directly from their network fans once their tracks are released. 

These days, there is no excuse for a musician to not be noticed and discovered, if they really want to be. The new media age has provided some excellent new options in which musicians can promote themselves and get discovered.

How to Find Music Heard on TV

Have you heard music that you liked, in a TV commercial, but don’t know what it was? Remember the music that played during the TV movie trailer of “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers?” This soundtrack certainly was highly sought out! What about the Rolex TV commercial music that plays during the Tennis season?

Fortunately, the Internet has made it much easier to locate and identify music used in commercials, movie trailers, and TV shows. There are three websites you should definitely visit to help you find that tune. Those sites offer individuals forums to help you find TV commercial, and movie trailer music. More than likely, you will not be the first inquiring mind. Make sure to use the “search” feature of the forums first, prior to posting a new message.

Adtunes

http://adtunes.com/forums/

What’s That Called

http://www.whatsthatcalled.com

Splendad

http://www.splendad.com

In addition to the above websites, you can also check out the following two resources.

YouTube

Most of the TV commercials, trailers can be found on YouTube nowadays. The section that is especially useful is the “Commentary” section of the video. If the commercial is posted on YouTube, chances are someone already expressed interest in knowing what song played in that commercial. You may find your answer while filtering through all the irrelevant comments!

Company’s Website

Do not ignore the “Advertising,” or “Press Room” sections of the company’s website. Occasionally, a company may post the videos of their TV commercials, and also provide information about the music used. You could also contact the company, and inquire about the music used in one of their TV commercials. Who knows, you may get lucky and receive a response!

The Definition of Music

Amazing in every way



Beyond all the skies


Miracles of stories through resounding notes


Created from lost things in the world


Shaped by the feelings


Fluctuating in and out of undeserving ears


Flowing with emotion
 


Ever so perfect


Flawless without mistakes.

Complexities of the unknown


Emerging from all points on earth


An everlasting sound


That completes the soul


Music

The End of a Musical Career

In a conversation with my daughter-in-law last night, I mentioned that I had picked up a new pastime during my retirement. Kristen thought about it for a minute and said, “Kareoke?”

When I stopped laughing long enough to catch my breath, I said, “No. Blogging.”

You might not think that was so funny unless you’ve heard me sing. I love to sing; as a ‘tween (10, 11, 0r 12 year-old) I devoured Hit Parade magazine. The lyrics to all the current songs were in it, and I learned them all and loved to sing along with my record player. (I’m referring to the era before 8-tracks, cassette tapes, stereophonic sound, and CDs!) I had all the 45 rpm records, including Elvis, Connie Francis, Bobby Rydell, and Fat’s Domino.Vocalizing was so much fun to me.

Back in the seventies, I even performed on stage in a community theater production of the musical, “Godspell.” The fact that my physician at the time, Dr. George Bostwick, who had been in the audience, later commented that I had “so much personality on stage that no one even noticed your voice” should have given me pause.

A few years later, when I sang to my then four-year-old son Eric as I was tucking him in his bed, “Are You Lonesome Tonight?’ I assumed he was crying because my rendition was so touching.

It wasn’t until 1984, shortly after I married Joe (yep, husband number 2) that I learned the truth: I am singing impaired! At least that was what Joe called my affliction. It’s been a rude awakening, and I now only sing along with music from the 50’s on satellite radio when I’m ALONE in my car. . . which is why the notion of me taking up kareoke was such a hoot!

The sad thing is, being singing impaired does not qualify one for disability benefits, either, which could eventually leave one tone deaf AND destitute.

How to Prepare for College Music Theory Classes

This article is written for those who have some basic knowledge of music theory. If you are not familiar at all with the concepts discussed, take some piano lessons quickly before heading off to college!

Note Reading

If you have learned to play an instrument or had formal voice training, you should have learned to read music. But, depending on the instrument or your singing part, you may have learned to read only one of the clefs. If you only learned to read treble clef, you need to also learn to read bass clef for your college music classes. If you only learned to read bass clef, learn the treble clef as well. College music theory encompasses both staves, so you want to be proficient at identifying notes on both treble and bass staves.

Key Signatures and Scales

You will be expected to have the ability to play and/or sing in various keys. The best way to work on this skill is to practice scales in different keys. Find a resource (book or online) that includes instruction on proper fingering–this will help you play more quickly and more accurately.

Simple and Compound Meter

Be familiar with the basic meters or time signatures. Most beginning students can play in 4/4 or 3/4. Expand your skills to becoming comfortable in meters such as 6/8 and 12/8. This will give you a head start on many of the students in your first music theory classes.

