May 2014 Blog Posts (11)

Songwriting Exchange: The Art of Collaboration

The Art of Collaboration: Let's create a super duo!

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Work with a partner from Musical Exchange to write a song or musical ideas around the theme of Summer. Post your song in…


Added by Carnegie Hall on May 27, 2014 at 4:00pm — 17 Comments

Meet Andzaur

Fourteen-year-old Andzaur only travels to school every Thursday—if he is lucky.  Since his father is an invalid, Andzaur bears the weight of responsibility for caring for his family out in the village.   But in his fleeting moments of escape he devotes himself to music. 

On the recording day, Andzaur wearily entered the recital hall, supporting his accordion with both arms extended perpendicular to the floor, as a school kid might support a stack of…


Added by Hannah Schneider on May 24, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

THE UNCONVENTIONAL: Finding Yourself Through Taking a Risk

I'm sitting here in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, getting ready to go check out the studio where we will be recording the winning song from the songwriting contest, on a beautiful spring day. (although my day started with me saying to my 2-year-old, "Cream cheese is NOT PAINT.")

Actually that's the perfect segue to the…


Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on May 22, 2014 at 9:17am — 3 Comments

Songwriting Exchange: Story Songs

Story Songs: Tell a story from someone else's perspective in song.

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Using a title from the 'What's in a Title?' activity,…


Added by Carnegie Hall on May 19, 2014 at 2:30pm — 50 Comments

Meet Bela Blyagoz

Bela, who turned 13 shortly after recording for Music from the Mountains, is one of the few privileged students in her village chosen to take piano lessons.  While there is a musical school in her village, all of the piano teachers live in nearby cities and must venture into the villages on rickety buses, hand-me-down vehicles that travel the mountain routes since they failed to make the safety grade in Rostov or Krasnodar.…


Added by Hannah Schneider on May 19, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Keeping Songwriting “Muscles” In Shape

When I first started song writing I would rush to to the finish line of whatever I was chasing. Reason why, I was scared I would lose the inspiration, that somehow the mysterious force that kicked open the doors into the world of unknown words and chords with seemingly limitless combinations would slam shut if I didn’t take would I could find and get out quick. It took years of writing hasty bad songs for me to realize that like a vampire, once I was invited into that room I…


Added by Mike Viola on May 14, 2014 at 10:27am — No Comments

Songwriting Exchange: The Unconventional

The Unconventional: Incorporate a surprise into your song.

How to Respond

Write a new song or musical phrase that uses an interesting rhythmic, melodic or harmonic element to take it to an unexpected place! Post your work below using…


Added by Carnegie Hall on May 12, 2014 at 2:00pm — 66 Comments

Meet Zaur

Zaur swaggered onto the rickety stage, rolling the classically sarcastic eyes of a 14-year-old boy who is feeling inconvenienced by his elders.  His swarthy complexion and characteristic local name testify to his pure Adyg pedigree, as does his tendency to slip out of Russian and into the Adyg language at every…


Added by Hannah Schneider on May 10, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

National Youth Orchestra of Iraq in USA

It's been a brutal few months. Building a team in the USA, and managing my musicians and team in Iraq, whilst sitting in Starbucks in Rudolfplatz, Cologne, Germany, where I live, hammering away on my laptop. Thus is the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq's 2014 Summer Camp and US tour being organised.

We're a pro-bono team involving the NGO of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq in Baghdad, the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Iraq Foundation, the US Embassy in Baghdad,…


Added by Paul MacAlindin on May 9, 2014 at 11:50am — 2 Comments

Music from the Greater Caucasus Mountains

What sorts of musicians and music emerge in the mysterious Greater Caucasus Mountains? 

The peaks of this range pierce the horizon from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea, dwarfing those of the Alps. Like the spires of Babel, they signal an explosion of a panoply of languages, peoples,…


Added by Hannah Schneider on May 4, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Emergency Radio - Only Lyrics

-- Okay I'm having trouble getting the music down to this one (besides the fact that it's AP crunch time) so I'm going to content myself with just posting the lyrics to this song inspired by that Title brainstorm activity thingy --

Verse 1

The loudest silence I’ve ever faced

There’s nothing there


I’ve dropped off the map, I’ve been erased.

I’m reaching out


Tune into

the station


It’s just…


Added by Alexa Corey on May 2, 2014 at 11:52pm — No Comments

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