music note 5.15.11 

bird in the hand

 

 

Rock Your Mother.                                                            

mom rocking baby 

                                                              She Rocked You.

 

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MOTHER'S DAY WAS A WEEK AGO. If your mom got a new iPod, it's time to help her load it. Give her 30 minutes of your time, teach her how. Valslist will help with some song ideas below. I taught my 80 year old mother how to use iTunes last year. She loves Neil Young and wanted his song The Painter. I walked her through the basics of how to use iTunesValslist and Pandora.  Now the music world is her oyster. How cool is that?  

                                                                                                                                   


 

 

 

 mom boy guitar

                                  Mothers of Artists:  the real rock stars     (note by Val)

 

   

We love our music.  We love our artists.  But we rarely stop to think about how they got there. Who was behind them along the way?  Did they always know they wanted to be a musician, or was it an unexpected detour from another well laid out plan?  Chances are, an artists' biggest fans are the parents who raised him.  But for any parent whose child announces "I want to be a rock star"  I'm sure it isn't a cake walk.  Parents just want their kids to be happy.  But a little money along with it would be helpful.  How do you encourage your artist child to "live your dream" and "follow your passion"  when deep down you worry, hope and pray that they make it in this business.  Parents of artists are the real rock stars. I know many of them. A few are dear friends of mine. I've listened to them dream with their child, then pull back a bit in a reality check.  Even if your child is a prodigy (and my three friends' sons are)  you still worry that the industry will eat him alive, change him, or fail him.  I asked my friends what life was like raising an aspiring artist. I'd like to introduce you to them. 

 

Meet Nan:  mother of Peter Martin  age 19, Chicago  (drummer/guitarist/pianist/ multi-instrumentalist / song writer / drummer of band Young Jesus / freshman at Loyola University New Orleans / Music Business major) He juggles college and his music career / "College degree is his "Plan B."   

 

Meet Kirsten:  mother of Zach Heckendorf  age 18, Denver  (singer/songwriter / guitarist / launching career - discovered by music industry moguls, opened for John Butler Trio, One eskimO, played Red Rock Music Fest, cut first album last month.)  Will be college freshman next year.  
 

 

Meet Susan:  mother of Andrew Belle  age 26, Nashville/Chicago (singer/songwriter / guitarist / career has taken off, discovered by and moved to Nashville, tours extensively, music is on TV (90210, Grey's Anatomy, etc.) and Film.   

 

Interview:

 

Val: When did you know that your son had something special?
Nan:  "When Peter was about 2 years old I played  "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables on the piano. I went upstairs and heard him play the melody line by ear. I froze in my tracks.  He still plays everything by ear. I can pick out a 'tune' on the piano. Peter can hear the whole chord."

 

 

Val: What was your happiest moment with your aspiring artist?
Kirsten: Watching Zach perform, particularly on bigger stages, feels surreal. As soon as he starts to play I am into the music...  but every now and then I shake myself when I realize that is my sweet, quiet kid down there getting all the applause. As an artist he tends to be quiet and introspective - so anytime he is engaged with us with a relaxed smile on his face makes me the most happy!"

Val:  What about your son are you most proud of?
Susan:  "We've been proud of him as a person all his life, but now it's been taken to a whole new level, as we are huge fans of his music! He has so many qualities we could boast about, but it's his HUMBLE attitude, in spite of all his success, that gives us the greatest joy.  His music is on TV, he's won MTV awards, he performs in front of thousands, yet he has not changed one iota." 

Val:  What do you pray for?
Nan:  "You don't "raise" a musician. You have to really let them go at an early age. If we "raised" him, we would have interfered with his creative spirit. If we didn't "let" him pursue his dreams, we might have lost him. I pray for the same thing for all of my children - to be passionate about something, work hard at it, be really good at it, and be happy doing it.   I believe the rest will come."
 
 
Yours, 

 

Val Haller

 

Founder, Valslist.com

 

                                               

 

 

 

 

 

MUSIC  YOUR  MOTHER  SHOULD  KNOW 

 

tracks for her new playlists

 

 


 

BEATLES

 

Song: Your Mother Should Know       Album: Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

 

see album / download this song

The Beatles - Your Mother Should Know [HQ] with Outtake Footage
The Beatles - Your Mother Should Know [HQ] with Outtake Footage

 

 

SICK PUPPIES

 

Song: Always the Same       Album:  Dressed Up As Life  (April '07)

 

see album / download this song

Free Hugs Campaign - Official Page (music by Sick Puppies.net )
Free Hugs Campaign - Official Page (music by Sick Puppies.net )  

 

 

THE MOTHER HIPS

 

Song: White Falcon Fuzz         Album: Pacific Dust  (Oct '09)

 

see album / download this song

The Mother Hips -
The Mother Hips - "White Falcon Fuzz"

 

FLEET FOXES

 

Song: Helplessness Blues       New Album:  Helplessness Blues    (May  '11)

 

see album / download this song 

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues Music Video
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues Music Video       

 

ALELA DIANE

 

Song:  The Wind        New Album: Alela Diane & Wild Divine  (April '11)

 

see album / download this song

The Wind (Live at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe NYC)
The Wind (Live at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe NYC)

 

HERE WE GO MAGIC 

 

Song: Fangela        Album:  Here We Go Magic   (Feb '09)

 

see album / download this song

Here We Go Magic LIVE: Fangela
Here We Go Magic LIVE: Fangela

 

STEVIE NICKS

 

Song:  In Your Dreams       New Album:  In Your Dreams  (May '11)

 

see album / download this song

Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams - Secret Love
Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams - Secret Love

 

WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS 

 

Song: The Tide Pulls From The Moon        New Album: Gold In the Shadow  (March '11)

 

see album / download this song

William Fitzsimmons - The Tide Pulls From The Moon (Live)
William Fitzsimmons - The Tide Pulls From The Moon (Live)

 

ALEXANDER

(solo project by Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes)

 

Song:  Truth       New Album: Alexander  (March '11)

 

see album / download this song

Alexander Ebert - Truth - Union Chapel, London Feb 2011
Alexander Ebert - Truth - Union Chapel, London Feb 2011

 

BOOKER T. JONES

 

Introducing the New Album:      The Road from Memphis  (May '11)

 

see album / download

Booker T. Jones 'The Road From Memphis' Out Now!
Booker T. Jones 'The Road From Memphis' Out Now!         


EDIE BRICKELL 

(wife of Paul Simon)

 

Song:  Pill          New Album: Edie Brickell  (Jan '11)

 

see album / download this song

Edie Brickell - Pill
Edie Brickell - Pill


ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI

 

Song:  Desert Island      New Album: Moment Bends  (May '11)

 

see album / download this song

Architecture in Helsinki - Desert Island
Architecture in Helsinki - Desert Island

 

JOHN OATES

(of Hall & Oates)

 

Song:  It's All Right (cover)       New Solo Album: Mississippi Mile   (April '11)

 

see album / download this song

JOHN OATES: It's All Right
JOHN OATES: It's All Right



 

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Why Vintage Tracks on Valslist?   4.3.11

 

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I'm A Music Freak ~ And I Love It    3.20.11

 

 

 

 

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