Mosaic are inviting you on a night out with their new single ‘Rio’

Indie music has gone through a rapid evolution over the years, changing and adapting to survive in the harsh world of the dynamically progressing music industry. The term ‘indie’ stems from the word ‘individual’ to high light how during the genre’s rise, artists achieved success off their own backs. Since then indie music has faded in and out in popularity, flowing through both mainstream and niche audiences but always undeniably in demand. This unwavering demand through the years can be narrowed down to a few bands that stood at the front line of indie music and a band now taking up arms is Mosaic.

Mosaic are an indie band based in Newbury consisting of Craig on vocals, Adam on guitar, Will on guitar, Dan on bass and Simon on drums. The band’s name is fitting as they are a combination of a few genres just as classical indie music should be with elements of both pop and rock in their sound. These five guys are the poster boys for the culmination of the British indie movement, donning the ever growing self-confident personas needed to thrive in the music industry. Mosaic have the potential to become the new favourite of any wandering souls at university with a thirst for down-to-a-‘t’ relatable music.

Their new single ‘Rio’ is a song spilling over with drunken university nights that burst forth into hungover mornings that are made better by the memories made the night before. ‘Rio’ has a sound and lyrics that instantly connect with their audience and makes it seem like the song was written just for you. Craig’s quick and quip vocals turn the song into a whirl wind of fun that is perfect to get you pumped up during any pre drinks, the rest of the music keeping up and only becoming more intoxicated as the song goes on. Taking influence from indie bands of eras gone by ‘Rio’ is akin to The Kooks and The Wombats but with a modern day twist that likens Mosaic to Bloc Party and The 1975. Fans of The Arctic Monkeys, also, may be pleasantly surprised by Mosaic and all they have to offer in the form of indie music.

‘Rio’ is out now and is a must for any university going out playlist.

Links:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mosaicofficial

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuenCiVLKdpI_cs-989bsUQ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MosaicUK/

Twitter: https://twitter.com_mosaicofficial

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_mosaicofficial/

Website: https://www.mosaicofficial.co.uk

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

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It was the summer of 2009…

Summer has officially come to an end. School, university and work are all creeping up on us to blow away the hot summer breeze and sweep our carefree days under the rug of Autumn. Leaving nothing but our memories and the echo of songs long forgotten.

A common reaction to the passing of time is to reminisce and as I get older I find myself doing it more and more. I’m not old enough to have been born during the golden era of the 60s, the psychedelic era of the 70s or experimental era of the 80s and I was too young to appreciate the 90s until the early 2000s. Therefore I’ve decided to create a playlist of ten songs for one of the most memorable summers of my childhood and hope some of you can relate to the nostalgia.

Lady Gaga ft. Colby O’Donis – ‘Just Dance’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Abk1jAONjw

The song that started my (and many others) obsession with the American singer/songwriter Lady Gaga. A classic party tune that would guarantee to have anyone within the vicinity up and dancing. The R&B influenced, synth-pop, dance-pop single kicked off Gaga’s career in 2008 from her debut studio album Fame and received a Grammy nomination in 2009 for Best Dance Recording but lost out to Daft Punk for their just as icon ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.’ Gaga has described the song as a happy one and wanted it to help people going through hard times such as losing their jobs or homes. ‘Just Dance’ was written in ten minutes and still remains Gaga’s most famous single that has the power to transport you back to wherever you were when you first heard it.

Black Eyed Peas – ‘I Gotta Feeling’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSD4vsh1zDA

The second single from their fifth album The E.N.D ‘I Gotta Feeling’ was produced by David Guetta and has become a part of music history for classic songs. Upon release of the upbeat dance pop song it hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chat only losing out on the number one spot to ‘Boom Boom Pow’ another song by the group. The song was nominated for Record of the Year at the 52nd Grammy Awards and won the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. It was also nominated Song of the Year at the 2009 World Music Awards and therefore deserves a top spot on this playlist. ‘I Gotta Feeling’ samples the song ‘Take A Dive’ by Bryan Pringle and is built upon a heavy use of auto tune and futuristic synthesizers that was a theme throughout the whole album.

