Kym Warner, Wayne Chojo Jacques & Friends – “Long Time Gone” Live @ Radio Coffee & Beer

Every week in Austin, TX, talented touring musicians gather at Radio Coffee & Beer to play Americana and Folk music for anyone that cares to stop by and pull up a chair or blanket.

This ensemble features four-time national mandolin champion Kym Warner who can be heard on the recordings of legends like Robert Earle Keen and toured extensively with the likes of Bob Dylan along with founding Australian-American Bluegrass band “The Greencards” with bassist and vocalist Carol Young.

Also featured in this ensemble is Wayne Chojo Jacques of Americana staples “The Waybacks” along with Tony Kamel, Trevor Smith and Deez Fischer!

Long Time Gone
Kym Warner, Wayne Chojo Jacques, Tony Kamel, Trevor Smith and Deez Fischer
Live @ Radio Coffee & Beer

Songwriting Tips (Part 1) – Ideas 💡

Some of us are new to songwriting and some of us are veteran hitmakers, but everyone along that spectrum could benefit from some songwriting prompts to help them come up with ideas for their next tune! You may or may not know of some of these, but hopefully there’s a few that are new to you that you can try to come up with a unique and captivating concept!

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Songwriting Tips (Part 1) – Ideas 💡

  1. Pick a phrase that you say that’s uniquely yours or your friend group’s and see if it can spark a new slang or double meaning!
    • There are so many songs of various genres that started with words or phrases the artist and their friend group used that became international slang. (i.e. Whip/Nae Nae, Stickwitu, Baby Got Back, Fleek, Ratchet, etc.)
  2. Keep a running list in a notebook or your smartphone’s notepad of interesting and/or aesthetically pleasing words and revisit that list when you’re trying to convey a conventional or cliche idea.
    • “Chandelier” anyone? Also, who would’ve thought the word “Umbrella” could be used as the anchor of a timeless pop song instead of saying “We’re together” or “I love you”?Rihanna, Umbrella, Vision4Music, V4M, Songwriting Tips, Ideas
  3. Similar to tip #2, keep a running list of interesting phrases or ideas. NEVER dismiss an idea because it doesn’t seem to work at the moment, you never know when it will come in handy.
    • Leave it to Sia to speak volumes with the phrase “I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.”
  4. Keep voice memos of melodic ideas on your smartphone!
    • This has reportedly been Justin Timberlake’s method! Also, Apple just made it easier with a free Music Memos app you can check out what we said here!
  5. Syllables in your lyrics are valuable real estate, never settle on words just because they fit!
    • You’ve got a limited amount of space to say what you want to say, don’t waste it on words that don’t advance the story. Even a carefully placed “Yeah” or “Baby” can forward the storyline if it’s used correctly.
  6. Keep your lyrics in a “family” of themes and terms.
    • Instead of telling a literal story of a waitress falling in love with a cook, find words in the food and restaurant world that have double meanings that can be used to describe their relationship. Keep as much of the imagery in the same “family” and you can turn ordinary food terms into the next big love song for the culinary industry! 😉 Fork, Music, Food, Rihanna, Umbrella, Vision4Music, V4M, Songwriting Tips, Ideas
  7. Know the rules so that you can break them!
    • Not every rule is meant to be broken, but when you break the right ones you can create a style all your own! Kanye was told a song about Jesus would never chart and Sara Bareilles was told she needed to write a commercially viable love song to be successful as a female singer.
  8. Combine experiences.
    • Don’t just write about one ex, put the worse of them together! 😉
  9. Good songwriters write about what’s going on, great songwriters write beyond what’s going on.
    • For example, if you’re the guy that never gets the girl, don’t write about not getting the girl or wanting to get the girl, write about getting the girl!
  10. Write EVERYTHING down!
    • You never know when that idea will come in handy!

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo on Rewriting “Love is a Battlefield”

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo on Rewriting “Love is a Battlefield”

At the 2016 ASCAP Expo, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo gave a candid interview and talked about the songwriting process. In this clip, they explain how the smash hit “Love is a Battlefield” began as a ballad with a beautiful melody and moving chord changes. After some exploration with drum machines and the band, the arrangement and production we know today came to life. Check out the clip above for that story and watch the clip below for an impromptu performance of “We Belong” showing that Pat and Neil still got what it takes to rock!

