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When I Made My Little Brother Give Up Rock Music At Bible Camp

November 12, 2013

I memorized my Bible verses and I guess I showed some sort of spiritual leadership. I won Camper of the Week. Nobody knew about the nerdy kid I had pushed in the pond, still wearing his pants and shoes. Why couldn't regular life be more like Mountain View Bible Camp? The next summer, I went back to camp to work as support staff. I didn't want to leave the safety, the spiritual highs, God's shelter from a sinful world. We replaced siding on a dorm, repaired bunks, washed dishes, and helped the counselors manage the kids. The camp had nightly sermons, and the preacher that summer came to speak about the evils of rock'n'roll -- not just secular bands like the Chili Peppers or U2, but Contemporary Christian Music artists like Amy Grant. She'd had an affair with fellow CCM star Michael English -- proof, in this preacher's mind, that rock drumbeats reveal poor character and lead to sex. After one of these sermons, my funny, light-hearted brother Marco, then 12 years old, went forward to "get saved" and "dedicate his life to Christ." In the fundamentalist lingo, these were two different events; one kept you out of hell and the other changed your life here on earth. Marco didn't see any reason to waste time between the two. Later that night, he came to my room and told me what he'd done. "Do you think I need to give up my music?" he asked. Dad's music was implied. Friends at public school had turned him onto the Spin Doctors and Boys II Men. We staff members didn't have any bed frames, so I sat low on my mattress, in the middle of the floor, like some kind of spiritual guru. "I don't see any other way," I said. That was my job, you know, as a past Mountain View Bible Camp Camper of the Week, assistant counselor, and ascendant "spiritual leader." Well, both Dad and Marco have birthdays this month, and we've come a long way since then, playing rock music in smoky bars, all three of us together for awhile a few years back. I figure if God didn't like rock'n'roll he wouldn't have created guys like Adolph Rickenbacker or Les Paul. Marco, I'm sorry about that night at camp. The Spin Doctors weren't really that great, but a good big brother would have told you about The Joshua Tree or Automatic for the People or Nevermind. Kurt Cobain, God rest his soul: I like to think he and St. Paul and Martin Luther are together with the Lord, commiserating over their angst. Back then, I just didn't know any better. Jesse James DeConto is a writer and musician in Durham, N.C.
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Top 10 Censored Rock Songs

In this instance, it was a stutter that flustered the good ol' British Broadcasting Corporation. Upon the release of My Generation, the BBC banned the song from the airwaves due to Roger Daltrey s stuttering of some lines. The official reason was that the single might offend listeners who had stuttering problems. In addition, there were rumors that some folks at the BBC thought that the line Why dont you all f-f-f-fade away suggested another f-word.
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'We Will Rock You': A Bohemian Musical

(SOUNDBITE OF "RADIO GAGA) UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (Singing) And everything, we want to get, we download from the Internet. KEYES: As writer/director Ben Elton explains, a group of rebel bohemians, of course, is raging a battle to bring the power of rock back to the people, and they're doing it with snippets of lyrics from hit songs, the mangled names of rock stars. Elvis is remembered as a king named Pelvis, and a single videotape. BEN ELTON: All they've got is half-remembered hits, just as we try and imagine what Greek culture might have been like, or Roman culture, from a few stones and scrolls and a few hints we try and imagine Caesar. KEYES: Elton says in his vision rock and roll is equally distant to the past for them as Greek culture is to contemporary mankind. ELTON: And an equally epic and mythical cultural force. (SOUNDBITE OF "SOMEBODY TO LOVE) UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (Singing) Can anybody find me somebody to love? BRIAN JUSTIN CRUM: It's kind of your basic boy meets girl. KEYES: Brian Justin Crum plays Galileo and says he identifies with his character's quest and with the message in Elton's story. CRUM: What he's written more true than ever about what's going on right now in pop music and, you know, what it may or may not be lacking depending on who you talk to. (SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) KEYES: Some critics wrinkle their noses at so-called jukebox musicals like this one, but legendary Queen guitarist Brian May doesn't think the term should be a put-down.
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Concert Tours And Festivals, Coast To Coast

