Friday, May 27, 2011

Music Talent Competitions

Due to the recent success of vocal talent shows on TV I have wondered if there might be a market for additional musical talent competitions on TV. Granted there is something special about singers and singing groups but what about a show which features other instruments. Could there be one that focused on a certain instrument like the piano or guitar. I wondered if they have thrown around the idea of having a rock band competition with America voting for their favorite new band in the end. These type of shows enable new performers to have instant access to a large crowd and I would bet that there are enough garage bands out there to find enough talent for a show.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Concert Choir Robes

It is traditional for many choirs to wear choir robes when they perform. This tradition is rather interesting. Having worn quite a few myself I find them usually to be uncomfortable and rather silly looking. I'm not sure where the tradition started but I am guessing it is from the religious tradition of robes in church. I would be happy to see this tradition replaced with another. Wouldn't it be simpler for shirt and ties for guys and skirts and blouses for girls? Or for more casual performances even personalized choir t-shirts . I think it would save a lot of the hassle of dry cleaning the robes, matching sizes and keeping a constant inventory of robes and making sure that you get them back from the students or choir performers.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Live Music Festivals

There is nothing better than live music. True one can sit back and listen to volumes of music and performances on CD, but there is still something enlivening about hearing a live performance. Maybe its being able to not only hear but feel the crash of the cymbals or see the emotion on the faces of the performers. Across the country there has been an increase in music festivals, everything from bluegrass and country to Mozart Festivals. These festivals bring to a community added exposure and a chance for residents of these communities to embrace and host visitors from outside of their community. If you are wondering if there is a music festival you are missing out on check out this music festival finder to find local music festivals. For example we live in Pennsylvania, and I recently found out that Gettysburg hosts a bluegrass festival in May and August. What a fun weekend excursion to hear live music and visit historic Gettysburg and of course dine out at the local establishments. So if you are looking for a great weekend out or looking for a great gift idea for a musician , look for a local music festival and explore a new part of your community while at the same time experiencing live music.