Happy Days Are Here Again: Songs of the FDR Years

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An Elections-Themed Song Stuff by Cary Ginell The recent broadcast of Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts” PBS series has brought new attention to the lives and presidencies of cousins Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt. One of the aspects of FDR’s unprecedented … Continued

SONGSTUFF by Cary Ginell Songs for Halloween

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When Christmas time comes around, everyone knows where to find appropriate music. The song trough is filled to the brim with perennial classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and a passel of traditional and contemporary favorites … Continued

Copyrighting an Arrangement of a Public Domain Song

Part 10 in Cary Ginell’s “Ransacking the Public Domain” series In searching for new material to record, many composers look to a public domain song for inspiration. The usual process is to take a traditional song, such as “Yankee Doodle,” and … Continued

Cary Ginell’s Attack of the Killer Earworm: Part 4

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Songwriters know how lucrative getting a song on the charts can be, but many slave their years away writing songs for production houses, hoping to catch the ear of an advertising agency or commercial sponsor. Although having a hit on … Continued

The Attack of the Killer Earworm, Part 3: Commercial Jingles That Became Top 40 Hits: The ’60s and ’70s

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Last time we talked about and played examples of commercial jingles that were so good that they outlasted the campaigns they were associated with and became cultural touchstones. Occasionally, jingles were so well crafted that they enjoyed a second life … Continued

THE ATTACK OF THE KILLER EARWORM PART 2: MORE COMMERCIAL JINGLES YOU CAN’T GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD

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The latest Songstuff By Cary Ginell Nothing is treated with as much value and dread in the music industry as the earworm. Earworms are the industry name for commercial jingles that stick in your memory like peanut butter on the roof … Continued

The Attack of the Killer Earworm: Commercial Jingles You Can’t Get Out of Your Head

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  The latest Songstuff By Cary Ginell Nothing is treated with as much value and dread in the music industry as the earworm. Earworms are the industry name for commercial jingles that stick in your memory like peanut butter on the … Continued

Cary Ginell, Megatrax’s Resident Musicologist, Does it Again With Herbie Mann Bio

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Cary Ginell, Megatrax’s intrepid Publishing Administrator, has just released the third in a series of jazz biographies for Hal Leonard Books, “The Evolution of Mann: Herby Mann and the Flute in Jazz.” An established musicologist, Cary is already hard at … Continued

Songstuff By Cary Ginell: A Celebration of Black and White

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On April 4, 1964, it will have been fifty years since the Beatles achieved something no recording act has accomplished, before or since, when they placed all five top positions on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 listing of the best-selling singles … Continued

Songstuff by Cary Ginell: “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – The Saga of Solomon Linda

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With the recent passing of folk music icon Pete Seeger, many historians have looked back on the multitude of folk songs the lanky banjo-plucking balladeer introduced to American audiences. Both on his own and with the pioneering group the Weavers … Continued

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