Archive for October 2012

THE MURKY "GREY" and TRUST

When I seek out answers to challenging questions, I do research and listen to a variety of individuals whom I respect.  I don’t always agree with my findings or with what my mentors say, yet I still seek to listen. When I make a purchase like sound or studio equipment, an instrument, a computer ……

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AN ARTIST OUT OF THE ORDINARY

You attend a performance and you like it.  What is it that connects you to what you just saw and heard? If you listen to the reviews before you make a personal assessment, would this one influence you?   Here’s a recent review on singer/songwriter Joe Nolan who has been managed by Neil MacGonigill for…

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NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT

It’s one of the highlights of my week to work with a group of Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers.  We sing together and share the stories inside the music. Fran and Willard Floen explain in a recent issue of Alberta’s Parkinson Pulse: “The fun part of these classes was the total acceptance of everyone, regardless…

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AMERICA'S BIGGEST CLASSROOM

“I’m gonna stop the subsidy to PBS, and I like PBS,” Romney said in the debate. “I love Big Bird. I, actually, like you too,” referring to PBS moderator Jim Lehrer. There is a deep inset lack of understanding underlying this statement.  On the surface, PBS and Big Bird may do just fine without government…

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WE DON'T LIKE YOUR BOYS' SOUND

“To be frank, Mr. Epstein, we don’t like your boys’ sound – groups of guitarists are on the way out!“ Head of A&R at Decca Records, Dick Rowe, rejecting The Beatles in 1962 That’s Dick Rowe who later signed the Rolling Stones, Them (Van Morrison), The Moody Blues, The Zombies, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – some…

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