Though Holt didn’t come from a very musical family, he had a strong desire to learn the upright bass from the first time he heard one. “I first heard a bass at an assembly in junior high,” he explains. “I thought, ‘What’s that instrument? It sounds so cool.’” From that moment he was determined to learn.
You might say that Michael Feinstein has always had a unique approach to music. As a child, he was unable to learn from traditional piano lessons, perhaps because he’d already begun learning by his own means. Growing up in the 1960s and early 1970s, he wasn’t attracted to the popular music of that era, but was instead drawn to the Great American Songbook almost from the beginning.
From the wonderful theme songs and scores behind TV series like Sex and the City and Gimme a Break, to his anthems for ABC Sports, HBO, and ESPN, songwriter and musician Bob Christianson has left his indelible mark on modern culture.
Liberty DeVitto has played with many big name musicians such as Meat Loaf, Paul McCartney, Karen Carpenter, and Stevie Nicks, to name a few. Here, he shares some valuable drumming tips.
“There really is a rift between athletics and arts at school, and I want to be an ambassador for how we can overcome some of those issues,” he says. “It puts a lot of pressure on young adults, especially when they have outside influences.” Utecht is the son of two athletes, but his mom was […]
Standing in centerfield felt odd. Like many times before, Bernie Williams looked towards home plate and then glanced up at a crowd of 50,000 screaming fans ready for a season opener. He had never played in this stadium, but that didn’t explain the surreal feeling.
Thanks largely to some of his predecessors’ failed attempts at music careers (just listen to William Shatner’s disturbing version of “Mr. Tambourine Man”), there’s a stigma actors-turned-musicians must overcome to be taken seriously. But Daniels had a weapon—a funny, clever, catchy, and skillfully performed song, “If William Shatner Can, I Can Too.” “That was a […]
While many people pursue music as a hobby outside of their working hours, David Pogue has found a way to integrate the two. His main musical endeavor is parodies á la Weird Al Yankovic, except that Pogue’s remakes all relate to computers and technology. For example, under his hand, “I Write the Songs” is transformed to “I Write the Code”