GIRL RAYNorth London band Girl Ray return for their second album with a delightful, sun-kissed tribute to their love of pop and R&B.High quality, timeless pop songs weren?t always created in offices by handfuls of writers and marketing teams and then farmed out to the highest bidding singers. Once upon a time they were written and recorded by artists ? George Michael, Prince or Kate Bush for example ? who wanted to use the universal, happy medium of pop music to put across joyous, accessible messages of love, friendship and life to the world.And that?s what Girl Ray have done. They?ve done far more than just ?go pop.? To have the confidence to totally change one?s creative output is something so few artists manage, but they?ve nailed it.Back in 2017, the band Girl Ray released Earl Grey: a debut album of expertly-crafted, sweet, hummable songs about longing, friendship, self doubt and contemplation. It was a success. ?With Girl Ray, we knew we had found something special,? says Stephen Bass of Moshi Moshi who signed the band in 2016.After their tour rolled to a stop and Girl Ray?s members Poppy, Sophie and Iris floated back to earth, taking up employment in shops and restaurants. They hung about listlessly, struggled with bouts of feeling a bit shit and saw each together ritualistically despite not creating much music. Poppy started writing some new songs for their second record much like the sweet odes to longing, love and friendship on their debut. But the vibes just weren?t there. It was Ariana Grande?s explosion into pop culture that kickstarted a new era for Girl Ray. ?Thank U, Next came out and that kind of changed everything,? Poppy says. A quick glance at the band?s most-listened-to Spotify playlists informed them that they were far more into music from the likes of Calvin Harris, Destiny?s Child, Dua Lipa and Britney than they were into guitar music. That, combined with Ari?s ballad of self-love and the party vibe Girl Ray witnessed when touring with US band Porches (?their live game was so fun and super synthy and so danceable,? Sophie recalls. ?It looked like much more of a party,?) led to the band beginning to wonder if they could try their hand at making their own pop.After that realisation, everything clicked into place. Poppy began experimenting with writing songs over beats. ?I had to start learning how to write on a computer, using keyboards, and that made everything sound more pop,? she explains.The songs poured out. A collection of shimmering, foot-tapping, sparkling pop bangers. It?s unmistakably Girl Ray, but with added synths. If Earl Grey was a hot cup of tea and a cuddle on the sofa, Girl is being in a cab with the windows down on the way to a beach bar for sundowners. It?s the sun kissed excitement of Rihanna?s If It?s Lovin? That You Want, combined with the eye-rolling, impenetrable sardonic humour of a girl gang. Among the grin-inducing, trepidatious and intensely courageous R&B-style tracks on the album are beautifully composed piano ballads steeped in the sadness and unrequited love that made Earl Grey feel like a knowing look from an old friend.The band took the demos to Ash Workman at Electric Beach Studios in Margate. ?He has more of a pop background [Christine and the Queens and Metronomy] which is exactly why we wanted him for the job,? Poppy says. ?We didn?t have to compromise with him, he just got it straight away.? Ash listened to the demos and was keen to help them produce a record that sounded something like ?70s Drake.? The band were slightly confused by this, so they stuck pictures of Ariana around his mixing desk to remind him of his raison d?être. Even though Girl sounds a little like a cross between the Love Island soundtrack and The Power Out by Electrelane, it?s almost genre-less. Girl Ray have created something beautiful that hasn?t been seen for a long time now: expertly-crafted pop created by dedicated artists on a mission to make music for people to really enjoy. Music that doesn?t look to confuse or patronise. Music to fall in love to, to dance to. Songs you?d want to send to your friends. ?Pop is so fun and universal, even if you?re a super muso nerd who?s into Elliot Smith you?re still going to love hearing a bit of Whitney Houston and that?s really appealing to me,? Poppy says. ?If you hear a good groove you can?t not boogie, and we want our shows to be more of a party and for it to be more feelgood music.??With this new set of songs they have been brave enough to completely change their sound rather than playing it safe yet still remain unmistakably themselves,? says Stephen. ?A bold move perhaps, but a sign of that desire to push themselves that only the best artists have.?
