Today is a big day for many of us across the United States, as we’ll be witnessing the rare event of a total solar eclipse. Some of us will see totality for a matter of minutes, and others for mere seconds. It’s hard not think on the passage of time and look back on all the unique events of one’s life. We hope everyone is able to do so with fond memories and hopes for a bright future.
For some of us, it’s also a good day to jam to Stellar Kin’s 2004 cover of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler and appreciate our days in the thriving and caring music scene of the early 2000’s. If you missed out on that, pump up the volume on the video below and consider grabbing We Need to Know on iTunes for more. A lot has changed since then, but as music audiences have declined our family of artists continues to grow. Maybe hearing this will rekindle some old memories and encourage you to reconnect?
Last week Sarah and I watched Kanye West’s performance on SNL. I have to admit, there is something about Kanye West. You have to admit that he is a fascinating individual, even if you don’t like his music. I love the sound of his earlier work, but I never thought much of his lyrics. Watching his performance of Ultralight Beam, I started to wonder if I should give a second look.
Reddit seemed to be full of memes questioning why everyone suddenly loved Kanye West after years of using him for parody fodder and internet ridicule. Apparently others heard Life of Pablo and had a moment similar to mine.
But then I noticed something else. Kanye West seemed to be losing his mind on Twitter. I don’t know much about Kanye personally, but I do know he was once introduced on a stage as one of the owners of Tidal, a competitor music subscription service introduced by Jay Z, and a variety of other music artists including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Daft Punk, Jack White, Madonna, Arcade Fire, Alicia Keys, Usher, Chris Martin, Calvin Harris, deadmau5, Jason Aldean and J. Cole.
David Bowie wasn’t rock’s first showman, but he may have been its first shaman. Unfettered by genre conventions, he didn’t just explore outer space; he created it. Bowie told listeners, “It’s okay. I’m weird, too. Don’t fit in in your universe? You can be a part of mine.” Without Bowie, there is no glam rock, no space rock, and no Lady Gaga, but he was much more than that. He was the style and the substance that personified the rock n’ roll frontman and the pop genius. Continue reading Goodbye David Bowie (Rock’s First Shaman)
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