Reports – COMBO – The Colorado Music Business Organization http://www.coloradomusic.org Elevate your Musical State Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:12:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 REPORTS: Jon Bon Jovi Empowers Those in Need With Pay It Forward Mission http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-jon-bon-jovi-empowers-need-pay-forward-mission/ http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-jon-bon-jovi-empowers-need-pay-forward-mission/#respond Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:35:41 +0000 http://www.coloradomusic.org/?p=13366

New Jersey (CNN)Behind the music, Grammy award-winning entertainer Jon Bon Jovi is on a mission to feed and empower those in need. His strategy is simple: “One soul at a...

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“The key to our success is empowering the individual,” Bon Jovi says. [Photo from CNN]

New Jersey (CNN)Behind the music, Grammy award-winning entertainer Jon Bon Jovi is on a mission to feed and empower those in need. His strategy is simple: “One soul at a time.”

With his nonprofit Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, based in Philadelphia, the artist is fighting poverty with direct action.

“I thought ‘how can we bring people together in an affordable, accessible way?’ ” he says.

A harsh Northeast winter sharpened his focus on homelessness.

“One night I was in a hotel room looking down on city hall in Philly and I saw a man sleeping on a grate in the dead of winter,” Bon Jovi says.

“Right there it all crystallized for me. It didn’t matter if you were young, old, black or white, Republican or Democrat … this was an issue that could affect anyone.”

According to the nonprofit’s website, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation has helped provide more than 500 affordable homes to those in need across 10 states.

“Most Americans live two paychecks away from problems, and I thought this is something we can do,” the artist says, “… and most importantly I didn’t need the scientists to find the cure.”

Bon Jovi also founded the JBJ Soul Kitchen, a community restaurant that serves everyone regardless of their ability to pay.

At a glance, it looks like a trendy New Jersey restaurant. There are linen napkins, fresh flowers at each place setting and a farm-to-table menu.

But each meal offers one essential ingredient: hope.

“We have created what we now call a ‘pay it forward’ model,” Bon Jovi says.

In-need patrons volunteer their time assisting with day-to-day restaurant chores, which pays for their own meal as well as the tab for their family.

Also, paying patrons are requested to buy a “pay it forward” card.

“You not only affect change by paying for your meal, but the one next to you,” Bon Jovi says.

“What this is not is a ‘pay what you can,'” he adds. “In order for the model to work we need participation.”

Whether a patron volunteers their time or “pays it forward,” the service toward each guest is exactly the same.

For restaurant volunteer Moe Keane, it is this principle that makes the JBJ Soul Kitchen one of her preferred ways to give back.

“You don’t know if someone is dining here because they are in need or to donate or pay it forward,” she says. “That’s what’s nice about it. Everyone is treated the same.”

Currently in Red Bank and Toms River, New Jersey, the JBJ Soul Kitchen and Bon Jovi look forward to expanding the successful model.

“Now the question is ‘do we want to open two or three or 10 … or do we go really big?'” he says.

“Well, we will definitely see growth. The question is incremental.”

When asked about the secret behind his “pay it forward” success, Bon Jovi has one simple answer.

“The key to our success is empowering the individual.”

By Ashley N. Vaughan, CNN

Updated 12:28 PM ET, Fri February 10, 2017

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/09/entertainment/iyw-jon-bon-jovi-jbj-soul-kitchen-trnd/index.html

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REPORTS: Glen Campbell’s Widow Opens Up About the Emotional Final Days of His Alzheimer’s Battle: ‘There’s a Sense of Relief’ http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-glen-campbells-widow-opens-emotional-final-days-alzheimers-battle-theres-sense-relief/ http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-glen-campbells-widow-opens-emotional-final-days-alzheimers-battle-theres-sense-relief/#respond Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:44:14 +0000 http://www.coloradomusic.org/?p=13335

“There was a time when all I could remember was the sickness,” Kim Campbell tells PEOPLE of the Alzheimer’s disease that took her husband Glen Campbell‘s life on Aug. 8....

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Glenn Campbell in better times.

