Friday, September 22, 2017

Cooling Down: 10 Songs for Fall

Happy First Day of Fall! As the weather cools down and the leaves begin to change, people are heading back to school and back to work after long summer vacations. To help ease this time of transition, learn some songs that suit the season!

1. "Autumn Leaves"



2. "September Song"



3. "November Rain"



4. "Autumn Serenade"




5. "Forever Autumn"



6. "September"



7. "Leaves That Are Green"



8. "Harvest Moon"



9. "Autumn In New York"



10. "The Chill of an Early Fall"




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Back to School: 10 Songs to Get You Pumped for School

Summer is over and kids everywhere are preparing to head back to school. That means new classes, new friends, new schools and new experiences. Prepare for the first day with 10 songs about school to get you ready to own this new year!

1. "ABC"




2. "Hot for Teacher"



3. "Teacher"



4. "Another Brick in the Wall"



5. "Rock and Roll High School"



6. "Campus"



7. "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"



8. "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)"




9. "Fifteen"



10. "Jeremy"




Friday, July 7, 2017

Warning: Don’t Download Free Sheet Music Again Until You Read This

Here’s the big misconception…

Everyone knows that Limewire, Pirate Bay and KickAssTorrents are not words you go shouting about, or even mentioning without looking over your shoulder first. We all know downloading music and movies is illegal, although it doesn’t really feel like that big of a deal… It’s not like you’re robbing a bank or committing a murder. It doesn’t even feel like a “crime”. It’s not like you’re hurting anyone or that anyone will find out or care you downloaded some stuff. Right?

But the reality isn’t so pretty. Yeah yeah, I know we’ve all heard it before, it’s stealing—but so what? I’ll tell you what, and hold tight because I’m dropping the REAL myth-buster in just a couple paragraphs, plus something really exciting.

It’s a crime punishable by hundreds-of-thousands of dollars, and you will likely spend quite a few years in jail. Yikes. And the person you’re hurting the most, besides yourself potentially, is the artist—whom you’re a pretty big fan of if you’re downloading their music. Although, many of us may feel like “Well yeah I like Beyoncé, and I’m downloading her songs because duh hello…but honestly I don’t really give a flip about stealing from her, she’s rich af!”. True story, she is rich af, but it doesn’t make stealing any less of a crime unfortunately, or the penalty any less harsh.

So how come nobody gets caught?

Actually they do, it’s just not something you usually hear about on the news (the news tends to cover things much more entertaining, like what’s new with The Bachelor, how pregnant Beyoncé is, and Trump’s ever-changing hairstyle). Although, you may have heard about that Minnesota woman who was fined $1.9 million for downloading just 24 songs illegally, according to CNN.com. That was a whopper.

Ok, so what does this have to do with downloading sheet music?

You may only be an innocent cello player in your high school band just trying to learn the Moana soundtrack! Well my friend, you’re not so innocent if you’ve been downloading free sheet music. Unless it’s Mozart or Mary Had a Little Lamb, if it’s free, it’s illegal. With the exception of course if it’s a licensed distributor of legal sheet music offering a promotion or a sale. Like we happen to be right now!

We’re offering one free download of the sheet music for any song on any instrument of your choosing, totally free, and totally legal! Click here to get your coupon code—it’s only available for a limited time!


Alright, we’re ready for the bomb-dropper. What’s the big deal with downloading sheet music illegally? It’s probably just a slap on the wrist compared to downloading music and movies, right?

Wrong!

Get this; you can be fined up to $100,000, and you can go to jail for it too. Seriously, for sheet music? Yes friends, for sheet music. This goes for not only downloading sheet music illegally, but making copies of sheet music you have bought! When you purchase sheet music you are purchasing only one copy, and every additional copy you want must be purchased separately according to copyright law. And the law don’t care if you “didn’t know”, if you’re only an innocent kazoo player, or if you’re Winona Ryder. The law says, quote, “Nah, idc”. Savage.

Ok, so we get that downloading or making copies of free sheet music is illegal and you can get in a lot of trouble for it. Any other reasons? *I laugh in the face of danger, HA HA HA!*

Simba, calm down. And yes, there is!

If the law isn’t a good enough reason, you probably didn’t know that illegal sheet music is often inaccurate. Yep, you may very well be spending your time learning the wrong notes or chords. You may also be missing whole parts, even pages. This is because most illegal sites have unauthorized versions of artists’ music, so they’re usually not the real deal. Just like the days when you thought you were downloading Our Song by Taylor Swift on Limewire only to find out it was actually a Chinese man singing for 30 seconds. That was always a bummer.


