Stephen Arnold Music

The Most Heard, Least Known Composers In America

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We Sell More Than Just Music. We Sell Customer Satisfaction.

People sometimes refer to Stephen Arnold Music (SAM) as the most-heard, least-known composers in America; a small company doing big things; The World Leader in Sonic Branding; etc. But one of the most important – and the one we’re proudest of – is our high degree of customer satisfaction.

“Nice job, guys.  I love working with you!  You get it!” – Blake Russell, Nexstar

“Thanks!  I’ve long said the people at Stephen Arnold Music are great!
You just proved it again!” – Henry Chu, WBKO-TV

At SAM, we really don’t treat companies according to the size of their budget. Here, even if you’re the smallest client – you are still a client. And you will get the VIP treatment – just like everyone else. We answer questions, we call back, and we help you get the most of the music we produce.

“You guys are so wonderful to work with – I just can’t get over it  :)
Thank you.” – Kara McGinn KTVZ-TV

I’ve been working at SAM for 11 years, and it still gives me pride when a new or existing client tells us how much they appreciate what we do for them, and how easy it is to work with Stephen Arnold Music.

“I want to thank everyone at Stephen Arnold Music for working so diligently for me and being so helpful in this process. You guys are awesome!“
– Stephen Woodall, KXII-TV

So if you are a current client and need help with music, sound design or just want to know when our next party is, call us! And if you’re currently not a client, you can call us, too!🙂

Get To Movin’ – And Turn Up The Tunes!

Working out has always been one of my passions and favorite hobbies. Over the last few years, Crossfit has been my go-to workout. It’s challenging, tough, and I love that it’s a form of competition at the same time. And…there’s always music!

Many studies show that music can actually enhance your workout. For example, it can be a good form of distraction. Have you ever been in the middle of a tough workout, or in the middle of a long run, and you just start singing to the music blaring through your headphones to take your mind off of the pain your body is going through? Most of us have. The crazy thing is, it actually works! The better “sing-a-long factor” the music has, the more it will take your mind away from other things. It’s also been proven that when music is faster, our brains have more to process. Which means the music literally can take your mind to another place, while your body keeps pushing forward!

Music can also put you “in the zone.” We associate different songs with different memories – often relating to the context in which we initially heard them. Think of the movie “Rocky.” When you hear “Eye of the Tiger,” doesn’t it pump you up a little? Motivate you? Get you moving? Certain songs can boost your motivation. That’s another reason why that “Running Mix” playlist is so important— so you’d better choose wisely!

Music also plays an important part in setting our mood. How many times have you felt exhausted after a day of work – and the last thing you want to do is exercise? Too many to count, I’m sure! Studies show that music can get you out of the “funk” of a day’s work. When we listen to music, it allows us to escape the present, think about who we want to be – even empower us! No matter what happened that last hour at the office, turning up the radio the second you get into your car could help you rid the negativity and change your focus. Maybe the music on the radio will even motivate you to take that exit to the gym!

It’s pretty cool to think about how music can play such an important role in our minds and overall health. So, note to self: Get to movin’ – and turn up those tunes!

Open Your Ears – and Get Recharged with Music!

We all remember them. The songs we heard in the summer when we were 15. The tunes we loved cruising to as we abused our Dad’s car. The tracks we put on our favorite mix tapes and CD’s in high school. Those were VERY impressionable times. I mean, our hormones were running wild! And that music we listened to as we “came of age” is forever emblazoned in our memories…and connected to the experiences we had at the time. I still can’t hear Tower of Power’s “What is Hip” without drifting back to the packed dance clubs in college – baggy bellbottoms, wedge heels and all.

Yet many of us remain locked in those times, still only listening to the music that resonated for us back when we were teenagers. Don’t get me wrong – it’s still great music – whatever the artist, style or genre was at the time. And it speaks to the intense, indelible and emotional connections that music created for us.

But … do we still wear those bellbottoms? De we still wear the acid-washed jeans and turned up collars on pink polo shirts? Of course not! So why do we still listen to the same old music?