“There was a time when all I could remember was the sickness,” Kim Campbell tells PEOPLE of the Alzheimer’s disease that took her husband Glen Campbell‘s life on Aug. 8. “But now that he’s passed, the good memories are starting to flood back in.”

Three months after the country legend’s death at the age of 81, his wife of 34 years opens up to PEOPLE about their family’s journey, her husband’s final days and her plans for her next mission: helping other families coping with Alzheimer’s through her website, CareLiving.org.

Glen married Kim — his fourth wife — in 1982, when he was 46 and she was 24. He was country music’s Grammy-winning “Rhinestone Cowboy” and she was a dancer. The couple settled in Phoenix and had three children.

“He was 22 years older than me but age didn’t matter between us – he was so young at heart and excited about ordinary things. Life was just beautiful.”

In late 2010, when Glen was 74, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The “Wichita Lineman” embarked on a farewell tour in 2012 that eventually totaled 137 dates, and he allowed a film crew to chronicle his slow decline as the disease took hold. The resulting 2014 documentary, I’ll Be Me, was nominated for an Oscar for best original song for “I’m Not Going to Miss You.”

“The goodbye tour was one of the biggest blessings for Glen that anyone could have imagined. The doctors emphasized to us that music was stimulating for the brain and it would be healthy for him. It was Glen’s choice to do the film. He loved the camera – after all, he did a TV show for years. That was part of who he was. He said it was the most important thing that he was doing at the time. He knew he was trying to show the world what living with Alzheimer’s was like because he wanted to help find a cure.”

After the tour, his health deteriorated as the disease progressed.

“There were times he’d wake up and look at me and go ‘Are we married?’ He quit calling me by my name a long time ago. And then, he grew combative. He gave me a black eye. I’m younger than him and faster than him so I avoided a lot. You don’t take it personally. It’s part of the disease. They lose their ability to communicate verbally so if you are trying to do something they don’t like, they instinctively lash out.”

As his conditioned worsened, Kim and Glen moved to Nashville to be closer to their children.

“I saw a neurologist and he said, ‘I can’t believe you’re trying to do this at home.’ He wanted to have a social worker call me and I was mortified. I had never considered long-term care. There is a terrible stereotype around that, but I didn’t know there were memory care communities designed specifically for people with dementia — and their entire family.”

In 2015, Glen moved into long-term care, eventually settling at Abe’s Garden, a memory care facility in Nashville.

“Glen was cheerful and completely at peace there. I became friends with a lot of the other women whose husbands were there and we tried to encourage and love each other. It was one big family. Every day on my way to ballet class I’d stop and have dinner with Glen and then go dance and work off my depression and then stop in again to give him a kiss goodnight. I make a big point of saying that our family joined a memory care community. It was my community too. It was a comforting place to be.”

But critics lashed out, accusing her of abandoning her husband.

“Trolls on the Internet said very unkind things, people who don’t know me or what I was dealing with at home. I’d get death threats. They’d say, ‘Why couldn’t she hire a big strong man to handle him?’ But I put child locks on my kitchen cabinets and it would make him mad. He would rip the cabinets off the wall and pull out all the dishes onto the floor. It’s not easy.”

Harder still, two of Glen’s children from previous marriages unsuccessfully sued Kim for control over Campbell’s affairs, alleging that she wasn’t providing him with needed care.

“That’s been harder, probably, than the actual Alzheimer’s itself to be deliberately attacked and sued when I’d been married for almost 35 years to this man and was always good to him. They said I was withholding basic necessities like a toothbrush. The reality was he had plenty of toothbrushes but we kept them locked away because he didn’t know what it was and would rinse them in the toilet. They never asked. They only attacked. To be slandered while he was dying was beyond the pale. It was very painful. ” Although she no longer has contact with Debby or Travis, “I have a great relationship with their children — we’re very close. It’s tragic,” she says of the rift.

(Records were recently filed in Davidson Probate Court in Nashville alleging children Kelly, Travis and Wesley were “specifically excluded” from a 2006 will, according to documents obtained by The Tennessean. Kim Campbell declined comment on the filing Thursday.)

About six weeks before he died, Glen slipped into the seventh, and final, stage of the disease.

“The month before he passed was extremely difficult, because it was just so sad — he declined so radically. He couldn’t feed himself any longer. He forgot how to swallow and then he forgot how to breathe. Most people end up dying of some other complication, but he was so healthy, he went through to the final stages. We had the whole family in, the kids from other marriages, the grandchildren, and everybody was surrounding him in the last few days. The day before he passed away, two people from the symphony were there and we just heard this gorgeous music coming into his room.”

When the end finally came, there was relief.

“You say goodbye every day for so many years and it is so heartbreaking, so when it finally happens there’s a mixture of emotions. There’s a sense of relief for him, because I know he wouldn’t want to go on and be bedridden. I actually said, ‘Thank you God.’ Glen died peacefully without pain. I knew it was his time. I felt like it was a blessing. He had lived a beautiful life, he was content in his final years and we did everything we could to give him to give him the best quality of life.”

For Kim, healing has come slowly.

“It’s hard for me to listen to his music, to see him on TV, even to look at his pictures on my piano, his clothes in my closet. So many memories are still tough to deal with. But I’m trying. I’ve got to be thankful for these memories that I’ve had and cherish them instead of letting them hurt me and remind me of what I’ve lost.”

With more than 45 million albums sold and 10 Grammys to his name, the singer’s musical legacy is intact. But his efforts to shine a light on his disease also live on.

“The music legacy is very important and that stands alone. The Alzheimer’s is a different category. That’s Glen the human being and it’s so special and I think it’s made such a big impact on families that have Alzheimer’s.”

Kim’s own mission is to share the lessons she’s learned as a caregiver.

“You cannot do this alone. You need to let people know what you are going through. The stigma of long-term care runs so deep — the idea that you are throwing someone away instead of taking care of them yourself. Or that you are breaking your marriage vows. But I didn’t cease to be a caregiver when we joined the community, I just had a bigger team that was more professional. There is such a misunderstanding. We want caregivers to know what options are out there for help. I want everyone to know places like Abe’s Garden exist.”

Kim has made visits to Capitol Hill on behalf of caregivers and plans to continue advocating by launching a CareLiving foundation next year.

“I found a lot of healing in doing advocacy. It brings purpose and meaning out of the tragedy. And I feel like I’m honoring Glen by continuing what he started.”

By Elaine Finan | People

https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/celebrity/glen-campbells-widow-opens-up-about-the-emotional-final-days-of-his-alzheimers-battle-theres-a-sense-of-relief/ar-BBFYFfw?li=BBnb2gh

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REPORTS: Grammy 2018 Nomination Snubs and Surprises http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-grammy-2018-nomination-snubs-surprises/ http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-grammy-2018-nomination-snubs-surprises/#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:28:16 +0000 http://www.coloradomusic.org/?p=13273

When the 60th Annual Grammy Awards nominations were announced Tuesday morning, there were many surprising shutouts — including presumed frontrunners Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, A Tribe Called Quest, and Sam...

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Harry Styles (photo from his website www.HarryStyles.com)

When the 60th Annual Grammy Awards nominations were announced Tuesday morning, there were many surprising shutouts — including presumed frontrunners Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, A Tribe Called Quest, and Sam Smith. Check out the biggest shockers among the noms.

Snub: Ed Sheeran – The British pop star was widely expected to be nominated for Record, Album, and Song of the Year, but was shockingly passed over in all three categories. He is, however, up for Best Pop Vocal Album. (Photo: Getty Images)

Snub: Harry Styles – The former One Direction star, who had a smash hit with the critically acclaimed “Sign of the Times,” was shut out completely — passed over for noms for Record, Album and Song of the Year, and even for Best Rock Album. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria’s Secret)

Snub: Miranda Lambert – The country star’s acclaimed double-album The Weight of These Wings was passed over for noms for both Album of the Year and Best Country Album. (Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

Surprise: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee – The duo’s chart-busting “Despacito” (featuring Justin Bieber) was nominated for both Record and Song of the Year. The Record nom was expected; the Song nom, which specifically goes to songwriters, was a bit of a surprise. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Snub: Katy Perry – The pop star’s Witness was passed over for a nom for Best Pop Vocal Album. Her two most recent albums, Teenage Dream and Prism, were both nominated in the category. Perry has yet to win a single Grammy. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Rogers and Cowan)

Surprise: Drake – The Canadian hip-hop star’s More Life dominated the charts this year. So why didn’t he receive a single nomination? He reportedly pulled a Frank Ocean-esque protest move and chose not to submit the album for consideration. (Photo: Ross Gilmore/Getty Images)

(6 of 30 vignettes)

By Paul Grein

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https://www.yahoo.com/music/grammy-2018-nomination-snubs-surprises-slideshow-wp-164048072.html

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REPORTS: What Kept This Middle School Music Teacher on the Job for 35 years? http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-kept-middle-school-music-teacher-job-35-years/ http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-kept-middle-school-music-teacher-job-35-years/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:50:25 +0000 http://www.coloradomusic.org/?p=13245 Robin Hazlett of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, says she has known she wanted to be a music teacher since the 9th grade, when she was a student at Drexel Hill Middle...

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Robin Hazlett of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, says she has known she wanted to be a music teacher since the 9th grade, when she was a student at Drexel Hill Middle School. By high school, Hazlett discovered that playing music was a way to participate and be a part of theatre performances without having to be up on stage, but still getting to experience the magic of live musical theatre.

Fast forward to the present, and Hazlett has combined all these revelations into a dedicated career at the very school where she first was inspired to become an educator: Hazlett has been the music teacher at Drexel Hill Middle School for 35 years now. After four decades as a music educator at the school — where she’s had the privilege of teaching multiple generations within given families — she’s finally hanging up her hat and thinking back on what it was that kept her so committed to her work for so long.

“It’s many hours of work, but it’s a lot of fun,” Hazlett says of her work producing and directing the annual school musical. “It’s just been magical to watch. It’s been so rewarding to look in these faces … and see the excitement of opening curtain. It’s a great joy to bring that to kids.”

Which is why the work is also so hard to walk away from now, she says.

“When it’s time for the last curtain of the last day of the last show, I will be a mess. I know I will be crying. Because it is such a part of me — this school and these kids and doing a show. It’s part of my personality. It’s part of who I am …. I’m probably going to have a little difficulty figuring out who I am without this piece that is a big part of my life.”

Hazlett also explains that another big part of her life — and her life’s work — is positivity and joy.

“I’ve always tried to stay positive with my students,” she says. “And especially in this time when a lot of them need positive things in their life, it’s just the key to success — for my classroom — is laughter and fun.”

And her advice to her own students on how to build long-standing, committed careers like her own? It’s simple: Keep searching until you “find what you love.”

By Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy

[Original article contains video]
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/kept-middle-school-music-teacher-job-35-years-224047430.html

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COMBO Songwriter showcase and awards http://www.coloradomusic.org/combo-songwriter-showcase-awards/ http://www.coloradomusic.org/combo-songwriter-showcase-awards/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:31:32 +0000 http://www.coloradomusic.org/?p=13227

COMBO Songwriter showcase and awards at Hard Rock Cafe Denver, November 18, 2017 Photos by David A. Barber ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]

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COMBO Songwriter showcase and awards at Hard Rock Cafe Denver,
November 18, 2017
Photos by David A. Barber

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REPORTS: The 12-year-old Prodigy Whose “First Language” is Mozart http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-12-year-old-prodigy-whose-first-language-mozart/ http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-12-year-old-prodigy-whose-first-language-mozart/#respond Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:35:25 +0000 http://www.coloradomusic.org/?p=13113

Alma Deutscher was playing piano and violin by the time she was 3 years old and wrote her first opera at 10. For her, making music seems as natural as...

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CBS Correspondent Scott Pelley and Alma Deutscher | CBS News

Alma Deutscher was playing piano and violin by the time she was 3 years old and wrote her first opera at 10. For her, making music seems as natural as breathing

We cannot explain what you are about to hear. Science doesn’t know enough about the brain to make sense of Alma. Alma Deutscher is an accomplished British composer in the classical style. She is a virtuoso on the piano and the violin. And she is 12 years old. She’s different from other prodigies we have known, because at the age of ten she wrote an opera, which demands comprehensive mastery; not just how to play the piano, but, what is the range of the oboe? What can a cellist play? We don’t know how she understands it all. It seems that Alma was born that way.

Scott Pelley: What is your earliest musical memory?

Alma Deutscher: I remember that when I was three, and I listened to this really beautiful lullaby by Richard Strauss, and that was when I really first realized how much I loved music. And I asked my parents, “But how can music be so beautiful?”

Those notes of Richard Strauss ignited a universe. At three, Alma was playing piano and violin.

Scott Pelley: When did the composing begin?

Alma Deutscher: When I was four, I just had these melodies and ideas in my head, and I would play them down at the piano. And sometimes my parents would think that I was just remembering music that I’d already heard before. But I said, “No, no, these are my melodies, that I composed.”

“For me, it’s strange to walk around and not to have melodies popping into my head.”

This past summer, in Austria, we watched Alma prepare her violin concerto and the premiere of her piano concerto.

That night, the soloist was the composer herself. Remember, she wrote all the notes for all the instruments.

We could see, Alma was living a story.

A story of loss.

A story of redemption.

Scales of emotion beyond a child.

And yet her vision was almost like wisdom.
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Robert Gjerdingen is a professor of music at Northwestern in Chicago. He has been a consultant to Alma’s education.

Robert Gjerdingen: It’s kind of a comet that goes by and everybody looks up and just goes, “Wow.” I sent her some assignments when she was six, seven, where I expected her to crash and burn, because they were very difficult. It came back, it was like listening to a mid-18th century composer. She was a native speaker.

Scott Pelley: A native speaker?

Robert Gjerdingen: It’s her first language she speaks the Mozart-style. She speaks the style of Mendelssohn.

Scott Pelley: And the names that you just mentioned are the ones that live for centuries.

Robert Gjerdingen: Yes. She’s batting in the big leagues. And if you win the pennant, there’s immortality.

The route to immortality leads through California. In December, the Opera San Jose Orchestra will stage Cinderella in Alma’s American debut. She’ll be the belle of the ball, on the piano, organ and violin.

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We cannot know how Alma Deutscher channels her music like a portal in time. But in a world, too often ugly, and too often overburdened with explanation, it’s nice to take a moment and wonder.

Produced by Robert G. Anderson and Aaron Weisz
© 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

By CBS News Correspondent Scott Pelley
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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-12-year-old-prodigy-whose-first-language-is-mozart/

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REPORTS: Breaking: Florida Supreme Court Rules That Oldies Recordings are Public Domain http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-breaking-florida-supreme-court-rules-oldies-recordings-public-domain/ http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-breaking-florida-supreme-court-rules-oldies-recordings-public-domain/#respond Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:36:11 +0000 http://www.coloradomusic.org/?p=13056

So this complicates things a bit. A bombshell decision from the Florida Supreme Court effectively says that recording copyrights didn’t exist before 1972. Should oldie recordings enjoy copyright protection? Absolutely...

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The Turtles [photo from Wikipedia]

So this complicates things a bit. A bombshell decision from the Florida Supreme Court effectively says that recording copyrights didn’t exist before 1972.

Should oldie recordings enjoy copyright protection? Absolutely not, according to a unanimous decision by the Florida Supreme Court. Effectively, anything recorded before the year 1972 is in the public domain and can be used freely. At least in the state of Florida.

The unanimous decision strikes a serious blow against Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, both members of the oldies rock band, The Turtles. Kaylan and Volman, aka ‘Flo & Eddie,’ have been battling for payments on their pre-1972 for years.

On the other side, both Pandora and Sirius XM Radio have argued that recording royalties don’t apply to music released before 1972. The reason? There isn’t a consistent law protecting recordings prior to that date.

“We conclude that Florida law does not recognize any such right and that Flo & Eddie’s various state law claims fail.”

Prior to 1972, artists and labels simply relied on a patchwork of state laws to determine copyright. But even after 1972, Congress left pre-1972 copyright decisions to the states. And in the case of Florida, copyright protection for recordings simply didn’t exist.

“The crucial question presented is whether Florida common law recognizes an exclusive right of public performance in pre-1972 sound recordings,” the justices opined in a 35-page ruling (see below).

“We conclude that Florida law does not recognize any such right and that Flo & Eddie’s various state law claims fail.”

Keep in mind that none of this applies to the compositions themselves. Broader copyrights have long applied to the underlying notes and lyrics, which comprise the publishing side of a song. The other side, specifically the recorded version of that composition, was simply not protected until February 15th, 1972.

This is part of a broader legal war by the Turtles. Accordingly, Florida’s decision doesn’t directly impact separate battles in states like New York and California. But it certainly influences decisions in other critical US states, especially those with similar laws. In effect, the Florida blow may trigger a domino effect against copyright protection for oldies.

The Turtles became internationally famous after the release of ‘Happy Together’.

The case is Flo & Eddie, Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc., 827 F.3d 1016, 1018 (11th Cir. 2016).

You can read the entire decision below on the URL.

Read the Comments – There is quite the discussion there with a lot of good info being shared.

https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2017/10/26/florida-pre-1972-copyright-oldies/

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REPORTS: Reader: Denver Has the Worst Concert-Goers! http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-reader-denver-worst-concert-goers/ http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-reader-denver-worst-concert-goers/#respond Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:36:06 +0000 http://www.coloradomusic.org/?p=13004 Does Denver have the worst concert-goers? That’s the word from reader Maria Stanek, who recently sent us this account of her experiences at local shows: I’ve been going to concerts...

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Does Denver have the worst concert-goers? That’s the word from reader Maria Stanek, who recently sent us this account of her experiences at local shows:

I’ve been going to concerts quite often for about three years now. In the last month, I’ve had the worst experiences at some of my favorite venues because people won’t shut the hell up and enjoy the music some people came to listen to.

I went to Tash Sultana; it was a packed house and an amazing show…except for dealing with the drunk girls who just want someone to notice them. They were running around all night, back and forth to get drinks. Falling over. Talking loud during the intimate moments Tash had to offer. The next night, Cigarettes After Sex at the Bluebird. Everyone and their mom was apparently on their first date, trying to get to know each other. Talking as loud as possible…and drunk. A review from the shows in L.A. said the entire audience was intrigued, zoned-in and silent. Why wasn’t Denver? I really looked forward to ninety minutes of soothing music, but that wasn’t the case.

I went to San Fermin. Same story. Dumb drunks just looking for a place to hang out and be drunk together…. The Ghost of Paul Revere: Another great show and most people were really into the vibe and dancing, singing along. Except for the few slobs who kept screaming at them, trying to get the band’s attention and being raging assholes.

Maybe these small, great venues have become too popular and the people in Denver just want a place to hang out. It’s the worst for people who actually appreciate the good music and go to listen, not for just another social hour. I just wish the people who want to chat and mingle would stop wasting their time and stay at a bar. Concerts are the one place you should be able to go and only listen to the voices you paid to hear. Denver needs to shut up already and at least be respectful of the music.

What do you think of the concert-goers in Denver? Are they particularly bad at certain venues?

Share your thoughts in a comment, or e-mail editorial@westword.com. Especially if you were one of the drunk girls at the Tash Sultana concert….

By Westword Staff
http://www.westword.com/music/denver-concert-goers-are-the-worst-says-this-reader-9612518

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REPORTS: ‘The Voice’ recap: Let the Battles Begin – Shiloh Gold vs. Moriah Formica // Parker’s Kristi Hoopes Picks Blake Shelton as Her Coach http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-voice-recap-let-battles-begin-shiloh-gold-vs-moriah-formica-parkers-kristi-hoopes-picks-blake-shelton-coach/ http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-voice-recap-let-battles-begin-shiloh-gold-vs-moriah-formica-parkers-kristi-hoopes-picks-blake-shelton-coach/#respond Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:15:28 +0000 http://www.coloradomusic.org/?p=12962

Let the Battles begin! On Monday, October 16th, The Voice Season 13 moved on from the Blind Auditions to the Battle Rounds, with guest advisers Kelly Rowland (for Team J.Hud),...

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Denver’s Own Shiloh Gold on The Voice (photo from The Voice’s website)

Let the Battles begin! On Monday, October 16th, The Voice Season 13 moved on from the Blind Auditions to the Battle Rounds, with guest advisers Kelly Rowland (for Team J.Hud), Rascal Flatts (Team Blake), Joe Jonas (Team Adam), and good ol’ Billy Ray Cyrus (helping out daughter Miley). The night commenced with a surprising (and surprisingly steal-free) verdict, and concluded with a tasteful tribute of sorts to the late Tom Petty (who, come to think of it, would have made an excellent Voice adviser) and a double-steal.

Let’s recap! [The below is only one of the recaps… because Shilo is from Denver]

TEAM MILEY: Moriah Formica vs. Shilo Gold

Sixteen-year-old baby badass Moriah slayed her Heart song during the Blinds, while all I can remember about Shilo is that her frog-throated Raspy McRasperson audition seemed more like a commercial for Ricola or Sucrets. (A concerned Adam even fetched her a glass of water.) So again, I expected this would be no contest. And again, I was surprised — pleasantly this time — when Shilo cleared her throat and held her own. That glass of water must have done the trick!

Don’t get me wrong: In this showdown between Miley’s two “growlers” on the Guess Who’s “American Woman,” it was not hard to guess who deserved to stay. Not only did the Joan Jett-esque Moriah have the right rawk ‘n’ roll attitude and an electric guitar to boost her coolness quotient (and, probably, give her a bit of an onstage crutch/prop), but she also had the more powerful pipes. However, Shilo was a shocker. She sounded a gazillion times better and showcased a gazillion times more stage presence than before. Paired with a less formidable Battle partner, she might have had a chance.

Adam called Moriah “unbelievably cool and unique and different.” Blake called Moriah a “born rock star.” Miley called her a “rock goddess — but you’re just great as a singer, without attaching your age or your gender or anything to you.” Shilo knew she was a goner, but at least this American woman redeemed herself after a terrible first impression.

WINNER: Moriah Formica

By Lyndsey Parker | Yahoo Music
Read the whole article here:
https://www.yahoo.com/music/voice-recap-let-battles-begin-060527645.html
Watch the Battle here:
https://www.nbc.com/the-voice/video/moriah-formica-vs-shilo-gold-american-woman/3601425

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PARKER’S KRISTI HOOPES PICKS BLAKE SHELTON AS HER COACH

In another note, Kristi Hoopes had a 3-chair turn on Tuesday, October 10th – Miley Cyrus couldn’t turn because her team was already full. Kristi chose Blake Shelton as her coach. Kristi has yet to compete in the Battle Rounds but will, more than likely, be on the October 23rd or 24th shows. The Voice is shown here in Denver on NBC’s Channel 9 starting at 7:00 p.m. each night (2 hours on Monday; one hour on Tuesday).

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REPORTS: I Wrote a Hit Song With Justin Bieber. Want to See My Royalties? http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-wrote-hit-song-justin-bieber-want-see-royalties/ http://www.coloradomusic.org/reports-wrote-hit-song-justin-bieber-want-see-royalties/#respond Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:41:24 +0000 http://www.coloradomusic.org/?p=12920

[Transcribed from the interview] The following comes from Rodney Jerkins, who alongside Andre Lindal produced Justin Bieber’s 2010 hit, ‘As Long as You Love Me’. Jerkins disclosed the royalties from...

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[Transcribed from the interview] The following comes from Rodney Jerkins, who alongside Andre Lindal produced Justin Bieber’s 2010 hit, ‘As Long as You Love Me’. Jerkins disclosed the royalties from that song in front of an audience of fellow songwriters and publishers in Los Angeles.

“I had a guy, who I met in my studio in 2009. And there were different publishing companies wanting to sign this guy, and he was from Norway [Andre Lindall]. And here I am, just a producer, and I’m interested in this guy, but I’m going against the heavyweight publishing companies.

“And the only thing I can sell this guy — they can sell him on the bank — and the only thing I can sell this guy on is that I have the relationships with the artists. I can get your music in the hands of the artist.

“And he’s goes, ‘Oh yeah, like who?’

“And I’m like, ‘Well who’s hot, who do you want to work with?’

“And he’s like, ‘Justin Bieber’.

“And I was like, ‘Okay, we’ll make that happen’.

“And so he goes, ‘Really? Well I’ll sign with you then.’

“So he left Norway, and he came to the States. He left his family in Norway. And came to the States, to what — to live the American Dream. To hit the studio and potentially work with Justin Bieber.

“And guess what? It happened, within a year. Not only did he get a chance to work on a record with me with Justin. But [the song] actually became a top hit for Justin. It was called ‘As Long as You Love Me.’

“And his percentage on this particular song was about 20%. That was 2010 when it came out.

“What I’m going to talk to you about real quick is 2013 — three years later — after the song blew up.

“And I have witnesses here, so you can fact check. Okay.

“So, on the first page. It says the total royalty amount was $149,000.”

“Top ten hit. 20%, $149,000. This is three years, three years in. This is his performance royalty from BMI.

“The song played on the radio, it had 347,820 spins. The royalty amount on that alone, was $53,000.

“Let’s fast-forward to this page, the interesting page.”

“Sirius XM, not bad. 1,509 spins, earned him $765 dollars.

“You ready for this? Pandora: 38,225,700 spins earned him $278.”

[audience laughs; starts talking; one person says ‘WOW!’]

“I’m not finished.

[audience quiets down]
“YouTube: 34,220,900 spins earned him $218.17.

“Now I did the math for you guys. That’s on 20%. If he were to own 100% of the song, on YouTube he would have earned $1,100. If he owned 100% of the song on Pandora, he would have made $1,400.”

[audience member: ‘jeez’]

“That’s why I wanted to get involved. Because to me, looking at those numbers, that’s criminal.

[audience member: ‘it is!’]

“How many songwriters in the room?

[about 65% raise their hand]

We all have a unique gift. All of us in this room as songwriters. You know what our unique gift is? We create, we create. And when we create — I have four children. It’s a beautiful thing. When my daughter walks into the room and I look in her eyes I know it’s a piece of me.

[pauses]

I hope.

[boisterous laughter, clapping]

There’s no feeling better than sitting down at a piano, or with your pen and your pad, or with your phone. And you start to create something. And then you created it and it’s yours. And then it goes over to this company over here, and it gets played 30 something million times.

“And the only thing that shows for it is $273? Are you kidding me?”

So what happens to the next generation? To the guy from Norway who does this. You know what happens? He’s gotta go back.

How can the next generation survive in Hollywood? You guys know what the rent is out here.

[audience: murmurs in agreement]

“So what happens is — the plan is ruined. The plan is ruined. We come out here and we’re excited because it’s the American Dream.

“I want to be the greatest songwriter of all time! I have the skill set!

“But the problem is that if streaming is taking over, and the numbers don’t add up…
“How will I be able to support my gift?

[applause]

“I’m very passionate about this. This is close to me because I’ve been in the business for 23 years. And I’ve been blessed. And I want to see the next generation be able to experience life at the fullest level because their creativity means so much to us.”

[applause]

Jerkins spoke at a meeting coordinated by the Recording Academy’s Los Angeles Chapter on September 14th. The meeting was designed to boost support ahead of the Academy’s ‘District Advocate Day’. Jerkins is a Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter Board Trustee.

After Jerkin’s speech, we asked Academy members to forward DMN their royalty statements for confidential republication. Please send your statements to news@digitalmusicnews.com; be sure to specify what (if any) identifying information you want removed.

By Paul Resnikoff

https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2017/10/03/hit-song-justin-bieber-royalties/
[Thanks to Steve Garvan, http://www.garvanmanagement.com, for contributing this article.]

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