Ooohh La La!! 5 Alarm Music’s Sarah Scarlata Adds A Little Beauty To ORLY

Ah, Paris…the Eiffel Tower in the morning mist, sipping café au lait while strolling down the boulevards daydreaming about love….. This is the mood that our very own East Coast Music Director, Producer, Digital Content Coordinator and talented blogger Sarah Scarlata captured so perfectly in her song “Café D’Amour,” from 5 Alarm’s People & Places Vol. 1 release. Co-written by Kris Karlsson and featuring the vocals of Paris Carney, “Café D’Amour” certainly caught the ear of ORLY Beauty, who chose the track for their gorgeous 2012 Naughty or Nice campaign.
 

 
A charming, playful track that pairs beautifully with the dreamy visuals – nice work, Sarah!
 
Sarah Scarlata.Kris Karlsson.Paris Carney

Break Out The Bubbly, 5 Alarm Music Celebrates Our 100th Release!

For the past 10 years, 5 Alarm Music has taken pride in bringing the best music to top notch productions. What better way to end a stellar year and a full decade of excellence than to release our 100th CD?! We pulled out all the stops on this one, buckle up!
 


 

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05A100 Electro Pop Anthems grab your ears from the very first note and doesn’t let go until the last. Behind every great song is an inspired composer and we count ourselves lucky to have the opportunity to work with some of the best! We tapped two of LA’s finest, Christian Salyer (aka: Cadence Blaze) and Eric Vasquez, to put out something exceptional to mark the occasion.
 

Christian Salyer

 

Christian Salyer is the industry veteran mastermind behind the infectious Blazed Out Music Library and knows a thing or 2,000 about penning a catchy tune. He has built a solid reputation for a song-driven approach and assembling an all-star cast of talent that rivals (even surpasses) the hits on the radio. With songs featured in Entourage, Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Top Model, Desperate Housewives, Friday Night Lights, CSI, One Tree Hill, 90210, The Simpsons, Ugly Betty, The Office and 30 Rock among many others, he is in demand to say the least!
 
Here’s a toe-tapper if I ever heard one:
 
05A100_05 Coming After You

 

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Eric Vasquez

 
Eric Vasquez made his 5 Alarm debut on 05A090 Off The Charts: Indie Pop. Since then, he has been a major contributor to our catalog and continues to build an impressive resume! His musical journey began as a punk drummer touring with the iconic 80’s band Dr.Know and is no stranger to the stage. His performance background, a vast knowledge of recording coupled with an applicable knowledge and love of music led him into composing for TV and film productions. His penchant for catchy hooks, anthemic choruses and crystal clear yet bass thumping production quality sets him apart from the pack. His music has been featured in Castle, Undercover Boss, MTV’s Friendzone and a national commercial for Ken’s salad dressing. Eric’s star is on the rise and will definitely be one to watch in the coming year!

 

Check out this catchy club anthem:

 

05A100_04 Meteor

 

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5 Alarm Music wishes you all the best this holiday season. May 2013 be prosperous and filled with much more great music!

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Oh, The Holidays……: New Holiday Production Music – 12/7/12

Whether you like it or not, the holidays are upon us.  To all of us at 5 Alarm, it means driving around the construction crew erecting the endless rows of bleachers for the Rose Bowl Parade and wishing upon a star that a parking space will be spared from all of the holiday shoppers.  Oh what fun it is to drive in a one lane traffic jam!
 

 
But alas, the holidays are like everything else in life: They are what you make of them.  Let’s look at the bright side, shall we?  Christmas lights makes any house look cool.  Candy canes?  Love ’em.  Mistletoe takes the fear out of stealing a kiss from the one you have long admired.  PRESENTS.  Yes, it deserves all caps.  Giving and receiving mind you!  Time off work?  Hallelujah!  All of this plus celebrating your faith and family to boot.  OK, family togetherness is sometimes the root of holiday haters.  For all of you who are the Meg Griffin from Family Guy in your brood, just remember there are always awesome movie marathons on any given TV channel.  A Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Bad Santa, The Muppet Christmas Carol – all great flicks that will buy you a couple hours away from any unpleasant family dealings!
 
We’ve got some great new holiday music to go along with that eggnog and chestnuts roasting by an open fire.  C’mon, get happy!
 

