Collecting Vinyl Records

Collecting Vinyl Records

The demise of the vinyl record has become a statement all to common in the music industry. Vinyl records were supposed to be a dead music format a long time ago, but have persevered through many technological changes in the music industry.

In this day and age of ipods and digital downloads, where people can fit thousands of songs in such a neat little package, how has the vinyl record managed to compete; what is the allure?

Recent research reveals that teens enjoy the physical experience they get with a vinyl record and the interaction between themselves and the record. There is a certain ritual one must rely on to play a vinyl record, and much to the dismay of the digital world, the youth of the world is receptive to this type of interaction.

For some, collecting vinyl records is an obsession, a life long journey to obtain hidden masterpieces locked away in the attics and basements around the globe. For others, just owning a few selected gems from their favorite band or recording artist is enough to satisfy their collecting palate.

Then there is the thrill of the hunt, scouring the online web sites and auctions looking for a rare or collectible record for their collection. For the adventurous, there are the numerous garage sales, rummage sales, flea markets and the like, that dot the countryside in every town in America. There, they can search through the dusty boxes and bins for their the next special addition to their already growing vinyl record collection. There is almost a sense of pride, self-worth, if you will, in finding what you are looking for, if only to be satisfied for a moment, until you realize you must find another rare treasure to add to your collection.

Ever since Alex Steinweiss designed the first album cover for Columbia Records in 1939, album cover art has been highly collectible and is a part of music history. Classic album covers like the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, Janis Joplin’s Cheap Thrills (designed by Robert Crumb), Led Zeppelins’ Physical Graffiti are iconic. Some bands enlisted the aid of world renowned artists to design the album covers and concepts for their latest releases, including the Rolling Stones, who used Andy Warhol’s idea for their album Sticky Fingers.

For some, collecting vinyl is an investment. Not only a monetary investment but a cultural one as well. Vinyl records are part of pop culture as we know it and certainly part of the rock and roll era. Preserving vinyl records, the art, the music, is a very important part of this phenomenon.

But the one thing that sets vinyl apart from all other musical formats is that vinyl records just sound the best. There is no substitute for the sound reproduction that vinyl brings to music, no digital counterpart. And for that, the vinyl record will continue to survive, if not thrive.



Replace Your Wedding DJ With An iPod

Replace Your Wedding DJ With An iPod

Whether its true or not, most everyone agrees that wedding DJs are expensive. A popular tip circulating the net is to replace your wedding DJ with an iPod and DJ your reception yourself. While this may sound like a great idea, there are some things to consider. Just as with any do-it-yourself project, you must be aware of all facets before you start.

The first most important job for a good DJ is to play music that the crowd enjoys. A simple shuffle has no way of knowing who is dancing to what. A person does need to run things, but not just any person will do. Putting your 12 year old nephew won’t do you any good. The person in charge of the music needs a large amount of music knowledge. A good DJ should have this knowledge. A good DJ should be able to identify a song based on a few bars hummed out of tune or a snippet of lyrics that are slightly incorrect. Your DJ must not have a fear of speaking in front of a crowd, and this is not as easy as it sounds. One simply has to think of all the Best men who have hemmed and hawed their way through a wedding toast with the microphone held at waist level. Also, does he/she know how to auction off a garter or any of the other traditional reception activities? If not, will the bride and groom want to do these things while they should be enjoying their guests? Oh, and just like you would give your wedding singer or officiant a tip for performing your ceremony, don’t forget a gratuity for your impromptu DJ.

Unless you’re a music collector, chances are you don’t have a music library with waltzes, polkas, old country, new country, oldies, classic rock, new rock, soft rock, hard rock, hip hop, dance, etc. And, unless you want to subject your guests to your musical tastes, you should probably buy a selection of these songs. If you’re not up on popular waltzes and polkas, or don’t know which songs are currently topping the country Top 40, search the web. $25 dollars should buy you enough music on iTunes to cover enough various musical tastes that most guests will enjoy themselves.

