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The top 15 most liked articles on Musicians' Corner - to date !

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Find out which articles were the most popular to date

Here at Musicians' Corner we normally keep the "Like"-buttons static. But they are getting a lot of clicks, and today it is time to lift the veil on the 15 articles that got the most clicks to date! David Murray remembering Butch Morris made the list. Check out which other articles did! And we really want to thank our readers for your many visits and your awesome music-love!
















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Derek Walmsley received The Music Journalist of the Year-award

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Music journalist of the year Derek Walmsley

   Derek Walmsley, Deputy Editor at The Wire, was elected Music Journalist Of The Year 2014, by the artist jury at Musicians’ Corner at the beginning of the year. And on a summer day in London, Walmsley received the award.

   The jury, consisting of artists and Musicians’ Corner-contributors Jean-Paul Bourelly, Svante Karlsson and Chris Simmons, wrote the following about the recipient:

   "Derek Walmsley has an obvious passion for music and the infinite roots of its history. His work is enlightening and well-written. Details are combined with complexity in a way that makes you want to read more. Walmsley’s articles are nuanced and make insightful connections. The reader is informed through his articles and can no longer sit by as a passive consumer. This is elevated writing. It is deep and comprehensive. This is what we need more of today. Derek Walmsley is deserving of the award and should receive it."

   Saxophonist and Musicians’ Corner-contributor Zhenya Strigalev presented Derek Walmsley with the well deserved award in London during the week.

The jury behind the selection of the winner, and the presenter of the award:


Jean-Paul Bourelly, Svante Karlsson, Chris Simmons and Zhenya Strigalev.


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Announcing the recipient of The Music Journalist of the Year-award 2014!

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   Ladies and gentlemen, the moment has arrived when we announce who the recipient of the first annual Music Journalist of the Year-award is.


  The nominations for this award came from you, our visitors. And the artist jury have chosen their winner among these.



   We are proud to announce that the Music Journalist of the Year-award 2014 goes to


   Derek Walmsley is deputy editor at The Wire. And these are two examples of his excellent journalistic work during 2014:






   The jury's motivation for the award reads as follows:



"Derek Walmsley has an obvious passion for music and the infinite roots of its history. His work is enlightening and well-written. Details are combined with complexity in a way that makes you want to read more. Walmsley’s articles are nuanced and make insightful connections. The reader is informed through his articles and can no longer sit by as a passive consumer. This is elevated writing. It is deep and comprehensive. This is what we need more of today. Derek Walmsley is deserving of the award and should receive it."


The artist jury at Musicians’ Corner 2014:
Jean-Paul Bourelly
Svante Karlsson
Chris Simmons

The jury for the Music Journalist of the Year award: Jean-Paul Bourelly, Svante Karlsson, Chris Simmons



  The award will be presented to the recipient later this year.

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What IS music?




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   We are getting close to our first birthday here at Musicians’ Corner. This site, where musicians talk and write about music, opened at the turn of the month October-November last year. At that point the site was empty. But now… In less than a year 44 artists have contributed 47 articles in text, audio and film to the site, Musicians’ Corner has acquired a formidable artist-editor in one of our sections, and shortly we are about to give an award out. It has been an interesting year!

  So many things have been said about music, as an art form, a soundtrack to our lives, a life changer, a profession and career, as a reflection of us as people and a reflection of the times, and as an industry and a business, over this period of time. Many of our contributors have also addressed the same things, the changes in the business being one of the topics that many have spoken of, for example.



  Today though we recap what has been said on another topic.

What is music to us?

What IS music? In the first place?


Find out what 13 of our artist contributors express concerning what music is to them.



Bryan Beller


BRYAN BELLER: - Music, to me is a sound. To be sure, there is melody, and harmony, and rhythm, and tone, but in the end a collection of musicians will have a collective sound, or what some have called "one note."


T.K. Blue


TK BLUE: - Music is spiritual nourishment for the soul. It’s a sacred art that brings all people together, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, or ethnic background.


Kris Bowers

KRIS BOWERS: - Music is everything. It’s how we connect, both to each other and to our own emotions. Music reminds you of certain times and gives you a feeling instantly.