And if all else fails to convince you, just remember The Golden Rule. Musicians, of all people, should appreciate and understand the harm of someone stealing their work. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

5 Songs for Dad

With Father's Day around the corner, now is time to think of some songs to serenade the man who has been in your life from day one. Here are 5 songs to spark some inspiration for this Sunday!

1. "Papa Don't Preach"



2. "My Father's Eyes"



3. "The Greatest Man I Never Knew"



4. "Father and Son"



5. "Dance With My Father"




Monday, June 12, 2017

Tony Awards 2017: A Recap

Broadway’s biggest names hit the stage yesterday for the 2017 Tony Awards, which aired live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Kevin Spacey hosted the event honoring theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway.

Bette Midler took home the award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in 'Hello, Dolly!' "I'd like to thank all the Tony voters, many of whom I’ve actually dated," Midler cracked. The last time Midler was recognized at the Tony Awards was over 40 years ago when she won a special Tony Award in 1974, not long after she began her career on Broadway in the 1967 production of 'Fiddler on the Roof.'

'Hello, Dolly!' actor Gavin Creel also won Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.

Accepting his award for Best Actor in a Musical for 'Dear Evan Hansen,' which explores bullying and teen suicide, Ben Platt said, “To all the young people watching at home, don’t waste any time trying to be like anybody but yourself. Because the things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful.” 'Dear Evan Hansen,' which also won Best Musical, also earned super-duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul the award for Best Score.

Cynthia Nixon won Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for her performance in 'The Little Foxes.'

Walking away with a total of six awards, 'Dear Evan Hansen' was the evening’s biggest winner. In comparison, 'Hamilton,' last year’s biggest winner, snagged 11 Tonys. 'Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812' led this year’s race with 12 nominations but only won two awards.

See the full list of winners below:

Best Play:
"Oslo" (WINNER)
"A Doll's House, Part 2"
"Indecent"
"Sweat"

Best Musical:
"Dear Evan Hansen" (WINNER)
"Come From Away"
"Groundhog Day The Musical"
"Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"

Best Book of a Musical:
"Dear Evan Hansen" — Steven Levenson (WINNER)
"Come From Away" — Irene Sankoff and David Hein
"Groundhog Day The Musical" — Danny Rubin
"Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" — Dave Malloy

Best Original Score:
"Dear Evan Hansen" — Music & Lyrics: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (WINNER)
"Come From Away" — Music & Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein
"Groundhog Day The Musical" — Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
"Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" — Music & Lyrics: Dave Malloy

Best Revival of a Play:
"August Wilson's Jitney" (WINNER)
"Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes"
"Present Laughter"
"Six Degrees of Separation"

Best Revival of a Musical:
"Hello, Dolly!" (WINNER)
"Falsettos"
"Miss Saigon"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:
Kevin Kline, "Present Laughter" (WINNER)
Denis Arndt, "Heisenberg"
Chris Cooper, "A Doll's House, Part 2"
Corey Hawkins, "Six Degrees of Separation"
Jefferson Mays, "Oslo"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:
Laurie Metcalf, "A Doll's House, Part 2" (WINNER)
Cate Blanchett, "The Present"
Jennifer Ehle, "Oslo"
Sally Field, "The Glass Menagerie"
Laura Linney, "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Ben Platt, "Dear Evan Hansen"(WINNER)
Christian Borle, "Falsettos"
Josh Groban, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"
Andy Karl, "Groundhog Day The Musical"
David Hyde Pierce, "Hello, Dolly!"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Bette Midler, "Hello, Dolly!" (WINNER)
Denee Benton, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"
Christine Ebersole, "War Paint"
Patti LuPone, "War Paint"
Eva Noblezada, "Miss Saigon"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:
Michael Aronov, "Oslo" (WINNER)
Danny DeVito, "Arthur Miller's The Price"
Nathan Lane, "The Front Page"
Richard Thomas, "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes"
John Douglas Thompson, "August Wilson's Jitney"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
Cynthia Nixon, "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes" (WINNER)
Johanna Day, "Sweat"
Jayne Houdyshell, "A Doll's House, Part 2"
Condola Rashad, "A Doll's House, Part 2"
Michelle Wilson, "Sweat"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Gavin Creel, "Hello, Dolly!" (WINNER)
Mike Faist, "Dear Evan Hansen"
Andrew Rannells, "Falsettos"
Lucas Steele, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"
Brandon Uranowitz, "Falsettos"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Rachel Bay Jones, "Dear Evan Hansen" (WINNER)
Kate Baldwin, "Hello, Dolly!"
Stephanie J. Block, "Falsettos"
Jenn Colella, "Come From Away"
Mary Beth Peil, "Anastasia"

Best Scenic Design of a Play:
Nigel Hook, "The Play That Goes Wrong" (WINNER)
David Gallo, "August Wilson's Jitney"
Douglas W. Schmidt, "The Front Page"
Michael Yeargan, "Oslo"

Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Mimi Lien, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" (WINNER)
Rob Howell, "Groundhog Day The Musical"
David Korins, "War Paint"
Santo Loquasto, "Hello, Dolly!"

