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Fifty Years Ago Today…

The Beatles taught the world to PLAY! No other band ever had “mania” attached to their name.

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Happy Belated Birthday Carlos Santana

A great music visionary and guitarist, Carlos Santana, 66 years young yesterday. His sound is CLASSIC! Below is a picture I took of him January 2001 in the Latin Percussion booth at the Winter NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA

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Carlos Santana at LP Booth, Winter NAMM 2001. Picture taken by Bud Mayer

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Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Auto-Tune Here…

Thanks to MMR for the following – sheds some light on how things were done back in the day when chops and talent were required to make a record…

Life Before Auto-Tune

Well, technically “auto tune” was available in some forms back in the early ’80s, but seriously: Check out the isolated vocal tracks on this Queen/Bowie classic.

Remember when popular musicians and singers were, y’know,*actually* musicians and singers?

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Click here to listen to vocals with music backing…

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Dave Brubeck: A Classy Classic and Jazz Great, RIP

I grew up listening to Dave Brubeck – saw him in concert in Cleveland.  He was a great influence on me and my introduction to jazz music.  I remember back in the early 1980s visiting him in his home in Connecticut to demonstrate a new synthesizer called the Synclavier.  He was very interested in new technological trends in music.  He had fun fooling around on it with a little bluesy lick of his.  It was a real thrill for me to play for him on his piano.  He liked my playing and told me I should be out performing music instead of selling synthesizers.  We sat and talked about his experiences in Paris with Darius Milhaud and Nadia Boulanger.  He was an immensely gracious with a never-ending passion for music.  I am blessed to have been touched by him.  Thank you Dave.  Now, Take Five!

Dave Brubeck: Beyond Take Five : A Blog Supreme : NPR.

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Create Your Own Money Making Web Radio Station With Radionomy – hypebot

Create Your Own Money Making Web Radio Station With Radionomy – hypebot.  This is an interesting concept for us who back in the day were “pirate” radio operators.  Back in high school, I ran a reasonably successful radio station out of my father’s basement.  So successful, that the FCC caught on to it and shut me down.  Radionomy gives us closet radio station guys a venue on the internet.  Not sure I have the time for it these days, but I can imagine a teenage kid having fun with it.  Only problem is you have to get 130 hours of daily listeners or they pull the plug on you.  That’s a bit rough.  What do you think?

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One of the best Grammy shows…

Even though the Grammy Awards show is all about the recording industry, it is interesting how live music is such an important part of the event. Foo Fighters, Adele, Jennifer Hudson and Paul McCartney, etc. all demonstrated how important live performance is to communicate music’s soul. Every performance is a fleeting moment in time. No matter how you slice and dice it, nothing beats a live performance. Jennifer Hudson did an amazing job in her tribute to Whitney.Houston.

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How Netflix Lost 800,000 Members, and Good Will – Yahoo! Finance

How Netflix Lost 800,000 Members, and Good Will – Yahoo! Finance.

CEO, Reed Hastings, wasn’t sure whether customer focus groups were consulted before executing the plan to split Netflix into two companies. REALLY?  Not too savvy for a company that depends heavily on customer preferences online.  No wonder film viewers are heading for the exits.  Also he doesn’t seem to think a 60% price increase should bother anyone.  Maybe he’s spending too much time in his bay area hot tub.

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