Monthly Archives: October 2017

Featuring The Voices Of Children

Some children’s voices are heard on some popular records, including one from a number album that also won several Grammy awards. In that particular case, the child can be heard crying rather than singing.

No one would expect that hit to come from Alice Cooper and, indeed, it was not from that ghoulish hard rocker who made Welcome To My Nightmare. Yet Alice Cooper does own the distinction of including more children’s voices in his discography than any other artist in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

His first instance of including the voices of children came, quite appropriately, on his the hit title track from his School’s Out album. The kids can be heard cheering near the end, when Alice declares that “School’s out completely… “An individual child can be heard asking a question on a song from the minor hit “The Ballad of Dwight Frye” from the album, Love It To Death. “Mommy, where’s Daddy?” the boy says. “He’s been away for so long.”

Welcome To My Nightmare contains the hit Department of Youth,” which features singing children in the chorus. The voices belong to Dave Ezrin and the Summerhill Children’s Choir, who stump Cooper as the song fades outs.

Here are five other popular songs that feature the voices of children.

Playground In My Mind by Clint Homes

This hit reached the Top Ten, partly because of the children refraining “My name is Michael, I got a nickel, I got a nickel shiny and new.”

Dear God by XTC

A boy representing a young Andy Partridge sings the first verse of this anti-religious hit whose success was aided by a disturbing video, highlighted by Partridge himself taking a hammer to a tree filled with a stereotypical family.

The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking by Roger Waters

Actor Brandon De Wilde, who played the young son in the Western classic Shane, should actually get the credit for the child’s voice in this title track. After the Pink Floyd leader mentions Dick Tracy and the title film character, De Wilde can be heard saying to Alan Ladd, “Mother wants you.”

Big Dipper by Elton John

Rocket Man employs the talents of the Watford Football Team and the Audley Street Girl’s Choir for backing vocals on this track from A Single Man, his first release after the departure of songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

 

Top Show Bands For Your Event

The best show bands have agents, and you’ll have to work with an agent to get the best, and the right entertainment option for your event

1.Google Search Keyword Phrases

In these days of high technology, Google really is one of the best methods of locating what you want. And, as they say… If it ain’t online, don’t buy it! Google has figured out what people want and how to put it in front of you on their search engine, but you’ll need to know what to look for. Keyword phrases that help guide the search engine to your preferences are often primed by agents who speak better BAND than they speak customer. So, think like the band instead of the customer. Look for names and locations that might label the band.

For instance:

“music for afternoon garden wedding” didn’t bring up any bands, or agents to choose from, but rather a long selection of tunes.

“best dance bands for hire” brought up a whole list of dance bands and agents who support and market bands for events.

2 – Word of Mouth Referrals and References

Ask others who have hired bands for events, for weddings, or corporate training events, or community entertainment who they call to find the right band. Don’t be shy, if you find a band you like, look them up on YouTube.com or ask for referrals, and references for the best dance bands. Your friends won’t lead you wrong, and you can always test their references on YouTube. Look them up.

3 – Find Event Planners Who Work with Bands

Some of the best event planners will have bands and agents they work with all the time. Don’t count on the lowest price or the cheapest option fulfilling your dreams. Sometimes you have to pay for what you want. But… it’s worth it!

 

Achieving Musical Greatness

You Must Be Talented To Become A Great Musician

False: musical greatness is simply a byproduct of mastering musical skills and integrating them together. People who have natural talent were not born talented. They figured out on their own how to master the right skills to become good musicians.

Not having “natural talent” doesn’t mean it’s impossible to become great. Fact is, many of the greatest musicians began with no talent whatsoever. Everyone has the potential to learn the correct musical skills for achieving greatness by working with an excellent teacher.

Musical Greatness Is The Same As Originality

Greatness is simply the ability to express what you want to express accurately and effortlessly. Your expression does not have to be original. For example, a virtuoso pianist who only plays Classical music composed by other musicians. You can also be original without really expressing yourself (if you lack the skills needed to do so).

What matters most is that you have a strong desire to express something and are willing to learn how to clearly express it through music. Once both of these things are in place, you have everything you need to become great.

To Be Musically Great You Must Play Many Styles Well

You can express yourself very well in one style (that you love). Most of the greatest musicians in the world were specialists in a single style (or closely related styles). For example, two great musicians Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen never strayed too far from their respective genres. Musical greatness is about acquiring skills needed to express the sounds you hear in your head and mastering them. Don’t believe the false claim that you can only become great if you already have a lot of natural talent. This myth is destructive because it keeps you from even attempting to become better

Instead of making it a goal to become great in several musical styles, work together with an experienced teacher to learn things that help you become a better musician in ANY style. For example: music theory, aural skills, songwriting or live performance.

Game Could Inspire Other Bands To Create Similar Products

In the new edition the set will be sold without the boot, wheelbarrow, and thimble, three of the traditional game pieces. In their place will be a penguin, a rubber ducky, and a Tyrannosaurus Rex.A few days later, the game made news in the music world. The band who once was deemed as more popular than The Beatles, Queen, has created a similar board game base on their career.

The design traces the different stages of Queen’s history, starting from their formation in the late sixties through the death of front man Freddie Mercury in 1996. The game pieces also reflect the band’s career, starting with a hammer that represents the single “Hammer To Fall” from the album called The Works. Other pieces include Brian May’s unique guitar, the robot from the cover of the News of the World album, a vacuum cleaner that recalls the classic video for “I Want To Break Free” and a bicycle that signifies the smash hit “Bicycle Race” from the Jazz album.

Following the lead set by the group that gave us “Bohemian Rhapsody” along with numerous enduring hits, other bands might decide to create a similar board game reflecting their careers. These items would very likely become prized possessions for millions of nostalgic fans.

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, the surviving members of The Who, could oversee a board game based on their history. The squares could include a “Detour” to mark the original name of the group, as well as take participants through highlights such as the rock opera Tommy, the epic Quadrophenia, the classic Who’s Next album, and finally their induction into the Rock Hall of Fame.

Like the Queen set, the Who game might have pieces associated with their notable hits. A squeeze box could represent that Top Ten single from Who By Numbers, and a miniature bus might replicate their sixties anthem “Magic Bus.”