How to Name Your Band

I’m intrigued by the process that bands use to name themselves. Sometimes a band takes an obvious name. Three guitarists from California chose the moniker California Guitar Trio. Some bands look to media for inspiration. For example, Duran Duran was named after the bad guy in the movie Barbarella and Veruca Salt is from the…

Today’s Music: A Parent’s Dilemma

Like every parent before me, I’m no fan of most of the current generations’ music. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not one to totally discount today’s music because there are still artists who excite me with their creativity. I just want to expose my kids to more than the prefabricated Top-40 fare. It is with…

Songkick Keeps Users Up-To-Date on the Latest Concerts

The last major concert that I attended was in January 2011. I saw Sarah McLachlan in Washington, D.C. The only reason why I went was because my friend had an extra ticket and I needed something to do during my downtime from my business trip. In 2010, I saw Chris Botti perform with the Houston…

Sunday Grooves – 05/08/11 Mother’s Day Edition

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. A Mother’s Love by Jim Brickman 2. Mama Used to Say by Junior 3. I’ll Always Love My Mama by The Intruders 4. Mama by BJ Thomas 5. My Mother’s Eyes…

Indie Artist Spotlight: Asleep in Transit

Irina Buzdugan seeks world domination. Don’t worry. She’s not planning on overthrowing the world’s governments. Instead, the 18-year-old singer wants all inhabitants of Earth to become fans of her band Asleep in Transit. “Music is the universal language,” says Irina. “And once you are able to speak this language with profound passion and conviction, you…

My 30 Minute Practice Routine

I’ve struggled with practicing on a consistent basis. Although my family and work commitments often limit the time I have to practice, I realized that I wasn’t fully maximizing the times when I could practice. I’d often waste time noodling around and not really accomplishing much. To combat this problem, I’ve decided to add more…

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…