Music Writing: Variations on the Pop Song “Blow”

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Everyone I know has a song that they don’t like to admit how much they love.  Me… I have several songs.  One of my most recent addictions is a song by the pop star Ke$ha (yes, that is how she spells it) called “Blow.”  I am posting the song from her VEVO station on YouTube below.  A note of caution: the video has absolutely nothing to do with the song.  I would advise listening to it rather than watching it, really. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFWX0hWCbng[/youtube] How many of you listening to this song actually heard the melody?  Don’t get upset, most people I have shown this song to didn’t really hear the melody, as she hides it expertly underneath all kinds of digital techno-tronics.  But I think the melody is actually pretty good. …
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Music Writing in Sibelius: Tremolo and Rolls

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I adore my Christmas present, and Sibelius 7 is the most professional “toy” I have ever had.  However, the learning curve is higher for me than I am used to.  Back in the day (I think I just dated myself), I would write literally anything I wanted an instrument to do on the paper, and in my mind it would be done.  With Sibelius, anything I write can be heard with amazing realism.  But I can’t write everything I want right off the bat.  Even with the Sibelius 7 Reference Book I bought to learn the ropes, there are some things I want the instruments to do that took me a while to learn. Because this blog is all about saving time, I am going to pass these bits of…
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Quick Recipe – Black Forest Trifle

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Hey there!  Time again for an easy and awesome dessert recipe.  This one is made even cooler by the mouth-watering name: black forest trifle.  For those of you that aren’t quite sure what a trifle is, it is basically a layered mix of cake, pudding or pastry crème, and usually fruit.  Of course, this is a very loose definition, because the only fruit in this recipe are cherry preserves and a maraschino cherry on top.  In the near future I will teach you how confusing trifles are with its two nearly identical sisters: fools and parfaits. Back to it, though.  We will be cheating a LOT in this recipe, but I promise it is easy and superb.  First, gather the ingredients.  For this hour you will be quite busy (looking). …
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