Monday, February 13, 2017

Surprises at the Grammys!

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards have come and gone. Critics endlessly hyped the contest of the evening – Adele versus Beyoncé in each of the four categories both artists were nominated for. The results are in, and it was a lopsided victory for Adele, who swept all five awards she was nominated for. “25” won Album of the Year, with flagship “Hello” winning Song of the Year. Although “Lemonade” took Best Urban Contemporary Album, Beyoncé has for the fourth time failed to win the Album of the Year category. Nevertheless, Adele repeatedly paid tribute to Beyoncé, praising her artistry and influence. Adele also won Record of the Year (“Hello), Best Pop Solo Performance (“Hello”), and Best Pop Vocal Album (“25”).

Twenty One Pilots raised plenty of eyebrows with their unusual response to winning Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Stressed Out.” When the announcement was made, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun dropped their pants and walked to the stage to collect their prize. Chance The Rapper surprised many by taking Best Rap Album for “Coloring Book,” the first streaming-only album to both be nominated for and win a Grammy. Chance also won Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance for “No Problem.”

What surprised you about the 2017 Grammys? Feel strongly that someone else should have won, or that another song or album deserved an award? Let us know! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

5 Valentine’s Day Songs

Fraught with peril, Valentine’s Day presents a challenge to many a young (and not so young) couple. It is an opportunity to demonstrate the certitude of your love and forever win the affection of your partner… or lose everything in a rash display of carelessness or forgetfulness. It celebrates togetherness and romantic love as much as it exposes the fragility of relationships.

This Valentine’s Day, take the time to be thoughtful. Has your partner dropped hints about anything? How would your partner want you to express your love?

Although surprising the love of your life with a song may not be the answer, you may perhaps find inspiration in music about this delightful day. Here are some of our favorites. Did we miss anything? Let us know!

Monday, January 30, 2017

La La Land: The Smash-Hit of 2016

The critically acclaimed musical La La Land is the surprise smash-hit of 2016. The film won seven Golden Globe Awards, winning every category it was nominated in and breaking a record for total number of wins. It has been nominated for fourteen Oscars, tying records set by Titanic (1997) and All About Eve (1950). Some critics have contended that it has revitalized, or even resurrected, the “bygone” genre of jazz musical.

Winning Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “City of Stars” in the Golden Globe Awards, La La Land features a creative and memorable soundtrack by Justin Hurwitz. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote lyrics for all of the songs except for “Start a Fire,” which was written by John Stephens, Justin Hurwitz, Marius De Vries, and Angelique Cinelu.

Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the film boasts extraordinary and enormously entertaining performances, an enchanting love story, and a heart-rending conclusion. Director Damien Chazelle brings to life a remarkable set, ensuring this masterpiece will be talked about for a long time.