Basic Rhythms

Before enrolling in college theory classes, you should be able to play basic rhythm patterns without much effort. This only becomes possible with careful and consistent practice. (Have you guessed that I am a music teacher?) Reading music is much like reading your native language–the more you do it (the right way) the better you get! The first time you practice a piece of music, go slowly enough to count out each note and rest. As you become familiar with where the piece is going musically, you can begin to play or sing up to tempo.

Check out the resource section for additional help with this topic.

Another Young Musician

Istvan Medgyesi is a local musician near the town I grew up in. A friend of his introduced me to him via Facebook and told me I had to interview this guy and see what he is about!

Growing up in an “electric music tasting” family Istvan began to play the guitar at the age of 14.

Influenced at a young age by a many different things, people, he has encountered in his life he states, “many people and factors have influenced my musical style. I have always loved a wide variety of music, so I gather what I like from each style and try to put my own spin on it. Lately, I’ve been studying Hindustani Classical Music and working to apply some of the principles to guitar and banjo.”

Playing all kinds of music, he is solo at this point in his music career but has played with bands in the past.

“Right now, I’m playing with my buddy Shawn Brewster’s band Oldboy, based out of Cleveland, whenever we’re out that way. I sit in with a few other bands for recording and gigging from time to time.” Istvan said. 
Often plays at Clubs, bars, festivals, coffeehouses, art spaces and galleries, benefits, colleges, parties, he is very open to new experiences, like any true musician would be.

Local recognition has allowed him to play out all the time and do a small East Coast/Midwest Tour this spring &summer.;

Please check out this upcoming new local legend!

You can check out some of his music (and that of some of his good friends) and show dates @ 
www.myspace.com/istvanmedgyesi

How to Add Auto Play Music to Your Blogger Blog

I first began blogging back in January, and since one of my blogs has grown significantly as far as traffic goes.

When I realized that this blog was attracting more hits, I wanted to amp it up and make it more impressive. I wanted music to autoplay in the background for visitors.

I searched endlessly for help on the subject, but primarily all I got was how to play music, but nothing involved autoplay. I wanted the music to play automatically, not a widget where the guest had to hit play!

Eventually I landed on a site called Dizzler.com

I joined to create an account, which was 100% free. Next I simply looked for the song I wanted to play on my blogger blog.

After that I chose embed to get the embed code. First though I customized my playlist device. I chose a cute play device that included swimming fish, which was perfect for my blogs tropical theme.

However in order to make sure it would autoplay, on the device playlist I had to click a small button labeled menu. After you hit menu a small scroll down list pops up. Click auto-play and wallah, you’re music will now autoplay on your website. You of course have to click the embed in order for dizzler to provide you with the embed code.

Next, go to your blogger blog, and click on the layout. From there click add gadget, and hit the HTML/Javascript gadget.

Add the playlists embedding code into the HTML gadget, and the gadget will then play your music on your site!

It’s easy, simple, and efficient!

Local Musician Moving Up in the Music World

The world and art of an artist inspires me in a way that I cannot even begin to write down in words. Being a lover of poetry, I guess I can relate to the meaning of the words in most musicians songs. The way they come up with the right tunes, to go with the right song and make them mesh together to make magic, just amazes me!

In recent articles I’ve told of a local Pennsylvania musician trying to make it in the world of music. How he got started and where he hoped to be in the future. I am going to update all who care on this musician’s progress in that industry!

Josh was struggling to find himself local gigs around the area. He would spend countless hours, days, weeks, searching for local businesses to accept him.

Being an upcoming musician these things take time, no one can expect to become a star overnight. Never the less, it can become very frustrating. Josh told me once that in this particular situation with musicians as well as song writers is where the artist block sets in. All you can focus on is getting the gig, and not perfecting the music, song, poetry, etc. Your mind becomes blank and you are useless.

A break is the key to relieving one’s self of writers block. This is exactly what Josh did. In return he gained success!

He got himself a gig in his a local bar for the second time.

Start Time:

Friday, April 2, 2010 at 8:00pm

End Time:

Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 1:00am

Location:

The Wicked Googly

Street:

209 W Main Street

City/Town:

Ligonier, PA

This is a big accomplishment for a young musician. To be asked back to the same place means that you did something right!

Not only has he been able to get himself live gigs, but he has also posted some videos on facebook for those internet crazed lovers of music!

This young man is an inspiration to all who know him, and to you he would be as well, so get to know him by going to his live gig or view his home videos he has posted for you!

http://www.facebook.com/jcrusanmusic?v=app_2392950137#!/video/video.php?v=641386444492