Crunch Time

It’s getting a little crazy for me as I put the finishing touches on my new audio CD.  It’s amazing that the organ itself is the driving force behind my song selections and also the interpretation.  Those of you who follow my blog realize I have a target date of May 7th to complete the finished product.  This is when the annual home organ festival will be taking place in Palm Springs, CA sponsored by Desi’s Music Centers…..always a wonderful and exciting event.

It continues to be fun to experience the latest concepts from Roland Corporation where technology is key.  The introduction of the Atelier 900 Platinum has the music industry buzzing.  At last, the actual timber of the various sounds has been contoured such that the surrounding nuances are automatically in place for the player.  In other words, flutes, saxophones, brass, etc. effects are programmed to release the appropriate amount of breathiness, attack and decay features, plus crystal clear tones and rhythms.  It’s kind of like a smart phone.  It does the thinking for you leaving more time to simply enjoy making music.

I’ve completed recording all the data and now the graphics are being produced in preparation for the final product.  Keep an eye out on my web site, http://www.rosemarybaileymusic.com, for this current release titled “Passion for Platinum” appearing soon.  What an exciting time to be a musician.

Rosemary Bailey

 

 

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Learning from my Dog

It seems that having a few weeks to strategize and prepare for activities looming in the next months is a welcome relief.  I sometimes get so caught up with the demands of my career as well as my personal life that I lose perspective of priorities.  For example, my dog responsibilities.

Here we have, of course, the best dog in the world…..ever.  She’s smart, kind, obedient and loving.  In fact, if I were able to turn her into a male human, we’d be a perfect match.  Being eight-years-old, I noticed a slow down beginning about six months ago.  She just wasn’t her old self, but then I thought, well neither am I.  Seriously, I decided to have her checked out at the vet’s office.  Through a blood test, I found out she was suffering from a lack of thyroid activity…it was too low!  I felt so badly about not picking up on this sooner but was delighted the diagnosis was treatable.  She was put on a regiment of taking a daily supplement.

So fast-forwarding to now (about a month later) and I have a puppy again!  Not actually, but she is more agile, requires less sleep, her eyes sparkle again, she’s lost eight pounds and is running around playing with dog toys.  All this because of a gland being provoked by a small pill given twice a day.  Oh, if everything in life was this uncomplicated!  It struck me that her transition from listlessness to elation was attributed to one pursuit …taking action to fix the problem.

I guess the analogy of the story is this:  at times, we all lose sight of the need for adjustment, sometime simple, that can enhance one’s quality of life and make us happier.  I’m not only talking about physical changes but emotional ones as well.  Those of you who have chosen to pursue music on a hobbyist level have experienced this.  It truly evolves to be your “best friend”, always there for you when you feel a little blue or alone.  I think that’s the reason why so many folks enroll in amateur keyboard classes where one is surrounded by people just like you.  No one aspires to perform on a professional level, they simply enjoy hanging with those who are like themselves.  It’s a beautiful thing to watch.  A small group of people assembling weekly to learn how to play music……no age restrictions required.

So if you’re considering taking that leap of faith, my suggestion is to join a music-learning program at your local music store, the library, community center, or wherever you find the opportunity.  Just like my doggie discovered, a little additive to your daily life can make a positive difference.  There’s no pills involved here, only the high created by your own success.

Whether it is preparing for upcoming theatre organ engagements, pipe organ performances or planning my spring schedule for Roland/Rodgers Corporation or Volare projects, I love making music and you will too.  Visit me at http://RosemaryBaileyMusic.com

Rosemary

 

 

Have you thought about this?

Do you realize that the Christmas season is less than six months away?  This is when a few wise people begin thinking ahead to the inevitable….like what to give to their special friends.  I’ve never been one of those types until recent years.  It must be a sign of maturity or perhaps it’s simply due to getting older.

