Music Review: Billy Currington Goes Country And Beyond At The Fillmore

Pending Legislation Could Cripple Consumer Music Choices

Then Costello introduced his understudy, famed music producer T Bone Burnett. Replete with his trademark glasses, Burnett performed rousing backup vocals on “Please, Mr. Kennedy.” Timberlake’s character sings that song in the film about the New York folk music scene in the 1960s. Burnett acted as the project’s executive music producer, just as he did for the music from the Grammy-winning “O Brother, Where Art Thou.” Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of “Inside Llewyn Davis” included music inspired by the film from a host of folk artists, old and new. Among them were the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, Marcus Mumford, Patti Smith and Joan Baez. Stars from the film also performed, including Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac and Stark Sands. Before the show, director Joel Coen was milling around the lobby, and during intermission, his wife, Frances McDormand, was by his side. When asked how he felt the concert was going, he simply replied: “Good.” Scott Rudin, the film’s producer, was a bit more outgoing. Holding court before the show in the lobby, he appeared like a proud father at a wedding reception. During intermission, Rudin had a huge smile while standing at the center aisle. He spoke briefly to The Associated Press about the show. “Loving it, it’s a blast,” Rudin beamed.

Music practice can sharpen the brain

The Georgia-born singer likes to start off country but emphatically refuses to stay there. ( Josh Sisk / For The Washington Post ) – Billy Currington ranged as far afield as The Jeffersons theme song and Robin Thickes Blurred Lines. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas By the close of his 80-minute set at the Fillmore on Friday night, Currington and his versatile, energetic quintet had unearthed the Jeffersons TV theme song Movin On Up and, with stabs at Robin Thickes Blurred Lines and Daft Punks Get Lucky , turned the Silver Spring rock hall into a beat-heavy nightclub. Which is hardly to say that he held back the hard stuff. After opening with the happy-go-lucky I Got a Feelin , Currington dug into the honky-tonk rockers I Wanna Be a Hillbilly and Thats How Country Boys Roll . The traditional-sounding country-western ballad Pretty Good at Drinkin Beer and the mid-tempo Love Done Gone , with its charming Neil Diamondesque ba-bada singalong hook, lifted spirits even higher. It was at this point that Currington introduced the audience to his real-live chocolate labrador retriever, Paco the honorary subject of the mock-misogynistic Like My Dog (He dont get mad at me and throw a major fit / When I say his sister is a bitch / I want you to love me like my dog does, baby / When I come home, want you to just go crazy). Currington escaped the doghouse with a pair of heartfelt ballads: Let Me Down Easy and Dont. Indeed its easy to picture Currington having attempted to rise up the ranks of modern R&B singers. Occasionally, though, Curringtons expansive range led him too far afield. The slick pulsating pop of Hey Girl and We Are Tonight (the title track of his recently dropped new album) sounded forced and flat on Friday. Yet no matter how strenuously he stretches his repertoire, Currington remains centered in songs like Good Directions and People Are Crazy , the latter a worthy contribution to county musics corpus of wisdom literature: God is great, beer is good and people are crazy. Galupo is a freelance writer.

There have also been companies that have struggled along the way. Some companies, like The New York Times, are trying to find their way while others like Newsweek have been forced to embrace an all digital model. Beneath the distributors of content Apple, Spotify, Pandora, newspaper and magazine publishers and so on the ripple effect is also being felt on content creators musicians, authors and the like. While authors are seeing their articles and books downloaded, musicians have seen the playing field shift from consumers having to buy entire albums regardless of the format to individual tracks. No loner does the the music industry book the bulk of its revenue on a per album basis, but rather on digital singles. Despite that economic shift, airplay on broadcast is still the number one determinate of whether a song is a hit or a bust. For generations, music played on broadcast radio was viewed as promotional material for the artists. While companies in other industries pay to get their material on the air through ad sales, musicians and their record labels get their promotions for free. Even today, 240 million Americans still listen to broadcast radio, even as competition for listeners becomes stiffer thanks to MP3 players like iPods and cell phones, satellite and Internet radio. Even as Internet radio grows in popularity and I expect it will given the install base of Apples new iRadio, the costs make profitability difficult to achieve because the government royalty board at the Library of Congress determined that Internet radio stations like Pandora pay six times the royalty rate of other mediums. Some in the music industry have recognized the changing landscape and have begun negotiating comprehensive deals that acknowledge the current multi dimensional aspect of the industry today. Warner Music Group and radio giant Clear Channel (CCO) recently agreed to a deal where Clear Channel agreed to compensate Warner and their artists when their music is played on the air and in exchange, Warner agreed to lower the royalty rates for music Clear Channel streams on the Internet. The Warner Music Clear Channel deal benefits both companies Clear Channel will gain profitability on the growth of streaming music while Warner Music will get compensation for music played on the air. And the consumer get what they want a wider range of music selection and the ability to consume that content where they want and how they want. Despite the progress made by Warner Music and Clear Channel, there are those in the recording industry are seeking a governmental solution that would again give them the upper hand at the expense of consumers. Congressman Mel Watt has announced that he plans to introduce a bill that would make radio broadcasters compensate musicians and recording artists for playing their songs over the air.

The simple mental tasks included well-known conflict tests used by psychologists, such as the Stroop test. In the Stroop test, participants are presented with names of colors depicted in colors that do not necessarily match. For instance, the word “blue” might be shown in the color red, and the word “green” shown in the color blue. This sets up a conflict in the mind of the participant, who is asked to name the color of each word as it appears before them. The naming of the color is more prone to errors when it does not match the color in which it is presented. In this study, the researchers were interested, among other things, in reaction times, accuracy and also the amount of post-error adjustment that went on. More practice, more efficient information processing Their results show that the amount of musical practice was positively linked to response speed – the more-practiced musicians responded faster than those with little or no musical training, with no loss in accuracy. “This result suggests that higher levels of musical training might result in more efficient information processing in general […] and confirms earlier reports indicating a positive link between mental speed and musical ability,” write the authors. However, what this study particularly highlights is that more hours of musical practice were also linked with “better engagement of cognitive control processes,” which came through in more efficient error and conflict detection, and reduced levels of post-error interference and post-conflict adjustments. In other words, the more practice hours musicians had accumulated, the faster their reaction times in completing mental challenges, the better they were able to recognize and correct mistakes, and the less likely they were to go back and adjust their responses when they made mistakes. This is perhaps not surprising, since practiced musicians learn to be aware of their performance but to not be overly affected by mistakes. Dr. Jentzsch says their findings could be important because these mental processes are the first to be affected by aging and mental illnesses, like depression: “The research suggests that musical activity could be used as an effective intervention to slow, stop or even reverse age- or illness-related decline in mental functioning.” Never too late to learn and practice music Dr.