Vocal Music of Specific Genres
In the Studio with Michael Jackson
In the Studio with Michael Jackson
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1423464958
No one was closer to Michael Jackson at the height of his creative powers than Bruce Swedien, the five-time Grammy winner who, with Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, formed the trio responsible for the sound of Jackson's records - records that topped the charts and shook the world. Friend, co-creator, and colleague, Bruce Swedien was a seasoned recording engineer-plucked from a job at legendary Universal Audio in Chicago - when he began working with Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones on the soundtrack to The Wiz, and he was the master technician who gave the records their sound as the trio progressed to Jackson's greatest triumphs, Off the Wall and the iconic, history-making Thriller, which revolutionized music and video and fixed Jackson in culture as the King of Pop. In the Studio with Michael Jackson is the chronicle of those times, when everything was about the music, the magic, and the amazing talent of a man who changed the face of pop music - and culture - forever. In his laid-back style, Bruce Swedien offers anecdotes about being part of Quincy Jones' extended "family" and reveals the technical details of creating Michael Jackson's biggest-selling albums, as well as Bad, Dangerous, and HIStory. Including over 100 photos, In the Studio with Michael Jackson provides an insider's look that will thrill anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of hit making and the history of some of America's most influential music.
Sinatra: The Chairman
Sinatra
The Chairman
Paperback      ISBN: 0307946932
Just in time for the Chairman's centennial, the endlessly absorbing sequel to James Kaplan's bestselling Frank: The Voice—finally the definitive biography that Frank Sinatra, justly termed "The Entertainer of the Century," deserves and requires. Like Peter Guralnick on Elvis, Kaplan goes behind the legend to give us the man in full, in his many guises and aspects: peerless singer, (sometimes) powerful actor, business mogul, tireless lover, and associate of the powerful and infamous. In 2010's Frank: The Voice, James Kaplan, in rich, distinctive, compulsively readable prose, told the story of Frank Sinatra's meteoric rise to fame, subsequent failures, and reinvention as a star of live performance and screen. The story of "Ol' Blue Eyes" continues with Sinatra: The Chairman, picking up the day after Frank claimed his Academy Award in 1954 and had reestablished himself as the top recording artist in music. Frank's life post-Oscar was incredibly dense: in between recording albums and singles, he often shot four or five movies a year; did TV show and nightclub appearances; started his own label, Reprise; and juggled his considerable commercial ventures (movie production, the restaurant business, even prizefighter management) alongside his famous and sometimes notorious social activities and commitments. From the Hardcover edition.
Billie Holiday: The Last Interview and Other Conversations
Billie Holiday
The Last Interview and Other Conversations
Paperback      ISBN: 1612196748
The first-ever collection of interviews with the tortured but groundbreaking singer Billie Holiday, part of Melville House’s beloved Last Interview series Legendary singer Billie Holiday comes alive in this first-ever collection of interviews from throughout her career. Included is her last interview, given from her deathbed in a New York City hospital, where police were standing by ready to arrest her for a parole violation should she recover. Also included: The transcript of an interrogation by a US Customs official questioning about whether she'd violated her parole by using drugs on a foreign tour. But the book is more than a look at just the famously tragic side of her life. In other conversations, drawn from music magazines, late-night radio programs, and newspapers across the US and Canada, she discusses her childhood, musicians who influenced her, her friendship -- and falling out -- with the influential sax player Lester Young, why she chose the gardenia as her symbol, why she quit Count Basie's band, her substance abuse problems, writing songs and whether she wrote her own memoir, and more. In frank and open conversations, Billie Holiday proves herself far more articulate, aware, intelligent, and even heroic than the way she's often portrayed. This collection is an essential volume for all who have been moved by her music.
The Note from Heaven: How to Sing Yourself into a Higher State of Consciousness
The Note from Heaven
How to Sing Yourself into a Higher State of Consciousness
Paperback      ISBN: 1780289359
'An enriching East-West guide to the voice as a spiritual practice ... rooted in a range of essential vocal practices,The Note from Heaven deepens self-inquiry, and awakens your heart's ears through a joyous process of creative intention, self-discipline and expression.' Chloe Goodchild singer, voice pioneer, founder of The Naked Voice website and author of The Naked Voice Githa Ben-David presents a method for liberating the natural voice using regressive cell singing - one of the most direct ways to get in contact with the subconscious mind. This liberation has a healing effect on body and soul and can be experienced by every speaking person. With inspiration from India, Githa has put together a program for self-study, along with a practice instruction program that can be downloaded. Utilising this method you will 'sing yourself free from traumas that have their origin in this life, the womb or previous lifetimes. In regressive cell singing, The Note from Heaven is used as a tuning fork to retune cells to their former harmony. Any notes, sounds or outbursts that genuinely express The Note from Heaven can release blocked energy imprisoned in the Singer’s body as trauma. The process starts a cell-dance, which reorganizes the body back to it's original balanced matrix. Transform your life through the power of sound. In the beginning there was sound. With sound everything was created. You are sound.