Another task for a good wedding DJ is one who is covered by insurance. Sure, your homeowners policy *might* cover it, but I’d hate to see your premiums next year if an accident does occur. Don’t think accidents will happen to you? Are you serving alcohol at your reception? If you’re telling yourself, “All the drunk people I know never act like fools!”, stop and think about that again. Besides, many venues require proof of insurance because they don’t want to see their premiums raised because your grandma tripped on a speaker cable and broke her hip. Searching the web for “wedding event insurance” will yield a whole crop of insurers who will give you a $1 million dollar policy for around $200.

Equipment is of course another important factor a good DJ brings to your reception. Do you know where to get speakers? Or mics? Or Mixer?? Larger cities will have rental companies that can provide these things. You can even find many such companies by searching the web for “dj equipment rental”. Most wedding sized systems rent for anywhere from $250 to $500 dollars per day. In most cases, you must provide a truck or van to transport the equipment. Now, do you know how to set these things up? If not, will the rental company give you a tutorial? Some rental companies will give you a tutorial when you pick the equipment up, but make sure to take notes, because if you have to call them later they will likely charge you for a service call. Some equipment rental companies will deliver, setup, and test their equipment as well as pick up later, but this is extra.

That being said, if you KNOW your group will interact without being prompted (or just don’t care if they interact or not), and if you’ve got a person with an encyclopedic knowledge of music that will run your iPod (instead of enjoying your reception), and you have adequate insurance to cover any accidents that occur due to your iPod setup, and you have a large enough music library to make sure everyone gets to hear the music they want, and you’re able to get your hands on adequate dance lights and speakers, and will be saving money by spending $550 to $700 then by all means use an iPod. You honestly have no need for a DJ.

If planning and organizing all this sounds like just one more hassle, you’d probably do better to hire a professional so that you can enjoy your reception and spend your first day as husband and wife doing something besides returning rental equipment. For a few dollars more you’ll get professional equipment, professional knowledge from someone who has planned and performed at hundreds of weddings, peace of mind that any glitches will be resolved quickly, no hassles about tearing down equipment when the reception is over, and no worries about getting it back before you owe another day’s worth of rental fees.



Electric, Classical, Acoustic – Which Guitar Is Best For You?

Electric, Classical, Acoustic – Which Guitar Is Best For You?

No one could really pinpoint the exact year as to when
the guitar was created. The lute, harp and lyre are
the three stringed instruments from which guitars
evolved. The features of guitars vary for each musical
period. The guitar is one of the most popular musical
instruments today to bring out soothing music or to
perk up one’s energy level. Bands and gigs will not be
complete without guitars. Guitars are also used as a
means to free hidden and unexpressed feelings and
emotions or it can as well be a medium to spend time
meaningfully together with loved ones and peers.
There are various types of guitars that can suit the
intended purpose of the user such as the twelve strings
guitars, six strings, classical guitars and electric
guitars. Twelve strings made up the twelve strings
guitar to achieve a rich tone compared with the
standard six string guitars. The courses of strings
are played together though the sound produced are
different from the other. On the bass course are two
strings tuned an octave apart and on the treble courses
are the other pairs of strings that are tuned together.
The third string in the third course can be tuned by
using unison strings or the distinct high-pitched
octave guitars strings. The style of standard six
string guitars can allow the user to have easy contact
on the higher frets on the finger board. This type
needs an access on the frets to produce the desired
sounds and effects.
Classical guitars of the olden days have cat gut which
later on developed into nylon strings. These types of
guitars have a flat fingerboard and wide neck. Other
guitars experts suggest that classical guitars are the
best types for beginners since it has greater string
gauge and lighter string tension but still the decision
is on the buyer since the classic guitar may not suit
their preferences and style. Classic songs and music
are best played using classical guitars.
Electric guitars are made up of different materials and
use various components to produce the needed sound.
Alder, Mahogany, Walnut, Maple and Ash are the commonly
used types for the body of electric guitars.
The woods
and the construction, the types of strings, quality of
components used, length of cables and the overall
condition of the environment determine the quality of
the sound produced. Electric guitars are used in
various forms and styles of music may it be pop,
country, rock and roll, jazz or blues.
In buying guitars, the user must make sure that the
chosen guitar will match his budget, playing style and
skills. An electric guitar is easier to play compared
with an acoustic guitar. Acoustic guitars can produce
audible sounds without using amplifiers. It makes use
of either the nylon or wound steel rings. There are
also acoustic and electric guitars that can be played
with the presence or absence of an amplifier.
Package deals are at times offered for beginners which
may include a guitar together with other options like a
tuner, pics, strap and case. The soundboard of the
guitars must be carefully inspected to determine the
type of sound produced. Producers of good quality
guitars are usually the well-known companies in the
industry like Taylor, Gibson, Yamaha, Fender, Ovation,
Martin and Ibanez. There are wide selections of style
and design to choose from to match the buyer’s
distinctness and uniqueness.



Is Your Child Capable of Composing Music? Maybe the next Mozart?

?Is Your Child Capable of Composing Music? Maybe the next Mozart?

We’ve all heard of them. Child prodigies who begin composing music at some ridiculously young age. For instance, history reports that Mozart was writing minuets by the time he was five years old. Amazing. At five years of age, I’m not sure that I knew the difference between my finger and my thumb and I certainly wasn’t composing music.
Now there is no doubt that the fact that Mozart was composing music by the age of five does not prove that any of the rest of us ever could compose music, but a number of studies conducted over the past fifty or so years indicates that most children can begin composing music as long as they are given both guidance and opportunity.
True, in the vast majority of the cases the end product is not going to rival anything that Mozart put out, but just because you (or your child) may not be the best there ever was at composing music doesn’t mean the attempt is not worth the effort. If we follow that reasoning why would a child learn to walk or run when he or she knows he could never walk or run as well as, say, Michael Jordan? Why would they learn to talk if they knew they could never speak as well as Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan?
Similarly, imagine if Mozart’s parents had not given him the opportunity to be exposed to music and then the formal training that gave him the tools to begin composing music. The world would be a poorer place without the input of this musical genius.
In Mozart’s situation, he began formal training on the keyboard at the age of four and within a year he was composing music – though I’m sure that it wasn’t of the caliber of his later works. In the case of the average child, however studies have shown that if given the opportunity and the education (i.e. instruction on an instrument, a little bit of music theory, etc) average children can begin composing music somewhere around the age of nine.
Give your child the opportunity and training he or she needs to begin composing music. In most cases it will develop their mind, round out their education, and give them a creative outlet. Eventually, however, of all the children composing music who might not have otherwise, the next Mozart will spring and if it’s your child, the world will thank you. And if not, at least your child has been exposed to some good music and had his or her mind stretched a bit.
I am extremely thankful that my parents had the good sense to expose me to music by way of piano lessons starting when I was about 7. And even though it didn’t “take” until I was an early teenager, when it did I had the background in music theory and technique to where I could progress rapidly from then on. And while I’m a country mile from Mozart’s class, I do well enough to enjoy my self and make a living in music.



Easy Steps To Achieve Good Search Engine Results (2)

Easy Steps To Achieve Good Search Engine Results

Does your business website not have the traffic you expect? It’s possible that your website lacks search engine optimization, which refers to a collection of strategies to improve your website’s visibility on web searches for words related to your product or service. Read on to learn how search engine optimization can improve your website’s visibility.

Search engine optimization is all about text, especially fresh text. If you are having trouble on your website, you might consider setting up a blog, which will constantly have fresh content and will draw the spiders in, causing your site to get many more hits because you are constantly sharing a wide amount of information.

Make sure your keywords are both relevant and specific to site content. A tag containing a more generic keyword phrase (i.e.: Classic Rock Music) will face very heavy competition in the SERP, where as something more specific (i.e.: Rolling Stones Music) will likely get your higher up the list. A higher ranking is one way to increase traffic to your site.

Double check that your pages don’t appear to have duplicate content, even if they seem different to you. Run similar pages through a uniqueness calculator, and make sure they are get at least a 50% grade. Search engines will penalize you if they believe you are repetitively posting the same content on your website to attract traffic.

