Sheet Of The Week (New Years Eve Special) UR So Gay (Katy Perry)

I don’t know why I like this song, but I do. It makes me laugh.

And Katy, Russell didn’t deserve you at all. He is a failure. I mean, look at his career……

  UR So Gay by Katy Perry for Eb Instruments (104.4 KiB, 110 hits)
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  UR So Gay by Katy Perry for Bb Instruments (108.4 KiB, 56 hits)
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Sheet Of The Week – Wake Me Up When September Ends (Green Day)

Um, well, this is another Green Day song. Stupidly easy and popular.

  Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day for Eb Instruments (86.9 KiB, 332 hits)
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  Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day for Bb Instruments (87.1 KiB, 110 hits)
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So, you noticed the little donation thing at the top and at the right? No? Well, it is there. Jazz-Sax isn’t really cheap to run. There is the reoccuring domain registration fee, and then my monthly internet bill (which is a little more due to the static IPs I have that allow for running a web server).

The Google Ads have been deferring the costs of just running stuff. It helps, and I don’t think the ads are as obtrusive as they could be. Fairly tame. However, the little Atom powered server that the site runs off of (great little Linux box by the way) could really use a SSD to replace the current Hard Drive (which is about 3 years old or so….don’t really know. 24/7/365 x 3+).

I’m hoping that either we can raise some money to get one (they are like $60 now for a 50 gig one, and that is basically what it needs) or if someone has one they want to donate. Either way. It would help to ensure a faster, more stable site. Plus the MySQL database would probably scream on a SSD compared to the current HD. The site gets way bogged down due to MySQL queries.

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!

Week Of The Week – Waiting For The End (Linkin Park)

One of the better songs off their latest (I think) album.

  Waiting For The End by Linkin Park for Eb Instruments (96.8 KiB, 136 hits)
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  Waiting For The End by Linkin Park for Bb Instruments (96.1 KiB, 66 hits)
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MakeMusic Acquires Garritan…..still behind the competition

This was sort of a shock, but I guess it is to be expected.

Minneapolis – December 20, 2011 – MakeMusic, Inc. (NASDAQ: MMUS) today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Garritan Corporation, the world’s leading provider of software musical instruments. Under the terms of the agreement, Garritan Corporation will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of MakeMusic. Founder Gary Garritan will be joining MakeMusic as director of instrumental sciences. Closing is subject to customary conditions and is expected to occur within the next few weeks.

Garritan was not included in the last release of Sibelius. I have used Garritan sounds in the past, and still use them. However, I think they have been eclipsed by a lot of the new libraries out. Avid includes a wealth of instruments with the latest ProTools, and Logic 9 includes excellent sounds as well. Basically, Garritan wasn’t keeping up with competition, and relying on it’s proprietary Aria player. Heck, on the product page it heralds that it works with Finale 2009/2010 (they are on 2012 now) and Microsoft Songsmith (yeah… one knows or cares about that).

I suppose this makes sense for MakeMusic as it has continually added Garritan sounds to each version of Finale for several years now. Now they own it, and can bundle it with Finale for a lesser cost (assuming). And MakeMusic’s other recent acquisition of Recordare, the maker of MusicXML I’m not sure exactly what they are thinking. This is more like a bandage on major wound.

Finale hasn’t lead in the music notation area for several years. I think the last time I’d consider them “leading” was when they introduced Linked Parts in Finale 2006 (I think? Or 2007?) which was much better than Sibelius’s implementation. Since then, they haven’t really broken any ground with new features, nor really improve or fix existing features. They do like to reintroduce things they fix as new features, such as last version (or was it this version) when they had the new note spacing, which was essentially a fixed version of the note spacing they introduced years ago.

What should they do? They NEED to put Finale in the Mac App store. Get themselves noticed. Lower the price as well. $199 for the full version. Sibelius is not in the App store…….yet. They should at least have Finale Notepad there. Or something. Time is ticking. As soon as Sibelius is in the Mac App store, I’d say it would be game over.

They couldn’t put SmartMusic in there because of Apple’s subscription guidelines for Apps and Subscriptions. Though that would be WAY better than the subscription system they use now for SmartMusic (which sucks ballz). The drum teacher where I teach at has frequent problems with SmartMusic forgetting it’s subscription status.

MakeMusic ALSO needs some sort of iOS app. Again, a version of Notepad for iPad. Or a viewer of Finale files sorta like what Avid Scorch. I’d love to see them do something like Notion…..but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

I don’t know. I really wonder about MakeMusic’s future. Sibelius? Not worried. They are owned by Avid. Avid is making a lot of good stuff right now, though they need to lower the upgrade price to ProTools 10 ($499? WTF?). I wonder what happens the day MakeMusic decides to close and my 10,000+ Finale files are in limbo. I really wish Sibelius would just OPEN Finale Files. I’d switch then.

Sheet Of The Week – Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder

And oldie but a goodie. Great song. Stevie’s music is great.

  Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder for Eb Instruments (104.9 KiB, 323 hits)
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  Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder for Bb Instruments (108.3 KiB, 187 hits)
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Sheet Of The Week – The One That Got Away (Katy Perry)

Katy, dear, is this song about perhaps a mistake in you marrying that buffoon Russell? I mean, we all know what a “success” his ads for HP were. And his Arthur Movie. Call me 😉

  The One That Got Away by Katy Perry for Eb Instruments (94.1 KiB, 289 hits)
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  The One That Got Away by Katy Perry for Bb Instruments (98.6 KiB, 127 hits)
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Noted trumpeter Nicholas Payton wrote a great blog entry title “On Why Jazz Isn’t Cool Anymore…” which is brilliant. Bravo sir. It has sparked debate on Reddit, NPR, MetaFilter and the circle jerk…I mean SaxOnTheWeb site. Probably the best response has been by trumpeter Ian Carey titled How Not To Become A Bitter White Jazz Musician.

While a lot of these other sites have gone off on positive or negative tangents about this, the essence of what Mr. Payton says is true. Jazz has been usurped after its death in 1959. The music has moved on.  It has evolved. Grouping the “Jazz” today would sort of be like grouping Mozart and John Adams together under the label of Classical Music. Wait…..they do still do that. What the…..

I personally don’t care what it is called. In fact, I HATE labeling music that is in my iTunes library. I have soundtracks, broadway musicals, jazz, smooth jazz, jazz and funk, funk, rock, classic rock, classical, choir music, NuJazz, Ska, New Orleans, Big Band…….I could be here all day listing them. Why can’t we just call it music and not worry about if it is Jazz, Rock, Classical or whatever?

Yeah……I don’t think it’s ever going to happen either……..we are screwed.

54th Annual Jazz Grammy Nominees

It’s hard to remember that the Grammy Awards actually give out Jazz awards. I mean, with people like Chris Brown getting nominated…..

So here are a few I like that were nominated….

AWARD: 54th Annual Jazz Grammy Nominees:

33. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

The Jazz Ballad Song Book
Randy Brecker With DR Big Band
[Half Note]

The Good Feeling

Christian McBride Big Band
[Mack Avenue Records]

57. Best Instrumental Composition

“Hunting Wabbits 3 (Get Off My Lawn)”
Gordon Goodwin, composer (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)
Track from: That’s How We Roll
[Telarc International]

(Via All About Jazz News)

And lets hope that Chris Brown doesn’t win anything…..