Humanity topics include pieces on the real lives of music professionals, amateurs, inspiring students, celebrities, lifestyle influencers, and general feel good human stories in the music sphere.
Social Perspective Of Music
Social perspective in any music empowers the music to have meaning and be more agreeable to the crowd and the entertainers.
How a rap artist who died of Covid impacted my life.
After googling a particular track by rap artist 'Ty', I was shocked to discover he died of Covid last year, aged 47. I've never followed him that closely and the last time I listened to him was 18 months ago. But yesterday, I found myself wanting to submerge into the steady thumps and flicks of a track I couldn't even remember the name of. I found it - Let's Start - and with it the sad news.
Letter to You
It might sound old fashioned, but I love letters and I love books. Throughout my youth, I enjoyed being creative. I liked to paint, draw and create art, and I was drawn to writing poetry and songs, and telling stories. I had a knack for connecting words and flowing them together to create meaning.
LET'S HEAR A TRUMPET SOLO
As a Roadie for a local traveling band operating on a broken shoe-string budget, you get used to getting by with what's on hand to get the job done. Rule number 1... duct tape fixes everything. Rule number 2, don't run out of duct tape.
A True Folk Hero
On 28 February 1982 Nic Jones was involved in a serious road traffic accident. Returning home by car after a gig at Glossop Folk Club, on the road between Peterborough and March in Cambridgeshire, Jones, tired, inadvertently drove into a lorry pulling out of Whittlesea brickworks. He suffered serious injuries, including many broken bones and brain damage, and required intensive care treatment and hospitalization for a total of eight months.
Love always finds a way. If you have read any of my stories on Vocal or listened to the songs I have covered from February 2021 to September 2021, you'll know I believe in the power of love. I also believe in the transformational power of music.
You know the saying that lightning never strikes the same place twice? I beg to differ. In the 2002 romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama, Reese Witherspoon is a woman living in the big city trying to escape her small town Southern roots. Josh Lucas is her still-small-town estranged ex-husband whom she needs a divorce from so she can move on with her life and marry the McDreamy Patrick Dempsey. Reese’s character comes to learn that the man she thought she was already over has made something of himself - an artisan that creates beautiful glassware sculptures which he makes by planting lightning rods in the sand during rainstorms. Despite a variety of twists and turns, Reese and Josh’s characters come to rekindle their love, just in time to reunite on the beach in a storm.
The Quiet Kid
There is always that one kid in class. The one who never speaks. Sitting alone in the back of the classroom just trying not to be noticed or seen. It always seems to work, they just fade into the shadows disappearing just to be lost in the world without any notice. Deep down they want to be known. Deep down they want to be heard but this lingering fear deep in their mind whispers that if they are seen they will be hurt or made fun of. So they just sit their, remain quiet, and keep to themselves. They live in a quiet place amongst all the noise of the world telling them things to ruin their self esteem. They fear the unknown and everything that can't be controled. Their life is in chaos because they are stuck in their head.
Should I Stay or Should I Go
Do you ever feel stuck between worlds? Playing tug-a-war can be exhausting. We all need to balance work and play. What do I do to play these days? I watch concerts solo. You might think that doesn't sound like much fun but I rather enjoy it and I prefer to tune in to the music while I tune other things out. It makes for a more enjoyable life experience.
History tends to repeat itself. That is, until it doesn’t. Bruce Springsteen’s song Born to Run is a smooth and enticing number that can scoop you up, wrap its arms around you and pull you into its midst. It twirls you around into a lyrical land of fantasy and escapism until you’re not sure exactly which way you want to turn.
Don't Stop Believin'
I grew up listening to my parent's vinyl. While other kids in small town Ontario were singing along to the likes of Raffi, and Sharon Lois and Bram - great Canadian children's music artists - I was knee deep in The Beatles, Queen, Elton John and The Who.
Live Performance in Today’s Culture
The music business is particularly subject to recording. Accounts permit vocalists to wipe out defects in their exhibition and improve its quality (Caramanica). The two performances and live shows are famous in American culture. Nonetheless, this point is exceptionally dubious because occasionally, accounts can adjust specialists' voices to the end of being indistinguishable. During a live exhibition, one can see the excellent contrast between the recording and the authentic voice of an artist. Some of the time, it tends to be better, however regularly, it is something else.