Famous Musicians Build Huge Homes on Lakeshore Real Estate

lake-michigan-real-estateThere are few people who live a more extravagant lifestyle that famous musicians and rock stars. Driving million dollar cars, living in multimillion dollar homes, and traveling all over the world without a care or concern about price whatsoever, these rock stars live in a world that the ordinary American family can only dream of.

Despite their vast fortunes, it appears that even some of the richest celebrities and musicians are getting tired of overpaying for inflated real estate prices on the California coast and instead are relocating to Michigan’s lakeshore.

Lakefront Real Estate in Michigan

Fore those who don’t know, Michigan has one of the largest coastlines of any state in the union. In fact, it has so many coastlines that it is commonly called “America’s Third Coast.”

But, Michigan’s coast is sort of a hidden treasure to everyone except those living around it because not many people think of Michigan as a state with beautiful white sand beaches. Instead of associating Michigan with beautiful beaches, people typically think of industry, specifically the auto industry in Detroit and the many problems associated with it over the last 20-30 years.

Very few people know what is on Michigan’s west coast and the beauties it has to offer.

Recently, however, some celebrities have been made aware of this hidden treasure and its alluring price that they are building extravagant luxury homes on Lake Michigan and Michigan’s other lakes.

Why the sudden change from the California coast you might ask? Well, it’s simple supply and demand. In Los Angeles, the houses prices have absolutely skyrocketed. Even a modest family home can cost close to one million dollars. Now, imagine a large house with a beautiful ocean view. You can easily be looking at ten million dollars or more.

That price might be okay for a hugely popular superstar, but some of the smaller acts might not be able to afford that. Or even if an artist was once popular, they won’t necessarily always have the same amount of money coming in as they did in their prime, so they might not be able to afford the house in the long term.

The property taxes on these luxury houses are oftentimes more than the average American family makes in an entire year. For instance, in 50 Cent’s recent bankruptcy filings, he stated that he has over one hundred thousand dollars of monthly upkeep expenses on his gigantic Connecticut home. Now think how much a home in California would cost.

Instead of shelling out millions of dollars for a home in California, people are looking at other option with similarly spectacular views. The water front real estate in Michigan will surprise almost anyone, and these artists are building beautiful homes all across the lakeshore.

Whether you are looking at a home on Spring Lake Michigan or a home on White Lake, we are seeing huge housing developments being built all across Michigan, which is good for an economy that was heavily depressed from the last recession.

It’s also a smart financial decision for so many of these artists that find themselves completely broke after they fall from the top of the charts.

Musicians Convert Famous Bass Guitar Tracks from Vinyl to Digital

bass-guitar-booksThere’s always been a debate in what’s better, vinyl or digital? And the pros and cons of each are pretty easily identified.

Vinyl has a classic bit of nostalgia and atmosphere to it and a very distinctive sound that digital just cannot offer.

Digital, on the other hand, is widely available to everyone, it is next to impossible to destroy like a record, can sound very very good, and most importantly can be preserved for years.

Musicians Start New Bass Notation Project

The bass notation project is something that a few of us here on creatingthehive.com started in an effort to convert some of the classic EPs and albums from some of the great bass guitarists into digital documents that can be stored and preserved for years to come.

The problem with vinyl is as you would expect. They scratch, they chip, they mold, and they lose their quality over time through basic wear. You don’t have this problem with digital audio.

The bass notation project helps solve this problem and aims to preserve music history for everyone to appreciate. Say you are a student looking to learn bass guitar lessons, studying under some of the great bassists of all time can really help inspire kids to learn the bass and get involved in music.

Preserving Music for the Next Generation

Music is a form of artistic expression. Everyone realizes this, but there isn’t as much of a focus on music preservation as there is in art preservation. At least, we hadn’t noticed it.

Clearly, certain elements of music will always be here and don’t require much in the way of preservation. For example, music theory isn’t going anywhere. You will probably until the end of time be able to get a music theory textbook at your local music shop that covers everything from bass scales to bass transcriptions.

Granted, this will probably be a digital version of the book—who knows, maybe paper books will disappear altogether. The idea is, however, that music theory books—be they digital or physical copies—are not going anywhere.

The music itself, however, is much more difficult to preserve. You have with any piece of music many different tracks that combine to form the completed track that we all hear on the radio of the recording that we play back.

This is both good and bad. It gives us multiple chances to preserve the same thing, but it also makes the cost of preservation that much more expensive because you might have to preserve the bass line, guitar part, the drum track, and the singer—and that is just for a 3-4 person band. You can see how this could be quickly become costly.

We hope to expand beyond our efforts beyond bass music and musicians in the year’s to come, but right now we have to work with what we have and with the volunteers that are willing to commit their time and their efforts.

If anyone else on here like the idea of the bass notation project, be sure to let us know. We’d love your feedback on what to include and if you think there are any areas we should move to next.

Keep jammin!