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How To Download Digital Music At No Cost

How To Download Digital Music At No Cost


If you are like me and love to listen to digital music but do not know much about downloading music on a computer this will hopefully help you to understand it a little better.
I looked at many different sites on downloading music. The majority of them cost money. Then there are some sites where you can listen to the digital music for a short period of time and then have to pay so much per each song you want to hear.

I also saw some sites that you can use the site for about a month then have to pay so much each month after that. I thought that would be OK at least I could listen to free music for a month. I found out I could listen to the music but I could not download it. I was talking to some friends and I was told about frost wire. I thought there would have to be some kind of catch to use this site but there was no catch.

You go to this site and it will have a place where you can type in just the title of a song you want to hear or you can type in what group or individual you would like to hear. It will pull up all the digital music you are looking for. This site also has genre on it. This shows all the different types of music you can pull up on the computer. It has country,rock,blues,disco easy listening, r&b, rap, ballad, big band, oldies,etc…. It has so many different types of music I can’t list them all.

Frost wire also has a search engine,community chat,and a library where it stores all your music in alphabetical order. In the library it has continuous,play option and also it has shuffle. You can check mark shuffle and it plays the songs at random. This site also has audio, video, images,shared files, and incomplete files. After you type in a song or artist hit search and it will bring up all the digital music from that artist or individual.

When you see the song or songs you like you will see the type,size,and speed of the song.On the majority of the songs you will see 4 stars to the left of the song,and you will see some numbers on the left. It is best to download a song that has a number by it. The song will download faster. After you download your song you will see a clear / inactive button. You will want to click that clear / inactive button. This will save it into your library of music.

Anytime you want to find a new song or artist just click on the search button and that will bring you back to the original site where you started downloading. I also think it is important not to download more then one song at a time. It will take much longer to download if you try to do more then 1 at a time. So if you really want to find the digital music you really enjoy and do not have to pay a penny go to this site and try it out. I am sure you will enjoy the music as much as are family does.



Press Kit Strategies for Singers & Musicians

Press Kit Strategies for Singers & Musicians

The main goal in creating a press kit is to generate interest in an artist and the music they play. A press kit includes background information, photos, samples of music, a listing of past and future gigs you have scheduled, and any other pertinent information. A press kit is used as a way of introducing and artist to newspapers, the media, promoters, and music industry leaders. You can create a press kit that is mailed to the appropriate recipients and it is a good idea to have an electronic form of your press kit that can be emailed and posted on web sites.

Things to include in your press kit:

Offer a limited a mount of information about yourself, your band, and your style of music. Don’t give the reader more information than they want. If your introduction is too lengthy, you will lose the interest of your intended audience.

Talk about your music, the way in which you perform your songs, your sound, and who your influences are. You will want to give a good idea of what you may sound like in these descriptions. Do not be afraid to interject a little humor into your descriptions. You will get someone’s attention during the very first minute they open your press kit. If you do not captivate them immediately, they will lose interest.

Describe the things that make you special in comparison to everyone else. What are your skills and experience level? Why would a record promoter or executive gain by giving you a chance to record and market your music? Record companies spend a great deal of money in promoting new artists. You will want to make it clear why you would be a good investment.

Include press clippings and quotes as they become available. A remark made about you by a reputable person will go a long way in making your press kit credible. This will let the reader know that you have been recognized as a talent to be reckoned with and could possibly create extra momentum for you while you are trying to launch your career. Whether you are in need of a singer, musician, or actor press kit, recognition from others is a great tool in promoting yourself.

You really only need one page of your press kit to be devoted to a biography and one page that includes quotes and press clippings. This rule stands even in an online portfolio. By keeping each topic on a simple page, you are much more likely to hold the interest of the person who receives your press kit. Make sure the tone of your band press kit is in line with who you are as a person and the type of music you perform.

A sample of your music in the form of a high quality CD or clips that can be heard in an electronic press kit are critical. Make certain you label the CD with your name and contact information. If someone loves your music but has misplaced the rest of your press kit, you will want this information to readily available to them.

