Friday, February 25, 2011

Earstu 2morrow 9pm. Sebastapol Community Center. Saturday nite gypsy/jazz/punk. Come down and i buy a drink:)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

First Evidence That Musical Training Affects Brain Development In Young Children

First Evidence That Musical Training Affects Brain Development In Young Children

ScienceDaily (2006-09-20) -- Researchers have found the first evidence that young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year compared to children who do not receive musical training, according to research published in the journal Brain.

Check out: Music for Kids

Friday, February 18, 2011

Soulshine. Tonight. 9pm. Auborgines - Sebastapol.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Gabby La La's I Know You Know I Know

I Know You Know I Know. I know after you meditate on that for a few days you’ll either reach enlightenment or have an epiphany and pick up Gabby La La’s new CD, “I Know You Know I Know”. Upon listening you’ll be transported back to the carefree Zen of your childhood school days.

As you drift into Gabby La La’s world of imagination and daisy chain remembering your body will be moving to colorful musical landscapes and rhythmic joys. Starting with “Alarm Clock” you’ll want to stay in bed and dream about sleeping all day. When you do wake up and make it off to school you’ll be excited while making up the invite list for your four square and jump rope party. As your school day progresses you’ll encounter some trouble with bully girls and school girl cliques. School projects and tests can be a distraction only to find out the projects and tests are a month away! You can get back to dreaming about yummy itty bitty bite size baby pies and a school where the kids make the rules! After school you stroll over to the park and see squirrel, the President of the park. It’s such a pleasure to see squirrel after school. He scares away all those bad ‘ol crows! Halloween gets down right spooky and later on, even though you might fight it, you’ll get to have a nap time.

“I Know You Know I Know” started with the idea for the song “Four Square”. Gabby then went on to create a theme of remembering school days and games kids play. Gabby creates all the music on her new CD with just her voice, Nintendo DS, sitar and theremin. It was all recorded, preformed and composed by Gabby. As with all of Gabby La La’s music it is compelling for all ages and is enjoyed in night clubs and festivals as well as classrooms! Gabby has preformed and recorded with Les Claypool, Bob Weir, Macy Gray and even Snoop Dogg!

On February 18th at 8pm, right here in Gabby’s home town of Petaluma, CA at the Mystic Theater Gabby La La will have her CD release party! You will get a chance to hear her new CD performed live with out the use of synthesizers of any kind. It will all be re-created with live musicians playing instruments. Ananta on electric violin, Zach Morris on drums, Josh Fossgreen on bass and Gabby playing multiple instruments. There will be some very special guests. I mean VERY SPECIAL guests! Also performing will be Odd Bird and Forrest Day. And there’s more! Gabby will be premiering her new music video plus Gabby will be screening the new film by Lila Cugini,Weremeranian. Based on a true story Gabby stars as the mother of a Weremeranian, which is a cross between a Pomeranian and….you guessed it! Spooky!

Come on down to the Mystic Theater on February 18th for this once in a life time experience. Enter Gabby La La’s world of imagination and unbounded joy.

When: February 18th.

Where: The Mystic Theater, 21 Petaluma Blvd N. - Time: Doors 8pm show 9pm

Tickets: Advance tickets $12
At the door $15 – Age: 21+

Monday, February 7, 2011

Getting your child "into" Classial Music - Top 10

TOP 10 things to do to get your child into classical music

1. Listen to classical music at home, not only as a background sound, but when you are playing with your toddlers. If they are accustomed to listening to piano music and orchestral works, they will start to enjoy them. There's lots of classical music which children will find easy and familiar like Mozart's variations on “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”.
2. Use classical music to create atmosphere when the kids are dressing up:
* Brides can walk down the stairs to wedding marches.
* Fight scenes or laser fights will work better with Mars from Holst's "The Planets", or the John Williams Star Wars Theme on in the background.
* Soldiers can march to real march music.
3. Do some acting: play Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saƫns and act out the animals with the children. Each track relates to a different creature varying from hens, to elephants, birds, aquarium, swans and pianists. They can get into the music by pretending to be the animals.
4. Put on some Strauss waltzes and polkas and dance your little ones up and down the corridor to the lively dances. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite (go for the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy) usually gets little girls dancing too!
5. Listen to music with a storyline. The most well known is Peter and the Wolf. All children are used to listening to a story, and this introduces them to the idea that music can tell them a story they can understand.
6. Make music! Most children like making a noise, so get a shaker or maracas from any baby shop. Tambourine, drum and claves (thick short sticks you hit together) are all easy for clumsy young fingers to play. So you can get a real instrument (which will make a much nicer sound) by buying your instruments from A more expensive instrument that is a good addition to your “orchestra” would be xylophone but these are more expensive.
7. If you like making things, then make your own shaker. It really will take you only a few minutes. For this you need 2 plastic cups and a handful of either dried lentils, or uncooked rice. Put the lentils, or rice into one cup, then sellotape firmly the open end of that cup to the open end of the other. Finished, one shaker.
8. Start a kitchen band with the family. It isn't as daunting as it sounds. You just use things that are in your kitchen as musical instruments. You can use metal saucepan lids as cymbals, and metal different sized measuring cups as a (short) glockenspiel. A metal cake tin stands in for a drum, with a wooden spoon to hit it with, your home-made shaker, and if possible, several upturned metal saucepans to hit with metal spoons as different sized drums. Then put on a piece of music – maybe one of the marches we mentioned earlier – and bang to the rhythm of that. If you feel really confident, you can do the trick of filling some glasses with different amounts of water and hit them lightly so each will make a higher or lower sound than the last. But the main thing is that you are making lots of noise, with a rhythm, and it's FUN.
9. Go to a mother and toddler group with singing. There are sure to be some in your area. It is generally accepted that very little children get a great deal from joining in with the actions which usually accompany the songs. Singing to your children is also considered very soothing, so don't worry if your voice is good enough. It will sound just fine to the little ones. Learning to sing is a very important skill for little children, and one they enjoy hugely. Extra tip: If you have to look after someone else's crying child, sing to them. They usually stop crying. Learn a long repertoire so you don't get too bored.
10. Take your children to a concert. Make sure it's aimed at toddlers so it isn't too formal or go on for too long. Meet friends and sit at cafe tables, chat and listen to well known classics and opera. The children are welcome to dance or sit, but not expected to stay still and silent so the pressure is definitely off the parents!