Sunday Grooves – 05/01/11

I’m constantly listening to music for inspiration and enjoyment. Each Sunday, I will share 10 songs that have influenced me during the week. 1. Breezin’ by George Benson 2. Mister Magic by Grover Washington, Jr. 3. Free by Deniece Williams 4. Like a Star by Corrine Bailey Rae 5. Redemption Song by Bob Marley 6.…

Desert Island List: Ihsan Bilal, Recording Artist

I love all types of music but hip-hop and R&B are dear to me. Here are some of my favorite albums: 1. Fly or Die, N.E.R.D. – The lyrics on each song are well thought-out and filled with positive messages. The album even has a few hidden tracks (who does that nowadays). These guys make timeless…

Indie Artist Spotlight: Ihsan Bilal

For Ihsan Bilal, music has always been a passion. The Moreno Valley, California native first expressed her musical talent at the age of six. She wrote songs and performed them with her four younger siblings. They were often called the modern day Jackson 5. Over the years, Ihsan and her family won many talent shows. She…

Guitar Center Develops New Podcasts for Musicians

I’ve spent many hours in Guitar Centers around the country. Every time I travel for work, I locate the nearest Guitar Center and spend my idle time there. I just discovered that Guitar Center has launched a new podcast called At: Guitar Center. The idea behind the show is to inspire musicians. “We can focus on…

Live Music: Nicole C. Mullen, Houston, TX

What started out as a small concert in the parking lot of Chick-fil-A restaurants has grown into huge events with more than 2000 in attendance. Over the years, I’ve attended a few of these concerts that are co-sponsored by a local radio station (I saw Kara Williamson at one of the earliest concerts in Katy,…

Desert Island List: Paul Birtwell – Songwriter, Musician, Performer

I am a self-produced singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and live performer. I have been writing songs and instrumental tracks along with regular live performances for the last 15 years. The following albums have not only influenced my music, but also my life. 1. Wes Bound, Lee Ritenour – A wonderful tribute to Wes Montgomery, this album has a soft and sensitive…

What Your Guitar Strap Length Says About You

I’m a member of a cool guitar community called, GuitarSquid. Each day, they post the hottest, most current news and information on guitar related music and culture. I was amused by this chart, “What  Your Strap Length Says About You,” that the editors created. After reviewing the options, I would consider myself to be “The…

Desert Island List – Miri, Recording Artist

I love music and these are a few of my favorites: 1. These Days, Nico – I discovered this song was written by Jackson Browne when he was sixteen. The words are so beautifully melancholic and the way Nico sings it gets me every time. 2. Night to Remember, Cyndi Lauper – I heard this album when it…