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Faith, trust, pixie dust and rented piano notes dancing through the air

pixiepianoThe sound of piano keys being pressed down singularly always reminds me of Tinker bell. Tiny pixie feet dancing around and children laughing, that is what piano music reminds me of and so I’ve always loved it.

Someday when my family is in a forever home where we intend to stay I’m going to want to have a piano. Could be a Los Angeles Piano Rentals or A grand piano. A fancy one which will prompt me to want to play. When I was little I could pick up songs by ear and play the melody, but I never learned chords and it’s something that has always interested me.

I remember my Grandmom playing songs for me om the organ they have in her home. It’s something that will stay with me forever, even knowing she is no longer able to play. Musical memories are my favorite, apparently that part of my brain is super sensitive :)

Are there any sounds or moments which bring you a feeling of serenity like the sound of a piano does for me? Something which brings back memories from your childhood?

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Berthold Auerbach

“Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.” – Robert G. Ingersoll

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A mixer case is not a vehicle for a drink, this I know for sure

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Creating music is not my thing. Writing about music, listening to music, being enveloped by music yes all of those are my thing, but not creating music. So when it comes to a decent carrying case I will default to what I know from my husband, because when it comes to music all of the above are his…

For Christmas and for his birthday I purchased mixing equipment for my husband because he wants to record music. Being a solo artist he would record layers of music individually and then put it all together, he’s talented like that ;) So he asked for a carpeted mixing case and a carrying case for the cords. Both items of which he needed for all his musical stuffs.

He chose a carrying case that is pretty compact and yes also carpeted because let’s face it that is just more attractive sitting in the lower level of our home attached to all his cords, computers and devices.

I’m not going to pretend to know anymore that what I’ve already shared, but I can tell you when he sits there working on music (the slim seconds he has chances to do so) he’s in his element and it’s great to see him that way. I might be biased but I think he’s a wicked guitarist and can pick up any song he listens to regularly. I’ll not be surprised when he records his first complete track and it sounds amazing. :)

Pricing out your future dream piano

Piano_Keys_warmI know I’ve said it before but someday when I’m all grown up (hush now, I know I’m 32) I really would love to have a piano. Of course for that to happen my family would need a bigger home, and once we win the lottery that will happen. Upon moving into a bigger home the next thing I will pick up will be a Piano Price Guide. Now my son already has a really nice keyboard and I’m sure that would need to remain because it’s important to him. But how stellar would it be to also have a sweet grand piano? Oh yes, someday it will happen. And then when my husband is jamming out on his guitar, I can tinker along on the piano keys. ;)

What do you prefer when listening to new music, the sound of a guitar or the sound of a piano? Perhaps you would prefer to hear both instruments? When artists write a song they always have to think about the sound which includes not just the vocals but also what their base instrument will be. I know a lot of artists who start out submitting a track for a review with piano and then are asked to rock it out a bit more and make it guitar. It’s a tough call, but what are you going to do when you’re trying to produce an album?

There you have it, that’s what needs to happen, we just need to have both pieces available. Every good song needs a remix eventually, right?

Add some music to your royalty free collection

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English: Vinyl Disc Record clip art – vector clip art online, royalty free & public domain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you spend time scouring the web for legit sites to find clipart, stock photos and audio then you know what a pain in the arse it can be. Working in communications I have built a bookmark library which I send to fellow co-workers or friends when they are in need of copyright free media. One of the audiobanks I use is audiobank.fm.

First of all it is absolutely hilarious to read their music of the day choice because whomever writes for this site is pretty awesome. So above and beyond the media they offer royalty free, it’s simply a well written site. For instance today the music of the day is called “vampire chase scene thriller” and the description includes the text “It’s Buffy Meets True Blood or The Walking Dead Meets Dexter” and I was chuckling while reading, but the thing is that description is spot on. And they know how media designers are going to be searching and thinking about projects which I really appreciate.

There is a great menu down the left navigation which breaks down music by genre and my characteristics. So if you’re looking for seasonal music or you’re looking for something with a specific beat than you will have more than one way to find it. There is also a a list for TV/MOVIES and so it will be named to let you know if the music is fantasy or adventure and it will also have a similar naming convention to the show you were thinking about when you went searching. Any new royalty free music they have available will show up in a front page query as well so if you want to just check back every now and then and download new stuff so you can just build a library on your computer to share with people.

Check it out, audiobank.fm!

AfterParty’s Lonely Reggae fitting for a breakup scene

afterparty2You know I love the show Psych… and they always have great music in their episodes, normally 80s music because Shawn (one of the lead characters) is a huge 80s buff. Anyway, I was just introduced to music by the AfterParty and with it’s airy vocals and synthesizers it’s definitely reminiscent of music from the 1980s. I hear a very strong influence from New Order, not that I would say AfterParty should be in the same high esteem that I carry New Order, but that they have a similar sound.