Best Costume Design of a Play:
Jane Greenwood, "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes" (WINNER)
Susan Hilferty, "Present Laughter"
Toni-Leslie James, "August Wilson's Jitney"
David Zinn, "A Doll's House, Part 2"

Best Costume Design of a Musical:
Santo Loquasto, "Hello, Dolly!" (WINNER)
Linda Cho, "Anastasia"
Paloma Young, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"
Catherine Zuber, "War Paint"

Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Christopher Akerlind, "Indecent" (WINNER)
Jane Cox, "August Wilson's Jitney"
Donald Holder, "Oslo"
Jennifer Tipton, "A Doll's House, Part 2"

Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Bradley King, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" (WINNER)
Howell Binkley, "Come From Away"
Natasha Katz, "Hello, Dolly!"
Japhy Weideman, "Dear Evan Hansen"

Best Direction of a Play:
Rebecca Taichman, "Indecent" (WINNER)
Sam Gold, "A Doll's House, Part 2"
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, "August Wilson's Jitney"
Bartlett Sher, "Oslo"
Daniel Sullivan, "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes"

Best Direction of a Musical:
Christopher Ashley, "Come From Away" (WINNER)
Rachel Chavkin, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"
Michael Greif, "Dear Evan Hansen"
Matthew Warchus, "Groundhog Day The Musical"
Jerry Zaks, "Hello, Dolly!"

Best Choreography:
Andy Blankenbuehler, "Bandstand" (WINNER)
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, "Groundhog Day The Musical"
Kelly Devine, "Come From Away"
Denis Jones, "Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical"
Sam Pinkleton, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"

Best Orchestrations:
Alex Lacamoire, "Dear Evan Hansen" (WINNER)
Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, "Bandstand"
Larry Hochman, "Hello, Dolly!"
Dave Malloy, "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"

Friday, June 9, 2017

10 Songs for Summer

School is out and the sun is shining! Celebrate the season with the best songs of summer including one hit wonders, pop hits, and funky favorites. Did your favorite song make the list?

10. "Summer Nights"



9. "Cruel Summer"


8. "Summer Wind"



















 











Wednesday, April 26, 2017

5 Songs for Mom

What better way to celebrate the women who gave us life than with music? With Mother's Day around the corner, we have compiled a list of 5 songs for mom. From Tupac to Ozzy, these are 5 songs you and your mom are sure to love!

1. "Mama I'm Coming Home"



2. "Dear Mama"


3. "Hot Mama"



4. "Oh Mother"



5. "Mother's Little Helper"




Monday, April 3, 2017

2017 ACM Awards: Complete List of Winners

Did you miss the ACM Awards yesterday? Don't worry! We've got you covered. 

Country music’s biggest stars rocked Las Vegas Sunday night at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards. The show opened with a medley of performances by stars like Carrie Underwood, Luke Brayn, Keith Urban and Entertainer of the Year winner Jason Aldean. Florida Georgia Line were also part of the opening, but their big performance was at the end of the night when they were joined by Backstreet Boys to sing "God, Your Mama, and Me" and" Everybody." 

Co-hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley joined rocker Joe Walsh for a tribute to rock legend Chuck Berry, singing his 1955 classic, "Johnny B. Goode."

Sam Hunt surprised his fiancee Hannah Lee Fowler by singing "Body Like a Backroad" directly to her in the audience. Thomas Rhett took the award home for Male Vocalist of the Year and Miranda Lambert did a solo acoustic performance of her song "Tin Man" and later won the awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year.