Trading content or links is an amazing way to get more traffic to your website. It creates additional backlinks on other sites which are already in good standing on Google, plus it generates fresh content for your website through trading articles or blog posts. These two factors can help your page rank rise dramatically!

Audit click through patterns to see how your customers end up buying (or not). There is software that will track every click visitors make. If you see that a certain page is leading many customers to a purchase, consider making it more prominent on your site and using similar language on other pages of your site.



Behind The Scenes With Mr. Completely-Canadian Rockers Share Their Thoughts

Behind The Scenes With Mr. Completely-Canadian Rockers Share Their Thoughts

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Hailing from the blue-collar town of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada, is a working man’s rock and roll outfit called Mr. Completely. Their critically acclaimed self-released debut CD entitled “Twice on Sundays” has been well received by audiences who love the group’s blend of classic rock, blues rock and emotional pop.

In an interview with Jamie Robertson, the energetic lead singer, we detail many of the elements that make Mr. Completely the dynamic rock and roll band that they have become.

“Our band was originally called “Month of Sundays,” but there was already a band that called themselves “A Month of Sundays,” so out of respect for those musicians, we decided a new name was in order,” explained Jamie. “So we asked our fans to vote on several alternative band names including “Sideline Poets,” “Ten Beer Pretty” and “Stingray,” among others. The online votes were tabulated and the name Mr. Completely was born.”

But what are the origins of the name and why that name? Jamie explained:

“We have added integral pieces to the band, in the form of personnel (in fact Jamie is the only original member of Month of Sundays) including guitarist extraordinaire Richard Spencer, “Hot Rod” Campbell on the drums and our anchorman George Milutinovic on bass guitar. So we completed our line up. So the name depicts the image that we are a complete band, we are family and have been together for some time now. In fact, the special bond we share even extends to our families, we are lifetime friends and even if the band were to fold, we would still hang out.”

“Our song writing is also a group effort. I may bring in a main idea or concept and we all have our distinct area of expertise and we incorporate all of our ideas to form the finished product. We get together once a week to practice, but our collaborative efforts go way beyond that. So our music and our CD reflect this union of the minds.”

When asked what specific band members do outside of the group, Jamie replied:

“We are all hard-working family men. I worked on the B.C. ferry for many years and I have left that employment to concentrate on our family sawmill business. Richard and Rod are both expert carpenters and George works in a pulp mill.”

Another question that was asked is about the specific order of the songs on their debut CD.

“Being an independent band, we decide the order of the cuts and we try to get the best flow, what fits where and the best way to shape the music so every song can be highlighted in its own way.”

As far as being termed an “indie” band, Jamie explained the elements that he feels make up the term:

“We certainly use different distribution methods, we like the control that we have; we wear all the hats, management, production, promotion as well as being the musicians. And we are ready to record another CD, but we definitely need some financial backing, so in respect we are totally “indie.” We don’t have the resources or record label as of yet, but would welcome the opportunity to be signed.”

“We have signed on with A & R Select out of Hollywood and hopefully they can find us some work on a movie soundtrack or television series. This saves the band a lot of “door knocking” and frees us up to concentrate on our music and families. But that does not mean that we don’t do our part to promote ourselves, on the contrary, my wife (Mrs. Completely) works very hard organizing our gigs, recording schedules, designing and maintaining our websites and My Space page and much more. We would not be where we are at without her hard work, she is very dedicated to making sure we are successful,” related Jamie.

Another important question is about the songs that they write and some of the influences and experiences of playing in a band and playing a live show.

“As soon as we are done writing a particular song and everyone is satisfied with their input, we ‘test drive’ it and play it live to gage the audience’s reaction and to see if we have created the song to the best of our ability. Then there is the thrill and personal satisfaction of performing in front of a large crowd, to get the emotional reaction to the song. We feel we are offering a service to our fans; we love to play our music as much as they enjoy hearing it. Music helps us through the hard times and can enhance the times that are already good. You can touch people’s lives with music on so many levels.”

