The Best Songs About Trees

Recently, a Pine collapsed near my house. In no time, tree surgery experts came to remove it. In conversation with one of the tree surgeons, I learned how these trees – typical of Scotland – are related to the pines from mainland Europe and can live up to 700 years. But this tree that was much older than our house decided to leave this world.

Since this event, I have been obsessed with the forests for weeks. Every day I go out amazed to walk among the trees on the banks of the river. It will be for the summer that it would seem to tell us stories tailored to the human being: stories of life and death.

It will be to say goodbye to the last golden rays … This serendipitous encounter with nature got me thinking of all the music related to trees, so I put together this little playlist.

Actually, I wanted to make this playlist thinking about how trees are part of our lives, even if we don’t take any direct action towards them, we know they are there and for now, we have the certainty that they will also be there tomorrow.

Some musicians decided to also include trees in their creations and I put this musical list for you so that you know what they are and that you can think of your favorite type of tree.

1. Yellin’ At The Xmas Tree – Billy Idol

Billy Idol started his career in the punk band Generation X and when he separated – around 1981 – he had great success as a solo artist. He gave us this song with all the power of 80s rock. Although it does not talk about the trees of nature, it is a fun song and probably the most original Christmas jingle of all time.

He’s yellin’ at the Christmas tree

He’s yellin’ at the Christmas tree

He’s yellin’ at the Christmas tree

He’s sleeping it the Christmas tree

2. The Little Christmas Tree – Nat King Cole

It’s music´s history in a song and a little sugarcoating for our list. How to sing to a lonely Christmas tree as only Nat King Cole did. What a warm way to wake up to a song and a voice.

I’m the happiest Christmas tree
Ho ho ho, hee hee hee
Someone came and they found me
And took me home with them

3. Fruit Tree – Nick Drake

What can I tell you about Fruit Tree? It is a superb and beautiful masterpiece. This is the soul of Nick Drake singing: he was a soul with a message. I have always believed that the composition and the lyrics are incredibly beautiful.

Fame is but a fruit tree

So very unsound

It can never flourish

Till its stalk is in the ground

4. If A Tree Falls – Bruce Cockburn

One of the best songs dedicated to activism and the environment. This song not only talks about our forests, but it also talks about our entire planet. With a harsh criticism for human greed and its dire consequences for nature.

If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?
If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?
Does anybody hear the forest fall?

5. Ombra Mai Fu – Jackie Evancho

Beautiful music, beautiful song, and an even more beautiful voice. This young talent will leave you wanting more. She is that impressive.

Ombra mai fu
Di vegetabile,
Cara ed amabile,
Soave più.

The Musical Capitals of the United Kingdom for Music Lovers Part 2

The United Kingdom is full of interesting and historic places, many of which have defined the music we know and love today. Today we will continue exploring these places and their importance in the history of music.

Manchester

Manchester is the third-largest city in the UK and has given birth to numerous bands such as Oasis, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Take That, and The Chemical Brothers amongst others.

In Manchester, you can also find good places to listen to live music such as Radio 6, Band On The Wall, or the historic Albert Hall, recognized as one of the best places with the best atmosphere for music in the United Kingdom.

The most important groups on the current scene can be seen at the O2 Apollo venue.

Brighton

This beautiful seaside town is not only famous for its iconic pier but is also known for being the birthplace of the popular English band, The Kooks. Brighton is home to a very lively music scene, with famous landmarks such as the Albert Prince with its iconic Banksy graffiti, the Green Door Store, The Old Market, and the famous Brighton Music Hall.

With regular concerts and events every night, it is a great place to discover future bands. Getting to Brighton is easy from most major cities in the UK, and it’s a very popular day trip for many music fans.

Edinburgh

If you are looking to experience some new and local music to discover, then you have to go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival during the summer season. Officially regarded as the world’s largest performing arts festival, the Fringe spans over 25 days!

The whole city becomes a stage, with musicians playing in the streets, in cafes, pubs, restaurants, churches, and practically in any space available. In 2018, there were 50,561 performances at 310 venues.

No matter what kind of live performance you are looking for, you can be sure that you will find it in this city.

