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).…

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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…

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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…

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Georgia Music Trial

The state of Georgia has a rich musical heritage that that has produced pioneers and superstars in almost every genre, including Ray Charles, Johnny Mercer, James Brown, Alan Jackson, Otis Redding, Little Richard, Gladys Knight, TLC, The Allman Brothers Band, Blind Willie McTell, R.E.M., the B-52’s, Brenda Lee, Amy Grant, Trisha Yearwood, Usher and many more. Four cities, in particular, have played significant roles in the history of these artists, providing inspiration, opportunity and nurturing music communities: Atlanta, Athens, Macon, and Savannah. The Georgia Music Trail highlights music-themed destinations, including attractions, venues, festivals, historical sites, restaurants, and retail shops in…

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The 37th GMHF Annual Awards Show

Georgia Music Hall of Fame’s 37th Annual Awards Show was held in the Georgia Ballroom of the Georgia World Congress Center in in Downtown Atlanta on September 26, 2015. The 2015 select group celebrated their induction at an impressive ceremony that celebrated all those years of impressive contributions the world of music. Posthumously honored inductees included Tim Wilson, Philip Walden Jr., and Sonny Limbaugh. The event was, as usual, organized by Friends of Georgia Music Festival Inc. and Dr. Bobbie Bailey, president of the organization, expressed his gratitude and excitement to be able to continue to recognize Georgia’s excellent contributions to music industry…

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Bob Richardson, Atlanta Studio Pioneer

Legendary Atlanta studio pioneer, Bob Richardson, died in Stuart, Florida on April 15, 2003. Prior to his retirement in 1992, Richardson’s career had embraced the whole of modern recording history. As an aspiring engineer in the 1950’s, he taped regional bands in his North Carolina basement. In 1966, he recorded The Swingin’ Medallions’ fraternity anthem, “Double Shot (of My Baby’s Love)”. Beginning in 1972, Richardson’s Atlanta studio, Mastersound, became one of the first American studios to have full console automation, multiple 24-track synchronization, and Quadraphonic mixing capability, making it a haven for such R&B titans as Isaac Hayes. Born in…

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2016 Alpharetta Songwriters Festival Feautures John Oates

The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival (October 7 & 8, 2016) is a nationally recognized singer-songwriters in historic downtown Alpharetta where many songwriters will gather and perform their original songs. Music lovers are given a chance to look behind-the-scenes at the artists and stories that inspired so many blues, country, rock, Americana, and bluegrass songs. There is also a quite interest from high school students who are interested in this kind of career, says Chris from the online Dream Career portal. Visitors can enjoy the work of nationally recognized veteran artists as well as local up-and-coming music talent as their…

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Education and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

The mission of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame was to operate and maintain a music museum for the general public, Georgia music lovers, music scholars, and musical artists that celebrates our state’s musical genius by: preserving Georgia’s musical heritage; providing innovative museum exhibits and educational programs; becoming a public-private partnership for cultural preservation; and promoting a heritage tourism destination with growing economic benefits College Internships / High School Service Projects The Hall of Fame was always on the lookout for motivated students who were interested in music, museums, education, history.

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Athens

The Little Town that Couldn’t, but Did Anyway The people of Athens, Georgia are invariably divided as to exactly what it was that put their town on the map. Some say it was The University of Georgia, the state’s flagship institution of higher learning and the first land-grant university in the nation, founded as the smoke of the American Revolution was still clearing. Some say it was football, as the University’s team, the Bulldogs, has spawned some of the sport’s brightest lights and fans whose devotion and enthusiasm run at a level usually reserved for pagan deities. And then there…

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The Georgia Music Hall of Fame Exhibit at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was home to a Georgia Music Hall of Fame exhibit through April, 2005. Located in Concourse T of the Delta Terminal, the exhibit stretched over 300 feet. Like the state museum in Macon, the exhibit included performance outfits, photos, instruments and various career memorabilia of Georgia’s most cherished artists. Many of the artifacts were never-before-seen materials from the museum’s archives, as well as  acquisitions from some of the featured artists. Some of the artists featured include Lena Horne, Otis Redding, Dr.Thomas Andrew Dorsey, Gladys Knight and the Pips, “Little Richard,” James Brown, Allman Brothers Band, the…

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