Rick Keene Music Scene – Paying Tribute To Jim Steinman; A Songwriter’s Songwriter.

If a songwriter has an antennae, Jim Steinman had one of the largest of them all.

Unless you lived on another planet and recently arrived on Earth; chances are – Jim Steinman has affected your life.

Steinman – Tyler

Jim recently passed away yet left the world a better place. His music and legacy will be around much longer than any one of us.

Please have a listen below to the incredible body of work from a musical genius; Mr. Jim Steinman.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Tom Jackson Hosts ‘Heal The Earth’

Empathy. Easy.

If planet Earth was a relative and suffering – what would you do?

Heal The Earth, a virtual event is taking place on April 22nd. A collection of musicians from Canada and internationally are giving their time and music to ‘heal the earth’.

“When we sent out the call to action tour global music world contacts to help us celebrate Earth Day from the global the resounding feedback was overwhelming and positive,” says executive producer Sandy Graham. “So much so we were humbled by the legendary artists who want to help get the word out for the mission of Earth Day and beyond.”

“Although our home base of production is in Canada, we have artists from Canada, the USA and Europe who have all submitted relative videos. We will be reaching out to our global network to make this a success for a much needed initiative about not just funds but awareness of the work that Earth Day is doing on a daily basis.”

Please have a listen below to my chat with actor, singer, songwriter and host – Tom Jackson.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Myles Goodwyn; One of Canada’s Greatest Songwriters Talks New Album ‘Long Pants’.

It’s hard to find a better songwriter in Canada than Myles Goodwyn.

One of April Wine’s biggest hits, ‘You Won’t Dance With Me’, was penned when Myles was just a teenager. The songwriting came early.

 Myles and the other members of April Wine were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2010. He also received the prestigious East Coast Music Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, and the SOCAN National Achievement Award in 2002. He’s also written two books: Just Between You and Me and Elvis and Tiger.

Myles recently did two Blues albums, Friends of The Blues and Friends of The Blues 2. Award winning releases with some of Canada’s best Blues artists as guests.

Please have a listen below to my chat with Myles about the new album ‘Long Pants’ and Friends of The Blues 2.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Sunday’s Soothing Sounds

On the seventh day

Sunday is a day to relax and do things that give peace of mind.

tHE dGIDDY baND

Lots of new tunes released with a laid back quality to give people a laid back quality of life.

Please have a listen below to some new music and take it easy won’t ya?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Who Says You Are Too Old To Rock n’ Roll?

Age is a number.

So many musicians over the age of seventy putting out great tunes.

Young guys may know how to play their instruments – yet crafting a song with rhythm and swing?

Please have a listen below to new music by ‘old guys’.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – George Thorogood To Make Grand Ole Opry Debut

Bad – to the bone.

“I’m incredibly humbled by the honor and excited to connect with this audience,” says Thorogood. “I’ll be stepping onto the Grand Ole Opry stage with my guitar to share some great American music.”

“Of course the Opry showcases the best in country music to fans around the world each week, but we also appreciate opportunities to welcome guests from other genres and walks of life, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Academy Award-winning actors and directors, and even a U.S. President,” said Opry Executive Producer Dan Rogers. “George Thorogood is an Opry fan himself, and we’re all in for a great show.”

In a special collaboration, a unique “SiriusXM Road to George Thorogood’s Opry Debut” will be rolled out including involvement across a wide array of SiriusXM channels discussing this historic moment. Thorogood will be a guest on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country (ch. 60) and Volume (ch. 106) sharing his one-of-a-kind perspective on music and what this Opry debut means to him.

“When I was growing up, I’d hear Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins on the radio alongside Ray Charles and Bo Diddley,” George Thorogood says. “Music didn’t need to be labeled ‘country’ or ‘rock’. If it was good music, you enjoyed it. I loved it all.”

And for an artist whose worldwide hits include a cover of Hank Williams’ ‘Move It On Over’ – as well as self-penned classics like ‘I Drink Alone’ (a song he originally wrote for George Jones) and the ultimate badass anthem ‘Bad To The Bone’ – it’s clear that George Thorogood remains one of the most enthusiastically unique interpreters of what can only be categorized as American music.

Craft Recordings recently released a comprehensive reissue of George Thorogood and The Destroyers’ fiery concert album Live in Boston, 1982. The 27-track Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concertincludes 12 previously unreleased tracks (including performances of “Bad to the Bone,” “Who Do You Love?,” as well as the country classics they have made their own including Hank Williams’ “Move It On Over” and T.J. “Red” Arnall’s  “Cocaine Blues”). 

Tickets for other in-house audience Opry shows are available now at opry.com.

Please have a listen below to my chat with George Thorogood ; Live in Boston

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Musical Preview of ‘HEAL THE EARTH’ – April 22nd


“Heal the Earth is here to lift conscience, mind and spirit to a higher ground,” says Tom Jackson, producer and host of Heal the Earth.

