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Rocking the Boat

Concerts and cruise ships. There was a time when they had nothing in common. No more. Thanks to some creative composing and logistical maneuvering of the floating variety, Carnival Cruises has brought the seas alive with the sound of music. A first-of-its-kind in the competitive industry, the Carnival Live Concert Series offers music loving guests the chance to spend sun filled hours in popular ports before ending their day on a high note with a star-studded show. The vacation concert combination makes sense. So much so, you wonder why somebody didn’t think of it sooner. All of the not...

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Book Inspires Jazz Musician to Write A Musical Score

By Sherrie Wilkolaski and Andrew Andron Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising, the book by Jack Heath and John Thompson, has been an inspiration to many artists. The first musician to write a piece of music after reading the book was Grammy award winning artist Sean Pallitroni. His music has been the “theme song” for the book series since the spring of 2013, when he released a YouTube video playing his piece, while a copy of the book rests on his piano. Next, the book enthused film producer Michael DeRoker of Wonderland Pictures, Inc. to write the screenplay. Now, this inspired...

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New Age Guitarist Billy Rogan Approaching the Unconscious

Traveling around the world, it is curious how you meet some people along the way. A single solitary incident can alter your existence and in the moment that change is taking place, it may not be evident that your self-existence is soon to be transformed. I had such an experience on my summer holiday in Nantucket, while staying at The Summer House, when I met musician Billy Rogan. This new age guitarist was vacationing with his mother and as it turns out, we had some mutual acquaintances. We ended up running into each other on several occasions. Billy had been playing...

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David Pack’s Napa Crossroads a Toast to Music

Two of my favorite pleasures in life are music and wine. The third might actually be marketing, and when I stumbled upon David Pack’s Napa Crossroads CD, I found all three bundled into one. David Pack, is a musical trailblazer and the more I have gotten to know him during the interview process, the more impressed I become. David is a Grammy Award-winning musician and producer. He began his career as the lead vocalist and guitarist with the rock group Ambrosia, popular in the 1970s and 1980s, with top hits like You’re the Only Woman (You & I) and...

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City of Dreams Artist Layla Fanucci

Art is one of those things in life that that is all around us. It can be experienced in unlimited presentations and enjoyed by all the senses. Personally, I don’t take enough time to appreciate the talent that crosses my path every day. We are creatures of habit. Listening to the same music, going to the same museums, and so on. When I do make my way to a museum, for example, I tend to gravitate to my favorite pieces. For me, one of the best ways to discover something new, is in a book. Recently I was given...

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Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)—A Unique Phoenix Treasure

The MIM is a Phoenix museum featuring a host of musical instruments from all over the world. Opened in 2010, Robert J. Ulrich, former CEO of Target, the retailing giant, founded it with assistance from his friend Marc Felix. They were inspired by visiting a museum of the same name in Brussels, Belgium. Total costs to date to complete and stock the Museum have totaled hundreds of millions. MIM’s  mission statement is: “The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches the world by collecting, preserving, and making accessible a wide variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in...

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