David Byrne: Advice to the Young

“If the musician or artist values their freedom and the ability to be creative, then they have to realize they won’t be making hundreds of millions of dollars”. Profound advice from the multifaceted musician David Byrne. If you value your creative freedom, you might have to do other work on the side, to make a living, explains David Byrne: “Often the artists who are very successful don’t have much flexibility. In achieving they loose a lot of their creative freedom. They have to keep making the same thing, more or less, over and over again.”

 

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Jimi Hendrix

 

The greatest guitarist who ever lived, Jimi Hendrix, would have been 70 today; R.I.P to a legend.

The greatest guitarist who ever lived, Jimi Hendrix, would have been 70 today; R.I.P to a legend.

“The 1608” Guitar

Calvin Harris

“18 MONTHS” is the third studio album by Scottish recording artist Calvin Harris. It was released on 26 October 2012. This album includes the producer’s hit singles ‘Bounce’ with Kelis, ‘We found Love’ with Rihana, ‘We’ll be Coming Back’ with Example, ‘Feel so close’ and Let’s go with Ne-Yo. To find out more about Calvin Harris check out this link:calvinharris

Listen to Calvin Harris’ new single ‘Sweet Nothing’ featuring Florence Welch:

Gary Clark Jr: “You gonna know my name by the end of the night well”

GARY CLARK JR.

Blak and Blu is the debut studio album by Gary Clark Jr., which was released on October 22, 2012. The soul, voice, emotions, and life behind each song on Blak and Blu is nothing short than amazing. It is clear to see that Gary Clark Jr. is one with his music.  To find out more about this amazing artist check out this link:garyclarkjr

Artist of the Day

KENDRICK LAMAR

Kendrick Lamar is an American hip hop recording artist from Compton, California. “Good kid, m.A.A.d city” is the major label debut studio album by Kendrick and was released on October 22, 2012, under Top Dawg, Aftermath, and Interscope Records. On “Good kid, m.A.A.d city”, Kendrick gives listeners a deeply personal “day in the life” account of the deep space of  his Compton life, and whatever he was going through during that time. He expressed his thoughts, feelings, and emotions throughout the enitre album. The title of the album primarily refers to Kendrick’s innocence while growing up in Compton. He revealed that m.A.A.d is a acronym with two meanings, my.Angry.Adolesnece.divided & my.Angel’s.on.Angel.dust.  Kendrick said,“That was me. I got laced. The reason why I don’t smoke and it’s in the album. It’s in the story. It was just me getting my hands on the wrong thing at the wrong time, being oblivious to it”. The reception of Kendrick and his debut album has been great and the hard work that he has put into making this album has surely been worth the wait. Below are the standard and deluxe versions of the album’s cover art. To find out more about Kendrick Lamar click this link:kendricklamar

NIKI & THE DOVE:”You can’t keep me down, I am done, I am furious”

NIKI & THE DOVE

Niki & The Dove are a Swedish trio from Stockholm. The group consists of Malin Dahlström,Gustaf Karlöf  and Magnus Böqvist. The trio had been nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll, in which they finished in fifth place. Their debut album entitled, “Instinct”, was released on May 14, 2012. It took Niki & the Dove over two years to make “Instinct”, and the effort shows. It is a really great album. They have their own style, they are great live performers and great to listen to. To find out more about Niki & the Dove check out this link:nikiandthedove

Harp Guitar…

John Doan is one of the best-known harp guitarist in the world. John is also a performer, instrument collector,Emmy-nominated composer,  historian and university professor. To find out more about John Doan check out this link:johndoan

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

The band’s newest album, Here, released in May 2012, reached # 5 on the Billboard Charts. The band is currently touring Europe but will be stateside in the fall. To find out more about Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros check out their site:edwardsharpeandthemagneticzeros

John Lennon: “You may say I’m a dreamer,but I’m not the only one”

Born on this day in 1940, John Lennon would have been 72 today. Imagine. His music will forever live on. R.I.P John Lennon.

 

The Human Flamingo

 

The Human Flamingo

This is genius, cool and unique. The Human Flamingo is the work of Gesine Marwedel and photographed by Thomas van de Wall. Gesine’s unique “body” of work is done by transforming live models into human canvases. She uses special paints that do not harm to the human skin, just to let you know. Gesine, who is a German speech therapist, studied Rehabilitation Science at University where she learnt how to help sick children through creative therapies such as art and music; that is something that Musicologistblog highly admires and salutes.

Both the art work and the way Thomas van de Wall captured the moment, feeling, meaning, and form of  Gesine’s work was beautiful. One can interpret this piece in so many different ways; it is the same exact pose a real flamingo displays when it is sleeping.

When I analyzed “The Human Flamingo”, the first thing that came to mind was dance, and that the model was just going to burst into a dance move and then the next thought of course was music (song). To accompany this art work let me give you guys some music, the first song that popped into my head was Bjork’s- “Hidden Pace”.  It relayed some of the feelings and vibes that I interpreted from this beautiful work of art. There were many other songs that also popped into my head after that, but I decided to give you this one.