Monthly Archives: December 2012
As we ring in the new year, I like to think of all the new possibilities and fresh beginnings that await. There’s nothing that sums up the excitement of a brand new start more than Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.” I hope you enjoy the last song of the week for 2012.
Happy New Year from everyone here at Strings Music Festival!
Musicians are slow to admit to any New Year’s Resolutions, so I thought I could tease some out of their songs. Here are some of the top songs from 2012 and a line from each that is a fitting 2013 New Year’s resolution for the artist.
Taylor Swift: “We are never, ever, ever getting back together.”
Mumford & Sons: “I will wait, I will wait for you.”
Rihanna: “I choose to be happy.”
Ke$ha: “Let’s make the most of the night like we’re gonna die young.”
Maroon 5: “So I cross my heart, and I hope to die, that I’ll only stay with you one more night.”
Phillip Phillips: “I’m going to make this place your home.”
Pitbull: “Don’t stop the party.”
Fun.: “I’ll carry you home.”
The Lumineers: “I’ve been trying to do it right.”
Of Monsters and Men: “Don’t listen to a word I say.”
I thought “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus” would be the perfect song of the week to keep with the boogie woogie theme while bringing in some holiday spirit. The neat thing about this genre is that any artist can play with the boogie woogie style. Since boogie woogie morphed from jazz and blues, it’s natural to hear artists moving smoothly among all three of these genres. But country artists Brian Setzer and Brad Paisley, along with a full horn section, also managed to get in the boogie woogie groove. Both these artists are not strictly country, coming from rockabilly, swing, and southern rock, so they were able to make the song come to life. This fun video is from their live performance on CMA Country Christmas 2011.
Maybe if we’re lucky Michael Kaeshammer will do his own rendition of this song when he plays in Steamboat Springs on December 21.
One day during a piano lesson, Michael Kaeshammer’s classically trained teacher left to get a coffee. While he was gone, young Kaeshammer noodled around with boogie woogie jazz and blues. When the piano teacher returned, he was not impressed. So, at the age of 13, Kaeshammer quit piano lessons.
And it’s a good thing he did. Kaeshammer is now an award-winning boogie woogie pianist, singer, and songwriter, and his career includes seven albums. Whereas blues is stereotyped as melancholy and slow, boogie woogie will make you want to get up and dance.
“I see music as being an excuse to hang out in the same room.” –Micheal Kaeshammer
The people of Steamboat Springs sure love hanging out with him, as this is Kaeshammer’s third appearance at Strings Music Festival. He performed at Strings in the summers of 2010 and 2011 and the concert experience was so well received that the audience asked us to bring him back again.
Montreal Gazette writes: “He’s a showman. And showmanship is what makes people talk… If you haven’t seen him live, you haven’t really experienced him in his true element.”
Michael Kaeshammer Live in Steamboat Springs
Michael Kaeshammer will perform a special holiday concert, mixing in his own hits with the most festive songs of the season. Joined by drummer Mark McLean, the dynamic duo will dance you right into the holiday mood.
Kaeshammer plays at the Strings Music Pavilion on Friday December 21. Tickets are on sale now! Bring the whole family with $25 tickets for juniors and students. Order tickets online or by calling the Box Office (970) 879-5056 x 105.
While we’ve had a dry start of winter here in Steamboat Springs, I’m hopeful that the weather’s about to change. And to make that happen, we should all think snow.
At the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra concert last weekend, Conductor Ernest Richardson urged the entire audience to use our collective powers to think about the white stuff as the orchestra played “Let It Snow.” And judging from the current five day forecast, it just may have worked.
To keep the good juju coming, “Let It Snow” is the song of the week. I chose 2011 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery’s version. His jazzed up country carol and silky smooth voice will brighten your Friday. The song is from his second album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, which features nine holiday classics and two originals. Think snow!
The Kindle Fire is expected to be one of the top selling Christmas gifts this holiday season, according to sources including the San Francisco Chronicle and Consumer Reports.
This brand new e-book reader by Amazon.com is the latest technology device to make reading convenient. Similar to Apple’s iPod, the Kindle Fire allows consumers to carry around all their favorite reading material – books, magazines, newspapers – on one device. The iPod has the same functionality as the Kindle Fire, except rather than books, it stores hundreds of thousands of songs.
An important distinction between these two devices is that the publishing industry was able to launch e-book readers with virtually no resistance about copyright law infringement. Yet articles and posts pop up daily debating the legality of sharing music. The conversation is shared equally among musicians, industry officials, and consumers who stand firmly on one side or the other of the copyright issue.
One example of the passion surrounding this issue is a post written by NPR intern Emily White. The post titled “I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With,” inspired 796 people, and counting, to leave comments about the ethics of acquiring music. But if you look past the worn out argument, Emily introduces her main point about listening to music at the end.
“What I want is one massive Spotify-like catalog of music that will sync to my phone and various home entertainment devices. With this new universal database, everyone would have convenient access to everything that has ever been recorded, and performance royalties would be distributed based on play counts (hopefully with more money going back to the artist than the present model). All I require is the ability to listen to what I want, when I want and how I want it.”