Discover the Fun and Easy Way to Learn How to Play the Piano! Would you like to learn how to play the piano, but don’t know where to start? If so - this audiobook is exactly for you! Learning to play the piano can seem like a pretty big challenge for a beginner. What should be the right body posture? How should you place your wrist on a piano? How can you differentiate notes, octaves, and scales? All of those questions makes the task of learning how to play the piano really overwhelming. If you are clueless about playing the piano, or want to sharpen your piano skills - this book is exactly for you! In this outstanding book, you will learn to play the piano in a fun, fast and easy way on your own, discover what should be the most important thing you should practice on, learn how to remember the keys of a piano keyboard, what are sharps and flats, how to form basic and major chords, how to play chords in root position, how to play common and advanced chords, how to read notes on the bass and treble clef quarter, half and whole notes and much more! What are the benefits of playing the piano? It sharpens your concentration skillsIt improves your brain structure and helps you to rewire your brainIt improves school grades of kids It helps you to relax your mind, which will further improve your productivityIt is beneficial for those who suffer from cardiac complications and respiratory diseases It improves dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and motor skills I don't know music theory. Is this book for me? Yes! Learning how to play the piano is a skill you can practice, and music theory can compliment it. However, it is not mandatory to master music theory in order to learn how to play the piano. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andy Parrish. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/168470/bk_acx0_168470_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Your soul holds a massive record collection: melodies, rhythms, and bass lines. Memories that ask you to dance and memories that haunt you in a minor key. Lies that become soundtracks to your days while truths play too softly to be heard. Spoken word poet Amena Brown’s broken records played messages about how she wasn’t worthy to be loved. How to Fix a Broken Record chronicles her journey of healing as she’s allowed the music of God’s love to replace the scratchy taunts of her past. From bad dates to marriage lessons at Waffle House, from learning to love her hair to learning to love an unexpected season of life, from discovering the power of saying no and the freedom to say yes, Amena offers keep-it-real stories your soul can relate to. The hurtful words of others and the failures of your past often determine what record you play the most in your mind. Those painful repetitions can become loud at the most inopportune time, keeping you from speaking up, pursuing your dreams, and growing closer to God. Recognize the negative messages that play on repeat every day in your mind. Learn how to replace them with the truth that you are a beloved child of God. And discover how to laugh along the way as you find new joy in the beautiful music of your life. A bonus audio track is included in the How to Fix a Broken Record audiobook, which features a special spoken-word performance by author Amena Brown. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amena Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/001775/bk_zond_001775_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Laurie Berkner and the Laurie Berkner Band have filled countless venues nationwide with adoring fans, selling millions of albums, songs, and videos. Now young listeners ages 3 to 8 can join Laurie and her buddy, Thelonious Pig (Josiah Gaffney), as she whips up yummy food, songs, and stories in Laurie Berkner’s Song and Story Kitchen. Each chapter of this whimsical Audible Original features a different food and tells a new story set in the magical world of Juniper Fields with Laurie's friends: Oscar Beebee the bumblebee, Layla Meeska the mouse, Tallulah Jones the dinosaur, and ferret cousins Victor Vito and Freddie Vasco.Along with original new music, fans will hear recordings of some of the Laurie Berkner Band’s greatest hits, with Susie Lampert on keyboard, Bob Golden on drums and percussion, Brady Rymer on bass, and several special guest musicians. In addition to learning gentle lessons through Laurie’s storytelling and upbeat songs, families will receive a free PDF of Laurie’s favorite recipes. There’s even a musical bonus chapter at the end!Cover art designed by Eliza Sturgeon.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying recipes and reference material will be available in your My Library section on desktop only, along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laurie Berkner, Josiah Gaffney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/or/orig/000270/or_orig_000270_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the golden-haired, curly-headed half of Simon & Garfunkel - a memoir (of sorts): artful, moving, lyrical; the making of a musician; the evolution of a man, a portrait of a lifelong friendship and collaboration that became one of the most successful singing duos of their time. Art Garfunkel writes about his life before, during, and after Simon & Garfunkel...about their folk-rock music in the roiling age that embraced and was defined by their path-breaking sound. He writes about growing up in the 1940s and '50s (son of a traveling salesman), a middle class Jewish boy, living in a red brick semi-attached house in Kew Gardens, Queens, a kid who was different - from the age of five feeling his vocal cords "vibrating with the love of sound"...meeting Paul Simon in school, the funny guy who made Art laugh; their going on to junior high school together, of being 12 at the birth of rock 'n' roll, both of them "captured" by it; going to a recording studio in Manhattan