The 54th Grammy Night – “better than most”

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Being the owner of a business called David’s Music House, I feel it “incumbent upon me” to write an article about this year’s 54th Grammy award show. I actually thought it was one of the best I have seen for quite a while. It seemed to have more meaning, friendliness, warmth and more good music. I am not going to make this any kind of a critique of artist performances, of who won what, who did what or WTH was that? :-), but more of a note that I really enjoyed most of the event. I will say that I was totally caught off guard and absolutely blow away with the performance of someone I did not know….Bruno Mars! I just wasn’t aware of the name. I realized I had heard some of the current hits, but that performance at the beginning of the Grammys was to perfect for words! It was a blend of the best sounds of James Brown, Prince and Earth Wind and Fire…..to me, live music performed at it’s best – real musicians, playing tight, amazing breaks, movement and all brought together by Bruno Mars slick and amazing perfect talent.

I will say that the opening by Bruce Springsteen was truly, gold, as he always is. No one can take a few simple chords, add inspiring lyrics and the perfect build of music to bring everyone to a statement that perfectly shows the POWER that music has in bringing emotions to ultimate heights! Just AWESOME!

It was the music event of this week’s tragic and sudden death of Whitey Houston that brought the usual over the top extravaganza that the Grammys have been in recent years, to a more humble, yet totally inspiring evening of a tribute to not only, perhaps the best vocalist ever, but to all of music itself. That was the reason everyone seemed to be a bit more respectful of all the various musicians and performances of the evening. The spirit and realization that something HUGE was gone from music, made all the genres and generations of music that attended this years Grammy event a “special” one. This year was the most well blended and appreciative gathering of all of the people of the music industry, who seemed to realize that it can all be gone in a moment and that for one night…..ALL of the music… mattered!

The ending, for me, was perfect, with Paul McCartney’s performance of The Beatles, Golden Slumbers – Carry That Weight – The End, with my favorite, meaningful lyrics.. “and in the end… the love you take, is equal to the love….you make”

The winners are posted all over the internet, but if you need, here is a link to the winners.

http://www.grammy.com/

Why not think of a few songs you heard during this year’s event and put together your unique version and perform it at our next Open Mic Night, Saturday, Feb. 25.

Don’t forget to plan to come to hear Vicky Andreis full band performance of her NEW CD, “Treasure”, recorded, produced and digitally mastered in the DMH Studio, on Friday, Feb. 24th, at David’s Music House. pre-sales tickets are $5, call 724-941-9200 for info. ($10 at the door). All ages welcome. Bring the family…Vicky’s songs on this album are truly inspiring and she is always one of the most amazing performers and singers.

Also, a DMH favorite, Jeremy Caywood will be opening the evening with some of his songs that he is currently working on in the DMH Studio.

Friday Night Concerts Inspire DMH Students

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Friday Nights mean Professional Performances at ‘da House. We bring in artists from all over the country to perform on our Coffee House Stage. We have had musicians from many states and even as far as Hawaii. We actually had one band scheduled who were coming from Ireland, but due to scheduling issues, they had to cancel…we almost went International!

These concerts are for two main reasons. One being to bring amazing professional talent to the community of South Hills in a venue where the whole family can come. Secondly, we want our students of the arts to be able to come and see performances that will “inspire” them to want to be better musicians and performers. There just aren’t any places where a family can go, for an inexpensive evening, and hear some of the most amazing musicians! “Between the ample FREE parking and easy to find location, you just can’t beat David’s Music House for a wonderful night’s entertainment, for a low cost, for the whole family.” – Customer testimonial.

Most recently, Vanessa Campagna, a national recording artist, who has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Sugarland, Trace Atkins, and performed before thousands at Pittsburgh’s 2011 Light Up Night, and many large concert venues and malls during this holiday season. Vanessa is a perfect example of an area young musical talent discovering her dream and love of singing, and with the support and guidance of her family, is recording and co-writing songs with well known hit songwriters in Nashville. We plan on having Vanessa return in the future and give a performance workshop for our DMH students. Look for that in 2012!

Look to our DMH Event Calendar as we are beginning to book our 2012 concerts and our weekly Saturday Open Mic Night are continuing in the New Year.

