Fender Telecaster – History and Actuality

If you happen to be searching the Internet, wading your way through useless information just to get essential info about which guitar you should chose, your search is over.  We happen to know which guitar you should specifically choose.  We can save you the trouble and headache of searching for it elsewhere.  If you’re looking for the best guitar available in the market, than The Fender Telecaster is perfect for you.  We have all the necessary information that you need to know about the Telecaster.  Not only that, you also discuss to you a brief historical background of this guitar, the popular guitar players who plays this model, and a little something about its specifications.  So, if you’re interested in knowing something about the best guitar in the world, (in our opinion, and perhaps the world’s opinion) we urge you to read further, because we believe that we have all the necessary things that you need to know.

The history of The Fender Telecaster.

The Fender Telecaster is probably one of the world’s most recognizable electric guitars.  It has the most simple but noticeable design that guitar players favor a lot.  It has been in the market for over 50 years and is still going strong.  Matter of fact, it is the first solid body guitar that was produced.  It provided inspiration for some of the most popular and recognizable music of the 20th century up until today.  Music like blues, RNB, rock, jazz and country music are all played on Telecasters.

The Telecaster was accidentally created by Leo fender while he was experimenting with guitar amplification.  He created a crude solid body guitar model just to test his early pickup designs.  When he tried playing it, he noticed that the solid body prototype produce the tone that was remarkably outstanding.  Eventually, local musicians from all over the place noticed the potential of the guitar and that encouraged him to create a solid body electric guitar.  Thus, The Fender Telecaster was born.

It was initially named esquire and then it was changed to broadcaster.  But because of the claim that the Gretsch Company made about it being a trademark violation because it was too similar with regard to their broadcaster drums.  So in 1952 the first commercial versions of these Telecasters were released.  Until now, the Telecasters are still the longest running solid body electric guitar that is still in production.

The Fender Telecaster has a noticeably bright piercing tone that cuts through almost any frequency range.  That is why the unique sound that is easily recognizable by guitar players and fanatics of fender Telecasters are favored by legendary guitar players such as: Eric Clapton, jimmy page, Keith Richards, Jeff beck, Danny Gatton, Steve cropper, book Owens, and James Burton.  Today, The Fender Telecaster has branched out many different models.  Some of this is the American Standard, Telecaster deluxe, Telecaster junior, Telecaster plus, Telecaster Thinline, and not to mention the numerous Telecaster signature models series.  Amongst these models, vintage Telecasters are the most expensive ones.  But you could also choose the cheaper ones which is also good.

Source by Michael Corleone

The History of St. Louis Imperial Swing Dancing

There are a total of eight swing dance clubs located in and around the St. Louis area (including M.U.S.I.C. in Collinsville, Illinois) that are members of the Midwest Swing Dance Federation, and all of these clubs are descended from the St. Louis Imperial Dance Club that was founded in 1973. The largest of these sister clubs, the West County Swing Dance Club, has the distinction of being one of the largest swing clubs in the United States with an active membership that totals more than a thousand dancers.

Imperial Swing got its name from the Club Imperial located at Goodfellow Boulevard and West Florissant Avenue. The building, originally called Imperial Hall, was built in 1928 as a dance hall, bowling alley and restaurant/bar complex. In the 1930s and 1940s, it was the dance spot of Northwest St. Louis, just as Arcadia (later called Tune Town), the Admiral Showboat in Midtown, and the Casa Loma on the Southside, were the most popular dance halls in their respective areas. In 1952, George Edick Enterprises purchased Imperial Hall and George Edick renamed it the Club Imperial. During the early part of that decade, he operated the club as a ballroom with the theme of “a nice place for nice people.” He played “big band” music and catered primarily to private parties. He was able to regularly book guest appearances with popular performers like Stan Kenton and Louis Prima because Robert Hyland, of CBS and KMOX radio, broadcast his weekly “Coast To Coast with Bob Hyland” program from the Imperial Ballroom.