Catch Pat and Neil on the road this year as they go back on tour with their catalogue of classic rocks songs like “Love is a Battlefield” and “We Belong”!

From a Struggle Singer/Songwriter to International Hitmaker – Bebe Rexha

Before “The Monster” by Eminem and Rihanna was a #1 Billboard charting hit in a dozen countries and #1 on UK R&B, US Billboard Hot 100, US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard), US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) and US Rhythmic (Billboard), a struggling songwriter in NY was writing a song called “Monster Under My Bed” in her parent’s dining room. Little did Bebe Rexha know that the song would change her life and in a year, Eminem and Rihanna would take the song and make it an international #1 smash hit. This performance from Jimmy Kimmel Live showcases Bebe Rexha’s original version of the song she wrote before she was an international hitmaker.

My First Grammy Win – Paul Avgerinos

“My First Grammy Win” is a new series by Vision4Music spotlighting musicians’ experiences winning the coveted award from The Recording Academy.

Vision4Music would like to congratulate the talented Paul Avgerinos – a spiritual (and hard working) Artist, Composer and Producer from Redding, CT who won his first Grammy in the recent 58th Grammy Awards. His album “Grace” won Best New Age Album and we caught up with Paul to interview him about winning his first Grammy Award.

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Paul Avgerinos

Vision4Music: Tell us about the journey to winning a Grammy, how long have you been going for that golden gramophone and have you ever come close before this year’s win?

Paul Avgerinos: As I said in my acceptance speech, I’ve been dreaming of winning a Grammy since it was first awarded in [the] New Age [category] to Andreas Vollenweider in 1987, almost 30 years ago. I was nominated the year before with my album called BHAKTI and have been part of several other nominated albums but this is my first win and very special to me.

V4M: How prepared were you when your name was called at the awards ceremony?

PA: I woke up that day with a very strong premonition of victory and started the day by crying for about 20 minutes, releasing a lot of strong pent up emotions so I would not cry during my speech. I had four general areas planned for coverage in my speech later on and I was very grateful to remember them all.

V4M: Your win was in the “New Age” category, how would you describe your music?

PA: For me, New Age is any music that has a Spiritual quality – healing, calming, uplifting, inspiring in a Dharmic way.

Grace Grammy Win Vision4Music RKVC Best New Age AlbumV4M: What was the inspiration/intention/motive behind “Grace”?

PA: This album is an honoring and an offering to my Sat Guru AMMA and the Divine presence of Grace that has the power to transform and heal. This Grace is active within and around us if we are open to perceiving it. Grace can be invited into your life and always responds when the time and circumstances are right.

V4M: What is your songwriting process like? (That’s a loaded question, but is there a common starting place for you and things that help you along the way in crafting what you’re trying to express?)

PA: I always start with the larger archetypal message and purpose – “Who will listen to this album?
What will they be doing while listening? How will this album serve them?” Once I have a clear idea of purpose and direction, I do channelling invocations and meditations to become an instrument of the Divine. As I go deeper and deeper into the forest of musical details, I always keep referring back to the archetypal guidelines established at the outset. This keeps me on mission and on target.

V4M: A Grammy Award is regarded as one of highest (if not the highest) accolades a musician in the United States can receive, what does winning a Grammy Award mean to you?

PA: It is truly gratifying and humbling to receive this accolade and approval from the academy members, who are the very best of the best in the music field. The Grammy Award is a confirmation that all my 30 years of hard work were worthwhile and that I am doing the work I was meant to do in this world.

V4M: What’s next for you?

Paul Averginos Grace Grammy Win Vision4Music RKVC Juliana JoyPA: I am 11 tracks into my AMMA album of gratitude and devotion to our amazing Sat Guru Amma. Jen and I got Amma’s blessing to have a baby last Feb 20 in India and Jen’s due date WAS Feb 20 of this year ! 12 days after the Grammys, on Feb 27, our precious daughter Juliana Joy was born and the AMMA album is in gratitude for this miracle and for all the other tremendous blessings that Amma is bringing into our lives.

V4M:. What advice would you have for any songwriter and musician trying to get their songs heard and potentially win a Grammy Award someday?

PA: Hold fast to your dreams and inspirations but remember – it is 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration.
Take rejection in stride and keep working hard with 5 and 10 year career plans. It is always darkest right before the dawn and I’ve experienced this MANY times in my own career. Believe in yourself and work REALLY REALLY hard !