There is a HUGE treasure-trove of music out there yet to discover! Older stuff – back to Billie Holiday, Bix Biederbeck and Benny Goodman – incredible music from wonderfully gifted artists. And wow … is there a huge variety of newer stuff out there! Rap, indie, metal, pop, folk, jazz … go ahead – pick your poison. (except for opera. You just can’t pick opera. Trust me on this one. Ha!)

So just get on Apple Music, iTunes, Groove Music, Spotify, or SiriusXM … you’ll discover an INCREDIBLE range of great music right at your fingertips … much of it capable of being the new soundtrack to the wonderful experiences you are NOW having in your life. Just open your ears, mind and heart to older and newer artists. This music can be the creative bookends to the tunes that you listened to as a kid. Exposing yourself constantly to new music can re-inspire you, get you out of a rut, and bring newly-found excitement to your life! Sure … keep listening to that music that inspired you when you were younger. But do yourself a favor. Explore the vast array of newer and older music that will create new, emotional and indelible memories for you – for years to come!

Reboot Your Summer

Summer is such a beautiful time for TV folks … and for the music people that support you. In the Spring we’re all busy prepping for & executing the May book. June is conference season – I went to four! And then many of us take much needed breaks in July. These breaks are really important to catch up on sleep, eat well, get outside, and enjoy some tunes! 

Music is the emotional shortcut to your soul. As part of your mid-summer “reboot,” rediscover and play your favorite music you haven’t had time for. Download new music that can inspire and excite you. Pick up that instrument that’s been in the closet the past few years and re-discover the passion you originally felt to play it in the first place. We need these breaks to allow us to come back to the office or studio inspired and productive. 

While colleagues are out and the office or studio is a little quieter, it’s also a great time to clean off your desk and organize your electronic life. Wouldn’t it be great to have a clean desk and an empty inbox again? Even if it only lasted a few weeks? Or hours? That’s what I’ll be doing this month anyway. Recharging my creative energies and getting organized again. Happy July everyone! I hope you are all having a beautiful summer.

“Why in the world would you want to give away your own guitars?”

The summer is definitely heating up here in Texas, so naturally we’re sending anyone that can go to this year’s Promax events: PromaxBDA in New York City and, of course, our annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for Station Summit!  If you get a chance to attend either event, you’ve got to check out our “Guitar Gods” and “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” (Beatles) guitar displays – and be sure to drop your card in for a chance to win one of the 5 (yes, FIVE) guitars that Stephen will be giving away.

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Now, you may ask yourself, “why does Stephen Arnold have so many guitars?” – which is a very good question.  Or, like me, you may be asking “why in the world would you want to give away your own guitars???” – which is an even better question!

I can’t pretend to know why someone would want to give away guitars, but I can speak a bit as to why Stephen feels the need to give each amazing guitar a home whenever he sees it hanging in a guitar shop.

My grandfather once told me a story.  He was trying to get his son out the door to school, and like many pre-teens, his son was obsessed with all things music – playing Beatles 45’s in his room and banging on his guitar – a cheap 1959 Sears Silvertone.   My grandfather yelled up the stairs, “Hurry up – and stop playing those records!” to which his son called out “I’m not playing any records!” My grandfather replied that he was going to the kitchen to get his coffee and when he got back, his son better be ready to go – and NOT be playing records.

When my grandfather returned to the bottom of the stairs, he STILL heard music coming from his son’s bedroom. So he marched up the stairs, opened the door and said “I told you to stop playing those records!”  His son was sat on his bed, guitar in hand and replied, “Dad, I told you – I wasn’t playing records!” He had been playing his guitar instead – and was already so good that his father couldn’t tell the difference between the recordings and his son’s playing!

Well, as you may have guessed, his son is my dad – Stephen Arnold.

And I have personal knowledge that the love of guitars has stayed with my father throughout his entire life. And he loves to share it with everybody, so it’s not surprising that he also loves to give away the thing that he loves – his guitars! It’s no wonder that the guitar is the unofficial symbol of Stephen Arnold Music.

Here are some of my favorites out of his collection: