The following is a surprise guest post from an anonymous friend of mine on the subject of Makin’ Music at Freed-Hardeman University:
“The last thing the world needs is another piece of sociopolitical commentary.” That’s the first line of notes introducing The Avett Brothers’ new album, Close Than Together.
What can we say about this album? It’s halfway political, halfway personal. But maybe that’s part of the point, hence the title. It’s an intensely personal work, born out of their own private experiences and feelings, and at some point those feelings were about the news cycle. Continue reading
Remember when little Johnny Mayer was singing about his missing lunchbox? He’s grown up so much. In his first major album, Room for Squares, the pop blues rock artist drew sweeping attention with “Your Body is a Wonderland,” a song about girly parts. Fans ate it up. Continue reading
Check out my latest poem, “Strings.” North of Oxford has published my theory in verse on the nature of banjos, guitars, and ukuleles.
Art in which the work is stripped down to the most fundamental features. Least happening, maximum effect.
Because we’re done, just done, with being bombarded.
Maybe that was too much. I’ll try again.
Bombard no more. Continue reading
Everybody gets to like Dave Matthews again. Oh Joy. DMB’s ninth album has a classic feel to it, like the band is recalling all the forms of song from their previous albums and celebrating them with new tunes that each have a familiar taste. Continue reading
Podcast much? If you’re a fan of podcasts already, or if you have time to spend listening to music and want to try something else out, here are six podcasts I recommend for you: Continue reading
A look back on the previous year, and here are some of the top hit posts:
Cormac McCarthy Narrates Minecraft
famed author of No Country For Old Men reviews the game
Why the Civil War Happened
an in-depth analysis
Will the Religious Right Wake Up on the Right Side of the Bed?
an op-ed in the Warblr Continue reading
“If I Had a Million Dollars” is probably the most famous song from Barenaked Ladies, a concert favorite and a song made to sing along to.
Written by members Steven Page and Ed Robertson to sing to counselors at summer camp, the song at first may seem like a mere silly list of things you can buy with loads of money. But under the surface is a powerful message of love and the simple life over pursuing gobs of wealth. Continue reading
The other day I was getting a little tired of Christmas music in my car and began browsing radio stations until I turned to hear a familiar voice that always made me cringe a little.
Rush “the disinfotainer” Limbaugh.