In March singer/songwriter Wendy Beckerman won best song of the month at the West Coast Songwriters Contra Costa Chapter competition. Her winning song, “Things the Times Haven't Changed,” is a beguiling recitation of timeless delights. It sounds like home in a most wonderful way. Hear it here!
Check out this clip of Paul McCartney (accompanied by then-current wife, Linda McCartney) strumming through a few classic numbers from his expansive catalog. McCartney performs “Blackbird,” from the Beatles’ White Album; “Blackbird,” from Wings' Band on the Run; “Michelle,” a Beatles cut from Rubber Soul; and “Heart of the Country,” from McCartney’s 1971 Ram album.
This video is perhaps the most famous example of the acoustic mastery of one José González. An absolutely gorgeous acoustic interpretation of the equally amazing electro-pop song by fellow Swedes The Knife, “Heartbeats” is simply a masterpiece. You can see in the video how effortless González’s playing is.
Think beautiful harmonies, well written lyrics, easy breezy feeling arrangements, and you’ve got David & Olivia pegged. David Rosales and Olivia May met up with each other by chance in 2011 and their musical chemistry has been sparking every since. With a lovely blend of melancholy blues and country sweetness, their debut EP, On the Sea fits perfectly with a summer night, a glass of wine in hand. You get the picture.
Each week we’re bringing you a new, easy acoustic guitar strum pattern to learn. It’s a perfect activity for a lazy Sunday, or for any time you have a minute to try something new. In this week’s episode, I focus on creating a country/western or rockabilly vibe.
The March 31st deadline for health care enrollment is looming. Are you and your team set up? Perhaps the real question is whether or not you have taken all of the necessary steps. It’s actually quite surprising at how many people aren’t aware at the penalties that can be incurred for not having or supplying health insurance, and if you’re one of these people, it’s imperative that you talk to the right people to make sure that you don’t get fined.
With his beat up ‘80s model Alvarez, Monte Montgomery has the ability to wail on his acoustic like any of today’s best electric guitar shredders. Hailing from Austin, TX, Montgomery has earned his place as one of the city’s best guitarists, winning seven consecutive Austin Music Awards. And while Monte’s acoustic playing is surely impressive, this talent is matched with an innate ability for songwriting, which is showcased on his latest LP, Tethered.
I read an interview with the lead singer for a band that just had their first big hit single. The person doing the interview (out of ignorance) said, “What’s it like to be an overnight success?” The lead singer’s response was priceless. He said, “That was one hell of a night.”
Known for their over-the-top live shows, Semi Precious Weapons pulls influences from a broad musical landscape, fusing their punk edge with high-octane dance and arena-ready pop. And as graduates of Berklee College of Music, these guys can play too. SPW has risen to fame over the last couple years thanks partially to Lady Gaga, who took the band out on the year-and-a-half long Monster Ball tour.