Random Rock Thought

Rock and roll and I were born about the same time so you can say we grew together. Adults disapproved of R&R–too much spiritual fervor and too much sexual analogy. However, teens loved its black and white cultural collision backbeat. 50’s singers’ live performance backed by piano, sax, guitar, and drums kept the joint jumping. Jerry Lee Lewis carved his name in history when he burned his piano. Others followed smashing guitars. Just imagine one of the classic Larrivee Guitars being treated so poorly. Its engraved laser acoustic inlays are works or art–a delight to the eyes as well as […]

Kylie Minogue, The Abbey Road Sessions Album Review

Australian superstar Kylie Minogue’s The Abbey Road Sessions (released October 24, 2012) is 16 tract orchestral compilation spanning her 25 years of song-making. Abbey Roads is an effective, critically acclaimed, vocally driven album which includes: 1. “All the Lovers” 2. “On a Night Like This” 3. “Better the Devil You Know” 4. “Hand on Your Heart” 5. “I Believe in You” 6. “Come Into My World” 7. “Finer Feelings” 8. “Confide in Me” 9. “Slow” 10. “The Loco-Motion” 11. “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” 12. “Where the Wild Roses Grow” 13. “Flower” 14. “I Should Be So Lucky” […]

April Guitar Month

This month’s April showers bring May flowers, but it also brings April Guitar Month. I never thought much about the beauty and art in building a guitar until I read a Jonathan Kellerman psychological thriller which described supporting character Robin Castagna’s lutery skills in detail. Somehow up till then I just assumed that such musical instrument were assembly line productions. Silly me! About then I began considering guitars, the tool of talented guitarists. Thinking back to the early years of R&R, showman Chuck Berry’s solos gliding across the stage, instrumentalist Duane Eddy’s rousing twangy sounds, and sessions guitar maestro Big […]

DVD/CD Review – The Tuneables, I Love Music!

In a tough economy, with so many school budget defeats meaning program cuts, quality music education programs don’t just happen for too many kids. Recently I received The Tuneables, I Love Music! 2-Disk set. Its 3-8 age appropriate music helps address this situation. Join Annie and Max on their venture from Mo’s Music Shop to magical Tunesville compliments of the Music Box. Meet eye-catching, almost 3D characters Mo the Violin, Pete the Trumpet, Clara Clarinet, Sunny Cymbal, Snare Drum, and Gloria Piano, Bill the Bird, the Bell Family along with the Tuneville Marching Band. Develop musical minds to be part […]

Kidz Bop 20 CD Review

Aimed at the ages 5-15 listener market, Kidz Bop 20 is sure to continue the success of 10 years of past Kidz Bop releases. Its songs are NOW, made famous by stars like Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Pink, Taylor Swift, and Justin Beiber. Its lyrics for Born This Way, Till the World Ends, Forget You, Price Tag, Written in the Stars, On the Floor, The Lazy Song, Tonight Tonight, More, The Story of US, Rocketeer, Never Say Never, Whip My Hair, Rolling in the Deep,are all age and content appropriate, free of bad language. Young people will enjoy the happy […]

Made In The USA. Or Not.

The Eagles album South of the Border got me thinking about the late 60’s and the end of the bracero program which did away with jobs and income for unskilled Mexicans. In time the Border Industrialization Program AKA the Maquiladora Program came to be. U. S. companies looked to it as a low cost solution in product manufacturing and assembly. Why? Inexpensive labor, duty-free importation, favorable U. S. tariffs, and reduced freight costs vs. the overhead of wages, workman’s compensation, property taxes, and lease taxes here. Its factories became an in-bond industry for 1.3 million Mexicans. To this day there […]

Sibelius Groovy Music City Giveaway

Looking for some educational software for your child? If you want to learn more about this prize check out the Groovy Music City post in my holiday gift guide. WIN IT! One winner will receive their own copy of Groovy Music City. HOW TO ENTER. (MANDATORY) To enter visit leave me a comment on this post telling me who you’d give this software to if you won. BONUS ENTRIES 1 – Subscribe to my RSS feed. 1 – Follow me on Twitter AND leave your Twitter name here. 1 – Friend me on Facebook 1 – Fave this blog at […]