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On That Note!

August 1, 2015

Olivia Newton-John ‘Totally Hot’

I think the case can be made the post-Grease Olivia Newton John, a lyric coloratura soprano with a 3.5 octave range, was an architect for the 80s – 90s Madonna-led dance/pop diva genre. Besides Disco Queen Donna Summer, no mainstream female artist was doing pop with such provocative overtones in the late 70s/early 80s. Even though the four-time Grammy award winner didn’t venture too far into R&B like the pop songstresses who followed her, à la Sheena Easton […]
January 11, 2012

Eddie Van Halen Gives 75 Guitars To Public Schools

Guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen has donated 75 electric guitars from his personal collection to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports music education in public schools across the country. Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation will distribute the guitars to music programs in public schools throughout the Los Angeles area where there are not enough instruments to meet the demand of students enrolled, per Van Halen’s request. “Music is the universal language. It has […]
December 21, 2011

Scientists Discover ‘Hit Song’ Equation

“…you can dance to it” really is a big part of the recipe. A team of scientists say they’ve discovered an equation that predicts whether a song will be a hit. Researchers from the University of Bristol claim their “hit potential equation” can predict a Top Five single with 60 per cent accuracy by analysing factors such as volume, tempo, timing and harmonic complexity. To test the formula, researchers used songs from the last 50 years […]
December 4, 2011

If Elvis never died

Interesting article I missed from back in January that seeks to trace the career path of ‘The King’ had he not passed away in 1977. He would have turned 76-years-old this year. ‘He died before a lot of us were even born, so all we know of the man are songs and video clips from days that seem completely foreign to us now. Because of that, it’s easy to forget that he had a lot of […]