During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Edick realized that the country’s taste in music had shifted to “Rock ‘n Roll” and he used his advertising-public relations firm, to aggressively promote the Club Imperial on KWK, KXOK, WIL and WGNU. The Joe Bozzi Quintet, Jimmie (Night Train) Forrest, Chuck Berry, Dolly Parton, the Monkeys, Glen Campbell, Ike and Tina Turner and a small vocal group now called the “Fifth Dimension” are among the many artists who began their careers at his club. He promoted a “Jitterbug” contest where a couple from the Club Imperial (Teddy Cole and Kathy Burke) won the National Jitterbug Championship. During the “Rock ‘n Roll” craze, Edick held Tuesday “Teen Night” dances, and it was during these weekly dances that a jitterbug variation that became known as the “Imperial Style” of St. Louis swing was born. As the 60s progressed, music trends were changing again. The ‘roll’ started dropping out of “Rock ‘n Roll,” the ‘rock’ got harder, and the teenagers increasingly attended loud, psychedelic music concerts. Because the freak-out beats of their acid rock music was almost impossible to dance to, Edick gradually discontinued all public dances at his club.

In the 1970s, George Edick wanted to reintroduce more listenable and danceable music at Club Imperial and he found that hosting swing contests was just the ticket! He got together with Teddy Cole, the Jitterbug champion who was also a dance promoter in his own right, and they decided to sponsor a yearly St. Louis Jitterbug Contest “Imperial Style” to pick a “City Champion.” These widely publicized contests prompted many of the older, experienced dancers to come around the club again, and Edick sponsored a number of “Salute Dances” to introduce these old timers to the newer dancers. As more and more people began learning the Imperial, they began organizing into small dance groups that met in apartment complexes around the St. Louis area, and George Edick kept in touch with many of their leaders.

In 1973 Al Morris conceived the idea of forming a club, and it was his group that first met at the San Miguel apartments in St. Charles which became the St. Louis Imperial Dance Club. The founders are: Dave Cheshire, Jan Cheshire, Rick McQueen, Joan Fritz, Debbie Dustman (Wheelis) and Veronica Lynch. The new club alternated their dances between Lynch’s apartment complex in South County and the Wood Hollow apartments in West County. Edick contacted the Board and he told them that he was very interested in helping their club to fulfill their mission to keep swing dancing alive. The great promoter convinced them, with a persuasive new adaptation of his original 1950s theme, that their growing club should hold their future dances at his Club Imperial ballroom because it’s “a nice place for nice people who like to swing dance!”

Good mottos never die but unfortunately people do, and on June 11, 2002 George Edick passed away. The building is silent now but it stands, not only as a landmark where Imperial Swing all began, but also as a tribute to a man who, over his colorful, eighty-six-year lifetime, was able to convert his dreams into reality . . . not a bad epitaph!

Source by Skip Culver

Top 10 Ugly Musicians & Beautiful Women

It’s a fact of life that ugly dudes don’t end up with hot women, despite what propaganda films like Shrek, Groundhog Day and Jaws II have tried to teach us.

That is unless you earn your livin’ playing in a band, it doesn’t even have to be a credible band a country band will do. So join us know as we countdown the Top 10 Ugliest Musicians & Beautiful Women.

Number 10 – Gene Simmons (Bassist – Kiss)

This bass-playing, womanising, fire breathing “guy with the big tongue” claims to have bedded more than 1000 women. Honestly, we don’t understand how this overweight aging rocker, who hasn’t put out a good record since 1974, stays with longtime girlfriend (and former Playboy playmate) Shannon Tweed, while having his way with any and every female he chooses (including a Austrian supermodel, famously caught on film in the Gene Simmons sex tape). Besides, look at his hair…he is 58 years old…how is that NOT a wig???

Number 09 – Billy Joel (Solo)

The original “piano man”. In the early days he was almost watchable, but unfortunately years do bad things to people and poor old Billy has not aged well. These days he looks more like a golf ball sitting on the rough 5 yards from the green, but not to his once-girlfriend supermodel Christie Brinkley and other rumored cavorts including Elle Macpherson and Dina Meyer.

Number 08 – Kid Rock (Redneck Rap Rocker)

A disgrace to every genre of music he transcends. The brawling, country rap-rock “artist” has been forever causing havoc in public whilst producing terrible records. However, with a dating history of such women as Jamie Presley, Sheryl Crow and most famously an engagement to Pamela Anderson, he kind of makes me want to grow a goatee and strum a banjo.

Number 07 – Vince Neil (Vocalist – Motley Crue)

Vince Neil is probably eating pizza, drinking beer and watching porn as we speak. He is rock music’s greatest slob. The least talented member of Motley has been singing for them since 1981, and while selling over 80 million albums, has also dated Shannon Doherty, Tori Spelling and was even married to model Heidi Mark for a short time. Not bad for a man who looks like an overweight bearded lady.

