Legendary Disney Composer On Beauty And The Beast And The Aladdin Song He Had To Fight For – MTV

Menken’s music from Beauty and the Beast lives on in Bill Condon’s magical live-action remake, out on Blu-ray and DVD now. MTV News chatted with Menken about the process of writing new music for the record-breaking film, working with Guy Ritchie on the upcoming live-action Aladdin, and what made Disney’s Renaissance era so special.

Interview here:  Legendary Disney Composer On Beauty And The Beast And The Aladdin Song He Had To Fight For – MTV

NPR Music’s Essential Songs, Albums, Performances And Videos Of 2017 (So Far) : NPR

Is music an escape from the world or the key to it? Over and over, when we began considering the best music of the first half of 2017, politics seemed to intrude, whether in moments that echoed headlines or ones that spoke individual truths too often drowned out by that other, noisier machine. Maybe that’s the case every time the calendar turns over. Probably not.

Rather than attempt to come to a consensus about the best albums or songs from the first six months of the year, we opted to select music that was meaningful to us as individuals, music that washed away all the background noise, songs and albums and performances that made sense to us, whether or not they made sense of the world. Moments like that are blessings, not to be taken for granted. Here are nearly four dozen blessings selected by NPR Music staff and our partners from around the public radio system. Let’s count them.

Source: NPR Music’s Essential Songs, Albums, Performances And Videos Of 2017 (So Far) : NPR

AP PHOTOS: Music, art help deal with violence in Rio slum

We all know how the arts help each of us deal with our problems. Anything from mild depression, to boredom, to inspiration seeking, etc. But compared to those featured in this story our issues seem very much “first world problems” and yet – the arts STILL offer relief.

Never underestimate the power of music, art, dance, literature – whatever creative outlet reaches someone – to change their life and give them that one thing they need to carry on, if only for one more day.

Isabela Maia, 10, says she gets nervous when her mother makes her and her 2-year-old sister come inside during a shooting. Her outlet is learning to play the violin.

“Music calms me down,” said Maia, who practices each afternoon after doing her homework.

Read this moving story here:  AP PHOTOS: Music, art help deal with violence in Rio slum – Washington Times

For Livingston Taylor Music Is All About Relationship

I had the pleasure of working with this gentleman a few years ago on Nantucket. Very nice guy. Good times  

On a recent Saturday, singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor was stuck in an airport in San Francisco. His flight to Hawaii, where he would perform on tour for his new album Safe Home, was delayed.

But Mr. Taylor was not discouraged. “I hear kids playing and somebody making a latte at Peet’s Coffee,” he said by phone from the terminal. “There’s a symphony of sounds coming through on the whine of a jet engine or the groans of people being told their planes are delayed. The great stuff demands your attention wh

Read story at:  The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News | For Livingston Taylor Music Is All About Relationship

The Apprehension Engine: An Instrument Designed to Play the Music of Nightmares 

Movie composer Mark Korven wanted to craft the perfect sounds for horror movies, but the instruments he needed didn’t exist, and he was tired of using the same digital samples. To produce the original effects needed for evoking breathtaking moments of suspension, he teamed up with guitar maker Tony Duggan-Smith to craft an original instrument that would better aid in manufacturing fear. The Apprehension Engine is that tool, a mechanism built with several bowed metal rulers, spring reverbs, a few long metal rods, and other attachments that allow for spooky interludes and effects.

Cool – but how do you head-bang to it? 🙂

Read full article at :  The Apprehension Engine: An Instrument Designed to Play the Music of Nightmares | Colossal

Disco-dancing security guards and Kano’s brass band: 10 highlights from Sunday at Glastonbury

While the clean-up crews descend upon what’s left of Worthy Farm, four of our Glastonbury correspondents have selected their highlights from the last day of the festival, from millennial nostalgia to security guards abandoning protocol to groove to Barry Gibb. Additionally, check out our highlights from Friday and Saturday at the festival.

Full article at: Disco-dancing security guards and Kano’s brass band: 10 highlights from Sunday at Glastonbury

Utah Uke Fest gets old, new players making music 

While the ukulele may not seem like the most common instrument, interest in it is growing as people of all ages pick them up and start strumming.

The Utah Uke Fest showcased the versatility of the instrument and highlighted the community that surrounds it at the sixth annual event in Highland on Saturday.

I had no idea there was a festival just for the ukulele!

Read story at: Utah Uke Fest gets old, new players making music | Highland News | heraldextra.com

Young composers create music in just one week

Stumpf, 17, a student from Cuba, Missouri, said she is one of the few composers in her small town and didn’t realize composing could be a career for her until about a year ago.

“I really liked writing music, but I didn’t know it was a living,” Stumpf said. “I thought people just did it at the same time as they were teachers or something.”

Cool summer camp idea for kids interested in music.

Read story at: Young composers create music in just one week | News | columbiamissourian.com

How to Showcase Your Musical Theater Talents in Los Angeles | Backstage

Most people think of NYC or the West End when it comes to musical theater, but Los Angeles is actually a close third for these opportunities. In fact, I got my Equity card doing musical theater in L.A. years ago and I have many clients who got their start on Broadway or professional Equity theater by doing shows and auditions out west. It can certainly be easier to attend Broadway auditions if you live in New York, but theater CDs do come to Los Angeles to find talent.

LA may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think “music theater”, but it can be done.

Read at:  How to Showcase Your Musical Theater Talents in Los Angeles | Backstage