Beyoncé – ‘Single Ladies’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m1EFMoRFvY

Through countless years Beyoncé has released phenomenal music that resonates with and drives her fans crazy. Nearly any song the American singer releases becomes an instant hit and ‘Single Ladies’ was no different. Creating also an iconic video that has provided us with both an artistic, dance infused visual and numerous parodies that can even reach the same calibre of professionalism. ‘Single Ladies’ won three Grammy Awards in 2010 including Song of the Year and has been considered the best song of both 2008 and the decade. It hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry of America.

All American Rejects – ‘Gives You Hell’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxUATkpMQ8A

A song on everyone’s lips in 2009, ‘Gives You Hell’ was the lead single from American rock band The All American Reject’s third studio album. Alongside ‘Dirty Little Secret’ it has been named the band’s most successful song to date and peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as well as being certified platinum for four million shipments. The tongue in cheek song continues the band’s stereotypical ‘high school movie’ sound and contains drunken backing vocals so the chorus sounds like a ‘bunch of drunk assholes.’

Taylor Swift – ‘You Belong With Me’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuNIsY6JdUw

Back before the media started taking bites out of Taylor Swift’s career she was a sweet country singer/songwriter who released songs about unrequited high school love. No matter your opinion on her now it cannot be denied ‘You Belong With Me’ has become a classic everyone knows the words to even if they are not sure when they learnt them. Swift has said the song was inspired after overhearing a male friend of hers arguing with his girlfriend on the phone. The pop song won Favourite Song at the 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards and was nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards. The music video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video in 2009 and created the iconic Kanye West interruption during Swift’s acceptance speech.

3OH!3 – ‘Don’t Trust Me’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdB3Oyd5HtU

Although now becoming a ‘where are they now?’ kind of group, 3OH!3 were hugely popular back at the end of the 2000s with ‘Don’t Trust Me’ probably being their most popular song. The pop single was certified gold by the Recording Industry of America in 2009 and reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as well as having huge mainstream success. The music video received a nomination in 2009 at the MTV Video Music Awards for Best New Artist but lost to Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face.’ 

Pink – ‘So What’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJfFZqTlWrQ

Released in 2008 from the American singer’s fifth studio album Funhouse, ‘So What’ has become nearly timeless in its popularity. The angry heartbreak lyrics are based on Pink’s separation from Carey Hart and infuse a musical fury that stays with you long after the track has ended. Although largely successful people were split on whether they thought it was an empowering single or just too childish to be taken seriously but critical acclaim won overall and has since been dubbed one of Pink’s most iconic songs. The song is a perfect performance marrying both Pink’s aggressive female empowerment as well as her silliness to not take herself too seriously. The song was nominated for a few awards and appropriately won Most Addictive Track at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards.

Owl City – ‘Fireflies’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psuRGfAaju4

Making a recent re-emergence in the online community Owl City’s ‘Fireflies’ is arguably still as loved and hated as it was back in 2008 when it was released. Possibly the marmite of music even those who don’t like the ‘bleepy synthline’ song have to admit how addictively catchy both the tune and the lyrics are. It was the debut single from the American electronica project and was described by Adam Young as ‘a little song about bugs and not being able to fall asleep at night.’ The single managed worldwide success and is something pure and simple that evokes nostalgia no matter your personal opinion on the track.

The Veronicas – ‘Untouched’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykW4rtW2eu0

The Veronicas themselves are probably still quite unknown despite being active since 2006 but their debut single ‘Untouched’ is a tune nearly anyone will recognise. The electropop song has been compared to both Pink and Avril Lavigne by having a foot in both the alternative and pop music genres. The lyrics of the song relate to the Australian twins (Jessica and Lisa Origliasso) feelings about separation from loved ones more so than physical separation.

Boys Like Girls – ‘Love Drunk’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0c-kC8xZ-I

The last song on my Summer of 2009 playlist is the one that was probably played the most among myself and my friends, even to this day the opening causes a smile to break out across my face. ‘Love Drunk’ was the lead single from the album of the same name by rock/pop band Boys Like Girls in 2008 and peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song received a mixed reception upon its release with some critics enjoying the pop/rock tune whilst others criticised it for its controversial similarity to The Killers ‘Somebody Told Me’ due to the choruses of both songs. The song became popular due also to the music video that featured singer/actress Ashely Tisdale from the first shot who makes all the boys in the video fall for her only to lead to a surprise ending.