Number 06 – Pete Doherty (Vocalist – Babyshambles)

A walking, talking drug cocktail. The only man in the history of science to be partially made out of cocaine. Perhaps it is that amazing feat that Kate Moss found so attractive?

Number 05 – Adam Duritz (Vocalist – Counting Crowes)

It’s no secret that Counting Crows are the worst band in the history of music. Unluckily for Adam, he also wins the prestigious award for worst hair and worst beard. Although, despite succeeding in growing a gerbil on his chin, he has still managed to court the likes of Christina Applegate, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox AND David Schwimmer. PS one of these is not true.

Number 04 – Steven Tyler (Vocalist – Aerosmith)

Dubbed “The Demon of Screamin'” Aerosmith front man and 80’s rock icon Steve Tyler is probably most famous for boasting lips that wouldn’t look out of place 10,000 feet under the sea. He may have even written ‘Dude (looks like a lady)’ about his own plastic surgery addiction! This doesn’t seem to turn the women away though – after ending his 17 year marriage, he was quick to jump into bed with Tara Reid – 28 years his junior.

Number 03 – Marilyn Manson (Vocalist – Marilyn Manson)

The self-confessed “Antichrist Superstar” is the weirdest looking man in rock. Perhaps it goes with the whole “burning bibles” thing he does to look one part Dracula/one part Krusty The Clown, but what Evan Rachel-Wood, Rose McGowan, Jenna Jameson and Dita Von Teese see in him… who knows…?

Number 02 – Ric Ocasek (Singer/Guitarist – The Cars)

Now we’re getting into the REAL ugly ones. To think there is actually someone in the world UGLIER than Ric is frightening, surely his Czech super-model wife Paulina Porizkova must a) have a fetish for human walrus or b) be void of vision.

Number 01 – Lyle Lovett (Country Singer/Songwriter)

Lyle Lovett is an institution. He gives hope to even the most hideous looking men on the planet. The 50 year old Texan who makes a living singing country music was born with the most unfortunate looks one could ever imagine, but in 1993 he married Julia Roberts. Yes that’s right… He married Julia Roberts. Unfortunately the pair split in 1995, but the damage had already been done. Lyle Lovett, you are a king amongst men.

Source by Michael Burrows

13 Ways You Are Being Hypnotized Every Day!

The purpose of this article is not to eliminate what is happening to you but rather to create awareness so you may be able to take control of it for positive means rather that allowing it to control you.

The most commonly used definition of hypnosis is being opened to suggestion. Throughout your day you are either open to suggestion or resisting suggestion. There is no halfway. Suggestion is defined as the process by which a physical or mental state is influenced by a thought or idea (the power of suggestion). Merriam-Webster’s dictionary.

Here is the listing of only 13 of the ways most people are being hypnotized each day. While reading them see how many resonate with you.

1. Signs, advertising and logos are everywhere.

You are continually being bombarded with suggestions to act now and purchase products from television, radio, junk mail, newspapers, store window ads, magazines, department stores and supermarkets just to name a few. There is virtually no place you can go where you are not in contact with some form of advertising suggestion.

2. Shopping at the groceries store.

This can be a battle of resisting suggestibility. There are demonstrators trying to tempt you with free samples. The scent of freshly baked goods being prepared in the bakery. Attractive signage and inviting music in the background. Sales displays of easy to prepare meals right at eye level and the list goes on. It seems like many times you go in to buy only two item but come out with fifteen.

3. Everything happening at once.

Known as the confusional method of hypnosis. Similar to doing your taxes while someone is having a conversation with you at the same time. If you are focusing on your taxes, everything in the conversation is being absorbed by the subconscious mind like a sponge. This is why it is detrimental to have the television or radio on while working, eating or sleeping.

4. Day dreaming in classrooms or work.

Daydreaming is a hypnotic state that is much deeper than most people would realize. It is actually the same level of hypnosis that you would be in for painless childbirth or to have dental work done without anesthesia. The daydreaming state is dominated by your imagination and is accompanied by a state of amnesia. This is why when you daydreaming in class you do not remember what was being said during the period of time that you were daydreaming.

5. Fear of deadlines or loss.

You may have heard the slogan before that fear is a great motivator. Fear is also a powerful tool utilized in the acceptance of suggestion. It is successfully used in virtually every walk of life such as sales, government, religion, family, school, work and countless other areas.

