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Art Garfunkel On The 'Art' Of A Great Live Show

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.13.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Art Garfunkel has been fine tuning his instrument since he was a small child, singing into a wire recorder he received from his father. He has since made a lasting mark on the music world as both a solo artist, and half of the extraordinary duo Simon & Garfunkel.

I Thought My Daughter Was An Introvert. She Surprised Me.

Quiet Revolution | Alice Bradley | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living

This article first appeared on We are at the pharmacy, perusing lipsticks as we always do. Sophie, my firstborn, asks if she can buy the...

Prairie-oke Returns to the Cavern Club: A Q&A With Little House's Alison Arngrim

Xaque Gruber | Posted 11.12.2015 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Inspired by TV's Little House On The Prairie, writer/director Dane Whitlock's outrageous parody, Prairie-oke, won raves during its 2013 premiere at Silver Lake's Cavern Club (incidentally L.A.'s best underground theatre space).

There's A Surprising Upside To That Office Karaoke Party

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living

Want to get to know your new coworkers? A post-work karaoke session may be a faster way to bond than a couple of drinks or one of those weird trust f...

Madonna -- I Have Questions for You About Your Rebel Heart Tour

Ilana Rapp | Posted 10.08.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Have you ever been so excited that the top of the "excitement" meter blows off and you're super calm? And then you start to worry because something ALWAYS goes wrong...? That's exactly how I felt when I found out I was actually going to MAKE IT to see Madonna in concert 25 years after I saw her live at her Blond Ambition tour.

Misty On the Town

Misty Copeland | Posted 08.25.2015 | Arts
Misty Copeland

I've always talked about getting out of my comfort zone as an artist. Well, this is as outside of my comfort zone as I've ever been. For the first time, I'll be singing and speaking on the stage, as well as dancing. And I've only had two weeks to prepare my lines, take vocal lessons, and learn new choreography.

Guy Lip-Syncs Throughout A 7-Hour Road Trip, And His Sister Is Not At All Amused

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 08.13.2015 | Comedy

  Road trips are the ultimate test of a relationship. Whether you're friends, significant others, or in this case, brother and sis...

Notice Me. The Struggle and Everyday Plea of the Independent Artist.

Chad McKinsey - Kinsey Ry | Posted 07.31.2015 | Entertainment
Chad McKinsey - Kinsey Ry

In every artist's journey to find recognition and acceptance we sometimes lose the passion that brings us to make music in the first place: the feeling that art gives us.

Carrie Underwood's 'American Idol' Audition Shows Just How Far She's Come

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 07.23.2015 | Entertainment

  Remember when "American Idol" was relevant?  Back in those cultural days of lore, the show actually jump-started successful pop careers. ...

The Day Little Jimmy Scott Sang Just for Me

Susan Sisko Carter | Posted 07.20.2015 | Arts
Susan Sisko Carter

I was a little girl, with a big vibrato, recording my first single in Newark, New Jersey. Okay, I confess: it was a demo. But still, there I was at Savoy Records, a label whose catalogue of R&B, jazz, and gospel artists included Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, The Clara Ward Singers and John Lee Hooker.

The Power of the Camp Song

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Rachel Levy Lesser

My mother's camp songs were my lullabies. I could sing about the green and white teams and the canoes on Lake Thompson before I even knew the words to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."

Trick or Treat

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.15.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


Beyond All Hope

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 06.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

From a hospital bed and oxygen literally six months ago to a stage performing some of the most difficult music I've ever done. I cry because it shouldn't have happened: All odds were against me.

Blond Jesus: Singer Garrett Miller's Creative Eucharist for Marriage Equality and Beyond

Greg Archer | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Greg Archer

Singer-songwriting Garrett Miller may not be the real incarnation of a Gay Messiah but on the creative front, he's definitely rising to the occasion.

A Voice Found

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

The voice. It is the purest reflection of one's self and is the instrument from which our passions pour. It carries our emotions, gives wings to the ...

Six-Year-Old Wisconsin Girl Completely Crushes The National Anthem

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.03.2015 | Parents

This girl has some serious vocal chords. At a recent high school basketball game, 6-year-old Liamani Segura of Racine, Wisconsin, bravely stood up...

Help? Can ANYONE Teach Me to Sing?

Hilary Wilce | Posted 03.22.2015 | Education
Hilary Wilce

Why can't I do what most other people seem to find so easy? Why can't I simply learn to sing, and then sing better than I did before? And hold on to it?

Music Lessons, Life Lessons

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Liane Kupferberg Carter

John Kuhn -- Teacher and Friend 1915-2015 "If you could be anything in the world and talent and money weren't an issue, would you still be doing w...

TopTune Is L.A.'s Most Fun Live Music Game Show

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.14.2015 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Los Angeles is a city rich with live music, but there has been no live music event that pays tribute to the songwriting talent in this city quite like TopTune, part talent showcase, part songwriting competition, part improv comedy - a "Circus of musical alchemy" and a rollicking good time.

Goin' Down to Bitsyland

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 03.13.2015 | Fifty
Marshall P. Duke

There are ways to deal with the post-holiday doldrums, but they require our active participation. First of all, we must realize that "downs" are natural aspects of life. Everyone experiences them. But there are ways to ease them.

Jane Siberry's Holiday Hoes and Hosers Brings Magic to Iridium Jazz Club

Holly Cara Price | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

A glittering metropolis like Manhattan has many, many confectionary delights at Christmastime but one of the best is Jane Siberry's Holiday Hoes and Hosers show this week at Broadway's Iridium Jazz Club.

The Healing Power of Holiday Community Singing

Brenda Peterson | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Brenda Peterson

We sing because hearing is the first and last human sense; we sing to blend our voices and find harmony in a world so often dissonant and at war; we sing to celebrate and to mourn; we sing to carry on our traditions.

10 Reasons to Make Singing Your Happiness Drug!

Tania de Jong | Posted 02.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Tania de Jong

Our brains developed with singing and music as a survival mechanism. Before there were governments or nations, tribes and groups used songs and dance to build loyalty to the group, transmit vital information and ward off enemies. Those who sang survived.

When Silence Gives the Opera Meaning

Henriette Lazaridis | Posted 02.03.2015 | Arts
Henriette Lazaridis

It's a marvel to me that the moment I would consider the opera's most powerful -- indeed, the moment in which the underlying seriousness of this seemingly comic fluff reveals itself -- comes in silence.

Shut up And Sing

Daron Hagen | Posted 01.07.2015 | Arts
Daron Hagen

They performed the song a couple of times, thanked me, and left. A moment later, the singer returned, cheeks wet with tears. "Thank you, sir," she said, squeezing my hand. Then, urgently: "I love the songs so much."