Of course these are not all of the songs that made up the summer of 2009 so here are some honourable mentions:

Taylor Swift – ‘Love Story’

Jason Mraz – ‘I’m Yours’

Kanye West – ‘Heartless’

Soulja Boy Tell ’em feat. Sammie – ‘Kiss Me Thru The Phone’

Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne – ‘Down’

T.I. feat. Rihanna – ‘Live Your Life’

Kelly Clarkson – ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’

Flo Rida – ‘Right Round’

Katy Perry – ‘Hot n Cold’

Shinedown – ‘Second Chance’

Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West – ‘Run This Town’

Britney Spears – ‘Circus’

Beyonce – ‘Sweet Dreams’

Sean Kingston  – ‘Fire Burning’

Lady Gaga – ‘Paparazzi’

Jason DeRulo – ‘Whatcha Say’

Iyaz – ‘Replay’

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – ‘Empire State Of Mind’

Shakira – ‘She Wolf’

Rihanna – ‘Disturbia’

Green Day – ‘21 Guns’

Katy Perry – ‘Waking Up In Vegas’

 

By Skye W.Winwood

Modiwo are on a mission to heal the world with their new track ‘Never Give Up’

Artists use music to create a name, gain fame, money or support but some use the expression music provides to heal either themselves or others. Modiwo are one group of these artists, bringing a message around the world with their recently released track ‘Never Give Up.’

Listen to ‘Never Give Up’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwAC64nlWMM&feature=youtu.be

Hailing from Transylvania, Modiwo began their musical career by providing entertainment for local orphanages and retirement homes. After becoming established in their homeland Modiwo have rose from the confines of the Carpathian Mountains to begin their breakout musical success story. After combining musical forces from Romania, Ukraine, Moldova and Hungary the band are continuing their ‘giving back’ attitude by supporting multiple charity projects all over the world.

Modiwo are fast gaining success and are using this success to continue giving back to the world. The band are currently involved with a charity called Fruit Fusion which allows audiences attending their gigs to pay with fruit instead of money. These proceeds are then donated to local orphanages in conjunction with The Bureau of Children’s Rights Protection. A single show can deliver nearly 700kg of fruit and Modiwo promote this by also living their own lives through yoga, meditation and using their music as a form of relaxation therapy.

The band stand out beyond their good hearts by creating a unique dream pop sound that they embellish in their live shows through the use of alpine horns, didgeridoos and shakuhachi solos. Unlike the western music artists of today provide, Modiwo bring something almost ethereal to their music, that different spin that sets them apart from anything mundane. ‘Never Give Up’ is a perfect example of the band’s achingly beautiful sound that transports the listener into an almost dream like state. The hypnotic vocals echo in a portrayal of the emotional performance given by the interpretive dancer in the music video; the song a journey in its own right from defeat to victory.

 

Links:

https://youtu.be/U5R6-mFEqH4

https://www.facebook.com/modiwomusic/

https://www.instagram.com/modiwomusic/

http://modiwo.com

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

Ten seconds is all Anthony Vincent needs to win you over to his music

In this day and age music stars are being created across all kinds of platforms. Signing a record deal to gain fame is a thing of the past with multimedia sharing websites such as Youtube. Anthony Vincent, better known as Ten Second Songs by his Youtube channel, has fully taken advantage of the opportunities the internet offers by creating something to showcase both his talent and musical genius. Anthony takes popular songs and preforms them in ten second snippets in 20+ different styles.

Listen to Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ in 20 different styles here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jus7S5vBJyU

Beginning his channel back in 2014 Anthony blew up the internet with his unique take on ‘Dark Horse’ currently his most popular video at over twenty-one million views! The cover includes twenty different styles by twenty different artists ranging from Frank Sinatra and Pavarotti to Panthera and Slipknot. Anthony manages to perfectly capture the unique sound of each artist so that they are recognisable even without the subtitles crediting who they are. As his channel has grown Anthony also manages to imitate mannerisms and stage personas of certain artists such as Marilyn Manson in his ‘Pokémon in 20 Styles of the Late 90s’ video. Branching out even further to include styles of Mongolian throat singing and Mozart in ‘System of a Down Chop Suey in 20 Styles Cover’ and ‘Twenty-One Pilots Heathens in 21 Styles Cover.’

Despite being able to imitate a plethora of genres and styles Anthony’s personal talent lies in the heavy rock genre, giving him the multi instrumental talent and powerful voice to seamlessly transform between styles. It’s obvious Anthony takes great pride in his work, the editing of his videos as precise and well thought out as the music itself. Anthony takes the idea of a one-man-band to a level of professionalism that astounds as he also includes videos of himself playing the instruments of each video.

