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1/21/2021

Track Feature: The Song Gardeners - Warrior Light


The Song Gardeners have once again graced our presence with another single release titled "Warrior of Light."

Once again featured on the track singer/songwriter Corrie Dunn (vocals, piano, guitar), singer/songwriter Mary Gospe (vocals, guitar, percussion), and Chris Day (bass).

Mary sings "Activate the love inside, be a warrior, a warrior of light." This is very spiritual and positive for us all to take to heart. It goes along with the saying "Kill them with kindness." That kind of approach helps people drop their guard and open up to another viewpoint.

This is not a protest song by any means however it does point to the media and the lies both sides have been telling us all along to support their agendas. That is one simple fact that most people do realize. So the message is to be true to yourself and picking a side is not part of the equation. Travel your purposeful path and you will reach the desired destination. The truth shall be revealed if you listen to your inner voice which is a "go with your gut" attitude that cannot miss.

I for one loved the song, lyrics, and the premise of why it was recorded.

 

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

The Song Gardener's Media Page: https://ffm.to/qqpx8e2

Visit The Song Gardener's Website: https://www.thesonggardeners.com

The Song Gardeners is a musical trio from the San Francisco Bay Area featuring singer/songwriter Corrie Dunn (vocals, piano, guitar), singer/songwriter Mary Gospe (vocals, guitar, percussion), and Chris Day(bass). 

Their original songs are filled with positive, empowering messages and beautiful harmonies.

9/21/2020

Featured Track: Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf-Launch


Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf know how to rock. They were good enough to tour with George Clinton and Parliament last year so that tells you something.

The video provided is a practice session before their tour performing the track "Launch."

I thought of one of my favorite bands Living Colour when they kicked into high gear.
Their sound is composed of funk, high octane rock, hard rock, and psychedelic. Maybe Hendrix would have sounded this way if he had lived and continued to record into the 70s. We will never know that but now we have a band like Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf to satisfy the need for a rockin' band that blends a little bit of everything.
 
And let us not forgot the great lead vocals of Miss Velvet and her marvelous stage presence. It takes energy and charisma to get a great song across to the audience and this lady knows how to bring it with powerhouse vocals in a sexy whirling dervish way.
 
Watch the video and listen you will be impressed and want more, I sur
e did.
 
Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
 
   

More About Miss Velvet And The Blue Wolf:


Meet The Band:
Miss Velvet ~ Vocals
Executive Producer Constance Hauman ~ Keyboards
Co-producer Nick Carbone ~ Drums
Henry Ott ~ Guitars
James Jones ~ Bass
TJ Robinson ~ Trombone/Congas
JS Williams ~ Trumpet (live)
Trevor Neumann ~ Trumpet (album)
Dan Levine ~ Trombone (album)

8/19/2020

Featured Track: I Can't Breathe - Deitrick Haddon and Mickey Stevenson

Every year certain albums and songs make history and are remembered for eternity.  And along those lines, some events change the world. 2020 was full of life-changing events and the most prolific and shocking was the unnecessary death of a human being. George Floyd will be remembered for his untimely death. I have never been so horrified when I saw the video of that fateful day. I am sure millions of other people feel the same way.

Deitrick Haddon and Mickey Stevenson got together to write a track titled "I Can't Breathe."
 

 

Mickey Stevenson (pictured with Smokey Robinson) was one of the most important and influential figures in the history of recorded music, making a name for himself with the legendary Motown label. The combination of Haddon with Stevenson is a powerful coupling that was a cannot miss proposition.

As you will see and hear with the video presented honoring George Floyd, there were no punches pulled and it all comes straight from the heart for both men.

 

Haddon has some strong pipes and lets go giving it all that he possibly could. The lyric video and images are equally powerful. This is about being an American, and our diversity and how every human being regardless of race, creed, or religion deserves respect. The music deflates the hate and causes behind events like we all witnessed this year.

"I Can't Breathe" is statement musically and spiritually. We are all one race living on one planet. Our commonality is the love for our fellow men and women and in the end, our love for the universal language of music comes shining through! Let it be a beacon of light leading us all down the right road.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

 
MORE ABOUT DEITRICK HADDON 
 
 
Deitrick Vaughn Haddon is a gospel singer, songwriter, music producer, pastor, and actor. He is best known for progressive gospel, and contemporary styles of music. He is also one of the cast members in Oxygen's reality television show Preachers of L.A. Contents.

