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A Gen-Xer Speaks about Music
It started in a hallway. I was teaching a session one semester at a college. My students, when not passively absorbed by their cellphones and laptops, tried to be studious. One student in particular was often picking my brain about assignments and material that needed be completed for the course. He was a young man, running his own business, and happily continuing his education both in class and outside of those bare walls.Kendall DefoePublished 3 days ago in Beat
Spring: A Playlist
Spring is a time of extreme creativity. In nature, it’s when flowers bloom, and once naked trees don lush gowns of chartreuse. It’s when many species of animals give birth, having mated in the Autumn or Winter. It’s when bees produce the most honey, and when farmers plant crops.
Is Walking 500 Miles (And Then 500 Miles More) Really Romantic?
I love The Proclaimers. Really, I do. Craig and Charlie Reid. They are Scottish. They are twins. They are fantastic singers, write beautiful pop songs, often with very pointed socio-political lyrics and have at least one bonafide end-of-party singalong anthem in "I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)".Paul StewartPublished about a month ago in Beat
Bold Beautiful Black Voices
Black women consistently make their mark on the music industry throughout the centuries. The Black female musicians highlighted here represent a sense of the past, present and future. These three iconic Black female singers leave me in awe of the barriers they breached; standards they set; and progress they made, much during very difficult political and historic times. I present these bold, beautiful black voices in order of when they arrived on the scene—their birthday, that is.Stephanie J. BradberryPublished about a month ago in Beat
What do you listen to?
This morning as I was driving my youngest to school, I was surfing through my radio presets and started to wonder what everyone liked to listen to while driving (or just riding along). Since I have an older vehicle that lacks bluetooth hookup to my phone, I generally listen to satellite radio channels (which I have to pay extra for...boo).Heather Hubler
The Wheels of Motion Don't Slow Down
I will tell You that I personally enjoy the song "Wheels of Motion" by Dj Fabio & Moon. This is a song that I've enjoyed many a time while studying, working out, driving (some of the best times), or when I'm just straight up chilling having those baller conversations with a group of new friends that I've just met or with old friends that only adds to the memory track.Thavien Yliaster
Four Playlist Ideas For You
Creating a playlist is like sculpting a statue. It’s something that you created something personal to you and has your staple of what defines you. Making a playlist for yourself or someone else is the most personal way to learn about someone else's taste in music. But how often do you think about going a little bit farther in creating a playlist? There are driving playlists, "getting ready" playlists, and songs for the broken heart playlists.Samantha Parrish
The Psychology of Sad Songs
When all hope is gone, you know sad songs say so much. — Elton John Sad songs have long been a staple in music, with many people turning to them in times of sadness or heartbreak. But why do we find solace in listening to songs that make us feel worse? Well, it turns out there are distinct psychological mechanisms behind our preference for sad music.Donna L. Roberts, PhD (Psych Pstuff)
The CD pickup of 2022
I must start by wishing you all a happy new year! I hope that father Christmas delivered everything you wanted. Whether that was a brand new guitar, drum set or some socks. Hopefully, you were all good in 2022. I was certainly very good in 2022 or rather I wasn't as bad as I could have been which is something.Charlie Smith
Relaxing music on a gloomy South London afternoon. The time between Christmas and new year, not counting the 12 days of each. Sat in a light room, curtains half open as my partner paints a clay box for her mother. I write on the laptop as this video plays in the background of it. I watch the letters appear as I tap the keys. Theres an off beat rhytm to it but it feels write. I'm just doing what I feel like doing. I am relaxing.John Gilroy
So Many Great Christmas Songs, So Few Get Played
There are many things that we have gotten used to as part of this wonderful time of the year. Decorations and light displays, tasty treats, touching and fun specials on television and of course, Christmas music.
The Best Country Music In 2022
One of the best things to come out of 2022 was an abundance of refreshing and lyrically poignant new music. From Kelsea Ballerini’s GRAMMY-nominated song “HEARTFIRST” to country crooner Nate Smith’s “Whiskey On You,” we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite songs to come out this year!Jennifer Barnes