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Internet Radio and Wedding Plans

A lot of time and preparation takes place before a happy couple’s wedding day. More than half of the planning is for the reception after the wedding. A ceremony usually lasts between fifteen and thirty minutes, but the reception can go on for hours into night. It is a time to celebrate with the newlyweds, dine, drink champagne if you are old enough, and dance the night away. Some couples choose to hire a DJ, and others take care of the music themselves. There is a lot of planning simply for the music during the reception. Here are some ways in which Internet radio can help during your wedding plans.

Planning and preparing for your ceremony and reception can be extremely stressful. There is so much to think about and a lot of people to take into consideration. You have to find food that everyone will like, a location that your family and friends will be able to go to, what kind of music people like and so on. Unfortunately, this can cause fights or panic attacks. If you are under a lot of stress or need to deescalate, listening to music can calm your nerves. Since you are probably looking up information on the Internet, you should keep a tab open with a radio channel ready to be played.

Listening to music while planning can also spark some creativity and inspiration in you. You may be inspired by a love song that you hear or get ideas for a theme when listening to a certain genre of music. Your spouse might have family from another country that has different cultures and customs. You can learn a lot about other cultures by listening to their traditional music. You can find music from all over the world on the Internet. You might even be planning your reception to have a worldly theme, and you can find music to play online.

If you are working with a DJ or choose not to hire one, you should still have a playlist for the reception. You can find fun dance music or love songs for slow dances. Listening to Internet Radio offers you to listen to a lot of music genres in one place without distractions from radio hosts and a lot of commercials. If you decide to play your own music and not hire a DJ, you can always connect your computer to high quality speakers to play music. Internet radio is perfect for this because it has fewer commercials than traditional radio, and you can easily switch music channels and genres.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Ray LaMontagne

It is possible you have heard his voice, maybe on the radio, or possibly you have heard him on television shows such as Rescue Me, One Tree Hill, Bones, Law and Order Criminal Intent – and such. Maybe you have heard his voice and didn’t know who he was. His sound is distinct and sincere and if you haven’t had the opportunity to listen to Ray LaMontagne, you should.

Ray LaMontagne was born in Nashua, New Hampshire in 1973. Raised by his mother, a musician who liked to stay on the move, LaMontagne found his interest more in reading and writing than in music in his early years. In his biography, he states that he frequently ditched high school in Morgan, Utah to write stories. Despite barely attending school, LaMontagne did graduate and eventually moved to Lewiston, Maine where he started work in a shoe factory.

Changing careers happened almost instantaneously, as LaMontagne puts it, he was listening to a Stephen Stills song during an early morning work shift – which inspired him to quit and become a singer songwriter. By 1999 he was touring while maintaining a side job as a carpenter. In the summer of 1999 he created a 10-song demo that he submitted to various local music venues. When the doors opened for him by initiation to perform at a local theater, opening for John Gorka and Jonathan Edwards, LaMontagne was quickly discovered. He was signed to Chrysalis Music Publishing and recorded his first album. The album was sold to RCA in the US and Echo Records in the UK.

The first album LaMontagne is most noted for is “Trouble”. The album was released in 2004 with featured performances by Nickel Creek violinist Sara Watkins and Stephen Still’s daughter Jennifer Stills. Although the album didn’t reach as much pop success in the US, with peaking only at #189 on the Billboard 200, it sold over 250,000 copies and over 400,000 copies worldwide.

When American Idol contestant and then winner Taylor Hicks performed “Trouble”, the song was brought to the forefront of many new listeners. The song was again performed by another American Idol contestant during Season 6. By 2005 people were hearing the voice of LaMontagne for the TV series Rescue Me. Songs “All the Wild Horses”, “Trouble” and “Burn” were used in the background. In 2006, “Touble” became a top 40 hit in the UK and peaked at #5.

