- Love Songs/Easy Listening
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By Kyle Bylin -- Real men (and women) don't need instruments to make music.
By Paul Resnikoff [Paul missed Guy Mitchell's, "Singing the Blues" featuring a happy little bouncy, bouncy whistling accompaniment to expressions of utter disbelief and despair by someone who had just been dumped ... It's the greatest mismatch of arrangement to lyric in the history of recorded music.... spent nine weeks at #1 on the U.S. Billboard chart from December 8, 1956 - February 2, 1957. Mitchell's version was also number 1 in the U.K. for three (non-consecutive) weeks in early 1957.. ]
By Paul Lamere -- Not sure what the difference is between Black Metal or Death Metal? Looking for the quintessential nerdcore track? Confused about how 3rd wave ska relates to ska? Check out Know your Genre for all the answers. [Includes audio samples.]
By Sean O'Hagan -- Alan Lomax brought stars such as Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie to the world's attention. But was he really the selfless pioneer that this biography claims?
By Amy Kaufman -- Forty years ago, Laurel Canyon, the tree-lined neighborhood perched high in the hills above Los Angeles, was home to a collective of artists who wrote some of their most famous music while living there. That's the story they and others tell in "Troubadours: The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter," (Includes Trailer) a documentary that centers on Carole King and James Taylor, their role in the singer-songwriter movement and the Troubadour club in West Hollywood, where they launched their careers. [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Music should be heard and not seen, a friend once said. But what happens when music players have large color screens, sophisticated controls, processors, and connections to the internet? Music becomes an app — or at least it can, where such an approach makes sense.
Compiled by Mario F. Gonzalez, Esq.
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- What do hit songs have in common over the years, and how are they changing? And what does it all say about who we were, and who we're becoming?
By Beccy Tanner -- "That song is the most famous cowboy song in the world," said Orin Friesen at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper near Benton ... But in the fall of 1872, Brewster Higley's thoughts were simply written in poem form on a scrap of paper (and) tucked it away in one of his books..
By ACN Staff -- "In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music - its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it - and the human brain."
By Scott G - The G-Man -- You cannot teach someone to write good song lyrics. That's just how I feel. And yet, I kind of changed my mind after reading "The Art of Writing Great Lyrics" by Pamela Phillips Oland. ...
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