Call now, we only have two left on hand or the sale ends tomorrow.

Keep the noise down in your room or you’ll be punished.

Meet the 12:00 deadline or you’re fired!

Buy the best security system or your house will be broken into.

6. Music controls the mood.

Music is extremely hypnotic. The effect of music can cause you to become extremely relaxed, agitated, belligerent, excited, patriotic, board and even romantic.

7. Placebo, the sugar pill effect.

A placebo is a non effective substance or object given to someone by a person who is in authority (doctor, minister, parent, boss, supervisor) leading the person to believe that it will cure or solve their situation. Any effect that this placebo has is based on the power of suggestion.

An example would be if you were given a sugar pill by your doctor thinking that it was an asthma cure and within a few moments your asthma improves.

8. Nocebo, the sugar pill side effect.

A Nocebo is also based upon the power of suggestion. Going back to the example with the placebo, a nocebo would be experience the same reaction of side effects from the placebo as if it were the actual pill.

9. Propaganda, mine is better than yours.

Propaganda is a strong form of hypnotic suggestion that is used continually in the areas of religion, employment, sales, government, education, sports and even sexual preference. Often times these suggestions cause rivalry, fierce competition and even wars.

Your company develops the best WiDgets available on the market.

Your football team is superior to any other team.

Everyone in your country is wonderful, everyone in that country are terrorist.

This company will save me hundreds of dollars over that company. After all, I heard it on television!

10. Relax and have a cup of coffee.

This is probably the most well known form of suggestibility today. It is used quite extensively in the mental health and medical fields to increase suggestibility. It is the basis of meditation and guided imagery. Even parents use these techniques with their children by telling them to take a deep breath to get them to calm down. Once you are relaxed, positive suggestions can easily be given and accepted.

Many companies have also associated their products so as to group them mentally with suggestions of relaxation to sell them such as coffee, cigarettes, luxury automobiles, furniture, chocolate and vacations. The added suggestion or conditioning of relaxation makes the item more appealing even if it is not so.

11. Tell me a Story.

Storytelling can be a very effective form of delivering suggestion by having embedded messages or metaphors included within them. This is most often seen in the writing of fairytales, nursery rhymes, fables and parables.

Being told stories by your parents as a way of getting you to conform.

Reading bedtime stories that include a moral in them to your children.

Beginning a church sermon with a story or joke with a message in it.

Listening to a corporate speaker who began with a story that had an embedded message in it.

12. Repetition, how does it affect you?

Anything that is repeated continually, without missing a day, for a minimum period of 21 days becomes a permanent habit. Once it becomes a habit it seems to work on automatic pilot. This happens without even having to think about the process anymore. Here are some examples:

Reciting the alphabet

Typing on the keyboard

Answering the phone

Routine of going to work each day

Brushing your teeth

Each morning when you get up you have a brand new day in front of you. This day has not been written as of yet and you have the same opportunity as anyone else to attain greatness or do something utterly spectacular. Even with this new day in front of them, most people will do the very same thing with it that they did yesterday. They have created a routine, especially during the work days. Even something like changing the time of their coffee break or taking a different route to work seems like the biggest inconvenience.

13. Resisting suggestions.

If you become aware that you are being given suggestions and immediately resist by giving yourself counter suggestions, you are still in a state of hypnosis since you accepted the counter suggestions. When you reject or replace any suggestion, you are still accepting the new or opposing suggestion.

These are just thirteen of the many ways of hypnotic conditioning being used today. How many affect you in the course of a day and how many times are each being used? It is staggering to see how much our lives are actually being controlled or on automatic pilot.

As mentioned earlier, awareness that is it happening is the first step but knowledge is required in order to be in control of your own conditioning.

“If it is happening on a daily basis, why not be in control of it rather than having it control you by default.”

Source by Rene Bastarache

7 Reasons Why The Saxophone Is So Popular

It seems that everyone loves the sax. People tell me constantly how much they love the sax. (You probably do, too, or you wouldn’t be reading this.)

