Music

Gravesite RIP

When famous people (and even fictional characters) die, how do you respond?

When singer Whitney Houston died in February 2012, the immediate response was expressions of grief on Facebook, Twitter, and many forums. Similar results occurred with the 2012 deaths of Amy Winehouse, Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys), Dick Clark, and others.

The odd thing is, the widespread shared expressions of mourning were for people most of the mourners had never met. The common responses to celebrity deaths demonstrate important realities about how people build relationships with the media they consume.

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Sound the way you like it!

J. River Media Center and a compressor plugin provide the music sound you've always wanted.

It's obvious that music played on the radio sounds different than when you play the same music from a CD or download. Radio station music is stronger, fuller, more consistent, more powerful. And it flows smoothly (segues) from song to song. The affect can be magical. After first getting to know a song on the radio, it's often disappointing to hear it directly from CD or download; the music feels weak, lethargic, empty.

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Tips to make your Garage Band a success

Whether you have been in a garage band for several years or just a few days, it's a group effort, which isn't always easy. In years of playing, I've learned tips and tricks that all members of the Band should adopt to make it work and get along.

Here are some recommendations for garage band harmony:

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The Beatles final concert ticket

Memories of seeing the Fab Four firsthand

August 29, 1966 was the last-ever major live concert by The Beatles, and I was there!

If you weren't in San Francisco that historic night -- or never saw John, Paul, George and Ringo perform live -- here's a taste of what you missed...

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Young Voters For The President pin

How I spent a week immersed in politics -- and rock 'n' roll.

How did a young San Francisco radio station DJ go to Washington, sit in the President's chair in the White House Oval Office, then play rock 'n' roll piano with a dozen legendary performers?

It all happened to ME -- one October week in 1972, and especially one amazing night. Here's my Boomer Years experience.

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