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Electro-Swing That Thing

Electro-Swing That Thing

Photography by Steve Rhode   Get your 1920s-style electro groove right here! Swing music has recently become a genre that I’ve been strangely attracted to purely out of the Great Gatsby-esque sounds it produced. That attraction with swing became love once it melded with the electronic to give the most unique and unforgettable beats I...
Back to the Beats

Back to the Beats

TURN UP YOUR SPEAKERS WITH THIS PLAYLIST  Wherever home may be, check out this concoction of  recent – and not so recent: house music, DnB and jungle beats. Get comfy in your favourite armchair, but be aware, these tunes will be sure to keep you awake. The genre of  ’Deep House’ has seemingly exploded with...
Life is but a Draft

Life is but a Draft

“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.”  - Coco Chanel You may think that Coco Chanel did not waste time showering or going to the toilet, but what we can take from the above quote, is that we should love life...
Right Place, Right Time

Right Place, Right Time

Let it be known that I currently have 3000 songs on iTunes as of September 20, 2013 – not counting at least the 1000 more I have stored elsewhere. This is the thing about me: I self-describe myself as a musicaholic. With much music comes much responsibility. Responsibility, you ask? Well, I like to keep...
To Autumn

To Autumn

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they? Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,— (John Keats, 1795-1821) In this famous poem, autumn is seen as a musician, and the music which autumn produces is as pleasant as the music of spring, so take comfort in this, and settle into the...
The Essential Cover Songs

The Essential Cover Songs

     It took me making this playlist to realize that a cover version of a song encompassed more than what is just featured here. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, a cover can be defined as “a recording or performance of a song previously recorded by another performance.” I wouldn’t have even begun to think that...
Boss B*tche$

Boss B*tche$

  Like a lot of industries, the balance between the sexes is slowly shifting. However, the music industry is still, by and large, an old boys club – as many industries are. Women are shoe-horned into the stereotypical gender roles of teacher and nurturer, while men are encouraged to take risks and strive for greatness...
Kat Dahlia. Dices Ser Un gangsta.

Kat Dahlia. Dices Ser Un gangsta.

  You can’t define soul, a singer either has it or they don’t, and if they don’t, you know it instantly. One sample of Etta James, a line of Nina Simone and a listen to Kat Dahlia, and you know they are genuine. This may or may not be an introduction to the listener, but...
The British Invasion, Reincarnated

The British Invasion, Reincarnated

This is the music that reinvented the American people. It took just one teenager (may I  add, a teenager from the Washington, DC metropolitan area!) to inspire a collective sound, away from the ‘Top 40′ singles pop acts of their time into mod and classic British rock. And this is the music that is representative...
Mind. Music. Medicine.

Mind. Music. Medicine.

Let this week’s playlist heal all your weekly woes with a dose of music therapy. There is such a thing as music medicine, and it is associated with music therapy and the music psychology field of research. Music has been used as a healing force for centuries. Apollo is the ancient Greek god of music...
All American

All American

  Having lived in America for 16 years of my life, I can safely say that I have caught on to the ‘America is great’ trend. But the thing is, once you’ve lived there for so long, you find that America really is GREAT.  I think this also applies for any place you can call your hometown;...
Oh, What a Feeling

Oh, What a Feeling

What inspires you? It is with utter confidence that I can say the things that most inspire you in life will give you the most peace and happiness in life. Whatever it is, take a hold of it and never let go. And oh, the feeling you’ll have! Over the past few years, art has...