Country: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

Country: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

For the third installment of our Genres series we take a look at maybe the most maligned but also one of the most popular musical forms of the 20th century. And yet whilst country music inspires all kinds of negative reactions in people if you’re willing to dig back through it’s history you’ll realise that if you find the right country it’s actually pretty darn great. As with our Blues and Jazz posts this is not intended to be a definitive history, something which would require a pretty hefty book, but rather a wilfully cherry-picked selection of the best, with 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 »

The Blues: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

The Blues: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

The Blues: its history, evolution, most recognized representatives. In the first of a new series looking at musical genres we explore the one that is considered by many to be the root of all that came after it… What is the blues? The blues originated in the late 19th and early 20th century amongst black communities in America’s deep south, particularly the area around the Mississippi delta. In a time of heavy segregation it was music that managed to express pain and joy, hope and anguish all at once. The blues took traditional African music, folk music from Europe, church Read more »

Heaven and Hell – the playlist!

Heaven and Hell – the playlist!

A 60 track playlist featuring heaven, hell, Jesus, the Devil and all those friendly and things. With artists like Johnny Cash, Billie Holiday, Fats Domino, Depeche Mode, Bob Dylan and many more…a reflective playlist fit for judgement day! (although we are not implying that is happening any time soon…or ever!)   “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” – Mark Twain There are some days when everything is nice and calm and lightweight, and there are some days filled with dread and second guessing and guilt trips. But since we like to keep a ying – yang balance, Read more »

Weather – the playlist!

Weather – the playlist!

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” – John Keats, English poet. “Music, like rain, drop by drop, seeps in to hearts and enlivens it” – Romain Rolland, French writer and mystic The relationship between music and the weather is an easy one to understand. Both are capable of many shades and varieties and it’s no accident that songwriters throughout the ages have picked up on how useful an analogy can be made between the ever-changing moods of both the weather and people, being that Read more »

The 00´s: the decade, the music, the playlist!

The 00´s: the decade, the music, the playlist!

Welcome to the last of our decades playlists which concentrates on the first decade of the 21st century often referred to as ‘the noughties’ or the 00’s. It was a decade of sweeping changes in the world as new technologies bought us new ways of seeing the world, and as global events seemed to make the world a more dangerous place. It was also the decade that bought us endless reality television and the rise of Simon Cowell as a thing in our lives. It wasn’t all post-millennial doom and gloom though, and as we shall see plenty of pretty Read more »

The MVD Review of the Year 2014

The MVD Review of the Year 2014

U2’s unwanted gift, Robin Thicke’s public meltdown, that Nicki Minaj video – all that and more as we look back over the best and worst of 2014! 2014 has been quite a year. We celebrated our first anniversary and posted our 100th post for starters. Outside of that there was lots of depressing stuff like wars and death and Ebola and poverty and the continued presence of the Kardashians as a ‘thing’ in our lives. Thank the stars we have lots of great (and not so great) music and films and television and social media with which to distract ourselves. Read more »

Christmas – the playlist!

Christmas – the playlist!

Our Christmas gift to you this year is an alternative festive Spotify playlist to help you jingle those bells, deck those halls, and stuff that big ol’ bird (I’m talking turkey). Christmas is upon us once again, that special time of the year where we roast chestnuts (actually most of us really don’t), kiss under the mistletoe (nope, that either…) and wait for Santa to pay us a visit and leave us all presents under the tree, presuming you’ve been good of course (this really does happen and we here at MVD will fight anyone who tries to tell us Read more »

The 90´s: the decade, the music, the playlist!

The 90´s: the decade, the music, the playlist!

The 90´s. grunge, hip hop and raves. Cable Television and the internet. Multiculturalism and liberalism and the beginning of a new way to perceive ourselves as individuals and as humans: interconnection, the sense that everything and everyone is available. It was also the decade that we here at MVD became adults. That decade ended 14 years ago. Damn that makes us feel old. Best quickly proceed with… Fashion, television and film   Fashion Why did we let Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder influence our wardrobe??? WHY??? As with our previous posts there is always some hair style that steals the Read more »

Animals – The Playlist!

Animals – The Playlist!

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is with the greatest of pleasure that we present to you our 100th post! It is a playlist with a theme that is very close to our hearts. Why? We are both animal lovers and vegetarians, and we spend more time than is probably healthy looking at all manner of animals, cute and otherwise, on the internet. Oh yes. It’s a sad truth we felt we needed to share with you… And of course animals of all varieties have been showing up in songs pretty much since we started singing them. From ‘I Am The Walrus’ Read more »

Baby – The Playlist!!

Baby – The Playlist!!

A love story and it´s soundtrack. One year ago today Naty and myself begun something that, at the time, was little more than the product of a jokey conversation we’d had (see the ‘About Us’ section) about a video for the song ‘Obsession’ by Animotion. Let’s deconstruct this video, we thought, just to see if we can unpick what the hell is going on?! It seemed like a fun idea for two people who love both music and writing (and having fun!). Bit-by-bit it snowballed as we began writing more posts and taking the whole thing more seriously (whilst still Read more »

Halloween – The Playlist!!

Halloween – The Playlist!!

It´s finally here! That wonderful holiday (and one of our favorites): Halloween! also known as “All Hallows´Eve” or “All Saints´s Eve”. It is celebrated the evening before All Saints Day, a Christian and Protestant festivity celebrated on the 1st of November in honour of all the saints, known and unknown, the martyrs, and it is also a time to remember the dead.  It is said it was originally influenced by Celtic Harvest Festivals (festivals that occur around the time of a main harvest of a region). The traditional focus of All Hallow´s Eve uses humour and ridicule to confront the power Read more »

The 80´s: The decade, the music, the playlist!

The 80´s: The decade, the music, the playlist!

The 80´s!!!! Our take on the decade is finally here! Now we’re talking! Culture, fashion and film This post could actually be 10 posts just on culture, fashion and film…I think we could do soundtrack playlist from movies of the eighties, then another playlist for seventies sitcoms and TV series, and another one on eighties fashion. It is a never ending source of amusement and fun! The eighties are seen as a decade of excess and extremes. From Boy George to Madonna, artists, especially musicians, set out to push boundaries of what was conventional. Disco was on its way out, Read more »

Music By Numbers – The Playlist!!

Music By Numbers – The Playlist!!

“Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting” – Gottfried Liebniz “There is geometry in the humming of the strings” – Pythagoras The ancient Greeks knew a thing or two about both numbers and music, and indeed Pythagoras, quoted above, knew more than anyone else of his time about the intimate connection between the structure of music and mathematics. For him music and maths were intimately connected to the planets of the solar system, with the movements of celestial bodies directly corresponding to notes of the scale – what he termed Read more »

The 70´s: The decade, the music, the playlist!

The 70´s: The decade, the music, the playlist!

Our deconstruction of the decade and its music. Culture, fashion and film Women´s suffragette was finally legalized in 1970. The decade was heavily marked by feminism and a struggle to bring a gender equality awareness across the United States and the Western Hemisphere. The youth vote was also established in 1971 with an amendment that lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 years of age. The Supreme Court of the United States made a controversial and important decision with Roe V. Wade and by declaring the constitutional right to abortion. In film, there were many important Oscar winning films Read more »