Jim Kibby

Folk music from James Robert Kibby

Folk singer James Robert Kibby has many influences you might be familiar with, such as Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, The Avett Brothers, Gillian Welch, Rich Mullins and James Taylor. He follows in the troubadour tradition with his own music. Generally, you’ll find Jim, as he’s known to his friends, playing music in the band Immanuel, which is part of his church in suburban Buffalo, New York. While Christian music and…

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10 things every musician website should have

So you’re a music maker? Here are 10 things every musician website should have these days. If you’re missing something, add it. Contact info 1) On the main page there should be a way for people to contact you easily. For instance, in the upper right hand corner of the main page, it’s a great idea to include your phone number or email address so anyone looking for more information…

Beatles Star Wars mashup

Beatles Star Wars Mashup

What if The Beatles met Star Wars? Guess what: The Beatles Star Wars mashup has arrived and it’s brilliant. The Beatles had their heyday in the 1960s, while Star Wars really took off in the 1970s and 1980s. That said, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, they meet! A testament to creativity, Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans is a superb full-length satirical version of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club…

work for free

Work For Free Musicians

Work for free? Musicians: don’t do it! I am an advocate for paying performers, musicians, singers, etc. for their time, talent and commitment to perform when the gig/venue is a for-profit, money-making entity. Providing live music is a valuable service. It deserves financial compensation when those around the musicians, from vendors to security, are getting paid/making money. Sadly, there are too many people today who just assume that they can…

hey

Songs with Hey in them

Songs with hey in them are popular. When you want a hit song, use the word “HEY!” I am enjoying a 2011 song called “Little Talks” from the Icelandic band “Of Monsters and Men,” with its shout-it-out use of the word “HEY!” in it: This song got me thinking of another song that is called “Ho Hey,” a slower, folkish song that brings the hipster esthetic to middle America courtesy…

lyric finder

Lyric Finder helps you find lyrics

To find song lyrics, use lyric finder. If I had to go on a game show about song lyrics, I wouldn’t do too well. Sure, I love music, but I’m more of a rhythm and melody person than a lyrics guy. However, every now and then–and I’m sure this happens to you, too–I’ll hear a song and a line or two will stick in my head…for weeks, months, or even…

The Fuze Save Your Life

Save Your Life song from The Fuze

The Fuze is someone you should know, especially for his song “Save Your Life.” It all started with three chords. The Fuze’s dad showed him three chords as a kid, and together they wrote a song. The Fuze was eight-years-old. Fast forward to adulthood: The Fuze has played many pubs and clubs around London. He’s not only a singer and songwriter, but a producer who plays the guitar and keys…

Postmodern Jukebox

Top 10 Best Postmodern Jukebox Songs

I met Scott Bradlee after his Postmodern Jukebox performance at Bemus Point, NY. I had to congratulate him in person on the tremendous success he has found not only as a musician, but also as someone doing something innovative in the music industry these days. Scott Bradlee takes popular songs from today and yesteryear and reinvents them in a jazzy style, complete with extremely popular YouTube videos which get millions…

video game music

Video game music Polyfied

Someone creates video game music, right? Just like there are composers for Top 40 hits, there are people around the world working on video game music to make video games sound great. The Mark Weber Music Blog recently connected with a guy who makes video game music. “I’ve always been amazed by interactive experiences and what we can mediate through machines,” says Lars-Erik Ronnheden. “Throughout the years I’ve been consulting…

Grayson Hugh

Whatever happened to Grayson Hugh?

One of the songs from the 1980s that I can never get out of my head, even though it wasn’t a huge hit, is Grayson Hugh’s “Talk It Over.” You probably don’t remember it. Here’s the music video: At the time, it didn’t sound like other stuff on the radio. I loved the classic soul feel of it and still do. It was cleverly written and sung– it’s hard not…

Island Apollo

Hear Hold It Down by Island Apollo

If you like Saint Motel, Atlas Genius, or Maroon5, then I’d like you to give the band Island Apollo a listen. They’re from Southern California, have had their music in national ads for the likes of Sprint and Sobe, and, best of all, you’ve got to hear their new single! It’s called “Hold It Down,” and it’s the kind of pop music I miss: synths, drums, guitars and solid vocals……

Yamaha P115

Is the Yamaha P115 worth your money?

Should you buy the Yamaha P115? Guest Post by Briana Renee As a musician, an instrument is a necessity. Thus, you have to invest in the best. The Yamaha P-series has some of the best quality digital pianos regarding construction and performance – including the latest model, Yamaha P115.   To find out if the P115 is worth your money, I will compare it to the other models, P105 and P255….

Wounded Warriors song

See a video for the Wounded Warriors song

Have you seen the music video for the Wounded Warriors song “Miss You” from Breakerbox? I first heard the song a couple months ago. I had downloaded it months before the music video. I was driving along a deserted road in Idaho this past summer when “Miss You” came on the car radio speakers via my iPhone shuffle feature. It was so honest. The music and lyrics arrested my heart. It…

career in music

The Secret To A Lasting Career In Music

Want to know the secret to a lasting career in music? Music, these days, is disposable. It’s sonic wallpaper really. It’s background noise. It’s cookie cutter clutter made by committee. If you were to take a look at the hits on the charts, you’d discover that they have a long list of “co-writers” and “co-producers.” And most songs out there do indeed sound the same because why mess with what…

Pekkanini

Pekkanini Thereminland Band

Pekkanini and The Thereminland Band’s new album of 10 instrumentals? It’s Guitars and Theremins.  You need to get an idea of their sound, so check out “Action in The 60s.” Pekkanini plays the theremin, an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact played by the thereminist (performer). The theremin got its name from Russian inventor Leon Theremin. He patented the device back in 1928. Since then, it has been used to…