“Submit music for ailing musician’s song lyrics, ‘Simon’s Hero'”

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Essence Goldman visits Bernie Dalton at Cupertino Healthcare & Wellness in April. Dalton has given permission for his song’s lyrics to be used. Photo: Guy Wathen / The Chronicle

Bernie Dalton was an avid Santa Cruz surfer and aspiring songwriter when he lost his ability to sing and was diagnosed with bulbar-onset ALS, an aggressive disease that affects swallowing, speech and respiration. But he found someone to bring his music to life in his vocal instructor, Essence Goldman.

Since The Chronicle wrote about their story in May, Dalton’s condition has deteriorated. Having developed trouble digesting food and breathing, the 49-year-old was moved from his care facility in Cupertino to Stanford University Medical Center, where last week he received a tracheostomy and new feeding tube.

“He is still being strong, but I see a different look in his eyes now,” Goldman, a San Francisco singer-songwriter, said. “He’s living for his music to reach people. And, of course, for Nicole.”

Read @ San Francisco Chronicle

Music Has a Mental Health Problem That Needs Immediate Treatment (Guest Column)

Kurt Cobain

In the wake of the tragic, premature deaths of Avicii and Lil Peep, the music industry needs to do a better job at treating mental illness among musicians, artists, writers, producers and professionals. Again and again, there are warning signs and early cries for help that we cannot ignore.

A survey on music and mental health by Help Musicians UK found that of 2,000 musicians interviewed, 71% experience anxiety and 68.5% deal with depression. This comes as no surprise to me. Musicians are sensitive and emotionally cognizant, and these issues are so often exacerbated for those who live in the public eye and whose struggles are amplified by fame and social media scrutiny. The most disconcerting discovery from that study was the revelation that well over half of these individuals report not receiving treatment for their issues.

Read @ Variety


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Brew Skies Music Festival expands to two days

HANNIBAL, Mo. — When Jason Gregory takes a moment to reflect on the number of Midwesterners already on their way to Hannibal for the second annual Brew Skies Music Festival, he’s amazed.

“It’s amazing to think that someone from Oklahoma is on the highway right now in their vintage VW heading to Brew Skies,” the event organizer said, referencing someone registered to show their vehicle during the festival’s Volkswagen meet-up. “Those VWs can only go about 50 or 60 mph, so you’d have to leave early to get here on Friday.”

Read @ Herald-Whig

Facebook allows videos with copyrighted music, tests Lip Sync Live

Facebook users will no longer have their uploaded videos with copyrighted background music taken down thanks to a slew of deals with all the major record labels plus many indies.

Facebook is also starting to test a feature designed to steal users from teen sensation app Musically. Facebook’s new Lip Sync Live lets users pick a popular song to pretend to sing on a Facebook Live broadcast. Hundreds of songs will be available to start, including “Havana” by Camila Cabello, “Welcome to The Jungle” by Guns N Roses, and “God’s Plan” by Drake.

Read @ TechCrunch

Garth Brooks Announces New Tour, New Music, and CMA Fest Appearance

Garth Brooks had plenty of news to delight his fans with on Monday (June 4), announcing he’s planning on embarking on a new tour — and not only that, one that will be in support of brand-new music.

Brooks revealed the big announcements during an appearance on his Inside Studio G live series, where he took fans’ questions via social media. When a fan asked whether Brooks was planning a new tour, the superstar responded with an enthusiastic, “yes!”

Read @ Taste of Country

Ukuleles for Music Education


Ukuleles are a great tool for teaching harmonic function and accompaniment. This workshop offered by the University of New Mexico is designed to teach ukulele skills that can be brought to your students; consider songs that can be used to introduce musical skills; and present possibilities for arranging, improvisation, and composition. Participants required to have a soprano or concert ukulele for class.

Read @ KRQE News 13