Shazam!! And other childhood heroes…

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Let the March “madness” begin!… Here in the US over the coming weeks, you’re bound to see amazing highlight reels of some previously-unknown college hoop player who hits an amazing shot to win a game. These young men vault to hero status for the school fan-bases, but also for young, aspiring players everywhere. This recently got me thinking about my own “heroes” as … Read More

“The Naked Piano – Transitions” REVIEW: Reviewed by Kathy Parsons (MainlyPiano)

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“The Naked Piano – Transitions”. Reviewed 1/30/2016 by Kathy Parsons (MainlyPiano) The Naked Piano: Transitions Gary Girouard 2016 / Galileo Music 58 minutes Transitions is the sixth volume in pianist/composer Gary Girouard’s The Naked Piano series, and what a masterpiece it is! In fact, it will be very difficult to beat this one for “Album of the Year” status on … Read More

Backstage at Carnegie Hall – what it’s REALLY like!

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Last week I had the distinguished opportunity to perform at Weill Recital Hall inside Carnegie Hall. I’ve performed in many concert and recital halls, but this was to be my debut at one of the world’s most famous piano-performance venues. I was performing as a nominee for “Solo Piano Album of the Year” (Enlightened Piano Radio). Weill Recital Hall is an intimate and … Read More

Finding “La Dolce Vita”?

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I’ve just returned from Italy with a couple interesting observations… What was I doing in Italy? I was a guest performer for a music festival in the quaint medieval village of Mondaino (“Mountain of the Deer”) where I performed some of my original solo piano music. I also had the opportunity to play with an Italian opera singer named Katja Natalini – a mezzo … Read More

The Ultimate Glass of Kool Aid! (how a musician reached “Super Saturation”)

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Here on beautiful Cape Cod, Summer is in full swing with BBQs, sunsets and lazy days at the beach. On a particularly listless Sunday afternoon, I began thinking back to my childhood – and the perfect glass of Kool-Aid. Ahhhh, how that glass of Kool-Aid was SO refreshing when the mix was just right! …and this got me thinking about something else – technology. I … Read More

Apple Music – an Indie-musicians’ point of view…

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You’ve no doubt heard about the new Apple Music service – and maybe wondering “what’s the big deal?”. Well, even if you don’t own an Apple device, let me help you understand why – as an indie musician – I feel this is such an important moment in music. Important Backstory: Everyone knows Apple is one of the most successful companies … Read More

Apple Music… and the future of streaming?

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Apple Music was just released, and I’m happy to report my music has been accepted and is available through the new service. Here is the link to my music on Apple Music/iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/gary-girouard/id128499651 Certainly, the future of music is heavily favoring streaming services, and I think Apple Music has created a very compelling platform. I’d love to hear your thoughts – … Read More

Graduation, and my year in Italy without a job

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This is a great time of year to think about “graduations”… How to Live Before you Die In my opinion, ‘graduations’ ought to be called ‘transitions’. College grads perhaps have the most extreme transition as they go from years of “school” to full-time “work”. Commencement speakers try to help by sharing messages of wisdom (coincidentally – the best I’ve heard is by Steve Jobs to Stanford grads “how to … Read More

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