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Free MP3 Music Download

?Free MP3 Music Download

Most of us like to hear music. With different forms of music coming up it’s difficult to decide which one to choose from. It’s not possible to buy a new music CD all the time. But today there are number of sites that provide free MP3 music downloads. They have no subscription fee and no registration fee all you have to do is download the songs you want. A proper search can help you find site which offer safe download and are virus free.

Rock & pop music

Do you like Rock and Pop Music? Free Rock and Pop Music are quite popular considering their demand amongst the youth. List of Rock & Pop music includes:

Boogie Rock, Foreign Language Pop, Jam Bands, Surf, Adult alternative Pop/Rock, British Invasion, Rock n ‘roll, Roots, Soft Rock, Southern Rock, Tribute Albums, Glam Rock and lots more.

Jazz Music

Do you like Jazz Music? Now download Jazz music just with the click of a button. List of Jazz music includes:

Acid Jazz, Soul Jazz, Free Jazz, Bop, Cool, Fusion, Big Band, Hard Bop, New Orleans and lots more.

Hip-Hop music

Do you like Hip-Hop music? Get the best of hip-hop numbers to rock your mood. List of downloadable hip hop music are

Alternative Rap, British Rap, Dirty Rap, Gangsta Rap, Go-Go Rap, Party Rap, Southern Rap, Jazz Rap, G-Funk, Golden Age, Old School Rap, Latin Rap, Political Rap, Pop Rap, Underground Rap and lots more.

Folk Music

Today one can find number of sites that provide the best of folk music like never before. You can download thousands of folk music all for free. Folk music is of two types

a) Contemporary Folk
Anti-Folk, Contemporary folk, Folk-Jazz, Urban Folk, Folk-Pop, Folk Singer, Progressive folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter and lots more.

b) Traditional Folk
Drinking Songs, Jug Band, Sea Shanties, Skiffle, Traditional folk, Folk songs, Minstrel, Field recordings and lot more.

Country Music

Many sites also encourage country music download. Country music are basically of two types namely Bluegrass music and Country Music.

a) Bluegrass Music
Bluegrass gospel, Contemporary bluegrass, Traditional Bluegrass, Progressive Bluegrass and lots more.

b) Country Music
Alternative country, Progressive country, Honky Tonk, Instrumental Country, Rockability, Cowboy, Western Swing, Old time, Country Rock and lots more.



Why Does New Music Suck?

?Why Does New Music Suck?

I’m not old, but I’m old fashioned. Or, maybe I just long for the good old days like those before me, and like those will after me. I’m certain the music that I grew up with was probably mediocre at best, and that it absolutely grated upon the ears of my elders. Styles, tastes and the definition of what is current and relevant are always changing with the times. And for older music fans, there is always a quiet war to stem the tide of what is popular – and, maybe more interestingly, what will be popular. The most obvious document of that battle are the Grammy Awards. While now they celebrate all forms of music, they were initially designed and developed to “award” excellence to certain forms of music, and ignore other kinds – namely that new style of song called rock and roll.

So, in risk of appearing old and crotchety, I will pose this question: why is there so much crummy music being released these days? Seriously.

Now, I know that the music that I like will be considered lame and awful by most people, and I understand that. But, for the sake of argument, let’s assume that I know everything and that I am right. There are many factors that have led to the decline of the quality of music that is being released. It could be as simple as the artists being signed are just not as talented, innovative or intelligent as artists and groups from the past. There’s just no source of creative inspiration to really tap into – and that lack of resource shows in terms of the music being produced. It’s just there, and maybe that’s a reflection of the artist.

It could also be that today’s music-buying public do not have the attention spans that are required to listen to a finely crafted song or a well-though out album. There is such a bombardment of entertainment choices and options, and so little time to digest and enjoy them all, that something simple, catchy and requires not too much thought is the only way to go. One brilliant song, surrounded by filler, and you have a top selling album. But, even that argument can be quelled. Because more and more people are apt to simply download their favorite songs on their own and avoid the rest, there is no need to create a great album if only the hit single is going to be listened to.

