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ACL Day 2: Rain and Music

“Rain rain go away, come and play another day.” I guess the rain couldn’t hear Krystle singing over the loud bands playing at Austin City Limits music festival today. There was a 100% chance of rain in the forecast today, and rain it did!

The festival grounds were filled with fans wearing ponchos and carrying umbrellas. There were also some brave souls toughing out the downpour wearing only a tank top and shorts. The rain would come down so hard at times that the ponchos and umbrellas lost the battle to keep Matt and Krystle dry. A lot of festival goers remarked that they would rather be in the rain than suffer in the hot Texas heat. Despite being wet and cold, the fans cheered loud, danced enthusiastically, and rocked out to the hits from the bands playing at the festival. Flogging Molly played drunken Irish lullabies and had everyone in the crowd dancing some sort of an Irish jig. It was hard to see the stage, however, because of everyone holding their umbrellas.

The festival grounds were covered with mud. The grass was completely saturated and you made puddles with every step you took. There were some folks sliding down a grassy hill acting as if it was a slip-n-slide and rolling around in the mud. Near the west entrance of the park, there was a huge mud pit. Krystle was surprised to see that there were hardly any fans rolling around in it. Matt said that the mud and rain reminded him of Woodstock.

ACL and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs Rocking the Park

The band, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, totally stole the night away from Kings of Leon. Other people on Twitter agree that Kings of Leon were disappointing tonight. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs had a gorgeous set with a lot of beautiful red colored lighting. Their stage presence and energy was much better than Kings of Leon who seemed boring and yesterday. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs seemed to be filled with energy and excitement as they jumped around the stage. Many people were seen walking away from the Kings of Leon stage and towards the show being performed by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Additionally, when even the older folk sitting with their camping gear under the big oak tree on the grassy null facing the Livestrong stage decided it was time to get up and move cross park, well that about sums up the performance by Kings of Leon. They were not impressive and much overrated and had nothing to offer the crowd except for a light show that couldn’t be beat by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

I’m not saying that Kings of Leon aren’t worth seeing, however tonight they didn’t perform. Their music is better heard from an Internet radio station such as 977music.com which doesn’t have any admission or membership fees.

The weather today held out great and we didn’t have to break out our ponchos. It was warm with a slight breeze. The lines for the bathroom were long and the actual facilities were horrendous. If there is one thing that ACL needs to do, they need to take care of the bathrooms especially for the ladies. The food and drink lines weren’t too bad considering the amount of people eating. The prices on both were very reasonable. Unfortunately I ate at Hoffbrau steaks and didn’t enjoy the steak sandwich I ordered. It was literally a cheap piece of meat on a bun with no condiments provided. It was overpriced for what it was. However, overall the food at ACL seemed good. Tomorrow I will sample more of the food being sold such as pizza, skewers, gyros, wraps, smoothies, kettle corn, and tacos.

ACL: Coheed and Cambria

Coheed and Cambria just played on the Livestrong stage at ACL. Their show was amazing! They totally took over the stage and had everyone in the crowd rocking out. Their music can be described as prog-rock, metal, and emo. They made their way from New York all the way down to Austin, TX. The lead singer’s long fro was going crazy while he was head-banging on stage. The show had so much energy and the crowd was loving every minute of it!

ACL Day 1

ACL \'09 Crowd

What a beautiful Friday afternoon at Zilker Park. Matt and Krystle are camped out on top of a grassy null near a big oak tree next to the Dell stage. We are also in view of the main stage, the Livestrong Stage. The venue is looking amazing this year and the grass is holding up better than previous years. Where we are camped out, we can hear music from bands all over the park. On the Livestrong stage, Medeski, Martin & Wood are playing; on the BMI stage Jonell Bosser is playing; the Avett Brothers can be found on the AMD stage. Krystle is anxiously awaiting for Coheed and Cambria to come on at 4:30 at the Livestrong stage. Tonight’s headliner band is Kings of Leon. The food, provided by the many vendors that are cooking out smells amazing. Yummy!

Getting here was another adventure in itself. The parking situation was a little hectic, ok well really hectic. It took Matt and Krystle 2 hours to get parked and then they had to ride a shuttle bus to the park. The shuttle busses run frequently are are very efficient.

If you are in the park and plan on attending any one of the days, stop by our camp and say hi to Matt and Krystle.

History of the Blues

Ah, the Blues. We say we have the Blues when feeling down. But the “Blues” is also a genre of music, one that is difficult to define but is most characteristically defined as something with a specific chord progression – one that includes the twelve-bar and the ‘blue note’, one that is flattened or bent in relation to the pitch of the major scale.

