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Saturday, December 29, 2012
The Influence of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys Vol. 1

The Influence of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys, Vol. 1

Time and time again the phrase “Beatles-esque” appears in various reviews to describe the music. After all, The Beatles are the most influential band of all time, whether you’re a fan or not. But if there’s one other songwriter, whose influence is heard over and over again in other songwriters’ works, it’s Brian Wilson’s (of The Beach Boys; The Beatles’ friendly rivals)...
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Posted by Thomas Thomsen on December 29, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
Classic 1970s Soul RB and Funk Vol. 4

Classic 1970s Soul, R&B, and Funk, Vol. 1

  1.Move On Up and (Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Down Below, We’re All Going To Go by Curtis Mayfield: Both of these classic tracks were recorded for 1970’s Curtis, the first solo album by the former lead singer of The Impressions, and the first Soul album to break boundaries in a successful attempt to address the political/social issues of American society,...
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Posted by Thomas Thomsen on December 28, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Sunshine On My Shoulders The Best Of John Denver Volt and Volume

“I don’t want to entertain people. I want to touch them!”

The title of this blog is a quote by '70s singer/songwriter John Denver. I didn’t come across this quote until a couple of years ago, but it instantly resonated with me and still does. Why? Because I think it’s a wonderful and commendable quality in an artist to want to touch his or her audience rather than merely entertain them...
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Posted by Thomas Thomsen on December 26, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Which songs stole from other songs And which songwriters got sued

Which songs stole from other songs? And which songwriters got sued?

Ever listened to a song for the first time and thought to yourself -– “Hey, I’ve heard this song before!”? That is to say: part of the song, perhaps the intro or a short section that sounds suspiciously similar to some other song you’ve heard? Now, there’s nothing wrong with being inspired by other songs as a songwriter, that happens all the time, but...
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Posted by Thomas Thomsen on December 26, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
Music Just Isnt What It Used To Be Or Is It3

Music Just Isn’t What It Used To Be! Or Is It?

Roughly put, if you want to listen to brand-new, top-quality music, you won’t find much of it on commercial radio – that is, the so-called Top 40 songs. Sure, exaggeration promotes understanding, but – apart from a few exceptions here and there – I’m not that far off, am I? Well, at least not if you expect more from your music than mere entertainment....
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Posted by Thomas Thomsen on December 24, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Vinyl Records

Music and Packaging: Physical or Download?

When we buy an album, naturally it’s the music, which attracts us to it – what we hear in terms of songwriting, melodies, instruments, arrangements, vocals, harmonies, lyrics; the feelings that the music awaken, and the images that we see. That’s what first and foremost makes us buy the music. But how much does the packaging itself matter...
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Posted by Thomas Thomsen on December 22, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Does your musical taste reflect your personality?

Listening to music can be a very personal experience, but do you think that our musical tastes actually reveal something about our personality? Or is our individual taste in music merely a coincidence? If we look at another one of our senses, the sense of taste, science doesn’t know with certainty, if a human’s taste in food is learned/acquired or congenital, but it is widely considered to be a combination of both. In relation to music, I suspect that the same factors might very well apply...
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Posted by Thomas Thomsen on December 12, 2012
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