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Legendary Band, Great Music That Is Queen
As soon as I heard the song “These Are the Days of Our Lives” I fell head over heels in love with the music of Queen. I had heard their songs on the radio but hadn’t taken the time to really listen to them until this particular song. Even now I enjoy watching videos of Queen through YouTube and watching Freddie Mercury’s dynamite performances always brings a tear to my eye. He was such a great talent and certainly much too young to be taken from this world but the music of Queen and the videos keep him alive and in our minds and in our hearts.
Memphis Music Legends: Don Mann and Memphis Records, LLC
Donald Cameron Mann, the quintessential Renaissance man, who was a quiet force in the changing music business at the turn of the century played a huge role in the Memphis Music Scene, then and now. He lived a full life, while remaining introverted and behind the scenes, and the mark he left on the world tells the story of life well lived and a legacy securely in place. Well read, educated, fearless and altruistic, Mann was the type of human being we all strive to be or should desire to be.
The Best Artists to Calm You Down
Music is amazing, isn’t it? It can be sexy, angry, emotive, calming… It can make you feel all types of way. Make you relate to the artist, bring you back to certain times in your life, make you remember (sometimes fondly and sometimes not) certain people.
How Music Impacts Us Emotionally: From Good Cinema to Daily Life
I am willing to bet you can probably recall a time that music profoundly shaped a moment for you, a moment you can recall at right this second.
15 Female Fronted Bands You Need to Listen To
Women have been coming hard in terms of pop-punk/rock music these days. Women are breaking down the barriers that kept them from being popular in the scene, their voices finally being heard. If you are looking to get into more female fronted bands, keep on reading.
Jimi Hendrix: The God Himself
The Life of Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27th, 1942 in Seattle, Washington. Hendrix was born to parents, Lucille Jeter and Allen Hendrix, both of whom were of African American and Cherokee descent. During WWII, Allen was drafted to serve in the US Army but was forced to leave for basic training before Jimi was born. During the first three years of Jimi’s life, his father was not afforded the right to see his son, as a result, Lucille was forced to raise their son alone, with the help of friends and family. In his youth, Jimi Hendrix was a shy boy and was often left to care for his younger brother Leon while both were in and out of foster care. In 1958, Lucille died from liver disease and his father refused to take Jimi and Leon to the funeral, instead, Allen gave them shots of whiskey and told them that this is how men deal with their problems. This moment had a great impact on Hendrix, who carried these scars for the rest of his life.
5 LGBT Artists You Should Be Listening to
We've all heard the names Troye Sivan and Hayley Kiyoko at least once or twice in the past three or four months. And while they are both amazing musicians and a huge voice for the LGBT community, we're not talking about them today. To celebrate Pride Month coming to an end, I'm here to introduce you to five not so well known LGBT artists that I think you need to hear.
The Sexiest Songs of All Time You Need to Hear
Songs can have a variety of emotions that they impart on a listener. Rage, joy, hope, sadness, and even that eerily unsettling calm that can only be gotten once in a blue moon can be found in the right track.
Theory: '...Ready for It?'
Many theories are going around about Taylor Swift’s new music video “…Ready For It?” It’s safe to say that Swift is keeping to the theme of herself versus her past, as shown in her music video “Look What You Made Me Do.” While many focus on the minor details of the “…Ready For It?” video, for example Swift’s dating life (like there’s nothing else interesting about her), I will focus on one thing: Taylor in the glass box. I have seen many theories where Taylor in the box is how the media sees her, but it goes even further than that. The glass box takes us through each era of Swift's career–Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989, and Reputation. Let’s take a closer look.
Top 10 Best One Hit Wonders of the 1950s and 1960s
With enough hard work, talent and determination, any musician can create one great song. Sometimes one hit single is all you need to make an impression that will last a lifetime. That is what these one hit wonders of the 1950s and 1960s did. Here are ten of the best from those decades.
Taylor Swift's Semantic Fields in 'Reputation': Part One
When I first downloaded all of Reputation, I spent the morning skipping through songs, finding one that I thought I may like. At first I was kind of worried because I only liked one or two songs, but as I listened to the lyrics more, slowly, and one by one, each song became one that I must sing along to in the car and can't seem to get myself to willingly escape. This happens for me a lot when first listening to an album because I'm always looking for new music, but hate the process of getting acquainted with the lyrics of the song. I just want to be able to sing along to it immediately, figure out all the hidden messages, find where songs link together in albums, songs hinting at other songs, mirroring previous number one hits and so on. But appreciation takes time, and it was only a matter of time until Reputation became a verbal example of concepts learned and discussed in my 400 level creative writing classes.
Interview with Edith Bowman
I’ve never encountered the emotions of what it is to be star struck. Not until Edith Bowman slides through the door of her PR Company in a leopard print sweatshirt that looks like pure comfort, a leather skirt for added cool, and a black beret covered in yellow stars that I can’t help gush over moments later. “Hi hi hi, I’m so sorry. Have you been waiting long?” And for a second, I am at a loss for words until the following words come from her. “I’m dying for a cup of tea, d’you mind if I quickly make one?” Suddenly, I feel like I’m meeting a friend for a hot beverage. She has an interviewer’s air, going straight into to asking me about my journey, before I’m quickly spilling the beans about being a long time Tomb Raider fan and we’re rating the new film. “I thought the acting was great. But the script let it down.” I’m quick to agree as we perch on a stone colour lounge sofa steps from where she made a cuppa for us both.