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December 2, 2013Posted by on
Seasons Greetings, Everyone!
The holidays are here, and this year has a special meaning. I’d like to invite you to help us raise awareness for a great little cause with a very big heart.
It’s Little Kids Rock, a fantastic nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing music education in America. With your help, Little Kids Rock provides free instruments and music lessons to underserved public school kids, coast-to-coast.
Last year we produced a special CD called The Six Strings of Christmas, an album of holiday arrangements performed by our family of studio musicians — those great players we work with every day. They donated their services, and we all donated our time to make it happen, resulting in a collection of 16 great acoustic yuletide classics all played on a six-string… well, with a few 4, 8, and 12 strings thrown in just for fun.
Thanks to the generosity of clients and friends like you, we were able to give $3,000 to Little Kids Rock.
We’re at it again this year, and here’s the best part: just like last year…100% of each $9.99 CD purchase goes directly to Little Kids Rock.
One of my favorite videos is watching the faces of these kids as they each receive a guitar at this Little Kids Rock workshop.
You can click here to learn more about Little Kids Rock and listen to The Six Strings of Christmas CD by clicking here.
Thank you so much for you help. Happy Holidays, and thanks for helping Little Kids Rock!
August 30, 2013Posted by on
Everyone’s got that dog-eared book that’s barely held together at the binding from so many reads. Or that old holey t-shirt you can’t stop wearing. Or a ratty pair of sneakers you’ve had since high school. They’re comforting and comfortable and loved from overuse.
Instruments are very much the same – they grow with a person over the years in a symbiotic relationship. Dings and scratches mysteriously appear and eventually turn into holes and cracks. But rather than diminishing their sound, or appearance, or even their value – these are battle scars that define the personality of an instrument.
In recent years the ‘Road-worn guitar’ has become a sought-after item. Fender regularly distresses new guitars to give them that old feeling. But you can’t build “Trigger” in a day (Willie Nelson’s beloved classical guitar). It takes years of playing, frustration, and ‘eureka’ moments.
There are LOTS of guitars here at our studio, many dating back decades, even a century or more. And plenty have been played and played and played. But there is at least one guitar here that really shows what the power of playing can do to an instrument.
It’s a 1970 Guild D-40 NT. Serial number 48537. Its fret board is literally gouged out from thousands of hours of playing. Its pick guard not only isn’t there, it was essentially falling apart around the sound hole until a luthier worked his magic. The finish on the back of the neck is visibly worn off, as it is on the back of the body from rubbing against a belt buckle as it was played on stage.
On a personal note, I learned guitar on this Guild and it’s still almost my favorite acoustic to play (my own 2000 Martin D-28 has top honors!)
But don’t take my word for it – see for yourself in these pictures. And if you’ve got your own road-worn guitar we’d love to see it.
July 2, 2013Posted by on
We’re back (and well-rested) after a fantastic Promax Station Summit 2013. The conference was better than ever… and Vegas was hotter than ever! We saw all the usual suspects as well as some new faces with the addition of FPEC and our Telemundo amigos.
Congrats to all the Promax Silver and Gold winners! We’re elated to have won a Gold for our music/image campaign This Is The Place.
Congrats to WALA’s Sam Day who picked up the much-coveted Neil Young signed tele!
Thanks to everyone who came out for our third annual Thursday night acoustic jam. We loved having Greg Barnhill join us this year – as well as so many of our talented clients and friends who joined him at the mic. And we finally put the suite’s sunken tub to good use this year… Bathtub of beer!!!
See everyone next year!
June 17, 2013Posted by on
So once again Promax is upon us and SAM will be there to booze and schmooze with the best in the TV broadcast industry! We’ve got some new products to roll out – including the industry’s first fully searchable, keyword tagged online delivery for our syndicated packages - and if you’re attending the Station Summit in Las Vegas, then you won’t want to miss our legendary after hours Acoustic Jam Session (now in its 3rd year!)
Stephen will be presenting as part of a panel called “Hits and Misses 2013″ in Promax LA. on Thursday, June 20th (check your conference guide for time and locations). He and other top producers, composers and music supervisors will look at case studies of where music did and did not work in particular projects. Stephen’s been asked to present as an expert on custom music and sonic branding, which we’re very excited about! Check him out on this list of Promax speakers here »
And don’t forget to stop by our ‘booth’ on the floor whether you’re at Promax LA or Station Summit where you’ll find 4 guitars on display in museum style displays for 360 views. 3 are from Stephen’s personal collection and featured in the book A Story of Six Strings. The 4th display will be one of 2 guitars we’re giving away – either a 1930s National TriCone resonator replica (produced by Johnson) or a Neil Young SIGNED Fender Tele. So stop by, have a chat, drop your card in the box and maybe walk away with an awesome guitar.
Good Luck and hope to see you there, whether LA or Vegas!