to make a demo of their song "Hey Schoolgirl" (for $7!) and the actual record (with Paul's father on bass) going to number 40 on the national charts, selling 150,000 copies.... He writes about their becoming Simon & Garfunkel, taking the world by storm, ruling the pop charts from the time he was 16, about not being a natural performer but more a thinker...touring; sex-for-thrills on the road, reading or walking to calm down (walking across two continents - the USA and Europe). He writes of being an actor working with directors Nicolas Roeg (Bad Timing) and Mike Nichols ("the greatest of them all")...getting his master's in mathematics at Columbia; choosing music over a PhD; his slow, unfolding split with Paul and its aftermath; learning to perform on his own, giving a thousand concerts worldwide, his voice going south (a stiffening of one vocal cord) and working to get it back...about being a husband, a father, and much more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Art Garfunkel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005245/bk_rand_005245_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery (6 March 1923 - 15 June 1968) was an American jazz guitarist. He is generally considered one of the major jazz guitarists, emerging after such seminal figures as Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian and influencing countless others, including Pat Martino, George Benson, Emily Remler, Kenny Burrell and Pat Metheny. Montgomery was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He came from a musical family, his brothers, Monk (string bass and electric bass) and Buddy (vibraphone and piano), were jazz performers. The brothers released a number of albums together as the Montgomery Brothers. Although he was not skilled at reading music, he could learn complex melodies and riffs by ear. Montgomery started learning guitar relatively late, at the age of 19, by listening to and learning the recordings of his idol, guitarist Charlie Christian.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Veit Renn (born June 25, 1967) is a producer and songwriter born in Augsburg, Germany and currently located in Orlando, Florida. Renn has written and produced for artists such as Nsync, Backstreet Boys, Jennifer Hudson, and Aaron Carter.Renn started to get involved in music at the young age of eight when his parents bought him his first keyboard. From the inspiration of his brother, nine years his senior, Renn began to write his own songs. In addition to learning to play the keyboard, with the aid of private lessons from an instructor, Renn also taught himself to play the guitar and bass.
"Poetic musings on a life well-lived-one that is still moving forward, always creating, always luminous. This isn't your typical autobiography. Garfunkel's history is told in flowing prose, bounding from present to past, far from a linear rags-to-riches story."-Bookreporter"It's hard to imagine any single word that would accurately describe this book . . . an entertaining volume that's more fun to read than a conventional memoir might have been."-The Wall Street Journal"A charming book of prose and poetry printed in a digitalized version of his handwriting . . . witty, candid, and wildly imaginative . . . A highly intelligent man trying to make sense of his extraordinary life."-Associated PressFrom the golden-haired, curly-headed half of Simon & Garfunkel, a memoir (of sorts)-moving, lyrical impressions, interspersed throughout a narrative, punctuated by poetry, musings, lists of resonant books loved and admired, revealing a life and the making of a musician, that show us, as well, the evolution of a man, a portrait of a life-long friendship and of a collaboration that became the most successful singing duo in the roiling age that embraced, and was defined by, their pathfinding folk-rock music.In What Is It All but Luminous, Art Garfunkel writes about growing up in the 1940s and '50s (son of a traveling salesman, listening as his father played Enrico Caruso records), a middle-class Jewish boy, living in a redbrick semi-attached house on Jewel Avenue in Kew Gardens, Queens.He writes of meeting Paul Simon, the kid who made Art laugh (they met at their graduation play, Alice in Wonderland, Paul was the White Rabbit, Art, the Cheshire Cat). Of their being twelve at the birth of rock'n'roll ("it was rhythm and blues. It was black. I was captured and so was Paul"), of a demo of their song, Hey Schoolgirl for seven dollars and the actual record (with Paul's father on bass) going to #40 on the charts.He writes about their becoming Simon & Garfunkel, ruling the pop charts from the age of sixteen, about not being a natural performer but more a thinker, an underground man.He writes of the hit songs, touring, about being an actor working with directors Mike Nichols ("the greatest of them all"), about choosing music over a PhD in mathematics.And he writes about his long-unfolding split with Paul, and how and why it evolved, and after, learning to perform on his own . . . and about being a husband, a father and much more.
Piano is the main lesson book in the Bastien Piano Basics course. The carefully graded, logical learning sequence assures steady, continual progress. Original music by the Bastiens includes a stimulating mixture of pop, folk, classical, and contemporary styles. Full-color illustrations throughout entertain and reinforce musical concepts along the way. The gradual multi-key approach takes students through all 12 keys -- 3 in each of Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4. Each page is carefully correlated page-by-page with Theory, Performance, and Technic. All in all, a dynamic way to introduce students to the marvelous world of music!Level 3 presents relative minor scales (a and d), octaves, minor key signatures, major-minor triads, primary chords in minor, various bass styles, triplets, the chromatic scale, and the kyes of D-flat, A-flat, and E-flat.