Category Archives: Music

Jessie J

Jessie J, I always thought of as an average pop singer.
Here’s my favorite song of hers…

In January 2018, she appeared on the sixth season of the Chinese singing competition Singer 2018 and won the show as the first international winner ever. Here she shows what she can really do…….

 

 

 

 

Idol Tran

American Idol 2019 has started.

And already a contender for the top 10 has emerged.
Myra Tran, a 19 year old Vietnamese female singer
impressed the judges with ‘One Night Only’

It’s an experienced voice,  so not surprising she had already won The X Factor in Vietnam.

 

 

Queen BioPic

Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 biographical film about the British rock band Queen.

It follows singer Freddie Mercury’s life from his joining the band in 1970, to their Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985.

Directed by Bryan Singer, it is written by Anthony McCarten, and produced by Graham King and former Queen manager Jim Beach. It stars Rami Malek as Mercury, with Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers in supporting roles. Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor served as creative and musical consultants on the film.


Seems to be the popular film of the moment, winning Golden Globes and BAFTA awards.

While the depictions of May, Deacon & Taylor were great, I couldn’t get on with Rami Malek’s depiction of Freedy Mercury. It looked like he was always munching on his false teeth with a variable accent.

The story roughly tells the Queen story, with exceptions that have been well documented. It starts and ends with the Live-Aid Concert in 1985. The re-creating of the 20 minute set was great, but it took 2 hours to get to it.

The film is doing well, with a budget of $55, it has currently made almost $800 million.

 

Ghost Love

So this is now a ‘thing’…..

Americans have discovered Nightwish and there are numerous “reaction videos” of a particular song:

 

 

Despite the fact that Nightwish is 20 year old and Floor Jansen has been the singer since 2012. It’s a great song, here are a few examples of the videos……….

Even More…
 

Antti

Antti Martikainen
 

Is an independent composer from Finland. He creates mainly orchestral music in the romantic style.

It’s invariably big and epic, as indicated by the album covers..

Spotify Link

 

 

Perturbator

 

Perturbator is James Kent, a French electronic musician from Paris.

Kent has a background as a guitarist in several black metal bands. Since 2012, he has produced electronic music inspired by cyberpunk culture and with inspiration from movies like Akira, Ghost In The Shell and The Running Man.

He uses a variety of software synths in his productions, such as the emulators of old vintage synths like the OB-X or the CS-80. Since his debut EP Night Driving Avenger he has released four full-length albums.

The music is Synthwave, often dark and brooding but always a full-on synth-heavy sound. It’s like Symphonic Rock for synthesizers !

As the albums are free on bandcamp, they are probably the most popular in this genre.

 

Pearl & Nimmo

Blame It On Abba
How I ditched my day job to chase a childhood dream
by Lisa Nimmo (2018)
Lisa Nimmo has a dream…. to become a rock star. This musical adventure is proof that it’s never too late to follow your heart, reinvent yourself and become the person you were born to be.

I don’t remember this duo, the album ‘No Ordinary Day’ came out in 2006 and achieved some success. This is the story of the band told by Nimmo in a very personal way.

I heard an interview on Radio NZ that made me interested in the book.

 The Album on Spotify

Lisa’s Web Page

Shelley Mac (the other half of Pearl)

 

 

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