But why? What is it about the sax that’s so wonderfully cool? And why does it effect so many people so strongly? Here are my thoughts on the subject:

  1. Sax music makes you feel good. The very sound of the sax does something to you. It touches you. It tickles your nervous system, in a good way. The very vibration of the instrument changes your vibration as you hear it.
  2. The saxophone sounds great anytime, in just about any kind of music, and makes almost any band more fun to listen to, even lousy bands. Even country music. Even polkas!
  3. Saxophones create great ambiance. The sax sounds hip, sophisticated, relaxed, sensuous and romantic, and always creates great atmosphere no matter where its played.
  4. The sax looks cool. Even just the look of the instrument itself is artistic and fun. Even just having a sax laying around the room creates a hip ambiance. Having a saxophone in a room will always inspire interesting conversation.
  5. Sax music takes you there. A good player can really take you places like no other instrument. Sure, guitar players would argue with that, but its true!
  6. Sax players are cool people. Almost universally, saxophone players are hip and interesting people. And I know a lot of them.
  7. Sax & Sex. And I think you know what I mean. Need I say more?

No matter where you here it, or in what context, the saxophone always sounds great, looks great, and creates great ambiance. And it makes you feel good when you hear it. That’s why so many people love the saxophone!

Source by Mark Maxwell

Songwriting Made Simple – The Ten Elements of a Song

When studying songs and songwriting, there seems to always be common threads to the basic components of successful songs. Like most people, I am measuring a songs success by it’s popularity more than any other factor, although it is not the only factor to consider. With that thought being set aside, lets look at the elements that make up songs in the Modern Contemporary Music era (the last fifty years of rock, pop, country and R&B). Please also note that these are not considered to be in any particular order.

1. Melody – The melody is the tune of the song that you sing or play. The best melodies are considered to be “catchy”. This typically means that the melody is memorable, which should be the desired effect.

2. Chords (chord progression) – The chords accompany the melody of the song. This can also be, and is typically, part of the rhythm of the song. A chord progression is the order in which the chords are played.

3. Beat and Rhythm – The beat of a song is what “drives” the listener to “feel” the song (fast or slow). It is also referred to as the tempo (speed) of the song. Because music stirs our emotions, we often are drawn to a song because of the beat. The rhythm on the other hand, is the beat that the various instruments (drums, bass, guitar and keys) create.

4. Genre and Style – the genre of a song (rock, pop, country or r&b) is typically established by the beat and rhythm of the song. The style may vary once the song is constructed with the words and/or instruments. The style of the song branches out from the genre, such as, punk rock, alternative, hip hop, blue grass etc.

5. Concept (story) – All songs have a story line or theme. Typically the song title will convey the essence of that story idea and the words (lyric) will expound upon that idea or theme. The story concept and theme is typically stated in the title of the song.

6. “Hook”- Simply stated, the hook is the part of the song that you just can’t get out of your head. It sort of “sticks” to your thought process, sometimes, even if you like it or not. All great (if not memorable) songs have great hooks. A song may also have sub hooks that are sections,words, phrases of music that will get inside your brain. The song title can typically be a “singable” hook or phrase as well.

7. Lyrics – What is being “said” in the song comes through the words called the lyrics. The lyric describes the concept, theme and/or title of the song. A lyric will typically rhyme in rhythmic phrases in the sections of music.

8. Song Sections – Songs are divided up into sections and have names, such as, intro, verse, chorus,bridge etc. Typically, the verse describes the concept of the title and hook that are typically in the chorus. Other sections such of music, such as the intro, bridge, lead breaks, etc., will function to support these main components of the song. Sections consist of measures (also called bars) that are typically four beats in length. Although they can be longer or shorter, sections are typically eight measures (bars) in length.

9. Arrangement – The arrangement is actually two-fold. First, the arrangement is the order in which the sections of music are placed, such as, intro-verse-chorus-verse-chorus and so on. Secondly, the organization of the instrumentation, vocals and/or other parts of music that make up the song, are considered to be the arrangement as well.

10. Length – The length of a song is always a consideration, depending on the use of the song. If a song is being written and arranged for radio airplay, songs today are typically three and a half to four minutes long. They can be shorter or longer, but this is the typical length in today’s musical formats. It should be stated that you will find successful songs with less (or even more) of the ten elements that are listed here. That doesn’t make the song right or wrong, just different.

There are always exceptions to every rule,and in music, you will find that to be the case more often than not. In searching songs, I believe you will find most “hit’ songwriters will use proven formulas with the elements listed above, in some shape or form. I always remind songwriters and musicians alike, that there are no “have to be’s” in music, just “probablies.” That’s the purpose of using the word “typically” so often. As always, go back and study some of the songs from your favorite genre to see how many of the elements you can detect. I’m sure you will find that the more successful the song, the more song elements that are in the song. This should give you a great overview for your study. Happy Hunting!