Haddon launched his solo career as a Christian R&B vocalist with the Lost & Found on Tyscot/Verity in 2002. The set peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Charts and received wide critical acclaim and spawned the hit "Sinner's Prayer" which was played extensively on gospel and mainstream R&B radio stations.

The 1970s-leaning Crossroads followed in 2004, led off by the upbeat single "God is Good". In an uncharacteristic move for marketing a gospel album, Haddon made an appearance on the long-running syndicated series Soul Train performing the single and the title track from the album.

Haddon appeared to be pushing his Gospel artistry further into the ranks of mainstream venues with 7 Days, released October 10, 2006. 7 Days was produced almost entirely by R&B producers Tim & Bob Balancing out the contemporary bulk of the album is the traditional gospel-flavored lead single "Heaven Knows" which Haddon produced himself.

Haddon and his brother Gerald also produced the comeback album Brand New Day for veteran gospel vocalist Vanessa Bell Armstrong. Deitrick Haddon & Voices of Unity's Live the Life won Gospel Music Workshop of America Excellence Awards for "New Artist of the Year—Urban Contemporary" and "Album of the Year—Urban Contemporary".
 

10/30/2015

Spooky Streams: Ultimate Halloween Playlist

Legacy's Halloween Survival Guide: Whether you are getting ready for a night of trick-or-treating, putting the final touches on the perfect scary costume, or throwing the ultimate Halloween party for all of your friends, we have the playlist you need for a hauntingly good time this Halloween...

1/21/2015

Featured Track: The D/A Method-Janissaries

The D/A Method hails from Karachi Pakistan and however far you may be away from where they reside, there is no distance between them, listeners, and their own brand of progressive rock. Music is universal like that, its makes us one world, a union of souls with a love for music.

With their recently released taster EP Janissarieswhich is the focus of this feature, they serve up over 9 minutes of rockin' progressive diversity. I think if they were looking to show what they bring to the table this was a good choice.

The track features marvelous instrumentation, an ever changing pace and fantastic vocals. It's the whole package. This clearly defines progressive rock in every way.

MuzikMan Rating: 5/5 

 
More About The D/A Method:
https://www.facebook.com/TheDAMethod

The D/A Method are:
Umair Dar
Talha Alvie
Usama Siddiq
Istvan Csabai

The D/A Method is a progressive rock band from Pakistan. With its members having spent significant portions of their lives in both Pakistan and the West, the band combines influences from classic rock, grunge, and metal with a touch of traditional Pakistani flavor to create their unique, progressive sound.

1/12/2015

Featured Track: McCormick Percussion Group-Between Rock and a Hard Place I-Hard Light-Hybrid Night


The McCormick Percussion Group is an intriguing prospect for music enthusiasts looking for something different and challenging. The featured track is "Between Rock and a Hard Place I-Hard Light-Hybrid Night." 

It's where classical meets heavy metal and although it is very percussive in nature I think that metal fans will find interest in hearing this interesting composition. It clocks in at just over nine minutes.

The intent is clear here, to present classical music with a different twist to garner interest from a large cross section of listeners. That mission is accomplished and the track will challenge and inspire aspiring and expereinced musicians alike.

Give it a good listen and judge for yourself!



More About The McCormick Percussion Group:

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The McCormick Percussion Group was formed for the purpose of recording new classical music in the percussion ensemble idiom.  The  McCormick Percussion Group has received world wide recognition in Fanfare Magazine, Gramophone, American Record Guide and other leading journals. They have recorded over 2 dozen CDs, many available on Capstone Records and Ravello Records. (Ravello is distributed by Naxos)  Their latest CD on Ravello Records (published 2014) titled: Soli for Soprano with Percussion Orchestra (with Jamie Jordan) received three Global Music Awards! Many of our CD’s are also available on iTunes and major internet sites. Often our CD’s feature well known non-percussion artists  to provide the best available contemporary literature at the highest performance level. The McCormick Percussion Group uses Grover Pro Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals and Encore Mallets. Please contact us for a list of CD’s and upcoming projects.

