One of my favorite things in the world to do is listening to music. Its one of those creature comforts that I just can’t seem to live without. There is no one particular genre that I love more then another. I pretty much love almost all of them. Music completes me, which is why I always have to have access to it at all times.

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Your kids are good at the internet, that’s for sure, but whether they’re online to IM with their friends, look up internet providers by zip code or to do homework you can bet they’ve downloaded music too. Here are a few lessons they’ve got to learn to keep from getting sued.
Don’t Download for Free: In this day and age there is no free downloading, period. Make sure you tell your kids that if they want music you’ve got to pay – they should run this by you first, obviously, since they’ll need your permission to buy.
Don’t Give Away Personal Info: Your kids may be tempted to give away personal information to get some free downloads but that’s a bad idea, obviously. This is a good opportunity to teach them all about the dangers of phishing as well.
Free Radio: If your kids are bound and determined to listen to music but you can’t afford hundreds of songs a month show them how to use free online radio like Pandora. It’s a great solution that’s cheap even if you spring for the paid version.

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From Beethoven’s 9th Symphony dedicated to Napoleon, to the political subject matter of modern rock groups, music has showcased currents events to listeners throughout history. Music is one of the best avenues for communication and expression in that it appeals to a vast array of tastes. Lyricists and musicians often use their musical talents to focus on currents events and to voice their opinions to the populace. Melody sets atmospheric tone and lyrics are Read the rest of this entry »

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The Music Formerly Known As Hip

Music has changed greatly over the past couple of decades. One of the major changes that the industry has seen is genres of music that were formerly known as “hip” are not anymore. During the 1970′s disco and go-go music were the thing to listen to. Nowadays, it is rare to hear that type of music being played. If it is played, it usually at one of the nightclubs that are geared towards older people. Read the rest of this entry »

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Music is said to be the universal language, and for the most part that is true. So how does one explain the incredible diversity of music? The differences between, say, classical and hip-hop seem vast, but for the discerning listener, they may have much in common. In fact, there are creative common elements used by all artists, and understanding these elements can make you a better musician or provide a deeper understanding of the music you enjoy.

These common threads can be distilled down to two ideas. The first, and perhaps most important, Read the rest of this entry »

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Many musicians and producers find that they love their craft with a passion. They spend many hours in the studio to make a product that they put their hearts and souls into and create some incredibly amazing works of art. However, many artists find that they wish they could create songs as clear and precisely crafted as many of the major label artists do. The problem comes not from the equipment that these artists have, but the technique. Creating a perfect song isn’t about what kind of equipment that is owned by the Read the rest of this entry »

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The music industry has always been in a state of change, and this is no more apparent than in the current environment. The digital revolution has changed the way people record, perform, and disseminate their artistic creations, and has brought up questions of authenticity and integrity. With more production values, a question arises regarding what artistic license requires and if it is legitimate.

An excellent example of this question is the use of samples and sequencing in current musical art forms.The full explanation can be found at http://musicbusinessheretic.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/the-future-of-music-4-ways-to-protect-your-music-from-digital-piracy/ Are the original artists being stolen from? Read the rest of this entry »

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