Be careful not to overdo the self-promotion. You should be positive and state your ambitions, but shameless self-promotion will make you look unprofessional and less than credible. Also avoid including too much personal information. No one cares (yet) about your first pet, your grades in elementary school, or your personal phobias. Keep the focus on your music and your accomplishments. You want to be sure you do not look desperate for work, even if you really are.

Include a personal cover letter to whomever you send your press kit to, and try to avoid sending your musician press kit unsolicited. It is always better to have a referral from a friend or associate of the person you wish to see your material.



The Roots of Nirvana

The Roots of Nirvana

No band develops in a vacuum; every band starts out thinking, at least a bit, of other musicians that they want to take after or rebel against. But Nirvana was the first great band of actual music snobs: record fiends who wanted to make it very clear exactly what they listened to. They all loved Led Zep and Aerosmith and CCR and Black Sabbath and Kiss and then some more Led Zep on top of that. Mostly, though, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic had grown up as Pacific Northwest punk rock kids. They hung out with the Melvins in Aberdeen, Washington, were required by circumstance to define their position with respect to K Records and the Olympia scene and carried Flipper and Bad Brains records like shields to ward off poseurs. (Dave Grohl had a roughly equivalent experience growing up in the DC area.) When they hit the big time, they covered their favorite bands, got them to open for Nirvana, wore their T-shirts every chance they got. Kurt even oversaw reissues of his beloved Raincoats’ lost work.

In case there was any ambiguity left about who Nirvana considered their ancestors, it’s all laid out in Kurt’s Journals — the scribblings of an inveterate listmaker who clearly loved even writing the names of his favorite records, like talismans of good luck and good punk rock karma. Certain discs turn up again and again in Kurt’s pantheons of music: some are multiplatinum warhorses (Meet the Beatles, Aerosmith’s Rocks), others are hopelessly obscure (Fang’s Land Shark, the self-titled Tales of Terror album). Most of them, though, are remarkable American indie-rock and hardcore albums from the ’80s, with a few artier European post-punk records and the inevitable Leadbelly album thrown in. They’re worth investigating for anyone who loves Nirvana: these are not just the raw materials Cobain and Novoselic and Grohl transmuted into gold, they’re what the band aspired to.

The Best Of Leadbelly
Artist: Lead Belly
Release Date: 2003

When Nirvana played their wrenching cover of Leadbelly’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” (a.k.a. “In the Pines”) on MTV Unplugged, it looked like an unexpected gesture toward the blues blood that still courses so powerfully through rock’s veins. Actually, though, Kurt doesn’t seem to have been so into vintage blues in general — he just loved Leadbelly obsessively (and had previously recorded four Leadbelly songs with Screaming Trees’ Mark Lanegan). This collection is a solid introduction to the “King of the Twelve-String Guitar,” a roaring ex-con who miraculously pulled joyful music out of his personal horrors.

Surfer Rosa / Come On Pilgrim
Artist: The Pixies
Release Date: 1988

Kurt called this 1988 album “a die-cast metal fossil from a spacecraft,” and some of the Pixies’ favorite tricks — endlessly looping riffs that had never quite been used before, tense clean-toned verses that bloom into explosive, distorted choruses — showed up on Nevermind a few years later. Steve Albini’s drumstick-to-your-skull engineering work here pretty obviously inspired Nirvana to hire him for In Utero, too. But most of what Nirvana got from the Pixies was an attitude: the sense of being off-balance and screaming while keeping one foot in tightly controlled structure.

Over The Edge
Artist: Wipers
Release Date: 1983

Kurt’s “Top 50” list ultimately included three albums by Portland, Oregon’s Wipers: Is This Real?, Youth of America and 1983’s Over the Edge. Singer-guitar monster Greg Sage’s band was ferociously chugging and deeply into its own alienation — and operated independently of the music-business machine — years before anyone else in the Pacific Northwest caught on to their techniques. Nirvana and Hole both eventually covered Wipers songs; “So Young,” from this album, could very easily be mistaken for a Cobain original.

