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Embarrassing Musical Moments – Up On the Roof!



By Roger Moisan

The nature of music making means that there are many opportunities for making a complete fool of yourself in front of a lot of people. One particular event that stands out in my mind is the end of year concert at Hailsham Community College, Sussex, England in July 1998.

As the visiting brass teacher and band director, I was due to conduct the College band at the opening of the concert which was a showcase of the year’s musical achievements and annual prize giving ceremony. In attendance at this year’s celebration were the usual school dignitaries, guests and the Mayor as well as many hundreds of parents and children.

As a busy peripatetic teacher, I had been rushing around all day from school to school and had hardly anytime for myself. Having arrived in Hailsham with plenty of time, checked in with the band and Director of Music, I still had fifteen spare, precious minutes for a long needed trip to the toilet! So, off I go to the staff room, on the top floor, locate the men’s room at the far end, find a clean cubicle and breathe a sigh of relief. Not one minute into my activity, I hear the terminal ‘clunk’ of a door being locked. The toilet door! After a few moments of disbelief, I begin calling out “Hello, hello, I’m in here!” To no avail. I am locked in the toilet on the top floor of a remote part of a huge Community College five minutes before curtain up.

The over zealous caretaker had decided to get a head start on his evening’s shutting down routine and I was on the inside, trapped.

A small window was my only option and route of escape, so after prizing it open, I managed to squeeze my six foot frame through the unfeasibly small orifice only to find myself on the roof of the main hall some fifty feet above ground level. A quick scout around found a skylight looking directly down and into the concert hall where my band and the audience were waiting patiently for the arrival of the conductor. Me! Over the PA, I heard the chilling words, “Please welcome our brass teacher and band director, Roger Moisan” Audience applaud and I do not walk on to the stage because I am on the roof!

Panic kicked in and I decided I had to get down some how, so after a bit of roof hopping from level to level, I managed to get low enough to be able to slide down and drop on to a dumpster, leg it around the front of the building, into the hall, pick up my baton and start the band. We played well and all seemed ok until my chat with the mayor after the show. “Roger, do you realise you have what seems to be a tyre track mark all the way up your trousers and jacket?” It was the summer and my concert attire was a beige Chino suit (it was the 90s) and those in the know are aware that schools use non-setting, thick black paint to prevent the most athletic kids from climbing onto the roof. I had performed, with my back to the crowd, looking like a victim from a Road Runner cartoon!

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Much love and happy music making,

Roger Moisan.




Introducing FFM Member: JJ Appleby

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Winston Fraser – aka JJ Appleby – moved  to England. There he was part of the successful band, The Equators, who toured the UK, Spain, and even went to New Zealand.
He’s got a folksy, gospel sound, a unique Reggae twist, love songs, and a positive message.

Please check out JJ’s YouTube channel  and wonderful sunny mix of great original music.

ROGER MOISAN SAYS, “MAKE IT LOOK EASY”

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roger moisanRoger Moisan is famous for having turned down a Pink Floyd gig. He’s the founder of Freedom for Musicians, an online platform for musicians and artists to maximize the potential to monetize their musical skills.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS

  1. The perils of “youthful arrogance.”
  2. There’s nothing more important to your performing career than your integrity.
  3. For every failure, there’s a moment of redemption.

ROGER’S WORST MOMENT AS A PERFORMER

“It was wrapped up in youthful arrogance. I had an audition in front of the brass musicians of the London Symphony for a scholarship sponsored by the LSO. I knew I had practiced it enough, although my teacher said differently. I had never rehearsed it with a pianist. AS it went from bad to worse, I was clamming up, my palms were becoming sweaty and I was looking right into the eyes of Maurice Murphy, one of my heroes on the trumpet.

“As we got to the slow section, Maurice walked up to me and said, ‘I think we’ll stop here.’ I had serious issues with performance anxiety after that for several months.”

QUOTABLE QUOTES

  • “I’ve had more fun sharing the story as to why I didn’t play with Pink Floyd than the gig would have been.”
  • “Prepare, Prepare, Prepare. The moment you think you’re prepared, start preparing.”

THE HOT SEAT

Q: It’s 5 minutes before you go on stage for an important performance… What are you doing?

A: Checking, checking, checking. My music, my trumpet, my valves, myself. I also visualize the performance beginning to end, and it’s perfect.

