Music Category

Continued from Part 1.  The new single Charlie Brown, which was released in late November, is sure to be a Coldplay fan favourite. It has urgency and lyrical style similar to the classic Springsteen anthem Born To Run. Chris Martin sings about cars, boys and girls, the fire of youth and the possibility of turning darkness into brilliant light. But where Springsteen’s song was straight-up rock’n’roll, Charlie Brown has a much more indie/major sound and orchestral feel, complete with swells and bare sections, such as you might find on anRead More
In the mid 80s, a derivative punk movement called Emotional Hardcore grew out of the American Midwest. It took about 20 years for this culture and style of music to break into the mainstream, and it had to mutate in order to do so. It wasn’t until the early 2000s that Emo bands like Dashboard Confessional and Jimmy Eat World wound up charting in the top ten on Billboard (the American charts). By then, the music blended Punk with Indie Rock and Pop music. Emo had a huge impact onRead More
This month’s theme is all about going inward, harvesting and preparing for the winter. Parvati’s song “911-1-L-O-V-E” does just that. On September 26, 2010, in one of the most barren, desolate and inhospitable climates on the planet, Parvati performed her song “911-1-L-O-V-E” (among others) at the top of the world. Parvati went to the North Pole to sing songs to raise awareness of the melting polar ice caps as well as to offer her life in service, as a dedicated yogini, to Mother Earth. I have heard interviewers ask Parvati,Read More
My life-long love of music began when I was four years old and my parents sat me in front of a black-and-white Little Richard concert on the television. Growing up in the UK, I had access to great new music programs on the radio and on TV, like The John Peel Radio Show, The Old Gray Whistle Test, Top Of The Pops, Pirate Radio and Radio Luxembourg. TV personalities and personable DJs became my teachers. Like a sponge, I absorbed it all. I soon developed a keen ear for whatRead More