Singles 1-12
Artist: Melvins
Release Date: 1997

If you were a punk rock kid in Aberdeen, Washington in the mid-’80s, the Melvins were IT: they spiked their hardcore with brutal metal, they could play scorchingly fast or tortuously slow, they got to play in Olympia and Seattle and their practice space was the locus of the local punk scene. They also had a knack for doing screwed-up things on their recordings, and the 1996 series of singles collected here is classic Melvins — tributes to the Germs, Flipper and Butthole Surfers, corrosive audio experiments and straight-up blasts of the grunge style they helped to invent.

Jamboree
Artist: Beat Happening
Release Date: 1988

In some ways, Kurt never quite fit in with Olympia’s K Records, their flagship band Beat Happening and the “love-rock” scene around them — too much tummy-rubbing, not enough gut-punch — but he loved it enough that he got the K logo tattooed on his left arm, and its fascination with childhood fed his own. 1988’s Jamboree, evidently his favorite Beat Happening record, is half pastel nostalgia, half savage dread, a la-la pop album that collapses into a puddle of screeching noise at the end.

Bayou Country
Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Release Date: 1969
Like a lot of other punk bands, Nirvana adored classic rock; unlike most of their peers, they embraced it — one of Cobain and Novoselic’s first attempts to play music together was a Creedence cover band. Kurt cited this 1969 album as a favorite of his, and you can hear a lot of John Fogerty’s throaty bellow on “Born on the Bayou” in the way he taught himself to sing; you can also hear how Creedence’s sturdy chording and simple melodies resurfaced in Nirvana’s music. What Nirvana might also have picked up from Creedence, though, was the art of self-reinvention and presentation: remember, Fogerty’s really a Cali kid, not a bayou native.

LiliPUT
Artist: Kleenex / LiliPUT
Release Date: 2003

“Anything by Kleenex” was the way Kurt usually put it on his lists of favorite records. The young Swiss women who recorded first as Kleenex and then as LiLiPUT between 1978 and 1983 had a garbled discography, and this compilation of everything by them didn’t appear in the US until 2001. So start with their delirious, glorious singles “Split,” “Ain’t You” and “Eisiger Wind,” full of shrieks and chirps, and powered by the rhythms of people who are determined to play their way and nobody else’s.

Kill Rock Stars
Artist: Various Artists – Kill Rock Stars
Release Date: 2003

In the summer of 1991, Nirvana were just another well-loved Washington band, and the other bands compiled here — on the anthology that launched the label of the same name — were their contemporaries and scenemates: their old pals the Melvins, Bikini Kill (featuring Kurt’s ex-girlfriend Tobi Vail), label owner Slim Moon’s band Witchypoo, Steve Fisk (who’d recorded the Blew EP), Heavens to Betsy (with a very young Corin Tucker, later of Sleater-Kinney) and a duo of Lois Maffeo and Pat Maley that went by the name of Courtney Love — no relation… or almost none.

Extended Play
Artist: The Raincoats
Release Date: 1995

In the liner notes of Incesticide, Kurt told the story of how he’d tracked down “that wonderfully classic scripture,” the Raincoats’ 1979 debut album, in England. Songwriters Ana da Silva and Gina Birch reformed the group in 1994 to open for Nirvana on the tour that never happened. They did, however, tour America, and recorded this EP for a BBC radio session: two new songs and two early favorites, performed with the sure-footed power and fresh-minded re-conception of the proper language, subject and sound for pop songs that had drawn Cobain to them in the first place.



Music Artist Bo Bice Bio

Music Artist Bo Bice Bio


Bo was nicknamed “Bogart” by his grandmother as a child and it was later shortened to “Bo.”
Bo first made a real mark in regards to music when at the age of 13, he won a local school competition. When Bo was a kid however, the family moved around the South frequently, they lived in Georgia , Alabama , and Florida ; including the metro area of Atlanta .

