Fiona Apple – A Star In Her Prime Hitting The Stage

Fiona Apple – A Star In Her Prime Hitting The Stage

Very few female artists in the world today combine the stage presence, searing lyrics and sultry style that Fiona Apple brings to life in all of her work. Apple has gained a wide-ranging and extremely loyal following, and she is set to perform live in several cities around the United States this summer.

Early Life

Fiona Apple Maggart was born in New York City on September 17, 1977. She was seemingly born to perform, as her parents are actors Brandon Maggart and Diane McAfee. Apple’s childhood consisted of several difficult twists and turns, the first of which occurred when she was only four years old, when her parents split.

Fiona was raised by her mother in New York, and was introduced to the world of music by learning to play the piano at the age of eight. Her lifelong independent streak began to show itself at this time, however, when she decided soon after starting her piano lessons that she was better off teaching herself, which is exactly what she did, working mostly with a keyboard as opposed to a classic piano.

Fiona’s internal childhood problems began to manifest themselves outwardly only three years later, when at age 11, she confessed to a friend that she wanted to kill herself and her older sister Amber. This led her mother to put Fiona through several intense therapy sessions, which only led Fiona’s dark side down a more advanced corridor, as her attitude towards these sessions was that she must really have something wrong with her in order to need therapy as a child.

Her greatest personal tragedy occurred at the age of 12, when she was raped by an unknown assailant as she came home from school to her mother’s apartment building in New York. Given her troubled psychological past, this incident could have easily sent Apple “over the edge.” However, she actually turned this tragedy into a positive, as would be seen in her future work, where she alluded to the incident in order to provide a message of overcoming obstacles in several of her songs.

Career Beginnings

The notion of “random chance” had not been kind to Fiona during childhood, but this same notion was the very thing that helped launch her successful music career. Fiona had put together a demo tape, but hadn’t had much success with it up to that point. One of her friends had a copy of it, and her friend served as a baby-sitter for Kathryn Schenker, a music-industry publicist whose clients included Aerosmith and Sting. Her friend gave the demo tape to Schenker, and she was impressed enough to send it along to Andrew Slater, a prominent producer. Slater signed her to her first record deal.

Time of Success

From there, the rest is history. Her debut album, Tidal, released in 1996, sold 3 million copies in the United States. One of the singles on the album, “Sleep to Dream,” won an MTV Award for New Artist Video of the Year in 1997. Apple created quite a stir during her acceptance speech by ripping the image-conscious entertainment industry and urging young women to be comfortable with themselves. Apple has never expressed any regret for her statements, and her independent streak was once again on display.

Apple has since released two additional studio albums, and each of them climbed to within the Top 15 on the US Album charts. She has also won two additional MTV Music Awards, and her work is recognized around the world.

Apple’s live shows are known not only for their musical and acoustic quality, but also for the intimacy that Apple creates even with large audiences. Apple is truly a unique character in any sense, and her attitude and strongly-held beliefs are a breath of fresh air from the mainstream, mass-marketed world of music.

Lennon Asked To: "Give Peace A Chance"

Lennon Asked To: "Give Peace A Chance"

He dreamt of world peace. He was an artist, poet and an outspoken voice of the hippie generation. He was an influential musician, a peace activist, an absent father and a devoted lover and husband. He abused alcohol and drugs, sneered at normality, yet took time off from his rock and roll career to raise his son. But most of all, he was a Beatle. He was and still is, John Winston Lennon.

Born in Liverpool on October 9, 1940, John Lennon was shot to death on December 8, 1980 by a fanatical fan. December 8, 2005 marks the 25th anniversary of this tragic and senseless loss.

There are many words to describe John Lennon. He was an unruly, stubborn and a disobedient, troubled youth. He failed at art school, yet swore to his aunt that “one of these days I’m going to be famous and you’ll be sorry”.

He called himself a leader, yet did some of his best work alone. He was an alleged wife beater, very outspoken, often putting out contoversial quotes to the media; either to make a point or just to be outlandish. But when he spoke, people listened.

He was a partner with his boyhood friend, Paul McCartney and together they left a musical writing partnership and a legacy that is unequalled to this day and may never be. The Beatles, with their producer George Martin, changed music in dramatic fashion; with studio techniques that had never been attempted.

