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Three perfect pop-rock recordings

Three Perfect Pop-Rock Recordings

Everything works. The song’s music and lyrics are terrific, the performance is exactly right, and the production is neither too little nor too much. “All Along the Watchtower” Bob Dylan of course wrote “Watchtower,” and his version has a dark…

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Impact of Swing Music on the history of Rock

Impact of Swing Music on the history of Rock

During the Jazz Age, jazz music became associated with the seedy underbellies of major cities. It was seen by mainstream Americans as immoral and was relegated to speakeasies and other questionable establishments. After the Prohibition Era came to a close,…

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Resurrection of female rap like Nicki Minaj, Trina

Resurrection of female rap like Nicki Minaj, Trina

Onika Maraj, publicly known as Nicki Minaj, is a native of Jamaica Queens, New York. Although she initially aspired to be a singer and actress, Minaj began writing rap lyrics over seven years ago and is now currently signed with…

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The empirical method of Jazz

The empirical method of Jazz

Together for just two years and barely out of music school, Empirical has already won several awards and played at the JVC Jazz Festival Newport. Some critics consider them one of the most exciting jazz combos to come out of…

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How to play Bagpipe Practice Chanter

How to play Bagpipe Practice Chanter

Highland garb, years of tradition, and the lure of heritage tempt many to learn the bagpipes. The first challenge on this path will be mastering the bagpipe practice chanter. Once a musician has settled on a quality practice chanter, he…

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Review: Here We Go Again album flashback

Review: Here We Go Again album flashback

While her debut album Don’t Forget followed up her success of the made-for-TV-movie “Camp Rock,” the album was quickly released to ride the popularity wave while it was still high. Therefore, the songs are the signature Disney produced pop intended…

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Tenor sax player John Coltrane, Jazz Great

Tenor Sax Player John Coltrane, Jazz Great

A mainstay of the jazz scene in the 1950s and 1960s, Coltrane recorded more than 40 albums as a leader and many more in support of other musicians. He is credited with revolutionizing the jazz saxophone and expanding the limits…

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12 Bar Club, London music venue, a beat away from Tin Pan Alley

12 Bar Club, London music venue, a beat away from Tin Pan Alley

Towards the end of Denmark Street, the short London street off the Charing Cross Road sometimes known as Tin Pan Alley, is a small, intimate and cool music venue called 12 Bar Club. As well as acting as a useful…

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Simple ways how to write lyrics

How to Write Lyrics

Everyone has had the magical feeling when they hear a song on the radio, or when they’re at a friend’s house, and the song really connects with them on a personal level. It’s almost as if the song is totally…

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Adult contemporary music gem: Lisa McClowry’s “Time Signatures”

Adult contemporary music gem: Lisa McClowry's "Time Signatures"

An adult contemporary music artist who calls Chicago home these days, Lisa McClowry successfully blends a remarkable vocal range with tender song lyrics and a jazz-pop accompaniment in “Time Signatures.” Lisa McClowry, a Movie Music-Voiceover Professional. In addition to her…

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