When Bice was 15 years old the family moved to England in 1990, as part of Bo’s father’s European assignment with Coca-Cola in London . Bo would have graduated from high school in 1994 but in fall of 1993 he dropped out of high school just before turning 18 to move back to Alabama , where he earned his GED and attended some classes at Calhoun Community College . It was around this time when Bo worked with some English alternative rock musicians and upon graduating Calhoun and spending a semester at the University of North Alabama in Florence, Bo turned into a professional musician and performed in shows all across the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Europe.

For the 2005 season, American Idol producers raised their required age limit from 16-26 to 16-28 and although Bo did not quite fit the Idol mold, he decided to try out. He was one of the oldest contestants to audition and participate on American Idol, as well as being the oldest contestants to have progressed the farthest in the singing competition. A southern rocker in musical approach and appearance, Bo did not fit into the normal American Idol mold but since he was so different he became a fan favorite. In addition to his rocker ways, his early performance of The Allman Brothers Band’s “Whipping Post” drew raves from the judges and established him as one of their favorites in the competition.

In Alabama , May 24 was declared “Bo Bice Day” by Governor Bob Riley. In fact, Bo’s pride in being an Alabama native resulted in the adoption of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s hit ” Sweet Home Alabama ” as his “theme” during his run on American Idol.

On June 15, 2005, Bo married long-time girlfriend Caroline Fisher in Helena . After being signed to RCA Records, Bo’s first single was released June 21, 2005, and it was his version of “Inside Your Heaven”. The single debuted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and #1 on the Billboard Hot Single Sales chart. In late July 2005 it was certified Gold. The Bices’ first child, a son named Aidan Michael Bice, was born on September 24, 2005.

Bo’s solo debut album, The Real Thing, was released on December 13, 2005. It opened at #4. The Real Thing has the seventh-highest opening for a debut album by an American Idol finalist; it is also noteworthy that Bo Bice is one of several non-winners to achieve good success in record sales.

On September 12, 2006, Bo released a cover of The Chambers Brothers 1968 smash hit, “Time Has Come Today,” through various legal digital music download sites. The song, which does not appear on The Real Thing, is the theme song for a new Monopoly commercial. It has been rumored to be Bo’s new single and possibly a track on his second major album.

Bo Bice’s second album, to be released on indie label StratArt, is tentatively titled American Blood. The album’s release date has yet to be announced. Bo Bice will be going on a concert tour soon. Buying Bo Bice concert tickets from a ticket broker is recomended as his concert tickets will be going fast.



