Soundtrack Review: ‘Die Hard 2: Die Harder’

Among Varese Sarabande’s latest CD club releases is the deluxe edition of the late Michael Kamen’s score to “Die Hard 2: Die Harder.” Now they did put a soundtrack out to this sequel when it was released back in 1990, but that only contained a mere forty minutes of music. This new edition, however, has … Read more

Comcast Digital Cable Vs. DirecTV: Choosing Sides in the Ongoing Battle

In one hand, we have Comcast, a company founded by a father and son combination that, over many decades, have created a conglomerate brand poised to dominate their market nationally. In the other hand, we have DirecTV, which was an investment spawned by an already existing media empire into new technology as a way to … Read more

The Life of Mary Chapin Carpenter

For anyone who has started their singing or musical career in their early years, Mary Chapin Carpenter would be the one to compare lives with. She can light up a stage with her favorite song, “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” or make you cry or laugh with her lyrics to her own craftily written songs. … Read more

The Top Ten Songs by Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa was and is an American rock music icon. Born in 1940, he passed away much too young at the age of 52 in 1993. Although he was perhaps most well- known for being the leader of the Mothers of Invention musical group, Frank Zappa was also a very accomplished music producer and engineer. … Read more

Should You Buy a 5 or 6 String Banjo?

Steve Martin once famously said that you can’t play a sad song on a banjo, and while that’s a bit disputed, it’s certainly true that you can’t be really sad with a banjo in your hands. It’s a great first or second instrument for anyone, but many musicians, guitar players in particular, wonder whether the … Read more

Review of Melissa Etheridge’s The Awakening

In what is perhaps her most personal collection of songs to date, Melissa Etheridge tells an autobiographical story through lyrics on her ninth studio album release entitled, “The Awakening.” The album touches on beliefs, personal struggles and problems of the universe at large. An accomplished singer-songwriter and woman rock star, Etheridge pulls out all the … Read more

AFM and AFTRA: What is a Music Union?

A music union such as AFM or AFTRA, is made up of musicians that have joined together to demand better pay and working conditions. The largest performing arts union is the AFM (American Federation of Musicians,) which is made up of copyist, arrangers, proofreaders, leaders, music librarians, and of course instrumentalists. AFTRA (the American Federation … Read more