Music Genres

Album on itunes and cdbaby BABY!

Filed under: Music Genres,Updates — Hope on April 10, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

Hello beautifuls,

My long awaited album, Waking Up the Ruins, is now available on itunes and cdbaby ! It’s $9.99 on itunes and $7.99 on cdbaby, of course one can also choose to download individual tracks. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 3 years since we recorded the album. I am currently in the studio working on my next one, which shouldn’t take as long as this one, but all in due time. ;) As always thanks for listening!

Megaphone!!!!!!!!

Filed under: Music Genres,Updates — Hope on March 27, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

Faith Gilmore- Bold As Lions

If I had a way to blare it from the rooftops I would, if I had a supersonic magic megaphone that would reach the nations I’d use it for this: People are definitely prone to assume I am so enthusiastic merely because the subject matter is my sister, but trust me if she weren’t so freeking amazing as a singer/songwriter I wouldn’t waste my time. Faith Gilmore’s (www.faithgilmore.com) newest album, Bold as Lions, couldn’t be more relevant and more enjoyable. The production quality is top notch and Faith’s voice has been stretched to a whole new level. I am having trouble picking a favorite track, it’s probably a tie between five different songs. Faith has somewhat created a new genre using a language in song that sings to Jerusalem in pop form. This album is a message to the nations on both a personal and global level. I find it to be nothing less than important, catchy, intimate, beautiful, deep and super professional in quality. I am convicted to say that this album encourages our spirits to be lifted and aids us in reaching truth. Do yourself a favor and check it out on itunes now. Faith Gilmore: Bold as Lions

Roam

Filed under: Music Genres,Updates — Hope on August 24, 2010 @ 2:29 am

Roam Band

So I hit up Rockwood Music Hall this past Sunday night, August 22nd, to go see some old friends perform in their newly formed band, Roam (which can be found here: www.facebook.com/Roamband). I have heard Jimmy (James Reeves) sing before, which is always pretty undeniably captivating, but this new ensemble is indeed something to make note of. There are 3 electric guitarists playing all at the same time, which creates an incredible euphoric experience, along with drums, in which the drummer, Joshua Brown, not only drums…but sings magical harmonies, backing up James. These rock songs aren’t your normal rock songs, they are lined with lyrics of love, longing and passion. They even switched gears at one point, from the edgy tunes, to do a folk song, in which one of the other guitarists, Paulo (I believe), revealed his amazing vocals as well. The talent in these dapper young rockstars is quite undeniable. I highly recommend you resist any silly urge not to check them out on Facebook…here: www.facebook.com/Roamband

My work here is done.

Update on the Googie’s Lounge Show

Filed under: Music Genres,Updates — Hope on August 12, 2010 @ 12:22 am

For those who couldn’t make it out to Googie’s Lounge, above The Living Room, this past weekend, it was a great show. The band was tight and I didn’t forget any of my lyrics. ;) I did a cover of Cat Stevens’ song, If You Want to Sing Out, and I felt it went pretty swimmingly. Also we had a little bit of extra time at the end of our set, which I suspected we might. So without warning the band in advance I brought lyrics to a song I have been working on for the past year in hopes we could do a little improv music performance on stage. I asked my friend, Adam, who was going on after us, if he was ready to go on but he gave us the go ahead to do one more song. So while on stage I asked the band if they would be willing to try a little improv. It was my plan to just sing the melody I had written beforehand, but my piano player, Jason Arce, and my guitarist, David Glickstein, decided to take matters into their own hands and play something first that I should sing to…and I’m so glad they did. It’s funny because this song, “Island”, is all about letting go and moving in faith, letting go of control…. and the whole experience was exactly that for me. I began to sing to what they were playing and in only seconds it flowed together so smoothly and beautifully, it was truly an experience to remember. I was on a high for the rest of the night in awe of how amazing God is and how He works through us when we let go and allow Him to. And to my delight I woke up the next morning remembering the melody of the song and was able to record it. When I get a melody in my head for a song it’s hard for me to let go of and for so long I already had an idea of how I wanted this song to go, but I am finding joy in letting go of the way I see it and discovering that it can be better than what I imagined.
Before this show I didn’t feel ready to perform my own songs again and without asking for or seeking out this show and the next I truly feel that God plopped them into my lap and showed me it was His timing for me to perform again, not mine…and I’m so glad He did, because His timing is truly better. I feel alive again.

Googie's Lounge, 8/7/10

Googie's Lounge, 8/7/10

I was also blessed to hear Gideon Brown (http://www.myspace.com/gideonbrownmusic) perform for the first time. What beautiful music! Moving piano with incredible voices, so lovely and great meeting them as well. And my friend, Adam Sullivan (http://adamsullivan.com/), was wonderful as always, he ventured out and talked more throughout his set and I really enjoyed hearing the stories of his songs, it truly enhanced my experience.