Alfred's Christmas Sing-Along: 60 of the World's Most Popular and Best Loved Traditional and Contemporary Christmas Songs
Alfred's Christmas Sing-Along
60 of the World's Most Popular and Best Loved Traditional and Contemporary Christmas Songs
Paperback      ISBN: 0739042734
This collection includes traditional carols as well as popular hits, Christmas tunes for younger folks and songs that bring a smile. Here are 60 of the very best songs written about the holiday season, for easy piano and voice, with lyrics and chord symbols included for optional guitar. Titles: The Christmas Song * I'll Be Home for Christmas * Jingle Bell Rock * Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town * Winter Wonderland * Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer * The Little Drummer Boy * Frosty the Snowman * All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth * Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer * and more. This title has received the iParenting Media award as one of the "Greatest Products of 2006."
The Inn Crowd: A Christmas Musical for Children, Director's Score
The Inn Crowd
A Christmas Musical for Children, Director's Score
Paperback      ISBN: 1470627256
The infamous census of the ages has made Bethlehem a busy and crowded spot, and there are some guests at a local inn who aren't very happy. F.W. Woolworth (rich wool salesman), and Rock Starling (hip star singer), among others, have made it clear they want no part of the "lower class" staying at the inn (or otherwise). By the end of this 20-minute, easy-to-prepare and present musical, everyone learns that Jesus came for everyone, and that because of Him, we're all included in God's Kingdom. For grades K--6.
Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth
Billie Holiday
The Musician and the Myth
Paperback      ISBN: 0143107968
"Drawing on a vast amount of new material that has surfaced in the last decade, ... jazz writer John Szwed considers how [Holiday's] life inflected her art, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a number of her signature songs, and her legacy"--Amazon.com.
Frank: The Voice
Frank
The Voice
Paperback      ISBN: 0767924231
Bestselling author James Kaplan redefines Frank Sinatra in a triumphant new biography that includes many rarely seen photographs. Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the twenti­eth century—infinitely charismatic, lionized and notori­ous in equal measure. But despite his mammoth fame, Sinatra the man has remained an enigma. As Bob Spitz did with the Beatles, Tina Brown for Diana, and Peter Guralnick for Elvis, James Kaplan goes behind the legend and hype to bring alive a force that changed popular culture in fundamental ways. Sinatra endowed the songs he sang with the explosive conflict of his own personality. He also made the very act of listening to pop music a more personal experience than it had ever been. In Frank: The Voice, Kaplan reveals how he did it, bringing deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and tur­bulent life behind that incomparable vocal instrument. We relive the years 1915 to 1954 in glistening detail, experiencing as if for the first time Sinatra’s journey from the streets of Hoboken, his fall from the apex of celebrity, and his Oscar-winning return in From Here to Eternity. Here at last is the biographer who makes the reader feel what it was really like to be Frank Sinatra—as man, as musician, as tortured genius. From the Hardcover edition.
Celine Dion: Loved Me Back to Life
Celine Dion
Loved Me Back to Life
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1470614146
Award-winning musical icon Celine Dion has returned with her eleventh english-speaking album, Loved Me Back to Life. Featuring lush memorable arrangements that compliment Dion's famous voice, the album is a true return to form. The album has been painstakingly transcribed for piano and voice so fans can recreate these fabulous songs. Titles: Loved Me Back to Life * Somebody Loves Somebody * Incredible (Duet with Ne-Yo) * Water and a Flame * Breakaway * Save Your Soul * Didn't Know Love * Thank You * Overjoyed (Duet with Stevie Wonder) * Thankful * At Seventeen * Always Be Your Girl * Unfinished Songs * How Do You Keep the Music Playing * Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel).
Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory
Pitch Perfect
The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory
Paperback      ISBN: 1592408214
A musical tale of collegiate a cappella filled of high notes, high drama, and high jinks is now a major motion picture. Get ready to be pitch slapped. The roots of unaccompanied vocal music stretch all the way back to Gregorian chants of the Middle Ages, and collegiate a cappella is over a century old. But what was once largely an Ivy League phenomenon has, in the past twenty years, exploded. And it’s not what you think. Though the blue blazers and khakis may remain, a cappella groups at colleges across the country have become downright funky. In Pitch Perfect, journalist Mickey Rapkin follows a season in a cappella through all its twists and turns, covering the breathtaking displays of vocal talent, the groupies (yes, there are a cappella groupies), the rock-star partying, and all the bitter rivalries. Rapkin brings you into the world of collegiate a cappella characters—from movie-star looks and celebrity-size egos to a troubled new singer with the megawatt voice. Including encounters with a cappella alums like John Legend and Diane Sawyer and fans from Prince to presidents, Rapkin shows that a cappella isn’t for the faint of heart—or lungs. Sure to strikea chord with fans of Glee and The Sing-Off, this raucous story of a cappella rock stars shows that sometimes, to get that perfect harmony, you have to embrace a little discord.