Nobody knows for sure how the Blues got its name or how it originated but many theorize that it started with unaccompanied vocal music of poor black laborers between 1870 and 1900. Prior to this, many of Blues characteristics is said to be traced back to the music of Africa, most particularly in the way it uses a wavy, nasal intonation.

The progression of Blues from this early time then rolls into early spirituals or religious songs at camp meetings. Like Blues, spirituals were passionate songs that conveyed to listeners the same feeling of rootlessness and misery as the Blues. Spirituals, however, were less specifically concerning the performer and rather instead about the general loneliness of mankind. Despite these differences, the two forms are similar enough that they could not be easily separated — many spirituals would probably have been called Blues had that word been in wide use at the time.
Country music was not country in its time as it too was considered the ‘blues’. Both types of music during the nineteenth century were also labeled ‘race music’ or ‘hillbilly music’.

As the recording industry grew, country Blues performers like Bo Carter, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lonnie Johnson, Tampa Red and Blind Blake grew more popular. The first Blues recordings from the 1920s are now categorized as a traditional, rural country blues. Country blues performers often improvised, either without accompaniment or with only a banjo or guitar. Regional styles of country blues varied widely in the early 20th century. The (Mississippi) Delta blues was considered a rootsy sparse style of blues with passionate vocals accompanied by slide guitar. Robert Johnson was one artist who combined elements of urban and rural blues.

Boogie-Woogie was another important style of blues in the1930s and early 1940s. While the style is often associated with a solo piano, boogie-woogie was also used to accompany singers and, as a solo part, in bands and small combos.

In the 1950s, the Blues had a huge influence on mainstream American popular music. Music from Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry were catching people’s attention. John Lee Hooker made Blues more personal and with his rough voice and single electric guitar, his music was newly characterized as Guitar Boogie. His song Boogie Chillen reached number one on the R&B charts in 1949.
In northern cities like Chicago and Detroit, during the later forties and early fifties, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, and Elmore James among others, played what was basically Mississippi Delta blues, backed by bass, drums, piano and occasionally harmonica. At about the same time, T-Bone Walker in Houston and B.B. King in Memphis were pioneering a style of guitar playing that combined jazz technique with the blues tonality and repertoire.

White audiences’ became more interested in the blues during the 1960s with the Chicago-based Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the British Blues movement. Before long, Blues and rock began fusing and America was seeing Blues Rock performers such as Jimi Hendrix.

During the 1980s, the Blues also continued in both traditional and new forms. Today, there are more than 160 Blues societies throughout the United States, Canada and Europe whom are constantly keeping the perpetual Blues flame alive with their distribution of newsletters to keep their members of which there are more than 100,000 informed of all the latest information about blues artists and concerts.

While the Blues may have had its beginnings with one culture, it is now appreciated and enjoyed by many cultures, worldwide.

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How to Write a Song Worthy of Internet Radio

Writing a song can be very challenging. One must consider tempo, rhythm, melody, lyrics, and type of song they want to write. Should you write a love song or something you can dance to? Should the song be country or rock and roll? Here are some tips you should consider when writing your hit song.

First, you should choose what type of song you want to write. When choosing, pull from personal experiences. Will the song be about a relationship, a breakup, a party, work, your birthday, or a joke about something silly? It is easier to write about what you know or an experience you’ve gone through. It can be really challenging to make up a song which you know nothing about. Don’t be afraid to collaborate with other people about their life experiences too.

If you think about the song you want to write too much, it can become stressful and you may have the tendency to walk away from the project. Don’t stress yourself out too much. It is helpful to carry a notebook with you so that if you find inspiration for a song topic or line of lyrics you can write them down as the idea comes to you. Also, you should block out a few hours in your schedule to sit down, focus, and write. Prime writing times for most musicians are during the middle of the day through early evening.

When you are ready to sit down and start writing, take a look at song structure. It’s like having an outline for a research paper you had to write in school. You can structure the song as best you see fit. Most songs, however, include all of these components: introduction, verse, chorus, bridge, and outro. Keep in mind that there will be more than one verse. For example your sound structure could look like this: intro, verse, chorus, verse, verse, bride, verse, outro.

One of the best tips for song writing is to listen to music as often as possible. Writing songs is like learning a foreign language. The more you immerse yourself in the music, or language, the more fluent and prepared you will become. Listen to song and see if you can recognize the structure in it, the tempo, and the lyrics.

Writing a great song with catchy lyrics and an awesome sound will be sure to wow any music fan. Following these tips will help you write a song that is worthy of being played on Internet radio and traditional radio.

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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  • 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 977music.com.
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