Grace Grammy Win Vision4Music RKVCV4M: Thank you so much for your time and all the best in your future endeavors, anything else you would like to share with our readers?

PA: My pleasure! this is a great time for young people coming up in the business. Streaming and social media make reaching your fans easier than ever especially with niche genres like New Age. Enjoy the ride !!!

 

Watch Paul’s emotional Grammy Award acceptance speech here:

 

 

 

Get V4M Featured Artist & Legendary Guitarist Brent Mason on YOUR Record!

Have BRENT MASON on your next record!

“Now is your chance to have Nashville’s finest on your recording…gone are the days when you had to travel to Nashville and book a studio…all work is transferred via email – Brent records his parts in his home pro-tools studio. Prices range from 1 solo to a complete album.” -(Brent Mason/Facebook)

Brent Mason

Brent’s guitar work can be heard on the records of George Strait, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, David Gates, Brooks & Dunn, Zac Brown Band, Scotty McCreary, Blake Shelton, Neil Diamond and many more! Now, you can have this legendary guitarist on YOUR record! E-mail brentmason@mac.com for more information.

Brent Mason, Stephen Housden, From the Top of the Fret, Vision4MusicIf you want to LEARN how to PLAY like Brent, get the Vision4Music DVD on Amazon! http://www.amazon.com/From-Top-Fret-Stephen-Housden/dp/B000R3Q1T4

And also check out more “From the Top of the Fret” DVDs by Vision4Music on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/s?marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&me=A286SMD7FR3IDA&merchant=A286SMD7FR3IDA

YouTube Space Los Angeles!

Vision4Music got a shoutout @ YouTube’s main lobby in Los Angeles today! Be sure to follow Vision4Music on Instagram for updates and inspiration for songwriters and music makers!

On the big screen in the YouTube Space main lobby today!

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2016 GRAMMY WIN: David Bowie’s “Blackstar” Instrumental Arranger Maria Schneider Acceptance Speech

2016 GRAMMY WIN: David Bowie’s “Blackstar” Instrumental Arranger Maria Schneider Acceptance Speech

David Bowie’s final album “Blackstar” left an impression on society as a whole and the music world. When the 58th Grammy Award Nominations rolled around, the parting album got a nod and then finally won for Best Arrangement (Instrumental) with Maria Schneider. Schneider gave an emotional acceptance speech you can watch here:

 

About the GRAMMY Awards:

Celebrating music through the GRAMMY Awards for more than 50 years, The Recording Academy continues its rich legacy and ongoing growth as the premier outlet for honoring achievements in the recording arts and supporting the music community. The GRAMMYs are the only peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position. As we move ahead in an ever-changing music environment, The Recording Academy looks forward to the new opportunities of a growing organization. Over the last decade in particular, The Academy has expanded its goals from the important work of recognizing the best in music through the GRAMMY Awards to establishing itself as the preeminent arts advocacy and outreach organization in the country. The Academy’s goals are simple, but represent the heart and soul of the organization’s efforts: to positively impact the lives of musicians, industry members and our society at large. The Academy can be proud of its accomplishments on behalf of its constituency. Through the efforts of the volunteer leadership and the capable professional staff, the music community, music lovers and inheritors of America’s great cultural legacy are reaping the benefit.

About Vision4Music:

Vision4Music was formed in 2005 to present musical artists & songwriters to the public through a music community website.

The Complete 58th Grammy Awards List of Winners

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The Complete 58th Grammy Awards List of Winners

