‘She Won’t Go Away’ by Faye Webster

‘She Won’t Go Away’ by Faye Webster

This song is hanging in my mind. The video makes me think of the seventies, and the song makes me want to sit in the park, lay on the grass and listen. She makes me think of Natalie Prass.  She did spend a semester in Nashville, so perhaps that is why. Maybe something in the air? I would not be surprised. Faye Webster is a 19-year-old singer from Atlanta who went back to her hometown to develop her career there under the label of her friends’ Awful Records. Maybe working with Hip-Hop artists makes her folk sound current and relevant.   This video Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Amy Winehouse

Unforgettable Live Performances: Amy Winehouse

One of the best females artists from Britan ever, Amy Winehouse left us too soon. Now a famous member of the 27 club, she left some extraordinary music behind. We take a look at 5 of our favorite performances, some cheerful and with huge crowds, other melancholic and intimate.  We simply can’t pick a favorite.   In December 2006, Amy Winehouse (22 years old at the time) traveled to Dingle, Ireland to record the Irish music TV series “Other Voices“. The recording took place at the church of St. James, a 200-year-old beautiful small chapel.  Her 6 song – performance mesmerized Read more »

‘Make America Great Again’ by Pussy Riot

‘Make America Great Again’ by Pussy Riot

With everyone nervously awaiting the imminent U.S. elections we take a look at this topical new offering from Russia’s most-famous political-activist intellectual art-punk group. The last time we reviewed Pussy Riot on this site it was with a song protesting the killing of Eric Garner and, more broadly, racism, and police brutality and state-sanctioned violence. And now they’ve released three new videos in a week, each dealing with a different topic, and in ‘Make America Great Again’ both eyes are firmly fixed on the U.S. elections and in particular Donald Trump, the man who has defined, for better or for Read more »

New Reels ´Sorry´by Beyoncé

New Reels ´Sorry´by Beyoncé

Unless you have been living under a rock, Queen B stunned the world her new, musically awesome and visually gorgeous album Lemonade earlier this year (here at MVD we love it). Well, now she has released a video for her song ´Sorry´and it includes Serena Williams and we get to see her sing the famous lyric “You better call Becky with the good hair“. Sorry – Beyoncé Regardless of who the song is actually written for, the song is catchy and innovative and the video is eye catching. Watching Serena William´s flaunting her body after all the body shaming she has Read more »

Tapestry by Carole King

Tapestry by Carole King

Just like there is such a thing as comfort food, there is definitely comfort music, and for me, nothing makes me feel more at home, protected and warm as Carole king´s timeless  masterpiece Tapestry. I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King Being a member of one of the most famous writing duos of all time, Carole King had already written many hits for almost a decade with her then husband Gerry Goffin. Songs like The Loco – Motion, Chains and Up On the Roof are only a sample of a woman who shaped pop music, so when she decided to listen Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No. 44: Our picks from the Grammy´s 2016

The Tuesday Playlist No. 44: Our picks from the Grammy´s 2016

Yesterday the event took place amidst some controversy as is usually the case nowadays as it seems to be prerequisite in today´s music world. Though we want to congratulate all the winners, you wont find the biggest names (one or two) in our Tuesday playlist.  Here are our picks,  15 songs we selected from this years 58th Grammy awards. Featured image taken from https://i.ytimg.com/vi/LLq_P_wUz5Y/maxresdefault.jpg

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse´s confessional, soulful, intimate and heartbreak anthem album that is “Back to Black”. Amy Winehouse´s second and final studio album gives us a glimpse into the short life and brilliant musician and sensitive soul that she was. Back To Black – Amy Winehouse   Amy Jade was an English singer and songwriter, sadly now a part of the 27 Club.  Since her debut album “Frank” she gained  critical success with her music showing influences of soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Amy was also known for her struggles with alcohol and drug abuse, bulimia, mental health issues and sometimes violent behavior. 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 »

The Tuesday Playlist No. 19: The Billboard charts

The Tuesday Playlist No. 19: The Billboard charts

This week we are kicking off #themeweek here on MVD. We will have a post and playlist with out Top 40 Billborad No. 1 and much more activity around the subject through the week, however, for this week´s playlist we chose to stay on topic but a little to the side, we have chosen 15 songs from artists who have never had a number 1 Billboard hit. The playlist features artists such as Bob Dylan. Yes. Bob Dylan has never had a No. 1 single. He has had No. 1 albums, but not singles. “Like a Rolling Stone” made it Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Mercedes Sosa

Música en mi primer idioma: Mercedes Sosa

This time on music in my first language a profile on beloved Argentinean singer Mercedes Sosa. Haydeé Mercedes Sosa, also known as “La Negra Sosa” or “The Voice of America” was the biggest ambassador of Argentinean Folklore music around the world and one of the most important icons of popular Latin American music. She also sang tango, Rock and pop. “Soy pan soy paz soy mas” – Mercedes Sosa “soy agua, playa, cielo, casa blanca soy mar atlántico, viento y américa soy un montón de cosas santas mezclado con cosas humanas cómo te explico? cosas mundanas.” The lyrics in Spanish. Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – Janis Joplin Live at Monterrey 1967

Unforgettable Live Performances – Janis Joplin Live at Monterrey 1967

Janis Joplin´s “breakthrough” performance at the Monterrey Pop Festival in 1967. I remember the first time I heard Janis Joplin. It was the musical background for an advert for Arequipe Alpina in the late 80´s – early 1990´s. Arequipe is similar to Dulce de Leche, and for those of you interested: a cool recipe. Arequipe is one of my favorite flavors in the world, and certainly my favorite dessert. It is decadent, sweet and almost to good to be true. Whoever decided to put Janis Joplin and Arequipe together: thank you anonymous genius! I will treasure that mind connection always! Read more »

New Reels: “Why Don’t You Believe In Me” by Natalie Prass

New Reels: “Why Don’t You Believe In Me” by Natalie Prass

A review of two videos from the self-titled album by Natalie Prass. Why Don´t You Believe In Me – Natalie Prass My good friend Glen send this lovely lady my way,and I can´t stop listening to her sweet voice. I guess she has that  Nashville vibe, that wild flowery kind of mood, although she is a songwriter from Virginia, Cleveland. This lady has a unique quality to her voice. I feel perfect for a relaxing day, a Sunday  chilling out afternoon. Her album was released on January 27th, 2015. It was produced by Matthew E. White (great seal of approval). Read more »

New Reels: “Living For Love” – Madonna

New Reels: “Living For Love” – Madonna

We review the latest Madonna single and ask is the Queen of pop getting too old for this kind of thing? Just because she is not “in” right now, and it is actually trendy not to like Madonna and apparently is amusing to talk about her fall, it does not mean that her new single is not one great dance track! Living For Love – Madonna Ok, ok, so this video has grown on me. I cannot say much for the rest of Madonna´s 13th (unlucky 13th?) studio album, I´ve only heard 6 tracks, of which I like this one and Read more »

New Reels: “Animal Fear” by Marika Hackman

New Reels: “Animal Fear” by Marika Hackman

The latest single and video from this very promising English singer songwriter gets a glowing MVD review. This talented young, and I mean young (born in 1992!) English vocalist, multi instrumentalist and song writer has just unveiled this new track (and a new photography project due to feature a 24 page booklet, with photography from Glen Erler.) Animal Fear – Marika Hackman This former Burberry model turned pop/folk singer will release her debut album We Slept Last Night on February 16th – 2015. She has been touring around the UK promoting her upcoming album. I personally first heard her since Read more »