They pioneered the concept album with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, which the editors of Rolling Stone magazine list as the greatest rock album of the rock era.

He had the attention of our government with his anti-war protests and at one point was under FBI investigation. He sang of love and peace and living in harmony, with all people coming together as one. There are some who called him a genius. He could be nasty, resentful and mean-spirited. He fought his demons and it seems he was winning, until December 8, 1980.

We can only recall his career, from the beginning, until the end and who doesn’t know the story about the four lads from Liverpool. He was part of the group that changed rock and roll music history.

We can only wonder what John Lennon would be doing if he were alive today. How active would he be in promoting world peace? Would he still be creating wonderfully crafted rock and roll songs? All we can do is Imagine, and that is the shame of it all.

Don’t miss London greatest music festivals and concerts in june and july

Don’t miss London greatest music festivals and concerts in june and july

They are always crowded with joggers, lovers, students and picnic fans, but also with business man in their lunch break and animals of every kind. You may be able to see baby ducks (ducklings), geese (goslings) and swans (cygnets) whilst roses are at their best. Take the time, while visiting this surprising city, to spend some time in one of the most famous parks like the central Hyde park, green park, st james park, Kew Gardens etc. at least for a picnic. There are free concerts in many of the larger parks: check your local park for information about their events. Another good point is that in June days are very long, and temperatures are often pleasantly warm. It is a good time to go out and visit places, without the crowds of July and August.

Here we have listed for all pop, rock, R&B, Soul, punk whatever music lovers some of the hottest Music Festivals in London!!

The Rise in Finsbury Park, London is a completely free music festival. That’s a good new! The aim of this festival is to celebrate the multiculturalism within the UK and the integration of so many diverse cultures against racism. In fact, Rise’s slogan is “London united against racism”

The proposed date is Sunday 13 July but it still to be confirmed. For all information you can see the official website at

For about 20 days from Fri 20 Jun until Thu 10 Jul 2008, you will be able to enjoy the many events of the City of London Festival. All venues are in central London known as “the City”. They organize music and dance events and the festival includes free lunchtime concerts in the City’s churches or squares.

You can see for all details.

For evening concerts in a very suggestive location outside the Tower of London take note of the Tower Music Festival dates: Thu 26 Jun -Sat 12 Jul 2008., although they still have to be confirmed. For all details visit the complete programme at

Probably one of the greatest and internationally renown Rock Music Festivals is the annual O2 Music Wireless Festival in London’s Hyde Park Dates are: 3rd July- 6th July 2008.

Now in its fourth year, this four-day intense festival, in the middle of London has established itself as a major live music event, attracting crowds of over 20,000 every day to Hyde Park! The nice thing is that you can just dip in when you want, buy a ticket for the days you like and go home to your own bed. It’s not a camping festival with all its ups and downs so you won’t be find yourself in the middle of fans in costumes, vendors and stalls, tee-pees, organic cafes and strange entertainments. There’s definitely less of a community feel, but this year programme includes Fatboy Slim, Jay-Z, Mark Ronson, Hot Chip, Roisin Murphy, Underworld, Ben Harper , Counting Crows and many more!!! Don’t miss the fabulous fashion parade on Thursday when gates open at 2pm. On Fri, Sat & Sun gates open midday. The day pass costs 40 pounds and the 4-days pass 139 pounds. See:

If you are in London but still don’t have an accommodation do not expect to find it cheap. London can be very expensive! Apart from hotels there is an unlimited numbers of Bed and breakfast (see for the B&B sign) at private homes or youth hostels!! B&B have a long tradition and London is considered to be the Capital of BandB accommodation providers! It’s a good option to get a taste of how a real Londoner lives. In order to book a B&B in London you either pop up in a tourist while in London or find online your accommodation. There are quite a lot booking and informative sites: some of them only list the London BB some others allow you to book online directly (ex. Apart from B&B there are also youth hostels listed like the Clink youth hostel, the Smart Camden Inn, the Smart Hyde park View, very convenient for the central location, the Smart Park Inn. Prices range varies from 15 euros in a hostel to 33 euros per person in a double private room in a London B&B. The choice is up to you. Studios or apartments providing good standards and reasonable prices, try the 60 Warwik House Studio Apartments and Dylan House where rates start from only 72 euros per a double room equipped with kitchen.