In the old days of tapes and records, the hit songs were sometimes purposely placed in the middle of the tape or record. That forced listeners to locate the hit songs by fast forwarding or rewinding. And the listener would maybe found another gem of a song that they otherwise would never have located and discovered.

Maybe musicians aren’t taking their craft seriously anymore. It’s hard to concentrate on crafting a quality record when you have to film the reality show, design the clothes, remember your lines in the movie cameo and lend your voice to your video game. Today’s music artists – or the popular ones – now consider themselves businesspeople or entrepreneurs rather than artists and musicians. The music itself is now simply a division of Artist X international.

I know I am probably coming across as old and lame, and that I believe all music should have ended after Robert Johnson passed away. But, here’s something that sometimes puzzles me: let’s assume that EMO music is the most popular style of the day. All the top songs on all the important hit lists are EMO songs done by EMO artists. If EMO is so popular, then why is it that the most popular concerts and tours are done by older, classic groups and singers?

A group like Fall Out Boy may be popular and have all their videos playing, but compared to a group like the Rolling Stones that hasn’t tasted relevance in years, they are small potatoes. Of course, a group like the Rolling Stones will probably never be in heavy rotation or heavy requests on music and radio stations either. So, the door swings both ways.

I should probably shut my ears and listen to oldies for the rest of my life.



Mamma Mia! A Must See Show

Mamma Mia! A Must See Show

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Perhaps no band over the last few decades still resonates with its fans quite like ABBA.
The Swedish super band still reigns as one of the best selling and most popular groups of all time, and even though the band has no plans of reuniting and touring the world again, fans can hear ABBA music performed live in the amazingly successful musical Mamma Mia!

Written, choreographed and led by a former member of the group, the musical Mamma Mia! tells the story of a lonely girl who is in search of her biological father. The production is funny, touching, inspiring and most of all, fun! The music of ABBA is featured throughout.

Mamma Mia! has been a hit on Broadway and on tour around the world for many years now, and just like modern theatre classics such as Cats and Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia! seems to get more and more popular as the years go on. No other musical before or since has helped to popularize jukebox musicals quite like Mamma Mia! (A jukebox musical is a modern musical that uses rock or popular music for its main musical score, rather than its own music.)

Even with the amazing success of those musical productions, they pale in comparison to what Mamma Mia! has accomplished. Seen by an estimated 10 million people and even giving birth to a full-length feature film starring superstars Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, Mamma Mia! has done what few musicals have – attracting a large audience of those who otherwise didn’t attend musicals.

This is no small accomplishment, and it speaks volumes about how the play is so much more than just a bunch of ABBA songs built around a flimsy plot. The story is a classic coming of age story about a young girl on the verge of womanhood who is looking for the missing links in her life. She is wondering where she came from, what traits she has that she shares with her father, and where her life will lead. The story, much like the music, is timeless and classic. Although the play ends on a bit of an odd note, the reprise at the end will literally send you into the aisles to dance the night away. It is true that this play probably wouldn’t have worked as well if it wasn’t for the popularity of ABBA and the fact that you simply can’t hear this music live anymore, but it is the acting, sets and the production quality that makes Mamma Mia! a true theatre classic.



Sirius Radio specifications

Sirius Radio specifications

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Sirius Satellite Radio has more than 150 channels available with the subscription that they provide.
This includes 65 commercial-free music channels and 56 sports, news, talk, entertainment, local traffic and weather channels.

Music channels seem to be numberless, but unfortunately they aren’t even tough there are plenty of music stations that please every person no matter what gender of songs he or she likes. So, there are country music channels that include New Country, Classic Country, Alternative Country and Bluegrass. For hip-hop lovers, Sirius satellite radio has 4 channels: Hip-Hop Nation, Shade 45, Wax and Back Spin and not to mention the other streams where you’re ears will be delighted with house, club mixes, electronic a, disco, R&B, reggae and not to forget rock(classic, alternative, mellow, metal, blues) music. For classical tastes, there are three channels: classical pops, chamber music and classical voices. But if you are a jazz type of person you can relax by turning the radio on one of the six-channels of non-stop jazz.

