Top 5 Classical Music Attractions in Florence, Italy

Christmas is around the corner, and aside from hearing the jingling of bells, you may find yourself wanting to immerse yourself into the rich musical culture of the city of Florence. Amid the nativity scenes, Christmas lights, decorations, the huge crowds of shoppers, and the brisk winter air, take time to catch an Italian opera or learn about medieval singing at one of these incredible venues. These five musical attractions are just minutes away from well-known landmarks in Florence, so be sure to check them out on your visit.   1. Museo dell’Opera The name of this museum sounds deceptively as … Read more

4th of July BBQ Playlist

There is nothing more American than celebrating the 4th of July with a day of hanging around outside, throwing some meat and/or veggies on the grill, and chilling with friends and family. We know you’ll need some tunes to accompany your beautiful summer day, so we at Liberty Park Music have prepared a Spotify playlist to entertain you and your guests. Below, we explain our picks. Some tracks are decades old, some were released last year. Some are American-themed, some are just good for the summer. One thing is certain, ALL of these songs are perfect for a 4th of … Read more

Coachella 2017 Preview: Our Top Picks!

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is just around the corner! Coachella is so big that this year it added a SECOND weekend to accommodate the people that want to attend the festival. Thousands will flock to Indio, California from April 14th to 23rd for music from the world’s hottest acts. Having started in part as a reaction to a dispute between Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster, the huge music and arts festival is now in its 18th year. Despite backlash over the link between Philip Anschutz—the owner of Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns the company that runs Coachella—and ultra-conservative, … Read more

The Best Songs from Oscar-Nominated Films of 2016!

Even before films had dialogue, they had music. In the silent film era, the music was necessary to emphasize emotions conveyed on screen. Today, different filmmakers use music in different ways. In musicals like La La Land or Moana, songs are necessary to advance the plot and communicate the the emotions of the characters. Take out a song from a musical and a piece of the story is missing. In documentaries, such as The 13th and Jim: The James Foley Story, original songs play an important role in setting tone and summarizing the thesis of the film. In non-musical, fiction … Read more

“What Is Christmas All About?”: A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas Aired on December 9, 1965 on CBS, A Charlie Brown Christmas was the first television special stemmed from the popular four-column comic strip, Peanuts. Although CBS was not particularly optimistic about the TV movie, in particular about its religious message, it was a great success. Almost half of America’s televisions tuned into the half-hour program, and letters poured into Coca Cola, the sponsor, to express the viewers’ gratitude. Together, the producer Lee Mendelson, director Bill Melendez, Charles M. Shultz, and composer/musician Vince Guaraldi created one of the most popular Christmas special in television history. The plot … Read more

9 Christmas Albums to Add A Kick to Your Holiday Gathering

What’s the next most important thing at any holiday gathering, besides food? Music. This holiday season, whether it’s a friend’s party, a work shindig, or your family’s celebration, music will be played. There are the classics, like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” but hearing the same tracks day after day can get boring, and Christmas should be anything but! Below, we list for you nine albums to spice up your music selections this holiday season. We’ve also rated them on their relevance to Christmas (Christmasness), their uniqueness, and if your family will approve (or will Grandma … Read more

Musical Thanksgiving: The Wampanoag Tribe

When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, the Native American Wampanoag tribe kindly showed the settlers how to farm the land, hunt and fish, and adapt to life in the new world. In 1621, when the Pilgrims harvested their first crop, the Wampanoags brought food to celebrate with them. This Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks to the Wampanoag people and celebrate their rich music culture. The Role of Music in Wampanoag Culture For the Wampanoag tribe, music is an essential part of everyday life. It is used for ceremonies, recreation, expression, healing, spirituality, and passing down history. Songs serve many purposes, from … Read more

8 Songs of Appreciation and Gratitude for this Thanksgiving

As autumn arrives, so does a cherished holiday: Thanksgiving. Started as a way to celebrate the plentiful fall harvest with friends and family, Thanksgiving is now a mainstay in many North American homes and households around the globe! The holiday involves copious amounts of food—traditionally a turkey, bread-based stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn—and time spent with friends and family. Usually, while sitting around the table with food, family, and friends, individuals say what they are thankful for having in their lives. Here we list eight songs in the spirit of Thanksgiving, songs that give thanks to the important people and moments … Read more

Scary Movie Music: the Filmmaking Genius of John Carpenter

If you love being scared by horror movies, chances are Halloween is one of your favorite times of the year. Besides the new horror movies that come out during Halloween, this day is also a great time to revisit your old favorites: the classic horror movies that made you fall in love with being terrified by cinema. John Carpenter And His Horror Classics Few people have been as influential to the horror movie genre as John Carpenter, who essentially invented the horror sub-genre of the “slasher” movie when he wrote, directed, and debuted his aptly named classic, Halloween (1978). This … Read more

10 Easy Father’s Day Songs to play on piano or guitar

If you are learning to play a musical instrument, chances are you picked this interest from your dad just like many other qualities almost all dads are good at. Aren’t all dads special? The original authority figure in our lives and also the man that stood tall from day one. With Father’s Day around the corner, what better way to thank them with some of the best songs about dads and the all central relationship. You see, there is no shortage of songs about fathers as musicians, just like everyone else, have many feelings about their fathers. For better or … Read more