In 2006 LaMontagne released his second album “Till The Sun Turns Black”. The album featured more instrumentation than his first and included the use of a horn and string section on several of the songs. The album peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200 album chart and sold 28,000 copies in its first week. LaMontagne was asked to perform on The Tonight Show and was album to promote his album. Soon after, the song “Till The Sun Turns Black” was featured on the television show ER and “Lesson Learned” was used on One Tree Hill.


 LaMontagne’s efforts have not gone completely unnoticed. He has won three Boston Music Awards for Album of the Year (“Trouble”), Song of the Year (“Trouble”), and best male singer/songwriter. He was also nominated for “Act of the Year” and “Male Vocalist of the Year”. XM Nation Awards named him “Best New Acoustic Rock Artist”. “Trouble” was nominated for the 2005 Shortlist Music Prize and Esquire Magazine awarded LaMontagne a “Best Voice Esky” in the 2006 Esky Music Awards.

In 2008 LaMontagne released his third album “Gossip in the Grain” and reached #3 on the Billboard Charts. The song “You Are the Best Thing” was featured in the movie I Love You, Man. He also sang the song “Sarah” on an episode of House.M.D.

LaMontagne is certainly a voice we will be hearing over and over, and now you can put a name to it.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Internet Radio for Parties

Planning a party can be challenging but the end result is so rewarding because you get to have a lot of fun with your friends and family for any occasion. Planning a party requires making a budget, deciding on a theme, what type of food to serve, what kind of music to play, and many other details. If you are throwing a party you should start planning for it a couple of weeks in advance. The most important aspect of any party that will make it a success is the music. Using an Internet radio station is the best choice to use for music at your party.

The first step for planning your party is knowing your budget. Once a budget is determined, you can allocate the funds for invitations, decorations, food, and other party supplies that you will need. You can have a themed party if you want such as a Hawaiian or country theme. Perhaps you are celebrating a particular occasion such as a birthday, graduation, or a baby shower. If you have a theme of a certain occasion you are celebrating, you can decide on appropriate music to play at your party.

Making a playlist can be a lot of fun and you may even discover a new band you had not heard of before. You can have a theme styled playlist or a mix of different genres, singer, and bands. If you are throwing a western themed party you should include a lot of country music at your party. People love to dance at parties, so good dance music is a necessity. You can make your playlist by listening to Internet radio stations to find songs for your playlist. When you hear a song on radio channel that you like, write it down and record it for your party playlist.

If you do not want to make a specific playlist for your party or prefer to just have background noise, you can have the radio on. If you choose to have the radio on during your party, using an Internet Radio station would be better than a traditional radio station. Having music play from the Internet can be less distracting because stations usually have fewer commercials and dj’s talking after every song. You can also find music from all over the world which is perfect if you are throwing a themed party.

The music at your party can get conversations started, especially if you are playing a popular song that people like. There is so much to talk about when it comes to music. Also, people love to dance at parties and can make it really fun.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Gearing Up for ACL with Online Music

The Austin City Limits music festival, also known as ACL, takes place in Austin, TX annually. It is a three day music festival that has a different headliner every night. Last year the headliner of the whole festival was Pearl Jam. ACL announced that wristbands for the event are on sale now and ready to be purchased. The question is: do you buy now without knowing the lineup, or do you wait and risk the wristbands being sold out? A lot of people are reluctant to buy now because they have not released the line up for the three days of nonstop music fun.

Waiting to buy your wristband for the release of the line up can be beneficial for you unless they sell out. The wristbands are expensive, and if you do not like the line up you most likely will not want to spend the money. The three day passes range in price depending on when you buy them. If you buy early they are $145 and if you buy late they are $185. According the official ACL website, the three day wristbands are already sold out. That means you are still eligible to buy day passes or a VIP wristband, prices unknown. If you bought your wristband, you can find out what the lineup will be on May 18th.

Once the lineup is released, you can then start to do your research on the different bands and the headliners for each night. There will most likely be bands that you have heard of, such as Pearl Jam and Kings of Leon that performed last year, and other bands that you are unfamiliar with. There are eight stages and over 130 bands to experience. A lot of bands have websites with MP3 files so you can download their music to preview. Others may have their music being played on Internet or traditional radio stations.

