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Underrated Love songs
In these crazy and uncertain times, where face masks are the requirement (or at least highly recommended) to go out and isolation isn’t all self imposed now, in the horrors of the Covid-19 Pandemic squelching our semblance of peace and security by even just stopping by the grocery store—- my recommendation is something that may seem trivial but it can be cathartic: love songs.
10 Underrated Beatles Songs
Note: this list is based on an original post from my personal website, the9thpath.com. You may accuse me of laziness, but please, do not accuse me of plagiarism.
Zen is a State of Mind; Music is a State of Action
I will be sincere; 2021 has proven to be just as a challenge as its predecessor. A strange mix of anxiety and anger stir inside my stomach as I cannot help but lose hope every time I leave my home and realise what is happening to my country. I have been a UK resident for just over 16 years now (I originate from Poland) and have endured my share of hardship in my life, simply for being born on the wrong side of the line in the sand. From school bullying, petty theft of toys, and a constant bombardment of racist remarks, to workplace racism, refusal of opportunities, wrongful pay, and the rise and aftermath of Brexit, I’ve endured my fair share of pain. Life has been nothing close to smooth, but I stood my ground, continued to challenge myself, and moved forward. Despite everything I have lived through, for the first time in my life I am truly petrified to live in the UK as this time, it’s no longer personal, but tyrannical.
Have you heard of Medidance?
2020 was the year. That year. A year that sounded as preposterous as it turned out to be. We were afraid to leave our houses, afraid to go to the supermarket, to see dear friends. And we were right to be, things were getting worse, and fast. We needed to protect ourselves, be safe. Stay home.
Music To (Not) Write To
Music is something I feel deep within my body. It isn't that I have some irresistible urge to break out into 'Free Bird' at the crack of dawn every morning or make a habit out of strumming 'Wonder Wall' on an acoustic guitar that materializes in my hands anytime college kids start drinking. I get absorbed by music, though. If I'm cleaning or cooking this isn't a problem. It's easy to throw shapes in an empty apartment while sweeping, even if that does mean I'll end up kicking at least one pile into oblivion in the process.
To the Beat: March 2021
If everyone is a product of this society, who will say the things that need to be said, and do the things that need to be done, without compromise? -Lauryn Hill
BTS achieved these 7 massively impressive milestones in 2020
It's a bit wild to think it has been a full calendar year since countries went into strict lockdowns and our respective "new normal" of social distancing began.
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.
DRAKE’S SURPRISE RELEASE ‘SCARY HOURS 2’
If one thing has become evident over the past decade, it is that Drake can’t lose. Joining his vast catalogue of smash hits is his new release, Scary Hours 2. None of us saw it coming, but yet again he has gifted us with a pleasant surprise.
"Driver's License" is a Conventional Wonder
Every once in a while, a completely unheard of artist will drop a track that instantly goes number one and becomes a worldwide phenomena. Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" remix, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, did this in 2019, breaking Mariah Carey's record for consecutive weeks at number one. (Carey's record: 16. OTR: 19.) Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" brought her viral fame in 2012 with 6 weeks at number one. Meghan Thee Stallion achieved viral fame in 2020 through Tik Tok, when her song "Savage" became an inescapable trend and received a Beyonce feature. These artists didn't take the traditional path to fame. Their rise encapsulates something Taylor Swift said about the music industry in 2019: "For new artists nowadays, it feels like the trajectory of their career is like being shot out of a canon into a stratosphere."
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.
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!