The Queen Is Dead

Hell hath no fury like the sound of the drums thundering The Smiths third record to an open. Perhaps the four piece’s finest showcase of their combined musicianship, ‘The Queen Is Dead’ was a defiant movement of rock versus the monarchy, Johnny Marr’s fiery wah-wah lines leading the procession for Mike Joyce’s angry drumming to follow. Grabbing the microphone, Morrissey’s vocals give a doctrine to the listeners, a muscular styling in place of effete marvelling. “The Queen is dead boys, and it’s so lonely on the limb” he bellows, smirk audibly placed, his most forceful vocal since ‘ How Soon Is Now?’. Little wonder it remains very much in Morrissey’s mainstay set-list thirty years later.

Bridging a gap between the song-writing brilliance of ‘Meat Is Murder’ and the tremendous sonic atmosphere courtesy of ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’, ‘The Queen’ found the four piece at the height of their live prowess, Marr a more versatile guitar player, Morrissey a stronger performer than heard previous. Orchestrated during their 1985 U.K. tour, Marr came up with guitar riffs and melodies during their sound-checks. Aided by Joyce and bassist Andy Rourke, the band’s arrangements would be the tightest ever heard.

MS Whitney Houston Who Voice Now Illuminates Heaven

MS. WHITNEY:A star whose light went dim before the final curtain call was FULLY REALIZED. She was on a comeback train that never quite arrived, or shall we clarify and say that the train stopped suddenly and without warning.

AT TIMES, Sweet, endearing, beautiful and multi-talented people, leave the planet FAR too soon. I WOULD PUT MS. HOUSTON AT THE TOP OF THIS LIST..

My guess is that God; The Universe, and the angels, IN HEAVEN, have a special theater for YOU and that you AND THE ANGELS are singing hymns, songs and praises to the Almighty One; that your voice is resonating louder and bolder than ever- MORE INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL THAN EVEN YOU MS. HOUSTON, COULD HAVE ever thought possible.

My one question is:” Why did you choose to go so soon?”

I realize that it is selfish OF US, all of your brothers and sisters in Christ, YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FAN-BASE, to ask you to want to stay on the planet and entertain us when you are so full of inner beauty, majesty and shine. Your voice vibrates and illuminates in a display of the creator’s love for art, music, singing

A Lifetime of Gigs

I love playing shows. Even the ones where I’m exhausted. Just getting up on a stage is like a drug for me. I’ve played hundreds, maybe close to a thousand shows over the last ten years of my life.

But yet, it’s only happened a few times, perhaps about four that I can truly remember, where there’s this perfect synergy between band and audience. You look around and the band is just clicking, the vibe is right, the energy is high and the crowd is totally into the show.

Four times. From 1990 to present day.

These are those times: –

– Roxy Cinema, Trinidad (October 1990) – My first ‘real’ show with my thrash metal cover-band Warhead, I didn’t even know what a sound check was, I hadn’t a clue what playing a ‘rock show’ entailed. Tt the end of our set, the crowd was screaming our name, I was 16. We played an encore. The band lasted another year before we called it a day. I thought my music career was over then. Little did I know it was just beginning.

– El Mocambo, Toronto, Canada (November 2008) – From 2004

What Is Form

When I was a teenager watching the West Indies play test cricket against Australia, I would hear my dad say over and over that such and such was ‘in form’ or that another batsman was ‘out of form’.

I always wondered what he meant. What caused a batsman to be in form? What is form?

For that matter, what causes any sportsperson to be in form or out of form for that matter? Is it talent? (although that is a subjective question), is it training? Is it a particular time of year or season? Is it luck? Is it how much the person is enjoying the game? Is it their practice routine? Is it just being in the right place at the right time and then presto, everything starts to click?

And can we take this to the realm of music where we can say sometimes, when a musician is sounding a bit sloppy, that they are ‘out of form’? When a band doesn’t sound tight, can we say they are out of form?


Having watched my beloved Barca crumble in the space of two weeks (April 2nd till April 17th) for

Preparing For A Cruise Ship Musician Job

Looking at a career as a musician

In this article we will look at working on a cruise ship and the type of preparation needed to land the job.

Please note, if you don’t like or can’t play some jazz don’t apply.

OK, now you’ve been playing in bands for a number of years and you might have graduated with a degree from one of the excellent music academies around the various countries. You have decided that you want to have a career as a professional musician, so what is your next step.