ZONE524 Christmas Allsorts

 
It’s very apparent that the folks at Zone Music LOVE Christmas.  ZONE524 Christmas Allsorts rocks out/jazzes up/strikes up the orchestra in celebration!  This is some serious happiness and excitement.  If all that joy wasn’t enough, there are even intimate cocktail lounge solo piano renditions of your favorite Christmas classics.  Christmas Allsorts indeed!
 

 

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FCD292 Christmas Collection

 
I can just smell the boughs of holly when listening to FCD292 Christmas Collection.  It harkens back to the days of innocence and excitement of decorating the Christmas tree with tinsel, bright colorful lights and ornaments.  With swinging vocal jazz and rock originals combined with sophisticated string quartet renditions of those well known Christmas tunes, this CD is sure to satisfy all of the requests on your Christmas music list!  All that’s left to do is to relax and listen by the warmth of the fire, ahhhhh.
 

 

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FCD293 Winter Magic

 
Like the icicles that hang from your rooftop, FCD293 Winter Magic captures the beauty and elegance of the chilly months.  Atmospheric strings coupled with chiming bells and choral voices create an air of wonder.  Just make sure to have a warm cup of hot chocolate ready after enjoying the Winter Magic!  Brrrrrrr…..
 

 

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ESLMB001 Christmas Old And New

 
Playful are the days of Christmas!  ESLMB001 Christmas Old And New is a light and airy splash of child-like fun.  With a joyful chamber orchestra playing sprite originals and the feel good classics, it’s bound to make you have the urge to do something festive like build a snowman.  If only California had snow…..
 

 

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For these and many other great tracks, visit our website to hear our innovative music libraries for yourself! New to 5 Alarm? We’re happy to get you a username and password so you can search on our online music library website. Give us a call at 626.304.1698

 

 

Hail To The Chief! New Presidential Production Music – 11/2/12

As my mother used to always say: You should never discuss sex, politics or religion in polite company.  With the Presidential Election fast approaching this Tuesday, November 6th, politics are certainly on most people’s minds.  Especially mine!  This is a pivotal election, here’s my 2 cents: This country needs (censored by Sarah’s mother).  We can’t afford (censored by Sarah’s mother)!!  Not to mention upholding the rights of (censored by Sarah’s mother).  It’s time to (censored by Sarah’s mother) and stop (censored by Sarah’s mother).  In closing, it’s essential to vote for (censored by Sarah’s mother) to ensure the overall health of this great nation of ours.  Whew!! It was great getting all of that off my chest, thanks for putting up with my long winded political rant!  I feel much better.
 
Back to the new releases!  Here are some great new CDs with themes fit for our changing times and the election of the next President of The United States of America.  Now get out there and vote, people!
 

AB216 Now & Next

 
We live in exciting times.  History is happening at every moment of every day, never a dull moment!  AB216 Now & Next scores the different moods of the daily news with soaring feel good anthems, pulsing intrigue and dramatic interludes.  This is one moody and emotional CD!  The news is like the weather on the East Coast: if you don’t like it just give it a minute, it will change.
 

 

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1RM037 Heroic Battle and Victory

 
As John F. Kennedy once said, “Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.”  Admit it, you had a Boston accent going in your head when you just read that quote.  Pah-k yah ca-ah in Ha-vhad yah-d, wicked pissah!  1RM037 Heroic Battle and Victory celebrates the spoils of a hard fought achievement with dramatic orchestral themes bound for glory.  Many fath-ahs indeed!
 

 

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ZONE030 Big Cinematic Trailers (Dramazone)

 
The concerns of a nation are a heavy burden to carry.  It’s important to remember that mighty problems spawn fresh and positive solutions!  The building and suspenseful orchestral themes in ZONE030 Big Cinematic Trailers take you on a journey from struggle to a positive and heroic resolve.  We will persevere and thrive through it all!
 

 

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For these and many other great tracks, visit our website to hear our innovative music libraries for yourself! New to 5 Alarm? We’re happy to get you a username and password so you can search on our online music library website. Give us a call at 626.304.1698

The End Is Near – New Seasonal Production Music: 10/12/12

It’s hard to believe that 2012 is nearing its end.  Not in any Nostradamus-Mystical-Mayan Calendar kind of way, but more in a “why-are-there-Christmas-displays-in-this-store-already???” kind of way.  Halloween and Thanksgiving are just the proverbial warning shots in the air for kissing the year good-bye and having to invest in a new calendar.  But before you break out the tissues, let’s reflect for a moment on how amazing Halloween and Thanksgiving are.  There is nothing better than soaking in day-long Stephen King movie marathons on TV while eating buckets of snack sized candy bars or engaging in ancient Rome-styled gluttony in front of the football game with a massive plate of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie.  These behaviors are only socially acceptable in their designated seasons so let’s take advantage, shall we?
 