Not only does Anthony provide a bounty of entertainment but he uses the popularity he has gained to interact with his fans. Holding votes for certain songs to be solely preformed in one style or voting for which song he will cover next. As well as his affinity for music Anthony comes across as a genuine guy who appreciates all the support people have given him over the years. His Youtube channel currently stands at over two million subscribers and I encourage anyone with a love of music to follow him as he continues to provide humorous, talented entertainment with a genre or style for just about anyone.

As well as covers of other artists’ songs Anthony has his own band, Set The Charge, who deserve just as much support and will be covered in a separate blog post in the future!

Popular Videos:

Linkin Park ‘In The End’ 20 Style Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urzWY6sqVGw

Jason Derulo ‘Talk Dirty’ 20 Style Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhTaNHYWRZ4

Adele ‘Hello’ 25 Style Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgMAAzzQz7s

Pokémon Theme in 20 Styles the late 90s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioE3oKQ6WbU

System of a Down ‘Chop Suey’ 20 Styles Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFwZA4fcetI

 

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TenSecondSongs

https://twitter.com/TenSecondSongs

https://www.facebook.com/tensecondsongs

 

Review By Skye W.Winwood

Discovering Rufus Wainwright

Music is ageless. Time passes, eras fade and new genres are invented but these things don’t destroy the music from our memories. This is the excuse I will use for only recently being made aware of the singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. My personal music interest can sometimes be dated or specified to a specific genre. Meaning although Wainwright has been active in the musical world since 1988, it took for a Samsung TV advert to make me aware of his captivating music.

Listen to Rufus’s cover of ‘Across The Universe’:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAe1lVDbLf0

Wainwright caught my attention instantly from the simple fact he had the guts to cover the song. Taking an artist’s song and making it your own whilst still remaining respectful to the original is a tough task but even more so when those original artists are The Beatles. Wainwright went above and beyond with ‘Across the Universe’, preforming a hypnotic vocal sound to continue the exceptionally moving feeling the song creates, nearly bringing me to tears the first time I heard it. Needless to say he made an impression.

Upon further research I discovered Wainwright has been popular for some years, his music always circulating and realised I had heard his music before but mistook it for other artists. Wainwright has a sound similar to that of English rock band Keane, with a similar out of body, otherworldly voice and resonating sound but more in the pop genre. Wainwright’s cover of ‘Across the Universe’ has similarities to both Keane’s ‘Bedshaped’ and ‘Somewhere Only We Know’. Even with this distinctive comparison Rufus Wainwright still manages to maintain a unique sound to his own music with songs like ‘Going To A Town’, ‘Out of The Game’ and ‘Rules and Regulations.’ The artist’s more mainstream songs dip their toes in the pop genre but inherently belong to baroque rock (a fusion of rock music with classical elements). However Wainwright broadens his music horizons by also releasing songs in the indie rock and folk genres.

Listen to examples of Rufus’s genre blending here:

‘Going to a Town’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtVyl402W5s

‘Out of the Game’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KvTDeHlIfI

‘Rules and Regulations’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_TxPQKcG7w

Rufus Wainwright was born in New York but after his parents’ divorce lived most of his youth in Montreal and has dual US and Canadian citizenship. Starting his career in music at a young age, Wainwright had an impressive start. He had a taste of the artist’s life at the tender age of thirteen when he began to play the piano and toured with The McGarrigle Sisters and Family folk group. The group consisted of himself, his sister, his mother and his aunt. He earned himself a nomination in 1989 at the age of fourteen for his song ‘I’m a-Runnin’’ at the Genie Awards for Best Original Song. Then in 1990 he was nominated at the Juno Awards for Most Promising Male Vocalist. During his young life he had an interest in opera leading to the genre heavily influencing his later music such as ‘Barcelona’ that features lyrics from the libretto of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Macbeth. As well as this Wainwright has cited his musical interests as Edith Piaf, Al Jolson and Judy Garland to name a few. Paying tribute to other artists like River Phoenix in ‘Matinee Idol’ and Jeff Buckley in ‘Memphis Skyline.’

