Category: Features of the Month
I write this the day after Martin Luther King Jr Day in the US. Yesterday I watched a brilliant documentary on Nina Simone. It included a song I consider iconic. It is “Strange Fruit” about lynching in the United States. I first heard the song as part of a musical history of the blues in a stage show called “Ain’t Nothing But the Blues.” It stuck like glue with me.
Another song that stays with me is Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Years ago I saw Meika Pauley in person. She dissected this iconic song verse by verse and forever changed it in my mind.
This past year I saw Aldous Harding do Rob Orbison’s “Crying.” It was a slow dripping rendition that still clings to my heart.
Songs are living creatures. When you as a songwriter make them they take a life of their own. They can be wild creatures. A single song can change your set and your life. I remember at one time hearing “The song stands out.” If it is meant to do great things it will. This stands true whether it is done as an individual songwriter, a songwriter for hire, or a member of a band. The song has a voice that will speak to the audience…if it’s the right song. Be aware of the voice you create and know that the song may not always be yours.
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Artist of the Month – February 2017
Mr. Airplane Man – This Boston 2 piece is nothing you would expect. They released a bunch of albums in the early 00’s including Moanin’, Shakin’ Around, C’mon DJ, and more. They recently got back together after a 10 year absence and did Geneva Station last year. Think of an old Mississippi blues man meeting Jack White with a touch of Reverend Horton Heat and you have the flavor of Mr. Airplane Man. http://www.mrairplaneman.com/
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Website of the Month – February 2017
The Internet Music Database – http://imuzdb.com/
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Film of the Month – February 2017
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Download of the Month – February 2017
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Video of the Month – February 2017
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Song of the Month – February 2017
Posted in Song of the Month Tagged with: Distant Shore, Karen Elson
Unfinished Mail – January 2017
Happy New Year!
Both the January & February issues of 2017 began as early as August & September. After the overwhelming response to our February 2016 issue on Women Tour Managers we were hungry to try for bigger issues. This month we present Women In Studio Production. We are already accumulating leads for other large features. I personally view it as part of my mission to shine a light on the music industry as a whole…not just musicians.
2016 was one of FEMMUSIC’s biggest years. I think we did more than I ever thought possible. I now want to expand my thinking and redefine what can be done. That means aiming bigger. At the same time I don’t want to ignore our core of supporting emerging artists. I live for live shows and want to feed my music addiction as much as possible. I have always defined FEMMUSIC as an international magazine focusing on women in music. The international is more than a word. I seek out artists in different countries and with different experiences.
It is near Christmas weekend as I write this. My deadline is breathing down my back like a hungry dragon. It is as thrilling as it is scary. Look for more to come. I have Spring planned but Summer is always a wild creature. Keep reading and tell your friends. FEMMUSIC is more than about music.
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Artist of the Month – January 2017
Elsa Carmona – This electropop artists is blending R & B to pop with a delicious result. Her singles “Run Baby Run” & “Ritual” have been streaming on FEMMUSIC’s Soundcloud channel. Carmona is based in Sweden but comes from Barcelona. She is a great new story about to begin. https://www.facebook.com/elsacarmonamusic/
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Festival of the Month – January 2017
Saint Jerome’s Laneway Festival
January 21-February 5, 2017
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