There a lot of music programs that are hosted by international and national artist like Eminem, David Johansen Steve Van Zant, the Rolling Stone’s producer who can be listen on the Underground Garage channel.

Sirius has a beautiful collection of uncensored comedy that is available to you. You only have to tune into Sirius’s stream Raw Dog where you can listen to George Carlin, Margaret Cho, Cheech and Chong, Eddie Murphy, and Chris Rock

In the sports area, Sirius Radio has a terrific collection of channels and only enumerating those takes a lot of time. But here is a sum-up: the NBA, the NFL and the NHL. And besides this, Sirius wants to bring to you tournaments of men’s basketball games, the lineup of 27 college hoops programs and the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and for the ones who love cars, in 2007 they will have the possibility to listen to all NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races.

Besides entertainment, Sirius has a series of news and talk channels: ABC News & Talk, BBC World Service, BBC Mundo, Bloomberg, CNBC, Court TV, C-Span, CNN Headline News, Discovery Channel, E Entertainment, two ESPN channels, Fox News, Hispanic Talk, Radio Disney, Sirius Trucking Network, the Weather Channel, the liberal network Air America and more. Besides this, it also includes a gay/lesbian news and talk station.

It seems that Sirius tries to satisfy as many demands they can, judging by the wide variety of programs. And having all of these advantages, Sirius is a really determined challenger for the XM.

In comparison with the XM, the Sirius satellite radio has less quality in sound and the XM’s stereo separation is wider. So, we all hope for improvement.

In terms of gadgets, XM has more technology than Sirius radio. There are no MyFi’s, but instead Sirius has the XACT XTR1 that is a limited portable version of the MyFi. And Sirius has no turners with TiVo-like features as the equipments provided by XM. There are companies like Alpine, Audiovox, Blaupunkt, Clarion, Delphi, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Sanyo, and Tivoli that produce Sirius hardware.



The Best Long Running Las Vegas Shows

The Best Long Running Las Vegas Shows


Las Vegas shows appeal to people as a display of wonderful images and a thrilling experience.
Some of these images are comedic acts, roulette, acrobat, magic, and colorful lights. These are all in Las Vegas. There are many types of shows to be seen and some of them have been performing for years.

One of the most frequently visited places are the stages where Las Vegas shows are held. One of the longest running shows is the “Danny Gans” show. He was awarded “Entertainer of the Year” and “Show of the Year”. His award-winning show is the hottest ticket around. He is also known as the best singer-impressionist-comedian-actor in today’s entertainment industry. Few people know it, but he never dreamed of becoming an entertainer when he was young. When he was in college he played for the Dodgers baseball team but his career ended when was injured. His family and friends encouraged him to go into show business. As a result, Gans moved his focus from the world of baseball to the entertainment business. He has a wonderful singing voice and he has the ability to make people laugh.

The adult shows are also very popular. One must be 21 years of age or older to be admitted into these shows. Greg Thompson’s Erocktica Live! is one of the best selling shows in Las Vegas. Together with choreographer, Mistinguett, they produce sexy late-night productions for Playboy, and HBO. They also produce the current “Skintight” at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The show is a combination of MTV videos, Classic rock music, and the Pussycat dolls. The show also features singers and dancers like Gabriella Versace and musicians such as Ray-J Jones and the sexy and enticing Mistinguett dancers. The US/UK all-star classic rock band play classic rock n’ roll music from popular bands like Aerosmith, Kiss, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, U2, Velvet Revolver, Journey, Foreigner and many more.

