Thursday, June 10, 2010

Celebrate the 4th of July With the Songs of America Channel on Piano Radio

Along with barbeques, sparklers and waving flags, some good old fashioned American music is always a big part of any 4th of July celebration. And your Yamaha instrument has the perfect way to enjoy your midsummer festivities with music: the new Songs of America channel on Piano Radio will provide plenty of musical fireworks to accompany the real fireworks this 4th of July. From now through the beginning of July, the new channel will make for a delightful way to accompany your celebrations this summer, with piano renditions of all of your favorite American and patriotic songs.

On the Songs of America channel you can expect to hear traditional American songs like "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", as well as Americana and folk standards like "This Land Is My Land", and even iconic American songs like "New York, New York" and "California Dreamin'". To get a taste of the channel, listen to a couple of samples below:

Battle Hymn of the Republic [From "This Is My Country - Songs of America"

America - Leonard Bernstein [From "Selections from West Side Story"]

The Songs of America channel is just the latest addition to our channel lineup, which includes 16 other stations available around the clock and throughout the year. For anyone listening to radio on a CLP Clavinova or MODUS digital piano, the Songs of America channel is your new channel 17.

To try out the Songs of America channel now, first log in to Internet Direct Connection on your instrument and choose "Listen to Radio", or from a Disklavier Mark IV choose "Internet" from the main menu on your controller, then "Disklavier Radio".

On a Disklavier E3, you can listen to radio by pressing the "Internet" button on your remote, then choose "D-Radio". However, if you haven't created an account for Internet Direct Connection, you'll need to do that before subscribing to Piano Radio for your E3 - you can create your account here.

If you've never tried Piano Radio before, now's the perfect time. If you're not ready to subscribe and check out the Songs of America channel, that's fine.  Two free channels are available right now - all you need to do is get your keyboard online and you can be enjoying streaming music within seconds. Follow this guide for help with connecting to the internet, or head here if you're ready to subscribe. For more information on Yamaha's Piano Radio, visit our Online Services site.

- Doug