Benjamin Hochman: No peanuts, no Cracker Jack, no home opener
ST. LOUIS — He’s the guy who plays “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” at the ballgame, and Thursday was supposed to be the first ballgame at Busch. But no one is supposed to go out.So, Dwayne Hilton, the Busch Stadium organist, played the song during his live Facebook concert on Tuesday night. The video still is available on the Lacefield Music page. Hearing the song was a surprisingly emotional experience. It sounded both poppy and poignant because, seemingly simultaneously, the song elicited joy and sadness. Guess that’s why organ music works at a carnival and a funeral.“You know, it’s kind of we...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Chicago music venues refunding tickets due to coronavirus, but some patrons donating the cash back
CHICAGO — When the Hideout announced March 13 that it was temporarily closing its doors because of coronavirus, the North Side venue’s owners asked customers to “please be patient with us due to the high volume of refunds.”The Hideout said some ticket holders who received refunds for canceled shows immediately gave the money back to the bar via their online fundraising pages. A GoFundMe campaign is soliciting “tips” for Hideout staff. Patrons can also purchase a $25 “Hideout Buck” that can be used as a $20 gift card at the bar, with the remaining $5 going to the artist who designed the fake ca...
Widow of 'I Love Rock N' Roll' songwriter Alan Merrill reveals 'awful truth' about coronavirus treatment
NEW YORK — The wife of singer and songwriter Alan Merrill, who died of coronavirus Sunday in New York, is calling attention to the country’s “lack of preparation” for the ongoing pandemic by sharing a devastating account of her husband’s final hours.“There was nothing I could do for Alan except watch him get worse,” Joanna Lisanti wrote in an emotional statement shared on social media by friends and family members this week.The 69-year-old musician, who co-wrote Joan Jett’s iconic hit “I Love Rock N’ Roll,” died at Mount Sinai Hospital about two weeks after he began having symptoms.He initiall...
New York Daily News
Which music streaming service is best for your quarantine?
Cooped up and stumped on what album to listen to next to pass the time? There’s an app for that.Now, more than ever, is the time to consider joining a music streaming service such as Spotify or one of its competitors. Over 300 million people worldwide have a paid music subscription.Even if you have a massive record collection at home, there’s a chance you’ll be looking for something else to listen to by the time the coronavirus quarantine is over. Besides, you can’t take your record collection outside for your daily walk, run or bike ride.Convenience is the biggest reason to sign up for one of...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Balcony stars bring joy to self-isolating French
Faced with the fear and boredom of the coronavirus lockdown, music is playing a small but important part in making life more bearable for some French people who are being treated to nightly balcony performances.Every evening at 7pm, tenor Stephane Senechal throws open the window of his apartment in Paris's 9th arrondisement and lets fly with an aria."When I see the smile that I bring each evening with my song, that gives me great pleasure," he tells AFP."All day long, we are told of tragic things, of the dead. When I see smiles, I see hope. It's a little moment of freedom, of escape," he says....
Jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney dies from coronavirus at 59
NEW YORK — Jazz trumpeter and composer Wallace Roney died on Tuesday morning in a Paterson, N.J. hospital due to complications from coronavirus, his fiancée told NPR. Roney was 59 years old.Born in Philadelphia in 1960, Roney garnered acclaim at a young age in the jazz world. But his true moment of stardom came at the 1991 Montreux Jazz Festival, when none other than Miles Davis enlisted him to play onstage with the legend himself. Though his full body of work far exceeds a simple association with an icon, Roney also earned a Grammy Award in 1994 for “A Tribute To Miles,” which saw the trumpet...
New York Daily News
Spotify Kids launches in the US, Canada and France to keep children busy during lockdown
A few months after the launch of a beta version, Spotify has officially rolled out its children's application, which is accessible to Spotify Family subscribers. Spotify Kids is now available in the US, Canada and France.The new application is very easy to set up. Simply install it on a child's phone, then log in with the family account. Thereafter, the child can choose an avatar and surf an offer of music that is tailored to their age group. In this current period of lockdown and, for many, spring break, the new initiative could not come at a better time.As it stands the content on offer is q...
Lizzo buys lunch for UW Medical Center staff as hospitals are overwhelmed with potential coronavirus patients
SEATTLE — The world could use more fun surprises right now. The staff at University of Washington Medical Center’s emergency room received one Monday courtesy of one the hottest stars in pop music.At a time when hospitals are being overwhelmed with potential COVID-19 patients, hard-twerking pop phenom Lizzo treated the ER staff to lunch, her publicist confirmed. The hip-hop/pop star apparently sent food to a number of hospitals, including a University of Minnesota affiliate in Minneapolis, where Lizzo began her career.“She sent several hospitals food that were hit really hard for staff working...
The Seattle Times
Moldova's meme heroes promote solidarity with Eurosong spoof amid COVID-19 crisis
Screencap from the Youtube video“Mom, stay home,” by the Sunstroke Project.This story originally appeared on Meta.mk News Agency, a project of Metamorphosis Foundation. An edited version ispublished below as part of a content-sharing agreement. Check out Global Voices’ special coverage ofthe global impact of COVID-19.In Moldova, the pop-rock group Sunstroke Project has adapted its 2017 Eurovision song “Hey Mama” for educational purposes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Titled “Mom, stay home,” the spoof encourages citizens to follow the prevention recommendations by the World Health Organization (WH...
'I Love Rock N' Roll' songwriter Alan Merrill dies of coronavirus
NEW YORK — Singer and songwriter Alan Merrill, who co-wrote Joan Jett’s signature hit “I Love Rock N’ Roll,” died of coronavirus Sunday in New York, his daughter announced on social media.“The Coronavirus took my father this morning,” Laura Merrill wrote in a Facebook post. “I was given 2 minutes to say my goodbyes before I was rushed out.”The woman said her 69-year-old father “seemed peaceful” and she left Mount Sinai Hospital still hoping he wouldn’t become “a ticker on the right hand side of the CNN/Fox news screen.”“By the time I got in the doors to my apartment I received the news that he...
New York Daily News