“This may sound a bit strange, but some of our best shows are the many benefit shows that we do locally. So it isn’t all about the money. We take great pleasure in our live sets and feed off the energy of our audience. Plus, meeting new people and playing for these enthusiastic crowds inspires us. I love meeting fans and hearing from them how much they love our songs or hearing someone is using our song at their wedding for the first dance makes me feel that what I am doing is making a difference in people’s lives. We have also had the opportunity to open and share the stage with some of our favorite musicians including Nazareth, Trooper and Honeymoon Suite, which just makes the experience so much more pleasurable and gratifying.”

Jamie also detailed some of the musical influences that the band has as well as what to expect to hear when they play live:

“We will certainly play our singles off of “Twice on Sundays” including “Walk Away” and our beautiful ballad “Before Too Long.” We also do covers of some of our favorite artists, so you could hear “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” or “Green River” by CCR, our cover of “House Of The Rising Sun” as well as a few numbers by the Knack. We also have a great time playing “Ballroom Blitz” by Sweet, which is an incredible live song for the band.”

So what is in store for the band, what does the future hold for this hard-working band from north of the border?

“Besides touring Canada, we would like to tour the United States. I feel that our musical predecessors have made it easier for Canadian bands to be welcome by America and Americans have opened their arms to Canadian artists.”

So as the interview closed, it is apparent that Jamie and his band mates not only sincerely love what they do, but would like many more music lovers to experience their talents, their love for the music that they play and the joy and sheer pleasure that comes with being a complete, cohesive rock and roll band; appropriately named Mr. Completely.



Creatively Marketing Your Music

?Creatively Marketing Your Music

Everyday you pick up a pen and a piece of paper. There’s thumping in your head. It’s not a migraine. It’s the percussion of the tribal band you envisioned backing you up on stage at your first major performance. What’s that? Voices? It’s not that eight year old. You know the one. Your thirteenth personality that comes out whenever you’re afraid. It’s that wicked sick chorus line you were humming in the grocery line this morning while that old lady was writing out her check. This is what you do. This is creativity at work.
You’re a creative artist. We’ve agreed on that. So, why haven’t you put that creative mind to use in promoting your music? My brain flashes back to the Five Points Train Station in Atlanta where I ran into a sister with a stack of cassettes, a nice dress and a polite smile as she asked everyone who passed by to support her new music venture. I didn’t buy one. I was a broke college student. I needed my money for microwave noodles. But, my hat goes off to that sister and anyone who gets out there and creates their own way.
Ten years later, I wonder what happened to her career. If she never recorded another note, at least she tried it. Now, what are you doing to get your music heard by fans, record execs and others. Are you selling discs at club performances, standing on street corners, blasting your website out to millions, or getting yourself arrested for robbing a fast food restaurant in a clown suit just to attract television cameras so you can spit rhymes and advertise your CD as reporters hurl questions at you as you’re being dragged away by the police?
No? Why not? There are so many ways to promote your music and your career. There are as many ways as there are day dreams in the atmosphere. Try websites on the internet that you may not even have considered vehicles for your music. Stop off in the closest independently owned music store and introduce yourself to the owner and the staff. Hey, there’s a privately owned bookstore next door. Talk to the manager and see if they carry music as well. Why not mention to the manager that you’d be willing to host an open mic event in their bookstore to spice it up and bring in a crowd. At the events just keep repeating, “Mike Jones” when you step up to the mic. Trust me, it works.
How about wearing a Velcro cat suit to the mall? You’re a guy? That’s even better to attract some attention to yourself. Velcro copies of your new CD all over your cat suit. People will pluck free CDs off your body while they’re giggling. People love free stuff. I guarantee they will remember you. Build your fan base.
How about this? Pick a partner in the UK. If you’re in the UK, pick a partner in the US. You’ll need two people for this scheme. Get a police scanner if you can. If you can’t, find a way to follow news camera crews around when they cover shooting incidents. Jump in front of the camera and act like you saw the whole thing. That’s when you say, “I think this has something to do with the UK/US beef between rapper 1 and rapper 2.” You drop your name in third person as rapper one and drop your partner’s name as rapper two. He’ll be doing the same thing across the ocean.
Before you know it, you’ve created an imaginary international beef and anticipation for both of your album releases. Record and distribution companies will hunt you down to cash in on your creativity. Too far fetched? Check your hip hop history to see if anything remotely close has worked before.



