I am continuously astounded at the length some of us will go to in order to harm each other without reason. And it gives me pause to realize that this is not an isolated incident, or a single deranged killer. This is our collective history, and our inability to talk about the open wounds.
I stumbled on a speech by Dr. King which was given in 1963 after a bomb killed 4 African American girls in a church in Birmingham, AL. The parallels are too numerous, and the words certainly still ring true today.
Here is to the hope that we can all more carefully heed his words.
One of the great joys of being a musician is having the ability to recreate some of your favorite music. It allows you to wear someone else’s shoes for just a few moments, it allows you to tell someone else’s story. It allows for a certain type of freedom that is absent from performing a song that you have written. There is no pressure to prove your message. You can simply get lost in the familiar melody, and enjoy it.
Similarly, I think this is why hip hop artists create mix tapes. It allows the poet/rapper to get some ideas out without all the pressures of finding the right beats, and having the right producers. It is a quick and fun way to say what is on your mind and hone your craft.
So, we are trying out some cover songs as Wallfly Feedback. Some of these will be collaborations with other artists, some of them will have original lyrics added to them, all of them are just for fun, just to let off some steam.
And who better to cover than The Beatles? Below is the first one, Enjoy
Found them on Soundcloud a little while back, and they just released this new single. It has a great combo of modern production elements and a natural rock feel. Groove. Then check out their website: http://www.thepolitixmusic.org/
Last week it was revealed that Tom Petty will be given a cowriting credit for the Sam Smith hit song “Stay With Me” along with Petty’s songwriting partner Jeff Lynne. Why? Because the chord progression for “Stay With Me” is similar to Petty’s 1989 “I Won’t Back Down.”
So the question is, does he deserve it? Or is he just jealous that Sam Smith is up for multiple Grammy’s?
Indeed, the songs are structurally similar for the refrain, but other elements of the song are different. The Tom Petty song is in the key of G and Sam Smith is in C, but they share the same chord progression of vi – IV – I. Basically, the Sam Smith song is pitch-shifted to have higher notes.
However, the intervals used in both songs are hardly groundbreaking from a songwriting standpoint. These are some of the most used chord progressions in the history of music.
The same site will reveal that, of songs that include the vi chord, 46% of them are immediately followed by the VI and then the I.
So what is all this co-writing credit nonsense?
One of my new favorite bands, Alt-J, is included in the list, too. Their song “Something Good” uses the exact same chord progression! Should Tom Petty get songwriting credit for that too?
No, no he should not. His song was inevitably the same as a another song before it.
Everybody copies, this is simply how art evolves. John Lennon used chords from Beethoven to write “Because” and Green Day used the chords from Pachelbel’s Canon to write “Basket Case.” The list goes on and on.
“a lot of rock & roll songs sound alike. Ask Chuck Berry. The Strokes took “American Girl” [for their song “Last Nite”], and I saw an interview with them where they actually admitted it. That made me laugh out loud. I was like, ‘OK, good for you.’ It doesn’t bother me.”
Some radio is great. Independent radio stations are a major boon to music aficionados and artists alike. But increasingly I find myself not listening, just because it isn’t on the tip of my fingers like Spotify, Soundcloud, Rdio, Slacker, Pandora, etc.
Do you still listen to the radio? Despite all the talk about streaming apps, radio is still the most popular way to listen to music. However, it does seem to be more difficult to actually find a radio as of late. I have access to almost any song in the universe on my phone, but I can’t listen to a regular old FM radio station!
You might not even have a radio, except in your car. Your sound dock sure does look sleek, but its missing one of the basic technologies that made recorded music popular in the first place. Am I right? So I decided to solve my radio problem with a little internet research.
What to do?! We can stream the station over the internet tubes, here are the options:
You’ve probably seen or heard a commercial for this one. Its owned and operated by Clear Channel and it stinks like stinky cheese, don’t use it ever. It only provides access to Clear Channel radio stations (you know, the ones with waaay too many annoying sound effects, canned DJs, uninspired playlists, and tons of commercials?). However, it does provide the ability to create curated streaming radio stations without commercials – just like Pandora et al. But that isn’t what this article is about – we want to listen to the FM!
iHeartRadio is bad, and its owned by bad people. So why did I even mention it? I dunno… only to segue to the better alternative.
Enter the much lesser known but way more functional radio streaming service, TuneIn Radio. It lets you access the web stream of almost any radio station. Use it online, or download the app on your phone. If you buy to ‘Pro’ version you can pause, rewind, and save broadcasts for later. It also lets you ‘follow’ certain shows. So, for example – if you missed the most recent broadcast of your favorite show, you can quickly find other stations that will broadcast it, join the podcast, or get notifications when a new episode is going to broadcast.
So, if you are missing the radio experience, try out TuneIn Radio for a little break from the #curatedplaylistedstreaming web.