Iconic moments in music history.
Look Out, Honey You know I’m Coming on Home
Stan Rogers draws you in with his introductory plucking and strumming, gets your foot tapping with his continued immersive guitar skills, enthralls you with his thunderous, rolling voice, holds you captivated to the end with the storyline, and just like that... you're hooked! Encore!
The Axiomatic Triangle
Welcome to TAT. I’m sure you have a bunch of questions about this, so I’ll just dive right in. The Axiomatic Triangle is a brand new series, dedicated to showing you how to broaden your musical horizons by listening to music based on 3 categories.
Love Walked In
Oscar Peterson was known as the Maharaja of the Keyboard by Duke Ellington and many other people. He was a Canadian jazz piano legend. For the longest time, I have longed to play the piano like he does. However, I never had the confidence to pursue jazz on the piano until recently. The pandemic has given me a lot of time to learn new skills. I’m realizing that anything is possible with a good teacher and a lot of practise.
I am walking down the hallway on a tour of the campus of ASU Mid-South, a community college in Arkansas, when I notice display cases filled with black and white pictures. Intrigued, I look closer and see pictured of Elvis and Johnny Cash, along with several others I don't recognize, but are clearly musicians posing with their instruments. Curious, surprised, not understanding the connection to a community college, I ask about them. My tour guide's face lights up, follow me she says, Turning the corner i am surprised to see a full radio station behind a glass window, it's call letters displayed in neon, KWEM.
4 Rockstar Classical Composers
Classical music is dull as dishwater, isn’t it? The stuffy, well educated middle-aged, reverentially filling concert halls, following etiquette as mysterious as it is non inclusive. If you infiltrate this world, you will hear talk of modal fifths, the importance of madrigals, and secret whispers that the flautist was a beat early at the beginning of the recitative. The truth is that, even for those who enjoy Classical music, there is layer upon layer of snobbery and study that can often make the world seem entirely inaccessible.
THE BOOM OF HIP HOP CULTURE IN WEST COAST
In a nut shell, Since hip hop’s origins during the mid-1970s it has grown from a localized urban arts pastime to a multi-billion dollars a year industry. Its effects have spread from the urban streets to classrooms and boardrooms. The impoverished youths of African and Latin ancestry that once comprised the entire cast and audience of this subculture are now amid a rainbow of economic, generational, and ethnic diversity. How did a subculture that was, in large part, the most overlooked and unappreciated segment of society become powerful enough to dominate a large segment of modern popular culture?
Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues
The Jazz Age Jazz music and dance styles became highly popular across America during the 1920s and 1930s, now known as the Jazz Age. America is the birthplace of jazz, and the Jazz Age was a fantastic period that gave rise to many famous singers and musicians performing in that genre.
My foray into the music of Brazil
As I finish my final year in my bachelors degree in Jazz performance/composition, I’ve realized a few things. Music is beautiful, amazing and gorgeous. But going to university for a long period of time (6 years in my case) sometimes takes the fun out of it. Since I’ve gone through “not so fun” periods in my music career, I’ve had the ability to explore new genres, styles and historical musics to keep the spirit alive.
Scat Scat with a Baseball Baaaat
“One day I went too the mooooon, playing a trumpet with a big baloooon. Heel on toe, foot in yo noseee.” - Author Mike Harris, hey I can scat too
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.
Joe Meek And The Day The Music Died, Among Other Things
I've been a fan of Joe Meek's work for a long time, but it wasn't until the early 2010s that I really had a feel for his extraordinary sound design. I'd been on tour, and I was sitting alone with my gear in an empty shopping mall in Cleveland, Ohio, prior to it being open for business. People were allowed to inhabit the mall at all hours, due to the fact that there was a 24 hour casino connected to the food court area, but I didn't see a single soul for some time. It is unknown to me why soul music and doo-wop was flooding the mall with intercom fuzz, like a more stylized and intentional elevator music to nowhere, but a bit louder than one would expect. I don't know if one of the employees tuned into an odd radio station, or if this slightly less generic subliminal feel-good method was standard fair.
Against All Odds
Black History Month is here again, and it opens many conversations on just how America has fared in stamping out racism from its society. A year ago today, Ahmaud Aubrey, while jogging through Brunswick, Ga.-area neighborhood, was chased and gunned down by a white man named Travis