SONG ANALYSIS: 3 THINGS WE CAN LEARN FROM EMINEM AND RIHANNA’S THE MONSTER

There’s a lot of lessons we can learn from Eminem and Rihanna’s latest pairing.

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4 THINGS MUSICIANS CAN LEARN FROM STEPHEN KING’S THE DARK TOWER

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My favorite story of all time is Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Recently I’ve gotten a chance to read the comics, which is more of a prequel to the novels and it’s really been great to visit that universe. Or as they say in their world, that level of the tower.

The story is about a gunslinger name Roland who is trying to reach a place which he believes will solve his problems. Along the way, he meets a lot of friends and overcomes ALOT of hardship. The man sees some shieet !

There are a lot of things musicians can learn from Roland Deschain, son of Steven Deschain.

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Brandon Boyd Interview on Steve Renman

Lots to be learned from this interview from the soft spoken and analogy-articulate Brandon Boyd.

The whole video is filled with metaphors about the artist and manager relationship. Brandon keeps it entertaining by describing the sometimes rocky relationship where him and Steve almost want to kill each other to the necessity which they need.

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Book Review: 3 Things I Learned From Mo Meta Blues by QuestLove

Ahmir Questlove is a drummer for The Roots, DJ, music journalist and record producer.

It’s awesome how much you can see that Questlove REALLY loves music. Just everything about it. The best part about all this is the hungriness in which he reads music reviews, including anywhere from Pitchfork to Rolling Stone to whoever. It’s great to me, cause Im thinking, “oh wait me too!”

Reading his book, there’s a lot of things we can learn.

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Frank Zappa 1971 Documentary

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Song Analysis – Jay Z – “Holy Grail” ft. Justin Timberlake

Song Analysis – Jay Z – “Holy Grail” ft. Justin Timberlake

Writers – Justin Timberlake, Shawn Carter, Terius “The Dream” Nash, Timothy Mosley, Jerome Harmon, Ernest Wilson, Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic
Producer – The Dream, Timbaland, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, No I.D.
BPM: 72

But I still don’t know why, why I love it so much.

This song is a great example of a lot of really effective rhythmic contrasts while still keeping a melodic hook, both vocally and instrumentally, that keeps your interest throughout the whole song.

The most obvious and effective hook is Justin’s Chorus where he sings

And baby, it’s amazing Im in this maze with you
I just can’t crack your code
One day you screaming me love you loud
The next day you’re so cold
One day you’re heree, one day you’re there
one day you care
You’re so unfair, sipping from your cup til it runneth over Holy Grail

Right from the beginning, it just grabs you and forces you to listen to the rest of what the song is about. And what is the song about?

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Song Analysis – Katy Perry – “Roar”

Song Analysis – Katy Perry “Roar”

written by Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie Mckee, Henry Walter
produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut
BPM: 92

You gotta give Katy Perry props for having a large diversity in sound throughout her songs. They all retain a sense of sugary pop but the texture and feeling in each one is very individualized.

This new single represents a Phoenix like rebirth, complete with teasers that show her literally burning her old personality. AWESOMENESS!!!! Trailers like these excite me as an artist challenging themselves to something new.

The theme of the song is very “Im not gonna take this anymore and you goddamn right. Im gonna do something about it.” Kinda like Katy’s version of the Twisted Sister hit, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”

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Shaila Dúrcal – El Día Que Me Fuí

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Song Analysis: Anna Kendrick “Cups” (Pitch Perfect’s When Im Gone)

Sometimes hits can come from the most unexpected places.

Usher’s Get Low was only suppose to a mixtape hit.  Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody experienced a resurrection due to Wayne’s World.  Home by Philip Philips.

These and a handful of others song struck a chord within the general audience and just kept going and going like a runaway freight train.

One another accidental hit is Anna Kendrick’s “Cups.”

The theme hits home because we all have that someone that we just want to say , “Listen, your life would be better with me in it. So why are you leaving? WHY???!!!”

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Book Review: Raising Kanye by Donda West

“My mama told me go to school, get your doctorate
But still supported me when I did the opposite”

-Kanye West, “Hey Mama” Late Registration

I have so much respect for Kanye.

I know he’s a very polarizing figure, but that’s what great art is ! Art that truly means something is suppose to make us feel, think and want to react to it.

Great art changes everything.

And art can only be great when it is tempered by unwavering persistence and a strong support system.

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