Giving Thanks, That’s what this holiday is about!

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As the saying goes, “If it was easy, everyone would do it!” I say this a lot, ever since starting my business, David’s Music House, last October 2010. It has been one of the most difficult things I have ever done, and yet, I have never enjoyed doing work so much in my life! I often remind myself, when I get bogged down in bills, long hours and forgetting to do some important task, to “Stop and enjoy this moment, this hour, this day, before it’s gone”.

We all lead crazy, hectic lives, as our lifestyles seem to have exponentially become so complex and we all struggle to find ways of getting through these hard economic times. People not only are finding it hard to find jobs but companies are still laying people off and we all do our best to make ends meet. During our stress filled lives, we need to force ourselves to stop doing what we are doing and think about all the blessings we have and are enjoying right now, this moment, this hour and this day! Don’t miss an awesome moment of taking your children to music lessons because you’re in a hurry and have had a difficult day. Instead, enjoy that you are with them, right in that moment!

The media, retail and marketers have turned the end of each year into a blur of shopping, one giant combined holiday season and we are now hearing Christmas music the day after Halloween! Thanksgiving has turned into a pause to have a good meal and take a break from shopping for Christmas. Thanksgiving is not just some great food day in the middle of the holiday season from Halloween to New Year’s Day! This is a holiday that plainly states it’s meaning in the name itself. It is a time of stopping to give thanks for all we have and to be with the most important people in our lives….our family and friends.

I could easily think of this Thanksgiving Day as a very welcome break from working hours on end to make my business a success. I choose not to focus on that, although I do enjoy the day, the food and the rest. I have so much to be thankful for this year, from my health, to doing something I absolutely LOVE everyday, to being able to make the decisions I want without running it by a deaf corporate ear, and most of all, I will take time to think of all the amazing concerts, musicians, new friendships, long time friends who have helped me build and start this business and “Angels who are watching over me” and have helped me find ways to keep David’s Music House going for over a year now.

All of us at David’s Music House hope you all STOP and give special “Thanks” to all the blessings in your lives this Thanksgiving and take a break from all the worries and stress in your lives, to savor the day, with good time, family and friends. Please stay safe during your holiday travels as well.

We all give our heartfelt THANKS to all of YOU, who have told us how much you LOVE David’s Music House, spread the word about us and for all of your support and kind thoughts. We are here for YOU and to provide a place where you can get away from all the stress and enjoy the common bonds of our “Love of Music and the Arts!”

Happy Thanksgiving!

David

September is here, Fall is coming, Band – LocaL starts concerts, Andrew McKnight returns, LOTS going on at ‘da House

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As we all realize that another summer of vacations and sunny weather, (yes, sunny in Pittsburgh, which is not a usual thing) has come to an end, but we look with great anticipation of the Fall. Fall in Western PA is such a wonderful, cooler, colorful, time of the year. All the colors of Fall speak of warm cozy gatherings of friends and what better place could you find than David’s Music House to enjoy some really great java and pumpkin cupcakes or our House Cookies.

We will be brining some of the best performances back from our first year and many new faces as well. The man who started our very first Friday Night Concert, Andrew McKnight (http://www.andrewmcknight.net/) will be coming back this September, actually for a Saturday Night Concert. Andrew is a nationally known singer/songwriter of Americana/Folk Music and is a performer not to be missed. If you missed Andrew last Fall, you have another chance on Sept 24th.

September 24th is also the day for the DMH Team participation in a walkathon to raise public awareness and funding for the Alzheimer’s Association. If any of you already know, my mother Hannah Lindberg passed away in January of 2010 as a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. She suffered the living nightmare of Alzheimer’s for the last 3 years of her life. This is a terrible way to slowly slip from existence, as you are aware that you are beginning to suddenly have periods of time when you find your memory blank. Imagine the fear of suddenly becoming aware that you are living in a nursing home with others who are in worse stages of Alzheimer’s and realizing that you have have lost your identity and dignity of your life. The ONLY possible good thing one can say about losing your memories to Alzheimer’s would be when you get bad enough that you don’t really realize what is happening to you any longer.

Alzheimer’s is an issue that is increasing in numbers of victims exponentially, due to the amount of the population, the Baby Boomer generation, is coming of the age when Alzheimer’s begins One unique fact about the numbers of Baby Boomers is that it is also increasing the numbers of people who are being afflicted with Alzheimer’s at an earlier age. The Alzheimer’s Association has been the leading advocate of raising public and political awareness of the severity of this epidemic of our times. Over the next few years and decades, our nation will see this epidemic grow to staggering proportions and have a crushing effect on the world’s economy.

The DMH Team is looking for donations to contribute and will be walking Sept 24th in the morning in Peters Park. You can make a donation of any amount on our DMH Team Page. You can also contribute by purchasing our House Cookies, as we donate proceeds from them to the Alzheimer’s Association.

We will celebrate our participation that same evening with “An Evening with Andrew McKnight”. Be sure to come and hear this amazing entertainer in our Coffee House. You just can’t find this quality entertainment anywhere in the South Hills in a “Family Friendly, BIG Living Room” venue. Your support of these type of entertainment helps DMH continue to bring such quality entertainment to the South Hills.

We begin our September Friday Night Concert Series with an area band of amazingingly talented musicians called LocaL. Yes, they are a local band named LocaL! They are 4 talented musicians, (Leigh-Anne Yost (guitar, singer, songwriter), Lisa Weiss (singer), Kyle Ingram (guitar, singer, songwriter) and Zack DeFelice (percussion, vocals, guitar, songwriter), who will play many favorite songs your have heard and love as well as some of their original music.

We have a LOT of new & exciting things and events coming this Fall to ‘da House. Be sure to keep checking our website and Event Calendar for all the latest news, as well as opening our monthly newsletter and event reminder emails.

Do forget, you can join ‘da House by entering your email address on our Home Page in the Lil’ Davy Says section. Don’t miss out on who coming and what’s happening’ at ‘da House.

Have a enjoyable and safe holiday weekend

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All the staff is taking a end of summer holiday weekend off and we hope all of our DMH fans do the same. This summer just seemed to fly right by! The Fall is a beautiful time of the year, but it does lead to the long cold winter, so be sure to make the most of this great end of summer long weekend.

There will not be a Friday Night Concert nor an Open Mic Night this holiday weekend, but never-fear, we will be back with some awesome music next weekend, this Sept 9th concert featuring an area group named “LocaL”. Opening for them will be a DMH favorite, Jeremy Caywood. This will truly be a wonderful night of music. Then Sept 10th, will start the BEST Open Mic Night in the South Hills. We bring in some great area talent and we have seen so many new young musicians play for their first time on our coffee house stage and show what gifted musicians we have in our area. Open Mic Nights are such a wonderful way to spend an evening even if you don’t play an instrument yourself. Its a great night out in a neighborhood, family friendly venue. You can’t go wrong with that.

Enjoy this weekend and celebrate the summer and beginning of the Fall season, then make plans to come to ‘da House next weekend and throughout the rest of 2011.

We will continue to bring the BEST talent from the local area and from all over the country to our Coffee House for your pleasure and we truly are thankful for all the support the community has shown to David’s Music House for it’s first year!

Get ready for some awesome new events and things to come in 2012!

David

Promoting area talent is what DMH does!

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In our goal to become known as a community gathering place for lovers of music and the arts, David’s Music House is always on the lookout for new, upcoming area talent to support and help promote. This Friday’s Concert featured a rising band from the Pittsburgh area, named Roundhand Rowan. They call their music Melodic Hardcore, although, adapting into our smaller coffee house setting, they amazingly transformed into an awesome acoustic performance which was so very cool! RHR had just wound up their August tour and finished in our venue. They are currently recording their upcoming album in the DMH Recording Studio. When we know a release date, we will be sure to pass that one to everyone. Check out their Facebook Page for more info.

Opening for RHR was a local young band named Rare Breed who hail from Canon-Mac school district. They play some amazing new and classic rock covers and are also writing their own music and will be hitting the DMH Recording Studio in the near future. Check out their Facebook Page for more info.

The Coffee House was filled on Friday with area supportive community family members and music lovers. Such a great night of bringing area musicians to perform on stage.

WE LOVE WHAT WE DO! 🙂

Thanks to all who continue coming to DMH and spread the word to their friends and area residents. We can’t do this without YOU!!!