Well, one of the options you might consider is a musician on a cruise ship. Large cruise ship companies operate all year long and are always very popular with tourists and travelers. There is still something enchanting about sailing across the ocean to stop in exotic ports, explore ancient cities and soak up the atmosphere of busy seaside restaurants. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?I I am sure you want to sign up right now and set sail.

Well, before you do there are a few things you might want to know.

First, there is a lot of competition out there,

Your Parties Must Have Entertainment

Many corporate companies have felt the benefit of an improved economy over the last couple of years and a recent survey has shown they are ready to break the purse strings and organise a Christmas party or corporate event for their hardworking employees.

In 2015, out of 100 companies surveyed over 89% declared they would be holding some form of party for their employees, that’s an increase from 82% in 2012 and 68% in 2011. A big rise in business, especially for companies who specialise in event and party planning. The same companies who suffered when companies tightened their belts in the recession.

Over 60% of corporate companies will rely on outside help in organizing their party. Event planners, caterers and local hotels are all high on the list as companies businesses will turn too for assistance and guidance.

There are so many options available for parties, which is made even harder when companies are trying to cater for all of their staff. Every year the same murmurs and complaints will do their rounds in each department. Some employees complain about the food choice, the venue or the entertainment that has been chosen.


How to Find Singers for Hire

When it comes to your party, event or special occasion there are so many different things to consider and add to your ‘to do’ list. A special occasion such as a birthday party or wedding needs to be a part of your personality and suit your individual style and image.

If you are on a tight budget choosing to organise your own party or event will save you money. Event planners will cost in the region of £40 – £250 per hour, depending on how involved you want them to be. For example; the average cost of an event planner for a wedding could be as much as £10,000 and that is on top of the wedding outfits, food and associated costs.

If you are planning your own party or event, you will need to be very organised and a lot of time will be spent on writing ‘to do’ lists and speaking with various different companies in trying to determine exactly what it is you want. From deciding which venue to hire to selecting the food, and more importantly what kind of entertainment you will choose will be at the top of the list.

How to Start a Record Label

The music industry is an open house for talents. Digital distribution is a boon for independent record labels. Creating your own record label is not difficult with access to music and a loyal fan base. If you are passionate about music, you can start your own record label with planning and hard work.

You should have clear goals about what you want to accomplish with your record label. Your recording company may want to make a lot of money or cater to a specific audience. You should choose your music accordingly. Once you have established business goals, you should create a business plan. This business plan will have all the steps necessary to create your own record. Then you should set off to create a legal business entity. To become a registered business, you should learn the rules and regulations in your city. You can start a record label all on your own or partner with your friends. If you plan to start a partnership company, you should register your partnership first.

After completing the legal formalities of a record label, you should focus on finding great music. Music composers who can’t find an easy way

The Types and Styles

Music is a melody of words. A lover’s song to his love. A vent for anger. A sight painted by a musician for a blind man. A plea for deliverance. It brings happiness to the heart. It is the expression of life. Music has thousands of meanings. To explain all the ways it touches the heart is rather difficult, but the essence of music is to reach out and communicate a message not understood. It has evolved in style and composition over the ages, which resulted in different types and forms. Different types of music evolved as civilizations evolved and made their mark in the human history.


Instrumental music uses a composition of instruments to create the perfect rhythm and beat whether it is classical, jazz, opera, or other musical styles. This type of genre is different as there are no vocals and no lyrics and is enjoyed by many. It just uses the beat of a drum, the strings of a guitar, the chords of a violin, the sound of a trumpet and a range of other instruments to create music. Gary Gable, Richard Amos and John Adams are some of the most famous

Necessary Steps to Developing a Successful Music

No matter how successful you were in your music career last year, this year could be better. Then again, if you are unwilling to change with the tide, it could end your career completely. Here are 8 steps to make sure your music career develops into the most successful business venture it can be.

Write Down Your Goals

At the beginning of each year, you should write down realistic, attainable goals for the next twelve months. Break your long term goals down into short-term goals so that you can monitor your progress, and reward yourself every now and then.

Keep that list of goals in front of you every single day. What you do then is work out a plan of how you will achieve each of goal. By having an actionable plan that you can look at every day, will reinforce the need to complete a certain number of things per day. You may also come up with additional ideas as you go along. By the end of the year, you will be amazed at just how much you did accomplish from your list.

