Blues Buster… Can be Free And It’s Proven to Work!
music can help you survive the recession, a
few tips on how to Beat
The Recession Blues With Music
sounds like a song title...)
decided to do this
page because with this I mean to say that we need to maintain our
sanity, not only listen to all the bad news about how bad everything is
and will be. Sure, there are problems but what’s the point of weeping
all the time? We need to find solutions.
be helpful in this recession times because, as everybody
knows, music helps us feel
better, gives energy
and a purpose
when we feel better we want to live and do things, we are
more able to find new solutions to our problems, so once you beat the
recession blues with music you'll be more optimistic and active in all
What could you do with music,
just listen to it?
would be a start. Consider how many how hours of recession and other
bad news we listen to every day. I think that after all this depressing
information, rather than taking antidepressants or other drugs maybe to
sleep, you should spend at least the same amount of time listening to
your favourite music and you’ll sure feel better. It could be some
lively, energetic music
in the morning to start the day and relaxing music in the evening.
To relax I’d recommend to listen to music without other distractions,
without doing other things, just sit quietly, forget everything else,
enjoy the music and relax.
Is there any particular type of music that I
I think any
type of music is good as long as you like it and it makes
better. A lot of people think classical
music is relaxing, so if you’re not used to listen to
classical music, try it, with slow works like Bach’s Air on
the G string or Pachelbel’s Canon,
sonata or Pastoral
symphony. However, it can be also very
energetic, try the fast movements of great and popular
works such as Bach's Brandenburg
I love the 3rd one, Beethoven'sSymphonies
with the powerful Ode
to joy form the Symphony No 9
and funny Rossini’s opera ouvertures.
me feel really light and in peace, my favourite work is
concertante (see my video below) for violin, viola and
orchestra, so Vivaldi
with his world
seasons. Here you can find with a list
of works I recommend. Now with internet it’s easy to find this great
music, on Youtube for example you can search and find all the pieces I
mentioned (I myself put some videos of me playing) and it’s free.
can help in many in many other
There is nothing like
music to make life nicer and nothing is better than live music. The
best thing to do is to get active, so another way to beat the recession
blues with music is actually make
instrument you should take it out of the closet where you put it long
tune it and start
playing it again. You can fin a local band or orchestra and join it. if
you cannot play you may be able to sing
and can find and join a local
choir. If you think you cannot do either, you can still be the audience for your
friends and enjoy their music, or you can help
music organizations to prepare shows, charity events, even
entertainment. This makes us feel useful. The
important thing is to not sit down and
stare at the disaster but do something. Also being involved with music
it’s a very good way to meet
a lot of new people and make friends and
all this doesn’t cost much.
How can you find the right local
bands and groups to make your event a success?
Internet is a very
good way and fast, a lot of musicians and groups have their own
websites. You need to search for the words musicians, entertainers,
performers in your area and the type of music you like, you’ll find
also entertainment agencies with all sorts of performers. You can also
go to your local library,
in the music section if there is one, look for concert ads, write down
the group name and phone number and ask them if they are available for
private entertainment or if they know anyone who is, otherwise you can
put your own little ad. Libraries often keep lists of music teachers
and performers. In addition to libraries, other good places to find and
place ads are music shops,
ask people who work there if they know someone, in most cases they are
musicians or are connected with them. Ask music schools (also
all schools have music teachers) if their teachers are willing to play;
ask even in churches,
they usually have at least an organist and may know of other musicians.
Also try and look for performers in all those places where people meet,
community clubs, gyms. You can even bump into some very good buskers (street
performers), ask them if they are available (usually they are) and keep
their business card or contact details.
play the viola, what’s the
difference between viola and violin?
viola is bigger and has a lower, deeper, mellow sound. When they hear
it, most people say they prefer it to the violin. I’ve done a whole
website to explain the peculiarity of the viola, viola-in-music.com,
listen to a sample in this video of mine (and with the violin, in the
mentioned private home entertainment, do you provide this?
I’ve played several times in homes for
birthday dinners, garden parties or
who simply wanted to have some live music to offer their friends something different.