If you find a band on the lineup that sounds good, you can listen to their online music and preview their sound and style. You may even find that they are being played on a genre specific music channel on the Internet. Knowing the bands that are performing can make your ACL experience more fun because you will not be wandering around the huge venue finding a stage with a good performer. If you prefer to not research some of the bands before hand on the Internet, you will still have a great time at ACL. Some people prefer to go in without knowing what they will find and get excited when they discover a new band.

You can prepare for other music festivals around the country the same way. Researching bands on the Internet and utilizing online music channels will help you discover and broaden your taste for really good music.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

A Brief History of John Lennon

As most of us associate John Lennon with The Beatles, very few recognize Lennon’s solo career and additional accomplishments. This witty man, known for his rebellious nature and gentle spirit made a name, not only as a member of a band, but also as an activist, songwriter, peace activist and author. Even out of the spotlight, Lennon created a family/home life and took time to be a human of average nature.

John Winston Ono Lennon was born on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool. Lennon only lived with his parents for a short amount of time, then spent the rest of his younger years living with his aunt and uncle in Woolton. Lennon formed The Beatles in 1957, at the young age of sixteen. The band, still recognized today as a historic moment in musical history, hit the charts almost immediately.

Even with The Beatles’ growing success, Lennon decided to detach himself from the band in September of 1969, to release his debut solo album. The album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, was released in 1970, even through the media’s outrage to his leaving, The Beatles. In 1971 Lennon became extremely involved with the anti-war movement, releasing, the timeless, “Imagine“. He attended several protests, where he would speak out and sing songs of peace and humanity.

In August of 1971 John Lennon, and his wife Yoko Ono, moved to New York, where they collaboratively released, Happy Xmas (War is Over). John projected his feminist side, creating songs with Ono about women’s rights and race issues. Lennon followed this album with several other songs about equal rights and peace, as well as several television performances to make his music and message understood.

John Lennon had two children: Sean and Julian. Although Sean and Lennon’s relationship was strained due to his fallouts with Ono, Lennon devoted much time with him after his retirement from the music business. Julian was much more into music, and got along better with his father. Julian was even asked to play drums on “Ya Ya”, a song from Lennon’s 1974 album Walls and Bridges.

In the late 1970’s John Lennon and Yoko Ono took a hiatus from the world, living an extremely introverted lifestyle in Dakota, New York. On December 8, 1980 Lennon was shot by Mark Chapman, after autographing a copy of Double Fantasy. Ono made a statement at the time of Lennon’s death, “There is no funeral for John. John Loved and prayed for the human race. Please pray the same for him.”

Following the murder, “Imagine” topped the charts for an estimated eight weeks. Lennon and Ono’s art installations were viewed more than ever, and his comic strip and caricatures were publicly released. Also, after Lennon’s death, Skywriting by Word of Mouth and Japan Through John Lennon’s Eyes: A Personal Sketchbook, were also released. Some could say that Lennon’s popularity rose to highest levels after his traumatic passing. Today, aside from John Lennon’s music, over ten artistic monuments around the world have been created for the beloved artist.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Melissa Etheridge’s New Album and New Breakup

The life of a rocker can be long and hard due to drugs and alcohol or, just from life itself. Being in the limelight brings with it a lot of scrutiny as well as expectations. Now, with the lesbian rocker’s recent album release along with the breakup with her second wife, Etheridge is attracting even more attention.

Etheridge started her career as a musician while in college. While attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, she and Lauren Pasrelli, performed in many local establishments, gaining the following of a select few. Wanting to break into the music business, Etheridge moved to Los Angeles, California. Etheridge found work at local lesbian bars until her demo tape was given to a man named Bill Leopold, who was in the music business. Leopold was so impressed with her voice, he offered to represent her immediately.

Etheridge started off as a staff songwriter for A&M records. Many of her songs were recorded by mainstream artists. In 1985, Olivia Records rejected Etheridge, a rejection letter Etheridge had framed. In 1986, Island Records signed Etheridge and debuted her first self-titled debut album in 1988. The album went platinum.