As Wainwright became older he performed weekly shows at the Cafe Sarajevo, putting him on the Montreal club circuit and leading to a number of demos produced by Pierre Marchand. Marchand remained with Wainwright to produce his album Poses which peaked at number 117 in US Billboard’s 200 (in 2001 but rose to 103 in 2004) and number 1 in Billboard’s Top Heatseekers. The demos eventually made their way to Lenny Waronker, an executive at DreamWorks who signed Wainwright to his label. On this label Wainwright released his self-titled album to critical acclaim, being recognised as ‘one of the best albums of the year’ by Rolling Stone and named him ‘Best New Artist’ of the year. The album won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Album and a Juno Award for Best Alternative Album.

The success of his first album lead to Wainwright’s explosion in the music world and eight more subsequent albums. However Wainwright has not limited his career to a preforming artist but delved into the world of opera, television and film. Wainwright has had roles in films such as The Aviator, Heights and played a part in Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller. His music has featured in iconic films like Brokeback Mountain, Moulin Rouge!, Shrek and Meet The Robinsons as well as his recording of ‘Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered’ playing in the closing credits of The History Boys. Wainwright’s love for opera has bloomed into the creation of two of his own (Prima Donna and Hadrian). The second of the two premiering at the Canadian Opera Company in 2018.

Beyond music Wainwright also began Blackoutsabbath in 2008 which is a concept he created to become more environmentally conscious, promoted by the organisation Blackout Sabbath. In 2008 Wainwright came out as completely in support of gay rights, stating ‘I don’t think any government should encroach on what goes on in the bedroom.’ Later in April 2010 he became in favour of legalising gay marriage after meeting his now husband, Jorn Weisbordt.

With such a full life covered in the media it is shocking how the artist has only recently come to my attention but has made a lingering impression.

Links:

http://rufuswainwright.com/

https://twitter.com/rufuswainwright

https://www.facebook.com/rufuswainwrightofficial/

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

SpongeBob! At The Disco

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Brendon Urie, apparently. The Panic! At The Disco frontman has stepped onto yet another stage (metaphorically, at least) by lending his hand lyrically to the new stage adaption SpongeBob SquarePants – The New Musical.

Listen to the song Not A Simple Sponge here: https://soundcloud.com/ethanslater/just-a-simple-sponge

‘Anyone who knows me is aware of my love of both Broadway and animation,’ says Urie when expressing his excitement about being able to combine his two loves when asked to write a song for the new musical. With his background as a multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter the trick was to push forward his lyrical talents whilst still relating it to the beloved children’s cartoon character. Urie rose to the challenge and created the ballad Not A Simple Sponge that somehow manages to give depth and surprising emotion to something that I imagine most of us never expected to feel much more than humour from. The lyrics and tune manage to both move the narrative of the musical forward whilst simultaneously embodying the well-known yellow character and the motivation inspiring lyrics of Panic! At The Disco alike.

Opening this December in Palace Theatre after huge acclaim in Chicago last summer, the show features music by well-known musicians other than Panic. Plain White T’s, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper, Steven Tyler and Lady Antebellum as well as songs from David Bowie are just some of the artists to add their creativity to the musical. Each song encapsulates the personal style of each artist whilst still tying together to create a musical narrative that could have been written as a collective. The show is a production for all ages as the only guideline the musicians were given was to create something that was beyond the typical Nickelodeon style. Preforming the songs and characters will be Ethan Slater (SpongeBob), Danny Skinner (Patrick), Gavin Lee, (Squidward) and Lilli Cooper (Sandy). The musical’s plot centres around a volcano that threatens to destroy Bikini Bottom leaving the naively heroic SpongeBob to attempt to save the day.

The show opens on Broadway on December 4th of this year.

Full list of musicians involved: 

Alex Elbert of Edward Sharpe and The Magentic Zeros

Cyndi Lauper

John Legend

Jonathan Coulton

Lady Antebellum

Panic! At The Disco

Plain White T’s

Yolanda Adams

Sarah Bareilles

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aresmith

The Flaming Lips

They Might Be Giants

T.I

And songs by: David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley

 

Links:

http://spongebobbroadway.com/

https://twitter.com/spongebobbway?lang=en

https://www.facebook.com/SpongeBobBway/

 

By Skye W. Winwood

The month may be over but pride is forever

As the month of June comes to an end so comes the awful realisation that some people think the LGBTQ+ community disappears with it. To keep the rainbow flag flying here is a collection of songs either written about or by someone in the community. Whilst some highlight the hardships many people still face today, others are a celebration of all that has be won.

