Music Category

For anyone who knows about the business of music, our special guest needs no introduction. Tom Silverman is one of the great visionaries responsible for popularizing hip-hop and electronic dance music. In 1982, when hip-hop was a bubbling sub-culture and major record labels ignored it as an art form, Silverman’s independent record label Tommy Boy Records released the revolutionary electro/hip-hip Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force. This subsequently opened the door for the emergence of breakdance, hip-hop and dance culture. The song was an instant underground classicRead More
With spring approaching, a time for stripping away the winter layers and shedding excess, I am reminded of everything I like about Montreal’s indie music scene with Grimes’s new record. Without the polish or pressure of a major record label to create a pop hit, Grimes naturally writes electronic music, which is a fresh, yet somewhat naked change from some of the shiny electronic mega-hits that currently dominate Billboard charts. In fact, we live in a time when a major electronic pop recording has two top twenty hits charting atRead More
Maybe I like Ed Sheeran because like me he was born in West Yorkshire, England. Or maybe it’s because he is an up and coming artist who deserves to be recognized for his talents, but I’ll let you decide that. If you are reading this article in the UK, you may well be familiar with Ed Sheeran and his Atlantic Records debut CD. The record has been working its way up the album charts to beat out Adele, Bruno Mars and even Coldplay for the number one position. In NorthRead More

Posted On January 17, 2012By Parvati MagazineIn February 2012 - Love, Music

Music: Celebrating Love, by Rishi Gerald

Love is likely one of the greatest inspirations for musical artists, so when I was asked to write this month’s column on love, I too felt inspired. Here are a few of my favourite love songs categorized into love of the divine, innocent love, love for life, friendship love, relationship love and, to honour St. Valentine, romantic love. Love Of The Divine George Harrison was a Krishna devotee who wrote many love songs in his career; one of my all-time favourites is the commercial pop song that celebrates a longingRead More
2011 has been a year of incredible friction. We are nearing a global economic recession and the immediate future may not seem promising. People have lost hope, and anger seems to be on the rise. We have also seen 2011 as a year of incredible uprising, hope and transformation. The Syrian youth want change and have used the Internet to interconnect and speak in a united voice. But it isn’t just the Syrian youth who are marching for equality and freedom. Millions of people in the so-called developed countries areRead More
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