Record of the Year: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Album of the Year: Taylor Swift, 1989
Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor
Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight”Grammy Awards Winner 2016 58th Grammys Alabama Shakes
Best Musical Theater Album: Hamilton
Song of the Year: Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, 2016 Grammy Awards, Candids
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Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, “These Walls”
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern
Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Best Alternative Music Album: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Best Rock Album: Muse, Drones
Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Best Rock Song: Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight”
Best R&B Album: D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah
Best Urban Contemporary Album: The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
Best R&B Performance: The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”
Best R&B Song: D’Angelo and The Vanguard, “Really Love”
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Lalah Hathaway, “Little Ghetto Boy”
Best Dance/Electronic Album: Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
Best Dance Recording: Skrillex and Diplo With Justin Bieber, “Where Are Ü Now”
Best Music Video: Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Best Country Song: Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Best Music Film: Amy Winehouse, Amy
Best Rap/Song Collaboration: Common & John Legend, “Glory”
Best Pop Vocal Album: Taylor Swift, 1989
Best Country Solo Performance: Chris Stapleton, “Traveller”
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Tobymac, This Is Not a Test
Best Roots Gospel Album: The Fairfield Four, Still Rockin’ My Soul
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: Pitbull, Dale
Best Latin Pop Album: Ricky Martin, A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)
Best Comedy Album: Louis C.K., Live at Madison Square Garden
Best Spoken Word Album: Jimmy Carter, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety
Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Birdman
Best Gospel Album: Israel & Newbreed, Covered: Alive Is Asia [Live] (Deluxe)
Best Gospel Performance/Song: Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy?”
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Francesca Battistelli, “Holy Spirit”
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Stephen Paulus, Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano, Joyce & Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall
Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Augustin Hadelich, “Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes”
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Eighth Blackbird, “Filament”
Best Choral Performance: Charles Bruffy, “Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil”
Best Opera Recording: Saito Kinen Orchestra; SKF Matsumoto Chorus & SKF Matsumoto Children’s Chorus, “Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les SortilĂšges; ShĂ©hĂ©razade”
Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman
Best New Age Album: Paul Avgerinos, Grace
Best Surround Sound Album: Roger Waters, Amused to Death
Best Orchestral Performance: Boston Symphony Orchestra, “Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphony No. 10”
Best Classical Compendium: Giancarlo Guerrero, Paulus: Three Places of Enlightenment; Veil of Tears & Grand Concerto
Kendrick Lamar, 2016 Grammy Awards
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Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jon Cleary, Go Go Juice
Best Folk Album: BĂ©la Fleck & Abigail Washburn, BĂ©la Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Best Blues Album: Buddy Guy, Born to Play Guitar
Best Bluegrass Album: The Steeldrivers, The Muscle Shoals Recordings
Best Americana Album: Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free
Best American Roots Song: Jason Isbell, “24 Frames”
Best American Roots Performance: Mavis Staples, “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”
Best Tropical Latin Album: Rubén Blades With Roberto Delgado & Orchestra, Son De Panamå
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): Los Tigres Del Norte, Realidades – Deluxe Edition
Best Children’s Album: Tim Kubart, Home
Best World Album: Angélique Kidjo, Sings
Best Reggae Album: Morgan Heritage, Strictly Roots
Best Latin Jazz Album: Eliane Elias, Made in Brazil
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Maria Schneider, The Thompson Fields
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: John Scofield, Past Present
Best Jazz Vocal Album: CĂ©cile McLorin Salvant, For One to Love
Best Surround Sound Album: James Guthrie and Joel Plante, Amused To Death
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk (Dave AudĂ© Remix)”
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Best Historical Album: Various artists; The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Various Artists, The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32)
Best Album Notes: Joni Mitchell, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced
Best Recording Package: Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds & Dick Reeves; Asleep at the Wheel, Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: Maria Schneider, “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)”
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: Avi Kaplin, Kirstin Taylor, Kevin K.O. Olusola; “Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy”
Best Instrumental Composition: Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, “The Afro Latin Jazz Suite”
MusiCares Person of the Year: Lionel Richie

It’s Grammy Week! – 58th Grammy Awards

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It’s Grammy Week!

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It’s the biggest week in music, Grammy Week! It’s a week of industry parties, performances and excitement building toward the big awards ceremony. The big performance (that will be televised) will feature performances from heavy hitters like Taylor Swift,Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Diplo, Skrillex, Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt, Gary Clark Jr., Pitbull, Robin Thicke, Travis Barker, Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry), Adele, James Bay, Andra Day, Ellie Goulding, the Broadway cast of Hamilton, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, Lady Gaga (performing a David Bowie tribute), Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd.

In addition to the big ceremony, there are a slew of parties including:

TUESDAY, FEB. 9

Grammy food tasting
Staples Center SW VIP Entrance, 1111 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles

Mastercard Presents Jess Glynne
Sayers Club, 1645 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10

Capitol Records party/showcase
Capitol Tower, 1750 Vine St, Los Angeles

MusiCares Presents: An Evening with Lionel Richie in conversation with Kevin Spacey
Wallis Anenberg Center for Performing Arts, 9390 N Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills

Mastercard presents The Chainsmokers and Miguel
Create Nightclub, 6021 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles

Saint Laurent at the Palladium
Hollywood Palladium, 6215 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
The fashion house will present its Fall 2016 men and Women Part 1 as a tribute to the strong music scene in Los Angeles.

