Sunday, September 2, 2018

Bob Dylan - a singer, composer, painter and poet

It is virtually impossible to contemplate today's music without paying homage to Bob Dylan. While there have been many famous singers and songwriters, few have had such an impact on music as Dylan. For this reason, it is good to know something about the man and how he changed the face of music.

Dylan was born on May 24, 1941. His real name was Robert Allen Zimmerman which he changed to Bob Dylan. In addition to being a very successful singer and composer, he is also known for his skills as a painter and poet. His work has spanned more than five decades, with much of his most popular work being done back in the 60s when he first came upon the music scene in New York.

In the early days, Dylan focused on what some might call "protest" songs. Of note in this genre were the songs "Blowin in the Wind" and "The Times They Are A Changin'". It wasn't until 1965 or so that he began to churn out music that was more pop related, and many of his earlier fans were not happy about that, thinking he had abandoned his roots.

One thing remained constant with Dylan however, and that was that his lyrics always contained a sense of rebellion and usually went against what was considered conventional at the time. Some of the artists that he noted as having influenced him were Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Little Richard and Robert Johnson.

In general Dylan prefers to perform with acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, and harmonica. While he has recorded and performed with many back up bands, he is most noted for playing with a group of musicians aptly named "The Band".

In terms of his songwriter skills, many very well known bands have played his music, with many of these songs hitting top spots in both radio play and sales. Just two of his many songs that other performers saw success with were "House of the Rising Sun" and "Tamborine Man". Each of these songs hit top levels and are still considered some of the best pop songs ever produced.

For many of those who love Dylan, his singing was the turning point for them. Dylan proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that a performer did not have to have what most considered to be a "good" singing voice. His voice is raspy and, at times, hard to understand. But his ability to interject emotion into his songs set him apart from many of his fellow artists. This is just as true today as it was decades ago. Many people consider his style of singing (and voice) to be truly unique in the world of music.

Bob Dylan has amassed a huge inventory of songs over the years. One of the best ways to learn more about this important artist is to listen to his music, starting with his early career and moving along Dylan's timeline as his style changed. His music is still as popular today as it ever was and is easy to locate both online and off.

Friday, February 15, 2013

I'm a Piano Player and Was Looking for a New Source to Get Sheet Music from

I was looking for Flight of the Bumblebee for piano sheet music. It is getting tougher to find sheet music. When I was a kid we had music stores all around that sold instruments and had big racks filled with sheet music and whole books of songs for piano and every other instrument you could think of. Most of the music stores have closed or have scaled back. The only piano store in town used to carry band instruments and lots of sheet music. They even had a store in the mall. The store in the mall closed and the one in town only has a few standard song books. I didn't even see any band instruments, just pianos. Times have changed but I haven't. I still play practically every single day and I am always looking for sheet music for new projects. I might be playing in church or providing music for a play or musical production. I am glad I found this new source to get all of the piano sheet music I have been trying to find.

Clair De Lune by Debussy Provides a Unique Classical Treat for Music Lovers

Among the later classical music composers at the beginning of the 20th century, Debussy introduced a unique twist to his compositions. Clair de Lune by Debussy is both his most famous achievement, and a prime example of the influence of the Symbolist movement on his work. The movement developed as a response to realism, and sought to delve into the deeper, hidden aspects of the human condition. Debussy created songs that conjure up images of a dark, mysterious landscape trying to reveal itself.

Listening to a professional orchestra or solo artist perform this piece can give you the full sense of everything that's in it. For those with their own musical talent, playing the song from sheet music gives it an added dimension. There is not only the dimension experienced by the ears, but one that is experienced by the hands, as they recreate the sounds. This song provides a unique treat for anyone who enjoys making their own music.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

It is a Sad Song

I wanted to find some sheet music for Beethoven Fur Elise. Ludwig van Beethoven is one of my favorite classical composers and this was one his most popular compositions. I had heard it many, many times but I had never attempted to play it myself. I have always found the music to be sad because one theory is that it was written for one of his students who turned down his marriage proposal. To make such beautiful music for someone after a rejection is a story in itself. I was able to find the sheet music online and have been studying it for several days now. I have it mostly down, but I know I will need a bit more practice. I can say that I am definitely enjoying it! I look forward to being able to play it without any effort, and I have a feeling that time is coming really soon.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

People Do Not Think That Listening to Fantasy in D Minor by Mozart is Important in Education

There are a lot of schools that are facing severe budget problems. They have to cut the budget to make ends meet and the decisions they make are not always popular. The schools try to stet priorities when they are deciding how they spend their money and they often have to choose between basic teaching needs and extracurricular needs. There are some programs that will always be threatened by shrinking budgets. Music is one of the departments that are thought about when budget cuts are considered. It is hard for many people to understand how having a child listen to Fantasy in d Minor by Mozart will help their child learn what they need to get ahead in the world. It is unfortunate that people do not understand that a child needs a well-rounded education that includes experience in the arts. It is important for a child to develop all of the areas of the brain and schools should keep this in mind when they are working on their budget.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

How Rembrandts Were Stolen 81 Times

Shortly after midnight on December 31, 1966, thieves employing a drill and a brace to knock out a panel from a seldom-used oak door broke into the Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London. They stole Rembrandt's painting Jacob de Gheyn III, two other Rembrandts, and works by Peter Paul Rubens, Gerard Dou, and Adam Elsheimer.

This was the first time Rembrandt's portrait of the engraver Jacob de Gheyn III was stolen from Dulwich. It was eventually recovered, only to be stolen and recovered three more times—in 1973, 1981, and 1983. The painting, which measures 11.8 inches by 9.8 inches, is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's most frequently stolen artwork and has become known as the "Takeaway Rembrandt." Read more at