WSJ: How Bugs Bunny and ‘Kill the Wabbit’ Inspired a Generation of Opera Stars.
I’ve said it many times here. My appreciation of classical music started with Looney Tunes.
Youtube: Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf (Vocals Half-Step Out of Key).
Economist.UK: Musical innovation - Musicians who keep a-changin’.
Theremin - Play your own musical synth with delay, feedback & scuzz.
Spacey, man. Trippy.
Kirk Douglas: The Epiphone Interview.
Prince was not always a Prince. Just keeping it real. Everyone is a complex amalgam of behaviors.
YT: Tal Wilkenfeld - Under the Sun.
Singing. 2016. Wish she’d stop by Santa Fe.
YT: Acapella - The Millennials song parody.
You’ll die laughing. If you’re not a Millenial.
Just play it. If you’ve never heard it, you’ll love it (or kill me).
YT: Rita Moreno - Berklee Commencement Address.
She raps about halfway in. She even worked in ‘perspicacity’. You go, girl.
LRB: Ian Penman reviews Patti Smith’s ‘M Train’ and ‘Collected Lyrics 1970-2015’.
Very long article. Skim. “I’ve known many people who dearly love Horses, but I can’t recall a single person ever declaring a passion for any of the other work, intermittent poetry and photography included.”
NY Times: Warsan Shire, the Woman Who Gave Poetry to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’.
Ah, so this young woman is the wordsmith. Props.
Daily Beast: Does Beyoncé Write Her Own Music? And Does It Really Matter?
“On Beyoncé’s new album Lemonade, already a religious work for its legion of worshippers, that village is populated by dozens of the industry’s most in-demand producers and no less than 72 writers, including James Blake, The Weeknd, Jack White, and, um, Led Zeppelin.” Read it, see what you think.
xoJane: ‘I Am Becky With the Good Hair’.
Hell of a good article. She almost single-handedly overpowers the original material.
Youtube: Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Vintage Swing Jet Cover ft. Addie Hamilton.
Never gets old, PMJ.
BronxBanterBlog: The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis.
TechCrunch: Hundreds of Spotify credentials appear - users report accounts hacked.
FYI. I went ahead and changed my password, nonetheless.
NY Times: Prince and the Competition.
NY Times: Beyoncé Unearths Pain and Lets It Flow in ‘Lemonade’.
“How is this not a work of pretentious self-pity? How isn’t this the mistake of the year?” Perhaps it is the first wave of a much-needed correction for objectification and misogyny in hiphop lyrics. Waking up to the complexities, realities and responsibilities of relationship, color, sex. Ironic, then, that Billy Paul died over the weekend. He gave us the man’s view - smooth, no drama. Beyonce rips out the lady’s. Compare.
DP Review: Photographer Brian Ach shares his experiences of working with Prince.
Guitar World: Pioneering Guitarist Lonnie Mack Dead at 74.
Another great, gone.
Youtube: Prince, Honky Tonk Women.
Random emotion on Prince’s passing.
I hope someone comes up with a will that states he’d prefer to not be autopsied. The thought of that uber-private man ... who used his body so divinely ... being spatchcocked on a well-used stainless gurney bothers me. He who breaks something perfect to learn its springs and levers has left the path of wisdom and all that. Leaving his cause of death a mystery could be seen as a mark of respect. IMHO. We really don’t need to know, do we?
Prince’s influence still surrounds us.
BBC: Prince, singer and superstar, dies at 57 at Paisley Park.
Later: The NY Times catches up.
Even later: Alas, one of Jeff Beck’s wishes, to play with Prince, will never come to pass. I theorize it’s one of the reasons he chose Rhonda Smith for his current band.
Dazed: M.I.A criticises political conversation in America.
“Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That’s a more interesting question. [snip] You cannot ask it on a song that’s on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV programme, you cannot create a tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama isn’t going to hump you back.”