How many of these places have you visited and how many are you still looking forward to seeing? Leave your favorites in the comments!

Musical Instruments Auction

For all of you musically inclined individuals like us, we have a special event coming up and for sure you will be interested! For the love of music, we are conducting an auction and the proceeds will go to Glasgow Music School. We have invited several sponsors and one of which is the owner of Glasgow Boiler Installations, who also loves music. He built his company and gathered a team of Gas Engineers Glasgow and they offer Boiler and Central Heating Services and Replacement Boiler Services. Most of their engineers have over 20 years of experience and this is why they already have a strong following when it comes to these services. They are a very huge part of this event and we want to thank them for all their help.

It just also happened that the owner is a dear friend and has connection also in Glasgow Music School. He said that one of his passions is also music and his favorite instrument is the guitar. He plays a lot of songs and among his favorites are the 70’s and 80’s songs and bands like Earth, Wind and Fire, Abba, Bon Jovi and many more. He shared that music is his bonding moment with his son who he really honed to be a Gas Engineer like himself so that he can follow his footsteps. Managing the business can be very stressful, he said, since their main goal is to provide their clients with quality and reliable services at affordable prices. They have to be consistent and efficient at the same time and they have a lot of competitors so it has always been really challenging for them and the entire company. After every meeting, he shared that he listens to music to relax and breathe. He even made it to a point to come up with a Music Club within the company and this group plays on every event in their company like Christmas party, Sports fest or Family day. We will be very lucky to watch and hear them play at our auction too!

Since we’ve received a generous amount, we’ve partnered with McTear’s Auctioneers to help us conduct the event. They are the experts in auction. We will be accepting all types of instruments like piano, violin, guitar, harp, etc. We hope that we’ll have a lot of people that will participate in order to come up with a good money for the aspiring students of Glasgow Music School. Glasgow Music School believes that anyone can play an instrument as long as they are passionate and if he or she dreams about it. They are determined to help those that are aspiring, regardless of age and we fully support this.

The main goal for the auction is to help a lot of aspiring music lovers to study their craft and eventually hone it because we believe that talents and dreams that these aspirants have deserved to be given a chance to grow. Let’s all make this event successful! We’re still open for some donations or referrals to other music organizations so just keep sharing the information. We will be providing more details soon so just stay tuned in our website!

The Musical Capitals of the United Kingdom for Music Lovers Part 1

From the 70s onwards, from Rock to Punk, through Hard Rock and Britpop, there are not a few British groups that have changed the music scene. It is difficult to choose which places to visit because in every corner of Great Britain – be it a big city or a small country town – you can find numerous examples of British influence on the history of music.

In every corner of the UK, there is a city on the island with a great musical story to tell, each occupying its particular place of honor in the history of music. Let’s find out what they are below:

London

There is no denying that London is a city rich in music history, but one neighborhood – in particular – stands out from the rest: Camden Town. Home to artists like David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Chris Martin of Coldplay, and Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, Camden Town, or simply Camden, it is a center of creativity and musical heritage.

Residents and visitors flock to the many world-famous music venues such as Dublin Castle, where bands such as Madness (their “My Girl” music video was filmed indoors), and the Electric Ballroom, have performed for over 70 years and has hosted great groups such as The Clash, U2, and The Smiths. Camden Town – easily accessible by Metro – is a must-see destination for all music lovers.

Do you want more? On Oxford Street, you can visit the place where the Sex Pistols played for the first time, in Kensington the home of Freddie Mercury, and in Camden Square the home of Amy Winehouse, among many other examples.

Liverpool

What made Liverpool famous around the world? The Beatles! They are undoubtedly the most famous group in the world and the most important for modern music. John, Paul, George, and Ringo, four boys from Liverpool who in 1960 changed the world of music forever.

Their city has always recognized its importance, enough to dedicate statues and even an airport. Besides the museum and historical places such as Fab Four, Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, one of the most interesting places to visit is The Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles played more than 300 times!

The club has been recently renovated but has kept its original nature. In The Cavern Club, you have played all the main groups in the world and inside, as well as listening to good live music, you will find a lot of objects that reflect the historical importance of this place.

