Tag Archive: acoustic


Fall Out Boy: “Save Rock and Roll” Album Review

Patrick Stump (if he isn’t officially already) should be hailed as one of the greatest singers alive…

He has a range that is infuriating to any XY types who try to do cover songs, and when put together with the lyrical prowess of Pete Wentz, it’s perfect.  This combination began in small underground club shows, and went worldwide, but in this video, you still see that part of them that thrives in the smaller settings (Warning: Explicit Language).

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Justin Timberlake’s third album was much anticipated and,  from what I read, not quite up to the task.  But how could it be?  Having to follow up Future Sex/Love Sounds is hard enough; taking six years between albums while expectations build beyond what is feasible doesn’t help either.  With both factors against him, I have to say Justin delivered…even though apparently, this is just stage one. Continue reading

Top 5 Justin Timberlake Moments

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I must admit, I am quite the Justin Timberlake fan.  When I accidentally stumbled across the news of his new single coming out (I happened to find it literally within 20 minutes of the release), I bought that bad boy so quickly there weren’t even comments on ITunes yet.  So, in anticipation of the new album, I had to throw together a quick post for all those nostalgic fans who, like me, are counting the days.

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T.I.: “No Mercy” Album Review

Any performance that begins with a pregnant woman singing is going to be memorable one way or another…

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T.I. has made a mark on rap, both southern and national, that is indisputable.  Not many artists have the respect of their peers, the draw of a hardcore fan base, and the cross over appeal that he garners with every release.  And the few who could arguably be contenders for this crown laid down the competition long enough to create a track and performance that transcended the scope of what any of them could have done individually.

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5 Tips for Better Stage Presence

Any internet search on “stage presence” will get you a long list of repetitive common sense, surrounding a few gems of wisdom.  I’ll cut to the chase and give you a quick top five of tips I stumbled across through my experiences. Granted I’m no performing master or professional, but I’ve done enough shows to catch a few things I wish I’d known before the first one.

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1)  Record Yourself – This combines being prepared with gaining confidence in your movements.  I would bet my left leg that once you see the film and how you actually look, you’ll rethink a thing or two.

2)  Wear Light Colored Shoes – A minor detail yes, but if you’re the kinda guy who moves his feet a lot, the bright colors make your movements look even more exaggerated.

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Rihanna: “Loud” Album Review

The performance began with Eminem in his element…mic in hand, hood pulled up, and crowd on their feet…

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You can say what you want about Relapse, Eminem’s first drug-free album; the hooks aren’t as strong, the lyrics aren’t as creative or mind-blowing, he doesn’t have the same anger.  But when the 2010 VMA camera zoomed in on his face as Not Afraid began, you were instantly reminded why rap still survives as a genre despite the mountains of crap pumped out by nitwit writers and brain dead producers.  There are still those with the emotion and passion to garner a physical effect from their listeners, and Marshall Mathers III is among them.  His personal journey may not be that different from a lot of other people in this world:  hard childhood, drug problems, marital problems; but to live it all out in the public eye of tabloids and invasive press is something we can never understand, and the reason it is such an incredible story.
Enter Rihanna; model-turned-singer, with the likes of Jay-Z in her corner, and suddenly her career is in jeopardy because her own personal struggles are played out before the world when Chris Brown loses his mind.  Sure Rated R was her attempt to show perseverance, but failed insomuch that it didn’t show any resolution, just the barrage of emotions she needed to remove from herself.

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Top 5 Tips For Guitarists

I’ve spent hours online searching through hundreds of articles on how to get faster, better, and more accurate at guitar, and gotten the same message repackaged over and over again:  play scales slowly, then build speed.  And yeah, that’s sound advice, but boring.  Now, over the course of weeks and months, I’ve found a few things that hindered and helped me keep guitar alluring.

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1)  Not Neglecting The Pinky:   He’s a weak little piggy, but somehow manages to hold his own on most pentatonic scales.  The problem came when adding more major and minor scales.  Luckily I stumbled across a few exercises to help with it.

2)  Using thicker picks: Some of you may have figured it out faster than me, but switching just from mediums to hards made scales much easier, especially on acoustic.

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Bruno Mars: “Doo-Wops and Hooligans” Album Review

Bruno Mars steps from behind the piano and picks up a guitar, leading in with a vaguely familiar rift…

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Covering a song by the King of Pop is already a tall task.  When done right, it is one of the most powerful statements a band can make.  David Cook amazed American Idol with his cover of Billie Jean; Alien Ant Farm had instant success with their version of Smooth Criminal; and Fall Out Boy’s version of Beat It pays more than adequate homage to the original classic.  Bruno Mars, the smooth voiced cameo success of 2010 displayed plenty of vocal range in his songs, but transcended even that in this live version of Dirty Diana.

Most remarkable is his intonation, approaching some especially difficult notes with confident poise, almost with ease.  Bruno has already proven himself Top 40 worthy, but performances like this are what occupy history books.

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Week 1: Pink at the 2010 Grammys

Pink walks into the aisle with a confidence that says “I know something you don’t know”...

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She begins singing an unfamiliar tune, despite the plethora of hit songs under her belt, and the inherent risk of performing an unreleased track; especially at the Grammys.  She proceeds to glide down the center aisle, only stopping long enough to twist out of her loose white dress, and makes her way to center stage for one of the greatest performances in Grammy history.

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Intro to the Chronicles

Music was always meant to affect.  The idea of background music or elevator music shouldn’t even exist; it was always meant to be engaging and moving.  It’s too bad that we live in a world that robs music of its novelty, making it like air; sure we depend on it, but rarely do we stop and realize what a gift it truly is.

But it’s no mystery music affects us whether we want it to or not.  I’ve found myself on the highway doing 85 to My Chemical Romance, and doing 50 to Regina Spektor just 10 minutes later.  I’ve giggled like a giddy school girl to Eminem’s punch lines and then rethought the meaning of my existence to the Moonlight Sonata.  Like Em said, “My songs can make you cry/ take you by surprise at the same time/ can make you dry your eyes with the same rhyme”

Even beyond what’s personally moving, music offers moments that anyone, anywhere, in any language, can partake in; and these are the moments I hope to share with you.

Essentially, music is about that place where the words, composition, emotions, surroundings and presentation of a song come together, even if just for a second, and overwhelm us.

So this is my weekly attempt to find some of the best moments in music and share them with anyone who hopes to get more out of music than a good workout mix or ambience for their daily routine.  It can be so much more.

Well if you stuck with me through that, you’re a trooper.

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August 31st’s Music Cache

If this doesn’t move you…

Used to sing this while I mowed the lawn so my mom wouldn’t hear…

Bet you saw the movie and missed how amazing this was…I know I did…