Roger Waters Tickets – Still Mesmerizing Crowds After All These Years

Roger Waters Tickets – Still Mesmerizing Crowds After All These Years

If you want to see a musician who has mastered nearly every variation of rock and roll, Roger Waters tickets are the way to go. Waters is a legendary figure in the world of music, and his solo work is perhaps a bit underappreciated by the public at large as compared to his work with Pink Floyd. Waters’ attitude towards the world is prevalent in his music, and he always paid tribute to the people in his past who made him what he was and is as a person.

Early Life

George Roger Waters was born on September 6, 1943 in England and grew up in Cambridge. His father was a known pacifist and Communist, but in a tragically ironic twist, he was killed in action in World War II just five months after Waters was born. Even though he never really knew his father, his mother and her stories of his father helped to formulate Waters’ lifelong distrust of government and authority in general.

Waters grew up loving sports, and he was an avid swimmer, known by locals as a “regular” for swims in the River Cam. He also loved football and made every effort to see whatever matches he could afford to attend. This love stayed with him, but he soon found other interests as he entered high school.

Waters made new friends in high school, and many of them wound up playing music together, as Waters had learned to write songs and to play the bass guitar. These new friends wound up being the founding members of one of the most mysterious and beloved bands of his generation.

The Pink Floyd Years

Pink Floyd was formed in 1966, and they began to play local clubs. They produced and released their debut album in 1967, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and the release was a success. However, their original main songwriter and lead singer, Syd Barrett, began to suffer from mental health problems, which resulted in Waters taking over the lead songwriting and general artistic direction lead for the band.

Waters got to work on these new duties in the early 1970’s and this decade was a time when Waters wrote and helped to arrange and produce some of the most historically successful albums in the history of music. Among the many albums Waters helped form are Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall.

The band had become world famous, and they were on top of the world for a time. However, egos, substance abuse and in-fighting eventually led to the breakup of the band in the early 1980’s and bitter lawsuits ensued over the intellectual property of the band. Waters lost most of these rights, but it did not deter him from moving forward with his career.

Solo Career

Waters set out to continue his innovation with concept albums, and he released a total of seven studio and live albums with varying degrees of success. Each of these albums charted, but none achieved the legendary status of his Pink Floyd efforts. However, Roger Waters tickets were a hot item, as he did continue to use many of the visual effects that were a staple of Pink Floyd concerts, and he remained a revered figure within the music industry.

Waters also expanded his horizons, and in 2005 he released an opera, Ça Ira, which climbed to number one on the US charts. This “completed the circle” of genres for Waters, whose true sound was never really classic “rock and roll” in nature. He also continues to incorporate many of the teachings and heroes of his past into his lyrics, and Roger Waters tickets will present you with an opportunity to see a man’s life on stage.



