Robert Gupta TED Talk: Between Music and Medicine

While watching Robert Gupta’s TED talk, “Between Music and Medicine”, I kept wanting to shout at the computer: Yes! Music is power! Lest my roommate thinks I’m crazy, I kept my comments silent. But Gupta made some great points, with powerful scientific support. People, in varying stages of mental breakdown, can usually recall music before they can remember their family members. He cites the research of Dr. Schlaug, who has conditioned “new” speech centers in stroke victims. Gupta points out that music is communication and is deeper and stronger than words. He says, “…musicians have fundamentally different brains than non-musicians…

Read More

Tribute to a Soul Legend – Gladys Knight

In the mid-1990s, while touring to support her ‘Just For You’ CD, Gladys Knight would say to her audiences, “I know a lot of the young artists look at me and wonder, ‘What you still doin’ here?’”.   We knew what she meant.  Gladys was a middle-aged woman who cut her first record in 1958–when television was relatively new.  Yet here she stood, so many decades later, still recording, still packing theaters year round and still sending folks home happy. In the annals of rock and soul music, she was one of a select few.  Gladys’ answer to the question of her endurance was, “Well,…

Read More

Georgia Hall of Fame – Most Famous Inductees

The Hall of Fame has files on over 1,100 artists who are Georgia natives or who have lived in Georgia for a significant period. Each year, a select few are chosen for induction into the Hall of Fame. The inductees represent the diversity of Georgia music, including jazz and swing, country and folk, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, classical, urban, gospel and contemporary Christian. Non-performers such as producers and music executives have also been inducted. The 2006 inductees were: Performer: Gregg Allman Gregg Allman is best known as the lead singer and organist for the Allman Brothers Band, the legendary…

Read More

Jazz Music Recordings and Education Benefits

I listen to a lot of jazz, mostly early jazz from the 60′s and late 50′s. These are classic recordings that move me because the artists have managed to share their art with us on precious recordings. Today too many people use their iPhone to listen to music and that’s too bad because the music on your iPhone is compressed and as such it loses some of its sonic capabilities. I know who has time to sit at home and listen to great music? You would if you had a decent hi-fi system. Jazz is my inspiration and regular listening…

Read More

The Story of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

The state of Georgia has produced a musical dynasty whose contributions shaped and defined American music, including the “Father of Gospel Music” Dr. Thomas Andrew Dorsey; the “Mother of the Blues” Gertrude “Ma” Rainey; the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown; the “Architect of Rock-n-Roll” Little Richard; the “Father of Commercial Country Music” Fiddlin’ John Carson; the “First Lady of Contemporary Christian Music” Amy Grant and the “First Family of Bluegrass Gospel” The Lewis Family. Over 30 years ago, one of Georgia’s most loyal music fans took the first steps to preserve and honor the state’s rich musical heritage. In 1979,…

Read More

The Macon Recording Connection Campus

It doesn’t matter whether your passion lies in hip-hop, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, country, trance, EMP, EDM, IDM, or any other music style, the Macon Recording Connection Campus will get you to the next level. This all occurs in a real professional recording studio where you can develop your skills and learn all about the gear that will allow you to succeed in the world of the music industry, and you can learn also all about the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Hands-on training, that’s what this is all about. Just imagine, a real professional recording studio, filled with all…

Read More

In Memory of Bill Lowery (1924-2004) and Ray Charles (1930-2004)

A few years ago, Georgia music said farewell to two of its greatest legends with the passing of Bill Lowery and Ray Charles. Lowery and Charles were the first two inductees of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1979 and died days apart from each other. Lowery passed away on June 8 and Charles followed on June 10, 2004. Although their passing sent the music world mourning, their amazing careers and accomplishments are celebrated (and heard) around the world through their musical legacies. William “Bill” James Lowery, Jr. was born Oct. 21, 1924, in Leesville, La. The radio industry…

Read More

David J. Roch Music Review

Music Review Monday – David J. Roch You may have seen one of David J. Roch’s songs  featured on So You Think You Can Dance last season, and thought “Hm, this is a pretty good song.” Turns out, Roch is a seriously talented artist with what is sure to be an amazing career ahead of him – and I hope that others watching the show were able to recognize his talent and find out more about him.  His voice is vaguely reminiscent of a cross between Damien Rice and Rufus Wainwright (although with the addition of a wonderfully lovely falsetto).…

Read More

So what do you think is music? Is it this?

Well, technically it is, so you’re right.  However, what I want to focus on is not the notes on the page but the tunnel it creates. That seemingly infinite number of possibilities of what music can be.  The reason I’d like to keep this open “definition” of music is the minute you define what music is – is exactly when you define also what it is not. Since art is about expression, I firmly believe that art in all its forms should be inclusive.  If you set limits, you may have the benefit of weeding out some weaker forms, but…

Read More

Musicbank History

Let’s take a closer look at how Musicbank came to its end. Is history repeating itself? As the major record labels began to dole out licenses for online music distribution services, one of the first services to receive licenses from those labels shut its doors quite a few years ago already. Those were the pioneering days of online music distribution.  Musicbank, hailed by the recording industry as an example of its adoption of digital music distribution, shut its doors in the early 2000’s and sent its entire staff packing. The company was home to a never-launched music locker service at…

Read More