Source by Steve Cheeks

Benefits of Learning the Circle of Fifths

The circle of fifths is one of the most fundamental and useful concepts in music theory. It can be used for many purposes; learning major and minor scales, the order of sharps and flats, building major and minor chords, chord progression, understanding keys and the accidentals that occur in keys.

In this article I’m going to discuss how you can use the circle of fifths to play the two most common progressions in western music in any key. I’m referring, of course to I-IV-V progressions which are the most common chord progression in rock, folk and country music (examples include: “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, ” Down on the Corner” by CCR and “This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie” ) and ii-V-I progressions which are the most common progression in jazz and also common in all western music genres. (examples include “Satin Doll” by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald’s “How High the Moon” and Gershwin’s “Summertime”. )

To figure out any I-IV-V progression:

1. Pick the key you’d like to play the chord progression in. I’ll arbitrarily choose the key of D which is at two o’clock on the circle of fifths.

2. To find the IV chord simply go counter clockwise by one hour. Relative to a root note of D, one hour counter clockwise is G.

3. To find the V chord simply go clockwise by one hour. One clockwise hour past our root note of D is A.

I-IV-V in the key of D = D-G-A

And there you have it, it’s that simple! To reiterate, to calculate what a I-IV-V progression in any key is you pick a root note then go one hour backwards to find the IV chord then go two hours clockwise (or one hour clockwise from the root) to find the V chords.

To figure out any ii-V-I progression:

1. Pick a key to play the chord progression in. We’ll use the key of A for the example which is at three o’clock on the circle of fifths.

2. To find the ii chord go two hours clockwise relative to the root note. Our root note A is at three o’clock and two hours past three is five o’clock and on the circle of fifths five o’clock is B.

3. To find the V chord go one hour counter clockwise from the ii chord. The ii chord (B) is at five o’clock and one hour counter clockwise from five is four o’clock so the V chord is E which is at four o’clock.

Source by Eric Hankinson

A Rock Band’s Guide to Common Music Industry Terminology

Over the years, it seems the same discrepancies about what’s what in the music industry still constantly arise, so I thought it best to lay them all out in one slightly humorous, handy-to-reference guide. The following is a list of useful terms and definitions for the up-and-coming rocker.

Tour – A string of cities within different geographic region of the country. Therefore, playing at four different venues, all within 30 miles of each other over the course of two weekends is NOT a tour.

Load-In Time – The time a band should arrive and begin hauling their gear into the venue. Soberly. I said load-in time, not loaded time.

Manager (definition one) – A person whose job it is to guide and shape your career and use their network of contacts to give you opportunities you couldn’t get on your own. If this involves any variation of the saying, “Well, I know this guy who has Pro Tools and could probably record you guys for free in his basement,” then you do not have a real manager.

Manager (definition two) – If anyone in the band is dating him/her then you probably don’t have a real manager.

Fan Base – People who consistently support a band through its various efforts, maturations, sales peaks and valleys simply because they love your music. Praying that the local senior class that loves your band flunks their final year of high school so that you don’t lose 95% percent of your audience when they go off to college is not an example of a strong fan base.

Radio Campaign – When an individual or company is hired to promote a song to the decision-makers at particular radio stations, in order to try and convince them to play your song, which results in increased demand and (hopefully) sales. A radio campaign is not getting one spin a month by the area rock station that plays local artists once a week between midnight and 1:00 a.m. and neither is it getting four spins on two local college stations.

Draw (definition one) – The number of people a band can reasonably anticipate their performance will bring to a particular event or venue. This does not include counting people two and three times in your final audience tally and justifying that it was because you had beer goggles and then multiplying your total by an arbitrary number, say, I don’t know 50, in order to “boost” your appeal to venues that you are trying to book shows with. Remember, you will have to explain why only ten people showed up when you “normally draw around 500 or so.”

Draw (definition two) When everyone’s favorites local band invites you to open for them at their CD release party and 500 people show up, do not claim that is your draw. That is not your draw, that is their draw.

Units Sold – This is the total number of CDs or downloads that a band has sold. Giving away 200 to friends and family and then another 300 for use as promotional copies does not denote “sold.”