Internet Jams

Internet Jams

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Today’s technology for the recording musician has been getting better and better with each passing month it seems. Software and computer interfaces are getting much less sophisticated and more user friendly for the average Joe. And,let’s not forget, less expensive.
Software like Acid Pro 4.0 is what I use to create and upload music to the web. I’ve been using products from Sonic Foundry Sony) for 4 years now. Their software products are superb to say the least. I highly recommend this software to build your music creations.
Acidplanet is where I upload my music and Video for the whole world to see and hear.
As a member, you can upload music and video files for free.
Software like Vegas Video (also made by Sonic Foundry-Sony), it is what I use to create music videos.
Now, don’t get me wrong… this is the software I use and recommend. There are many reliable programs out there to choose from.
I’ve been doing some online music collaborations as of late myself. This has been a great experience for me. However, as with anything else, there is a learning curve.
So… I thought I’d pass some simple tips that will help anchor you to a basic format you can start with.
These are common sense tips that I’m giving here and they work well if you follow this basic format everytime.
First, you need you find a website that has musicians who have the same interest you do. Yes, “online music collaborations. “
Musician Forum Boards are a great place to start. Here are just a few that will help get you started.
Guitar Noise Forums has recently created a page called, appropriately enough, Online Jams and Collaborations. It’s pretty much a bulletin board where you can hook up with others who are interested in putting together an online jam, hosted by another site. You can join in on a jam or announce one of your own.
“GuitarDuel.com is a site for guitarists of all ability levels to display their work. The best part is that it’s free to join, but we’ll have weekly contests with real prize money,” says site creator, Don Harrold.
The appeal of GarageBand.com is the unique way in which it uses the Internet to find talented new groups.
Artistopia is committed to building the ultimate end-all solution for music artists, musicians, songwriters, and industry professionals to develop and do business in one spot. Armed with comprehensive membership plans, industry experts, expert technologist, business management, and solid online presence, Artistopia is leading the frontier in online artist development.
Whenever a site such as these have a Forum Board, use them to find other artist that have the same taste as you. I usually introduce myself right away after signing up. It doesn’t take long until you find some really cool musicians that are more than willing for an online collaboration. Acidplanet.com is where I upload my tunes.
Once I get on the Forum Board, I’ll look for topics of discussions. Songwriting Topics, Recording Topics etc. This is where you’ll find folks to collaborate with.
A great why to start is by taking a consensus. Throw the idea out there with some guidelines established. Remember, it’s all in the approach. Then, folks need to hear what you are working on first, just to find out if it’s something they can get into…
My first “collabs” were done by posting backing tracks for others to download and do their own thing with..
Some of the top players on AP really had a good time with that, and it grew into something way beyond what I intended. Very cool…
You can do the same thing by building the backing track, and listing the lyrics you want in the song description.
You’ll probably get a lot more folks involved if you let them post the songs on their own pages too…
To collaborate with others takes time. Just being vague and asking for a collaboration will probably not get very many responses. Having your ideas laid out before hand would probably get more responses. Most good musicians I know are looking to be challenged a little when it comes to making music. Remember, it’s got be worth while I’m sure.
Any “collaboration” is a community effort between people, with equal input and participation throughout the project.
A great approach would be to post a subject idea for a group project, discuss ideas posted by participating members on that subject, and come to a consensus on:
1. What the outline of the song should be (genre, instrumentation, time signature, tempo, key, section layout of verses/choruses/bridges/solos).
2. Which people will contribute what parts and instruments
3. Where the finished parts of each collaborator will be uploaded to
4. Who is responsible for collecting/mixing/mastering the parts
5. A timeline for when parts need to be done to keep the project moving smoothly
6. What profile the song will be uploaded to
7. A “project head” to oversee the entire process and make sure things are running smoothly, communication is consistent and informative, and every participant is included equally in the project.
“Hope these tips and guidelines help you get you on the right track.”



Choosing a Music Subscription Service

Choosing a Music Subscription Service

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If “legally” filling up your MP3 player with gigabytes of music for less than the retail price of a single album interests you, then it is time to choose a music subscription service.
Digital music is an emerging market with three major players enticing thousands of people to give up pirating their music and actually paying for it.

When taken into consideration that people have been stealing music long before the advent of the MP3 file, which made pirating music a widespread epidemic, why now are people all of a sudden going straight? So many, that 2005 was the first year legal downloads of music exceeded illegal downloads on P2P sites. Thank Rhapsody, Napster, and Yahoo Music Unlimited for finally offering a model that makes sense. Instead of buying songs or albums, they offer subscribers the ability to rent their entire collection of over 1 million tracks for a low monthly fee. Buying thousands of tracks on Apple’s iTunes would cost thousands of dollars, where you can easily download 10,000 or more songs to your MP3 player through a music subscription service for as low as $4.99 a month.

Aside from the cost savings, renting music has more advantages over buying. For one, it is convenient. Imaging having over 1 million full length high quality songs at your fingertips, so whether you want to listen to your favorite song, something different on an impulse, or are just curious about an emerging artist, you can have it all. On top of that, you don’t have to worry about slow downloads, poor audio quality, corrupt or infected files.

Convinced? So which music subscription service is right for you?

