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Spectrum City is a music genealogy project that attempts to trace the ancestral influences of modern popular music. Music follows the same Darwinian principles as life. Natural selection ensures successful mutations are replicated and thrive, whereas sonically flawed mutations become extinct after a few generations.
Late Night Vibe Playlist
1. Can You Hear the Rain- Unto Others By the Goth Rock band Unto Others, previously known as Idle Hands, 'Can You Hear the Rain' is the third track on their self-titled EP Unto Others. A mix of European and American metal styles, this band brings a unique style to the mix.
The Hill cover Shannon King
LYRICS Walking up the hill tonight When you have closed your eyes. I wish I didn't have to make All those mistakes and be wise.
A little black book and a simple blue pen, A gift I received at the age of ten, Not like money or simple boy toys, A strange kind of gift for most little boys.
Merle was exhausted. She had been endlessly pondering her successes and failures for two considerably lengthy days and nights, in preparation for a long awaited interview. Having the ambition and will of Nestor, her grandfather, she’d have thought it unfortunate would she botch the opportunity. The young entrepreneur had everything she needed to prevail, yet bound by her limited scope of the world, she was not able to recognize this as clearly as she would have liked to. All she could consciously hope to do was wait for the universe to reveal a series of aptly compatible variables in order for her dreams to take the turn they needed to. Little did she know, a cosmic curveball was about to head her way.
Put Out Some Good
Hank stared into the room as his last chord quickly faded into the raised micro conversations of a social and disinterested club crowd. He had one last chance. One last song to win them over and earn his place on the long trail of singer-songwriters who made their break at the famous “Listening Scene.”
To the Beat: February 2021
Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well. - Aretha Franklin
Please Remember Me cover Shannon King
LYRICS When all our tears have reached the sea Part of you will live in me Way down deep inside my heart The days keep coming without fail
Cold, Cold Rain (Playlist)
I've spent several years on the radio, sometimes weekly, sometimes periodically, sometimes twice a week. It was often freeform radio, but there were about four years where I was on a slot that played only soul and funk. One of the more enjoyable ways to create music programming for either format would be to arrange the tracks around a theme. I stopped being on the radio when I left for the Pacific Northwest in 2017. I've done some guest spots since then, but mainly I enjoy having my weeks entirely free. I used to spend 20 hours a week preparing for what I'd play on the radio. I miss it sometimes, but I'm glad to have opened up my schedule a bit.
The Arrival of Giveon: Revival of Soul Music
This Herculean-looking artist has taken the soul/R&B landscape by storm. After experiencing the "Drake Effect" by featuring in “Chicago Freestyle”, Giveon looks like he is here to stay. If you like artist like Frank Ocean, H.E.R., and Daniel Caesar, then this artist if for you. By creating a sort of old school sound while harping on love, Giveon gives off a 90’s vibe. It feels like one of those voices that you hear on your parent’s old record player — but he’s in his 20’s. Consider this the revival of old school soul; neo-soul music.
How much does it cost to create music in 2021?
How much does it cost to create music in 2021? So I have been releasing music for about 3 years now on streaming services. I did maybe 2 years on mixtape sites like DatPiff and Spinrilla. I always release on SoundCloud as well. As an independent artist, I can tell you how much I tend to spend to create music.
Classical Music is Dying
Why isn’t classical music more popular in the United States? According to an article in Pulse Chamber Music from May 2018, there are several reasons.