Flight of The Bumblebee

This violinist sets the world record.

“Flight of the Bumblebee” is an orchestral interlude written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov for his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, composed in 1899–1900. The piece closes Act III, Tableau 1, during which the magic Swan-Bird changes Prince Gvidon Saltanovich (the Tsar’s son) into an insect so that he can fly away to visit his father (who does not know that he is alive). Although in the opera the Swan-Bird sings during the first part of the “Flight”, her vocal line is melodically uninvolved and easily omitted; this feature, combined with the fact that the number decisively closes the scene, made easy extraction as an orchestral concert piece possible.
“Flight of the Bumblebee” is an orchestral interlude written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov for his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, composed in 1899–1900. The piece closes Act III, Tableau 1, during which the magic Swan-Bird changes Prince Gvidon Saltanovich (the Tsar’s son) into an insect so that he can fly away to visit his father (who does not know that he is alive). Although in the opera the Swan-Bird sings during the first part of the “Flight”, her vocal line is melodically uninvolved and easily omitted; this feature, combined with the fact that the number decisively closes the scene, made easy extraction as an orchestral concert piece possible.

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The 2009 Remix Mashup

We really like the creativity by DJ Earworm in his 2009 remix. The video and mixing are outstanding!

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Ray LaMontagne

When planning your wedding you should have complete control over the genres and artists played during all three parts of your wedding reception: cocktail hour, dinner and dancing.  Traditionally, DJs will play classical and “Rat Pack” music during dinner and cocktails, which is fine, but don’t forget, the entire reception is an opportunity to showcase your musical tastes and interests. Couples today are including their favorite adult contemporary artists such as Coldplay, U2, Jack Johnson, and John Mayer in the dinner and cocktail must play lists.

Another artist that has become wildly popular due his recent hit “You Are the Best Thing,” is folk singer Ray LaMontagne. “You Are the Best Thing” can be used for dinner and cocktails as well as the bride and groom’s first dance or cake cutting song.  “With a voice that recalls a huskier, sandpaper version of “Van Morrison ”, LaMontagne’s song has an upbeat, jazzy sound that will appeal to every age group and has lyrics that lend themselves very well to a wedding.  “We’ve come a long way, baby / You know, I hope and I pray that you believe me / When I say this love will never fade away / Oh because / You are the best thing / Ever happened to me.”

The song can be found on LaMontagne’s 2008 album Gossip in the Grain, but is by no means the only song that can work at a wedding reception.  His debut album, Trouble, includes the title track “Trouble” as well as “Shelter” and “Forever My Friend”. His 2006 offering Till the Sun Turns Black, is still a great album, however it comes across a little darker and more melancholy – not what you are looking for at a wedding reception.

If you like Ray LaMontagne, be sure to also look into artists like Ryan Adams, Iron and Wine and Damien Rice for your cocktail hour and wedding reception dinner music.  Whatever music you listen to, remember this: your wedding reception should reflect your music tastes. Customize the evening to showcase the artists you like and your guests will leave your reception with a unique experience.

DJ or Band

Having the right music at your reception is essential to setting the mood, and making sure people have fun. But how do you know whether to hire a wedding band or DJ? Here are the pros and cons of each.

Wedding Band Pros

  • There truly is nothing like live music, which can energize the crowd, and get people more excited for dancing
  • Odds are, the sound quality will be better than with a DJ
  • A specific type of band can truly complete a wedding theme. (For example, a 1930s-themed wedding and a swing band, an Irish wedding and a Celtic band, or fairytale wedding with an orchestra)

Wedding Band Cons

  • For many, the cost of hiring a wedding band is prohibitive. At a cost of between $3000 and $20,000 (and up!), you’ll want to know that you’ve found the most ideal group for your wedding ever
  • Some wedding bands can really only play one sound, and have a hard time switching genres or styles. You might find yourself with one that is either too classical, too jazzy, or just plain too wedding-band-like. And, if you’ve got a favorite song, they may not be able to play it well
  • Some bands have only one volume: loud. If you’ve got a small reception venue, a wedding band might overpower it
  • Those musicians are going to need to take breaks; when the music stops, most will turn on a CD for you, and it usually lacks the same type of energy.

DJ Pros

  • The price is right. The average price for a DJ in Chicago is $1250.
  • Your first dance song can be sung by the artist that made you fall in love, rather than a pale imitation
  • Most DJs have libraries of thousands of songs. That means they’ll have music that your friends will like, as well as songs for every generation
  • Songs can quickly segue from great dance numbers to the perfect “cutting the cake song” or background music as someone makes a toast
  • DJs do not take breaks

DJ Cons

  • Beware of the bored/cheesy DJ or worse, the one on autopilot. Because many wedding DJs have their routines down pat, they can get bored. You do not want a cookie cutter wedding. No terrible jokes or try to ham it up between songs. I’ve seen an autopilot DJ play songs from the “do not play list”, ask for the bride’s father to make a toast even though he wasn’t there, and announce a couple as Mr. and Mrs. Hisfirstname Hislastname even though the bride didn’t change her name and they specifically asked to be announced in a different way! Make sure you meet with the person who will actually be performing your wedding. See if you’ve got a vibe that meshes, and if he/she makes you feel comfortable.