Thanks so much to all who came and were able to share in this awesome experience. I hope even more can make it out this Saturday! Check out my Shows page for more info. ;)

“We were tall in the saddle, Giants Among Men”

Filed under: Music Genres — Hope on May 13, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

A wonderful friend and past writing partner of mine, Jarred McCaulley, recently released his new album "Giants Among Men" on itunes. For those folk artist fans Jarred is definitely right up your alley. I was quite delighted upon listening to his album in full. In a word the album is magical. The song "Clean Your Guns Boys" is obviously the clincher of the record, but in my non-expertise opinion "Letters" really tugs on the heartstrings. It's quite beautiful. That was the one I re-played immediately upon the album's end. The majority of this work is pretty nostalgic as Jarred has managed to place himself in the mindset of the imaginary boy he once was. Like Jarred, "Giants Among Men" is quite witty, smart and romantic. I haven't really heard Jarred perform since college, so it's nice to hear how he has grown and explored new ways to use his voice. In hearing the vocal versatility it allows the listener to follow more closely to the heart of the song because of the added character in each song. Check out Jarred McCaulley on itunes!
Congrats Jarred!

Electronic Tunes on the Brain

Filed under: Music Genres — Hope on July 28, 2009 @ 2:09 am

So I’m only like a year and a half out of the loop, but I’m just discovering Passion Pit for the first time tonight. They apparently formed in late 2007, but it took about a year for them to release their popular EP titled “Chunk of Change”. I guess I’m not toooo behind though, because they just released their first full length album, “Manners” in May of this year (2009). If you have also been out of the loop…just f.y.i. they are an American electronic band. I heard their song “Better Things” on my manager’s ipod at work tonight and I totally dug it, so I jotted the artist and song down. It’s such a fun song, one that makes me want to dance. It’s extremely catchy. So anyway, when I got home tonight I listened to it on YouTube and then checked out their song “Sleepyhead” and realized I have in fact heard them before, because I recognized that song…and yeuup… I dig it.  Then I checked out their song “The Reeling” and I’m pretty sure I heard it playing the other night at the popular East Hampton club, Lily Pond. These songs are all on their newest album, which can also be heard on their website, www.passionpitmusic.com.

I’m also very behind on the British Electropop band Hot Chip. They are a bit similar to Passion Pit. I’m pretty sure if you know them you’ve heard their popular song, “Shake a Fist” and I’m also pretty sure that if you haven’t heard it already you definitely should …that is of course only if you like fun things. “In the Privacy of Our Love” is a nice slow tune by them as well. It’s a very unique tune.

Another cool song I enjoyed dancing to at Lily Pond was the remake of Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round”, which is called “Right Round”, re-done by the rap artist Flo Rida featuring Kesha. I know this has been out for a hot second as well. I’ve always loved the original version of this song, but the remix is actually pretty errrrrrsome. And of course the d.j. took a spin on Lady GaGa’s popular hit “Poker Face”, good stuff.

I’m also currently digging on the band MGMT, especially their hit “Electric Feel”. I’m stoked because I get to see them perform this Sunday, along with Coldplay (most likely my absolute favorite band of all time) and several other bands at the All Points West Music Festival in Jersey City. I can’t wait and I will def. give you an update!

Just Look Over Your Shoulder Honey, ooh!

Filed under: Music Genres — Hope on July 10, 2009 @ 2:04 pm

Every once in a while I find myself on a dance floor trying to moonwalk; sadly I have not been able to master it. Michael Jackson wasn’t in fact the first one to do the moonwalk. It was actually first recorded by a tap dancer named Bill Bailey in 1955, then it was redone by the mime Marcel Marceau and later by David Bowie, then by James Brown all before Michael Jackson made it his own. But Michael Jackson did indeed make it popular. Not only did he reinvent the moonwalk, but he reinvented himself so many times over the years that it caused concern. But what the King of Pop will always be remembered for is his amazing ability to write so many passionate songs that touched millions of people over so many generations. He won 13 Grammy awards and had 13 number 1 singles and sold over 750 million records. Up to one billion people watched his recent memorial service. I have definitely been moved by many of Michael’s songs, I’m pretty sure my two favorites are “Earth Song” and “Will You Be There”. My favorite part of “Earth Song” has always been the simple ah aah aah’s Michael sings. There is so much passion seeping out of that recording. It’s songs like that that make the listener not only feel but also feel like they know the artist. Michael was so naked (open and bearing all) in the way he performed, which is why I believe he had so many die hard fans. I would even say to the extent that thousands, perhaps even millions, were borderline psychotic fans. But perhaps that is also due to the fame and the fact that some people believe that because someone is famous they are untouchable and god-like in a sense. Anyway, enough about psycho fans who would literally cry in their eagerness to touch Michael Jackson’s arm. I first heard “Will You Be There” when I saw Free Willy in 1993. I was 10 years old. I think the reason I wanted to see that movie so much was due to the hype that the song “Will You Be There” triggered in the previews. The song really brought to life the fact that Willy was finally free and that because of it Jesse was too. Michael’s songs had a lot of diversity, but most of his hits were pretty uplifting. He promised to be there along with his brothers in “I’ll Be There”, he encouraged us to make the world a better place in “Heal the World”, and he truly cared about bonding the human race in “Black or White”. I believe that through hearing those songs people were motivated to make a change in their own lives for the better. Wherever you are today know that God is right over your shoulder and has created you for a specific purpose, to make a specific change…and while you’re at it try and do the moonwalk, some of you may not have to try as hard as me.

Now that’s Nardcore!

Filed under: Music Genres — Hope on June 11, 2009 @ 11:20 am

So I know I said I’d be back “tomorrow”, but I got a life here. Anyway, I finished counting the different types of music listed in Wikipedia. For N through Z: N=85, O=33, P=116, Q=7, R=76, S=130, T=61, U=8, V=14, W=16, X=3, Y=6, Z=12, so all together for types that begin with N through Z there are 567. So the grand total of music genres from A to Z is: (918+567) 1485. That’s a whole lotta songs. I thought a funny one I came across today was Nardcore. “Nardcore is a hardcore punk movement that came out of Southern California in the early 1980s, originating in Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard and Port Hueneme….Much of the early promotion of Nardcore came from Mystic Records, in Hollywood, Ca., and its founder Doug Moody. While questions have been raised about their financial dealings with the artists, this label not only launched many bands onto vinyl, but also promoted the Nardcore scene as a whole…..The name is a reference to the Oxnard, California hardcore punk scene. This suburban community, sixty miles north of Los Angeles, California, was the spawning ground for many hardcore punk bands of the early ’80s and became a hotbed for punk and skate bands; collectively, their sound became known as “Nardcore.”" Suhweet, now that’s Nardcore! Say it aloud, don’t you sound like an idiot? I sure did.

Genres and Genres OH MY!

Filed under: Music Genres — Hope on June 8, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

I was thinking the other day how interesting it is how people are constantly reinventing new genres of music. Sometimes people mix genres and make them a new one in order to appeal to a bigger audience or just because they love those genres so much they can’t settle on one. Anyway, I looked it up on Wikepedia to see the different genres and I had no idea how many there were, but now I do….since I counted. ;) I just counted the different types from A to M (and forgive me if my counting is a little off): Genres beginning with the letter: A= 27, B=95, C= 174, D=75, E=43, F=47, G=81, H=57, I=36, J=47, K=73, L=42, M=121. That’s 918 genres just for A-M!! Unbelievable. I’ll count the rest of the alphabet tomorrow. ;) And I wonder how often these genres are updated or added to.
So I’m randomly picking a label today, how about Bakou:trilling vocals that accompany Wolof wrestling. Awesome. What is Wolof wrestling?.. you may ask. “The Wolof are an ethnic group found in Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania. The Wolof Empire was a medieval West African state that ruled parts of Senegal and The Gambia from approximately 1350 to 1890.” “The trill (or shake, as it was known from the 16th till the 19th century) is a musical ornament consisting of a rapid alternation between two adjacent notes, usually a semitone or tone apart, which can be identified with the context of the trill.” Anyone want to write a Bakou song with me? We could write hundreds of them and then we would have boucou Bakous. I just realized that most of you may not know what boucou means, considering it’s a Louisiana term, only found in the Urban Dictionary. It means alot, for example, he has boucou money. But I guess it’s also very close to the French term for alot. Now that we’ve learned some pointless jargon I’m going to get ready for work.
Have a loverly day!

House Music and Kibitzers

Filed under: Music Genres — Hope on June 5, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

Rainy rainy day,
all day nothing but rain,
guess I shouldn’t complain,
tomorrow I’ll see the sun again.

Walking home in the rain, Thai food to-go in hand, I noticed a 40-something year old woman wearing a “House Music Festival” t-shirt. I thought to myself, I know a little about House Music, but not much, what better time than now to really find out? To me, it’s always seemed like one of those forgotten genres of music, usually the artists are only known by people who spend most of their time looking for it or just searching for new music. I am not one of those types, I tend to stumble upon it, or hear about it from others. But I don’t even listen to the radio anymore, so I’m probably a pretty bad example of a music lover. But hey the music that I love I really do love. For those that don’t know House Music is a style of electronic music infused with soul, funk and disco, at least that’s what Webster says about it. (Speaking of Webster’s dictionary, today’s word of the day happens to be kibitzer: one who looks on and often offers unwanted advice or comment, which is what I’ll be doing on this here blog. If you don’t like that I apologize in advance.) So back to House Music. It actually originated in Chicago in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s. Then it moved on to New York and Detroit and eventually caught on in Europe. It seems like house music is predominantly played at clubs and as background for runway shows. This one track I just listened to had a beautiful violin underlying it’s reggae beat: “Jazz-Funk Mix” by Billy Davidson. I found a pretty cool rendition of Superfreak, which develops into other popular songs, on youtube.com. Check it out, it’s called “house-music SESSION by JOJO)”, it gets better the further it plays. The downside for those wanting to guard their eyes is that the video is a collage of half naked woman, so there’s your warning. Happy music hunting music lovers.

Yay for a new word: kibitzer!


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