Q: What’s the best performance-related advice you’ve ever received?

A:  Concentrate on the sound. If the sound is horrible, no one wants to hear you. Make it look easy.

Q: Can you share one tip for our listeners to help deal with stage fright? (Physical, mental, etc.)

A: Prepare, prepare, prepare. And when you think you’ve prepared, start preparing. The moment you think you’ve got it put together is when you’re most prone to make mistakes.

Q: What’s a non-musical activity that contributes to your success as a musician?

A: Sport. Playing and watching. The discipline required to play sports can teach a lot to musicians.

Q: Imagine you’re on stage. It’s the end of the performance and the audience is on its feet, applauding. They don’t want any more and they don’t want any less. Everything is perfect. What have you just done?

A: I’m at Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms. I’m playing the Arutunian trumpet concerto in front of 3,000 people. It’s gone stunningly well. All those people that were in that terrible audition years ago are looking at me, saying, “Well done, Roger.”

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This Girl Scout Faced Off a Neo-Nazi in This Epic Picture

 

By Gabriella Canal

Every so often, a photo symbolic of the times surfaces, a freeze frame that captures how large swaths of people feel. On Monday, during a rally of extreme right groups in Brno, Czech Republic, a young girl scout was pictured facing off a visibly exasperated neo-nazi.

Arms defiantly by her side, the scout, Lucie, remained calm, cool, and collected.

She was reportedly part of the counter-protest that was being held to challenge the far-right march against the European Union and immigration. The photo, which was originally taken by Vladimir Cicmanec, joins the ranks of other evocative images that show women calmly resisting hate and intolerance.

 This Woman Stared Down a Far-Right Racist With the Ultimate Act of Defiance

By Tuesday, the image had been shared on the Scout’s Movement Facebook Page, which celebrated the scout’s diversity and steady resilience in the face of hatred.

“People from all walks of life, and #Scouts among them,” the post read. “Came to the streets during an extreme right march yesterday to express their support for values of diversity, peace and understanding. Creating a better world!”

Unlike the United States, the Czech Republic has a co-ed Scouts program. Alongside boys and girls her own age, Lucie held a sign that read “We will raise your children” — a Scout motto.

Canadian and Lebanese Ambassador: Dr William Nassar

It is with great honour that we announce the appointment of Dr William Nassar as Freedom for Musicians Ambassador for Canada and Lebanese musicians worldwide. William has devoted his life to promoting peace through his music and we look forward to regular updates on his work and support of musicians in Canada and particular those involved in the Arab-Israeli peace movement.

William Nassar is a Canadian – Lebanese most outstanding and successful protest singer and composer. He has achieved a worldwide reputation as a protest singer and peace activist.William Nassar descends from al Batroun, a very beautiful Christian city North of Beirut. He was born on December 25th, 1966 in the Northern Lebanese village Batroumeen (The house of god), of a Lebanese father and a Palestinian mother.
For he was born in Batroumeen, his close friends call him al Batroumeeni (The Batroumeenist).

He started his career at the age of 11, when he sought refuge into music to run away from the sounds of civil war, and took a stand against the sectarian killing at a very young age throughout his music and songs.

On the year 1987, he was subject to an assassination attempt in Beirut by Islamist fundamentalists after his song ( Beirut) Thus, he left Lebanon on February 13th, 1993.

William Nassar possesses a P.h.D. degree in Ethno-musicology and taught Arabic composition and orchestration at various musical institutions and conservatoires, besides his work as a songwriter and singer.

He is a member of several musical organizations and considered one of today’s leading political “protest” composers and singers who promote peace and non-violence in the middle east.

On the year 2014, he was diagnosed with Leukemia and Liver Cancer. He undergone a tough treatment and survived.
Being a Cancer Survivor, William Nassar dedicates half of his musical works income to the Canadian Cancer Society, which helps Kids living with Cancer, and he is an active volunteer with them.

William Nassar albums have been runaway hits in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan and other Arab states, as well as Canada, the United States and Europe, especially after his hit song On the Road to Aytat, (Al Tareeq Aytat) which was released on the year 1986 and re-recorded on 2015 under the title (A Red Hymn) track 2 of the CD album You look like Pomegranate.

William Nassar compositional skills have been honored with distinguished awards by several International and local music festivals and civil societies.