Another ticket selling show is The Blue Man Group. This is a creative and artistic organization which is dedicated in forming thrilling and innovative work using a wide range of mediums. They are the award-winning theatrical productions which critics describe as astounding, magnificent, hilarious but musically influential. They feature three blue characters who capture the eyes of audiences by combining theatre, art, science and percussive performance into an entertainment venue that is unique and original.

KA is a martial arts and acrobatic show. It features magnificent pyrotechnics, multimedia and puppetry combined. It is hosted by MGM Grand, and Las Vegas is the only place where this show is performed and held. It has the theatrical energy that the audiences would like to have and experience. It is a story of twins on a death-defying journey to carry out their entwined destiny. They demonstrate the various martial arts known to the world and mix it with their incredible acrobatic skills. These are only some of the many Las Vegas shows that have been selling and running for years now. So what are you waiting for? Come and enjoy the fun!



Electronic Drum Kits Signify Modernization Of Music-Making

Electronic Drum Kits Signify Modernization Of Music-Making

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Drum kits have evolved significantly in recent decades from the classic bass-snare-cymbal combination into electronic devices that have essentially changed the way music is made.
Electronic drum kits were first introduced in the early 1970’s as an innovative piece of equipment used to produce drum sounds electronically rather than acoustically. This occurs by hitting a trigger pad on the drum kit. The sounds are translated into digital waveforms from the electronic drum module and this, in turn, produces the desired percussion sound.

Beginning in the 1980’s, electronic drum kits began to see a wider fan base and it was becoming common to see bands incorporate them with acoustic drum sets. At the point of their first introduction in the 1970’s, and even into the early 1980’s, it was uncommon to see electronic drum kits used by themselves because they had not been perfected yet.

Bill Bruford of the band King Crimson was one of the first to introduce the electronic drum kit into his set. In fact, his usage of the drum kit almost completely abolished his need for acoustic drums because of the quality of his sound.

In the late 1980’s, electronic drum kits finally arrived at a near perfect image with a near perfect sound. Popular electronic drummer Akiro Kimbo uses the electronic drum kit in interesting and innovative ways, delighting and entertaining music fans all across the world. Music equipment companies such as Yamaha began manufacturing electronic drum pads that were mounted on acoustic drum kits to produce a synthesized sound. This new sound was able to maintain the original acoustic sound with an electronic twist that many considered to be an innovative addition to the world of music.

Rick Allen, Def Leppard’s premier drummer, is proof of the quality and success of electronic drum kits. After Allen lost his arm in a car accident, he had a special electronic drum kit made so that he was still able to play. Later on, he had a second kit made that would play back pre-recorded components of his acoustic drum kit whenever he struck a pad. Thus, while being new and original, the sound produced by Allen’s kit still maintained its classic acoustic sound.

Electronic drum kits have not witnessed universal success and usage. However, they were created to produce a ground-breaking sound above and beyond the capabilities of the classic drum kit. Although the preference of the majority of rock bands today is still the classic kit, the electronic drum kit has broken down the old-school barriers and have appealed to those wanting to add some creativity and vision to the world of music.



HD Radio and multi-casting or more is really better

HD Radio and multi-casting or more is really better

HD Radio technology is the next big thing because it makes it makes FM stations sound nearly as good as listening to a CD. The sound is just amazing – clean, pure and crystal-clear. It even enables AM stations to sound as good as an FM station today.

What’s the difference? While both HD AM and HD FM are digital, AM radio has smaller sections of bandwidth than FM radio. This means there is not enough “space” to give AM stations the same near-CD quality as FM stations. But there is enough bandwidth that AM stations will be able to broadcast with the same clarity of signal as one of today’s analog FM stations. This performance boost is expected to make AM radio a better alternative to FM than it has been – to give you more listening choices.

Because HD radio is digital, its signals can be subdivided. This allows a station to multi-cast. meaning it could broadcast two or more programs at the same time. So, its listeners might be able to choose between music from the ’60s, ‘70s or ‘80s – on the same station at the same time.