Ben Caplan


BEN CAPLAN: - Music to me is like water. It sustains me. I need to sip from it every so often or I feel faint. I need to bath in it to keep my soul clean. It flows over me. It does not flow out of me like a constant river, but if I drink enough of it, it comes back out. I sweat it out. I piss music. It often stinks, and I flush most of it away, but it's always a relief to get it out.


Will Calhoun


WILL CALHOUN: - Music is life. It is the things you experience. Life, love, stress, magic moments, moments that go down the drain. It’s no different than life.  I hear music when I’m not playing. I feel life when I play.  Music and spirituality came together in my life. Perhaps I wasn’t aware of the music at first.


Lige Curry


LIGE CURRY: - Music is everything to me. My priorities are my health and my family, but music is my anchor. It keeps me rolling. It’s also a love/hate-thing. The love is the notes, the style, the art. The hate stems from the business side. It’s about how much you are worth.


Terence Higgins

TERENCE HIGGINS: - Music is everything to me. It consumes a lot of my time, I need it like I need air. There is not a day that goes by when I’m not involved in music one way or the other, be it as a working professional or as a listener. It’s life to me. And it has been like that every since I can remember.


Didier Lockwood


DIDIER LOCKWOOD: - Music is a way of life. It's something I need to expand myself and meet people and cultures. It's my transportation.


Makaya McCraven

MAKAYA McCRAVEN: - To me music embodies a wide range of areas. To me music is a social thing. It is a language, and I really believe in music as a language through events. It’s unspeakable emotion that we have a hard time describing in words. That is especially true for instrumental music. We can play music together across language barriers. Music is played at weddings, funerals, celebrations, parties -- to express what we can’t say through words.

Oz Noy


OZ NOY: - Music is like air really. A lot of us would be dead without it. Our soul will die! It sounds a bit dramatic but it’s true.

Chris Simmons


CHRIS SIMMONS: - Music is a necessary part of life to me, like air and water.  I love to hear it and I love to create it and perform it.


Mike Stern

MIKE STERN: - On a very serious side music is food for the soul. I don't know what the hell I would do without it. There are times when I don't want to hear anything. At other times I hear music in everything, in the wind, in the traffic, in people talking. And I hear music in how people talk in different places, in India, Japan and throughout the world.

Laura Stevenson


LAURA STEVENSON: - Music is the best way for me to communicate exactly how I feel.


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Alabamian blues- and Southern soul-man Chris Simmons shares his story

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Chris Simmons on stage

    An article with Chris Simmons. Photo Leigh Ann Edmonds

   I fell in love with guitars when I was about 11 years old or so. The sound of an electric guitar… the artistic beauty of the instrument and the way it makes everyone who puts one around their neck, instantly look and feel cooler.
    My first guitar was a cheap acoustic that my mom got for me at a yard sale.  I had been asking for drums for years but she got the guitar instead.  She said drums were too big, expensive and loud and I probably wouldn't stick with it anyway.  I at least wanted an electric guitar so I was miffed about it and didn't touch the guitar for six months. When I finally picked it up one day, it was an instant addiction. I would play for hours and hours every day. I was almost 13 years old then.  Not long after that, she got me my first electric guitar.
   I have a handful of guitars now. I have a Gibson chambered 58 Reissue Les Paul. It's got a big fat neck and the chambering makes it really lightweight and it also gives it a hint of hollow body tone. I have a couple Recording King acoustics. They are the small bodied, slot head style, like an old Martin. I have a custom strat and tele that I built for myself and also a Mark Mattos Custom Barnshaker.
   I love all my guitars but my two favorite guitars were actually gifts to me. I met my best friend, Dave Cothran, when we played little league baseball. He gave me his 1964 Gibson SG Junior a few years back.  He's more of an acoustic player so he didn't play it very much. It mostly stayed in the case, under his bed. I used to ask to borrow it every now and then, to record with it. It has a phenomenal tone that only an original P-90 pickup can deliver. It's one of those guitars that sounds great even if it's a little out of tune.   One day I asked to take it to use in the studio and he said ''Why don't you just take it with you and keep it?'' So I've been keeping it and loving it ever since.