Roger Waters Tickets – Still Mesmerizing Crowds After All These Years

Roger Waters Tickets – Still Mesmerizing Crowds After All These Years

If you want to see a musician who has mastered nearly every variation of rock and roll, Roger Waters tickets are the way to go. Waters is a legendary figure in the world of music, and his solo work is perhaps a bit underappreciated by the public at large as compared to his work with Pink Floyd. Waters’ attitude towards the world is prevalent in his music, and he always paid tribute to the people in his past who made him what he was and is as a person.

Early Life

George Roger Waters was born on September 6, 1943 in England and grew up in Cambridge. His father was a known pacifist and Communist, but in a tragically ironic twist, he was killed in action in World War II just five months after Waters was born. Even though he never really knew his father, his mother and her stories of his father helped to formulate Waters’ lifelong distrust of government and authority in general.

Waters grew up loving sports, and he was an avid swimmer, known by locals as a “regular” for swims in the River Cam. He also loved football and made every effort to see whatever matches he could afford to attend. This love stayed with him, but he soon found other interests as he entered high school.

Waters made new friends in high school, and many of them wound up playing music together, as Waters had learned to write songs and to play the bass guitar. These new friends wound up being the founding members of one of the most mysterious and beloved bands of his generation.

The Pink Floyd Years

Pink Floyd was formed in 1966, and they began to play local clubs. They produced and released their debut album in 1967, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and the release was a success. However, their original main songwriter and lead singer, Syd Barrett, began to suffer from mental health problems, which resulted in Waters taking over the lead songwriting and general artistic direction lead for the band.

Waters got to work on these new duties in the early 1970’s and this decade was a time when Waters wrote and helped to arrange and produce some of the most historically successful albums in the history of music. Among the many albums Waters helped form are Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall.

The band had become world famous, and they were on top of the world for a time. However, egos, substance abuse and in-fighting eventually led to the breakup of the band in the early 1980’s and bitter lawsuits ensued over the intellectual property of the band. Waters lost most of these rights, but it did not deter him from moving forward with his career.

Solo Career

Waters set out to continue his innovation with concept albums, and he released a total of seven studio and live albums with varying degrees of success. Each of these albums charted, but none achieved the legendary status of his Pink Floyd efforts. However, Roger Waters tickets were a hot item, as he did continue to use many of the visual effects that were a staple of Pink Floyd concerts, and he remained a revered figure within the music industry.

Waters also expanded his horizons, and in 2005 he released an opera, Ça Ira, which climbed to number one on the US charts. This “completed the circle” of genres for Waters, whose true sound was never really classic “rock and roll” in nature. He also continues to incorporate many of the teachings and heroes of his past into his lyrics, and Roger Waters tickets will present you with an opportunity to see a man’s life on stage.

How to Learn to Play Piano

How to Learn to Play Piano

People have different passions in life but there are those who love to listen to different piano music. If you’re one of them, then you probably like to learn to play the piano, but how?

Many individuals would like to learn to play piano but they don’t know where to begin. There are also those who previously had piano lessons but weren’t able to complete all the lessons because they simply got bored or they already spent a lot of time learning but to no avail. But with a little shove in the correct direction, you can learn to play a piano.

Firstly, you need to know that in playing the piano there are two ways – by note reading and by the chords. What would you like to do? You have to answer this question. If you simply want to play existing piano music, you must know how to read piano notes. On the other hand, if you want to write inspiring piano music, you must be able to understand the piano chords. If you can learn how to read notes as well as the chords, the better.

Still, if you want to learn to play piano in quick and easy steps, learn the chords first. By doing so, you will know the different sounds of the chords. Note reading can be taken up later.

One way to learn how to play piano is from a piano teacher. You need to find a reliable and qualified piano teacher to ensure that you’re given good lessons. The teacher can give you lessons at home or in a studio. Choose a comfortable set up so that you can learn without feeling any pressure. If you’re reason in learning to play the instrument is simply for fun, hiring a piano teacher is not a good idea. You can opt for less expensive means like a piano book or CDs and DVDs.