05A097 Modern Minimalism
 
Fall is a season to motivate and recreate oneself.  School is back in session, the air is just a little cleaner and the shorter days inspire more activity during the coveted sunlit hours.  These glorious tracks dance around your speakers like imagination floating around in your mind.  With epic violin melodies, piano ostinato patterns and building emotive layers, Modern Minimalism is the perfect soundtrack for accomplishing everything on your to-do list!  Even climbing Mt.Everest.  Admit it, it’s on there!
 

 

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ZONE031 Horror (Dramazone)
 
I mean…….just take a look at the album cover.  This CD just screams awesome!  In a blood-curdling way, of course.  All 95 bone chilling tracks read like a love letter to the genre blending vintage horror styles, modern slasher themes and frightening terror stings.  Speaking as a person whose horror DVD collection would create endless nightmares and leave deep emotional scars on toddlers, I approve!
 

 

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AB208 Big Folk
 

 
There’s something undeniably warm and comforting about a finger picked acoustic guitar.  It’s on a par with snuggling up on a blanket with a steaming cup of hot apple cider while watching the sun set on a crisp Autumn day.  Or rolling in big crunchy leaf piles upon a landscape painted red, orange and brown.  Oh Fall, how I adore thee!
 

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TTAA011 Dark Secrets
 
These tracks loom large…..like the dark foreboding of a cellar door left slightly ajar.  Sometimes it’s better not to know where that bump in the night came from……muah-haha!!  From the masterminds behind the Trailer Trash music library comes their newest incarnation: Trailer Addiction!  This volume of fear is bound to scare away all of the neighborhood kids from coming to your door on Halloween.  More candy for you, sweet!
 

 

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For these and many other great tracks, visit our website to hear our innovative music libraries for yourself! New to 5 Alarm? We’re happy to get you a username and password so you can search on our online music library website. Give us a call at 626.304.1698

 

 

Wait…..TerriLynn Who??

As the last two blogs have stated, we have had some great new additions here at 5 Alarm.  On paper it would appear as if we have a new team member to announce.  Her name is TerriLynn Massey and she bears an eerie resemblance to TerriLynn Rosa.
 

 
Imposter I say!!  Who is this TerriLynn Massey and what has she done with the TerriLynn Rosa we all know and love?!  Before you start throwing punches or report a kidnapping ala Single White Female, I think it’s important to state that TerriLynn Massey and TerriLynn Rosa are indeed the same gal fondly referred to as TL around these parts. Not only that, but a hearty congratulations are in order! TerriLynn officially left the single life behind and got married on July 28th to a very lucky JD Massey. Congrats TL and JD, may you two grow up to be like these guys one day!
 

Rolling In The Welcome Wagon: Meet Christy Carew!

We are pleased as punch to introduce our new West Coast Music Director and Composer, Christy Carew!
 

 
Christy originally hails from Vancouver, Canada and started her musical journey at the Royal Conservatory Program at age 8.  She continued her studies at Loyola University and earned her masters degree in composition from New York University.  Not too shabby!

 
Her composition talents can be heard on 39 films to date.  She has arranged music for Sex and the City: The Movie and Elegy starring Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz, scores music for commercials and has composed music for several music libraries.  Most recently, Christy wrote a tone poem titled Wovoka’s Dream premiered by the Reno Pops Orchestra.

 
Just as impressive as her extensive professional background is her kind and helpful nature.  No music search or custom music request is too daunting for her, just ask! We are excited to have Christy as a new addition to our team!

New Season, New Beginnings

Alas, Labor Day marks the end of the Summer.  No more beach excursions or ice cream truck melodies chiming down your street.  You can see it as an end of sorts, or you can see it as a fresh new beginning.  Let’s face it, September offers a lot of great stuff!  You can watch football of all denominations – college, NFL or even go to your local high school and support your local team.  Fall turns down Mother Nature’s thermostat allowing you to shut off the air conditioning.  We all love lower utility bills!  Plus you can bust out all of those amazing scarves from the closet!  And who doesn’t like apple pie?  I think there’s a law out there somewhere that states you can only bake an apple pie in the months of September through December.  Look it up!
 

