It's that time of year again, when critics, reviewers, amateur enthusiasts of all things aural pull tiny muscles in their large heads compiling and posting for public consumption their lists of Top Albums of the Year. A female friend once pointed out that these oftentimes inane lists are (strangely, suspiciously) almost always the domain of men. We demand demarcation. We want to know. We need to know.
Marketing should be bold and daring, but this is way past that. Without so much of a word, Beyonce reminded her contemporaries (and us) that this is her world, and we're just singing along.
Schools are cutting their music programs in an attempt to save money. But wait. A crazy thing is happening. This next generation of students is filling the musical education void by just doing it themselves.
For about six weeks at the end of every year, people everywhere are bombarded with the sounds of Christmas songs filling the air. The department stores play holiday tunes like crazy, and several radio stations go "All Christmas" for the month of December. Every song has a story, and here are five facts about some of your favorite holiday songs.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and with just under two weeks until the Jolly Old Elf arrives, it's really beginning to sound like it, too. As it is every Christmas season, there are a few songs I've already heard one time too many, some that seem to be on the low-rotation list, and a couple I will never hear unless I download them myself. Here's my definitive list of Christmas song winners and sinners!
In South Africa, there were scores of rappers, but the most potent and most political was Prophets of Da City (POC) who wound up being banned by the government because of their lyrics.
Miley Cyrus and Kanye West came up short when the Grammy nominations were announced. Did the year's most popular music stars kill their own chances?
Winnipeg is a little rough-around-the-edges, but if you stop and look around, you'll see that there's so much beauty and history to take in. You may know my city for some good things, and probably some bad things, too. But the truth is that the music scene is the heartbeat of Winnipeg.
Any other female performer who refused to share any of her personal life (or personality, really) would quickly be branded with quite different labels than the ones we have reserved for Queen Spears. Today being guarded is understood as "closed-off" or "robotic." The inability to present oneself as vulnerable is seen as "inauthentic." For Spears, that same behavior is untouchable.
With all the poppin' Molly references, sippin' syrup advocacy, swimming in pools of alcohol advertising, and chronic weed abuse promotion that hip hop has become the modern day vehicle for, it's refreshing to see health addressed positively from icons of Jay Z and Beyonce's status.
Why am I so uncomfortable with the word "charity"? Yet I use the word to symbolize a thought or feeling. I feel more charitable or less charitable today. Maybe it's because I feel the word demeans the intent. But, nonetheless this year I am producing my 9th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show for "Charity."
I'm selling dope, straight off the iPhone. Are you saying that you're actually selling drugs using your iPhone? We ran it by Marketing and they love your energy, but insist the copy is way off brand.
It's apt that he spoke as the van was in forward motion, as it unraveled the journey of a man possessing a focused rear-view mirror when it came to his past and polished dashboard when it came to his future.
For music programs to stay and to continue being relevant, they need to be modernized. In a perfect world, students would have access to computers with recording capabilities and music editing software so they could learn to edit, produce and mix. We need to understand how music and careers in the arts have changed and find ways to teach classes that reflect this ever-shifting landscape.
To borrow and reimagine the words of President Kennedy: We choose to end AIDS. We choose to provide access to treatment to everyone in the world living with HIV by the end of this decade, not because it is easy, but because it is hard. This is our moon shot.
I've never been a humongous soup fan. Not once did I ever come home from school salivating waiting for my mom to serve up some lip-smacking soup. The idea that soup can still get away with being served as an entree baffles me.