Most recently published stories in Beat.
The Benefit of Mr Kite
“To Norwegian Wood!” Exclaimed Sadie as she toasted her winning horse and clinked glasses with her bandmates and their inner circle.
Other things… Mac Miller’s ‘Circles’ and Posthumous Albums
At the time of Mac Miller’s untimely death, he was already deep into the recording of Circles; the now posthumously released album that acts as the follow-up to 2018’s Swimming. The two albums were intended to create a loosely drawn concept – Swimming in Circles – that reflects the deeply introspective nature of Miller’s lyrical content.
The Lead Man's Journal
The Lead Man’s Journal 5/14/22 New Orleans, Louisiana Congratulations little black Moleskine notebook - you just became the landing strip of the thoughts nobody else will hear, but must be expressed. Ever since I blacked out after the Mardi Gras concert two months ago, I’ve been poked and prodded by doctors, only for them to say it was all in my head. They told me to write, so I’m writing. Derrick, my manager is so obsessed with getting me right only because his job depends on me. Otherwise, I think he’d throw me to the wolves and get a brand new model. He still may. I’m the front man, so if I go, the band would have to have a complete overhaul. Rebranding, new merchandise, maybe even a new name. You think the bet’s worth the hand? Honestly, when I landed this gig, it was like winning the lottery to me. Now I feel like I’ve traded my life for a blur of an existence and a miser who’s in charge of my piggy bank.
Long Live The Music
The crowd lined around the block. Shaking and gleaming with joy. The smiling faces of hundreds of dreamers waited for the doors to open. This would be a moment they'd never forget. One day, they'd tell their children about the time they waited in line all morning to see them play live. They'll talk about driving hours to hear that one song they played over and over.
The Space Between Your Ears and Your Hands
I was playing the softest open roll I possibly could. Against the metronome of my mind I am playing quintuplets; lost inside the rattling of the springs beneath a snare drum, counting the shakes that subdivide each pulse in my hands. The notes move rapidly, but I can feel the silence between all of them.
Signs A Band Is Over
Everyone has their favourite bands. Some change all the time whilst others become long-term favourites. When I was younger, my favourites flatuated between Spice Girls, Sugababes, Atomic Kitten, Kaiser Chiefs and Busted. As I got older my tastes have changed and I have firm favourites like Depeche Mode and Nightwish. A lot of bands that I have loved have now split up. Sometimes it is hard, but necessary if there is tension between band members or if they want to go their own separate ways and do their own thing.
5 Romantic LGBTQ Wedding Songs
There is nothing wrong with "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran or "So High" by John Legend as your wedding day song. In fact, though very popular as wedding songs they remain undoubtedly very beautiful songs to express one's love with. That being said, sometimes as LGBTQ people it would be nice to have romantic songs written for our types of relationships by artists that understand our struggles.
a song called 'reparations'
I have no doubt the greatest musician of all time toiled in obscurity on some plantation, the last note of her life crackling from her lungs under the boiling Deep South sun.
"The Importance of Music in Our Society"
Art and music are basic human functions. Humankind and art cannot function without one another. We have the burning desire to create, whatever it may be and however tiny or grand. The interaction with sound is unavoidable, either to make it or take pleasure in it. People have always found music significant in their lives, whether for enjoyment in listening, the emotional response, performing, or creating. This is no different for classical music or contemporary concert music. Both musics have immense worth for our society; however, the problem we all know in this field is that this music is little known and hence underappreciated. As a musician and artist it is my responsibility that others can learn to enjoy the art for which I have utter passion.
An Oyster Bay Homecoming
Long Island. It felt like magic to be back. Thick, fresh, morning air filled my lungs and lifted my spirit. Home. The promise of Saturday loomed as the sun climbed in the sky. An electric current coursed through my body as I got into the car with my husband. He understood the significance of this trip. The “History of Me” tour I dreamed of for years. Finally, he could experience the places that I held in such high esteem, the places that haunted me.
Mr. Liam DaMillio
There is no possible way I could be where I am today if it were not for the nice man I met in the coffee shop. That seems rather cliche, the narrator telling a story of the kind stranger who changed their life, except in my instance, it is nothing but the truth. It is like the court testimony, it is “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth”. I am not comparing my life to court, in fact, my life has been rather good, so you already know this story is not a tragedy. I will start with the day I met Mr. Liam DaMillio since that is the day my life pulled a Will Smith- got flipped, turned upside down.
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: Carnage Review
I type this in a room, alone. It’s the same room I’ve spent the majority of the last year in. This is okay. It’s a pleasant room. I have it just how I like it. It has plenty to keep me occupied within. It lets the light stream in on sunny days like today. This is my pandemic space. I often count my blessings that I have it. That I can maintain it. It’s here the days stretch out and sometimes they take me places, places within. Sometimes it closes in on me, it presses the sides of my cranium and I struggle to see through the dullest of aches…..