While they are all pretty comparable, Rhapsody is probably the cream of the crop. They offer the most streamlined interface and the best jukebox functionality, all accessible from any PC connected to the web. Artist bios, radio stations (which allow you to skip songs), and advanced playlist features are all integrated into the interface. For $14.99 a month, this is a great value. Subscribers also have the option to download songs for 89 cents a track.

Napster also has an attractive interface with advanced playlist features and a massive catalog of music that is continually growing. It has a few nice personalization features, but transferring songs to an MP3 player can be more difficult with Napster than the alternatives. For $14.95 a month and 99 cent tracks, it is still a great value.

Yahoo Music Unlimited is the least expensive option, charging only $4.99 a month and just 79 cent tracks. It includes a nice jukebox, radio stations (which allow you to skip songs), and can integrate with the popular Yahoo Messenger client. If the appealing price outweighs a lack of extras like artist bios and a few bugs here and there, then Yahoo is probably the way to go.

With digital music sales soaring, it is a safe bet that all three of these music subscription services will flourish and continue to develop even more features, grow their already extensive catalogs, and convert more and more pirates into renters.



Why Lyrics Are Important

Why Lyrics Are Important

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What makes a good song so appealing to the people who buy CDs and MP3 files? Is it the background beats or the guitar riffs played? Is it the voice of the lead singer or how high he or she can take his vocals to? The truth is that the most important part of most songs, techno possibly being an exception, is the lyrics, or the words of the song. The lyrics are the meat of any song, and are usually the part that is most recognizable from any song. They are an integral part of any music tune and it would be a mistake for any artist to take them lightly.

As mentioned before, the most recognizable part of any song is usually the lyrics. What this means is that when someone is looking for a song they heard on the radio, they will probably remember some key lines from the chorus. They are not, however, likely to remember a well-done guitar solo or something of that sort. While instrumental play is important as well, people usually link songs with the words inside the music. This is because words are not only much easier to remember than instrument music is, they are also easy to translate to someone else. For example, it would be much easier to find a CD if you know the words to a song than if you knew the drum beats from a song.

Lyrics are often commonly considered to be the single artistic part of music as well. While this is certainly not true from a musicians standpoint, as guitars and drums take a lot of practice and time to master, it doesn’t change the fact that many people feel that a good song must have quality lyrics. Good lyrics will relate to a person’s life and make them feel better about a bad situation. Bad lyrics will focus on trivial parts of life that really don’t matter and will have no deeper meaning to them after the song is over. Artists will find that after a while people tire of hearing the same old stuff about showing off gold chains and shaking behinds. Many music fans are looking for songs that have meanings, and this in turn means that artists need to spend more time on their lyrics.

Remember that before it was stated that lyrics are important because of how they can be recognized. This is double-fold when you consider that good lyrics in one song can sometimes single-handedly assure an artists legacy. Journey is one good example of this, as their biggest hit in “Don’t Stop Believing” is a pop culture hit that has never lost fans throughout the decades since it’s release. On the other hand, artists without a standout lyrical song will often find themselves fade out of the picture as their era in music ends.

All in all, lyrics are an important part of any song and the words are the part fans look to the most for inspiration and meaning. Artists who come up with great lyrics are usually the ones most revered long past their prime, so it is important that they focus on this part of a song!



From Work At Home Guitar Teacher To Full Music School

From Work At Home Guitar Teacher To Full Music School

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Andrew James Hymel is the owner, proprietor, and music director of Andy Hymel School of Music in Gretna, Louisiana, just outside of New Orleans.
It is a success story that has blossomed from one man’s dream of music education into a consortium of teachers and students who strive for excellence and value the importance of the preservation of the arts in today’s New Orleans.

When asked about his Post Katrina experience, Hymel relied, “It was scary to reopen the school and it was like starting over, but I felt the community needed something to use as an outlet for the emotions caused by Katrina. We weren’t just rebuilding a music school; we were rebuilding the minds and souls of our students and their families.”

