Joe South – One of the greatest songwriters. I will miss you my friend. Joe South, a singer-songwriter who wove confrontational lyrics into bouncy pop hits of the late 1960s and early ’70s, including “Games People Play,” “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” and “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” died on Wednesday at home in Flowery Branch, Ga., north of Atlanta. He was 72. Enlarge This Image Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images The musician Joe South. Breaking news about the arts, coverage of live events, critical reviews, multimedia and more. Go to Arts Beat » A sortable calendar of noteworthy cultural events in the New York region, selected by Times critics. Go to Event Listings » The cause was apparently a heart attack, said Judy Thompson, a longtime friend. Mr. South’s best-known song became a hit when it was recorded by someone else. “Rose Garden,” sung by Lynn Anderson, reached No. 3 on the Billboard pop chart in 1971, four years after Mr. South wrote it. The chorus — “I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden/Along with the sunshine there’s gotta be a little rain sometime” — reflected a world-weariness characteristic of his writing. In […] Read more!
http://www.cooperpiano.com/piano-player-blog/ Buying a piano is an exciting experience for both the seasoned musician and those who are just starting out. This thrilling adventure can also be a rather costly one. Therefore, much time should be taken when deciding which piano is the best fit. Whichever piano is chosen, it should bring great joy and satisfaction that lasts a lifetime. As with any other purchase, it is important to do substantial research before making the final choice. This can be done by looking at piano reviews, as well as the artists who play them. To ensure that I obtain trustworthy information when comparing the various piano brands available, I want to make sure that the reviewers I look at have an unbiased opinion. Artist Endorsements – The Difference To ensure that the opinions of reviewers are indeed unbiased, I investigated the details behind Baldwin piano artist endorsements versus the endorsements of other piano brands. With some piano brands, artists are paid and given special benefits for their endorsement. There are certain brands who require the artist to sign a formal agreement stating that they will not publicly play any other piano besides the one they have endorsed, unless specific events occur such […] Read more!
Finale: Where Peggy Still Johnson, Stephen King, John Mellencamp, and T-Bone Burnett Meet By Scott Yoho7. November 2012 06:52 Peggy Still Johnson is an accomplished performer (piano and vocal), composer, arranger, educator, and more. Reading the accomplishments on her website bio is alternately inspiring, humbling, and dizzying in its diversity. She’s performed in Vegas, written choral and instrumental pieces for the dedication of the Mormon Temple in Atlanta, and has been active in the film world as a composer, music supervisor, casting agent, and coach (including work as a piano coach on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Simultaneously with all of the above, she launched three Peggy Still-branded music schools which she sold last year (and which continue to prosper). It’s at this point of her story where we began our interview. Peggy: So we sold the business last year. Right around the same time, I got called to work on the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, which was written by Stephen King, with music by John Mellencamp, and T-Bone Burnett as the music director. I was hired to create the scores by transcribing them off of audio files. SY: So you did the transcription by listening to the recordings, and creating the notation in Finale. […] Read more!