This could change everything you know about radio because it allows stations to do more niche broadcasting, just as cable as brought niche channels to television. For example, the radio station you’ve always tuned to for classic rock, might subdivide into classic rock, and reggae, or classic rock and old school hip-hop.
Naturally, you would be able to hear these stations only if you have an HD receiver. If you don’t, you’ll still hear the same AM or FM station you’re used to.



You Can Learn to Play Rock Guitar

You Can Learn to Play Rock Guitar

Although the electric guitar has originated in blues music, it is rock that gave its popularity. With rock music, the electric guitar became a massively expressive instrument. All guitar lessons have to touch on rock as well, but if you want to learn to play rock guitar, there are special modules you can take up. These modules focus almost exclusively on rock music.

The things you will be taught when you learn to play rock guitar can be roughly spread into three modules: first lessons, where you will learn the basics about playing the guitar, electric guitar improver and power chords.

First Lessons

These lessons are mostly for beginners. If you have some knowledge about playing the guitar, you may skip some of these. This is up to your teacher to decide.

However, if you’re holding a guitar for the first time, this is where your teacher will usually start. You will be taught the fundamentals about playing a guitar in general and playing rock guitar in particular. You will learn the basics about rock lead guitar and power chords. After these first lessons, you will have some idea on how to play classic rock guitar. If you get these right, you are on your way to actually playing rock guitar.

Electric Guitar Improver

In the next lessons, you will probably be taught various rock techniques, such as sliding, string-bending, pull-offs, vibrato and hammer-ons. These tips will enable you to play some fairly good rock solos. You will also learn about scales and chords that will help you start making up your own music.
There might be a lot of blues references within these lessons. Going through all these will help you understand the relation between blues and rocks, which is essential if you want to learn to play rock guitar like a pro.

Power Chords

Power chords are two or three string distorted sounding chords used in some of the most popular rock songs of all times. You will learn to play several rock songs during the first few lessons of this module. Afterwards you will be very familiar with the fretboard and surprise yourself with the sounds you will be able to play.

If you seriously want to learn to play rock guitar, don’t get frustrated or discouraged if you’re not playing the way you would like to at the beginning. If you enjoy playing, the progress will come at some point. Find a guitar teacher you communicate well with, design a workable schedule to practice and, most importantly, try to have fun while you’re learning.



Stripped Shirts and Straw Hats

Stripped Shirts and Straw Hats

There was a study recently that found that the majority of people who graduate from college with majors in music never go on to a career in music. Besides the natural conclusion that a lot of kids never use their degrees, it leads to another less obvious conclusion. And that is that there is a lot of musical talent out there that is not properly tapped.

As we discussed that finding, you may have remembered an ambition you may have had in life to have your own singing group and to enjoy arranging and performing shows, even if it was on an amateur basis. The classic example of this kind of group is the good old barbershop quartet. There is something about barbershop harmonies that are continuously always fun to hear. And when you see those four men or women get up there in stripped shirts and straw hats and launch into Lida Rose or Good Night Ladies, the temptation to perform like that yourself is pretty strong.

There is no better time to put together your own barbershop quartet than in your retirement years. That huge population of hidden musical talent is almost certainly hiding out in your retirement home or community. The odds are that when you put a notice up on the bullion board at the retirement home or Laundromat of the senior citizens center that you are putting together a barbershop quartet, you will get flooded with interested seniors who want to be a part of the fun.

It will take some rehearsal and maybe a few voice lessons to get those old voices up to snuff but there is no reason that the singing voices of four well rehearsed and talented senior citizens cannot belt out those tunes and get everybody’s toes tapping. And think of the gratification you will feel that you didn’t let your musical talent go to waste because you are using it to bring music and joy to others.

But barbershop is not the only kind of music that you and your musical senior citizens may want to build a group around. While they were not senior citizens, most of us don’t think about the fact that John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd lived out their dream when they put together The Blues Brothers. These were two men loved the Chicago Blues sound and they took that love of music and pulled together a band that gave us all a lot of fun and joy hearing them perform. Who is to say you and a few “Blues Brothers” you know form the senior citizen community could not put together just as fun to perform locally.