Andy Hymel earned a degree in Jazz Performance from Loyola

University in New Orleans, LA. At a young age, his musical talents developed from “jamming” with neighborhood musicians in the Algiers area, notably Frank Saucier, a regular solo artist at Kerry’s Irish Pub in the French Quarter. In the 80’s, he honed his guitar skills at the World’s Fair with the vocal group “Celebration” and is to this day appreciative of that opportunity.

While his music accomplishments were self-developed, his community involvement and business acumen were mostly inspired by his dad.

His father, Lloyd Hymel, is a pillar of the Algiers community and an elder of Saint Andrews the Apostle Church. He was Chairman of the West Bank Chamber of Commerce, President of the Petroleum Club and the West Bank Rotary Club, and Vice President of AMF Tuboscope in Harvey, Louisiana.

One of his brothers, Philip Hymel, is the Chief Financial Forecaster of Entergy New Orleans and recently served as President of the University of New Orleans Alumni Association. Another brother, David Hymel, is in the oil and gas business and for years organized the oil field “Chili Cook Off”; recently at Boomtown Casino and previously at Alvin Andrew Callender Naval Airforce Base in Belle Chasse, Louisiana.

Another brother, Greg, owned and operated a Zack’s Frozen Yogart franchise and is a Ginger Baker “Cream” style drummer. His is also an artist/painter and is displayed in several restauraunts in the New Orleans area. Obviously, the senior Mr. Hymel set a solid foundation for his children to excel in business and community development.

With that said, it is apparent that Andy Hymel has parlayed his strong family values and love of music instruction from a work at home business into a full blown, reputable, school of music.

Branching off from the security of working from home, Hymel first opened his school at 601 Terry Parkway in Gretna, LA, in an area commonly known as Terrytown. What started as a handful of students quickly blossomed into a full school of music with 280 students strong and has had to relocate to a larger building at 1800 Stumph Boulevard. Predominantly a guitar teacher, he also teaches piano and bass. His drum instructor, Jumpin’ Joe Gelini, graduated from Berklee School of Music in Boston, a great accomplishment considering only 2% of those who attend Berklee actually graduate. The school has a wide variety of teachers, including band directors and vocal coaches, covering several instruments and genres. Even Hymel’s high school guitar teacher from Holy Cross is on the payroll!

Mr. Hymel (not his dad Lloyd) believes that music education can start at the Pre-K level and has programs and original songs in place for the youngest of students. He also has courses geared for “Baby Boomers” as well.

In between those age groups, one of his most amazing accomplishments is that 5 of his students have received full scholarships to various schools of music and EVERY one of his 10 students who have applied to NOCCA was accepted on their first audition!

One former student begins as an understudy this fall with the Metropolitan Opera Association. Another, Alex Zander, is a published singer/songwriter. Alex is an entire story yet to be written. Stay tuned.

In addition to his accomplishments as a teacher and entrepreneur, he has written and recorded hundreds of original songs and his efforts are starting to be recognized. Most notably. the son of Clarenece “Frogman” Henry, marketing himself as Clarence “Frogman” Henry Jr. , is considering many of Hymel’s songs for his soon to be released CD.

For Andrew James Hymel this is only the start. As an unabashed Beatles fan, an admitted student of New Orleans music, and an unwavering ambassador of music education, the sky is the limit!

Whether you
listen to me or not, you will certainly hear from him.



Arcade Fire – Straight From Montreal

Arcade Fire – Straight From Montreal

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Montreal’s Arcade Fire is frequently credited with supplying the spark that ignited its music scene, propelling the North American city into the leagues of previous alternative rock hotbeds like New York, Athens (Georgia) and Seattle.

Whether the Montreal scene went on to equal that of 1990’s Seattle is debatable – in fact the “explosion” is still underway, and the full impact won’t likely be known for years to come – but the importance of Arcade Fire to the Canadian Indie scene is indisputable.

