I tend to feel rhythm in my torso.


I tend to feel rhythm in my torso. Maybe that’s because I play seated and my torso is the only part that can move. But when it’s there, everything else follows and the hand is connected to it. I like to tell my students that a lot of music happens below the neck, in your heart and in your gut. They really can get a little heady with things and I have to remind them: music is first and foremost a way for us to move together.”

~ Vijay Iyer, in an interview by Mendi Obadike and Keith Obadike in BOMB Magazine

 


Vijay Iyer, 45, is an American jazz pianist, composer, bandleader, producer, electronic musician, and writer based in New York City. He became a Professor of the Arts at Harvard University in early 2014. Born in Albany and raised in Fairport, New York, Iyer is the son of Indian Tamil immigrants to the United States. He received 15 years of Western classical training on violin beginning at the age of 3. He began playing the piano by ear in his childhood and is mostly self-taught on that instrument. After completing an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics at Yale University, Iyer attended the University of California, Berkeley, initially to pursue a doctorate in physics. Iyer continued to pursue his musical interests, playing in ensembles. (Source: Wiki)

Photo of Vijay Iyer: Via Observer.com.

A Sparrow Alighted Upon Our Shoulder

Jóhann Jóhannsson, 47, was born in Reykjavík, Iceland. He has been composing music for a wide array of media including theatre, dance, TV and films. His stately, slow-building and hauntingly melodic music, frequently combines electronics with classical orchestrations, has been quietly bewitching listeners since he released his first genre defining solo record Englabörn in 2002. (Find him on Facebook and iTunes)

I find comfort on my own thought

Rayman is a walking juxtaposition — his raspy voice and eerily enticing lyrics demand a listener’s attention, while he himself prefers to keep his head down and let the music speak for itself. Little is known of the rising genre-melting artist, who fuses R&B swagger with hip-hop grit all while spinning compelling stories much like a country artist can — and the mystique is intentional…

Ben Lovett/Keyboardist/Vocalist from Mumford & Sons:  “I came back from a tour a year or so ago and… there was music blaring out and the whole office was vibing. They were dancing around, singing along, and I felt like I had just been completely left out of the party and that was quite rare. If that’s happening normally it’s some classic hit, but it was something I had never heard before. It was Allan Rayman, obviously. I immediately got infected with the bug, went into my office, sat down and listened to what was Hotel Allan front and back and was completely blown away.”

~ Lindsey Havens, Billboard.com: Rising Artist Allan Rayman Discusses His Rule-Breaking Artistic Vision & More in First-Ever Interview

Lyrics from Tennessee:

…Well, this boy, he needs no company
This life is sharp like Pittsburgh steel…
It may be tough, don’t follow me
This boy, he needs no company
No company needed (Don’t need it)
I find comfort on my own thought…


Notes: OnestoWatch.com – 10 Reasons Why Allan Rayman Is The Most Mysterious Man in Music

I See Rivers

Hailing from the Northern, Southern and Western parts of Norway, the now Liverpool-based trio I SEE RIVERS creates an organic musical landscape they’ve dubbed ”Float Folk”. (Facebook page)

If you liked this tune, check out I Think I Like You

Just Breathe

I’m pretty sure that this was going to be up there with one of the best nights of my life

Harry Styles likes to bring out surprise guests during his shows—and when he performed a secret show at Los Angeles’ Troubadour on Friday night (May 19, 2017), concert attendees were especially starstruck when he brought out none other than Fleetwood Mac singer and good witch Stevie Nicks. The two performed duets on both Styles’s single “Two Ghosts” and Fleetwood Mac’s ballad “Landslide.” Styles began by playing a few songs from his new album at the event before introducing his special guest. “I’m pretty sure that this was going to be up there with one of the best nights of my life,” he said, according to Billboard. “If there was any doubt, I’m pretty sure I’d like to confirm, in my entire life, I never thought I’d be able to say this. Please welcome to the stage, Stevie Nicks.” The two sang one more song together—Nicks and Don Henley’s “Leather and Lace”—before Nicks left the stage.


Source: Vanity Fair

Dreaming


Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson (24) is an Icelandic singer-songwriter and musician.

His new album, Afterglow, was released on May 7, 2017.

Willie: I don’t believe in that

Bob Schieffer: Things didn’t always turn out real good for Willie. Back in the 90’s, there was this little matter of back taxes that he owed Uncle Sam.

“I gotta say, you’re the only guitar picker from Abbott, TX that I ever knew, or heard of that owed the Federal Government $32,000,000.”

Willie Nelson: “Yea. It’s kind of funny when you think about it.”

Bob Schieffer: “But I’m sure it wasn’t funny to you at the time.”

He worked it out, paid it off.

“So why didn’t you ever declare bankruptcy?”

Willie Nelson: I don’t believe in that. You know I believe if I owe some people some money, I’m going to pay it.

~ Willie Nelson, closing in on his 84th birthday, in an interview with CBS News’ Bob Schieffer about songwriting, longevity, and how he will never quit.


Notes:

If you could read my mind, love, what a tale my thoughts could tell


Rose Cousins, 39, is a Canadian folk-pop singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Prince Edward Island, she is currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. If you liked this, check out Rose Cousins with “Go First” and  “Freedom” and her album, Stray Birds, on iTunes.

Roll Over Beethoven

My singing days have passed.
My voice is gone.
My throat is worn.
And my lungs are going fast.

~ Chuck Berry, (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2107) as quoted in RollingStone.com, October 27, 2012


Notes:

  • Photo: Chuck Berry, an American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock ’n’ roll, in St. Louis before his 60th birthday concert in 1986. (Globe Photos / Zuma Press
  • Post title – Chuck Berry with Roll Over Beethoven

 

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