Wednesday, February 24, 2016

5 Awesome Books About Music for Kids

Trying to get your kids interested in music? The benefits of learning an instrument on the developing brain has been well documented. Try any of these books to help get your children excited about music!

5. This Jazz Man By: Karen Ehrhardt, Pictures By: R.G. Roth

Set to the rhythm of the popular kids song “This Old Man”, this book is lots of fun to read aloud with kids of all ages! Some of the Jazz Musicians featured: Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Charles Mingus!

4. Play, Mozart, Play! By: Peter Sis

This is a great book about Mozart for young children. In this simple story, we learn about his life as a child and young musician.

3. Ah, Music! By: Aliki

This is a must-have for every young musician! This book provides a concise history of music, an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra, and an overview of many topics like conducting, harmony, and dance.

2. Can You Hear It? By: William Lach

This book, created by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is another great one for older children! Famous works of art are paired with musical selections from the included CD and William Lach asks questions of the readers for each piece. This book is interactive, engaging, and imaginative!

1. Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin By: Lloyd Moss, Pictures By: Marjorie Priceman

Meet the instruments of the orchestra with this classic book.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

58th Annual Grammy Award Winners

It was an all-star gathering for Monday night's 58th Annual Grammy Awards, which was hosted by LL Cool J. The ceremony was an evening of stunning performances and tributes.

Taylor Swift, whose performance of "Out of the Woods" kicked off the ceremony, took home the coveted album of the year award for her 1989 — her second album of the year Grammy. Swift dedicated her speech to "young women out there." Still, some on the internet felt the Grammy hould have gone to Kendrick Lamar and his album To Pimp a Butterfly. (The two won the best music video award together for their angry anthem "Bad Blood.")
Still, Lamar won five out of his 11 Grammy nominations, including best rap album, best rap performance and best rap song for "Alright." This was one of the two songs Lamar performed in the evening, and through it, delivered a powerful message about today's prevalent racial inequality.
Best new artist went to "All About That Bass" singer Meghan Trainor, who beat out Tori Kelly, Sam Hunt, Courtney Barnett and James Bay.
Ed Sheeran won song of the year for "Thinking Out Loud," to which he said "Wow." The song also won best pop solo performance.
Other multiple winners were Alabama Shakes, Diplo, the Weeknd and Chris Stapleton. Below is a list of the winners for each category.
Record of the year 
"Uptown Funk," Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars 
Album of the year 
1989, Taylor Swift
Best new artist
Meghan Trainor
Best rock performance
"Don't Wanna Fight," Alabama Shakes
Best musical theater album
Song of the year
"Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran
Best country album
Traveller, Chris Stapleton 
Best rap album
To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar
Best pop duo/group performance 
"Uptown Funk," Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars 
Best rap/sung collaboration
"These Walls," Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat
Best traditional pop vocal album
The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap 
Best pop solo performance 
"Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran
Best rap song
"Alright," Kendrick Lamar
Best alternative music album
Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes
Best rock album
Drones, Muse
Best rap performance
"Alright," Kendrick Lamar
Best rock song
"Don't Wanna Fight," Alabama Shakes
Best R&B album
Black Messiah, D'Angelo and the Vanguard
Best urban contemporary album
Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd
Best R&B performance
"Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)," the Weeknd 
Best R&B song
"Really Love," D'Angelo and the Vanguard
Best traditional R&B performance
"Little Ghetto Boy," Lalah Hathaway 
Best dance/electronic album
Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü, Skrillex and Diplo
Best dance recording
"Where Are Ü Now," Skrillex and Diplo With Justin Bieber
Best music video
"Bad Blood," Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar
Best country duo/group performance
Best country song
"Girl Crush," Little Big Town
Best music film
Amy, Amy Winehouse
Best rap/song collaboration
"Glory," Common and John Legend
Best pop vocal album
1989, Taylor Swift

To see a full list of Grammy winners, click here.

Monday, February 8, 2016

5 Best Valentine's Day Presents for Music Lovers

With Valentine's Day around the corner, it is time to shop for those last minute gifts for the music lover in your life. Check out our 5 best Valentine' Day presents for music lovers here!

5. Concert Tickets

You can't really go wrong with concert tickets. The experience will be one that your music lover won't forget!

4. In Ear Head Phones

There are some awesome options out there for those imperfect shaped ears. Plus, they sound like a giant subwoofer in your head.

3. Deluxe Live Albums

There are some awesome collections out there!

2. Posters or Photo Prints

Help your music lover decorate their walls with iconic posters and photos!

1. Shirts

Graphic Tees are every music lover's favorite accessory!