On the Road with the Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra- Part 2: The J. W. Truxel Cymbal

During my orchestra’s recent tour to play at two Missouri ragtime festivals, our drummer, Sandy Harr, made a fascinating acquisition. We had been invited to an after-concert pizza party at the home of our violinist Mary Ann Marx’s brother, who lived in Sedalia where we had been performing. While enjoying homemade pizzas cooked in a backyard brick kiln, a cousin, Michael Makarewicz, came out of the garage holding a large, circular metal object. It was an ancient cymbal, something he had bought years ago at a flea market or junk shop and put it away, forgetting about it until we came to town. The cymbal was a little dinged up […]

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On The Road Again

It is again that time of year when I begin to rack up Frequent Flyer miles. Last week I journeyed from San Diego to LA for Promax, then back to San Diego the next day to unpack/ repack. Early the morning after I boarded a flight to Toronto, Canada and returned from this trip late last night having been delayed, stranded overnight and stuck in a plane for 5 hours with a young child kicking the back of my seat most of the flight. On Monday I depart again, this time for Las Vegas and Station Summit. I will be there through the entire week, with 7 am breakfasts and […]

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How PIPA Can Be Effective at Combating Internet Piracy

Note: This article originally appeared in the April 2012 edition of Los Angeles Lawyer and was republished with the authors’ permission. Bold print has been added for ease of reading on this blog. EARLIER THIS YEAR, TWO BILLS designed to combat foreign online piracy were defeated in the wake of massive online protests by Google, Wikipedia, and other Web sites. The Senate version of the defeated antipiracy legislation was known as the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). PIPA would have authorized the U.S. Department of Justice to seek court orders in rem against foreign Web sites directed at the United States that have “no significant use other than engaging in, enabling, […]

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SONGSTUFF by Cary Ginell: Tippecanoe & Tyler, Too! (The History of Political Campaign Songs in America, Part 3)

The modern era of the American political campaign really began with the presidential election of 1840. It was during that campaign that current philosophies and tactics took hold for the first time. The race pitted the incumbent president, Martin Van Buren, a Democrat; against the Whig Party’s war hero, William Henry Harrison. Although Harrison was born to an aristocratic Virginia planter, his handlers manufactured an entirely new image for Harrison, claiming he was born in a log cabin and was at one with the average American. He became the “log cabin and hard cider candidate.” As territorial governor of Indiana from 1800 to 1812, he received his famous moniker, Tippecanoe, […]

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In Promos, New Ways to Make You ‘Stop, Look, Listen’ (From Broadcasting & Cable)

(This article is from Broadcasting & Cable and features our CEO & Co-Founder, Ron Mendelsohn, and our Creative Services Director for Aircast Custom Music, Randy Hart! We added the photos of them for the blog…) Show content and music helping unite viewers with brands By Paige Albiniak — Broadcasting & Cable, 6/11/2012 12:01:00 AM Gone are the days when all a TV show promo had to be was a collection of clips knit cleverly together, along with a message telling everyone what day and time to tune in. Today, a promo has to convince viewers to stop fast-forwarding through commercials, engage with an audience, communicate the brand of both the […]

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Cary Ginell Goes On the Road with the Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra

If you ever watched the old “Twilight Zone” program, you might be familiar with several episodes where a character from a modern-day rat race society magically gets transformed back to the small town of his youth, where his hurries and worries are supplanted by bucolic settings featuring ice cream sodas, band music, and friendly townsfolk. That was the feeling I got when I arrived in the town of Sedalia, Missouri, where I was to perform with my group, the Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra. Before you get confused, I should explain that we named ourselves for Sedalia because of the image it evoked, which perfectly reflects the flowing music it fathered. A […]

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Megatrax Teams with Virtuoso Pianist Mikhail Korzhev on “Piano Classics”

Megatrax Teams with Virtuoso Pianist Mikhail Korzhev on “Piano Classics” Virtuoso pianist brings authenticity to double album. June 12, 2012 – North Hollywood – Megatrax has raised the bar for classical piano in production music with their first foray into world-class classical recordings, the upcoming double album “Piano Classics.” Featuring 39 of the most-requested and best-loved classical compositions, this collection will delight with its concert-grade authenticity, compliments of pianist Mikhail Korzhev and a Hamburg Steinway-D grand piano. When embarking on the production of “Piano Classics,” Megatrax CEO and Co-Founder Ron Mendelsohn decided to go the distance by engaging a virtuoso concert pianist with access to a world-class instrument. After an […]

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We Can’t See The Forest For The Data!

Like it or not, we live in a world that is dominated by data, statistics and research. This information controls what we eat, drink, see, hear and use more than most of us probably realize. Companies that make and market just about any consumable item are paying people off the street to give them feedback about their products. Fair enough – that makes sense to a degree, but I have my own theory about soliciting comments for comment sake. My hope is that we can collectively go backwards a bit and relearn what listening to our instincts sounds like. I guess you can say I market emotions. Sounds silly I […]

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Follow Megatrax on Pinterest!

Megatrax has jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon, and we’d love to see you there. We’re collecting the best of our blog, stories related to our industry and more, and we’d love to share them with you! Please come find us at Pinterest.com/Megatrax!

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Megatraxer Cary Ginell Says “Festival a foot-stomping good time”

Cary Ginell, Megatrax’s Publishing Administrator, is also an active (and award-winning) author. In addition to books about the world of Jazz, Cary writes for the Simi Valley Acorn. Here’s an excerpt from his latest article about the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival, and you can see more of his work by clicking here.  Zydeco dominated this year’s festival, highlighted by the infectious sounds of Rosie Ledet and Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha Chas. Williams, a disciple of legendary accordionist Clifton Chenier, told me his secret for entertaining: “Be the best you can at your ability of what you know. I know where I came from, and I’m not […]

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