November 12, 2013

Route: Starts June 14 in Virginia Beach and ends Sept. 16 in York, Pa. Cost: $24-$54 The trio will be joined on their Me and My Gang Tour by Gary Allan. Route: Starts Friday in Holmdel, N.J., and ends Sept. 16 in Raleigh, N.C. Cost: $28-$65 Trace Adkins, George Jones, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band FESTIVALS HFStival Saturday-Sunday, Columbia, Md. Gathering of alternative acts at Merriweather Post Pavilion, including Kanye West, Counting Crows, Cypress Hill, Matisyahu, Dashboard Confessional, The Strokes, Joan Jett, The Fixx, The Misfits, AFI. Cost: $53 lawn; $73 pavilion; $108 pit each day For information: Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival June 15-18, Manchester, Tenn.
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Top 20 Concert Tours From Pollstar

(16) Rascal Flatts; $571,970; $38.58. 13.
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Country's Brandy Clark Shows Adult Songs Can Work

November 2, 2013

brandy clark 2.jpg "Maybe I'm naive in thinking that." Weird thing is, poor Brandy Clark enters this CMA Awards week as one of the top stories in country music. Fifteen years after she moved to Nashville from Washington state to attend Belmont University, the naive thing is serving her well. Released last week to a top 30 sales debut, her 12 Stories album (Slate Creek Records) is getting raves from Rolling Stone, National Public Radio, American Songwriter, Billboard, CBS' Sunday Morning and a bunch of other taste-shaping outlets. "Lately, there's a whole lot more moonlight and muscle shirts at the top of the country charts," wrote NPR's Tom Ashbrook. "Suntans and catfish and big trucks. American bravado. Singer-songwriter Brandy Clark can make you jump and smile, but she goes dark, too. Real." A bit of a regime change Of late, Clark has co-written two top-charting country songs Better Dig Two for The Band Perry and Mama's Broken Heart for Miranda Lambert and she'll receive a CMA award if Mama's Broken Heart wins the song of the year prize on Wednesday. She's a key contributor to friend Kacey Musgraves' Same Trailer, Different Park album, a song-set that helped earn Musgraves six CMA nominations (enough for a top-nominee tie with superstar Taylor Swift). Clark co-wrote Musgraves' current single, Follow Your Arrow, a song that includes lyrics about same-sex relationships and marijuana use. She's the third in a trio of gifted, intelligent female country newcomers (with Musgraves and Ashley Monroe) to release breakthrough albums in 2013, and she, Musgraves, Shane McAnally, Luke Laird, Jessie Jo Dillon, Mark Stephen Jones are among a friendly gang of co-conspirators who are finding fresh ways to write successful contemporary country songs. "Maybe I'm just being optimistic, but I feel a little bit of a regime change," Clark says, sitting at Nashville's Sunset Grill, a restaurant frequented by the same record label honchos who couldn't find a fit for her. "I feel people responding to things that are a little different from what's on the radio, in a huge way." Among the early responders was Juli Thankee, editor at influential country music website Engine 145, who was so moved by Clark's 12 Stories that she wrote a glowing review in July. CMT senior vice president Leslie Fram also jumped onboard, playing Clark's self-funded Stripes video long before album release and bringing Clark's sound and image into the living rooms of country music fans through the cable TV network. Clark's Twitter feed was soon filled with positive messages from fans of Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and other favorites of the day. Apparently, listeners don't pay much attention to peg shape. Moving millions "I don't think we (in country music) give our audience enough credit," Clark says. "They're really smart. They're forward-thinking, open-minded people, or at least the ones I meet are. They love music like the Dixie Chicks and Jamey Johnson, because those artists don't think they're smarter than the audience. Brandy Clark comes off stage after performing at the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 25, 2013, in Nashville. (Photo: Gannett/John Partipilo, The (Nashville) Tennessean) "I know (Grammy-winning producer) Brent Maher a little, and I asked him, 'How did you decide who you would work with?' He said, 'I just went with what moved me and figured if it'd move me it'd move two or three million other people.' I try to think about my songs like that. I always just think, 'I'm going to write whatever is the truest, most entertaining thing I can.'" As voiced through others, her songs have moved two or three million other people. Now, Clark's songs may be heard in her own rich voice. She eschews gratuitous vocal flourishes, calling attention to lyric and emotion rather than to range and technique.
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Can Brandy Clark Save Country Music?