A full list of the winners is below:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean — winner
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean
Dierks Bentley
Thomas Rhett — winner
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert — winner
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Big & Rich
Brothers Osborne — winner
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town — winner
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kane Brown
Chris Janson
Chris Lane
Jon Pardi — winner
Brett Young
NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Lauren Alaina
Cam
Brandy Clark
Maren Morris — winner
NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
A Thousand Horses
Brothers Osborne — winner
Dan + Shay
LOCASH
Maddie & Tae
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“Black” Dierks Bentley
“Dig Your Roots” Florida Georgia Line
“Hero” Maren Morris
“Ripcord” Keith Urban
“The Weight of These Wings” Miranda Lambert — winner
SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” Keith Urban
“H.O.L.Y.” Florida Georgia Line — winner
“Humble and Kind” Tim McGraw
“My Church” Maren Morris
“Vice” Miranda Lambert
SONG OF THE YEAR
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” Keith Urban (written by Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen)
“Die A Happy Man” Thomas Rhett (written by Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe London) — winner
“Humble and Kind” Tim McGraw (written by Lori McKenna)
“Kill A Word” Eric Church feat. Rhiannon Giddens (written by Eric Church, Luke Dick, Jeff Hyde)
“Tennessee Whiskey” Chris Stapleton (written by Dean Dillon, Linda Hargrove)
“Vice” Miranda Lambert (written by Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“Fire Away” Chris Stapleton (directed by Tim Mattia)
“Forever Country” Artists of Then, Now & Forever (directed by Joseph Kahn) — winner
“Humble and Kind” Tim McGraw (directed by Wes Edwards)
“Peter Pan” Kelsea Ballerini (directed by Kristin Barlowe)
“Vice” Miranda Lambert (directed by Trey Fanjoy)
VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
“Different For Girls” Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King
“Forever Country” Artists of Then, Now & Forever
“May We All” Florida Georgia Line feat. Tim McGraw — winner
“Setting the World on Fire” Kenny Chesney feat. P! nk
“Think of You” Chris Young feat. Cassadee Pope


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

10 Songs for Spring

Spring is officially here! March 20th marked the vernal equinox, or the First Day of Spring. Looking forward to the blooming flowers, green grass, and rays of sunshine? We are celebrating a season perfect for song with 10 songs for Spring!






















 














Monday, March 20, 2017

5 Essential Chuck Berry Songs

Chuck Berry, the father of Rock 'n' Roll, died Saturday at the age of 90. He was an incredible musician who, in both sonics and lyrics, forged a new art form. The 5 below songs are some of Mr. Berry's greatest. Did your favorite Chuck Berry song make the list?


















Tuesday, February 28, 2017

5 Best Breakup Songs

Not everyone passes the test. Did you remember? Were you grateful and loving... or complacent and apathetic? Were you thoughtful... or lazy? 

If you failed to do The Right Thing on Valentine’s Day, then you may be in need of a morale boost. Few things are more painful than a bad breakup. (Or, if you were the dumper, then maybe you feel great having unburdened yourself of a lackluster partner!) Whether justified or completely unexpected, it is immensely difficult to pick up the pieces and move on.

Music has a way of soothing the soul in times of distress. Here are our top 5 favorite breakup songs. (At least, here’s what we listen to cope…) Did we miss your favorite song? Let us know!















Monday, February 13, 2017

Surprises at the Grammys!

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards have come and gone. Critics endlessly hyped the contest of the evening – Adele versus Beyoncé in each of the four categories both artists were nominated for. The results are in, and it was a lopsided victory for Adele, who swept all five awards she was nominated for. “25” won Album of the Year, with flagship “Hello” winning Song of the Year. Although “Lemonade” took Best Urban Contemporary Album, Beyoncé has for the fourth time failed to win the Album of the Year category. Nevertheless, Adele repeatedly paid tribute to Beyoncé, praising her artistry and influence. Adele also won Record of the Year (“Hello), Best Pop Solo Performance (“Hello”), and Best Pop Vocal Album (“25”).

Twenty One Pilots raised plenty of eyebrows with their unusual response to winning Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Stressed Out.” When the announcement was made, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun dropped their pants and walked to the stage to collect their prize. Chance The Rapper surprised many by taking Best Rap Album for “Coloring Book,” the first streaming-only album to both be nominated for and win a Grammy. Chance also won Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance for “No Problem.”

What surprised you about the 2017 Grammys? Feel strongly that someone else should have won, or that another song or album deserved an award? Let us know! 


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

5 Valentine’s Day Songs

Fraught with peril, Valentine’s Day presents a challenge to many a young (and not so young) couple. It is an opportunity to demonstrate the certitude of your love and forever win the affection of your partner… or lose everything in a rash display of carelessness or forgetfulness. It celebrates togetherness and romantic love as much as it exposes the fragility of relationships.

This Valentine’s Day, take the time to be thoughtful. Has your partner dropped hints about anything? How would your partner want you to express your love?

Although surprising the love of your life with a song may not be the answer, you may perhaps find inspiration in music about this delightful day. Here are some of our favorites. Did we miss anything? Let us know!