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Goodbye 2016, Oh hell 2017

We lost a lot of great people last year. It’s been tough processing those who died before their time.

Sorry for not putting more out last year. Listen to a number of new albums and will talk about them later on, but right now I want to talk about Green Day.

I have watched them change and grow over the years and have been impressed with what they have said of late and what they yell out loud.

Here is a look back at Green Day and good luck to them in the future.

 

 

Looking forward to many more years of their music.


Music, Venues and Video’s.

Country music is part of the roots of modern music, and though you may not here it, you will find it there.
The other night I saw Diamond Rio at a very small venue in Colorado. To me small is sometimes better.
Why? Your closer to the band, you can hear the music better and it makes you feel like you are listening at home sometimes. Over the years I have seen many rock bands and country bands and others in small venues and it helps me get a better sense of what they are like personally, professionally and lets me know what they will be like at a large venue.
One of the member of Diamond Rio belonged to a band I enjoyed way back when Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Oddly enough this particular guitar player from Diamond Rio was also my inspiration for learning how to play the guitar all those years ago.
Here are some old and new songs that may inspire some of you.
Diamond Rio

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performing a Kenny Loggins song

Rascal Flatts

Shinedown

Black Sabbath

Linkin Park

Wax

Bruno Mars

Trace Adkins “Some women may not admit this one.”

Who says country guys can’t rap Neal McCoy.

Last but not least a different kind of inspiration.
Sami Yusaf


What do you listen to when…..

What calms you when you are upset?
What puts you in the mood for love?
What gets you going and motivates you?
Music has many ways to help you get through the day.
Think about it and tell us what does what for you.


Is it a myth? Vinyl, CD or MP3.

The reason I bring this up, I heard Neil Young talking about his dislike of MP3’s and figured I would take a look the whole thing. I have spent the last few weeks taking a good hard look into the reality of this argument. I’ll be the first one to admit that I own a lot of Vinyl, but I also have a number of CD’s and MP3 albums.
If you are really into the quality of music you may know this already. Vinyl is analog, CD’s and MP3’s are digital. What does that really mean? Well I can’t explain it any better than this website did so you can look at this. What does that mean to your ears? They are actually hearing more from an analog recording than from CD’s or MP3’s. Funny thing is though if you want to have the closest to Vinyl while you are out traveling around, .wav is a better choice.
When I record my Vinyl off to my PC to listen to on my other players I’ve always made a .wav then convert it to a different format, but I always save those .wav files because I do like them better. A couple articles talk about all the issues with the formats and sound. I would like to share those with you instead of me rehashing what they had to say.
Is the sound on vinyl records better than on CDs or DVDs?
Why Neil Young Hates MP3 — And What You Can Do About It. The title is a little deceptive but it talks to the techy side of things as well as Neil Young’s take on MP3’s.
I’m not here to try and sway you on converting to vinyl and .wav’s, I’m just trying to give you an idea on what I’ve heard from a number of musicians who also say they have Vinyl and won’t be without it.
I did find this fact interesting, “The evidence of vinyl’s comeback is much more than anecdotal. The last three years have each set successive records for vinyl sales in the CD era. In 2010, 2.8 million LPs were sold, up 14% from 2009–and more than any other year since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. Vinyl sales now account for 1% of all album sales in the U.S., compared to 26% for legal digital downloads; CDs make up the rest.” According to Zack O’Malley Greensburg at Forbes Magazine.
That in itself is a very telling stat.
If your a purist you like Vinyl, and if you travel a lot you may like .wav’s. No matter how much I like to listen to music while I am out, when I play music on my phone it’s still not as good as my MP3 player or my CD’s in the car.


Sorry about music and news!

Next week new music news and assorted stuff.
I’ve been graduating from the University and getting back into the real world.
Looking forward to broadcasting some new stuff.
Keep reading. See you all soon.


Question for gamers?

Have you ever played a game that wasn’t very good but the music was fantastic?
This question came up the other day, and everyone in our group couldn’t ever remembering playing a game that sucked but had great music. Sound off!


I am Ozzy.

Ok I picked this book up a couple of days ago and I can’t put it down. I’ll give you the full scoop on it when I finish, but so far it’s fun, informative and crazy, like Ozzy.


Dream Aria……exciting and awesome from Canada.


