Casting a wide 'net' for artists

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Blog Roundup - Jan 2015

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5 differences between compositions for background scores & songs

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14 Years of 'American Idol' and Me

I remember where I was when I saw my first episode of American Idol, and when. It was the Season One finale in 2002.I was in a hotel room in Seattle. My significant other and I were taking a rare break during one of those vacations that seems to be more about getting from one place to another than relaxing. Watching Kelly Clarkson, and knowing a star was being born?...more

On Ledisi and the Grammy Awards: Why Was Beyoncé Not Her Sister's Keeper?

In case you missed the controversy concerning Beyoncé and Ledisi at the Grammy Awards, here is my take on it, along with some thoughts about women, support and competition. ...more
RunningMama I agree - that same drive that gets you to the top sometimes makes you blind to ...more

Roma Vocalist Delilah Does A Cover Of September In The Rain That Ella Fitzgerald Fans Will Appreciate

Roma vocalist Delilah does a cover of “September in the Rain” on her new American Standards album that Ella Fitzgerald fans will appreciate. The album, “Sarah + 1, A Tribute to Sarah Vaughan”, hit shelves in January and has been playing on every radio station in the American Standards format! You can catch her lovely music nationally on Martini in the Morning, I Love Jazz, and The Bill Miller Show. She’s also being played locally on WLML FM – Palm Beach, WJUB- Plymouth/Milwaukee, and WHLI – Farmingdale, NY. Don Wolff, host of “I Love Jazz”, says "Delilah is a delight!"...more

The Problem with Domestic and Sexual Violence PSAs at the Grammy Awards and the Super Bowl

The fight to address violence against women is having a pop culture moment, literally trending last night during the Grammys and last week when the NFL aired an ad for the NO MORE Campaign during the Super Bowl.  ...more
I think she makes good points, but I still think the PSA's are good. It's just that they need ...more

Minimalism & Music

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All About That Drum and Horns

I am nothing if not a devoted fan. Back in 2007, I saw a fairly new 11-piece group called No BS Brass Band and fell in love with their ten horns and a drummer audio onslaught. A webcast producer at the time, I wasted no time in inviting them into the studio to play for a show. My rationale was purely selfish; I wanted to see them in what amounted to a private show for me and my staff. From there, it snowballed and I rarely missed an opportunity to catch them playing where ever that might be, including a street corner downtown during lunch hour....more

The Playlist that Pulled Me Through Cancer Treatment and Recovery

It’s weird when the music you love stops sounding good to you. It’s happened to me before, once after a terrible breakup, and once during an awful day job, writing adventure travel brochures for the elderly. The breakup ruined The Band’s entire discography for me, and the copywriting gig ruined Tina Turner’s greatest hits. It’s been years, and I still can’t get through “Up on Cripple Creek” or “Simply the Best” without breaking into a cold sweat. ...more