Above all, do your homework. Your DJ or band will make or break your event.

source: Nina Callaway

Weekend Top 5

The following requested songs are listed because they absolutely packed the dance floor this past weekend.
Check our music database for all your personal favorites.

1. I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas

2. I’m On A Boat – The Lonely Island

3. Beer – Reel Big Fish

4. Total Eclipse of The Heart – The Dan Band

5. Down – Jay Sean

Music Requests

When it comes to planning your reception, everyone wants to give advice. We often find that family, friends, co-workers, and vendors are constantly telling our clients what to do and how to do it. At Music By Design, our philosophy regarding customer service is elementary, yet revolutionary; we actually listen to your needs and deliver them. By having complete control over song selection and reception planning, you and your guests will have more fun. Our dedication to customer service will give you peace-of-mind and increase the overall enjoyment of your reception.

That said, your DJ is responsible for handling incoming music requests from your guests.  Prior to your event, you will have filled out a detailed list of “Must Play” and “Do Not Play” songs as well as detailing the music genres that are most in tune with your taste.  Leading up to your event, your DJ will personally call you to get a clear understanding of what songs will be appropriate during your event and how you would like them handled.  Some couples are very open to taking requests. Some may say, “We only want you to take requests from the bridal party.”  Others still may tell the DJ not to take any requests whatsoever. Whatever the case may be, your DJ will use good judgment and will not play any song that is not consistent with your taste.

What’s more, your DJ will not want your guests bothering you during your event asking you to “make” the DJ play a song.  To stop this from happening, a good DJ will simply tell the guest, “I don’t have it” when a “Do Not Play” song is requested.  While some guests may find it hard to believe the DJ may not have the song “Celebration”, it is a quick and easy way to stop the situation from escalating.  Some guests may try to bribe the DJ with money to play a song.  Keep in mind; you hired your DJ to play the music you wanted to hear at your special event.  A professional DJ should NEVER be convinced to play a song that was on your “Do Not Play” list in exchange for money.

The bottom line is this: your DJ is there to serve you.  At Music By Design, our number one priority is to satisfy the needs of the bride and groom.

First Dance Mix

The bride and groom each gave us voice recordings and we spliced it throughout the song. They loved the final edit.

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Indie Rock

Many customers mention the genre “Indie Rock” in several different contexts. This article will help you define the undefinable – Indie Rock.

Indie stems from the word independent. The music isn’t attached to a major record label so there is some purity. It’s not about selling a product; it’s about producing good songs. Labels like Matador, Subpop, Saddlecreek Records, and Dfarecords are just a few choice examples of independent music producers. Notable bands include: Interpol, Belle & Sebastian, Bright Eyes, The Rapture, Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, The Shins, Rilo Kiley, PJ Harvey, and Elliot Smith. In general, Indie followers love obscurity. Indie music has also evolved into an entire subculture of “hipsters,” a group of people who listen to Indie music, and have no tolerance for poseurs and the main stream. The lines between indie and mainstream music is really not clear and often a subject of debate.

Please keep in mind, some bands that have spent most of their careers on major labels are still occasionally referred to by the press as indie rock because of their sound or aesthetic, such as Radiohead.

A variety of musical genres and subgenres with varying degrees of overlap are associated with indie rock. Some of these include lo-fi, post-rock, sadcore, C86, math rock, shoegaze/dream pop, indie pop, noise rock, noise pop, riot grrrl, post-hardcore, twee pop, alt-country, post-punk revival, garage rock revival, dance-punk, indie folk, baroque pop, new prog, and indietronica.

The roots of modern indie rock are often traced back to The Velvet Underground‘s self-titled debut album, released in 1967, which was ranked #7 on Blender’s list of the 100 greatest indie rock albums.[2] Allmusic notes that every “left-of-center rock movement owes an audible debt” to this album.[3] The Beach Boys‘ 1966 album Pet Sounds is also commonly listed as a highly influential starting point.[4] Later, the punk movement of the 1970s had a direct impact on the DIY aesthetic that later became a cornerstone of indie rock.

New Band Forms

Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones of the Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age and Led Zeppelin respectfully, have come together to form a new band called Them Crooked Vultures.

Their debut concert is at Chicago’s Metro August 9th

Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones Form Them Crooked Vultures, Schedule Chicago Show.

Source: www.rollingstone.com