Dream Aria made received “Top Band of the Year” from MySpace recently, and with the vibe they send out it’s not surprising. I just recently sat down and listened to their latest album “Fallen Angel” and indeed I was blown away. They are listed as Rock/Progressive/World Music/Alternative
I got the chance to ask Ann a little bit about the band and here is what he shared.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?
Don Stagg (composer/keyboardist/executive producer) started the project in 2003 I believe and I joined the band in April of 2004. Don found me on the internet as a “singer for hire”. I feel very blessed that he contacted me! He was already working with Garry Flint (drummer/engineer/producer) on a number of songs. They had me come in to have a listen and I loved what I heard. I did an audition of sorts and started writing and recording with them that very day. The rest is history! The music started out more classical and evolved to progressive rock with elements of new age, ambient, goth and world music. Don had also hired Jozef Pilasanovic on guitar and Garry was writing and recording bass and drum parts. Our first cd was “In The Wake” as this lineup. For our second cd “Transcend”, we hired new guitarists: Steve Agelakos, Kurt Schefter, Mark Crossley and Tim Welch. We then brought bassist Jon Casselman on board for bass. Lonnie Glass played bass on the song “Compassion” and Alberto Suarez played congas on the same tune. “Transcend” was a bit ‘heavier’ and more of a ‘focused’ sound that truly became our own. “Fallen Angel”, our newest release, is a bit heavier than the others but remained our signature sound. We added even more guitarists to our ‘all-star’ lineup. Kurt and Tim played on quite a few tracks and we also hired Mark Crossley, Rob Masiokas for the song “The Gift”, Mike Phelps on “Abstract Relations”and Mark McClay on “Carnival of Souls”. Dream Aria would not be the same without any of the members of the band. They are all integral creative forces. Their professionalism and awesome personalities add so much to the mix!

What or who inspired you?
Personally, I have many inspirations. Life lessons, artists, animals, dancers, singers and all musicians and music in general! I grew up listening to classical music, then Crystal Gayle, Abba, as well as many of the rock to hard rock bands of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Some of my favorites were Toto, Deep Purple, Streetheart and the Scorpions. I also listened to some New Age including Andreas Vollenweider. As for the rest of the band, I know some of the musical influences are Peter Gabriel, Old Genesis, Debussy, The Beatles, Progressive Rock and more.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
As a singer, I only use a mic, whatever is handy in the studio. I don’t pay attention to the make or model etc. I just sing and let Garry do the engineering.
{Don Stagg keyboard player uses Korg Karma/Roland Fantom/Yamaha Motif}

What do you listen to?
I listen to the bands I listed in question #2. Currently I also listen to Chris Botti, DcTalk, Queen City Kids, Kansas and an ecclectic mix of many others depending on my mood.

What makes you happy? sad?
Many things make me happy, such as good company, great food, all kinds of music (listening to and creating), art (viewing and creating it), dance (watching and also dancing myself), people who overcome obstacles, my family, all animals (especially dogs), learning new things, helping others, inspiring others, warm sunny days, traveling, exploring, reading thrillers and inspirational books, watching good movies, flowers, chocolate, tea and so on! What makes me sad is any kind of abuse towards people, animals and the earth.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Many of the things I listed in question #5, but most of all, spending time with my beautiful angel daughter, my family and my dog.

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
Have enough money to help everyone who needs it and to inspire and help others as much as possible.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
I’m a little ‘firecracker’ but would never hurt a fly!
Check out ReverbNation, MySpace, Facebook, Dream Aria.
Thanks again to Ann for taking the time to talk to us.


Jam Workshop Festival starts Nov. 25th In Boulder, Co.

So you want to play with other people, now’s your chance.
As the ad says, A Three Day Musical Event For Players, All Ages, All Abilities, Nov 25, 26 & 27.
Bring your tambourine, bring your guitar, bring your French horn, bring your recorder. Friday Night Acoustic Jam at the Sink with Otis Taylor, Don Vappie, Anne Harris and Cassie Taylor.
Schedule of Events Friday 7:3-10pm
Acoustic Jam @ The Sink Restaurant, Electric Jam @ Boulder Outlook Hotel
Saturday Daytime
Workshops @ Boulder Outlook Hotel
Nighttime Jam @ Boulder Theater
Sunday Workshops & Afternoon Jam @ Boulder Outlook Hotel
For more info CheckTrance Blues Festival or call 303.443.3322 x 0
Good playing for all.


Music, How do you keep it?

So what kind of music turns you on? What makes you happy or sad? How often do you listen? You get sick of your song after the radio station plays it into the ground? You like vinyl or CD’s? Now that vinyl is making a comeback is the quality really that much better? It’s a battle that will go on for the purist in all of us. I’ve been taking my old vinyl and converting it to MP’s like alot of other people so I can listen to it on my MP players.

The market place is full of software and hardware to convert your vinyl to CD or MP’s and there are a few companies out there that will do it for you.

I’ve been using Xitel INport Deluxe, because I actually still have a B & O turntable and a decent stereo. But it’s by no means the only thing I use once I have recorded the music off to my computer. I also use Goldwave to tweak it the way I think it should sound.  Whatever you choose to use, remember to take your time, your not in a hurry if you want it to sound good.

For those of you who want to get started there are some video’s on YouTube that might be of some help.