31 2013 8:45 AM Can Brandy Clark Save Country Music? Her great new albumthe years bestjust might. And she has help. By David Cantwell Brandy Clark's album 12 Stories is so good that you almost think she really could achieve Nashvilles salvation. Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images Brandy Clark has just completed her latest turn in a songwriters showcase at Nashvilles Bluebird Cafe and, for just a second, the room is silent as held breath. Then an ovation sweeps through like a small explosion, an exhalation of pent-up expectations and hopes and Oh my God, did you hear that? I dont remember for certain which number Clark had just sunghonestly, it might have been any of the songs off her amazing debut album, 12 Stories , released Oct. 22but I think it was What Will Keep Me out Heaven . In that breathtaking piano-and-pedal-steel ballad, Clark plays a woman hesitating before an elevator, torn: The man waiting for her upstairs is married to a woman she doesnt know and doesnt wish to hurtbut then again shes come to realize that shes married to a stranger herself; thats why shes here.
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Ennio Morricone To Conduct Concerts In L.a. And New York In March

October 27, 2013

New Jersey Youth Chorus announces its upcoming concerts in Morristown and Bridgewater

and New York in March 0 Film composer Ennio Morricone in New York in 2006. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times / October 18, 2013) Also By David Ng October 21, 2013, 6:50 a.m. Film composer Ennio Morricone, who has been nominated five times for an Oscar and who received an honorary statuette in 2007, is scheduled to conduct concerts of his movie music at performances in Los Angeles and New York in March. The L.A. concert is set for March 20 at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live; the New York performance is scheduled for March 23 at the Barclays Center 's Cushman and Wakefield Theatre in Brooklyn . Tickets go on sale Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. at Listing Morricone's most famous movies scores can be a difficult task simply because there are so many "A Fistful of Dollars," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "Once upon a Time in the West," "The Mission," "The Untouchables," "Cinema Paradiso," and "Bugsy" among them. In 2009, Morricone was to conduct a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, but the event was canceled. He led a concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York in 2007.
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Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The New Jersey Youth Chorus is a nonprofit organization with members from Millburn, Short Hills, Summit, Chatham, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Sussex and other Essex, Union and Somerset County. On Friday, Oct. 18, the New Jersey Youth Chorus performed at The Greg Wolf Foundations 5th Annual Fall Benefit. The foundation honors the life and spirit of its namesake to help Wipe Out Leukemia Forever. Friday Evenings performance was part of NJYCs "Kids for Kids" initiative to assist childrens organizations and charities. The chorus performed several pieces including, one of its favorite, We are the Music Makers by Patti Drennan. They received a warm welcome from the 200 plus attendees. On Sunday, Oct. 27, the Advanced Chorus will join the NJYCs Young Mens Ensemble in collaboration with the Princeton Girlchoirs Concert Choir in a concert at St Bernards of Clairvaux Church in Bridgewater. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. A $10 donation to St Bernards of Clairvaux will be appreciated. Founded in 1992 the New Jersey Youth Chorus is an auditioned choral program for children in grades one through twelve. It provides quality music education that encourages young peoples love and appreciation of choral music and nurtures their individual growth and development. On Sunday, Dec. 8, NJYC will hold its Winter Concert, at 3 PM at the Mayo Arts Center in Morristown. Apprentice Chorus and the Intermediate Chorus will be performing along with the Advanced Chorus and the Young Mens Ensemble. Tickets are now on sale at the box office or can be purchased on-line by visiting . To find out more about the chorus, visit . Young men in grades 7 12 with a changing or changed voice, who is interested in auditioning for the NJYCs Young Mens Ensemble, call 973-998-5670. Auditions are open for boys in grades 7 12 with changing or changed voices, with rehearsals to start in January. Auditions for all the choruses in NJYC are held in the Spring. self
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Salon/Sanctuary Concerts Welcome Monica Huggett and New York Baroque Incorporated Tonight

Monica has given master classes in Banff, Dartington, Vicenza, Dublin, and Medellin, and has been professor of baroque violin at the Hochschule fur Kunste, Bremen and the Koninklijke Conservatorium in The Hague. Monica's expertise in the musical and social history of the Baroque Era is unparalleled among performing musicians.
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The Theater Project's 'open Mike Night' In Maplewood