We will continue with our listing in future posts. Stay Tuned!

Top 10: Best Songs of the Beatles

The Beatles were an English-born rock band founded in 1956. Composed by John Lennon (singer, guitarist, and composer), Paul Mc Cartney (bassist, composer, voice), George Harrison (guitar and voice) and Ringo Starr (drums). Their songs with a psychedelic and unique style change the music´s story forever. Here we bring you the best songs by The Beatles …

10. In my life

This song is positioned at number 23 of the Rolling Stone «The 500 Best Songs in History».

9. Something

This song had an excellent reception and achieved great commercial success. Around 150 artists have performed the song. Without a doubt one of Harrison’s best writings … Thanks, Ray Charles!

8. Strawberry Field Forever

This song is inspired by Lennon’s memories of his experiences while playing in the garden of a children’s home of the Salvation Army (Non-governmental organization of private social welfare.)

7. Eat Together

After their separation, the band launched the song “Let it Be.” Then, the band came together again and created this piece transmitting a fresher and rejuvenated look.

6. Let it Be

This song came from the inspiration of a dream of the writer McCartney where his mother advised him that it was better to let go… Everything coincides in that at that time the band was at its worst moment and the song was not released until the year 1970 because the Band had just separated.

5. Here Comes The Sun

Together with “Something,” Here Comes the Sun is one of the best hits written by the guitarist and vocalist, George Harrison. While the band was going through a bad financial moment George was isolated and the omen of Here Come the Sun emerged.

4. Twist and Shout

For those who swore and always thought that this song was from The Beatles, we told them that to their surprise this song is originally from a band called The Top Notes. The Beatles made its version and that’s how it became known worldwide.

3. Hey Jude

With more than 7 minutes long it was one of the longest songs at that time. The song Hey Jude, previously called “Hey Jules” is inspired by Lennon’s son, Julian, since the intention was to comfort him for the pain caused by his parents’ divorce.

2. All You Need Is Love

It was the first song broadcast globally on satellite television in 30 countries and seen by more than 400 million people in the “Our World” program, where each country was represented by an artistic number. In this case, The Beatles represented the United Kingdom.

  1. Yesterday

Romantic and melancholic ballad composed and only recorded with the voice of Paul McCartney. Besides, it is one of the most versioned songs in the history of popular music with 1600 performances and the best-known version is the Elvis Presley.

I think we could never include in a post all the best songs of The Beatles. Simply because they are many, but we have tried to collect the best.

Are you missing a song? Tell us and give us your opinion!

What should I look for to buy a guitar case?

Recently, I bought a new guitar case and I discover that is hard to find useful info in the web. If you are going to buy a case for your guitar, but you have doubts about which one suits you best, I´m going to detail the characteristics that differentiate one from the other, in this post. I hope I can help you to choose the one that best suits your needs.

Features that differentiate guitar sleeves

Dimensions

The first thing you should look for is the size. You must make sure the dimensions of your guitar so that the case fits correctly. In addition to the length and width, you must consider the thickness. Looking at the dimensions is especially important if the guitar belongs to a child.

Weight

The same guitar is already an important weight that sometimes makes it difficult to move. The lighter the case, the better. Although most of the time the weight of the case goes hand in hand with the dimensions and weight of the instrument. This characteristic also depends on the physical form of each.

Shape

There are universal covers that adapt to the shape of almost any type of guitar. Others, instead, have the specific silhouette for an electric guitar, Spanish, acoustic, etc… If you do not want to play it or your guitar has a very peculiar shape, it will be better for you to choose one that is exclusive for that type.

Material

There are covers of diverse materials. This characteristic determines the aesthetic. There are brighter materials or less. Some covers can combine different materials creating different effects.

But it is also important that you look at whether it is a resistant, flexible, waterproof or washable material.

Zipper

How is the zipper? You must look where it is located and also its length. If the opening is too short, it may be more difficult to remove the guitar from the case. The thickness and resistance of the zipper are also important, if it is narrow, it may be damaged or torn off beforehand by the weight of the guitar.

