Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Tri-State Area Viewers - Keep This Date Open...

Jan. 23rd at 6pm. Concert at St. Saviour's Church, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY.
Featuring, Iouri Grichetchkine, pianist, and David Glukh, trumpeter.
A SAMPLE of Iouri's playing:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrkisnUaTjI

Monday, November 2, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Music Row, NYC

                                      Music Row
Perhaps Times Square's best kept secret is 48th street, or what locals fondly call "Music Row." Along this street are retailers of specialty instruments, instrument repair shops, and sheet music stores. "Music Row" hosts New York City's highest concentration of music instrument stores.
Since the early 1930s, "Music Row" has been a center for the musical community, playing host to repair shops and music stores, yes, but also to rehearsal spaces, studios, and musical venues. Among the most famous patrons of these establishments were The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones. Some of the most well known stores to have graced this historic district stores included Terminal Music, Stuyvesant Music, Silver & Horland, and Manny's.

                                                               (Photo by author)

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Lollapalooza festival in Chicago with Paul McCartney-

Mega-music festivals have created lofty expectations of late for surprise guests or unannounced collaborations, such as Madonna at Coachella. But that kind of buzzy moment typically isn’t a part of Lollapalooza, the annual three-day festival in Chicago’s Grant Park. When you put together the kind of lineup Lolla did for this year, however, you don’t necessarily need big guests – not when in the closing hour of Day 1 you have rising pop superstar the Weeknd, EDM king Kaskade, and Sir Paul McCartney playing simultaneously.
 The evening had its share of highlights, but any night that closes with tens of thousands singing “Hey Jude” typically and understandably gets remembered for one spine-tingling moment.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sara Bareillis Quote #2

"I'm never gonna be somebody who's gonna fall down from the sky on a trapeze. That's not me. I really want to make sure that my focus stays on connecting with the audience."
-Sara Bareillis 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sara Bareillis Quote #1-

For Sara Bareillis fans out there...we'll be posting some of her quotes for the next week or so....then move on to another artist.

" I have been influenced by many different artists at many different stages of my life. Starting out, it was people like Elton John, Billy Joel, Ben Folds, and Fiona Apple.  As I got older I got deeper into the work of bands like the Beatles, artists like Same Cooke, Ray Chalres, Etta James, and Joni Mitchell."   -Sara Bareillis

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Dedicated to You - M.J. (6/25/09 -R.I.P.)

                 (From author's 'Jackson Workout Video' - Billie Jean segment - Back-in-the-day.)
      Thanks for music that makes me always want to keep moving...will do this workout today in gratitude.                       

Saturday, June 20, 2015

For all the Musicians in my Life- June 21st

                      It's World Music Day! 

Music Day is a connected set of free public events which takes place each year on the 21st June. Last year there were events in 108 countries and 726 cities around the world, not including France where there were too many events to count!

The event is also known as Fête de la Musique (www.fetedelamusique.culture.fr) (or World Music Day) and originated in France in 1982. Since then the idea has spread across the globe with each event holding to the same simple set of principles: that the day is held on the mid-summer solstice and that all concerts and events are free and accessible to the public. 
Make Music New York is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with over 1,200 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the five boroughs. http://makemusicny.org/about/overview/ 

 So, here's a thank you to all the musicians who've brought and bring wonderful music to my life...past and present...

                                             Pete Maran - My husband. 

The back-in-the-day friends who awed me, taught me, and/or who I jammed with...


Vin & Gene

                                                                    Tom (R.I.P.)
                                           Normie (R.I.P)                                                                
The church musicians/singers whose talent I am blessed to hear at various Masses...
                                                             Jake (Montagnino) Monte (above)

Fernando De Rojas

                                                                     Iouri Grichetchkine

                                                                 Mike DeLouis

 And to some of my favs...past and present...


 These following lyrics are for all of you...because you never know who you are lifting up when you play and/or sing/perform your song...

Your Rhapsody Saves Me

                           © 2015 by Linda Maran

Dodging crowds in the subway,
rushing and huffing at my fruitless try.
Hands playing an old guitar
catch the corner of my eye.

The notes dance around me, rising above the din.
He meets my gaze and we both smile…
that realized moment when I let the beauty in.
Given for free…his rhapsody saved me.

Never underestimate the power of your song.
Sweet lyrics riding melodies into a heart,
tames the inner pain from breaking it apart.

Dodging church on a Sunday,
guarding dried up prayers from doors opened wide.
Angelic singing echoes out
beckons to draw me inside.

The core of their voices reaching high and so true.
A glance my way and we both smile…
that sacred moment when my soul longed to renew.
Offered for free…their rhapsody saved me.

Never underestimate the power of your song
Sweet lyrics riding melodies into a heart,
tames the inner pain from breaking it apart.

Your rhapsody saves me.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sinead O'Connor Says...

  "When I sing, it's the most solitary state: just me and the microphone, and the Holy Spirit.
It's not about notes or scales. it's all about emotion."
 -Sinead O'Connor-