You have to ask the piano teacher if he or she is teaching the chord-based lessons. You have to set realistic goals first before you find a good piano teacher.

Another option is to learn lessons online. This is also a cheaper alternative in learning to play piano. You can choose the most convenient time to learn to play the instrument and in your chosen pace. You can save money and time through online lessons. If you’re motivated enough and you’re comfortable learning alone, this method will work for you. There is also the computer software being offered to help you learn to play piano.

When learning to play piano and other musical instruments, you have to have fun. The entire learning process should be exciting for you. Once you’ve set goals, you can start taking lessons immediately and practice regularly. Don’t get discouraged easily if ever you encounter some problems and hardships. There are those who get frustrated but you should simply keep going.

Have a positive attitude and choose the best method to learn to play piano. By having the right attitude, you can overcome difficulties in learning the chords or the notes. As mentioned earlier, you can learn the chords first and then later on, you can learn the notes. In a week or month’s time, you can even learn to write interesting piano music.

Start learning now and don’t waste time. If this is your passion, give proper attention to it.

The Main Reasons Why You Probably Don’t Have A Record Deal, Yet!

The Main Reasons Why You Probably Don’t Have A Record Deal, Yet!

1. Skills: You can get mad and storm off. You can get pissed and start to cry. You can get angry enough to toss a pitcher of water in the faces of the audition panelist. But no matter how heated you may get, nothing will change that fact that you might not be as talented as you think. All your life your family and friends have said, “Wow! You’re really talented,” and it has started to go to your head. You could very well be the next J-Lo or Nelly, at least according to your peeps, but if no one outside of your support network has ever heard of you, you might be in for a rude awakening. The best way to test your talent is to let other people critique it for you. Believe me, a perfect stranger will tell you exactly what others have been afraid to tell you all your life, you suck! On the other hand, the opposite may apply. If you got the got skills, strangers will let you know with enthusiasm. Exposure, exposure, and more exposure is the key to measuring your talent. Whether it’s rapping or singing, or a little of both, you gotta get out there and be seen and heard. Take every opportunity to perform, big or small, and show the musical world what you have to offer. In addition, I suggest you obtain a written evaluation of your talent from a reputable music industry professional, and leave the rest up to luck.

2. Game Plan: Just like a football team has to practice in order to win, so do you. At the beginning of training camp, as the players arrive to the first practice, each player is handed a playbook. This play book is a detailed plan of action to guide the team to its ultimate goal, success. Your play book doesn’t have to be quite as elaborate as the NFL’s, just a simple pencil and pad will do. The entire concept of a game plan is to map out where it is you want to be, and how you’re gonna get there. Start with the end product (the goal) and then work your way backwards. List all of the steps it may take to reach your goal, then right them down in reverse order. Now, you have created a map of your game plan, review it and make changes if necessary. Then fold it up and tuck into your wallet, for easy access, this way you can constantly remind yourself of were your going and cross off where you’ve been.

3. Product: Face it, you wouldn’t be too impressive of a plumber if you didn’t own an adjustable wrench, and you certainly wouldn’t be much of a clown without the funny make-up. So what makes you think you’d even have a snowball’s chance in hell of succeeding in the music business, if didn’t have a demo. Very few people have ever gotten a record deal by bum rushing a record executive at a night club or mall; even less have gotten a deal via telepathy. Being that fate is not on your side, get off the couch, put down the PlayStation and head out to the nearest recording studio and record a demo. You can usually find a good recording studio listed in the Yellow Pages, trade magazines, or on the Internet. Most if not all recording studios have staff producers that can help you develop your sound. Once the recording process has been completed, its time to put together a press kit. Start off by putting three of your best songs on a CD; make sure that the label has your name, the song titles, and contact number in plan view. Next, you’ll need a recent photo of yourself, or group, with your contact information written on the bottom. Lastly, you’ll need an artist biography (resume) that highlights any detailed information about yourself, including who you are, where you’re from, and where you want to go. Also include any press write-ups or articles that may showcase your achievements. Once you have gathered all of these items, stick them into a nice little package. Make sure your package is professional and unique enough to set you apart from everyone else.