Putting together a band in your senior years gives you the chance to live out a dream of performing from any genre you love. Many of us dreamed of having our own garage rock and roll band when we were young. The thing that is great about genuine rock and roll music is that it is perfectly suited to be played by a bunch of kids with electric guitars and a drum set and some rehearsal in their parent’s garage.

Well nobody can stop you and the other “kids” you know from grabbing some instruments and putting together a set list of classic rock and roll songs to perform at the next senior center dance. You add popular numbers like Louie Louise, Chantilly Lace and Itty Bitty Teeny Weenie, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini and you will have a set list that will take you places. And seeing that crowd respond and get out there and dance to your music is just the fulfillment of the dream you need to tell you that you did the right thing putting your music together and getting out there to perform. And who knows, playing classic rock might even get you some chicks. 649



baby boomer classics cds

baby boomer classics cds

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Classic CDs, The Sound of the Baby Boomers Era

It is a fact that music is one of the best ways to relax. After a long day at work, you have to have something that can completely unwind the stress you accumulated in the day. By listening to music, you will surely relax and get that much needed rest. Listening to music is also a great way to get your mind off things that adds to stress.

In fact, researches have found that people who listens to music while working or after working tends to be more efficient in work than people who don’t listen to music. It suggests that people who listens to their favorite music tends to concentrate better when they are working.

This is why music is an important part of culture in the United States. Many people listen to music to divert their attention and concentrate on what they are doing. Some people listen to music while they workout in order to enjoy working out more and perform much better, some people listen to music in their homes after a long day at work to relieve stress, and some people listen to music while they work in order to concentrate on what they are doing and be more efficient.

So, why is it that listening to their favoring music tends to have a positive impact to people? It may be because music blocks out ambient and stressful sound in the environment, or maybe because music lets people enjoy themselves while they work, therefore, making them more productive.

If you enjoy Rock + Roll music, or the Motown Sounds, you should consider getting classical CDs that contains music from the baby boomers era. The baby boomers era is filled with rich classical music that paved the way to the music that you know and listen to today. If you enjoy the music of The Beatles, then you are in the right era, the baby boomers era.

The baby boomers era is also filled with music that is considered as the “hippie music”. Songs by John Lennon and other famous artists that are inspired by peace and the war in Vietnam is also in the baby boomers era. However, if you prefer great classical Rock + Roll music in the baby boomers era, you should get music CDs by the Ramones, Led Zeppelin and other rock music icons in the baby boomer era.

The baby boomer era is definitely a great era filled with great music from classical rock to easy listening music. Acoustic rock music is also popular in the baby boomer era. For example, artists such as Simon + Garfunkel, Boz Scaggs, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and a lot more.

If you enjoy smooth jazz, you can enjoy jazz from the baby boomer era, such as Sade, George Benson, Spyro Gyra, Dave Koz, The Rippingtons, and more. Rhythm and Blues was also very popular in the baby boomers era. Artists such as Motown, Sounds of Philadelphia, and Memphis are one of the most popular R+B music in the baby boomer era.

Indeed, the baby boomer era is an era where modern music started. Many people enjoy this timeless music by great artists who have become legends today. In fact, the music you hear today, either rock or R+B music was influenced by music from the baby boomers era.

Music CDs from the baby boomer era is still available in your local store. In fact, with the technology available today, you can get your baby boomers era LP vinyl disc converted into digital format and burned into CDs. You can get your LP to play again by rerecording it into CD format.

There are so many artists that came out during the baby boomers era. If you are a music fanatic and one who enjoys classic Rock and other music from the baby boomers era, you should get a CD that has music from the baby boomers era. You will truly appreciate it and you will surely enjoy listening to it wherever you are.

These timeless classics are indeed one of the best music that you can ever listen to. It is relaxing and it will virtually take you to the time where these artists became famous up until they became legends in the music industry.



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