I am humbled to have been interviewed by Adam of Sounds Good Music Blog. Check it out:
I’m sharing this article from Rolling Stone, published in December 2015, on the 100 greatest guitarists. They assembled a panel of top guitarists and other music experts to rank their favorites and explain what separates the legends from everyone else. Check it out.
Many of us have been to concerts where the artist or band finally appeared on stage after keeping fans waiting a ridiculously long time, or played only new material, completely ignoring the old songs we love, or grossly overcharged for tickets, and so on. Thought I’d share this entertaining article by Andy Greene, entitled “The 10 Most Annoying Rock Star Behaviors,” that appeared in a 2013 issue of Rolling Stone.
An article featured on the website Music Think Tank discusses how online music streaming is actually resulting in increased revenue to the recording industry in the U.S. in recent years. More consumers are now embracing online streaming, while physical sales of recorded music continue to sharply decline. Interestingly, sales of vinyl albums have increased significantly in recent years as vinyl has enjoyed a resurgence, however, it represents a tiny fraction of all music sales.
Click here to read the full article: http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/on-demand-music-content-now-stands-at-the-center-of-us-recor.html
This is an excellent, insightful article by Nicholas Schneider, a writer and drummer for several San Francisco Bay Area bands, about the challenges of making a living in today’s music industry. Producing quality music people want to listen to is challenging enough, but actually earning enough money from one’s music in today’s complex and highly competitive music industry is incredibly difficult, to say the least. The explosion of music streaming services in recent years, which make it easy to listen to literally millions of songs for free or, at most, a minuscule amount of money, have obviously resulted in reduced music sales, and thereby profits, for all but the most successful, big-name musicians.
To read the article, click on this link:
Interesting article by Terry Teachout (Commentary’s critic-at-large and the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal) of how changing American cultural norms about love and marriage have resulted in significant changes in how love is represented in today’s popular music, especially rap. He also reviews a recent book on this subject by Ted Gioia called Love Songs: The Hidden History.
Source: Article Love Songs Rip
Well, Meryl Streep hits another one out of the ballpark with her latest performance in “Ricki and the Flash,” directed by Jonathan Demme. Streep plays an aging rock musician, named Ricki Rendazzo, who never quite made it big, but continues to perform in a small club at night while working at a grocery store by day to make ends meet. Her real name is Linda, but years earlier she abandoned that persona, along with her husband Pete, played by Kevin Kline, and three young children, to pursue her dream of being a rock star in California. When ex-husband Pete calls to inform her that their daughter Julie, played by Streep’s real-life daughter Mamie Gummer in a convincing performance, has had a nervous breakdown after her husband leaves her for another woman, Linda flies to Indianapolis to try and help her estranged daughter. Julie doesn’t exactly welcome her mother with open arms, nor do Linda’s two sons Joshua and Daniel. There’s a cringeworthy scene when Linda, Pete, their three children and Joshua’s fiance Emily gather for an extremely awkward dinner at an upscale restaurant. In due course, Linda has a confrontation with Pete’s current wife Maureen, beautifully played by the talented broadway star Audra McDonald. The film has a somewhat predictible but totally satisfying ending at the marriage of Joshua and Emily.
Throughout the film are several scenes of Ricki and her band The Flash performing in a small nightclub, mostly singing covers of other bands’ songs. Streep does all her own singing and even plays guitar, and singer Rick Springfield turns in a rather good and authentic performance as her bandmate and sometime love interest Greg. There is real chemistry between them, onstage and off. There are a few moments when the film could have become bogged down by cliche, but the strong acting performances by the entire cast keep it credible. Streep’s and Springfield’s musical performances are pretty enjoyable to watch too.
The song – if it could even be referred to as such – “Booty” by Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea is hands down one of the worst singles of 2014, and the accompanying video is unbelievably repulsive. The song is a stupid repetitive piece of crap, and the video is nothing more than soft-core porn. Jennifer Lopez at 46 still has a great body and desperately wants to remain relevant to Millenials, but this is embarrassingly bad, and Iggy Azalea is a no-talent twit.