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One Bowie Fangirl's Interpretation of Blackstar
Although as a child, I was fed a fairly varied diet of good music, it’s fair to say that my ‘bread and butter’ was definitely Bowie. From starry-eyed mooning over Labyrinth to teen sulking accompanied by Station to Station, his music pervaded a substantial portion of my life.
Deb Montgomery Takes A Long Long Journey
Deb Montgomery is an acoustic singer/songwriter with a hauntingly beautiful voice. Her vocal stylings were enough to make me an instant fan from the very first track. She’s a Canadian currently residing in Seattle, where she writes beautiful music about vulnerability, grief, joy, and more. Anyone who has experienced both the good and bad in life will be able to relate to her lyrics. I loved the beautiful blend of her guitar, mixed with her raw vocals, and the tales her lyrics tell.
Surprising Songs That Were Written While High
Songwriters have always had a lot of inspiration from the various substances they've enjoyed. Mozart was a huge fan of alcohol as a form of inspiration. 19th century composer Berlioz wrote his Symphonie Fantastique under the influence of opium. Even Beethoven was known to smoke and drink while penning his favorite concertos.
The Arrival of a New Space Motel Album
Rhode Island funk rock band, Space Motel, has released their sophomore album. It is kind of a blend of blues, funk, jam band, and a taste of rock. It’s eclectic and spacey. It’s easy to listen to and catchy as hell. I enjoy it more and more each time I listen to it. They can fit into multiple categories, but indie is definitely fitting.
As I write this my Poshmark notification just stated "Life is too short to hold grudges" so you know I need to write this. 2017 is one of those years that is not sure what to label itself. It reminds me of how they labeled my Generation "X" because we were, and still kind of are to this day, unknown. Musically, the landscape is dry. I am talking Sahara Desert dry. Yes there have been albums released but because everything is so flash in the pan, I can't keep up. Thanks you Net gods for Tidal and my younger co workers. I honestly cannot keep up but I try my best.
Chris Cornell Dead At 52
Chris Cornell, widely known as one of the founding members of the grunge movement of the 1980s and 1990s, died Wednesday night of what has now been suspected as suicide. He was 52.
Best American Hip Hop Artists
Hip hop is more than music. It’s a passion, an urban movement meant to inspire individuals to broadcast their unique talents. Since conception, society has birthed many hip hop artists who have taken the genre to new heights. Here are some of the greatest.
The Reasons Why The Weeknd is at the Top of His Career
The Weeknd (27), real name Abel Tesfaye, burst into the world of music with his eccentric style, which led him to lead all the charts. He won several awards and is a great inspiration for all artists who start in music. Best of all, this just starts.
The Most Fantasy-Friendly Music Genres Out There
If you're like me, you love listening to music that adds dimension to the book you're reading. Fantasy novels, for some reason, seem to get way more mood and dimension if you're listening to the right music. That being said, getting the right soundtrack often boils down to genre.
Remembering Donna Summer
I find it hard to believe the five-year anniversary of Donna Summer's passing is already upon us. Ever since she shockingly succumbed to cancer in 2012, I've honored her memory often by revisiting her incredible body of work. I’ve tried to celebrate her spirit by listening to her music and keeping her memory alive, especially on the anniversary of her death.
Where Have All the CDs Gone?
Enter any record store (yes, they are still called that) these days and you’ll have the impression that the CD stalls are dwindling, hit by reserving vinyl on one, and DVDs on the other. Or, try taking a stack of CDs that are collecting dust on your home shelves to a secondhand store. Chances are that when the owner sees that you are bringing CDs, he won’t even let you through the door, let alone give you anything that will even resemble a decent price for them. Who would have thought that as we were entering the 21st century CDs were practically everywhere, still hailed as the best ever advancement in sound reproduction? These days, mirroring the dooming fate of vinyl LPs in mid-80s, it seems people are just leaving entire CD collections by the dumpster, hoping that somebody will be merciful and at least save the music recorded in those laser tracks. The official data is no less damning. According to LA Weekly, in the period from 2001 to 2014, only in the US the sales of CDs dropped by 80% and LP sales are up a staggering 800% since 2004. What did the hell happen?
Things You Didn't Know About Being a Rock Star
If you listen to any major interview with a band, they'll be very upfront to say that there are things you didn't know about being a rock star. They may allude to groupies, or to the fact that there's a lot of stress in the job - and yes, those are things most people are aware of when they think about the lifestyle that comes with being a band member.