 

Queen – I Want to Break Free: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4Mc-NYPHaQ

A huge icon in the LGBTQ+ world ‘I Want to Break Free’ encapsulates the struggle many homosexual people faced during British rock band Queen’s era as well as staying as a reminder of the fight still going on. The powerful vocals of Freddie Mercury penetrate to a personal level inside all of us to the desire that we all want more than what we have. The music video challenged social norms at the time by having all the band members dressed in women’s clothing to represent how people are made to be something they are not. When first released the song was controversial in America and banned by MTV but now can be viewed as a constant reminder of fighting against oppression.

 

Rocky Horror – Sweet Transvestite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQRjhZyXJFg

The 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a personal guilty pleasure of mine with its catchy tune and brilliant lyrics. The performance of Tim Curry perfectly portrays the famous Dr Frank-N-Furter as he reminds us all not to ‘judge a book by its cover’ in the sensual and sexual song. More than just a homosexual anthem, ‘Sweet Transvestite’ stands for anyone deemed “different” facing oppression with an ‘I don’t give a damn attitude’.

 

Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xCMF7jsDJI (Viewer discretion: there are scenes of physical abuse some may find upsetting).

When an artist creates a story it is impossible to isolate something that comes together so beautifully. Unlike the first two tracks mentioned this collection of songs does not hide its message of oppression in an upbeat rhythm. The raw and stripped back sound of the songs reminds us all that people cope with things in different ways but also sometimes it can be too much. The Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy follows the story of two childhood friends who grow up and apart, their friendship turning into something more that becomes too much for one. The shocking and upsetting message is a reminder of what can happen when people don’t have the right support and are lead to believe they will never be accepted.

 

RuPaul – LGBT: https://soundcloud.com/rupaul1/lgbt-feat-chi-chi-larue

RuPaul has famously been quoted with ‘if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else?’ The world famous drag queen has always been a spokesperson for the LGBTQ+ community and the song’s title speaks for itself with the message of accepting yourself before expecting others to do the same. With the lyrics following the belief that you can be who you want to be as long as you let me be me. The song calls out listeners to rise up and be themselves as RuPaul sings, ‘come on let me see you rock this town/come on let me see you tear it down.’ The message of always fighting whilst explaining the true ideal of the community: ‘LGBT you be who you wanna be.’

 

Kinky Boots – Raise You Up/Just Be: https://soundcloud.com/originalwestendcastofkinkyboots/raise-you-up-just-be

Coming from another iconic LGBTQ+ musical Kinky Boots’ ‘Raise You Up/Just Be’ speaks of support and making sure to always look out for one another during hard times. The musical marked the debut of Cyndi Lauper as a musical song writer with her lyrics of ‘if you hit the dust/let me raise you up’ reminding everyone they are not alone. The whole production surrounds the message that no one should be left to struggle alone and everyone deserves a helping hand. The song also reminds those who have managed to make it through hard times that they cannot forget those still fighting their own battles. The summary of the song being that people can face whatever threatens them and beat it with help from others who understand and that giving up is never an option.

 

Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HRa4X07jdE

When written for fantasy/comedy musical The Wizard of Oz who would have thought the impact the song would create in the LGBTQ+ community. The term ‘a friend of Dorothy’ became a way for gay men to identity to one another without revealing themselves during a time when it wasn’t safe. Since then the song has become a gay anthem of having faith for something better to come along, and keeping the hope that eventually it will. Although the lyrics originally related to a young farm girl’s dream of wanting to escape where she grew up the idea of ‘somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly/oh why, oh why can’t I?’ has become about not understanding how some people can be accept when others are not.

 

Christina Aguilera – Beautiful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAfyFTzZDMM

The pop and R&B ballad speaks of inner beauty and the importance of improving self-esteem over looks. The music video is a visual representation of the different kinds of people who exist in the world and how there is nothing wrong with them being themselves just because it is something others do not understand. With people still facing prejudice for things that harm no one ‘Beautiful’ is an emotional and uplifting song reminding people that they are accepted even if they don’t feel like it. That it’s okay if someone else thinks you’re “ugly” due to the way you are because they are wrong and you truly are ‘beautiful in every single way’. A true song for anyone struggling with accepting themselves no matter who they may be.