Getting Press – This refers to bands that secure reviews, write-ups and other types of media coverage. Being listed in the “Upcoming Events” section of your local paper is not getting press and neither is being featured in the advertisement for the venue you’re playing at next week.

No Unsolicited Material – This means a company or individual will not take materials from sources that (s)he doesn’t have an already established relationship with. So don’t send your latest demo. And a band t-shirt. And a sticker. And a desperate, pleading note about how you know they said they wouldn’t take unsolicited material but how you hoped they’d take exception just this once because your band is really good and all you need is someone to listen etc., etc.

Merchandise – Products that a band sells to fans in order to promote their name and image and make money. Printing off labels with your band name on them on your home printer does not mean you have merch.

Confirming a Gig – This is when you affirm that you will in fact be playing a club on a certain date, or opening for a band. Taking two weeks to get back to the band or club that contacted you to tell them that you decided to book another show that night and have been leaving them high and dry for the last 14 days is exactly the opposite of confirming a gig. Using this approach is not recommended for maintaining long-lasting business relationships.

Sleep – This is an unknown entity to most touring bands. Rumor has it that sleep provides a needed respite from life on the road…or so I’ve heard.

© 2008 Refugee Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Source by Alana Mileras

Selecting the Perfect Funeral Song to Create a Celebration of Life

Music can add a very special touch and feeling to the funeral or life celebration that you are planning. Music has a way of bringing back memories to special moments in our lives. It’s important to put some thought into the music and songs that you select for yours or your loved ones funeral for it will set the tone for the service. Music reflects the personality of the deceased and peoples taste in music is as unique as we are.

Ways to select appropriate songs and music

When looking for appropriate songs for someone who has passed, I begin by thinking of the kind of music they listened to when they were at their best or happiest. This could be a time period say the 60’s or it could be what music they listened to when they were doing what they loved. Picture your loved one taking part in one of their hobbies, what music do you think would be playing?

If you are not sure, you can check the CD player in their car or home. If they had an iPod you could go through and find their favorite playlist. If they were happily married do you know which songs they selected for their wedding? You can also ask close friends and relatives what song or music they think of when they think of your loved one.

How to use Funeral Songs to set a theme for the Celebration of Life

Music can set the theme for the service. For example, my uncle wants a traditional Irish funeral where the gathering involves lots of storytelling, laughter and drinks. I envision playing uplifting Irish music in the background. I could also see us singing along to his favorite Irish songs, of course “Danny Boy” and “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”comes immediately to mind. I can also see hiring an Irish band to play live music at his funeral. Imagine having such a service without the Irish music…

Another current theme being used in funerals and life celebrations is angels. Borrowed Angels by Kristin Chenoweth and Angels Among Us by Alabama come to mind as perfect songs for an angel theme. You could also incorporate angels on the folder that you hand out to attendees, the thank you notes you send out, and you could hand out pewter angel pocket charms as people enter the service.

How you can use the Selected Funeral Songs at the Service

You’ll want to have music playing as people enter the service. This is the time when people may take a moment to listen to the music because it usually rather quiet as they are getting seated and the service has not yet begun. If people are giving eulogies, you may want to play songs between the eulogies so there if not that sometimes awkward pause between speakers. The music can be kept at a low volume during these times. After the service, when people are leaving you’ll want to have music again. Singing can help people feel like they are contributing to the event. I suggest if there are songs that were particularly special to your loved one that you print the lyrics in the program and suggest that people sing along. This can be an uplifting song so the service ends on an upbeat.

The songs can be incorporated into video presentations. Many people are making CD’s with photos to celebrate the life that was lived. Keep in mind, if you are putting together a multimedia presentation to show at the service, you don’t need to play the entire song. Fade the music to flow with the theme of the photos. The video presentation can be shared with attendees via CD or they can be directed to a website where they can download it. You may also want to add the song playlist to the memorial website you are putting together or to their Facebook page.

Some very nontraditional Funeral Songs

As people make their wishes known ahead of time, I’ve heard of some rather unusual funeral songs chosen such as Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust,” AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” by Monty Python, and “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” from “The Wizard of Oz.” Obviously you’d want to select those very carefully as not to offend family or friends of the decease however if it was their wish you can make that known and certainly lighten the mood.

As you go about choosing an appropriate song selection for the funeral you are planning, hopefully you’ll keep in mind the important role music will play in the service. You’ll choose music that truly reflects the personality and spirit of the person you loved and lost. After the service people will say, wow that service was so personal, our friend _________ would have loved the tribute we gave him/her.

