Archive for November, 2011
Eight establishments that feature live blues in Glasgow, Scotland.
Glasgow and the blues … If you’re a sports fan, you might think first of the Rangers, Glasgow’s beloved, blue-clad football club. For those with some knowledge of British history, the poverty, disease and harsh labour conditions endured by Victorian Glasgow’s working class comes to mind. Blues indeed. Today’s Glasgow is very different – a cultured and affluent city. Perhaps not surprisingly, it is also home to the blues.
So where do we look for the blues in Glasgow?
Start downtown at 148 Holland Street, where you’ll find The State Bar, in business for 35 years, and known for blues, including regular jam sessions with its respected house band, The Statesboro Blues Band. It also offers comedy acts, Scottish ale selection and a great menu. For acoustic music, including some blues, and a real taste of Scottish history in the decor and memorabilia, try The Clutha Vaults, a traditional Clydeside pub on Stockwell Street. Have a pint in another traditional pub, the Scotia, serving the city for two hundred years, where you’ll often find the blues in Glasgow on a Saturday night.
The Arches is a bar, arts venue, theatre, live music venue and nightclub in Glasgow, where blues artists are sometimes featured. It first opened in 1991 and is situated in the City Centre under Glasgow Central station. King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, which has been described as quite possibly the finest small venue in the world, is another very popular spot. It wouldn’t be described as a blues club, being quite eclectic in its bookings, but the blues does make an appearance from time to time, and the place is legendary for launching the careers of future music stars, so worth experiencing.
Downtown Glasgow is also known for cutting-edge fashion, and is considered the best shopping destination in the UK, outside of London, especially Buchanan and Sauchiehall Streets, as well as Princes Square.
Beyond the city centre, try one of Glasgow’s former churches now turned into pubs, like ÒranMór, at the top of Byres Road, in Glasgow’s trendy and cosmopolitan West End. In the same general area you’ll find Gallus*, at 80 Dumbarton Road, near Glasgow University. Its live music schedule includes weekly blues jam sessions, with quality performers. The Ferry, (formerly Renfrew Ferry), a floating club situated on the River Clyde to the west of Glasgow at Anderston Quay, is one of the city’s most popular venues, and features blues, jazz or rock acts almost every night. The former river ferry, built in 1952, was the last vessel to carry passengers across the Clyde at Renfrew, where there had been a ferry service since the 17th century. Shows feature new talent, as well as legends like Peter Green and Mick Taylor.
Glasgow’s present-day blues stars include the highly regarded Alan and Stevie Nimmo, of The Nimmo Brothers. You might be lucky enough to catch one or both of them in Glasgow, at a pub jam, although they are usually on the road, doing shows all over Europe.
Glasgow’s other attractions include its architecture - grand artistic statements from the Victorian era. The buildings and interiors by Charles Rennie Mackintosh are reason enough to visit the city, but don’t overlook medieval Glasgow Cathedral.
Some of Britain’s best museums and art galleries are in Glasgow. The Burrell Collection and the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (be sure to see Dali’s Crucifixion) are not to be missed. For local history, visit The People’s Palace. Later, rest or stroll through Glasgow Green on the Clyde, one of Glasgow’s many parks – more per square mile than any other city in Europe.
A short drive or bus trip will take you north to the Trossachs hills and Loch Lomond, east to Stirling Castle, west to the coast and islands, or south to Ayrshire, home of the poet, Robert Burns. And Edinburgh is just 45 minutes away, by train.
A common adjective used to describe Glasgwegians is *gallus. “It means cheeky and jaunty and mouthy and profoundly unimpressed by rank. In Glasgow you can aspire to be absolutely anything. Except a social mountaineer.” (Ruth Wishart TheGlasgowStory)
Glasgow and the blues ….. I can’t think of a better fit.
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Music theory is undoubtedly one of the toughest subjects in music. It is full of information that is often difficult to comprehend and grasp. Classroom learning at times seem to get really monotonous, with less fun involved. Students tend to get really bored with all the theory stuff. However, theory part of music education is one of the most significant subjects that we learn during our music lessons. This subject enables us to understand how various innovations happened in music, and how the sounds changed by modifications in instruments.