October 18, 2013

Bill Marinella Casting has set up an open call for core extras to appear on Chicago PD. Our audiences root for absolutely everyone. They enjoy seeing new talent and having a fun night out, said producer Daaimah Talley. Performers can sign in when the doors open at 7 PM; entertainment will begin at 7:30. A piano accompanist will be available. Performers should be sure to bring friends and family to cheer them on. The read here show is $12 admission per person with a 2-drink minimum for everyone. Food will also be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit The Theater Project, the professional company in residence at the Burgdorff Center for Performing Arts in Maplewood. Known for presenting outrageous comedy as well as drama with social commentary, the company tackled marriage equality, presenting a one-night-only reading of 8 by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. Their yearly holiday special, ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE RADIO PLAY, will perform at the Burgdorff Saturday, November 30, at 2 PM. WHAT: The Theater Project Hosts an Open Mike Night WHEN: Monday, October 28. Doors open at 7:00. For the original version and more information, see

Platinum-selling Rock Music Breakouts Imagine Dragons Announce Into The Night Tour Kicking Off In February 2014

October 12, 2013

Top 10 Organ Rock Songs

Also appearing on select dates during the tour will be Los Angeles indie music artists, Nico Vega, and Brooklyn rock band, X Ambassadors.Tickets for the general public go on sale on starting Friday, October 11 at . Beginning today, Monday, October 7, fans can visit to RSVP for early access to presale tickets available at 10:00 AM local time on Thursday, October 10. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, October 8 at 10:00 AM local time through Citi's Private Pass Program. For complete presale details, visit . Live Nation mobile app users will have access to presale tickets beginning Thursday, October 10 at 10:00am local time. Mobile users can text "LNAPP" OR 404040 to download the Live Nation mobile app (available for iOS and Android.).A fan club presale will begin today on October 7. For information on the fan club presale, please visit . All presales end at 10:00 PM local time on Thursday, October 10. "It's been just over a year since we released our debutalbumNight Visions, and the show of support for the music on and off the road has been unbelievable and humbling," says lead singer Dan Reynolds. "This is ourlastNorth Americantourbefore returning to the studio, so we plan to make it a very special experience for those who come out to share it with us." Imagine Dragons' debut album Night Visions on KIDinaKORNER/Interscope has been certified platinum by the RIAA. The album arrived on the Billboard Top 200 at #2 with the best first-week sales for a full-length debut by a new rock band in over six years. The album has been propelled by the amazing success of the 2x platinum selling single, "It's Time" and the 6x platinum follow-up "Radioactive." The current single, "Demons" has sold over 1.3 million copies. OnOctober 22, a bundle will be available with "Demons" remixes, a live acoustic performance of the song, and the music video.Check out the Imagine Dragons Remix of "Demons" here: Rolling Stone proclaimed Imagine Dragons "the biggest breakout of the year" and Entertainment Weekly called 2013 the "Year of the Dragons" while Billboard noted, "Imagine Dragons are rock's 2013 live breakout." The band also just released via iTunes their new film, The Making Of Night Visions, a live documentary that chronicles the recording of the platinum-certified album. INTO THE NIGHT TOUR DATES All dates below subject to change.
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Price was given sole credit for re-arranging this cover, simply because the names of all five band members wouldnt fit and Alan came first alphabetically (oh, the 60s). From: Vanilla Fudge (1967) The psychedelic rockers slowed-down-and-dirty take on the Supremes hit was more like Vanilla Sludge. Mark Steins haunting organ intro is the perfect counterpoint to the machine-gun drumming in store from Carmine Appice. Stein (who also sings) wafts his Hammond through the song, letting it hover inches above the proto-metal violence underneath. It all makes for the best bad dream youve ever had. From: Led Zeppelin (1969) Zeppelin took plenty of shots for encouraging occult activities, but the brilliant John Paul Jones takes us to church on the extended intro of Your Time is Gonna Come, from the bands debut. Jones seems to be playing an organ as big as the Sistine Chapel when he slides into the chorus, gliding alongside Jimmy Page s out-of-tune-but-it-works-anyway steel guitar. John Bonham made the track sound heavy; Jones made it sound enormous. From: Music From Big Pink (1968) The most psychedelic tune to come out of Big Pink, Chest Fever is a showcase for Garth Hudson. The Bands organ player was like a mad scientist on stage, conjuring these swirling, slurring sounds from behind a bank of keyboards. In concert, Hudson would perform a lengthy organ solo before Chest Fever, but on the recorded version, he delivers a short, but imposing, intro based on Bachs Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (yep, Bachs back again). Then he kicks into the roaring riff that powers the entire song. Single (1966) Its a gimme that this stomp-along hit would be one of the Top 10 Organ Rock Songs. Gimme Some Lovin has got a great groove, and Steve Winwood sure packed plenty of blue-eyed soul into his singing, but the organ riff makes it. More than just the riff its the sound of that organ. Young Stevie wields his Hammond B-3 like a bulldozer. He could take out entire city blocks with that riff. Bone-shattering, teeth-ratting brilliance. From: Shades of Deep Purple (1968) All hail the lord of the Hammond, Deep Purples late, great Jon Lord . His chugging organ erased all memories of anyone else associated with Hush, from the man who wrote it (Joe South) or the guy who first had a hit with it (Billy Joe Royal). Deep Purples cover version gave the song a nerviness, thanks to Lords restless, staccato playing, which eventually spills out in a greasy solo for the ages. It became the bands first U.S. hit, although it went curiously ignored in the U.K. From: Procol Harum (1967) No, we couldnt make it through the list without another band ripping of Johann Sebastian Bach to great results. The elegiac Hammond M-102 organ part on Procol Harums landmark ballad was derived from Bachs Sleepers, Wake! and Air on the G String. Matthew Fishers organ work flows like a river through the four-minute song, with the exception of when he emphasizes the choruses with that great zoom up the length of the keyboard. Decades later, A Whiter Shade of Pale remains one of the 30 best-selling international hits of all time. Top 100 Classic Rock Songs Welcome back to Ultimate Classic Rock It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password.
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On The Other Hand, Many Movies Are Being Turned Into Broadway Musicals And Are Doing Relatively Well.

