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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Which Songs Stole From Other Songs Blog

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 January 14, 2014
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Classic 1980s Soul R and B and Funk Vol. 2

Classic 1980s Soul, R&B, and Funk, Vol. 2

1.Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ and Billie Jean by Michael Jackson: In 1982, Michael Jackson released his sixth full-length release, Thriller (the follow-up to 1979’s Off The Wall), which reached No. 1 on the Soul/R&B and Pop charts and picked up an impressive haul of eight Grammy Awards, including “Album Of The Year”. All of seven singles were released from Thriller (out of 9 album tracks), and...
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Posted by Thomas Thomsen on November 14, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Classic 1980s Soul R and B and Funk Vol. 1

Classic 1980s Soul, R&B, and Funk, Vol. 1

 1.Back Together Again and You Are My Heaven by Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway: In 1980, in an attempt to repeat the success of 1972’s Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, the two Soul singers decided to record another duets album together. Tragically, it wasn’t meant to be, as Donny Hathaway committed suicide after having recorded only two songs (both were released as singles), leaving it to Roberta Flack to record the remaining five songs on her own....
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Posted by Thomas Thomsen on July 10, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
The Influence of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys Vol. 2

The Influence of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys, Vol. 2

This is a continuation of The Influence of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys, Vol. 1. The following list consists of yet more songs that owe a huge debt to the wondrous music and harmonies of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys. Held in high esteem by countless songwriters, both past and present, Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys remain some of the most influential songwriters and harmony singers of all time....
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Posted by Thomas Thomsen on May 27, 2013
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
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Transistor

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 27, 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
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