Grain of Sand

POSTED ON December 29th  - POSTED IN acoustic, ambient, From the indie inbox, independent music, jazz, Latin, music, Review, traditional

Grain of Sand

Bill McBirnie and Bruce Jones – Brazilian Flute Music

While I am literally years behind on keeping up with my inbox, I still keep every email until I read and review it. Great music is timeless.

Bill McBirnie and Bruce Jones reached out to us in February of 2015. Their release Grains of Sand is a solid collection of Brazilian flute music. (Actually, it is much more than Brazilian.

Natalie Brown – Spirit of Christmas Time

POSTED ON December 26th  - POSTED IN Christmas, Holiday, independent music, music, R&B, videos

Natalie Brown

Spirit of Christmas Time

Natalie Brown is an amazing talent. She also does Christmas Music. Check out what she shared on her YouTube.

Natalie Brown – Spirit of Christmas Time

Merry Christmas all. You can find Natalie Brown at:

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment. Please remember to support the indie artist by buying their merchandise, seeing them live and by spreading the word about their music.

RIP George Michael

POSTED ON December 26th  - POSTED IN classic rock, Community, music, news, pop, rock, videos

RIP George Michal

While I was never into Wham, I do have much respect for the late George Michael. Kissing a Fool is one of my all-time favorite songs. In my humble opinion, he matured wonderfully as a musician.

Unfortunately, he moved on to the great band in the sky. He passed peacefully yesterday. I shall always remember him as a great lyric writer, a powerful vocalist and activist for gay rights.

Frank Zappa Greeted by US Navy Marching Band

POSTED ON December 22nd  - POSTED IN classic rock, Community, music, rock, videos

I agree with the thoughts of Alex Winter and Open Culture, many may have forgotten Frank Zappa

. That is sad. I shall always remember him as one of the most brilliant musicians of all time. His dark style of lyrics and breaking all the musical rules are simply the surface of his genius. He did all genre of music and it may be next century before we fully comprehend how brilliant his music is.

One great example of his musical genius is the track Rubber Shirt from the Sheik Yerbouti double album. The album became a huge hit when it was censored. The album is full of overdubs and is a masterful mix of songs. The Rubber Shirt track is an example of what Zappa called “Xanochrony”. The song is a mix of different musicians all recorded at different times, time signatures and tempos. The result sounds like a wonderful jazz improv.

David Bowie Impersonates Elvis for Christmas Message

POSTED ON December 21st  - POSTED IN Christmas, Entertainment, Holiday, videos

David Bowie Impersonates Elvis for Christmas

The late David Bowie shall be remembered for many achievents, acting, writing and more. One of his lesser known talents should be noted as well. As mentioned here previously, an impersonator. Check out what he did for Christmas in 2013.

David Bowie Ipersonates Elvis

You can find our more about Bowie impersonation at Open Culture. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment.

Juliana Wilson – Blah Blah Blah

POSTED ON December 20th  - POSTED IN alternative, music, New Media Order, Opinion, pop, rock, Song and Music Reviews, videos

Juliana Wilson

Blah Blah Blah

Juliana Wilson is a 13-year-old talent who hails from New York. While she may still be an adolescent, she has several lifetimes of talent. Her track Blah Blah Blah, written by Matty Amendola and Helen Austin, has a kaleidoscope of eclectic instrumentation and wonderful changes making it a treat for the listener. The video is also an ultra-creative production that projects the lyrics and persona of the artist wonderfully.

That said, the best thing about the song is the young lady’s singing. She has a terrific voice, varies the delivery of lyrics perfectly with the music, and totally nails the performance visually. In my opinion, we should be blessed with much more music from this Juliana. She definitely has what it takes to be up and coming!

Steve Benjamins – Surrender

POSTED ON December 19th  - POSTED IN Community, downtempo, music, news, Opinion, Review, videos

Steve Benjamins

Surrender

We have featured Steve Benjamins at Indie Nation before when I reviewed Sightlines.  You should check out that release and anything else he has done.

I am pleased to see that this talent from Toronto is still pumping out great music. His music could be described as downtempo but Steve is great a mixing it up.  He has a powerful voice and his lyrics paint pictures in your mind and stir your emotions.  Check our Surrender.

Shelita Burke – Belong

POSTED ON December 18th  - POSTED IN acoustic, alternative, Blues, independent music, music, Opinion, Review

Shelita Burke – Belong

I got a direct message from @ShelitaBurke asking me to give a song of hers a listen. The song, Belong is a very pleasing track and has already received one million plays on Spotify.

I shall share Belong after the break, it is a lovely mix of vocals and music. The lyrics are very poetic and her vocal approach nicely uses repetition to create a song that pleases the ears. It left me wanting more Shelita Burke.  I am confident you shall feel the same way.

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