Learn How to Make a Strong Marketing Plan for

Performance Clauses In Entertainment

Producing and editing a masterwork of recorded music is obviously a specialized art form. But so is the entertainment lawyer’s act of drafting clauses, contracts, and contractual language generally. How might the art of the entertainment attorney’s legal drafting a clause or contract affect the musician, composer, songwriter, producer or other artist as a practical matter? Many artists think they will be “home free”, just as soon as they are furnished a draft proposed record contract to sign from the label’s entertainment attorney, and then toss the proposed contract over to their own entertainment lawyer for what they hope will be a rubber-stamp review on all clauses. They are wrong. And those of you who have ever received a label’s “first form” proposed contract are chuckling, right about now.

Just because a U.S. record label forwards an artist its “standard form” proposed contract, does not mean that one should sign the draft contract blindly, or ask one’s entertainment lawyer to rubber-stamp the proposed agreement before signing it blindly. A number of label forms still used today are quite hackneyed, and have been adopted as full text or individual clauses in whole or in part from contract form-books

The Golden Rules for Booking Live Entertainment

Booking Live Entertainment

The Golden Rules When Booking Live Entertainment for Your Event

Tips & Tricks For The Entertainment Buyer

Having worked as a professional magician and mind reader for the past sixteen years, I have seen hundreds if not thousands of venues all over the world. From Boston, where I am based, to Singapore, where I work for a few weeks once per year, and many cities and countries in between. A similarity that crosses all borders is the consistent lack of knowledge the client has when booking live entertainment. This is true for that of a variety type. (e.g magicians, jugglers, clowns, etc.).

Now this can be forgiven (to an extent), as most people have not booked live entertainment before and know absolutely nothing about how the process works. These individuals can be forgiven and kindly instructed by the performer on how the smooth the process can and should be. That said, when you as the entertainer are working through a seasoned booker (e.g someone who works for a company that plans all large and small functions), there is really no excuse for poor booking processes.

After speaking with several performer

The Need For An Entertainment Lawyer In Film

Does the film producer really need a film lawyer or entertainment attorney as a matter of professional practice? An entertainment lawyer’s own bias and my stacking of the question notwithstanding, which might naturally indicate a “yes” answer 100% of the time – the forthright answer is, “it depends”. A number of producers these days are themselves film lawyers, entertainment attorneys, or other types of lawyers, and so, often can take care of themselves. But the film producers to worry about, are the ones who act as if they are entertainment lawyers – but without a license or entertainment attorney legal experience to back it up. Filmmaking and motion picture practice comprise an industry wherein these days, unfortunately, “bluff” and “bluster” sometimes serve as substitutes for actual knowledge and experience. But “bluffed” documents and cture production procedures will never escape the trained eye of entertainment attorneys working for the studios, the distributors, the banks, or the errors-and-omissions (E&O) insurance carriers. For this reason alone, I suppose, the job function of film production counsel and entertainment lawyer is still secure.

I also suppose that there will always be a few lucky filmmakers who, throughout the entire production process, fly

The Psychology of Entertainment

On the private and public forms of entertainment and the psychological mechanisms in entertainment

Entertainment has many dimensions and could be personal/private or more general and public forms of entertainment. When we play with our mates that is a personal form of entertainment and when we sit and watch a movie on the screen that is a more general form of entertainment as we are sharing the experience with many others. There are some differences in our perception of private and public forms of entertainment as personal entertainment will always be based on personal experiences, our personal worldview and will be determined by personal interactions.

The more general and public forms of entertainment are less interactive and there seems to be this basic contradiction as all personal forms of entertainment are more interactive and public forms of entertainment are more personal and private. This scenario has been changing with television programs increasing audience participation in the program however interaction patterns between entertainers and viewers in any public entertainment scenario remain within strict limits and boundaries.

Entertainment takes us to a different world and feeds our need for fantasy and an escape from real life. This

Live Corporate Entertainment Options

The warm climate and endless selection of tourist attractions makes Orlando, Florida an ideal location for conventions, conferences, and trade shows. In fact, Orlando hosts literally hundreds of national and international meetings every day of the year.  As your attendees attention will often be drawn away from your convention to the theme parks and nightlife in Orlando, it is important to provide extra live entertainment and activity incentives at your event. Whether your event is at the Orange County Convention Center or Walt Disney World, this article will give you helpful tips for hiring live entertainment for your Orlando meeting.

The first step is to decide what convention activities you would like to have live entertainment at. Be creative in your scheduling, because adding a little unexpected fun throughout the convention will help keep your attendees energized and positive. Everyone expects a show after the gala dinner, but what about before a morning session to wake everyone up or during a break of one of a long afternoon meeting. Thinking outside the box with your entertainment will help make your convention a stand-out event.

Once you know where you want the entertainment, then you can

A Guide to Hiring Entertainment for Company

A Word About Agents

In the article ‘How to Plan a Banquet,’ we included a limited discussion about entertainment, and our basic advice was to hire a competent talent agent who specializes in “casuals,” which means one-day or one-night events, such as parties, weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and other
fun events.

Some agents represent actors and actresses, and unless they have a department that handles variety acts and bands, they would be of no help to you.

Some other agents handle only major attractions and celebrities, and unless you’re working with a serious budget, they won’t be able to help you get a band for Aunt Sarah’s 50th anniversary party.

A variety agent is able to help you get that close-up magician, band, and sometimes even name entertainers like Reba McEntire or The Temptations. Those that specialize in variety entertainment are sometimes called “full-service” agencies.

How do you tell who is a competent agent? That’s a good question, because if you asked an agent if he’s competent he’d be a fool to say anything but “Of course!”

Having been in the entertainment business for over forty years, I’ve seen a lot

Tips for Booking Entertainment

Finding entertainment for a corporate convention, holiday party or conference can seem like a overwhelming task. There are literally thousands of excellent, good, and down right horrible corporate entertainers available. This list will give you some advice on how to narrow down your search and find entertainment that will help make your event a success!

#10 – PLAN EARLY. The most popular corporate entertainers book up very quickly for popular dates. During the corporate holiday party season (Nov-Jan), entertainers can begin to book up over a year in advance. Avoid disappointment and start looking for entertainment as soon as you know the date of your corporate event.

#9 – KNOW WHAT YOU WANT (AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHAT YOUR AUDIENCE WANTS). You can make your search for an entertainer easier if you have an idea of the type of entertainment that would work well for your group. Popular corporate entertainment includes:

COMEDY – Comedy acts can be a great way to get your group laughing together. Comedy acts don’t have to be just stand-up comedians. Many corporate comedy acts blend magic, juggling, or other variety performances into their comedy show. This variety helps insure that there

How to Choose the Right Corporate Entertainer

You have everything set for your employee appreciation event or customer appreciation event. Your CEO introduces the entertainment for the evening and then, slowly, everything comes crashing to a halt. Instead of the laughter and applause that you hoped to hear, you hear silence and heavy sighs. The talent, which you thought was the perfect corporate entertainer for your group, panics and starts insulting the audience. You slowly slink down into your chair and wonder if your resume is up-to-date.

As Maya Angelou once said, “People will forget what you said and forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” While the food may be great and the room looks beautiful, these will be quickly forgotten. What your group won’t forget is how miserable they felt watching the entertainer you chose to add some “fun” and excitement” to your event. It’s odd that, sometimes, an events manager will spend months on planning certain aspects of an event – food, hotel, decorations, etc – but wait to the last minute to book the proper corporate event entertainment.

Here are a few corporate event entertainment ideas that will help you to make

Entertainers Nightmares

Booking children’s entertainers for your child’s birthday party can be like playing a game of Russian roulette, you often don’t know what you are getting before it is too late. There is nothing sadder than a disappointed child on their birthday and sadly, if you have booked an incompetent entertainer, there is little you can do about it on the day.

The internet is full of people selling services as birthday entertainers and children’s entertainers but how can you tell if they are any good at what they do? Sadly there is no regulation or governing body to complain to if you have a bad experience with a children’s entertainer this means the onus is on you to do your homework before making a commitment to book.

Nightmare 1

So you surf the web and find an entertainer you feel will suit your needs, you speak to them on the phone and all seems to be in order so you make a booking. On the day you are horrified to find the entertainer who arrives at your party is not the entertainer you thought you booked.

Sadly this is not an uncommon situation; there

The Best Entertainment Talent Agency

When you host an event, particularly a business event, you want to make sure that you not only have the tasks associated with the business or core purpose of the event arranged to ensure success, but you also want to make sure that you have the best and most appropriate entertainment that your guests will enjoy. If you are having a difficult time trying to decide the best type of entertainment and where to secure the entertainment, you will greatly benefit from booking your entertainment using the services of an entertainment talent agency.

Booking the best entertainment agency means you will have the ability to select the entertainment for your event from a variety of different types of entertainment. When you book the best entertainment talent agency, you will be able to choose from such entertainers as: comedians, bands, musical tribute entertainers, celebrity impersonators, DJs, and more. The best entertainment agency will offer a variety of entertainers of different types and will assist you with choosing the best entertainment that blends well with your specific event.

Booking an entertainment agency is easy when you search the internet. When you look for an agency on the internet,