Yoga for Modern City Life: Most Urbanites Start with a Class

Yoga for Modern City Life: Most Urbanites Start with a Class

The best place to start is with a class, where a teacher can show you how to adapt poses using props and help you learn proper technique for the postures.

The good news is that yoga classes have never been more widely available. You’ll find them at small studios, health clubs and gyms. The hard part is finding a class that’s just right for you. Studios that are dedicated to yoga also foster a more dedicated practice. The same students return to class week after week, and instructors usually follow a particular discipline of yoga. Some classes are aimed at beginners.

Whether you consider a studio or health club classes, here are some tips to find qualified instructors and classes that suit your needs:

Define your goals. Do you have chronic back pain or other physical limitations. An Iyengar-based class, with its emphasis on proper form and use of props, would be ideal. Looking to improve concentration and reduce stress. Consider a class that incorporates meditation. Seeking a challenging workout. Try an ashtanga class.

Ask about the instructor’s background. There is no national certification program for yoga yet, although some disciplines have their own rigorous teaching certification programs. You want an instructor who has been practicing and teaching for a long time.

Check out the space. Look for rooms that are spacious and well ventilated. Plenty of props sticky mats, straps, foam bricks, blankets and bolsters are a good sign, too. Ideally, yoga rooms are quiet, but that may not be the case in a gym setting where students have to contend with loud music and clanking weight machines.

Beck – A Modern Musician And Poet Returns To The Stage

Beck – A Modern Musician And Poet Returns To The Stage

One of the more intriguing and mysterious figures in modern music is Beck, and he’s hitting the road this summer to provide more lasting memories for those lucky enough to attend his shows. Some would call Beck a musician, while others would label him as a poet. The general consensus, however, is that there is no label for Beck. Everyone who sees him and enjoys his music comes away with a different meaning and effect, and that trend will no doubt continue for the foreseeable future.

Life Story

Beck was born Beck David Campbell on July 8, 1970 in Los Angeles. His parents seemingly passed his unique set of artistic talents onto him, as his father, David Campbell, was a musician, and his mother, Bibbe Hansen, was a visual artist. One can definitely see and hear these influences in Beck’s work.

Beck’s parents separated early in his life, and Beck adopted his mother’s last name. He stayed in Los Angeles with his mother, and it was here that he gained his first outward exposure to the world of music. Beck spent much of his time in Los Angeles dabbling in interests that included hip hop, rap, rock and roll and Latin music, and eventually, all of these styles were morphed into Beck’s work.

In the mid-1980’s, Beck dropped out of high school and began to educate himself through travel. Beck visited many places, including Germany, before eventually “settling” in New York City, where his musical boundaries were widened once again by his exposure to the punk and anti-folk scenes.

Beck paid for much of his poverty-ridden lifestyle by simply performing on the street with a hat or guitar case, and it was this experience that not only taught him the value of stage presence, but it also reinforced the belief in Beck that the responsibility of putting on a show along with just playing music was a crucial element in an artist’s success.

In 1990, Beck moved back to Los Angeles, where he lived in a series of hovels and worked several low-level, dead-end jobs to augment his income he made by street performing. During this time, Beck tirelessly searched out venues that would allow him on stage to perform, and his tireless efforts eventually led to “the break” that every musician needs.

Career Takes Off

Beck was discovered in Los Angeles by the founders of Bong Load Custom Records, and the first single Beck recorded for them is still his biggest hit to date. The single Loser was released in 1993, and the demand for this single astonished everyone involved with the project. Radio stations everywhere were looking for copies of the single to satisfy their listeners. Eventually, a bidding war between highly-visible record labels led Beck to sign with Geffen Records.

Since then, Beck has produced eight subsequent “official” albums as well as several independent releases with smaller labels. Every one of Beck’s albums has sold at least 200,000 copies, and his biggest seller was the 1996 release Odelay, which sold over 2,000,000 copies worldwide.


Musical experts from every corner of the globe have struggled for years to find an appropriate artist for comparison. The list is long and varied, which speaks to just how unique Beck’s style really is. Several prominent artists that have drawn these comparisons include Prince, The Beastie Boys and even Bob Dylan.