From my perspective, having the opportunity to perform various holiday songs is an endearing endeavor.  The down side is that performing selections appropriate for the season is so short-lived.  Usually, I begin including a few well-known tunes in my programs around December 1st or so.  As the month progresses though, more and more of these tunes seem to work their way into song list.  Strangely enough, almost magically, the mood of the seasonal presentations become a bit more liturgical in nature as the December days roll on.  I may choose to perform “Frosty the Snow Man” during a program on let’s say 12/4…..but by 12/18, I feel compelled to also include “Adeste Fideles” and  “Silent Night”.  One of the reasons for this is due to the phenomenal human voice effects available on the Roland Atelier.  Whether utilized in a solo fashion or combined with instrumental support, the various voice ranges are perfect for this type of registration.

I’ve only made one holiday music CD in my career.  Its title is “Holiday Memories” and frankly, I’m quite proud of the result.  In some ways, this disk is different from any others I have produced.  First of all, of course, the 12 songs I selected are all typical of the Christmas season.  The selections are both secular and religious in nature and range in dynamics from subtle settings suitable for carols to renditions reminiscent of huge European cathedrals.  Yes, there’s “Sleigh Ride” appearing on the recording list, but also “What Child is This?”……quite the opposite.  But there is a unique twist to “Holiday Memories”.  I decided to create it in a medley format.  In other words, there is no stoppage between tracks.  My intent in doing it this way was based on a mental picture I had of a family sitting down for Christmas dinner and playing my CD from start to finish without any breaks in the mood of the gathering.  I feel I’ve accomplished my goal by choosing to provide nonstop organ/instrumental holiday song arrangements that folks recognize and enjoy.  Hopefully, my small part in adding to the emotion of the day completes the holiday picture.

So when you’ve had enough of the summer heat and are ready to think about preparing for the most celebrated event of the year, please consider the importance of completing the scene with appropriate background music.  You also might consider a holiday music CD as a gift to those who appreciate a quality recording.  Just be sure to think ahead should you choose to purchase one….after all, listening to holiday music is only a good thing if it’s on or before 12/25.  Then, unfortunately, it’s an eleven-month wait until we hear it again.

When you have a minute, please go to my web site http://www.rosemarybaileymusic.com and check out the “Holiday Memories” disk.  It truly does make for a thoughtful gift….I’ll even autograph the CD insert for you if you’d like! 

Visit me at Http://RosemaryBaileyMusic.com

Have a blessed day and let’s chat again soon.

Rosemary

 

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This Week.

Busy, busy, busy!  I’m enjoying these three days at home before my next venture.  I’ll be leaving soon for a professional commitment at the annual A.T.O.S. (American Theatre Organ Society) convention in Providence, R.I.  http://ATOS.org Actually, it’s a beautiful part of the country to visit this time of year.  However, most of my hours will be spent indoors at the Westin Hotel.  That’s the location for the event although folks travel by bus daily to various venues in the general area listening to wonderful organists perform on great theatre organ installations.
 
The people attending are in quite a unique group…completely enthralled with the vintage sound of the theatre pipe organ.  It’s their life!  Needless to say, nostalgia abounds at these shows.  I sometimes feel I’m part of a movie setting from the turn of the last century at these things.  But all participants are respectful to the artists and quite caught up with the magic of the moment.  They are always an exceptionally appreciative audience.
 
I also will be playing on a digital….yes, I said digital….console organ, the Roland Atelier 900.  Now this might sound a bit absurd, but the reality is simple.  The vast majority of theatre organ aficionado’s (most of whom are musicians themselves) can only dream about the prospect of owning the real thing.  Frankly, the best they can hope for is the opportunity to participate in an “open console” session at a local theatre housing a credible instrument.  But an electronic home version of this scenario is doable.  Here is where technology saves the day.  Through digital sampling, Roland is able to capture the typical theatre organ voices and make them a viable option for the organist.  The realism of the sound quality is quite impressive….and of course, tuning is never an issue. 
 
For these reasons, it is appropriate to display an alternative to the fabulous theatre pipe organ.  It strikes me that it is time for the traditionalists to learn about and perhaps accept the fact that they can retrieve their favorite theatre organ effects on a digital organ.  I plan on presenting an informative short program on the Roland which introduces this concept to the participants.  I feel that this revelation will be well-received and appreciated.  My posture with the group will be one of entertainer and instructor.  But most of all, my goal is to establish an atmosphere of product understanding and acceptance from the attendees.  As the saying goes, “information is the key to success”.  Whether a digital organ would suit the musical needs of those attending the convention is not the issue…….being knowledgeable about the subject is.  And that is my goal.
 
