|3 Oct – Oct 3, 2016||Pop Music Therapy And Singalong||Concert|
|5 Sep – Sep 5, 2016||Pop Music Therapy||Concert|
Many of Cat’s numerous students & colleagues have worked in the recording industry, TV, films & musicals, performing their completed songs, and released their own CDs.
Read bios of such notables as: Tony Danza, Bo Diddley, Stephen Bray, Arthur Hamilton, Dianne Reeves, Mark Winkler, Liz Howard & so many more.
An Alumni at random:
Tom is a classical orchestral composer from Luxembourg who can match Haydn and Mozart with amazing melodic and harmonic grace and style. Schooled in Europe and at UCLA Extension where in class he revealed his jones for Britney Spears, Tom can write both the classics and classic pop like Max Martin. Don’t be surprised when you hear his work in ...Keep reading about Cat's Alumni, Tom Bimmerman →
A Colleague at random:
Ariel is the founder of Ariel Publicity and Cyber PR, a New York based digital firm that connects artists to blogs, podcasts, internet radio stations and social media sites. Over the past 12 years, her firm has represented over 1400 musicians of all genres. She has written dozens of articles on how to navigate the “new” music business and her book: Music ...Keep reading about Cat's Colleague, Ariel Hyatt →
The Grammys last night were their usual mixed bag of great moments and some not so great. Taylor Swift was strong in performance and wardrobe, and her stirring acceptance speech that tastefully upbraided Kanye West shows how far she has come in confidence since her initial Grammy days. Lady Gaga's splashy David Bowie tribute was stunningly visual and the excellently sung mashup of his hits was expressive if a bit hurried. Gwen Stefani was a standout in her live "commercial,"; the cast of the Broadway hip-hop musical Hamilton also a highlight that expanded the scope of musical styles performed on the show. Kendrick Lamar got a chance to exhibit his rapping skills and social commentary on Black Lives Mattering with imprisoned images. In addition, I always look forward to when Grammy shows pair performers from diverse backgrounds amid professionally staged production numbers (we see so little of this televised these days).
The tributes to the many recording artists who've passed in the past year were touching if some were longer than needed. On the other hand, some of the other acts such as Justin Beiber, Carrie Underwood's duet with Sam Hunt, and Pitbull's closing song were not particularly strong. The Weeknd started with his hot hit "Can't Feel My Face" but weakened with the second song. The major disappointment of the evening was Adele's vocal, which due to acoustic circumstances beyond her control distracted her and made her sound off-pitch, a travesty for such a talented expressive singer. This made me relate to her expressed desire for an In 'N Out Burger afterwards for consolation.
In contrast to earlier years when I regularly attended these concerts live, I watched from home. This time, televised in real time rather than three hours later for a change. NARAS put on a good show that I felt by and large was creative, hip, varied, relevant, and tasteful.
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