Learning it properly will help you in your career as an inventor in future. It will also help you build up your own particular sound as you get better with the instrument, and are able to play it to your mind’s rhythm. However, you do need some help so that the subject comes a little more alive to you. For this reason, there are some brilliant Music Theory Books. These music books include a lot of information about theory related to music education. You will be able to understand all the various things that are somewhat practical and are difficult to understand in a very articulate way.
It teaches you how music works, and these books are often able to explain these to you in a very clear and succinct manner. You will not feel bored or confused in the slightest. With the help of Music Theory Books, you will find that your understanding of the a variety of concepts is getting much clearer, and that you are able to follow your lessons better. These books will give you the lost link that you often feel in your lessons. Music Theory Books are now available from different authors who have great knowledge in composing. These books are also accessible with many fascinating examples that make things much clearer.Tags: brilliant music, music lessons, music theory books, music works, succinct manner
The OKC Arts Festival or Festival of the Arts hosts performances of performing arts, visual arts and culinary arts, and there’s something for the entire community to enjoy. The 2009 OKC Festival of the Arts will be held from April 21-26 at the Festival Plaza, Stage Center and the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Downtown Oklahoma City.
144 Plaza Artists from all over the United States would be among those exhibiting in the Visual Arts category on Hudson Avenue. The Myriad Gardens would be hosting an exhibit of kinetic art called the Windscapes, while you could find a really large-scale exhibit of SculpturePark in the Stage Center Lawn. Under the Performing Arts category there would be street performers as well as non-stop entertainment and performing arts in four stages. Food lovers can sample culinary masterpieces by vendors who participate in the International Food Row held under the Culinary Arts category.
Children and families have great hands-on activities to get involved in the Children’s Area, costing only . Pottery Place and Creation Station are the other venues ideal for families to visit, and they can also check out face painting. The shopping venue for children only, the Young-At-Art Mart will include affordably priced artwork at or below .
The Festival of the Arts OKC has been held since 1967 in the city. Admission to the 2009 OKC Arts Festival is free and the timings are 11 AM to 9 PM Tuesday to Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM on Sunday. Pets aren’t allowed.
Visitors to the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts from outside the city or state can stay conveniently in reputable OKC hotels, partaking of their innate warmth and hospitality.Tags: culinary masterpieces, downtown oklahoma city, myriad botanical gardens, okc festival of the arts, oklahoma city festival of the arts
Have we, as an interested group in music education, damaged our own efforts simply by labeling it as “music advocacy?” I, along with many music educators, am very thankful for “VH1 Save the Music,” and other music advocacy efforts. But only those who are already passionate about the value of music education truly champion those efforts. Although the term, “music advocacy,” has its place within the circle of music supporters, it is a misrepresentation in general society.
The word, “advocacy,” indicates helping an underdog. It places it in a category of sympathetic efforts toward something worthwhile in need of saving. Contemplate the term, “child advocate.” What pictures come to mind? Visual images of children in need pulling on your heart-strings of giving, right? We love them and want to do more for them, but invoking emotions of sympathy only reaches a few. Think of all the phrases that include the word, “advocate,” or “advocacy.” What is your instant emotion? pity? charity? sympathy? empathy? left-wing? righteous? desire to fight for the cause?
Why do we feel that way? It indicates a need to fight for the defenseless, vulnerable, needy. Who puts on the gloves and does the defending? The one’s closest to the underdog. Those with a deep compassion and emotion connected to the victim.
How do they fight for the victim? They work to bring the world’s attention to the problem. They paint graphic pictures through word and images that guilt people into giving. Those most passionate for the defenseless work tirelessly, attempting multiple methods to reach the masses, but only winning a few.
Music is not the underdog in reality, just in the education system, and in lack of funding. In our efforts to improve the perception and financial support, we sabotage the greater mission to revere and admire. Music is not something to sympathize, but to admire and seek to aspire to greatness. What if we turned sympathy into admiration?
People love winners. People love champions. People want to be part of the winning team. It inspires them to go after their dream and admire those who did and succeeded. For example, I’m not much of a sports fan, but when the local high school team begins advancing to the state playoffs, I’m there with the rest of the town. Everyone loves a winner. Sound familiar?