To become an ambassador for your country, email Roger Moisan directly at rogermoisan@yahoo.co.uk introducing yourself, outlining your musical story and what you can offer to this role.

FFM: International Ambassadors

Join our free international musicians cooperative: Freedom For Musicians

Freedom for musicians is the worlds first true cooperative for musicians at any stage in their musical life. Whether you are a serious professional or just an enthusiast, we are here for you. To find out what we are all about and what we can do for you, visit the about us page.

Join us by filling in the sign-up form to the right of this page.

TOP 10 POPULAR RUSSIAN POP SONGS




1. ELKA – PROVANCE

Elka is a pseudonym. The real name of the Russian pop singer is Elizaveta (like one of the Russian empresses).

A nice combination of good vocals and originality.

Elizaveta moved from Ukraine to Moscow.

The song is about freedom, the opportunity to go on holiday wherever you want. And what great things can happen to you:

“… A cozy cafe…

With red wine…

You can say that this is just a silly dream …”

2. SLAVA – LONELINESS

The real name of the Russian pop singer Slava is Anastasia Slanevskaya.

One day after work she was singing in a karaoke club and a well-known producer heard her. He waited for her to finish, and invited her to work together.

The song is about loneliness, about how hard it is to “keep the mark” and still crave a close relationship.

“Stone lady …

Never cries,

Believes no one…

It hurts all the same…”

3. GRADUSY – MOVIE DIRECTOR

Gradusy is the Russian pop group. The leader of the group is Dmitry Bakhtinov. He was joined by Roman Pashkov, Ruslan Tagiyev and, in different years, drummers Viktor Golovanov and Anton Grebyonkin.

Initially, the song was written using dark colors – the author experienced a personal loss. Then the song was rewritten in a positive way.

The song says that after a personal loss you need to get up and move on.

“In this movie I am the main actor,

I’m a writer and a director…

Unloved, forgive me,

My love – love me.”




4.   30.02 – STARS IN THE PUDDLES

30.02 is a non-existent date – February 30th.

In this music band there are two Russian musicians: Mikhail Shalmanov and Valentin Tkach.

The song is about the romance of a big city, about simple and light – about love.

“I want to share with you

Stars in the puddles,

Warm dinner want to share with you…

We have so much to say to each other

And let the world wait”




5. VINTAGE – THE SIGN OF AQUARIUS

This Russian pop group consists of the singer Anna Pletneva and sound producer Alexei Romanov.

The song “Aquarius” is about women’s experiences.

“I gave it my all, and I don’t regret!

And despite all autopilots,

I live in spite of horoscopes!”

6. SEREBRO – I WILL NOT GIVE YOU UP

Serebro is a Russian female pop group. Serebro means silver.

The group includes Olga Seryabkina, Daria Shashina and Polina Favorskaya.

Serebro won the 3rd prize at the “Eurovision” competition.

This is a song about love from the point of view of a possessive woman.

“Never, never, to nobody

I will not give you up…”

7. DIMA BILAN – CRAZY ABOUT YOU

Dima Bilan is the alias of the singer Viktor Belan.

Dima Bilan twice participated in the competition “Eurovision”: with the song «Never let you go» he took second place, and with the song «Believe» he took first place.

The song “Crazy about you” is about love.

“You are the bright sun…

We’ll wake up together…

A moment of true happiness…”




8. SATI KASANOVA FEAT. ARSENIUM – UNTIL DAWN

Sati Kasanova

Sati Kasanova

A duet of the Russian singer Sati Kasanova and Arsenium.

The song is a love story. It’s hard to think about the future. You should enjoy this moment.

“A little bit of money in the pocket,

And my friends and I are hanging at a bar…

And until dawn let love burn…”




9. PIZZA – ARMS

Pizza is a music group with elements of pop, funk and something else.

City, and teen love carried through years – this is what music video “Arms” is about.

“The soul was flying over puddles, but April didn’t give me a cold.

I think I killed myself with your deadly weapon.”

10. ANNA SEMENOVICH – I’LL FOLLOW YOU

Anna Semenovich (March 1, 1980, Moscow) – Russian pop singer. Interestingly, Anna used to be a figure skater.

The song “I’ll follow you” is about how a woman lost her head in love.

“I’ll follow you to the ends of the earth…

I’ll follow you in your footsteps…”