Even During the Dog Days of Summer, It is Possible to Stay Cool in Texas

Even During the Dog Days of Summer, It is Possible to Stay Cool in Texas

While Glen Rose, Texas may be best known as America’s Dream Town 2004 and the Dinosaur Capitol of Texas, it is also an excellent place to visit to beat the Texas heat. This time of year vacationers are looking for the best ways to enjoy the summer, while staying cool at the same time. A combination of water fun, nighttime entertainment and luxurious accommodations is an excellent way see Glen Rose and to beat the Texas heat.
Spending time in the two beautiful rivers in Glen Rose, the Brazos and Paluxy, can mean hours of cool enjoyment. The Brazos River is one of the most popular canoeing and tubing rivers in Texas and offers miles of cool water relaxation. The folks at Low Water Bridge Canoe Rentals offers guests float trips of 3, 7, 10, 14, 24 and 31 miles. The Brazos also has many sand bars and sandy beaches that make for great picnic spots or swim areas. While drifting down the river, it is not uncommon to see all types of wildlife like goats, deer, armadillos, foxes and even a rare glimpse of a Bald Eagle.
For travelers looking for something a little less exerting than canoeing and tubing, a visit down to the Paluxy River may be in order. A local hotspot, but not widely known by travelers, is Big Rock Park. The park derives its name from the multitude of large rocks and boulders that have been cut out by years of flowing water from the river. These rocks provide excellent sunbathing opportunities and access to the crystal clear water of the Paluxy for swimming and wading. Big Rock Park is located just outside of downtown Glen Rose. The Paluxy River also runs through Dinosaur Valley State Park and is home to some of the best-preserved dinosaur tracks in the world, not to mention clear blue swimming holes and tall rock bluffs. Dinosaur Valley State Park is located just south of Glen Rose off Hwy 67.
Another outstanding way to relax and stay cool is by taking in a performance by Warm Country Heart at the Warm Country Heart Theatre (www.warmcountryhearttheatre.com) on the historic square in downtown Glen Rose. This is a band of highly trained musicians who perform Branson-style music. Warm Country Heart produces a show that pays tribute to the Masters Festival of Music Greats: Floyd Cramer, Chet Atkins, and Boots Randolph. They perform the instrumental magic of the legendary “Masters Three” vocal arrangements of Classic Country Hits of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and a little bit of humor. The shows run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM and Saturday afternoons at 1:00 PM.
After playing in the rivers and experiencing first class music, its time to check in at the Best Western Dinosaur Valley Inn and Suites (www.dinosaurvalleyinn.com) for top-notch accommodations. Guests at this nationally recognized hotel will enjoy the outdoor amenities such as the large swimming pool, 15-person spa, kiddie pool with waterfall covered by a pergola (to keep the kids protected from the sun), cool misters that drop the temperature up to 20 degrees and the exotic fish pond stocked with Japanese koi fish.
If the heat outside becomes too much, then Best Western Dinosaur Valley Inn and Suites guests will enjoy taking advantage of the indoor amenities such as the exercise room, game room, dinosaur artifacts display and gallery, large comfortable sitting area and coloring books for the children.
As always, guests are welcome to help themselves to the Texas-sized deluxe continental breakfast each morning, 24-hour beverage service and the evening snacks, which consists of popcorn, nachos and the summer time special navy beans and rice.
For more information on the locations mentioned visit www.glenrosearea.com.



Bass Players

Bass Players

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Rock music and jazz would not be the same without an insistent bass line. They say that good bass players are hard to find. We take them for granted sometimes, while the lead guitarist or drummer shows off his solos, the bass just does its job. These guys, and sometimes women, are usually the quiet ones that stand at the back. As Mick Jagger cavorted around, Bill Wyman looked vaguely bored.

One of the most accomplished players is Paul McCartney, respected by other musicians as one of the most melodic bass players around. Sting is also respected and being the leader in The Police, their reggae inspired songs tended to be bass driven. He is also extremely accomplished on the double bass. Early rock and roll and rockabilly used the double bass before the electric bass began to take over. Bill Black was an expert player on this, performing on many early Elvis Presley hits. His old instrument came up for auction and McCartney bought it.

Drum ‘n’ Bass is a recent innovation, which puts the bass guitar at the forefront. Sampling and computer programming can relay the bass sound but good, live bass players can’t be beaten. Another outstanding player was Noel Redding, who played in the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Jack Bruce came from a jazz background and went on to fame and glory in the supergroup Cream. Bruce, guitar hero Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker took live rock music to another level. Baker came from the world of jazz too and these jazz influences gave Cream another dimension from other rock bands at the time. Bass players are just as necessary to jazz, from the double bass in a trio to a full band. The classic combination of piano, bass and drums is very simple and it works, as shown by the Oscar Peterson Trio.

Charlie Mingus is the most influential double bass player to come from jazz. Unusually, he led his own band that meant extended bass solos. Modern rock and folk musicians have been inspired by him and recorded their own versions of his compositions. Covers have been done by Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello, Jeff Beck and Pentangle’s Danny Thompson. Bass players also draw inspiration from the work done by bassist, Jaco Pastorius. He was a member of jazz group, Weather Report and perfected a technique of playing fretless electric bass. The bass keeps everyone on track, we don’t appreciate it as much as we should and we’d quickly notice if that bass line wasn’t there.



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