“In her brief ten year span as a recording artist (ending with her death at the age of 32 in 1990), Emily Remler not only proved that a female jazz guitarist could be the technical equal of any male counterpart, but also that she possessed the intensity and conviction of a true leading musical voice. Her early departure from the scene is tragic, and her legacy as both an artist and a person should be forever maintained in our collective memory.” – Roger Blanc (MFM Board member, guitarist and composer)
Text by Dawoud Kringle
Most of you who read this are musicians. You can probably name a good number of female musicians. Maybe you are a female musician.
On Tuesday, October 6th, 2020, Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen died of cancer at the age of 65.
In 1978, I was listening to the radio, and the DJ of the local rock station announced that he was going to play something from the debut album of a band named Van Halen. Then Eruptioncame on. As Van Halen’s jaw dropping display of chops smashed through the speakers and seared itself into my ears, I stared at the radio, unable to believe what I was hearing.
A musical legend, Aretha Franklin has been called to her final rest…
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Text by Dawoud Kringle
The news of Aretha Franklin’s passing came as no shock. It was common knowledge she had been gravely ill for a long time. Just days before her passing, news of her severe illness made international news. Nonetheless, it’s impossible to hear of the passing of this giant without sadness.
On Monday, November 27th, 2017, the musical world celebrated the 75th birthday of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century,Jimi Hendrix.
To say that Hendrix was innovative is a gross understatement. In the short three and a half years of his career in the limelight, before he tragically left this world, Hendrix’ accomplishments are staggering.
My name is Christopher Drapeau, I’m a heavy metal, hardcore, and punk rock guitar player, a solo composer and songwriter, and a member of Musicians For Musicians. MFM is a non-profit organization advocating for the rights and interests of professional musicians. Our goal is spreading the idea that #MakingMusicIsAProfession. My involvement started after moving to New York City and starting to establish myself as a working musician. My career has always had a DIYbackbone, and it is a very important ethic to uphold as a musician to be successful in my opinion; and MFM stands for that 100%.