Etheridge followed this album with “Yes I Am” in 1993 and “Your Little Secret” in 1995. These albums along with the album “Melissa Etheridge” went multi-platinum. Her other two albums went platinum and two more were gold.

Etheridge was on top of the world. She married partner Julie Cypher in which the couple had two children from sperm donor David Crosby. By 2000, Cypher and Etheridge announced they were separating. In 2001, Etheridge documented their breakup in her book “The Truth Is…My Life in Love and Music.” The book talks about Etheridge’s childhood and Cypher’s affair with singer k.d. Lang.

Three years later, in October of 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer. During the 2005 Grammy Awards, Etheridge performed bald from chemotherapy, singing Janis Joplin’s song “Piece of My Heart.” Etheridge then took some time to raise support for victims of Hurricane Katrina through the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and America’s Second Harvest.

In 2005 she appeared on the Tonight Show to perform and speak about her breast cancer. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, she also appeared on Dateline NBC and spoke about the value of using medical marijuana. The following year, in 2006, Etheridge announced she was marrying girlfriend Tammy Lynn Michaels. That year, the couple also announced Michaels was pregnant with twins via an anonymous sperm donor. Michaels gave birth to twins – a son, Miller Steven and a daughter Johnnie Rose.

Etheridge continued to write songs for various organizations or documentaries, including “An Inconvenient Truth.” Her song “I Need To Wake Up” won Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2006. The song was released on the enhanced version of her greatest hits album “The Road Less Traveled.”

In 2009, Etheridge started working on her album “Songs of Love and Fear”. According to Etheridge, “Everything is either fear or love,”…”as I started writing, the working title of the album was Songs of Love and Fear because each song had an ingredient of love and fear, and the battle between the two.” Etheridge adds that her four kids were also influences on the album. When trying to name the album, her daughter said the title was too long. After brainstorming, it was decided to call it “Fearless Love”. The album will be released April 27, 2010. On April 15, 2010, Etheridge also announced she and Tammy Lynn Michaels were separating.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Internet radio at Work

Listening to music has proven to make productivity increase. It also has the effect to influence our moods and emotions. An example of this is having music in movies. Soundtracks are used to enhance a movie and make the performance and experience of watching it even better. Upbeat songs can put us in a good mood and love songs can put us in a romantic mood for example. Music can make us more productive because we are in a better mood and want to be at work instead of dreading it. Studies have shown that productivity levels increase. Here are some advantages of listening to Internet radio while at work instead of traditional radio.

At work, there always seems to be a space issue. Cubicles are small and desk space is always limited. A traditional radio can take up a lot of space especially if you have your computer or laptop or a printer on your desk. You may also have a lot of pictures on your desk that are more pleasing to look at than a radio. Listening to music on your computer is a much better solution that bringing in a radio. If you already have to be on your computer for work, you may as well save the space and take advantage of radio channels online.

Another advantage of listening to music from the Internet is that you can use headphones and not disturb anyone. You may be at a job or work space that is very quiet. Some offices have rules about music or movies while at work. You can control the volume from your computer or plug headphones into your laptop. You won’t have to worry about bringing an MP3 player that could get lost or stolen. Other people will not be distracted from your radio.

One of the best advantages of Internet Radio while at work is that it is less distracting than a traditional radio show. Most radio channels on the Internet have little to no commercials like traditional radio programs do that are annoying and distracting. You can find the music you want to listen to easily and not worry about finding an AM or FM station you can tune into without static. Internet radio channels can be streamed from anywhere in the world and you can find a station with a click of a button instead of turning a tuning button.

Listening to music while you work will not also make you more productive but it will also make your day go by faster. You can listen to some great tunes while you are hard at work. Finding music that you really enjoy listening to will put you in a better mood and you will not mind being at work. Listening to music on the Internet will keep your mind off the clock and counting down the minutes until the end of the day.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

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