Rock and Roll Holiday Songs by Mark Begelman

Mark Begelman on Bobby HelmsMusic is a major some portion of a wide range of holidays, yet this winter season appears to outrank the rest regarding musical creation. There are new holiday songs being composed all the time so it bodes well that throughout the years more than a couple rock and roll specialists have left their own particular imprint on the holiday season. To praise the holidays this year, I thought I’d assembled a two section rundown of some of my most loved holiday themed songs. This first part bargains all the more straightforwardly with rock and roll specialists and “not exactly customary” numbers, while section two will run tomorrow and will manage more conventional organizations.

This rundown may appear somewhat one-sided towards Christmas songs, however that is on the grounds that I observe Christmas. That isn’t a thump against some other holidays (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and so on), it’s simply that I don’t know numerous songs for alternate holidays.

1: “Don’t Believe in Christmas” – the Sonics

This is one of those lost jewels of a holiday song that you’ll likely never hear on customary the holiday radio stations. The first punk rock Christmas hymn complete with a touch of nasty state of mind, coarse guitars and an awesome beat, this is unquestionably not you’re ordinary holiday song. It’s one of my top picks however, both as far as holiday songs and tracks from the Sonics so look at it on the off chance that you find the opportunity.

2: “Didn’t I Get This Last Year” – Unknown Artist?

This one remains somewhat of a secret to me as it was various years back that I heard this one on holiday radio, and that was the main time I heard it so I have no clue who performed it. I’ve been discussing it since the time that however in light of the fact that it struck me so clever. A song committed to that sad occasion of getting endowments that are the same as the earlier year and set to the tune of “Do You Hear What I Hear”, this is another to listen up for as it’s very entertaining.

3: “Blue Christmas” – The Beach Boys

Initially composed by Bill Hayes and Jay Johnson, this one has been finished by everybody from Frankie Avalon and Elvis Presley to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. All the distinctive rendition are useful for different reasons… some are clearly superior to anything others however. By and by I favor the adaptation by the Beach Boys for reasons unknown (I couldn’t let you know why regardless of the fact that I needed to), or the one by Elvis, yet you may suspect something. Regardless of who’s performing it, this is an extraordinary holiday number.

4: “Jingle Bell Rock” – Bobby Helms

No rock and roll holiday is finished without this one. It’s a fantastic known far and wide and in light of current circumstances. Initially advanced by Bobby Helms I accept, in spite of the fact that he didn’t compose it, this one has likewise been secured and duplicated by various diverse specialists throughout the years, all to different degrees of progress. The first is my top choice, yet in the event that I was going to pick an alternate form as a second top choice, I’d run with the one by the Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem… that would be the rock band from the Muppets for those not aware of present circumstances.

5: “Glad Xmas/War is Over” – John Lennon and Yoko Ono

This is effectively my most loved holiday song ever… notwithstanding prevailing over more customary songs. There is simply something about it that not just superbly catches the holiday soul of peace and giving, however is to a great degree extraordinary and capable at passing on those emotions… only a spine shivering song whether it’s December or July. I particularly like every one of the youngsters on move down vocals, as with every one of our legislative issues and philosophies, it’s anything but difficult to overlook that a major a portion of the holidays is for the kids and when the holidays are hindered by battling or strife, they’re the ones who truly endure. A stunning piece of songwriting, organization and plan by Lennon, and a holiday exemplary in the meantime.

Mark Begelman loves music and loves the Holidays.


When Did Rock And Roll Actually Begin?

Mark Begelman It’s a strange term, Rock and Roll, when you think about it. Anyone who’s danced to this kind of music or seen it performed will certainly testify that a whole lot of rocking goes on. But rolling? You can’t help feeling that the person who gave the genre its name either wasn’t paying attention or had had one too many whiskeys.

Rock and roll has two overlapping meanings: the music of the 1950s and early 1960s, largely based around a guitar, double bass, drum and vocals (the type we’re dealing with here); and the more generic term for all popular music. It’s testament to how game-changing the 1950s sounds was that all pop since has taken its name. Popular music changed forever in terms of electrification (starting with Fender and Gibson guitars), image, marketing and being aimed primarily at youth. It’s probably no coincidence that this all occurred simultaneous with the toning down of post-war austerity and the growth of television.

We all know how rock and roll started. A guy goes back in time from 1985 to 1955 and takes over on lead guitar at a smoochy prom in America. He then proceeds to make the backing music slightly more upbeat and the band follows him in a rendition of Johnny B. Goode. And who should be in the audience? Chuck Berry’s cousin! It’s a lovely theory, only spoiled by the fact that had rock and roll not been invented by our time traveler, he would not have known about it in 1985 and would not have been able to take the sound back to 1955 with him. Sorry.

As with all genres, there was a fair amount of experimentation going on that still managed to keep within the boundaries of rock and roll. Notable pioneers were Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, both of whom kept certain elements of the genre but experimented with arrangements and instrumentation. Some even go as far as to say that Buddy Holly’s untimely death in a 1959 plane crash was one of the key moments in its decline (along with Elvis joining the army).

From zero to music hero: Picking up an instrument and sticking with it

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Malcolm Gladwell popularized the ‘ten thousand hour rule,’ which is the hypothesis that people need to spend that much time in deliberate practice in order to become an expert in a skill of their choosing. One of the fields that people are likely to associate with this rule is music.

Any people wish they could play a musical instrument. There’s enjoyment to be had in the act of playing for oneself and any person who can play well tends to be popular among peers. However, the hours of study required to achieve excellent credibility represent a wall that prevents many from turning their intent to actual skill. It isn’t easy to learn any instrument, but there are a few ways of obtaining the discipline required.

A good start would be to pick an instrument that you love, preferably one with a sound that you already appreciate hearing in songs. The temptation to give up early may be too great and should be countered with as much passion as you can muster.

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While practicing the basics, you should momentarily forget about the goal and focus on the present. Looking forward to being able to play competently is one thing but it could be discouraging to note just how far you have to go in order to reach that goal. Learning to enjoy the process of learning the instrument and looking positively at your mistakes are crucial to gaining motivation to keep at it.

You will not feel motivated to study all the time. Sometimes, other responsibilities will sap your willpower, which is why establishing a routine and building discipline are necessary to develop your skill in playing.

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REPOST: 5 reasons to get that kid some music lessons

This article from is yet another reminder of why it’s a good idea for parents to get their kids interested in music:


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There are thousands of clubs, sports teams, schools and other extracurricular groups that are clamoring for your child’s undiscovered skills. Should you sign him up for soccer or piano lessons? Take him hunting or to the movies? How many activities can he participate in before he burns out?

It’s not an easy decision to make. Each activity has the potential to teach your child valuable skills, and may even turn into a career or hobby later in life.

In my family, we divided our attention between sports and music. I enjoyed both immensely and still play the piano and co-ed softball when I get the chance. It was the music lessons, though, that contributed to who I am the most. If you’re debating whether music lessons are worth your child’s time and your money, here are five reasons that may help you make your decision.

Music educates the whole child
From day one, children learn notes, rhythms, melodies and scales. But, they’re actually learning much more than that. They are learning to interact with other people and becoming better acquainted with themselves as well. Music stimulates the vestibular system, which helps all the senses coordinate with one another. According to Howard Gardner, who wrote Frames of the Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, musicmay also be “a privileged organizer of cognitive processes in any subject, especially among young people.”

In other words, music education extends beyond music education. It affects a child’s social behavior and success in other subjects as well.

Music helps children understand culture
According to Kimberly Balls, a junior studying music education at Brigham Young University, “Many of the songs that have stood the test of time are folk songs. They maintain the speech patterns, traditions and more of any given culture. The folk songs of different countries are as different as the countries themselves.” Music from countries all over the world can be incorporated into your music education many ways whether you’re a singer, dancer or tuba player.

Music helps establish group identity
Anyone who has watched a battle scene or sports movie knows this. It’s the music that makes the scene. It brings everyone together and makes that stirring speech all the more inspiring. Participating in a choir, band, or piano duet can be a really special experience as well. Working with someone else to create music binds you together in a way that can’t really be explained.

Music helps you express your feelings
One reason music is so powerful is that it has the ability to say things that you can’t say in words. Some people have a difficult time expressing feelings and rely on music to help them sort through their emotions. I do this all the time. Whenever I’m stressed out, angry, sad or trying to make a difficult decision, I sit at my piano and pound on the keys for an hour or so. When I’m finished, I feel much more calm and able to tackle life’s problems again.

Music is physical
It’s not as physical as soccer, true, but it does require you to move around. Children need all the physical stimulation they can get, which is easily accomplished with singing games and practice sessions.

Years ago, before my parents married, my dad told my mom that one of the reasons he wanted to marry her was because she was a musician and he wanted music to be a part of his future home. And, it was. Music blessed our lives when we were a young family and continues to bring us together today.


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REPOST: Good and Evil, Ritual and Nightmare, in Sight and Sound

Unsound Festival continues in Brooklyn with the special presentation of Demdike Stare’s work “Concealed”, this will be the duo’s first take on live instrumentation.  Read more from this article.


“Concealed,” by the British electronic-music duo Demdike Stare and the filmmaker and animator Michael England, is an audiovisual project, no more or less aural than visual, about dread and dreams, what happens in the world when the conscious mind isn’t noticing.

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Commissioned by the concert organization Unsound, it had its first United States performance on Friday night at the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn Heights, in a program called “The Long Tone,” as part of the Unsound Festival. (The festival, which originated in Krakow, Poland, is staging its fourth New York edition.) “Concealed” was Friday’s headlined event, after a short performance for electric guitar, made orchestral with digital effects, by the Polish musician Jakub Ziolek, in a project he calls Stara Rzeka, and a generous, resonant one by the composer Phill Niblock.

