New Reels: “Tell Your Friends” by The Weeknd

New Reels: “Tell Your Friends” by The Weeknd

After the success of “Cant Feel My Face”, The Weeknd release a new video and single  “Tell Your Friends”.  Tell Your Friends –  The Weeknd   If you pay close attention to the video for “Cant Feel My Face” at 1:11 the same character featured on “Tell Your Friends” shows up. Both videos are directed by Grant Singer, maybe they are telling a different story than what one might think? My guess is that white, red hair guy represents something deeper and darker…why does he shoot him in this video?  Will he drop another “trilogy” like his acclaimed mix tapes from 2011 but through Read more »

Jazz: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

Jazz: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

The second in our Genres series explores probably the greatest musical art form of the 20th century and one that continues to have a profound influence on music as a whole. So, what is Jazz? So this is section is supposed to be where I give you a brief description of Jazz music but in truth no such thing exists. It encompasses a vast range of styles that span across a hundred or so years. It’s a style of music with an influence so firmly embedded in all music in the 20th century that providing a ready definition is impossible. Read more »

Unsung Figures No.6: Judee Sill

Unsung Figures No.6: Judee Sill

The latest in our series exploring peripheral musical figures looks at the troubled life and ambitious musicality of this Californian singer-songwriter. The first time I heard Judee Sill, which I’ll admit is less than a few years ago, my initial reaction was that this was all very lovely and her voice very pleasant but it was a little lacking in edge or bite. Something grabbed me though and having borrowed the albums from the friend who played her to me I listened again, intrigued by an underlying quality in the music that suggested I might want to dig deeper. One Read more »

Tuesday Playlist 25: Did someone say “Dance”?!

Tuesday Playlist 25: Did someone say “Dance”?!

15 songs that have the word dance, dancing, baila, dancer in the title and that will want to make you move to the beat! Dance. Rhythmically moving your body to the sound of music. That activity that can be practiced by anyone, any age, freely or following rules, styles, by yourselves, by pairs, groups, varies according to every one, to cultural differences, through different eras…dance, the most dynamic art form. And although I don’t do it enough, one of my favorite things to do. Without further ado…this is a perfect playlist to lift you up!