You could do the same, either by playing yourself for and with
your friends or by inviting a musician to play for you to help
you beat the recession blues with music.
How to organize home
entertainment for the ultimate experience?
Many folks in these
days choose to stay home and have friends and family over rather than
go out to a pricy meal, but it’s possible to continue to have a good
time, with a special night of entertainment by utilizing many musicians
who are happy and willing to come to your home and perform, and the
cost is reasonable. You and a group of friends can organise a “bring
& share” home made meal at one of your homes, invite a musician
or another entertainer and share the expense for the entertainment.
With a quite large group each of your friends will spend less than for
a meal out and you’ll have your unique event. For home entertainment
the musicians should be able to play without amplification and if you
have neighbours it’s better to have your home entertainment not later
than 10 pm or on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. See with the musicians
whether they can play some tunes that you and your friends know and
like, you could even join and sing along, if you wish!
How to check on quality of
performers or risk having your event end up a "sour note"?
is very easy, ask them if they have any recording, such as a CD or
videos, nowadays many have videos on youtube, and especially a live
performance can give you the real feeling of how they’d sound. You can
also ask them whether they have any forthcoming performance where you
could see them. Always speak to them personally, over the phone, not
only through emails, to know them as persons and see whether you’d like
to have them in your home to entertain you. Ask about their former
experiences, if they can provide some references, like reviews or
previous clients’ positive comments, emails.
How do you negotiate reasonable
of all it’s better to contact the performers directly, rather than
through an agency. When you negotiate the fee with your musician or
other entertainer you have to keep in mind that the performer’s fee
it’s not only for that hour they perform, it’s based on the time they
had to spend to prepare it. Find performers in your area, so you won’t
be charged for travel expenses. Then it’s better to book them for two
hours, it’s not going to cost you double than one hour. You could also
offer the performer to book them in advance for two events, to get a
better price, then if you’re happy you could even offer to organise a
regular series of entertainment evenings, like every fortnight at a
different friend’s homes. To avoid misunderstandings with your
performer, make sure you have some sort of written agreement, either a
proper contract or an email with all the details you agreed upon, such
as date, time and place, duration of the performance, type of music
played, performer’s contact details, fee agreed. Some performers may
ask you to make an advance payment to confirm your booking, ask them.
What is the best music for an occasion? It really does
it depends on your tastes: ask your friends what music they’d prefer,
choose whether you want a relaxing evening or a lively, energetic night
of tango or folk dances and then ask the musicians what they play and
if they can play one of your favourite tunes. With some notice this
should be possible in many cases. Anyway, a nice mix of lively and more
reflexive, relaxing music is always ideal, with some well known and
less known pieces. Variety is what makes a performance interesting.
How many people make the ideal
group? Too many or too few can result in disaster
This really depends on
the place and the number of listeners, in an average home, with ten to
twenty listeners, you can’t really have more than one to three
performers. If you have a large space or a garden, you can book a band
of ten or more players. Generally, the bigger the band, the bigger your
group of friends has to be, of course.
do I offer now to Beat The Recession Blues With Music?
offering a special deal to anyone not very far from the area where I
live. Groups of friends can organize an evening (or other time)
together at somebody’s
home and share the expenses for music entertainment. I guarantee it
be cheaper than a simple meal out and more uplifting. We can choose the
music together, and if any of them can play or sing we could play
together. In exchange I also ask for testimonials for my website.
type of music can be played?
play classical and British folk music, opera arias, from Bach to
Mozart, Puccini, to Danny Boy and Auld lang syne, a variety of styles
people listen to some samples of viola music you play?
course, in addition to the previous ones in this page, you can
Monica Cuneo is a
professional musician, for
over twenty years has been playing the viola in symphonic and opera
orchestras, quartets and in solo performances. She also loves playing
folk music and enjoys performing at private events because of the
closer contact with the listeners.
has also created
a website about the viola, has translated three books about string
playing and is a passionate violin and viola teacher. Monica likes to
share some valuable information about this important subject.