The fact that the music of “Concealed” — a bit dark-ambient, a bit post-techno, assisted by the live strings of the seven-piece Sinfonietta Cracovia, often guided by regular beats and arranged with ordinary harmonies, sometimes based in mysterious, decontextualized samples — finally wasn’t that nourishing seemed beside the point. It had a function. That function was to implicate you into some kind of secret, and to creep you out.

Mr. England’s film arrived in discrete chapters. One showed clouds streaking ominously in accelerated motion across a plain. One featured actors in military uniforms, goose-stepping around in shoes with curled toes, and arranging teaspoons bearing special insignia on some sort of dirt map. One featured a Butoh dancer in slow, elegant contortions. So, you know: ritual, nightmare, secret societies, good and evil, the freakiness of nature and the body.

The music was composed by Miles Whitaker and Sean Canty of Demdike Stare, with orchestration by Danny Norbury. It came with a frustrating anonymity: dense or spacious, with strings or without, these sketches often felt like semi-generic atmospheres. It was music once removed: concerned with how sound can conjure complicated emotion, but seldom settling in on the challenges and glories of sound itself.

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Mr. Niblock’s new work “Unipolar Dance” settled in on the thing itself. (Now 80, Mr. Niblock is a local hero: a composer and filmmaker and director of the Experimental Intermedia, in Chinatown, where he has been booking performances for 40 years.) To make the piece, in two movements, he had the husband-and-wife violinists Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris record continuous tones, in multi-track long strokes; there was always a steady drone chord at the music’s base, with layers of detail and dissonance on top.

And during the playback of it on Friday, as recorded sound boomed through the speakers — one gigantic chord, roaring and engulfing — the string players walked the side aisles of the church, further entangling with one another’s sounds, adding more texture and harmony, and making sense of the title, which is an anagram of their first names.

Mr. Niblock showed an accompanying series of his own faded-color nature films: reflections of bright sunlight on the water of a shallow creek, close-ups of leaves rustled by wind or of water droplets on a rock, wobbling slightly but cohering through surface tension. Basically, the images expressed the same concern as the music. What was that concern? How to take in, and be astonished by, an ever-changing continuity.

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Beatlemania: Dissecting the Beatles phenomenon

The Beatles is one of the music industry’s biggest icons. Throughout their relatively short career, the band has set several world records, including more than 600 million albums sold worldwide since they exploded on the music scene in the ‘60s.

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Their immense popularity was christened “Beatlemania,” which embodies the band’s ideals and impact not only in music, but also in socio-cultural revolutions.


So, how did the Beatles become a phenomenon?


While the band’s talent and charm are already widely accepted, some critics credit the Beatle’s success to their extraordinary luck of coming precisely at the right moment in the music scene.

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John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr were just born a few years apart during an era when England still had its National Service program. During this period, the fab four found each other, devoting several years playing and practicing music together in front of adoring fans.


At the time when the band finally hit their musical ventures, the wave of post-World War II babies were already in their teens. Hence, they created a wide fan base, including in the West, during a time of economic prosperity. For their listeners, their joyous and optimistic music seemed to fit the era.


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In addition to band’s great talent and fortuitous timing, critics also regard their success to the Beatles’ gift of harmony and their unique qualities as individuals, which symbolizes unity where all opposites sing together as one.


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REPOST: Music with meaning: Local veterans shares passion for music

This article shares the power of music in inspiring and creating social awareness.


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BAKERSFIELD, CA – A local veteran is using his passion for music to raise money for other vets in Kern County.
Evan Morgan says through music and songwriting, he’s been able to express himself and the feelings he experienced when he served in Iraq nine years ago.

Morgan says those memories along with new ones, will be on his first album which is expected to be released in April.
After serving overseas, Morgan has been through a lot, including adapting to life in a wheelchair.
But, Morgan says he doesn’t want his disability to define him. Instead, he wants to leave a lasting impression through music.

Thursday afternoon, Morgan sang several songs on his new album at the American Sound Recording Studio in downtown Bakersfield.

For Morgan, it’s not just a hobby. He says writing music and performing helps him let go of the past, fighting overseas on the front lines.

But, those are also memories he sings about, hoping to help his fellow servicemen and women.

While in Iraq, both of Morgan’s legs were blown off and he lost sight in one eye during an improvised explosive blast, a time that changed his life forever.

But, Morgan says it was also a time when he turned to music and wrote his first song.

“A lot of times, a lot of these songs aren’t that new really. They’re going to be new for people who hear them but for me, I’ve had them in a notebook for years,” said Morgan.

But with his passion for music, Morgan has taken a new direction in life, hoping his songs will make a lasting impression.

“I want to make sure that I’m kind of doing something of my own, definition of my own choice. I want that to kind of be my lasting legacy, so to speak,” said Morgan.

Morgan’s album-release party will also be a fundraiser for the Wounded Heroes Fund.

The non-profit that helped him will receive a portion of the album’s proceeds.

“They’ve helped me, so many of my friends and just veterans around town, and in Kern County it seemed fitting,” continued Morgan.

And while Morgan continues to give back to his community, he hopes his songs will also make an impact just as big.
Morgan says you can follow his album progress on his Facebook page.

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