The man behind AfterParty is Andreas. When he was around ten years old he bought a lot of ”Synthesizer greatest hits” cd’s. They had plenty of mixed music from Jan Hammer who made the Miami Vice theme, Jean Michel Jarre with songs like ‘Oxygen’ and ‘Vangeli’s with the soundtrack from Blade Runner. Andreas had a small Casio keyboard which he manically practiced the Airwolf main theme on and was trying to play the song ”Popcorn” as fast as possible. This kind of music is his platform. Nowadays his favorite bands are The Rapture, Hot Chip, and the swedish band Bob Hund.

The particular track above the post title on this page is called “Lonely Reggae” and I can see it fitting nicely into a Psych episode. It would very well now that Juliet has found out about Shawn’s big lie… (crushing to me, just crushing) The sadness in the track is disarming and raw.

Now, Now made NPR’s top 50 releases of the year

nownow_threads_hiresAfter making NNPR’s Top 50, Minneapolis trio Now, Now are starting 2013 strong. The band are excited to announce extensive winter/spring tour dates, including stints on the road with Minus The Bear and Circa Survive, as well select dates opening for Bob Mould as his personally invited guests.

Now, Now have won a steady stream of praise since the Spring 2012 North American release of Threads on Chris Walla‘s (Death Cab For Cutie) Trans- Records. Along the way a growing number of vocal fans have unfailingly showed up to support and sing along with the band as they crisscrossed the continent on separate tours with Fun. and The Naked and Famous.

Up and coming artist “Now, Now” shares a slice of their adventures through Windows 8. A widely circulating commercial for the new operating system features the band and their music, and showcases moments from their tour dates this past summer.

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2012 NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums recommended by NPR Music Staff

Ab-Soul, Control System
Alabama Shakes, Boys And Girls
Alisa Weilerstein, Cello Concertos (Elgar & Carter)
Alt-J, An Awesome Wave
Andy Stott, Luxury Problems
Astro, Astro
Berlin Philharmonic, St. Matthew Passion
Meek Mill, Dreamchasers 2
Bobby Womack, The Bravest Man In The Universe
Bomba Estereo, Elegancia Tropical
Brooklyn Rider, Seven Steps
Cafe Tacvba, El Objeto Antes Llmado Disco
Carla Morrison, Dejenme Llorar
Cat Power, Sun
Cody ChesnuTT, Landing On A Hundred
Dan Deacon, America
Death Grips, No Love Deep Web
Debo Band, Debo Band
Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan
Dwight Yoakam, 3 Pears
Exitmusic, Passage
Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel
Flying Lotus, Until The Quiet Comes
Frank Ocean, channel Orange
fun., Some Nights
Homeboy Sandman, First Of A Living Breed
Iris DeMent, Sing The Delta
Janka Nabay, En Yay Sah
Japandroids, Celebration Rock
Karriem Riggins, Alone Together
Kendrick Lamar, good kid, M.A.A.D. city
Killer Mike, R.A.P. Music
Leila Josefowicz, Violin Concerto (Salonen)
Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas
Matt Ulery, By A Little Light
Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream
Neneh Cherry and The Thing, The Cherry Thing
Now, Now, Threads
Pallbearer, Sorrow And Extinction
Patrick Watson, Adventures In Your Own Backyard
Pink, The Truth About Love
Regina Spektor, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas, Harmonielehre/Short Ride in a Fast Machine (Adams)
Sharon Van Etten, Tramp
Swans, The Seer
The 2 Bears, Be Strong
The Very Best, MTMTMK
Ty Segall, Twins
Vijay Iyer Trio, Accelerando
Wadada Leo Smith, Ten Freedom Summers

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There is an app for that, stay tuned karaoke lovers

Sing Me Something“! It’s karaoke with a twist and a great way of interacting with friends and people across the globe.

The exciting new Sing me something app is refreshing, fun and a great way of socialising with fellow musical enthusiasts.

A player is given a selection of three songs (complete with melody and lyrics to help the player achieve the best recording possible) then picks a tune, sings and records it for another user to listen to. The other player then has to guess what the song is!

Functional Karaoke on the phone: It’s actually a functional Karaoke bar on your phone. Easy to download from the app store, free to use, Sing Me Something allows you to record as you sing the song with the option to playback.

Sing Me Something is available on iPhone app store and at the Android app market, and allows users to save their songs, access play stats and even rank other people’s singing talents, making it a great all-rounder.

A simple yet colourful layout combined with a great concept for entertainment, this new app is sure to be the next big thing.

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