All of the time and effort eventually paid off when Selena turned fourteen and recorded her first album for a record company. Selena did well in school but as she grew more popular she had to travel a lot to perform, so her dad pulled her out of school when she was in eighth grade. She had to finish her education on the road she received her high school diploma at the age of seventeen from The American School of Correspondence in Chicago, Illinois. She then released her third album Alpha, in 1986. The way Selena became a famous singer is because her dad would make her and her brothers play a couple songs every day after school.
Bart at the age of 14 heard John Denver for the first time and was easily captivated by the sound Denver had. After his John Denver he encouraged his parents to buy him a guitar. His parents reluctant at first starting renting guitars for couple months to insure he would use it regularly. When they were assured of such they bought him a copy of Gibson’s Lyle Hummingbird guitar.
He learned the popular two-finger style, using his thumb and index fingers. When he was six he played for the first time in front of an audience in Boiling Springs, North Carolina at a fiddlers convention. At the age of 10 he finally figured out the three-finger style, that would ultimately be dubbed “Scruggs-Style.” At this point Earl was working at Lily Mills, a thread mill in Shelby, NC. He would rent out the company rec building and throw fish fry’s, private parties and other social events, where he would play for money. With no electricity for miles around he learned to pick hard and aggressively, which would be a factor in his soon to be fame.
Also that December, I had found out that they were doing the Grammy Gig of A Lifetime show, and that was the only LA show they had lined up, so of course I got tickets to drag some more friends to that show. On January 16, 2014, they made a public announcement stating that drummer Bryan “Olivver” Sammis, was leaving the band to pursue a solo career in music, which came as quite a bummer to me due to the fact that I was going to see them live the next week. But trust me, they did not disappoint. They opened the show with their newest single, “Silver”, reminding me of the effect that that song has on me. “Silver” is one of those songs, that gives me anxiety with every beat, and as the siren-like sound continues, my stomach drops, and I feel in-sync with the music.
Alyssa Fortier Mrs. Evans English Honors 2 MOD SUN Derek Smith was born on March 10, 1987 in Bloomington, Minnesota in the back seat of a greyhound bus. Growing up as a happy kid, Derek was always a musically inclined. According to Derek, his parents were "hippies". At a young age, his parents divorced, and Smith was raised between Bloomington with his mother and Long Beach, California with his father. He played in bands all throughout his childhood, such as “The Semester”, “New Found Glory”, and “The Used”.
Around ten o’clock most of the parents attending the party had left. Then about one o’clock the band left. When the disk jockey left around six o’clock he did not report anything unusual. One of the members and his companion of the fraternity in room 206 were awaked by the sound of a smoke detector. The member decided to find out what was going on, so he started down to the first floor.
He found a job working on programming during the summer with a professor. He then enrolled in graduate school in California at Berkeley. There he made much of the software we use today like the Java Script and Silicon Valley firm Sun Microsystems (Gladwell 35 & 36). The Beatles were looking for an opportunity for a job to play and they got that chance when an entrepreneur met a guy who was looking for bands to play for a night club in Hamburg. In liver pool they only had to play one hour sessions, but when they got a job in Hamburg they had to play for eight hours with practice time.
One man’s music has stood the test of time even ten years after his passing. That man is the Man in Black himself, Mr. Johnny Cash. In order to fully appreciate Cash’s music you should know a bit of his incredible life story that shaped his career. Johnny Cash was born February 26, 1932, as J.R. Cash, in Kingsland, Arkansas. His father Ray Cash, and mother Carrie Cash named him J.R. because they could not think of a name.
Colleges all over the state of Florida and even some out of state were interested in Michael’s talents then sent many letters. Coming up to the end of his junior year Michael was one of the star talents on the team and the long awaited spring game against Miami Ferguson High was finally here. Killian won by a score of 46-0, and Michael played outstanding. The Monday after the game Michael decided to celebrate his winnings and smoked marijuana before school. Not thinking about how stupid it was, Mike hot boxed his truck and had no spray to relieve his self from the pungent smell of good weed.
He made popular music that reached the heart of average Americans. Tin Pan Alley also helped bring new genres of music into the music industry. In this area of New York many musicians experimented and created different genres of music. This added energy and creativity to the industry. These free spirited musicians helped develop genres of music for American people to enjoy.