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Sherry Kennedy's Little Secret CD Release Concert

The Secret's Out! Calgary singer-songwriter Sherry Kennedy released her 10th album - "Little Secret" on February 7 & 8, 2013. This country album has plenty to offer. The CD release party offered that and more.

Johnny Summers - Piano Sessions Vol. 1 Album Review

Johnny Summers' third album, Piano Sessions Volume 1, showcases his versatility as a musician and presents a diverse mix of musical genres. From swing to ballad and from honky-tonk to blues, there is something for every music aficionado to enjoy.

Getting the Hang of Affiliate Programs

My post-blog migration clean-up is still ongoing. It's amazing how many dead links I've been discovering or missing video links. Updating every single blog post I've made since 2005 is a HUGE undertaking. However, in addition to it being a fun trip down memory lane, it has been a great opportunity to explore affiliate marketing.

As I mentioned in an earlier in Sheet Music Plus and Passive Income Streams, I've waded into the pool of affiliate marketing. Simply put, whenever I review or recommend a product, as an affiliate or associate, I get my own personal URL to that product. I don't believe in endorsing products I'm not keen on, so I will share with you materials that either my students, fellow teachers and I have found useful. Or in the case of album reviews, my aim is to introduce you to music you may not be familiar with and to promote local musicians.

Hopefully, you find them useful, or at least intriguing. If you do, then click on the link and then order away. Yes, affiliate marketers get a small commission for each completed sale. However, that all adds up in the long run.

One thing I have noticed as I clean up and update my blog posts is that there's an open field of opportunity. Each time I share a great performance with my students and readers or each time I reflect upon interesting pieces, I can share with you a link to make it easier for you to hunt down the music. It's a win-win situation.

How has it been working? Well, as with any passive income stream, it takes time to build and I've only been at it for a couple of weeks. However, I'm pleased to report that at least two people have purchased music I recommended just this week via sheetmusicplus.com .

I leave you with a funny blog post that I updated this morning, called "Angry Piano Music". I had a good chuckle remembering my female students who came in a string, asking specifically for "angry music" to play. It was a huge stress reliever for them!

Angry Piano Music

A few weeks ago, two of my female students (one pre-teen, one teen), were going through a rough week. When we talked about the songs they are currently working on, we came to the realization that there was a gaping hole in their repertoire: they didn't have any " angry" music. When I told them that "angry" piano music does exist, they asked for some to work on. The more advanced student is currently working through Robert Starer's "Crimson" from his Sketches in Color. The 7/8 time signature is delightfully lopsided and it's all fast and furious.

After speaking with some colleagues and conducting a quick Google search, I found a few more titles to add to the list:

Allegro barbaro by Bela Bartok:

Allegro Barbaro, Sz. 49 look inside Allegro Barbaro, Sz. 49 By Béla Bartók. Edited by Maurice Hinson. For Piano. Masterworks; Piano Solo; Solo. Alfred Masterwork Edition. 20th Century; Masterwork. Advanced. Sheet. 8 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing (AP.8085)

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Piano Sonata No. 7 (Op.83) by Sergei Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 7, Op. 83 look inside Piano Sonata No. 7, Op. 83 (Piano Solo). By Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953). For Piano. Piano. 32 pages. Sikorski #SIK2178. Published by Sikorski (HL.50483889)...more info

Moonlight Sonata - 3rd movement by Ludwig van Beethoven:

Piano sonata C sharp minor - Op. 27, No.2 [Moonlight] look inside Piano sonata C sharp minor - Op. 27, No.2 [Moonlight] (Moonlight Sonata). By Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Edited by Bertha Antonia Wallner. For Piano. Piano (Harpsichord), 2-hands. Henle Music Folios. Urtext edition-paper bound. Classical Period. SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced). Single piece. 16 pages. G. Henle #HN49. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480049)

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"#3" from Three Piano Pieces by Arnold Shoenberg:

Three Piano Pieces, 1894 Three Piano Pieces, 1894 By Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951). For piano. 20th Century. Score. Published by Belmont Music Publishers (BE.BEL-1017)...more info

"Danza de gaucho matero" from Danzas Argentinas by Alberto Ginastera

Danzas Argentinas pour Piano look inside Danzas Argentinas pour Piano (Piano Solo). By Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983). For piano. Editions Durand. 20th Century and Argentina. SMP Level 10 (Advanced). Collection. Standard notation (does not include words to the songs). 14 pages. Editions Durand #DF1300400. Published by Editions Durand (HL.50561253)Smp_stars40 (11) ...more info

If you would like to contribute to this list of angry music, please feel free to post a comment.

I am still trying to find some angry music for my Grade 1 student. She's going to ask her mother to get her some Avril Lavigne sheet music though, so that will help channel her angst.

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Oscar Peterson Remembered

Canadian jazz legend, pianist, composer, Grammy Award winner, humanitarian and Order of Canada recipient Oscar Peterson passed away on December 23. He was of 82. The following are links to some articles and tributes to the great Mr. Peterson:

Oscar Peterson's website, containing news, biographical, band, journal, discography, photos, audios and more. Wikipedia article on Oscar Peterson CBC tribute to Oscar Peterson The Press Association's article, Tributes Pour In for Oscar Peterson Collections Canada website The Toronto Star's memoriam The Canadian Encyclopedia Loss of a Legend - CTV Tribute

"C Jam Blues" never sounded so fine!

This is one of the Oscar Peterson CD's in my music collection:

Friday Fun Links #30 - 33

Lately, I've been on an ethnic music kick. For those interested in exploring world music, here are some sites that I frequent (although, I haven't lately since I'm trying to cut down on my spending):

  • CD Japan: an excellent site for JPop, anime, game and traditional Japanese music
  • Amazon.ca: You'd be amazed at the wide selection on Amazon

(c) 2006 by Musespeak(tm), Calgary, AB, Canada. All rights reserved.