You may remember Muriel Anderson as one of the first featured guitarists in our DVD series “From the Top of the Fret” with Stephen Housden. Muriel has stayed busy with her music and most recently made an appearance at the 2016 NAMM Convention! Muriel Anderson, Mino Cinelu and Victor Wooten rocked out the Hilton lobby during the NAMM afterparty. Vision4Music was there and caught this clip of their set closer, a fiery rendition of “Superstition”!
Check out Muriel Anderson on the Vision4Music DVD “From the Top of the Fret” → http://amzn.com/B00FYYTS1Y
Apple Music Memos
Apple Music Memos is like voice memos, but MUCH more magical. There’s a singular button at the center of the screen that you tap when you’re ready to record (and even then, there’s an “auto” mode that will detect when music is being played and start recording immediately). Play with either piano or guitar (you can use other instruments, but those two are the best for this application). When you’re done, the app will analyze what you played, automatically generate a lead sheet with the chords you played and AUTOMATICALLY add drums and bass! Check out this demo:
On the occasion that the app gets it wrong, you can go in and manually edit some of it’s interpretations as well. This new app from Apple is another reason there’s no excuse for musicians to not be making music. The Apple Music Memos app will almost undoubtedly become an invaluable tool to songwriters far and wide!
Some of us hit mental or emotional roadblocks when creating music. Some of us succumb to these excuses and some of us work past them or use them as muses for our art. David Bowie was not only one of the most creative musicians in rock history, but also let no excuse get in the way of creating some of the most influential music. Released on his 69th birthday, Bowie’s final album “Blackstar”, was created in the late stages of terminal cancer in which he also suffered 6 heart attacks. Most of us would find that half a dozen heartattacks and terminal illness would be good reason to put your music on hold, but for David Bowie, it was the opportunity to give his fans his final masterpiece.
In his career, David Bowie recorded 27 studio albums, 9 live albums, 5 EPs and released 111 singles. In addition, he starred in numerous motion pictures and contributed to dozens of compilation and album projects. May all of us have this kind of tenacity, this ferociousness for our music…dying doing what we were born to do.
Watch his final music video here:
Wishing all of you musicians and songwriters the best year yet!
-The Vision4Music Team