Read about the Song History behind “Monster Mash”

Musicnotes.com is proud to feature an article about the song “Monster Mash.” This brilliantly-written article has been brought to you by the HFA, and has been reprinted with permission. For more about the HFA, be sure to visit the HFA website. Behind the Song: “Monster Mash” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett and Lenny Capizzi Written by David Schneider, HFA Publisher Services Agent For almost 50 years, as Halloween season rolls around, a quirky, infectious tune starts pulsating through sound-systems across the country. “Monster Mash” first topped the charts on October 20, 1962, and it has remained a favorite ever since. The enduring appeal of the song can be attributed not only
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American Idol Songs, Sale on Heart and More in “The Whole Note”

This past week, American Idol debuted with a lot of contestants singing their hearts out. One contestant named Casey sang A Thousand Miles, another highlight featured Emily Wynne-Hughes singing Barracuda by Heart. Other songs featured in coverage related to the show included Alone by Heart and Lost by the band Coldplay. Since season one of American Idol, we’ve watched as aspiring singers have sung their way to the top. Kelly Clarkson. Clay Aiken. Carrie Underwood. Kimberly Locke. All of these top performers started on this intense television show and sung their way to a recording contract. Now you can play or sing right along with the former contestants from American
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Follow this List of Your Favorite Musicians and Bands on Twitter!

Are you using Twitter to interact with your friends and family? Twitter is a micro-blogging service where you can send links and brief bits of news to your followers, reply to “Tweets” and get the latest news from people you follow. If you are already using Twitter, then you might want to consider follow your favorite bands and musicians, too! (We hope that you “follow” Musicnotes! Our Twitter account is located at: @music_notes.) Well, we’ve scoured the web to find a nice, long list of musicians and bands who have embraced this medium. Bands and Musicians on Twitter This is a long list of bands and musicians who are on
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Your Top Songs of 2008, More Twilight Music, Contest Voting in The Whole Note

Here at Musicnotes.com, every year we create a list of the Top 100 songs. This list isn’t like the Billboard 2008 Year in Review Charts, because it’s based on sheet music. Your sheet music. In our minds, a Top 2008 sheet music list is more important than the songs you may download to your mp3 player, because you invest so much more time in learning to play or sing a song that just listening to it. Whether you download a piece of sheet music from our site or buy it at your local store, you are making a commitment to that song because it’s something you enjoy. After reviewing your
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Download Free Sheet Music for “Hail to the Chief”

This month’s free sheet music download is none other than “Hail to the Chief.” This song holds a special patriotic significance for U.S. citizens, as “Hail to the Chief” is played to usher in a new president to the Oval Office. History of Hail to the Chief Did you know that the original lyrics for “Hail to the Chief” are based on a narrative poem by Sir Walter Scott written in 1810? (A narrative poem is a poem that tells a story, like a ballad or an epic poem.) The narrative poem that inspired the song “Hail to the Chief” was written in three sections by Sir Walter Scott, a
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World Winter Holidays, Bella’s Lullaby and Mistletoe Sheet Music in The Whole Note

Celebrate winter holidays the world over with Musicnotes.com! From China to Germany, New Zealand to the United States, there are dozens of winter holidays celebrated the world over — including Christmas. If you’re a Chinese native, you might eat dumplings in honor of the Dongzi Festival. If you celebrate Boxing Day, you might fill boxes with food and clothes for the needy. To mark the importance of African-American traditions, maybe your family will decorate your home as part of your Kwanzaa celebration. If you’re Jewish, perhaps you’ll be lighting candles this year as part of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. Are you celebrating Christmas or Yule? You might be lighting
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The Whole Note: Christmas Guitar Guru Sale, Contest and a New Christmas Song

Don’t Just Play Guitar, become a Christmas Guitar Guru! Whether you’re learning to play guitar for the first time or are a pro, get the most out of your guitar with a special offer for Guitar Guru Sessions. From now until midnight, December 25th, experience the spirit of the holidays by downloading one of our Christmas Guitar Guru Sessions for only $4.95. This offer is an exceptional value because included with the session, you also receive the guitar sheet music, (also known as guitar tab), for your favorite Christmas songs. Haven’t tried Guitar Guru before but would like to? After you learn more about Guitar Guru, we invite you to
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Music Gift Ideas for Kids

Do you have a child that loves music? Are you shopping for your nephew or godchild for Christmas and have no idea what to get them? We put our heads together to come up with a list of musical gift ideas that are great for kids. Not only will these gifts foster their music abilities, but they can be as fun as they are educational, too! You’ll notice that some of these music gift ideas are perfect for kids that are younger than ten years old. If your child is taking music or theory lessons, we encourage you to double-check with them to see if they have any other ideas
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The Rest: Special 2 Day Holiday Offer, New Free Sheet Music and More!

Get a free* cell phone and a $20.00 gift card to Musicnotes.com! Only open to current Musicnotes.com customers, this offer will provide you with a free* phone and a $20 Musicnotes.com gift card and will appear on the receipt page after your purchase with us. This promotion is a better deal than you would get if you went through a retail store, so we hope you take advantage of this money-saving offer. Be sure to read the Terms and Conditions on the Musicnotes.com Free* Phone and Gift Card offer for more information. TWO DAYS ONLY!! 15% off your Entire Order! To get 15% off of your entire purchase from Musicnotes.com,
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Interview with Santa Baby Songwriter, Philip Springer

Hang up your stockings and light up your Christmas tree! Musicnotes.com has a special holiday treat in store for all of you today. We had the pleasure of speaking with songwriter Philip Springer who wrote the ever-popular Christmas song, “Santa Baby.” You probably already know that every song has a story, but did you know that “Santa Baby” has a tale that spans over fifty years? We didn’t either when we first asked Philip Springer about how the song, “Santa Baby,” came about. The Story Behind Santa Baby from Songwriter Philip Springer Philip Springer first got involved with the song Santa Baby in 1953, when he was working with Joan
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