Please visit my website at http://rosemarybaileymusic.com and also visit my facebook page at Rosemary Bailey Music and “Like” me.  If you already have, recommend this to a friend.
 
Look forward to seeing you in Providence, RI
 
Rosemary   
 
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New Experiments and Challenges

Lately, it has come to mind that restricting myself to conventional playing might become old after while.  We live in a time when most industries and activities are in constant movement.  In the music business this is portrayed most vividly by contemporary electronic devices integrated into the Atelier organ.  I’m referring to features like the CD burner, flash drive, digiscore. etc, etc., all of which appear on the upper-end Roland models.  At a certain point of exploration of the instrument, the musician is confronted with a decision…whether to adhere to conventional registrations and playing styles or whether to explore the usage of more contemporary technology, only adding to the opportunities of creating more interesting performance.  To totally ignore the latter is somewhat foolish in my opinion.

Step one, of course, is to learn the song without any apprehension.  In other words, if you decide to avail yourself of the modern features on the organ, the last thing the player wants to worry about is knowing the notes, chords and timing of the number.   

Rosemary

www.RosemaryBaileyMusic.com 

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Upcoming Event

Here’s an annual event that is one of my favorites.  The Home Organist Adventure is sponsored by our local Roland dealer in southern California, Desi’s Music.  The owner (and a long-time friend of mine) Desi Nelson, holds this three-day festival being held at the Hilton Resort in beautiful Palm Springs, California.  This year we’ll convene on Sunday, April 4th through Thursday, April 7th.    I plan on enjoying the excitement of the show and its participants.  Various artists representing today’s organ industry will be on hand to answer questions about the instruments being played plus to conduct informal seminars directed towards the hobbyist musician.  Evening activities include dinner followed by concertizing from some of the greatest professional organists in the world. 

 

We all have a great time at this event.  For more information log onto www.desismusic.com.  I’d love to see you there!

 Rosemary

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EXCITING NEWS !!!!!!!!!

Good news!  I have been confirmed as an artist at the 2011 American Theater Organ Society national convention.  My role is to provide insight and demonstration of the Roland digital organ.  This annual function will be held in Providence, RI. at the downtown Westin Hotel.  The dates are June 30th — July 4th.  For many years the volunteers and contributors of ATOS have worked tirelessly to maintain theater pipe organ installations throughout the country.  The effort is huge in that many of these instruments are either vintage or have not been serviced adequately through the years.  So the necessity of having a small army of dedicated technicians who spend a copious amount of time making sure the console, wiring and pipes themselves are in working order is absolutely crucial.

 

The chapter hosting the event is EMCATOS (Eastern Massachusetts chapter of ATOS) and the four-day convention will feature various famous theater organists performing in the general area.  Reservations show some 600 people attending ready to listen to their favorite players.  So you may ask what pertinence the Roland Atelier organ has in this environment.  Good question…..

 

With the passing of time, traditional theater organs have seen their hay day being integrated into some of the most prestigious venues in the world.  Their sound is utterly unique, created by thousands of vertical pipes being activated by the rely system emanating from the organ console.  Acquiring the organ itself is a very costly undertaking plus maintenance issues are sometimes prohibitive.  However, though rare, these complex, elaborate installations do appear in large homes.  There is truly no substitution for a situation of this caliber but there now is a “second best”, more doable solution for those folks craving theater organ instrumentation.  It is the Roland Atelier organ which features digitally sampled theater organ ranks.  Although these registrations are only one facet of this instrument, the variety and combination of theater organ sounds make the Atelier organ a satisfying more practical replacement for the real thing.

 

My mission at the convention will be to present and educate the attendees on technology that makes it possible to virtually replicate voicing typical of the theater pipe organ.  I’ll also be performing at their gala banquet on Sunday evening.  This will be fun.  I anticipate the majority of people interested in knowing more about this subject will be genuinely impressed with the realism emanating from the Roland organ.

 

I can’t wait.  For more information about this year’s ATOS convention, please log onto www.atos.org/convention

Rosemary

www.RosemaryBaileyMusic.com

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