Once dismissed as a novelty act of sorts – they had a fondness for performing in unusual outfits including crash helmets, and often took to marching through their audiences – music junkies soon figured out that Arcade Fire was in fact, the real thing.

An eclectic and unusually large line-up is headed by lead vocalist Win Butler and his wife, Régine Chassagne, (Canadian born with Haitian roots). Butler’s brother, William, is a multi-instrumentalist (bass, guitars, synthesisers and percussion), and Tim Kingsbury plays bass and guitars. Richard Reed Parry (frequently compared to Napoleon Dynamite) plays guitars, bass, keyboards and accordion, while Sarah Neufeld plays violin and Jeremy Gara sits on drums. Several additional travelling musicians mean the bands on-stage presence is normally around ten, and the fact that so many play multiple instruments – well, you can imagine the potential for a chaotic stage performance!

Arcade Fire’s 2004 debut CD, Funeral, was released with little fanfare. An album that combined the solemn (songs influenced by the deaths of several of the band’s family members), with unusual instrumentation and pop masterpieces, like Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out), Funeral caught the critics off-guard. The oversight wouldn’t last long, however, and propelled by a raucous live show and endorsements from celebrity fans including David Bowie, U2 and Talking Heads’ David Byrne, the hype surrounding the band began to build.

The infamous music review website Pitchfork awarded Funeral a 9.7 rating, and it was ultimately named Album Of The Year for 2004 by the music press, garnering a host magazine covers, television appearances and awards for the band.

There was a tremendous amount of pressure on the band to equal Funeral’s phenomenon with a follow-up release, even though there was little hope of matching the media hype that had accompanied Arcade Fire’s “discovery” and the subsequent spotlight on the Montreal music scene.

Neon Bible was released in March, 2007, immediately holding down the number one position in the Canadian music charts and premiering at number two on the Billboard album chart. The Neon Bible tour continues this autumn throughout North America and Europe, so if you get the chance to see Arcade Fire, it’s doubtful you’ll regret it.

Besides being a phenomenal live act, you will witness the band that single-handedly kick started the Montreal Music scene. And who knows what famous performer might join them on stage?

To whet your appetite, here’s another fine snippet of Arcade Fire concert footage, this time Rebellion (Lies) from the Coachella music festival.

Discography – Studio Albums
2004: Funeral (#33 UK)
2007: Neon Bible (#2 UK)



Adding Music Adds Flair To Your Myspace Profile

Adding Music Adds Flair To Your Myspace Profile

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Have you ever visited a MySpace profile where a cool song is playing, and wondered how to do the same with your MySpace profile? The next articles will discuss and also instruct you on how to simply add music to your MySpace profile.

You have to be logged into your MySpace account when you are adding music to your MySpace profile. If you forget this, you can only listen and view the artist profiles but cannot add songs to your profile. Therefore, the first thing to remember in adding music to you MySpace profile is to make sure that are really logged on to your account.

Once you’re in, you should look for the link marked with “Music”. It is positioned at the top of the profile page of your home page. It’s between the “Videos” and “Comedy” link. Click this link to add music on your MySpace account.

After clicking the “Music” link, you will go to a page which allows you to look for a particular band or artist. The page has broad features that will allow you to search by:

• band names
• band members
• musical influences
• musical genre
• geographical locations

It has an “Advanced” search option, but you can also do it in a simple way using keyword terms.

After you completed your search, this will produced a list of bands and artist in MySpace profile that matches your criteria. From here, you can rapidly find the band or artist of your choice. Click your chosen link to view their MySpace profile.

When your preferred profile loads, a will notice a list of artist’s selected songs. You will have an option to:

• listening to the songs
• rating the songs
• reading the songs lyrics
• downloading the songs
• adding the songs to your own profile

Click the “Add” button next to the song you wish to add to your MySpace profile. A confirmation will be requested then you need to click “Add Son To Profile” if you desire to add to your profile.

You’re done! There will be music in the background every time you or anybody visits your profile.



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