May 23, 2009
According to the latest news, Amy Winehouse has cancelled yet another show and is back in hospital. The singer, who won 5 Grammys in 2008, has not been able to perform most of her gigs so far this year – reportedly for health reasons.
Is she heading down the same road as Tommy Bolin (Deep Purple), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon (Who), Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols) and so many others who died of drug/alcohol abuse?
What is it that makes musicians reach for the bottle and/or drugs? Do “troubled” musicians make the best music? Is Amy going to be one of those iconic figures who died too young?
May 18, 2009
How good are you at recognising lyrics? In this game, can you identify the song and the band/singer? Add another singer or band’s lyrics and lets see if anyone can recognise them.
Lets start with:
“Take a sad song and make it better”
When you answer, don’t forget to add another singer’s or band’s lyrics!
May 18, 2009
When it comes to soundtracks even the saddest moments can become beautiful and touching, to be honest I think that no film would be complete without some kind of musical pitch. Here are three videos for you to check out and comment on and perhaps even vote saying which of the three you you like the most, the first is from the film Solaris soundtrack by Cliff Martinez, the second from the film Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence performed live by Sakamoto Ryuichi and the third is from one of my own productions using backing music from Aphex Twin to set the mood, creating what I think as great soundtrack music, so I hope these will inspire you , but the question is, “Which music/song or soundtrack from a film do you like most?”.
April 27, 2009
Since April 11, much has been said about Susan Boyle, a Scottish singer and church volunteer who came to public attention after participating of the first episode of Britain’s got a talent. Click here to see the video.
Before she sang, both the audience and the judges appeared to express scepticism based on her unpolished appearance. In contrast, her vocal performance was so well received that she has been dubbed “The Woman Who Shut Up Simon Cowell.
Notwithstanding, some people say that she has become such a sensation in the world of music because of her appearance. On an interview to the Washington Post, Susan said that:
“Modern society is too quick to judge people on their appearances. […] There is not much you can do about it; it is the way they think; it is the way they are. But maybe this could teach them a lesson, or set an example.”
To sum up, there is a question which needs an answer: Is it really important to be fashionable in order to be famous? What is more important: talent or style?
April 20, 2009
This afternoon I watched a video sent by Mila. Click here to take a look at it
After watching this video, I kept myself thinking of how anonymous people become famous.
In your opinion, what does it take to be a rock/pop star?
April 7, 2009
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