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 sells, right? Simple chord progressions, simple hooks… I’d describe today’s “electronic…

Master Piano To Become Better Guitarist?

Master Your Piano Playing Skills To Become A Jaw-Dropping Guitarist Want to become an instrumentalist? As a beginner, you’re going to find it tough to learn to play any given musical instrument because of the simple fact that you know nothing about it apart from knowing its name. Well, becoming a good player is no joke as you have to put tremendous time and effort into fully understanding the nitty…

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Middle Aged People: The Missing Music Market?

Music maker Gary D. Clark recently wrote to the Mark Weber Music Blog about a topic that he had a strong opinion on: music for middle aged folks isn’t getting the attention it deserves. Clark wrote a letter in which he stated, “All the new music is focused on the 16-35 market it seems.” Indeed, it does seem like today’s music is all about the youth and what they want…

Anatomy of a Song by Marc Myers

Anatomy of a Song is a new book subtitled “The oral history of 45 iconic hits that changed rock, R&B and pop.” Available thanks to Grove Press, this hardcover book by Marc Myers makes a perfect Christmas gift for the music fan in your life. It turns out that Myers typically writes a column for The Wall Street Journal, and Anatomy of a Song is a logical extension of his essays…

Music Today is in a Sad State

Music today? Hmm… I was thinking about music today, and I am frankly tired of American Idol and the Disney Channel dominating what Americans, and the world, consider popular. Justin Beiber follows Miley Cyrus, who followed Jonas Brothers, and before that we had Spice Girls, Britney Spears, and Backstreet Boys. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga (a Madonna retread), Eminem (who just sounds like he’s an angry yeller lately), and Ke$ha (mindless, robotic…