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“This is a moral and musical compass designed to guide you on a road paved with caring and compassion. There is hope in our future if we use our voices to take action against the sounds of silence. These are songs to be sung and celebrated so our children can bear witness to the enduring strength that is the love and beauty of Mother Earth.”

“Earth Day is global and to participate from Europe is wonderful. Right now, all our focus must be pointed to improve the environment for the entire world. This is a task that can only be done by working together to build a better future, says Peter Astedt, European Consultant for EMG.  Heal The Earth is one of the voices that is needed to bring people closer to a better world. It’s great to be involved in a project that is so important and can make the world a better place.

Please have a listen below to some tunes from artists performing on April 22nd

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Thirty Seven Minutes and Fifty Seconds

Time flies when you are happy.

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

Marthe Troly-Curtin

Please have a listen below to some tunes new to you and listen to the new single from the front-man of April Wine; Myles Goodwyn.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Things That Make You Go Hmmm and New Myles Goodwyn Music

Ya think you know everything eh?

Within music – there is always stuff to learn. If not – the sounds would die.

Please have a listen below to some new tunes and hear the new single from the front-man of April Wine; Myles Goodwyn.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Canada Post Celebrates The JUNO Awards Golden Anniversary

New stamp honours 50 years of the JUNOS
and a dynamic Canadian music scene
.

The JUNO Awards turns 50 this year, and Canada Post is celebrating this golden anniversary with a new commemorative stamp.

The stamp pays tribute to the country’s premier music event, and its role in supporting and showcasing Canadian artists and creators over five decades. Since 1971, the JUNOS have recognized Canada’s immense range of talent, from rising stars to household names, including 25-time JUNO winner Anne Murray – the recipient of the most JUNO Awards to date – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Céline Dion, The Tragically Hip, The Weeknd and so many more.

To mark the importance of the 50th anniversary, the JUNOS have redesigned the prestigious award from the solid crystal tower into a new golden statuette, which is featured on the commemorative stamp.

The special 50th anniversary presentation of the JUNO Awards will be broadcast nationwide Sunday, May 16 at 8 pm, ET/5 pm, PT, on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music and globally on CBCMusic.ca/junos.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Wednesday’s Wicked …

“The only truth is music.”

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

Sandy Chochinov

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

 Albert Einstein

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I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.

Prince

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Tune In to Tuesday’s Terrific Tunes

Times were changing. Clothes were changing. Morals were changing. We went from romantic loves songs like I used to do to rock ‘n roll. Now that has changed to rap. So, there’s always a new generation with new music.

Bobby Vinton

When I hear music that parents hate, or older musicians hate, I know that’s the new music. When I hear older people saying, ‘I hate Rap or Techno’ I rush to it.

George Clinton

Sandy Chochinov

I’m inspired by artists and musicians. There are so many wonderful and talented people in the world. I love discovering new music, new writers, or new art.

Alicia Keys

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People say I seem very negative about new music – well, if somebody asks me what I think of Keane, I’ll tell ’em. I don’t like ’em. I’ll obviously take it a step too far and grossly insult the keyboard player’s mam or summat, but I’m afraid that’s just me.

Noel Gallagher

I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.

Prince

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Paying Tribute to Sandy Chochinov

“Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.”

A Canadian musician since 1968, Sandy Chochinov bravely followed his passion for music which was like breathing for him. He played the electric bass with his own unique style, sound and tone unlike any other.

He toured, recorded and performed across Canada until the late 1990s. Sandy taught himself the art of recording, editing and mixing his own music in his home studio for the last 20 years.

He continued to create and record music, playing bass, beats, guitar and keys along with many of his musical brothers and sisters producing 17 projects to date.

Sandy worked for Child and Family Services as a family support worker for 20 years, where he inspired many young people and their families to never give up and to always follow their dreams.

Please listen below as Lewsh Shaw of The Guess Who pays homage to his friend and musical collaborator Sandy Chochinov.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Saying Goodbye To Musicians We Lost. Part Three

Music is the shorthand of emotion.”

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato

Please listen below to some music from some of the artists who recently passed away.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Saying Goodbye To Musicians We Lost. Part Two

“If music be the food of love, play on.” – William Shakespeare

“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest of times, and to the latest.” – Henry David Thoreau

Please listen below to some music from some of the artists who recently passed away.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Saying Goodbye To Musicians We Lost

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”

“Music is given of God to further his purposes. Sweet melodies mellow the souls of men and help prepare them for the gospel. After men receive the truth, songs of praise to Deity help to sanctify and cleanse their souls.”

Please listen below to some music from some of the artists who recently passed away.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Live Album of the Week

Energy between musician and fan. Irreplaceable.

Nothing duplicates or explains what happens when musicians take the stage and pieces of art evolve into masterpieces.

Please listen below to the ‘Live’ Album of the Week.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Wake the F*** Up ! It’s Monday …

Nothing like good music to shake those cobwebs off.

Weekends that are gloomy bring gloom. Music that is energetic brings energy.

