December 10, 2013
May we have a moment of silence during which we praise the casting Gods and Goddesses who just signed Bette Midler to play Mae West for HBO Pictures? FAB-U-LOUS? Guess we know what the homosexuals will be for Halloween that year...drag queen euphoria! xo
December 6, 2013
Ryan Seacrest Calls Him "THE Grammy Guy," Music Industry and Media Expert Ron Roecker Has Helped Legends, Icons and Newcomers Navigate the GRAMMY Nominations Whirlwind (AND HE CAN HELP YOU!!)
ROBERTA FLACK ONEREPUBLIC LISA MARIE PRESLEY LUDACRIS HIROSHIMA HELEN BRUNER & TERRY JONES PAPAHUGS BAND THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE TONY MASERATI AND MORE!
December 5, 2013
RYAN SEACREST CALLS HIM "THE Grammy Guy" CHECK OUT RON ROECKER'S NOMS PREDICTIONS FOR THE BIG FOUR CATEGORIES: ALBUM OF THE YEAR, SONG OF THE YEAR, RECORD OF THE YEAR AND BEST NEW ARTIST (MACKELMORE & LEWIS, IMAGINE DRAGONS, LORDE, PINK, ROBIN THICKE, DAFT PUNK, TAYLOR SWIFT, BRUNO MARS)
ON THE NIGHT BEFORE THE NOMINATIONS CONCERT IS TO AIR ON CBS (7 P.M. PT), HERE ARE MY GRAMMY NOMINATION PREDICTIONS FOR THE BIG FOUR CATEGORIES:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
SONG OF THE YEAR (A Songwriting category, the award goes to only the songwriter(s))
RECORD OF THE YEAR (a production category, the award goes to the artist, producers and engineers)
BEST NEW ARTIST
BEST NEW ARTIST
Macklemore and Lewis
Kacey Musgraves (she just got CMA Best New Artist)
Others that Could sneak in that final spot: Ariana Grande, Emile Sande, Georgia Florida Line
SONG OF THE YEAR
Same Love – Macklemore and Lewis ("Thrift Shop was released in Aug 2012
so was eligible last year)
Royals -- Lorde
When I was Your Man – Bruno Mars (this song is the track that's most deserving over "Locked Out of Heaven")
Just Give Me a Reason – Pink w/ Nate Ruess (this is the "perfect GRAMMY voter song" -- great hook, two hot, hot, hot artists (Nate is lead singer of "Fun") and a cross-genre #1 hit that became Pink's 2nd biggest hit of her career (first is "So What?" ("Party Started" is now #4)
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
Possible: Stay – Rihanna, I Knew You Were Trouble, Taylor Swift
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Royals - Lorde
Blurred Lines -- Robin Thicke w/ Pharrel
Get Lucky -- Daft Punk w/ Pharrel
Mirrors -- Justin Timberlake (JT might want to consider joining the cast of SNL full time as all these noms could go any way -- he could get nothing BUT an Album of the Year nom or Song/Record without the Album of the Year nod -- it just depends on how the voters feel a bout the rest of the competition which is figuring out to be a packed race.
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons/Just Give Me a Reason -- Pink/ Katy Perry's Roar (I think each of these three records have a shot at the final position
Alt: Stay – Rihanna, Cruise -Florida Georgia Line
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift “Red” (this was a huge album that's done very well and was more pop than country so unlikely she's going to win this one)
Mackelmore and Lewis “The Heist” (this is the story that GRAMMY voters love -- unpredictable, huge sales, huge following and tons of cred from all genres -- this will win, I bet)
Bruno Mars “Unorthodox Jukebox” (Grammy darling, of course)
Daft Punk “Random Access Memories” (this is the type of nomination the Grammy voters love to throw in there and I can accept that!)
Justin Timberlake “20/20 Experience” (This album hasn't been on my radar for a year -- the "part 2" of his experiment involuntarily blew up because the music was so boring. The label packaged the two albums together which I think could hurt him but he is a Grammy darling, despite not making music for years while focusing on becoming a not-so-bankable movie actor. I just know the voters are going to want to make him feel good about being back in the industry and award a very, very substandard album the highest music nomination accolade)
Very, very possible alternate: Drake: Nothing Was the Same
November 26, 2013
STAY TUNED AS WE ARE ABOUT TO ANNOUNCE OUR 2ND ANNUAL "BEING DIFFERENTLY" HONOREES AND THE HONOREES OF THE YEAR!
November 16, 2013
November 14, 2013
“PIANO TEACHER TO THE STARS” MARGIE BALTER
JOINS HOTTEST SHOW ON TV ABC’S “SCANDAL”
Los Angeles (Nov. 13, 2013) – Composer, Entertainer, and “Piano Teacher to the Stars” Margie Balter is helping to set the stage for this week’s highly anticicpated episode of SCANDAL, the most talked about show on TV. “Bluesie,” an original song from her award-winning CD “Music from My Heart: Solo Piano Pieces by Margie Balter” will be featured on tomorrow night’s episode of the Emmy-nominated hit show starring Emmy-nominee Kerry Washington.
“As a viewer, I’m a huge fan of the show, and as a musician, I have great respect for how the producers of ‘Scandal’ use music to help set the tone and advance the story line,” said Balter. “Having my work incorporated into a show that is so loved by critics and fans alike is an absolute thrill for me both personally and professionally.”
Balter’s "star" students include Holly Hunter (The Piano), Tom Cruise (Interview with a Vampire), Sandra Bullock (The Net), Scarlett Johansson, Jack Black, Greg Kinnear and many more. Her award-winning CD “Music from My Heart,” which includes “Bluesie,” won three Los Angeles Music Awards, and has been praised by iconic musicians including Taj Mahal and Thomas Newman. Her compositions have been featured in movies as diverse as Date Night, starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell, and Beauty Shop to name just a few.
Balter is an active member of the Playing For Change Foundation National Advisory Board (www.playingforchange.org). In September, the performance of Balter and her students was the highlight of the 3rd Annual International Playing For Change Day Concert.
Balter’s piano coaching career was catapulted when she signed on to work with Holly Hunter for the film The Piano. Hunter would go on to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance. Following the success of The Piano, Balter coached Sandra Bullock (The Net), Tom Cruise (Interview With A Vampire), Scarlett Johansson (The Man Who Wasn’t There), Jack Black (The Holiday), Barbara Hershey (Portrait Of A Lady), and Kevin Spacey (Beyond The Sea). Balter coached Paige Hurd and Djimon Honsou and composed the piece “Finding My Wings” for the MGM film Beauty Shop.
For more information, visit www.margiebalter.com. Her award-winning CD “Music from My Heart” is currently on www.amazon.com and www.itunes.com. For more information about Playing For Change Foundation, visit http://www.playingforchange.org.
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November 12, 2013
COMPOSER, ENTERTAINER AND "PIANO TEACHER TO THE STARS" MARGIE BALTER LANDS ORIGINAL COMPOSITION "BLUESY" IN THIS SEASON'S MOST SCANDAL-OUS SHOW THIS WEEK!!
Composer, Entertainer, Educator, and Piano Teacher to the Stars Margie Balter is setting the tone for this week's episode of SCANDAL, the hottest show on TV today. "Bluesy," an original song from her award-winning CD "Music from My Heart: Solo Piano Pieces by Margie Balter" will be featured on Thursday night's episode of the runaway hit show starring Kerry Washington.