For more info on both conferences:
June 14, 2013Posted by on
We have a new partnership that we want to tell you about: Stephen Arnold Music and PGM Artists http://pgmartists.com/ are now collaborating on select original music and sonic branding projects for the advertising sector.
PGM Artists is a high-level “matchmaker” that draws companies together from across a broad range of complementary disciplines. The firm was founded by marketing and production veteran Phil McIntyre, and they excel at connecting advertising agencies and corporations worldwide to creative and marketing resources, with the goal of enabling them to innovate, communicate and compete at the highest possible level.
There were a lot of great reasons to start working with PGM Artists. We think it’s a creative, forward-thinking company that really understands branding. And our commitment to creating memorable sonic branding is a perfect fit for the advertising world, which is where PGM Artists have proven they’re particularly effective.
It’s a highly accomplished firm with an elite track record – that’s the kind of company we like to keep.
May 4, 2013Posted by on
Update: And the winner is …
The time for another Stephen Arnold Music giveaway has arrived – but this one goes beyond guitars.
You can win a 4-day, 3-night trip for 4 to our awesome house and studio in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico! Imagine waking up in a beautiful Old World manor with a view of the Jemez and Sangre de Christo mountain ranges, eating breakfast on one of the decks, and going into town for some shopping or skiing … you deserve it!
Wondering how to enter?
It’s easy: Simply listen to our expanded “All About Early” audio/video campaign bundle – which now includes a new morning show package and image song. Just leave a comment below to be eligible for the giveaway.
All elegible entries will be placed into our trusty fishbowl, and a winner will be drawn on Friday, June 7th.
For a full description of the house, as well as all the rules and regulations for the drawing, please click here.
Good luck, everyone!!
April 19, 2013Posted by on
We came, we saw, we ruled the Roulette table. NAB 2013 was quite an experience…. from DTS’s 11.1 Surround Sound Headphones to the American Idol judges that seemed to be at every session. But alas we were not there to purchase the latest technologies or try our hand in a singing competition but rather for a chance to meet clients, colleagues and eat pricey dinners on the company credit card!
Special thanks to all our sub-publishers for sitting down with us – particularly Fred and the lovely Lynn Woods at Red Igloo, Jean at Music for Productions and Paul Gulmans at Music Director who still does NOT eat fish despite us taking him to a seafood restaurant…
Also, station owners Carole and Peter Kozloski from WAGM for a fantastic breakfast, Adam Routh and Patrick Wilson of PMOL for their lovely bottle of scotch that still hasn’t made it onto the boss’s desk, and of course the On-Air Promotion boys at Las Vegas’s KVVU-TV for showing us around town Tuesday night and introducing us to Corona martinis (very fancy)!
Finally what a great creole meal at Emeril’s with Fox Business’s Ray Lambiase and CNN design guru Jonathan Kemp.
And, of course we met Elvis – he’s much shorter in person!
Until next year, hope to see you there!!!
April 4, 2013Posted by on
Wait… is that NAB or the circus?!?
Either way the greatest show in broadcasting is upon us. It’s going down next week in Vegas, and I can’t wait!
Although Stephen Arnold Music has been many times, this will be my first trip to THE SHOW, and I’ll be taking it in with another NAB-newbie Whitney Arnold.
Rumor has it NAB is a ginormous conference of all things broadcasting. I’ve heard it’s a techie paradise with plenty of educational sessions, industry heavy-weights, and social networking opportunities (AKA parties)! Can’t wait to experience for myself! Please let me know if you have any NAB advice! And hope to see you there!
February 19, 2013Posted by on
“Music education is being stripped from our nation’s public schools at an alarming rate due to budget cuts,” Keith Hejna, Communications & Outreach Coordinator for Little Kids Rock says. “It’s up to the adults to stand up for our children’s right to rock… and ensure that they receive music education, which is vital to their development as students and human beings.”
That’s why we’re so excited to support Little Kids Rock. Here at Stephen Arnold Music we know a thing or two about writing a good tune; and we know what a blast it is when we’re hitting all the right notes. But we also know what it takes to get there: a lot of hard work – from bleeding fingers to ringing ears – a little luck, and that first person to say, “Here you go!” and put an instrument in your hand. The first part, that’s all on you. But Little Kids Rock is on a mission to make sure every kid gets the chance to rock by getting instruments and music lessons into the hands of underprivileged school kids.
“Little Kids Rock is an all-volunteer organization that’s very efficiently run,” says SAM president Stephen Arnold, “It’s amazing how far they can make a dollar go.”
And because each dollar counts, we’re donating $1 for each new “Like” to the Stephen Arnold Music Facebook page. Help us raise $5,000 for this awesome charity. You can’t buy a guitar for every kid out there, but with just the click of a mouse you can make a difference in the lives of some extraordinary kids.