Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Remembering Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse made beautiful music and while she will be remembered as much for her problematic behavior on stage from drinking and drugs, her music is so much bigger than the soap opera life she led for the last few years.

Amy's powerful voice and singing style brought us something new and reminded us of the 60s girl bands. She wore her heart on her sleeve with her many songs of heartbreak and addiction.

She will be remembered most especially for her hit song "Rehab".
She was a huge talent....she will be missed.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II

WOW!! "Harry Potter makes box-office magic for the last time" as reported by Grady Smith in EW News. The last book made into a movie has again, broken box office records. It holds the record for highest single day gross, highest domestic opening weekend ( $169M) and highest global opening weekend ($478M). All total, the movie has earned $545M in just four days.

The soundtrack for Deathly Hallows was released on June 16, 2011. The music was composed by Alexandre Desplat and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. Mr Desplat wrote the music in early 2011 and they performed it with the LSO in May. Desplat is the fourth composer to write music for a Harry Potter movie. The iconic Hedwig's Theme by John Williams is used in all of the films and will probably be one of the most popular pieces of music from a movie soundtrack in this century. This music has been used for ring tones, arranged for every instrument and ensemble, and has a melody that can be remembered and hummed. We have many arrangements of Hedwig's Theme sheet music...

And sheet music from Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 1!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Beyonce's Summer Music Tour

Its tour season and Beyonce is jet setting all over the globe to support her new album "4". There were rumors that the album wasn't going to be successful, when the first single was leaked early in June and only made it to #29 on the Billboard Hot 100. Beyonce has the last laugh though because her album is #1 on the Billboard 200. There is an 18 month global promotional plan which includes, putting out a lot of singles, making videos, and extensive touring, according to Columbia exec, Rob Stringer.

Apparently the fans named the new album, saying they were waiting for number 4, so Beyonce decided to name the album "4" for her fourth album. She explained that four was an important number to her, her birthday is on the fourth and so is her husbands, she got married o
n the fourth, so she likes the number! She described the album as a departure from her usual radio friendly a bit of rock, jazz, a lot of live instrementation", she said she wanted to bring chords and bridges and melody back on the radio. That was her goal. Looks like the album is a resounding success....find Beyonce sheet music here.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Summer Songs

Hot time summer in the City....Summertime and the livin is easy....Tell the teacher we're surfin..so many great summer songs! Billboard has compiled a list of Top 30 Songs of Summer that you might enjoy. Great videos with some of the original performers. These songs have stood the test of time!
Top 10 Summer Songs
#1. California Gurls by Katy Perry, 2010
#2. Summer in the City by the Lovin Spoonful,1966
#3. Wipe Out by the Surfaris, 1962
#5. Surf City by Jan and Dean, 1963
#6. Endless Summer Nights by Richard Marx, 1988
#7. Summertime composed by George Gershwin, 1935
#8. Hot Fun in the Summertime by Sly and the Family Stone,1969
#9. Surfin U.S.A. by the Beach Boys,1963
#10. Summer Nights by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John from the movie "Grease", 1978

Have a great summer, playing songs of summer with your friends and family!