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Out With The Old
When I begin my workday, I always throw on the radio. Radio isn’t something people typically listen to anymore – with the advent of streaming services, podcasts and the ability to listen to just about anything you can dream of at your fingertips. But radio has always been my way of connecting to the world around me – especially now as we draw closer to the first anniversary COVID-19 was announced as a global pandemic.
How New Wave Saved My Life
It wasn't long after my Boyz In Fashion era that I fell completely in love with New Wave music. Yes, being that it was 1990 (or so) I know that I was late to the game, so to speak. If I recall correctly, it was Respect by Erasure that really did me in. That rhythm, that voice and the desperation in it, really ignited a flame within that I can't extinguish to this day. I became voracious for that music then. I visited record stores and asked the clerks for recommendations. They introduced me to The Smiths, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, OMD, Psychedelic Furs, New Order, Talk Talk, Pet Shop Boys, etc. I was completely overwhelmed.
Analyzing“Sesshoumaru and Rin’s Theme” and “Setsuna’s Violin”
Introduction: So I’ve seen a lot of posts about the comparison between “Setsuna’s Lullaby” and the “Sesshoumaru and Rin” theme from the OG series. I thought I’d take a crack at providing some thoughts and notes à la music theory/history.
Home Ain't No Place
I only had a few dozen interviews under my belt when I got the call that Smokin’ Bo Waites was willing to let me do a feature on him-- his first interview in over forty years. He was a fiercely private man and didn’t care at all for the media circus side of the music business. But when I reached out to his manager, I explained that I wasn’t just another young gunner, looking to break through by getting his name attached to my CV. I had been a disciple of his music since I was fourteen. The first time I ever heard one of his songs, it pierced me to core and brought me to tears. He was more than just a blues legend to me; he was a religious figure, a mystic, a saint, who had led me through some of the darkest times in my life. I’d like to think that something I said must have convinced him, but in reality, Bo probably just decided the time was right to share his story.
The last time Maria's eyes had been checked was at the DMV when she was sixteen. Now, at twenty-three, she walked out of a Lens Crafters with a brand new pair of prescription glasses. She hated to admit it, but the sharper vision certainly made the bike-ride home less harrowing.
I'm crying Cuz I love you (and you helped me love myself)
“Why are men great until they gotta be great?” Have truer words ever been spoken when you’re in the midst of a breakup? I remember watching the movie, Someone Great, when I first heard the aptly named, "Truth Hurts" song by Lizzo. The iconic scene is depicted below, yet, little did I know the larger role Lizzo would play in my life.
Powerful With A Little Bit of Tender
I usually like to write these in lists. Top 5 reasons for this or top ten songs for that, but when it comes to an artist I admire I figured I should go a little off the beaten path in her eclectic honor. Janelle Monáe is more than just a fantastic musical artist and a talented actress. She is an innovator in modern art. So here is my love letter to this creative powerhouse who has inspired and entertained me and will continue to do so for many more years to come.
Wanna see a party trick?
From a very young age, my mother discovered that I had perfect pitch: the ability to recall the names of notes without being given a reference point. It is quite uncommon as only 1 in 10,000 people possess this trait. My family broke the scale with that one as both me and my mother had it. This ability may not seem like much, but it could be useful. Whenever the repairman came over to check out our furnace, my mother would always entertain him by playing different notes on the piano and having me name them for his amusement. Hell, whenever I hear a random noise emitted, whether it’s the hum of the refrigerator or the buzzer on a gameshow, I could definitely shoot up and tell you hey that sounded like a B-flat!
Encountering The Future of Streaming Music As A "Utility"
While I do use Spotify, and have had a premium account for long stretches over the years, I can't help but observe the current status of streaming media to be in need of continued revision. I think that artists could make more money, sustainably, without Spotify going belly up. There is an interesting relative lack of competition for Spotify, although Google, Apple, and Amazon also have a good stake in the race.
Epica Albums Ranked
EPICA WERE NOT ALWAYS CALLED EPICA! After Mark Jansen left After Forever, he formed a band called Sahara Dust, which Autotranslate wants to change into Sarah’s Dust for some reason. He wanted a band that would much like the old Nightwish records be a clash of classical music and heavy metal and bright out the epicness of both. After their original vocalist, Helena left the band. Mark ended up hiring his girlfriend to be the lead singer of the band.
Just Who Were The Castrati?
I originally wrote this article on Article Source: http://EzineArticles.co m/3377280 in 2009 but as I still believe this subject to be quite fascinating. Until then I was quite unaware of the Castrati and their history in the 1600s. This is such a bizarre piece of history it is quite worthy of you knowing.
Ktwon Fame—Future Millionaire music artist out of Dallas,Tx
Keatwon Bonnett, famously known as Ktwon Fame, is a professional music artists From Bastrop Louisiana that moved to Dallas, Tx at the age of 9.