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Musical Museum | History

Near Kew in London, this museum began as a private collection of player pianos and grew to include self-playing violins and other musical entertainments. Here is a video of the early days of this museum, its founder, and some of the collection in operation, including a violano built by the Mills Novelty Company.

Concert Posters Tulsa Poster Project Archive of Tulsa area Concert Posters Handbills and Flyers

Ephemera can capture history that newspapers and textbooks miss. David Dean has photographed and uploaded his collection of concert posters going back into the late 1950s, but with a special focus on the '70s and '80s. Most of the photos are from Tulsa venues, but you'll also find Oklahoma City, Norman, Wichita, and other regional cities represented. Many are for events at Cain's Ballroom.

BowieNet: how David Bowie's ISP foresaw the future of the internet | Technology | The Guardian

"In the summer of 1998, a strange press release made its way out to technology and music publications throughout the world. David Bowie, the legendary musician and cultural provocateur, would be launching his own internet service provider, offering subscription-based dial up access to the emerging online world. At a time when plenty of major corporations were still struggling to even comprehend the significance and impact of the web, Bowie was there staking his claim. 'If I was 19 again, I'd bypass music and go right to the internet,' he said at the time. He understood that a revolution was coming....

"More importantly though, Bowie conceived of this service as a visual, interactive community for music fans. Through his Ultrastar company he negotiated deals to give users access to music services like the Rolling Stone Network, which livestreamed concerts, and Music Boulevard, one of the first companies to offer paid-for downloadable music tracks. The ISP provided every user with 5MB of web space, encouraging them to create and share their own websites; there were also forums and live chat sections where Bowie himself conducted live web chats. This was in effect a music-centric social network, several years before the emergence of sector leaders like Friendster and Myspace. The site was also technologically ambitious. At a time when most homepages were simple constructs of text and still images on a default grey background, BowieNet used emerging plug ins like Flash and RealAudio to provide animating graphics and downloadable music clips. Newcomers were told they'd need at least a 28k, but preferably 56k modem connection - this was demanding at a time when the commercial WWW infrastructure was still in its infancy. Parts of the front page of BowieNet remain available on the Internet Archive."

Seven Steps to Learning a Song | Kristin Morris | LinkedIn

"In my years as a professional singer and voice teacher, I've nailed down, through trial and error, what I consider the most important formula for learning a song. I don't mean being able to say you're familiar with it; I mean truly know it and be confident you could pull it out and sing it years from now at the drop of a hat, even if you never memorized it...."

"LISTEN to the song, with your mouth shut.... PHONATE on pitch along with the demonstration.... RECITE the lyrics without thinking about the song, the melody, phrasing or any other aspect of the music.... COMBINE lyrics with music; here's the bulk of your practice, and often is the place people start when they want to learn a song.... SING A CAPELLA!... ACCOMPANY ONLY now, no other help!... PERFORM it!"

King of the Blues, R.I.P. : The Other McCain

A tribute to the hard work and dues paid by B. B. King:

"Anyone enthralled by the popular misconception that a working musician's life is glamorous should contemplate what it was like for King and his band in the 1950s when, in addition to the ordinary hassles of life on the road, they also had to cope with the difficulties that Jim Crow-era segregation imposed. King's hard-earned status as the most commercially successful blues performer in history, however, required him to endure the ups and downs of a career affected by shifts in popular music tastes. In the early 1960s, he was actually booed in Baltimore by a young audience that was there to see the soul crooner Sam Cooke. King kept working -- playing more than 40 weeks on the road year after year -- until a new generation rediscovered the blues. British rockers like the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds, who had traced rock-and-roll back to its R&B roots, inspired a blues revival in the late 1960s....

"King was 43 years old and had already played more than 4,000 gigs before his "commercial breakthrough" in 1968."

My wife and I had the thrill of seeing him in concert at the PAC, with seventh-row seats, playing songs and telling stories.

Toby Rush: Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People

Toby Rush, Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Technology at the University of Dayton, has developed a series of (so far) 51 music theory infographics, explaining everything from notes on a staff and time signatures to chord inversions and rules of counterpoint. The handouts are available for free under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license. Rush has provided PDFs of each individual page, plus a PDF with all the pages released to date. (Via Classic FM.)

R.I.P. "Bro-Country" (2011-2014) « Saving Country Music

"Death by overexposure" was the coroner's verdict. "Bro-Country is scheduled to be buried in the rubble of the historic RCA Studio 'A' building set to be bulldozed on Music Row in Nashville. And in Bro-Country's memory, an edifice to gentrification and homogenization will be erected in the form of a 147,000 square foot condominium complex on the location."

Singer/songwriter Ben Dukes writes in the comments:

"I pitched a song earlier this year, and received the critique:

"'While the story development and imagery are strong, this publisher is looking for HITS. The song lacks in this area. Focus more on current country themes like partying, drinking on the tailgate, girls in short-shorts, etc. Melodically, this feels more like Waylon Jennings than anything on the radio. Focus more on repeating triplets or rhythmic patterns similar to Florida Georgia Line's "This is How We Roll" or Blake Shelton's "Boys Round Here."'"

The Juilliard Effect - Ten Years Later - NYTimes.com

In 2004, the New York Times hunted for the 44 instrumentalists who graduated with the Juilliard Class of 1994. After 10 years, fewer than half of these gifted musicians were making a living performing music.

The 'Danny Boy' Trivia Collection

Part of a meticulously researched history of the famous song by Celtic musician Michael Robinson, on the website of his band, The Standing Stones.