Please listen below to some great new music, a birthday tribute to Bob Dylan, a new / old Rolling Stones’ tune and a brand new tune from Montral’s own The Damn Truth.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Terrifying Tunes and Ghostly Tales

Things that go bump after curfew.

Government measures have locked us in our homes for the better part of a year. In Quebec – leaving your home after 9:30pm; a definite no-no.

Please listen below to some macabre music and menacing tales.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Songs You Don’t Hear Everyday …

New means growth.

Combined with the past, a buffet of pleasures.

Please listen below to some great new and old tunes.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Elmer Fudd’s Wideo Wednesday

Wascally wideos …

Ever since the early 1980’s, a marriage between music and cinema took place. Sure music has been an integral part of film for decades but the musicians were like children at a dinner party; heard – not seen.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Sasquatch Playing Saxophone and Tuesday’s Terrific Tunes !

New music – the future.

Great to learn from the past and enjoy the memories. Better still to encourage growth and sustain the arts.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best Irish Female Singers

“We are a vibrant First World country but we have a humbling Third World memory.”
Mary McAleese

“I was elected by the women of Ireland, who instead of rocking the cradle, rocked the system.”
Mary Robinson

Please listen below to some of The Best Female Vocalists of Ireland and remember – “I feel more and more the time wasted that is not spent in Ireland.”

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best Irish Guitar Players

May you get all your wishes but one, so that you will always have something to strive for!

Sleep is the first sign of recovery.

Please listen below to some of The Best Guitarists of Ireland and remember – Who keeps his tongue keeps his friends.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Happy St Patrick’s Day; May the Good Lord take a liking to you — but not too soon.

Why should you never iron a four-leaf clover? You don’t want to press your luck.

This isn’t a hangover – it’s the Irish flu.

Please listen below to some of The Best Tunes of Ireland and remember – In heaven there is no beer; that’s why we drink ours here.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Irish Week; The Best Of Irish Music. Part Two

May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.

Irish songs are smiling and the entire world smiles along with the Irish.

Please listen below to Part Two of Irish Week and some of the best Irish music.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Irish Week; The Best Of Irish Music

May your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck, brightened by a song in your heart and warmed by the smiles of the people you love.

Irish songs are smiling and the entire world smiles along with the Irish.

Please listen below to Part One of Irish Week and some of the best Irish music.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Sunday’s Music Extravaganza

Your head needs a rest. Your head needs to bop.

What better place to discover new music and older music you may have missed?

Please listen below and have a great, stress-free Sunday !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Amendment to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Provisions Can Help #SaveOurStages

 The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is thankful that President Biden signed into law today the American Rescue Plan. NIVA members are grateful that it includes Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s Amendment to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) provisions and supports its passage in the upcoming COVID Relief Bill. 

The previous law forbade eligible entities to apply for both Payroll Protection Plan (PPP2) after Dec. 27, 2020 and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG, f.k.a. Save Our Stages Act). The revised provision enables eligible entities to apply for PPP2 starting now until March 31, 2021, and also seek SVOG when the applications are made available by the Small Business Administration. The SBA has yet to set a date to accept SVOG applications. 

NIVA members, devastated by having no income and enormous overhead for a year, have been anxiously awaiting the SVOG application forms; many venues have gone under while waiting to access this program. “Now that independent venues and promoters can be eligible for both PPP2 and SVOG, we’re hoping Congress will extend the deadline for applying for PPP2, since it’s set to close March 31, or in just 14 business days,” say Adam Hartke, NIVA’s Advocay Cochair and owner of The Cotilian and WAVE in Wichita, Ks.

The PPP2 money can help eligible independent venues and promoters to hold on until SVOG funding starts being distributed. Any amount of PPP2 money taken by a recipient will be reduced from SVOG funds, i.e., if a venue is eligible for $100,000 SVOG and they have taken $25,000 in PPP2 funds, their SVOG cannot exceed $75,000.

“This change can save countless venues from bankruptcy, as the immediate PPP2 money will help them hold on until the SVOG funds flow,” said Dayna Frank, NIVA Board President and CEO of First Avenue Productions in Minneapolis. “This entire industry is grateful to President Biden for the relief the Majority Leader Senator Schumer for spearheading this provision and Senators Cornyn and Klobuchar for championing our cause with the Save Our Stages Act.”

Other important additions to the provision are an additional $1.25 billion added to the SVOG fund and $840,000 earmarked for the SBA staff to facilitate COVID-related programs. “The quicker the SBA can staff up and roll out this program, the better.  To say our members are frantic and anxious is an understatement. The eviction notices have been coming at an even faster pace as time goes by without this emergency relief,” said Frank.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Convincing The Forum Ghosts; One Tune at a Time …

Since The Montreal Canadiens moved from the Montreal Forum – the once proud ‘dynasty’ has not made it to the finals of the NHL.

At the historic Forum- ghosts seemed to alter goals and games whenever the hockey team required help. Where did the ghosts go?

Please listen below to a few encouraging songs to help persuade ‘the ghosts’ to make the move to Le Centre Bell.

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