Spring Tunes

It happened again this year, thank goodness. Did you feel it? It was the first day of spring. It was actually a few weeks ago, March 20 at 1:14 AM (Eastern Daylight Time). On the first day of spring – the vernal equinox – day and night are each approximately 12 hours long (with the actual time of equal day and night, in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring a few days before the vernal equinox). The Sun crosses the celestial equator going northward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west. So, there you go. Spring for 2012 has most definitely sprung. Reflecting on this year’s arrival of spring […]

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Postcards from NAB 2012

Our photo slideshow from another terrific NAB!

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Megatrax Director of Production Wendie Colter hits NAB & Digital LA’s Post-ASCAP Event!

NAB “Pro Audio Pit” Interview, “Production Music and the Reality of TV” – Monday 4/16/12 I had a lively and fun 20 minute, one-on-one interview at NAB’s “Pro Audio Pit” with Tom Kenny, Editor-in-Chief of Mix Magazine.  There was a nice stage and seating area at one end of the crowded (and noisy!) NAB convention floor, and an interested and appreciative audience. We discussed the needs of our clients from both the creative and technical standpoint, notable changes in the production music industry, current trends and various production challenges.  I showcased the Sound Adventures with a great music montage, as well as highlighting what sets Megatrax apart from the competition. […]

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SONGSTUFF by Cary Ginell: The Beginnings of Political Songs in America

Last month we talked a little about this year’s presidential campaign songs, revealing how each major candidate is using music to further his aspirations for the highest office in the land. But when, you might ask, did using music in political campaigns begin? Well, the answer is before the birth of our country. Historians trace music as an instrument of political expression back to 1768, when the first politically inspired song was published. Before this time, printed music generally was politically benign, with subjects dealing with sentimental themes of home and hearth. But in 1765, Britain imposed the Stamp Act on the colonies, a tax levied against all legal documents, […]

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Getting Paid to Get High (On Music)

Over the course of a three-day period earlier this month, I had the opportunity to perform with the Nashville Symphony.  I was playing with Steve Wariner, with whom I’ve played music for over 25 years.  There have been some memorable performances – USO shows in Japan and in Shemya, Alaska, the inauguration ball of George H.W. Bush, large music festivals in Europe, as well as many domestic performances.  Truth be told, my best memory of places we go is based on the food – if it’s of note.  But the experience of sitting in front of a 72 piece Grammy winning orchestra was unique and an “elevating” experience. During Steve’s […]

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NAB – The Most Important Prep of All

Over the next few days, nearly 100,000 people representing 151 countries will fill the hotels and streets of Las Vegas for NAB 2012. More than 1,500 exhibitors (Megatrax included) will rush around making their final preparations – stocking up on tchotchkes and putting together demos while their booth construction nears completion. The casinos will add extra staff to their schedule, the buffets will order extra food – and across every pharmacy and department store, the most important NAB preparation of all will be occurring – the stocking of Dr. Scholl’s Massaging Gel Insoles. This being my tenth NAB, I have (finally) learned a few things: bring snacks – because there […]

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Megatrax Clients! Would you like to win a MacBook Air??

Click on the full-size image in this post to get to the sweepstakes page!  

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licensing notes from leisa korn for april 11, 2012: entitlement edition

Much is being written and discussed these days about a generation dubbed as “entitled.”  A sense of entitlement is sometimes described as the opposite of a sense of responsibility.  An entitled society as a whole is a demanding and narcissistic one where wants can be confused with needs and everyone deserves to get a trophy whether they win or lose. People have always had to work for something, even approval, but now it is expected that you will achieve, acquire and succeed just because you want to.  This can lead to a lack of emotional empathy, loss of self examination and relinquishing of personal responsibility. Limits, boundaries, discipline and consequences […]

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Time Capsule

I recently had the good fortune to come across some long-forgotten cassette tapes recorded 35 years ago by my grandfather. On these tapes, my grandfather recounts what it was like to grow up in New York City around the turn of the last century. Listening to these stories, it is remarkable to ponder to what extent our lives have dramatically changed. Even though he lived in New York City, my grandfather grew up in a world with no running water, no plumbing, no electricity and no heat, except for burning coal in the kitchen stove. Cars were considered a novelty. There were no movies, television or radio- there wasn’t even […]

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The new Megatrax Sizzle Reel is live now!

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