THURSDAY, FEB. 11

Producers & Engineers Wing honors Rick Rubin
The Village Studios, 1616 Butler Ave., Los Angeles

Martell & The Roots Grammy Jam
The Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles

Canada’s Grammy Night
The Consul General of Canada James Villeneuve, 165 S Muirfield Rd. Los Angeles

Essence Black Women In Music
Avalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine St., Los Angeles

Emporio Armani Sounds
Neuehouse Hollywood, 6121 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

Mastercard Presents Kygo
Create Nightclub, 6021 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles

FRIDAY, FEB. 12

Reservoir Grammy Week Cocktail Party
Sunset Marquis Patio, 1200 Alta Loma Rd., Los Angeles
Music by Statik Selektah.

ASCAP GRAMMY NOMINEES RECEPTION
SLS Beverly Hills Hotel, 465 La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles

Kiss & Grind DJ & Live Performance tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire
The Globe Theatre, 740 S Broadway, Los Angeles

Big Hassle party
Pour Vous, 5574 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles

Fox Rothschild’s 4th Annual Grammy Celebration and Rooftop Party
The London West Hollywood, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood

Billboard Power 100
Bouchon, 235 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills

Friends N Family 19
Quixote Studios, 1011 N. Fuller Ave., West Hollywood

YouTube Music, Google Play Music
901 Alpine Dr., Beverly Hills

Delta Airlines Grammy Party with Leon Bridges
Neuhouse, 6121 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

SATURDAY, FEB. 13

Rock The Yacht Experience honoring Kendrick Lamar, J Cole and Leah Daniels
4215 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey

BMI How I Wrote That Song panel
The Roxy, 9009 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood

BET’s Grammy Weekend Showcase Hosted by Brandy
The W Hollywood Hotel, The Loft, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles

MusiCares Person of the Year Gala Honoring Lionel Richie
Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall, 1201 S. Figueroa St.

MasterCard presents Death Cab for Cutie and Alessia Cara
The Grammy Museum, 800 W Olympic Blvd., A245, Los Angeles

“The Creators”
Cicada, 617 S. Olive St., Los Angeles

A Grammy Celebration Presented by DFM
Hollywood Roosevelt, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles

SUNDAY, FEB. 14

eOne, RCA, Motown Gospel and Tyscot brunch
The Palm Downtown, 1100 S Flower St., Los Angeles

UMG showcase
Ace Theatre – 929 South Broadway, Los Angeles

Diane Warren/Troye Sivan cocktail reception
Capitol Records Studios, 1750 Vine St., Los Angeles

Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala
Beverly Hilton, 9786 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills

Nielsen party featuring performance by Leon Bridges
Hyde Hollywood, 8117 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood

Jamie XX & Mark Ronson
10062 Hillgrove Dr., Los Angeles

CAA
Sunset Tower, 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood

MONDAY, FEB. 15

58th Annual Grammy Awards
Staples Center, 1111 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles

Sony
Hotel Bel Air, 701 Stone Canyon Rd., Los Angeles

Warner Music Group
Milk Studios, 855 N Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles

UMG
Ace Hotel downtown, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles

Red Light Management
Skybar at Mondrian, 8440 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

Mavericks
The Velvet Margarita, 1612 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles

Concord Bicycle Music post-Grammy party
Palm Restaurant, 1100 So. Flower St., Los Angeles

Republic Records
Hyde, 8117 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Presented by Chromecast Audio.

City Gala Fundraiser featuring Sir Richard Branson, Buzz Aldrin
Playboy Mansion, 10236 Charing Cross Rd., Beverly Hills

Lady Gaga Wows w/ National Anthem @ Superbowl 50

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Lady Gaga Wows w/ National Anthem @ Superbowl 50

Lady Gaga, National Anthem, Superbowll 50Lady Gaga has had quite a year reinventing herself, or should we say rediscovering herself? After a Grammy-winning album with Tony Bennett and incredible performance of the Sound of Music, she astonished the rest of the world with her respectful and powerful performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” at Superbowl 50! Her performance began and ended with her hand respectfully over her heart and she tastefully chose minimal derivations from the original melody. While other performance try to show off their chops, Lady Gaga showed off the song.