Beck’s unique style of music is no more or less memorable than the stage show he provides. Props are often used, and humor is always a central part of any performance. Beck also enjoys collaborating with other artists both in the studio and on tour, and he has appeared and/or worked with the likes of The Flaming Lips, David Bowie and Jack White of the White Stripes.

Beck will continue to thrill and sometimes baffle the music industry with his style and eccentricities, and his tour this summer will encapsulate all that he’s learned and accomplished in his career.

Headphones Around or On the Ear?

Headphones Around or On the Ear?

Headphones come in four styles but for the avid music
listener the choice really comes down to two styles.


- pads that sit around the ear, or supra-aural

- pads that sit directly on the ear.

Both have good and bad points and choice can also depend on
how much you want to pay.

With the supra-aural headphones the user can feel that the
instrument is playing next to the ear giving good and sharp
clarity However, this may sound strange to some people
since we are used to a more muffled sound.

With the circum-aural headphones the sound is just that

- a little muffled

- but it is a more natural sound.

Imagine sitting in a concert hall. You are not right next
to the instruments so you dont get that sharp clarity that
the supra headphones give.

Of course, the choice is up to the user and what they want
out of their headset.

Then there is the headphone that is used primarily in the
recording studio. These are usually full sized circum
style headphones that have soft material on the ear pads to
block out sound.

Some have a built-in switch to automatically cut the sound
when the headphone is taken off. A much needed feature if
recording is going on.

No matter which is your preference on headphones, perhaps
the one thing that people do not consider is comfort. If
you live in hot climes be sure to get the sets with velvet
type pads. Plastic can get very sticky.

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Adding music or video streams to your website is a definite plus
for revenue generation. Audio-video streams serve two purposes.
Primarily, audio and video streaming is used for entertainment.
A more practical use of audio-video streaming is for revenue
generation by using this technology to promote and demonstrate
your products.

Normally, professional website designers are leery of adding
multi-media streams to a website. However, the spread of
high-speed internet connection throughout the world has finally
removed the barrier for the use of multi-media streams.
In this article, let us deal exclusively with audio streams.
Audio files have different formats. The most popular among these
audio formats are the MP3 and MIDI sound format. The question
is, “what exactly is a MIDI and an MP3 and what are the
differences?” Below is a collection of sound file formats
together with their descriptions to help you decide which one to
use in your website.

MIDI is a music file type that is considerably lightweight when
it comes to the size of the file. The reason for this is that
MIDI utilizes the built-in devices in the sound card of your
computer. Of course, sound cards don’t sound the same so playing
one MIDI file on two computers simultaneously may produce
slightly different results. Another problem of MIDI files is that
they sound mostly like ring tones of older model cellular
phones. Having this installed in your website may give it an
amateurish feel. You definitely don’t want to be labeled as an
amateur especially when you’re selling something. On the plus
side, because of their small size in terms of kilobytes, people
who use 56kbps modems to connect to the internet will be able to
appreciate the speed at which your website loads into their

MP3 is an audio file that is highly compressed to achieve a
smaller file size. For people using DSL internet connections,
downloading a 5MB MP3 file will most probably take less than a
minute. For the slower 56 kbps modems, it takes approximately 3
to 5 minutes to download a single song with average playing
time. Because of its compressed nature, the sounds produced by
MP3 files are not as good as those you hear from your CD.
Furthermore, you will have to “loop” a music file if you want it
to play continuously in the background while people surf your
website. MP3 files are very difficult to loop. The biggest
disadvantage of using MP3 files is that they require MP3 player
programs. Once you enter a website with MP3 background music,
your Windows Media player or Real Player might open
automatically to play the file.

The best sound file format in terms of quality is the WAV file
format. Using WAV format to record your audio will give you
recording studio quality audio. The BIG PROBLEM of WAV is its
file size. Even with a DSL or cable internet connection, your
browser will have a hard time loading a web page using WAV for
its audio stream.

Familiarity with flash files is an advantage when trying to
incorporate audio streams into your website. To make the music
play continuously, you will have to perform the process of
looping. Flash files can be used with either MP3 or WAV but,
only WAV files go through the looping process without any

To your success,

P.S. As you can see there are many different ways to add
background music to your web pages and you don’t have to worry
about slow loading pages if you choose the right file format.