You are a songwriter, and you need to unlock those great songs inside of you Yes, this book is designed entirely to share those secrets that will inspire you to write that great song that you know you can! And once the creativity really starts flowing, we´ll create great habits and write even more, each and every day. Get down to writing the music and the lyrics you know that you can because writer´s block is a fantasy. You just need inspiration. The Magic of Lyrics & Music This book discusses creativity with the lyrics, creativity with the music, and creativity with the forms of your songs, with a number of actionable suggestions and creative exercises to get the juices flowing. There´s also a brief discussion about good habits for songwriters to be more productive (or eventually become a professional), and a list of resource organizations and websites from performing rights to promotion. If you want to develop as a songwriter, possibly even with the goal of going pro, then these are topics you need to think about: The Songwriter´s process Creativity with form Creativity with lyrics Creativity with music Professional? Rights, royalties, and piracy Pro songwriter habits And more... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Garner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057463/bk_acx0_057463_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn the inspiring story of the Utah Jazz´s legendary guard John Stockton! In John Stockton: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball´s Greatest Point Guards, you will learn the inspirational story of one of basketball´s greatest point guards of all time, John Stockton. Stockton ran the point for the Utah Jazz through the majority of the ´80s and ´90s. He holds the NBA record for the most assists and steals of all time. Playing for the majority of his career alongside Karl Malone, Stockton had a highly illustrious career. By the time he retired, he was a 10-time All-Star and had led the league in assists nine times. He is one of few point guards to ever average a career double-double in points and assists. In this unauthorized biography, you´ll relive Stockton´s impressive career from his rookie season to his final game. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Josh Horowitz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/122180/bk_acx0_122180_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Paulie Horvath is never going to be a good student like his brother, John, never going to follow his hardworking father into the plumbing trade, never going to ease his mother´s mind by passing tests or cleaning up his room. But once he hears jazz by accident from the basement of a speakeasy, he knows exactly what he will do: learn that music and make it his life. Jazz is all around in gangland Chicago, but not so easy for a 12-year-old to find, especially when his father disapproves of it. Paulie has to lie, beg, and steal just to get time for lessons, time to practice, time to slip across town to see stars like King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. Lies last only so long until they are found out, and a confrontation is coming. Will he choose home and family or sleazy dives with that wonderful music? To decide, Paulie has to face an even tougher question. What is jazz, after all? Author James Lincoln Collier has played and studied jazz throughout his life. Here is a novel that shows us a great moment in the history of jazz, and points at issues that still trouble us today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: August Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbca/001273/bk_bbca_001273_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An Economist best book of the year In How to Listen to Jazz, award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively introduction to the art of listening to jazz. He tells us what to listen for in a performance and includes a guide to today´s leading jazz musicians. From Louis Armstrong´s innovative sounds to the exotic compositions of Duke Ellington, Gioia covers everything from the music´s history to the building blocks of improvisation. A true love letter to jazz by a foremost expert, How to Listen to Jazz is a must-listen for anyone who´s ever wanted to understand America´s greatest contribution to music. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Ganim. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/003415/bk_hach_003415_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For generations the Rabinowitz men have been Cantors in the synagogue but not Jakie. He is passionate about jazz and ragtime and after bitter arguments with his Dad leaves home to make it on his own. He finds opportunities for his career but is faced with difficult decisions to balance his career, his relationship with Mary, and his memories of his family. Here Al Jolson memorably reprises perhaps his greatest filmed moment when he ushered in the sound age with the immortal words ´you ain´t heard nothin´ yet!´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Al Jolson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/copy/000035/bk_copy_000035_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ted Gioia´s History of Jazz has been universally hailed as a classic - acclaimed by jazz critics and fans around the world. Now Gioia brings his magnificent work completely up-to-date, drawing on the latest research and revisiting virtually every aspect of the music, past and present. Gioia tells the story of jazz as it had never been told before, in a book that brilliantly portrays the legendary jazz players, the breakthrough styles, and the world in which it evolved. Here are the giants of jazz and the great moments of jazz history - Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club, cool jazz greats such as Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, and Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie´s advocacy of modern jazz in the 1940s, Miles Davis´s 1955 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, Ornette Coleman´s experiments with atonality, Pat Metheny´s visionary extension of jazz-rock fusion, the contemporary sounds of Wynton Marsalis, and the post-modernists of the current day. Gioia provides the listener with lively portraits of these and many other great musicians, intertwined with vibrant commentary on the music they created. He also evokes the many worlds of jazz, taking the listener to the swamp lands of the Mississippi Delta, the bawdy houses of New Orleans, the rent parties of Harlem, the speakeasies of Chicago during the Jazz Age, the after-hours spots of corrupt Kansas City, the Cotton Club, the Savoy, and the other locales where the history of jazz was made. And as he traces the spread of this protean form, Gioia provides much insight into the social context in which the music was born. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Souer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018793/bk_adbl_018793_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jazz is a uniquely American art form, one of America´s great contributions to not only musical culture, but world culture, with each generation of musicians applying new levels of creativity that take the music in unexpected directions that defy definition, category, and stagnation. Now you can learn the basics and history of this intoxicating genre in an eight-lecture series that is as free-flowing and original as the art form itself. You´ll follow the evolution of jazz from its beginnings in the music and dancing of the antebellum plantations to its morphing into many shapes as its greatest innovators gave us ragtime, the blues, the swing music of the big band era, boogie-woogie, and big band blues. You´ll follow the rise of modern jazz in all of its many forms, including bebop, cool, modal, free, and fusion jazz. And you´ll learn how the course of jazz was changed by key technological innovations, such as the invention of the microphone, which allowed smaller-voiced singers like Bing Crosby or Mel Torme to share a limelight once reserved for the bigger voices of stars like Bessie Smith or Al Jolson. Beginning the story on those antebellum plantations, Professor Messenger reveals how the ´´cakewalks´´ of slave culture gave birth to a dance craze at the end of the 19th century that was ignorant of its own humble roots. And he explores the irony of the minstrel shows, which derived from Southern beliefs of black cultural inferiority yet eventually spawned a musical industry that African-American musicians would dominate for decades to come. As a bonus, the lectures are also very entertaining, with Professor Messenger frequently turning to his piano to illustrate his musical points, often with the help of guest artists. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Messenger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000084/bk_tcco_000084_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer - The Axeman - stalks the city, three individuals set out to unmask him. As Michael, Luca and Ida each draw closer to discovering the killer´s identity, the Axeman himself will issue a challenge to the people of New Orleans: play jazz or risk becoming the next victim. And as the case builds to its crescendo, the sky will darken and a great storm will loom over the city. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Ragland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/002222/bk_howe_002222_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Elegant, enigmatic Jay Gatsby yearns for his old love, the beautiful Daisy. But she is married to the insensitive if hugely successful Tom Buchanan, who won’t let her go despite having a mistress himself. In their wealthy haven, these beguiling lives are brought together by the innocent and entranced narrator, Nick – until their decadent deceits spill into violence and tragedy. Part morality tale, part fairy tale, The Great Gatsby is the consummate novel of the Jazz Age. Its tenderness and poetry make it one of the great works of the 20th century. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Hope. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000592/bk_naxo_000592_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tales of the Jazz Age is a delightful, sobering, thought-provoking, and downright curious collection of 11 of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short stories, published after his first two novels - This Side of Paradise (1920) and The Beautiful and Damned (1922) - but before The Great Gatsby (1925). In Tales of the Jazz Age, Fitzgerald takes on the mystery and confusion of love: from Southern temptations (´´The Jellybean´´) to humorous (´´The Camel’s Back´´) to poignant (´´The Lees of Happiness´´) to heartbreakingly cruel (´´O Russet Witch´´) to gay-but-tempered in post-World War I New York, with its dark undertones of alcoholism, communism, a liberal press, and the treatment of returning veterans (May Day). Fitzgerald moves away from the real world and takes the listener into the fantasy of a gemstone that is, literally, the size of a mountain (´´The Diamond as Big as the Ritz´´), with echoes of H. G. Wells and rough government authority flying into the story. But, staying with fantasies, Fitzgerald also treats the listener to two plays (Porcelain and Pink and Mr. Icky) that will bring smiles and a few good laughs to the listener’s ears. It is hard to categorize ´´The Curious Tale of Benjamin Button´´ except to say that the listener of this audiobook who has seen or heard about the recent movie of the same name should not - must not - expect anything like that. About all you need to know about Benjamin Button is that his birth and life were anything but normal. In ´´Tarquin of Cheapside´´, Fitzgerald tries out his inner Shakespeare, with an Elizabethan setting and characters that take the listener down dark London streets and into a rather unexpected but satisfying conclusion. And if London of the 16th century is not enough color for the listener of this audiobook, then ´´Jemina, the Mountain Girl´´ will transport you deep into the Kentucky hills, where family feuds over moonshine and card gam... 1. Language: English. Narrator: C James Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mike/002359/bk_mike_002359_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.