   Shortly after I started playing with Leon Russell, he gave me a 1968 Gibson ES-345 that he got from Freddie King back when they worked together.  It had been sitting in its case, unplayed, for some time before he gave it to me. That's when I knew Leon must have liked me.  He said ''I think that Freddie would have wanted you to have it''.  What can you say to that?  The guitar has a lot of magic and mojo. I had it refretted and made a couple modifications to it, but they can all be reversed to original. I was afraid to change it or take it on the road to play it at first but now I take it everywhere I go as long as I'm not flying.

    I joined my first band just before I was 16. After that, I didn't really care about going to college anymore. I knew that I would have no use for it. I knew that I was going to be a musician. I just knew that I could do it. I can't explain that exactly, but I just knew. I play by ear. I learned chord shapes from Mel Bay books that came with that first cheap acoustic and figured out some scales on my own. I learned how to read music but I've never had a use for it.  I would describe myself as less of a musician and more a guitar manipulator. I just try to get the sound out of it that I want to hear.
    I was always a music fan. When I was 3 years old I wanted to be Elvis Presley. When I was 9 or so my family and moved from an all white country community to an integrated neighborhood. My friend from across the street introduced me to Michael Jackson, rap and hip hop and Prince.  I got into all that until I picked up a guitar. After that, I still liked Prince. He is an amazing guitar-player and entertainer. I became an AC/DC-fanatic in my teens, and through Angus Young I started exploring his influences and the roots of Rock n Roll. I found Chuck Berry. I was really turned on to his songwriting and showmanship. This exploration also led me to find some of my favorite bands and guitarists: Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, the Allman Brothers, Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson.
    I wrote my first song when I was 14. It was a melodramatic song in A minor that only teenage angst can produce. It wasn't very good, but you gotta start somewhere right? I do still have the piece of paper I wrote it on. I keep it in a box tucked in behind my high school diploma. Generally, I'm an inspiration driven song-writer… when the mood strikes. I keep something on hand to record on in case an idea pops in my head. As a dad these days, I often have to schedule my songwriting. I can usually come up with something during a scheduled time like that.

Chris Simmons on stage

   I dig all kinds of music and I like to write all kinds of songs. I site a wide range of inspirations. Clapton, Croce.. too many to list. I'd like to give the Bee Gees a mention. They existed into the disco era which was a kind of a lull for great music in the opinion of many… but if you really listen to them, I think you have to agree that they are wonderfully crafted songs. Lionel Richie is also one of my favorites. I was pleased to read somewhere that he also likes to write his songs predominantly when inspiration strikes, like me.. and he's from Alabama too!  ..Of course Leon Russell. There's a great song-writer. 
   I had moved to Texas and to start a band. I wasn't making enough money to pay the band very well so one of my guys, Zach Baker, started working for a booking agency for some extra cash. He became Leon's exclusive booking agent for 6 or 7 years. After I moved away from Austin, he called and asked if I would like to audition for Leon. I had to decline.  At that time I was in Los Angeles. I had committed to stay with my band for at least one year. I very much wanted to audition, but it didn't feel right to just jump out because a better opportunity had come up.  I almost instantly regretted the decision… but luckily, I got a second chance.  After I moved back to Alabama, the phone rang again. I couldn't say "YES PLEASE!" fast enough.
    In my time with Leon Russell, I experienced and learned so much!  I traveled the United States, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. He co-wrote two songs with me.. one on each of my blues CD's. He even sang on one of them. He let me play a solo song during his show every night and he let me sell my CD's at his shows.  He didn't have to do any of that. He really helped me to start to make a name for myself and get my music into the hands and ears of people who obviously like good music! …and don't forget the Freddie King guitar!  I'll never tire of telling people about Leon.
   Music is a necessary part of life to me, like air and water.  I love to hear it and I love to create it and perform it.  I plan to write songs and play music for as long as I'm alive… and also get lots of new guitars.

Chris Simmons

Chris Simmons performing Robert Johnson's ''Walking Blues''.

Chris Simmons performing an acoustic version of his own ''Farewell For Now'' from his album Hallelujah Man.

Chris Simmons is a guitarist, singer and songwriter, who has released three albums to date. He spent five years as the guitarist in Leon Russell's band. Chris tours a lot, not in the least with his band Royal Blue. Find out more HERE.