This is one of the rare circumstances where the performance of the National Anthem overshadowed the highly anticipated halftime show that featured Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyonce. Lady Gaga has been quietly re-establishing herself in the public eye as a consummate performer that cannot only exist outside of the high-powered dance tunes, but thrive there. She’s mentioned works of a new album, but no word yet on it being a pop venture, another jazz album or something completely different. That’s why we always lover her though: we never know what to expect, but we’ll probably love it.

Watch her performance here:

Catching Up with Muriel Anderson!

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 Available for FREE on iTunes App Store!

Apple Music Memos

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!

Remembering David Bowie

David Bowie - "Lazarus" from BlackstarSome 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.

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Watch his final music video here:

Holiday Songwriting and the Public Domain!

Merry Christmas

The holidays are a time for family, friends and cheesy TV specials, but it wouldn’t be the same without those trademark Christmas and holiday songs! There are many misconceptions about holiday music, so we’re going to clear up a few here. Songs that are in the public domain are mostly those composed before 1923, and free for use with no royalty payments necessary. This includes, but is not limited to classics such as:

  • Angels We Have Heard On High
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • Away In A Manger
  • Coventry Carol
  • Deck The Halls
  • For Unto Us
  • Go Tell It On The Mountain
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Hallelujah Chorus
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • Here We Come A-Caroling (Wassail Song)
  • I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
  • I Saw Three Ships
  • In The Bleak Midwinter
  • It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Jingle Bells
  • Jolly Old St. Nicholas
  • Joy To The World
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • O Come O Come Emmanuel
  • O Holy Night
  • O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  • Once In Royal David’s City
  • Silent Night The First Noel
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Up On The Housetop
  • We Three Kings
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  • What Child Is This

There are many more, but this is a good starting point. Aside from the songs that are old enough to have entered the public domain, there are some songs that most people believe are in the public domain but really aren’t. This means that either the songwriters or their heirs are owed royalty payments for use of their respective songs. Some modern standards like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” might be obvious, but some less obvious Christmas classics that are still copyrighted are:

  • A Holly Jolly Christmas by Johnny Marks
  • All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth by Donald Yetter Gardner
  • Carol Of The Bells* by Peter J. Wilhousky and Mykola Leontovich (The lyrics are copyrighted, but the music is in the public domain.
  • Do You Hear What I Hear? by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker
  • Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano
  • Frosty The Snowman by Steve Nelson and Walter E. Rollins
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
  • Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman
  • I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, and Buck Ram
  • It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Edward Pola and George Wyle
  • Jingle Bell Rock by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe
  • Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
  • Little Drummer Boy by Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, and Harry Simeone
  • Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree by Johnny Marks
  • Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer by Johnny Marks
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
  • Silver Bells by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
  • Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish
  • The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) by Mel TormĂ© and Robert Wells
  • White Christmas by Irving Berlin
  • Winter Wonderland by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith

Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season, and may you songwriters out there be fortunate enough to have a song become a classic standard enter into the cannon of traditional holiday music!

James Corden Can Sing!

James Corden - When Christmas is Over

James Corden has had quite a year. His first season hosting “The Late Late Show” as a successor of Craig Ferguson was a hit spawning viral videos like “Carpool Karaoke”. With a year of big laughs and witty comedy, it was a pleasant surprise that Corden opted to close his 2015 debut season with a heartfelt, original Christmas ballad. Not a holiday ballad, but a CHRISTMAS ballad. Written by a staff songwriter just hours before the show, the song talks about the post-holiday season and Jesus’ commands to love on another all of the time and not just specific seasons.

“When the lights are unstrung from the rooftop and the mistletoe’s down from the den…when Christmas is over, what then?” –When Christmas is Over by James Corden

Music has been a big part of Corden’s success recently, he starred in 2014’s musical movie “Into The Woods” and his hosting gig with “The Late Late Show” has featured some of the biggest talent, new and established since his debut in March. His viral segments “Carpool Karaoke” follow him carpooling with some of music’s biggest stars in his car driving to work and singing at the top of their lungs.

Kudos, James Corden, for not only a stellar debut season, but for showcasing original music in your debut season’s finale!

Watch his performance here: