By Preston Jones
Posted 6:14pm on Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013
Local musicians can sometimes elude easy definition. In Southlake, students (!) at a recording studio have put their studies to the test with a new compilation. Elsewhere, a veteran Fort Worth act continues to be predictably unpredictable. Here are four new North Texas releases worth a spin.
Various artists, ‘Home Grown, Vol. 3’
Southlake’s Hall Music Productions offers music lessons to students of all ages (“from 3 to 79,” says studio owner David Hall). With the help of a few local musicians ( Andrew O’Hearn, Jessie Frye and Kaela Bratcher among them) who double as instructors at HMP, the budding artists put their sonic studies to use on a 25-track compilation featuring work from a slew of HMP scholars. Everything from breezy, kid-friendly pop ( Soleil Singh’s The Chase Chain) to bluesy instrumentals ( Dylan James Bishop’s sizzling Jam 37) is on display, marking these civilians as nothing if not quick studies. (The compilation is available for download via iTunes, or for purchase at the studio, 630 E. Southlake Blvd.)
Home Grown Vol. 3 delivers an eclectic mix of music written and recorded by the students of Hall Music Productions.
Hall Music Productions Announces Latest Studio Album – Home Grown Volume 3
Submitted by David Hall
Hall Music Productions continues to cultivate the creativity in our students. Ranging in age from 3 to 79, they have recently written and recorded pop, folk, country, rock, blues, heavy metal, classical, Christian and even children’s songs.
Why write songs no one’s heard before instead of singing the same tunes everyone already knows? To express the imagination, explore the unknown and tell stories that haven’t been told before, of course! That’s just what you can expect with Home Grown Vol. 3.
The instructors at Hall Music Productions, who have made their own mark in the music industry, are proud to have produced this album. They include Andrew O’Hearn with the prog-rock band Shaolin Death Squad; the New York Times-acclaimed ‘pop princess’ of SXSW, Jessie Frye; UNT Jazz singer and Midlake Cohort, Kaela Bratcher; and studio owner David Hall with the country-funk band Earthyvibes.
With the help of such noteworthy instructors, it’s no surprise that the music is outstanding. This compilation of 25 songs from local student-songwriters is available on iTunes as well as on Hall Music Productions. Have a listen to what students from our community are writing. For a preview of the album, check out Emma Hinkley’s I Guess Not Though, Tyler Miller’s Dancing to Yesterday, or Soleil Singh’s The Chase Chain. You’ll be glad you did!
Alfred A. Tomatis claimed that listening to Classical Music(Pourquoi Mozart?) can increase your IQ and heal your brain. Hence we all purchase ‘Baby Mozart’ for our infants.
While whether or not listening to Mozart actually increases your intelligence, it is undisputed that when you a hear a sound your brain reacts to it. Musical patterns stimulate and relax parts of your brain creating a massage effect.
Music also can affect mood’s, putting you in the mind and spirit of the composer & performer.
So I present to you music to massage your brain created by the most intelligent and prolific musician ever, J.S Bach. The Well Tempered Clavier, preludes & fugues in all Major & Minor keys, performed by the reclusive genius Glenn Gould.
He played these in one sitting beginning to end and it is one-hour and forty seven minutes long.
I encourage all of you to play this when you multitask, feel what it does to your mind and let your imagination run wild.
Thanks to the internet you have the ability to be in the company of genius at your leisure.
I’m generally not one to name drop. But for several of us teacher’s up here, our most successful classmate is Norah Jones. It is such a thrill to see what great music she has made over the past 10 years and mind boggling that she has sold over 100 million records. They say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and in her case this is true.
Her father was Ravi Shankar, Indian musician and composer who played the sitar. The sitar is a plucked, acoustical string instrument much like a guitar only the frets are deeply scalloped which enables the musican to make vocal bends and vibratos with ease.
The music that Ravi Shankar played is Indian Classical music. Which has well over 300 different scales that are used, and play in meters that are genearlly unheard of in Western Culture. The most common meter that Ravi played in was Jhaptal which is a five count. Dave Brubeck who past a week ago made his impact on music playing in 5 as well.
Notable students of Ravi Shankar that you may be familiar with are George Harrison(beatles) and John Coltrane. This video is from “The Concert for Bangladesh” which was a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show was to raise awareness and fund relief for the refugees.