Monday, June 11, 2012

California Dreamin'

Thank God Brian Wilson didn't decide to start a band just to get girls, although girls showed up - in droves - at the concerts of the 5 handsome California musicians known as The Beach Boys. Instead, 50 years later, it is abundantly clear that Brian's focus, his passion, was music for music's sake.

For Brian Wilson, it was all about the sound, the blending of sound, the intricate tonalities that could be woven together to create new sounds recorded in new ways. Walking the fine line of genius his entire life, Brian single-handedly created American popular music that evolved and breathed at a time when formulaic tunes were the rage. And he did it by focusing on the music, every day, until the sound was right.

Lucky for us, Brian was not fearful of stage performance in his early days, allowing us a rare glimpse of The Beach Boys early performances in a "forgotten" 1964 20+ minute concert. Brian, playing bass at the center mike, is 22 in this video.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Lucky Ones
How does a musician find just the "right" instrument that will set his/her soul free? Find out in the May 2012 issue of The Soul Connection!

And while you're here, check out how keyboard instruments developed, are made, and have evolved through history. Then read about one of the most prolific prodigies the world has ever known – the one and only Booker T. Jones. And don't forget to finish up checking out interesting links to various keyboard hits through the years.

Also get interesting media updates about Taylor Hicks announcing his upcoming Bally's Las Vegas residency this summer! Don't be left out!   ;p

Monday, April 30, 2012

Celebrating the Sax
Ever think about why Jazz and Blues sound so saxy? The Soul Connection April 2012 issue helps you understand the how, where, why, who, and when of how the saxophone and its many variations came into existence, have been, and are still being used in the music world! Dive in! But hold onto your hat as we continue our exploration of musical instruments with the sexiest woodwind of them all – the sax!  ;p

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Guitar Lesson 101
It's not about getting chicks, it's not about looking cool, and it's not about making money. It's about the MUSIC. And there's no better way to make the music you love than with a guitar created to look like a jewel, but able to survive years of wear and tear and travel and abuse. Check out our March issue of The Soul Connection here to learn more about how much the guitar means to the music world!  ;p

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
For a musician, the greatest love affair of all is not found in bars, clubs, or music halls. It is found in the instrument that expresses the musician's feelings about life. It's a love that gives and gives and gives, requiring only enough attention and care to continue to give.

In the February 2012 issue of The Soul Connection, this lifelong love affair is examined in both song and words. Download your free copy of this issue to learn the depth of a passion that exists for all musicians!  ;p      

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Feeling the Blues

Sometimes you just need to hear gut-wrenching, soul-stomping, tear-jerking music. Sometimes it's the only music that will feel your pain, understand your anguish, and comfort your heart. That's Blues music, plain and simple. It strips away pomp and circumstance, elegance, and superficiality to get to the buried, the raw, the deepest of human emotions.

The January 2012 issue of The Soul Connection explores this most basic music. . .the roots. Join us by downloading your FREE copy now!   ;p