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A Soundtrack for the End of the Road
Let's face it, folks. The end is coming for us all. I'm not trying to bum you out here, but it's a fact. We're all gonna die.
Tina Turner: Contextualizing Visionaries
Vintage magazines from the catalog of General Media reveal that while our understanding of Tina Turner’s style and eventual impact deepened over her lifetime, her greatness was evident and influential immediately. While looking back we might assume there were infinite write ups about the splash made by Turner in the 1970s, instead her ubiquitous persona was referenced as an influence on other artists and pop culture itself.
Tina Turner 'Queen of Rock and Roll' Dies at 83
Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939. Her manager and abusive husband Ike Turner gave her the stage name Tina Turner. He trademarked the name so that if Bullock left him as his previous singers had done in the past, he could replace her with another "Tina Turner." Tina kept the name after they divorced. She kept the name Tina Turner after she married Erwin Bach in 2013 who was 16 years her junior. They had a 27-year romantic relationship before they married in a civil ceremony in Switzerland.
- Runner-Up in Melodic Milestone Playlist Challenge
INTRODUCTION: AN ULTIMATE PLAYLIST To our worst memories; may they also be our best. That toast, known as “the Watcher’s Toast,” in a fantastical world I often write in, is meant to encourage reflection and peacefulness in one’s memories. Imagine if when you died, you had to relive your worst memory for eternity. That would be hell, wouldn’t it? But if you think about it, memories are always connected, connected by ever long strings which constantly remind us of each other memory. So, if you take the time and reflect and remember how your worst, darkest, most soul-crushing moments eventually forged you into greatness, reliving them wouldn’t be so bad. That’s why this playlist, which I made to listen to on my last drive ever home from college, is titled, “worst memories.”
Every Song A Memory
If I said my life were not defined by music, I'd be disingenuous to the medium that has shaped the artist you see sitting here at her kitchen table in a cut-off t-shirt, tattooed, watching my pet make her slow and arduous recovery. Music has held me together from my earliest memories, has been a guide to my identity, has been a vent for my outrage, and has been my road home. I don't have a collective discography of cohesion. Every melody has come into my life exactly when I needed it. And this last week I needed it more than ever.
My Life With Music
First off, I have to admit, music has taken a back seat in my current life. Just as movies have. Reading and writing are taking way more of my time than ever. I have always read a lot, just haven't always written so much.
Rock and Technology: Tracking Rock History through Omni Magazine
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame unveiled their 2023 inductees yesterday, renewing conversations around the history and evolution of rock music. Each year of inductees attracts critiques from both ends of the spectrum, with some arguing that inductees stray from the definition of “rock,” and others arguing for further inclusion of the musicians who both inspired the genre and made it relevant each decade.
We need to talk about Yehezkal.
Is classical music cool yet? I've been waiting so patiently for the last 5 years for classical music to make a return, outside of the stereotype that it belongs only to the ears of the upper class but can we talk about the work of Yehezkal Raz yet?
Mariann's Candy Box Playlist
Introduction My friend Mariann Caroll suggested that I did a Candy Box playlist after reading and listening to my "Temptation" playlist which you can be tempted by below.
From Lou Reed to M*A*S*H: The Status of Bootlegs in 1980
The current era of bootleg media includes illegal recordings of Broadway shows shared through Google Drive, feature films leaked while in theaters due to early streaming dates, and a seemingly impossible amount of times Lana Del Rey has had her laptop stolen. There is a thoroughline from these stories into the past, as fans have secretly shared prized recordings throughout many iterations of media.
When I met Harry Belafonte
It was the spring of 2011 — a dozen years ago, almost exactly — when I met Harry Belafonte at a London hotel. Mayfair; a bright spring day. He had just published his eloquent autobiography, My Song; a documentary about his life, Sing Your Song, was about to be released. I’ve been fortunate enough to interview a great many remarkable people in my time, but spending time with Harry Belafonte was a truly extraordinary experience; and to feel a real personal connection with him, even more so.
The Rhythm of Change
The Rhythm of Change Sitting on the couch, contemplating my crumbling marriage - he was an asshole, I blamed myself - I was watching late night tv and drinking too much wine. An awkward woman appeared on the show. She had long, red hair and a captivating energy. She played the piano and sang a very strange and haunting song. Her lyrics spoke to me. Her musical sound, intriguing: different. I couldn’t turn away.