Last weekend I went to hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra at its summer home in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Tanglewood. Love it out there!
Summer isn’t over yet but it’s getting close (*sniff*) so I thought it would be fun to do a top 10 list of my favorite summer songs 2014. You may have different favorites but these are mine. 1. Problem – Ariana Grande. Love this one. Have it, sing it, always crank it up! 2. Dangerous – Big Data. Alternative and cool. Prominent bass. Love to sing with it. 3. Classic – MKTO. The whole mood of the song sums summer up. 4. Rude- Magic! Fun and lighthearted it’s the perfect beaching song with the reggae influence. 5. Me and My… Read more »
Hi everyone! I just finished a new track- “Beautiful Tonight.” It’s about a girl getting ready to go out and she wants to be “Beautiful tonight.” It’s fun pop dance uptempo: 4 on the floor, guitars, synths, sound fx and of course, fabulous vocals by the excellent vocalist Taryn Murphy.
Funny how different music recording is now from when I started. My journey with actual recording started as a teenager when I won a contest for songwriting. The prize was 2 songs arranged and produced in a big studio. It was an exciting experience, and it helped me realize how I could fully actualize my songs. Until then I didn’t really know what to do with the songs I was writing. That’s when I discovered the 4-track recorder. And here it is: Yep, I know. I’ve never been able to bring myself to get rid of it. I’m a bit… Read more »
Here’s another one of my latest demos: “Surrender.” **It’s dance/pop with female vocals in the style of Lady Gaga.
OK, so I know this is totally random idea. But I’ve always loved the show Star Trek and it’s various incarnations, and Mr. Spock has always been my favorite character from the show. And he was musical: he played some Vulcan string instrument that looked like a lyre and sang sometimes.
Here’s a single that’s available on iTunes and Amazon. “Candy” is by Miss Jess, a pop/R&B artist with a unique soulful voice. Take a listen!
For a while, I’ve wanted to take a musical road trip of the US by visiting different cities known for their active music culture, or contribution to modern music. I’ve also wanted to visit various musical museums on some of the road trips I’ve taken (my husband and I like to travel). I’ve gotten to some of the places but I’d like to visit more. So I thought it would be fun to do a blog series on these places. I figure this will be good research for what to see and hear for when I do get there. Places… Read more »
I saw a music quote that said “sometimes it’s not the song that makes you emotional, it’s the people and things that come to your mind when you hear it.” I’ve always felt like I’ve had a soundtrack to my life- and I’m sure you do too. Even the first notes of a certain song can take me to a moment in a heartbeat. Good, bad, or ugly. Some songs remind me of travelling – last year my husband and I drove across the US with our Airstream. And every time we picked up a pop station on the radio it was playing Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors.” … Read more »
Just when I thought the music award shows were over, it’s time for another: The Billboard Music Awards 2014. I watched it with my husband and a cupcake. (Of course we flipped during the commercials.) While watching I learned some interesting factoids: The band “5 Seconds of Summer” is from Australia. Did not know that. I learned that my husband found the lyric line “99 problems and not one of them is you” from Ariana Grande’s song “Problem” funny. Lol. He had a good chuckle over it. But she sounded really good and hit the high notes. I also learned… Read more »