Double seams

Double seams make the case more resistant. Especially if your guitar is very heavy or if you must move it around very frequently.

Outer bag

Some cases have an outer bag that comes in handy for putting sheet music, song lyrics, manuals or any other type of material necessary for our interpretation.

Price

The guitar covers have very different prices. Their range is wide: from around € 10 for starters to € 3,000 for some of the most sophisticated.

Piano songs you will absolutely love

There was a time when the piano was the true protagonist of the compositions. We speak of course when the stars had names like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin or Johannes Brahms. But over the years, this instrument has been relegated to the background because of other instruments such as the electric guitar, which has also been losing prominence.

From All percussions, we have decided to perform a memory exercise and recover those songs of modern music in which the piano is the real protagonist, or at least it carries the singing voice of the song

Although any song can be performed on piano, in this post we are going to leave a list of the piano songs that have been famous.

The best piano songs ever

OST The Piano

The soundtrack of the 1993 film “The Piano” has a song performed by this instrument that has great intensity and is up to this list.

Love story theme (piano)

In 1970, Erich Segal had a film known as “Love Story” that triumphed so much for how deep the story is that it tells as well as what its soundtrack liked.

Nuvole Bianche

This great piano musical piece became famous thanks to the announcement of the 2015 Lottery. In the announcement there were no dialogues, it was only the piano music of the Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi that conveyed the message along with the images.

Moonlight

The first movement of Beethoven’s Sonata Opus 27 No. 2, better known as moonlight, is well known and conveys a lot of feeling.

The river flows in you

This piece of Yiruma is one of the most beautiful piano songs for many music lovers.

This is the end of my personal and intimate review of the imprint that this instrument has been leaving the last century and beyond. Of course, I await your comments with your favorite themes. Do not forget to share this blog entry to help grow the community of All Percusions.

The Best Singers in History: Male Vocalists

I will like to start this blog with a couple of lists. What best list to start, that one with the best singer in history? At least, for me.

Surely, when defining who is or was the best singer in history, everyone will have their opinion, but we will try to make a list of the best singing men of all time and I invite you to contribute with your opinions in the comments. That way, surely the List will be even better.

Freddie Mercury

Queen’s vocalist is, for many, the best singer of all time. The fact of having died young has given him the peculiarity of myth, but that does not detract from the undoubted merit of being one of the best voices of all time.
Not only because of his portentous voice and spectacular acting. In addition to singing, Mercury was a great composer and proof of this are the hits “Bohemian Rhapsody” (highly complex), “Somebody to love” and “Barcelona” (both absolutely exciting) or “We are the Champions” (a whole hymn), to name just some of the songs he composed. Furthermore, he played piano and guitar.
That said: all in one.

Frank Sinatra

The American singer who was born in 1915 in Los Angeles, has been known by all music lovers as “The Voice” because he was considered the man with the best voice in the world.
Besides to be a great vocalist, he was also an actor in countless movies.
Frank Sinatra was the first in many things. He was a teenage idol, an example to follow and the original bad boy, too. It has been, until now, the source of inspiration for hundreds of artists. And awakened a real youth hysteria:
Before the screams of thousands of fans are heard by The Beatles or One Direction, the girls shouted for Frank Sinatra. One of the historical moments was when 30 thousand girls arrived in Times Square in New York on October 12, 1944.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley, the “King of Rock and Roll” was born in 1935 in Tupelo, although since childhood he lived in Memphis. With his music he got the black culture to have better acceptance in 1956 and turned rock and roll into a musical genre, which he impregnated that rebellious and youthful character that today makes it unique.
He died in August 1977, although the legend that Elvis is still alive continues …

Luciano Pavarotti

This renowned Italian tenor, famous throughout the world for both his interpretations in operas and collaborations with duos of different types of music. The greatness of Pavarotti is going to be measured by the vacant space he left behind. There is no tenor, none, which has been able to occupy its place as regards vocal quality, artistic expression, emotional capacity, solar dimension, and communicative talent. There are extraordinarily interesting voices in the media right now, but the death of the Big leaves the succession issue unsolved.