Melanie’s Candles in the Wind was the first vinyl record we ever purchased. What was your first vinyl record??
Originally posted on Cashbox Music Reviews:
Melanie has a brand new label to go with her “Brand New Key.” The tale of the intrepid roller skater, which also happens to be the artist’s new chart single is only one part of the lovingly designed quilt of songs which is this album. Like the last Rod Stewart album, this album has its little one minute type surprises, “Tell Me Why” and “Ring Around The Moon,” which pop up unexpectedly and the tunes which Melanie has wrapped around them. Particularly the assertive “Steppin,’” the wistful “Little Bit Of Me,” and the spirited “Ring The Living Bell” are among her very best works. Many will want to gather this album.
Originally posted on lead.learn.live.:
Viktoria Yurievna Mullova, 53, is a Russian violinist. She is best known for her performances and recordings of a number of violin concerti, compositions by J.S. Bach, and her innovative interpretations of popular and jazz compositions by Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, The Beatles, and others. She won various prestigious violin competitions (first prize at the 1980 International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki and the Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982). During a tour of Finland in 1983, Mullova and her lover, defected to the West. She currently resides in London. (Source: Wiki)
Sometimes I think the whole dilemma with our lives as artists is that at one time, before we tried or found ourselves compelled by economics to build a living with it, we reveled in it. Whether we played or sang or booked, or managed, at some point, our art was a compendium of absolute love. A collection of passion and inspiration. Then, piece by piece, as we committed more and more of our time and energy and selves to it, art chose to strangle us ever so slowly. Eventually a lot of us found ourselves tied to the metaphorical train tracks of art as a living, being pummeled and pulled apart. Lives fell apart, addictions appeared. Normal -once so offending to us- looked strangely like something we might like to try. And then we found, to our utter surprise and sadness, that no heroic cowboy on a horse was ever going to release us from our artistic bonds. And we remain tied down, year after year, when what we’d really like to do is ride off into the sunset to a place of hope and warmth and conviviality.
But yet, we cannot stop. We create. It is what we do. No matter what form that creation takes: cooking, painting, singing, playing, dancing, drawing, writing,- we, as artists, are compelled to do our utmost to make the world a more palatable, beautiful place for those who don’t practice art as a part of daily life. Through the artist, humans understand they are not alone with their demons and desires. Through the artist, humans are touched at a level that stirs the cells and sweetens the soul. Art, for those of us who make it, is full of raw emotion. We struggle, in so many ways, to harness our creativity and make it presentable and good and true. And if we’re in tune with our souls, and only then, we rise to a level that exceeds mere existence. We connect with spirit, we commune unfettered with God and become wholly the consummate, soul-filled human beings we were meant to be.
The difference between a music FAN and someone who is attending your show for the party….
Originally posted on Melody Music Studios:
*There’s a difference between music fans and people who just want to party and have fun. You’ll encounter both at shows. Learn to deal with each group in effective ways. Knowing the difference between partiers and fans works wonders for your attitude.
As performers, we seek validation through our art. Accept that different performance situations will yield different sorts of audiences and, very often, a mixture of fans, family, friends and partiers. There will be those who come to actually listen to the band, buy cds and think of your performance as an actual event. There will also be those at shows who are there at the behest of a girlfriend, boyfriend or friend and you, my dear musician, will be background music. This scenario becomes particularly difficult if the band is a listening ensemble. Girls giggling and guys yelling over drinks as you’re pouring your heart out on stage can be hard to overlook. This situation can become very contentios (as I’ve been unlucky enough to witness as a performer and a fan) as the band and the listening crowd compete with the gigglers and yellers for airwaves.
It’s best to keep the mood light and positive in response to this situation. Invite your listeners and fans a little closer. Encourage them to stand at the stage if they wish. Create an intimate environment between you and your true fans. Often partiers are discouraged at this sort of dynamic and choose to leave for another, louder place to hang out. I’ve also seen these same people develop a sixth sense for the band – often coming up at set break to say how much they’re enjoying the music.