Most recently published stories in Beat.
Songs That Break Into My Home and Mug Me at Gunpoint
We all know the feeling. The one where it feels like the song was written specifically for you, like somebody's been looking over your shoulder. The kind that makes you feel a little too seen. Whenever I hear one of those songs that makes me say "oof", there's one special playlist I add it to. Here's a glimpse behind that curtain.
A Musical Journey Into The Past
The start of any new project marks the start of a new life. And the start of the album 'Lost and Found' was, recorded between 2015 and 2018 in the United Kingdom, was certainly a purging experience. It's a semi- biographical collection of songs which spans my early years as a child right up to the present day.
That's Why Im' Here
James Taylor's eleventh album, That's Why I'm Here, was released in 1985, four years since his last longplayer Dad Loves His Work and two years after Taylor cleaned up from his well-publicized drug addictions. The album's title and demeanor suggest a new beginning for Taylor, and indeed Taylor decided to self-produce the album in collaboration with Frank Filapetti, a producer, engineer and mixer who would go on to win multiple Grammy Awards for his work on various Broadway albums, including Wicked, Spamalot, The Color Purple, and Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. (Not to mention Grammys received for his production and engineering on Taylor's Hourglass, which will be covered when that album is assessed.)
I have always been a person who overshares. I used to believe it was a flaw because I could not stop blurting out random conversations or factoids about myself. What can I say? I'm quirky? Sure, we will go with that. Oversharing became a way for people to connect with me, and understand the “why” that comes from many of my choices. My transparency helped pave the way for a safe space to shed all that doesn't serve me.
Songs for Orchestrating the Apocalypse
Dystopian fiction has a way of revealing the ugliest parts of the reality we live in. These dystopian stories can be some of the most important, complex, and weaving tales... but they can also exist in those small, universal truths laid out in simple, honest words.
11 BBNaija Housemates Who Pursued Music After the House
Big Brother Naija is by far the biggest reality competition television show in Nigeria. It's viewed daily by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world and an appearance on the show leads to overnight fame and if you're lucky and play your cards right, success and riches that extend far beyond the show's time period.
My Fatal Flaw
“If you’re going to San Francisco”, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair…” -Scott McKenzie This song was released in 1967 when I was in the 7th grade. It was probably one of the first tics on my inner compass that eventually took me there. Over the years, I envisioned myself in a long skirt, tye-dyed dancing barefoot in a Woodstock-like place. I was 14 when the real Woodstock took place in August of 1969 on Yasgurs farm in New York. Of course, my parents wouldn’t let me go.
The music just keeps flowing from Lreds
One of my favorite talents to date, producer/songwriter Lreds, has released 30 singles in the genres Pop, EDM and Alternative music. Lreds, under the name RedL, has also released experimental music, the songs Interference & Waves. Lreds latest release UPNDOWN featuring Daisi Winch is now out on Spotify and other music platforms. Lreds took the time to answer our 21 Q&A. Here's what he told us.
Young Prodigy On The Rise In The Music Industry
Path of Music The hip-hop industry has evolved over the years, inspiring generations to create and express. Some start their musical journey at an extremely young age, some start when they are old. Prada J is a young producer who is going to be a name to look out for in this industry. At 16 years old and producing for only a year, he has grown tremendously and hit the ground running. He started off watching genius deconstructed videos, and saw himself pursuing a dream of being an industry standard producer. He does not see it any other way, manifesting the path that he wants to take. Some of his inspirations consist of producers and artists that are on top at the moment. Artists like Lil Peep, Snot, and Polo G, played a part in the growth and development of this producer. Famous producer Nick Mira, led the way and paved this path for this young producer to push limits and make new sounds to show the world. He aspires to work with artists like Snot, Polo G, Wifisfuneral, Lil Skies, and Machine Gun Kelly. Artists like these have opened his mind to new horizons and gave him the ability to create and innovate the sounds he does. He is leading the youth into a revolution of fresh music.
MARINA: Music, Mental Illness, and Me
It's been a long time since I first heard Marina's music. Back then, she was known as Marina and the Diamonds and was currently in the midst of her Electra Heart era. I was 13 years old and in the midst of my own inner turmoil. "Teen Idle" found me at a time when I was at my most scared and alone- and I think it saved my life. I immediately listened to her entire discography. I was obsessed. As I struggled with mental illness, the razor-sharp lyricism of The Family Jewels and the upbeat nihilism of Electra Heart became my solace. But that was a long time ago.
Dear Jim: Sending Love, Lemons, and Joy
Dear Jim, It’s ridiculous how important you are to my happiness. You’re a rockstar. I’m a 50-year-old superfan. In Past Times, I followed you around Canada. Literally, Jim, I tagged after you from coast to coast, seeing you play in Vancouver and St. John’s and many cities in between. I made it happen by using flight rewards, sleeping on friends’ couches, and taking along granola bars so that I didn’t have to pay for breakfast. I’ve stood in line under the blazing hot sun, through finger-pruning drizzle, and in the chill of the December air. Front row centre is where I need to be for you.
Take a Breath: A Playlist
Ever just feel like stopping and taking a deep breath? This world's all kinds of crazy, and we often get so lost in ourselves and our worries that we lose sight of the present moment. It's so easy to miss out on right now when you're thinking of tomorrow, next week, the months and years ahead.