 
We here at 5 Alarm Music are also changing.  Our beloved team member Maddie Madsen is pursuing her life-long dream to be a full time composer and producer.  Her ten years of service with us have been filled with many laughs and great memories!  We love you Maddie and wish you much success in your new endeavors!
 

 
Like the changing of the seasons, we are excited about all of the new beginnings around here!  Our very own JD Adams is now our Executive Director / Producer.  His extensive licensing background coupled with his musical education and performance chops (little known fact: JD is an amazing singer!) makes him a perfect fit.
 

 
Sarah Scarlata (hey, that’s me!) is now the East Coast Music Director and along with fulfilling various production duties, 5 Alarm Blogstress prowess and Digital Content responsibilities.  No music search is too daunting for this gal!  You should see my CD collection, it’s as diverse as a United Nations assembly.  I also play a mean train beat!
 

 
We are also anticipating the addition of a new West Coast Music Director.  We guarantee that this new team member is going to be the perfect combination of Winning Personality / Musical Genius / Super Hero.  We will make the announcement next week, stay tuned!
 

 

 
From all of us at 5 Alarm – Have a safe and joyous Labor Day!  Let’s celebrate the new season, shall we?

 

 

 

Made Up Music Makes Pandemonium At The 2012 Olympics

The Olympic Games are never short on excitement and the 2012 London games are no different.  The sweet taste of victory coupled with the agony of defeat are present at every event.  I have never had the honor of meeting a member of the USA Olympic team, but it’s heartwarming to see all of that training pay off.  That’s OUR team, and we’re proud of every one of them!

 

 

Speaking of our team, we couldn’t be prouder of composers Ralph Salmins and Paul Clarvis from the Made Up Music library!  They assembled 1,000 drummers (!) for the aptly titled Pandemonium percussion group that performed in the Olympic opening ceremonies.

 

Paul Clarvis (far left), Ralph Salmins (right side by bass drum) and the Pandemonium percussion group

 

Ralph and Paul worked closely with Danny Boyle, the artistic director for the Opening Ceremonies, and Underworld star Rick Smith to create a rousing percussive soundscape for the Industrial Revolution portion of the show.  Were ear plugs invented during the Industrial Revolution?  Speaking as a fellow drummer, I hope Ralph and Paul protected their hearing among all of those thundering drums!  OK, motherly rant over.
 

 
Not only did they showcase their talents in the Opening Ceremonies, but they are also featured on the Olympic Soundtrack recorded at the famed Abby Road Studios in London.  It is currently topping the iTunes charts.  Not bad, guys!!
 
The powerful percussion duo of Ralph and Paul can be heard on Hollywood blockbusters like The Dark Knight, The Bourne Ultimatum, Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings.  Check out their Master Percussion series, both are available for licensing:
 
Master Percussion Series Volume 1 – MUM144
 
Master Percussion Series Volume 2 – MUM145
 
From all of us here at 5 Alarm Music – a hearty congratulations to Ralph Salmins and Paul Clarvis for keeping the Olympic spirit alive!

 

 

U-S-A! U-S-A!

It’s time to bust out those Sousa Marches, the 4th of July is here! If Mr.Sousa magically rose from the dead, the first thing I would say to him would be this: “High School marching band almost ruined your music for me, but you’re still awesome!” Somehow being in the audience of a 4th of July parade is far better than wearing a thick wool band uniform while wielding heavy band instruments through the scorching July heat…..
 

 
But I digress! Here are some Americana ditties to get you in the mood for sparking up the good ol’ BBQ and lighting those rocket sized fireworks you bought at that roadside tent in Tennessee. Make sure the wick isn’t shorter than your legs can carry you!
 
05A068_20 Semper Fideles

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AB177_007 Dixie

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CAV045_03 Instrumentalist On Parade

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CTM004_12 Soldier’s Tale

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FCD266_03 When The Saints Go Marching In

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PML1238B_09 Hail Chief 1

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SIS050_47 Stars And Stripes Forever

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ZONE500_26 Standing Tall

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