Category Archives: Music


Mike Carss is Altus, from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada is an ambient musician.

(from his website)
The project began in 2001 and has continued to blossom to this day. The majority of releases revolve around the ambient and new age genres, but has also delved into neo-classical, dark ambient, and electronica. In 2018, a decision was made for any future ambient-style works to be released through a new project, Loneward. From that point onward, music released under the Altus moniker will used to explore new ideas outside the ambient/new age genre.

Dan Vasc

Daniel Vasconcelos is a singer that takes on everyone from A-HA to Nightwish and Steve Perry. He has a strong and versatile voice that can cover Operatic Styles…


And thrives when taking on songs usually associated with female lead Symphonic Metal Bands…

He does a very effective version of Evanescance’s ‘Bring Me to Life’..

But despite the vocal pyrotechnics, sometimes just using his middle range gives the best results, as can be heard in Journey’s ‘Open Arms’.



Lisa Fischer

Lisa Fischer

This is a singer I must have heard lots of times, but not by name. I came across her in the film ’20 Feet from Stardom’, a documentary about backup singers.

Lisa has been a back-up singer for Sting, Luther Vandross, Tina Turner and many more. She toured with The Rolling Stones from 1989 to 2015.

Her career peaked with the 1991 release of ‘How Can I Ease the Pain’ from her album ‘So Intense’, which reached number one on the R&B charts and won her a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1992.

On her own, she is as good, if not better than many in the Soul/R&B music genre.


Stereoscenic Records

Releases ‘lush scenes painted with sound’.

From Poemme..

To compilations



Bluetech, from San Diego California produces electronic music ranging from ambient to chill and dub.

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…