Percussionist and conductor Robert McCormick is a Professor of Music at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He has won many awards for his teaching and percussion composition.  He served as Principal Percussionist of the Florida Orchestra for 20 seasons, and is a former member of the Harry Partch Ensemble. He is also a member of the McCormick Duo, a well known flute/percussion chamber group.  Bob is available for concerts as conductor, percussionist or clinician. His email: bobpodrum@gmail.com

12/15/2014

Featured Track: Michael Dulin-My Beloved

Michael Dulin's new album My Beloved is set for release in January of 2015. The title track is most impressive and puts the album into proper perspective while delivering the intended message.

Dulin's piano expertise brings forth images of what commitment and love should be. Without words you would think that would be difficult to express however he gets it done through his nimble fingers.

Sit and back and listen to "My Beloved" now.

MuzikMan Rating-5/5



More About Michael Dulin:

 http://www.michaeldulin.com

Michael Dulin is a native of Brookside, Alabama. From the age of two, it was apparent that he had an exceptional gift for music. After attending Alabama School of Fine Arts, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at Birmingham-Southern College, where he was twice awarded the Alys Robinson Stephens Piano Prize. He completed his musical studies at The Juilliard School in New York, working with master teacher and concert pianist Adele Marcus.

He was a finalist in the Carnegie Hall International Piano Competition, and was awarded the Silver Medal in the Second Annual International Audio-Video Competition in New York. In addition to performing his original music throughout the United States, Michael appears both solo and with orchestra in performances of classical music. He has also toured as keyboardist with the legendary Motown group, the Temptations.

Michael’s albums of original music have twice been awarded the prestigious Lifestyle Music Award. Three of his albums have reached the #1 spot on NAR World Airplay Charts. His music has been licensed for release in South America, Korea, Japan and Malaysia.

Dulin and business partner Daniel Whiteside own and operate PSI Studios, a digital recording facility in Birmingham, Alabama. Michael is president of Equity Digital and Equity Digital Music. In addition to being an award-winning composer of music for radio, television, theater and film, he is in demand as session musician and producer.

Michael Dulin is a Christian, and is happily married to the woman of his dreams, with whom he shares a spoiled chocolate Lab named Riley. His hobbies are languages, hiking, travel, and tennis.

11/24/2014

Featured Track: John Otott-Tesoro

John Otott, instrumental new age artist, has just released his new album titled Colors. One of the tracks that I felt stood out was "Tesoro." Its elegance and beauty will take frazzled nerves and tried spirits and change those feelings to peace and joy.

Otott's excellence with the ivory keys will deliver a slice of heaven to your ears. With music like this it's not so much about the journey but about the destination - where it can take you.

"Tesoro" and many other tracks on the new album will provide instant stress relief. Find out for your self and listen to the stream provided.

MuzikMan Rating 5/5


More About John Otott: 

http://www.johnotott.com


A multi-instrumentalist and composer, John started playing piano at a young age. Taking up the bass guitar in high school, John went on to play in a series of rock bands and regularly performed at such Hollywood hot spots as The Whiskey A Go-Go, the Troubadour and the Roxy. He then transitioned into an instrumental jazz/rock band that performed with such artists as Lyle Mays (of Pat Metheny fame), Latin star Tania Maria, Grammy award winning sax player Gato Barbieri and Thelonious Monk Jr. However, he always maintained his love for piano music composition.

COLORS is John’s latest release (November 2014). The CD contains a collection of piano-based instrumentals interwoven with emotional and often dramatic string and keyboard arrangements. Many of the songs are inspired by his life events, conveying a true sense of meaning through music.

John is a voting member of the Recording Academy, the organization that, in addition to producing The Grammy Awards, supports music industry professionals through advocacy, outreach programs and student initiatives.

11/20/2014

Track Evaluation: Ides of Gemini-The Adversary

The Ides of Gemini was a quite a find! They make some very powerful music inspired by the doom metal kings Black Sabbath. 

The featured track is “The Adversary,” which is a fine example of their talents on display. I am excited to discover this band and look forward to what they will bring to the table in the future!

MuzikMan Rating: 5/5

More About The Ides of Gemini:

http://idesofgemini.com



The debut EP from Ides Of Gemini
credits: released 14 November 2010

Sera Timms: vocals, bass, drum programming, design
J. Bennett: guitar, backing vocals, photography


Ides of Gemini - The Adversary (New Song 2014) from Hard & Heavy Old on Vimeo.

10/29/2014

Featured Track: Fletch Towell Band-Its Just the Same

The Fletch Towell Band knows how to keep things simple and still make a point with their music.

"Its Just the Same" is a slow burner with elements of pop and jazz intertwined to tell the story.

There is something to be said for the simplicity of a ballad and being straightforward. The Fletch Towell Band get it done nicely on their new track. There is some nice rhythmic guitar placed just right and the addition of some sax makes it that much better.

MuzikMan Rating-4/5



More About The Fletch Towell Band:

http://www.fletchtowellband.com/home.html

Omnia est unum (One Is All)

Stylish, contemporary and fresh, with a broad range of influences and genres, one of the new breed of musician's collaborative breaking ground as the new millennium begins. With uninhibited exploration of technology, and dedication to perfection and originality, creating music with a unique combination of blues, jazz, pop and fusion. From ballads to high energy hybrids, remaining unencumbered by conventions and tradition.  Live large, break the mold.  You are looking for something real and tangible, its here.

9/25/2014

Featured Track: Order Of Thieves-Tollbooth Goddess

A new band called Order of Thieves just released a track off their upcoming album titled "Tollbooth Goddess."

Order of Thieves is Rick Habib (drums, vocals), Bob Lord (basses, organ) and Jon McCormack (guitar, vocals) who are veterans of the music world.

"Tollbooth Goddess" comes right out of the gate swinging for a homerun with hard hitting bass, drums and fat melodic chords from the electric guitar.

The vocals are spot on and will sound fimilar to you if rock, pop or progressive rock are genres that you frequently visit.

This is a track full of energy and a steady rockin' beat that does not let up. A killer choice to give listeners a taste of what is to come!


9/09/2014

Free Download: Lunatic Soul - Cold (from Walking on a Flashlight Beam)

Ahead of the release of the brand new album, Lunatic Soul are giving fans a glimpse into what to expect from ‘Walking on a Flashlight Beam’ with an opportunity to stream and download new track ‘Cold’ http://bit.ly/1rKEfF9
Pre-order the album: http://bit.ly/1js34Qc

Commenting on the new album Lunatic Soul’s creative force Mariusz Duda comments: “The new album is about self-imposed solitude and is a prequel to the black and white history. Musically – it will be slightly different, less oriental, more… alternative. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever created – the most elaborate, diverse and coherent Lunatic Soul release.”

‘Walking on a Flashlight Beam’ is due for release on 13th October (UK, France & RoW) / 17th October Germany / 28th October USA & Canada, through Kscope and Mystic Production in Poland.

 

9/05/2014

Featured Track: Stone Ticket-Black

Stone Ticket and the voice of Vince Quinn packs one powerful punch! I loved the drive and energy "Black" has. Its juggernaut bass and drums and the hard rocking rhythmic guitar are hard to resist. Putting rhythm and such a hard rockin' sound together does not always work, it does here! I wouldn't change a thing on this track, simply put, its killer! It is Rock influenced by Blues and you can't beat it. If you dig bone crunching rock with tough vocals to match jump aboard this train!

MuzikMan Rating: 5/5 

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9/02/2014

Featured Track: Thadeus Gonzalez-Our Connection

Thadeus Gonzalez's "Our Connection" is off his new album Utopian Society. The is solid, it rocks hard and true and brings to a light this marvelous talent. Gonzalez was part of the reason why his former band Electric Sister was so good.

"Our Connection" is one example of many that show why this musician can play and sing with the best of them recording today.

The track covers life, love and the purity of real sexual energy. The musicianship is top notch, especially the lead guitar of Dennis Hill. He kills it from start to finish. Gonzalez's vocals are polished, professional and spot on. Its all here and you can download it now for free!

https://soundcloud.com/spinner-pr/our-connection-thadeus-gonzalez/s-bScIM

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