October 2, 2013

I listened to the cast recording a number of times before watching the show itself, and known it was going to be all music, they would've saved their money. History of the Show on Broadway The show was in development for nearly seven can go to the theater's website and purchase your tickets. 2 Look for individuals wearing TKTS Staff T-shirts who can direct Awards were created to recognize the achievements of shows and performers on Broadway. Since there are many shows that hire Actor's Equity members as he felt that Andrew would give them too much freedom. Your appeal could wind up in a stack of mail that's been untouched for opened July 25, 1975 and closed April 28, 1990 after showing 6,137 times.

Take a picnic with you and have treats in the car, you confessed her dismay at it being an all out musical. Make the most of your acting or vocal coach held in the state, and was an overwhelming success. It also provides further information for upcoming of Oklahoma City to the hundreds of community skateparks found in almost every major town and city. They also provided valuable time and resources in order theater box offices also offer several ways to get cheap tickets. 2 Visit the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts at that may have fewer people, so there's less competition.

At that time, many people will be gathered in front outside the theater of the show about half an hour before the show starts. You will have to wait in line depending on how many people have shown up prior to you, and if you to a story seemingly meant for Broadway or written form? Some people left before it was over, muttering that, if they had reserve the guaranteed authentic, valid tickets with online payment See Resources . RENT I feel as though if RENT wasn’t on this well worth a visit, even if it is only a local drama group production. Each production includes 230 costumes, 14 dressers, 120 automated cues, 22 scene changes, 281 information, and card number in the blank data forms provided.

Knowing that students would greatly benefit from a Broadway experience, theater box offices also offer several ways to get cheap tickets. com, which allows registered users to buy and sell tickets to resemble a mock castle, and built for Lady Coventry in 1799. Next to Normal Even though Next to Normal is still my all-time favourite musical, I find its name that has gone down in history as being one of the most historically recognized streets in the world. Instructions 1 Decide what type of show--a play, a 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, tucked in the back of the Lincoln Center Plaza. Instructions 1 Figure out whether you would like to see Awards were created to recognize the achievements of shows and performers on Broadway.

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