Now contemplate a contrasting picture-Shawn Johnson. Have you heard of her? A young girl from Iowa had a dream. With only the support of her family and coach, Shawn focused on the gold and passionately dedicated her time, energy and talent toward achieving excellence, and she did. Shawn obtained a gold and silver in the 2008 Olympics held in China-and hasn’t stopped yet.
Before the Olympic season, only those within the gymnastics’ circle knew of Shawn Johnson. Similar to only those within the music circle are aware of the benefits of music instruction in a person’s life. Shawn Johnson is not a sympathetic picture. No one is a martyr for Shawn Johnson. No one needs to be or even wants to be. Shawn Johnson is one girl who had a dream with an action plan. She had a small support team of her family and a coach. Shawn did not recruit “advocacy” groups to help pull her along and represent her case. She did not see herself as an underdog. She was going for the gold-the Olympic gold.
Did she dedicate a percentage of her time reaching for sympathy votes and support groups? No. As she poured her heart into her work, she began to excel and as she began to win, the world clamored to see her, learn about this incredible success story, take pride in her as one of our own in the U.S. Everyone admired Shawn’s dedication and proudly claimed her as a representative of what is possible when you aspire for excellence in your craft. For Shawn Johnson that is gymnastics. For us, it is music.
Millions of kids take gymnastics, but it’s only the excellent ones that the world wants to watch. Many people are involved in music, but it’s only incredible musicians that draws the world’s attention.
The large majority of U.S. citizens never attend, or watch, or participate in gymnastic events, but in the summer of 2008, all U.S. eyes were watching Shawn, willing her to win and celebrating her victories. Google Shawn Johnson and you will find articles and video clips from around the globe. Fan clubs and web pages came into being. All of this from one girl with a dream that took the necessary action to make it happen.
People love a winner. People want to be apart of the winning team. People gravitate and seek out winners. They want to be part of that dream.
Music is a winner. We, musicians and music educators, know that. Anyone who sits in an audience and is moved to tears from the sheer beauty of the perfectly sung notes in a musical or opera, or the exquisite sounds of the instruments in an orchestra or band that cause people to rise to their feet in impulsive applause, understands. Music experienced at that level does not evoke sympathy, but awe. Everyone that experienced the incredible music shares it with enthusiasm to anyone who will listen. Like a virus, everyone clamors to experience the magical moment created through music. All eyes turn toward the source of the inspiration and want to experience it again.
We know that, but does society? We need to stop portraying music education as an underdog needing rescued and start exclaiming the opportunities for incredible experiences unlike any other. If our music programs inspire and excel as winners, all eyes will turn to us and want to be part of what we are doing. They’ll experience what we already know and music will be viewed as the hero it already is.
“Music advocacy?” I don’t think so. Within our music circle? Maybe, but only within our circle. We need to view it as something with wondrous awe that we are excited to share, not defend. Does music education need more support and help to keep it in existence? Absolutely. No question. But we are going about it the wrong way. Outside of the music world, the phrase, “music advocacy,” hurts the mission before it even starts. The term indicates a solicitation for sympathy votes before you even understand what they are about. They only really effect those who are already passionate about music and already see the problem. Music education will NEVER be elevated and perceived with respect with labels that indicate defenseless losers and illicit pity.
Pursue excellence in music with a single-focused passion and people will follow. Pursue excellence in music education with passion and people will rally and clamor to be part of the success of their kids-your students.
We treat music education like a needy child trying to compete in an olympic games out of sympathy votes. Only eyes of pity on that child-and then they are fleeting. Music education needs to be Shawn Johnson, and in many schools it is perceived with admiration and respect. Music performed with excellence already is admired and respected with wonder and awe by those who have the privilege to witness it. There are many examples from Paul Potts and Susan Boyle to Kristen Chenoweth, Bobby McFerrin, Yoyo Ma, etc. Pursue excellence in music education and the world will notice and be inspired.
How do we achieve this? Teach kids with passion. Practice with passion. Conduct with passion. Educate parents with the beneficial facts of music education and instruction, but not as a plea, but as an exciting opportunity to involve their kids in the best. We have something that is in desperate need-smarter, brighter and more creative citizens. Music education instills, develops and exercises those qualities. We have wonderful tools available for today’s children.
Teach with passion and the term, “music advocacy,” will become obsolete.Tags: advocacy efforts, child advocate, music advocacy, music supporters, problem with music