 

Pink – Raise Your Glass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjVNlG5cZyQ

Like Christina Aguilera’s ‘Beautiful’, Pink’s ‘Raise Your Glass’ supports the differences in everyone in this song of celebration. Asking you to ‘raise your glass if you are wrong in all the right ways’ because there is no wrong way to be you. Pink’s music has always been about staying strong and understanding who you are so others cannot tear you down. ‘Raise Your Glass’ rallies everyone who has ever faced oppression because of who they are in a toast to them for not letting people tear them down. The simple and comical lyric of ‘what’s the dealio?’ questions those who see the differences in others as wrong and embodies the whole idea that prejudice has never made sense and will continue to be beaten.

 

Cyndi Lauper – True Colours: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPn0KFlbqX8

Already having one on the list for her inspiring writing in Kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper lends her own voice to the song ‘True Colours’. A beautiful and moving song about not only being accepted because of your differences but being loved because of them too. ‘True Colours’ encourages people to be who they are because they will always find love with those who understand and accept them. The song also embodies the idea that you should never hide who you truly are because ‘your true colours come shining through’ and you should never try to darken yourself to please others.

 

Lady Gaga – Born This Way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV1FrqwZyKw

The pop artist Lady Gaga has been an outspoken supporter for underdogs through her entire career and has always put forward the belief that we are made to be who we are. The song born this way challenges those who believe that some people are made unnatural by saying, ‘I’m beautiful in my way because God makes no mistakes/I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way.’ Gaga sings about how as long as you are being who you were born to be there is nothing you are doing wrong.

 

Whether you belong to the community or are a supporter, continue to always love and support each other no matter what.

 

By Skye W.Winwood

Introducing: Music Theory

It can be frustrating as a music fan when you come across a new artist and you love their music, but you can’t seem to find out much information on them. Perhaps they’re up and coming and haven’t really hit the scene yet, but you still want to be able to gain a little insight into the person behind the music; what drives them, what inspires them and where they’ve come from.

Pop music fans will have no such problem with emerging talent, Music Theory, though. The Egyptian artist has begun writing a blog to supplement the release of his latest song ‘Down The Aisle’, a pop-centric love ballad with a hugely catchy nature.

Read Music Theory’s blog ‘The Journey’ here: http://mtmusictheory.blogspot.co.uk/

By regularly updating us on his story, Music Theory gives his fans a look in to the complex world of the music industry which may seem all glitz and glamour, but can be hard work at times too.

Inspired by classic acts such as Maroon 5, Michael Jackson and Usher, Music Theory is hoping he can emulate his influences, starting with ‘Down The Aisle’.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/musictheory2016

https://www.facebook.com/musictheory2016/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNHe1k5TPYkM8EHLiaDkL_w

http://www.musictheory.zone

 

‘A Light From The Other Side’ by Lisa Richards

Australian singer-songwriter, Lisa Richards released her new album, A Light From The Other Side, on 17th April – a record that looks introspectively into Lisa’s life and experiences.

Normally when you listen to new music, you can instantly place it into a genre-defining box, but this simply isn’t the case with Lisa Richards. It’s not unusual for an artist to straddle a couple of styles but Lisa’s music takes on a number of influences from all over the musical world including, folk, blues and jazz, plus elements from many more. Lisa admits this saying: ‘My music is difficult to pigeonhole stylistically, my voice is hard to pin down, it demands attention and yet it is unruly. My songs don’t quite fit anywhere’ yet this is the beauty of what Lisa is doing.

Personally, if you’re listening to an artist that you can’t even begin to categorise, you know that they must be good as they are pushing boundaries and defying the conventions in music that have already been laid down.

The talented singer-songwriter was born and raised in North Queensland, Australia, where her mother, who had previously worked as a concert pianist, had moved to for Lisa’s father. Her childhood was unstable to say the least, which eventually led to her flying the nest in search of a career in music in the city.

Track Listing: A Light From The Other Side

  1. Frank Sinatra
  2. Water Needs To Fall
  3. Milk and Honey
  4. Mr. Happiness
  5. You Got The Power
  6. Summer Afternoon
  7. Walking Woman
  8. Weather
  9. Where My Heart Used To Be
  10. What Lying Does
  11. Friends Out Of Strangers

 

Links:

http://www.lisarichardsmusic.com

http://www.twitter.com/mymadmusic

https://soundcloud.com/lisarichardsmusic

http://www.facebook.com/lisarichardssongs

https://www.youtube.com/user/lisamrichards

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