Source by Mary Hickey

MP3 Players – Past, Present and Future

What is the MP3 format?

MP3 is a format which reduces the size of music files to roughly 1 tenth of a normal CD file; its does this primarily by cutting out frequencies the human ear cannot hear. The sound quality suffers when such a compression in file size is made, but many listeners think this is a worthwhile cost to pay to have greater accessibility to their music collection. The MP3 format was made popular on the internet since the small size of its files made downloading tunes easier.

MP3 Players

The first MP3 player, the MPMan F10, was created by South Korean company SaeHan Information Systems in 1997 and could hold 32 Meg (about ¾ of a CD). This has vastly improved over the years as MP3’s popularity increased. Mp3 players are now firmly in the mainstream with landmark products such as the iPod, and Mp3 players on the market today are capable of holding 160 gigabytes, holding literally hundreds of albums and videos.

As a result of so much music on your Mp3 player, finding a tune can be problematic, so programmes and techniques have sprung up to help you listen to the music you love. Many people use iTunes or a media library tool such as mediamonkey to organise their tracks into play-lists. Also you can “tag” you music so if you are looking for certain genres, such as rock, jazz or classical, you can quickly and easily browse through the appropriate tunes. Tags are limited only by your imagination; some people label their music by concepts such as emotion, colour or location.

A problem with so many Mp3s may be they play at varying volumes due to coming from lots of different sources, causing you to change the volume continuously whilst listening to your tunes; for this online tools such as MP3Gain.net will help normalise (make same volume) your music collection.

Putting MP3’s on your player

If you’re looking for new MP3’s there are lots of sites around that will help you find your next favourite tune; the classic MP3.com has reviews and options for you to buy; the new site Seeqpod.com is a great tool to search, download and listen to MP3s on the web. Last.fm is also a great place to search for new music you like by typing in your favourite artists and browsing through tunes it thinks are similar.

You can also convert your old records and CDs to MP3’s so you can listen to them on the move, there are various tools available for this including the entirely online resource at Media-Convert.

MP3 Player Accessories

It’s worth upgrading your headphones when you buy an MP3 Player; the ones packaged with most players are of poor quality. It’s also worth buying or considering batteries when selecting your Mp3 player; some manage a pitiful 8 hours but with large capacity, whilst others could last 20 hours plus; perfect for travellers.

Companies have started thinking of ideas of using MP3 players other than a traditional player; MP3 players are now appearing in washing machines and guitar shaped toys to help shape your air guitar fantasies, also more integration with mobile phones and personal organisers such as the hotly tipped iPhone.

Have Mp3s Changed How we Listen to Music?

We now as a consumer of music have more access to different music than we have ever had before; almost anyone can make music and upload it for the world to listen to. As such we have exposure to a lot more new music these days if desired; before the internet and Mp3s the only way this would have been through the radio. Listening habits have changed; less people now listen to albums in sequence; “random” play-lists exist scanning through the entire music library and “tags” exist for your tunes which help play all those tracks in your collection that are in a particular style.

As such the focus of selling tunes has moved more to buying individual tracks rather than buying albums. Even the process of buying albums has changed; across the country CD shops are closing down as more and more people buy their music online. iTunes passed its 3 billionth download in the summer of 2007 and the rate of downloads is increasing.

More people these days listen to music of less quality; the music industry peaked at the advent of CDs in reaching the limit of human perception; CDs essentially cannot be improved upon. Paradoxically, the growth area of music formats now are those which are actually inferior to the formats of the past; although only Hi-Fi freaks with expensive gear may be the only ones able to tell the difference between a high bit-rate MP3 and a CD track.

The Future?

At the moment mp3 players are moving to flash drives rather than hard drives to store their information, this promises smaller, faster and quieter operation for future Mp3 players. Looking further ahead, Mp3 players may eventually merge and become more integrated with all media so that one device will play your music, your video, be a digital camera and enable internet surfing on the move. The music quality should increase until it re approaches that of CDs. Voice recognition software should make it easier to interface with your music, with Bluetooth facilities meaning you’ll be able to interface with your PC and other users quickly; there is talk of a peer-to-peer network appearing using just the players themselves connected wirelessly. Batteries may become a thing of the past as power consumption decreases and solar power is all that’s needed to keep you with music all the time.

Source by David John Martin