We've even won a couple of Webbys + a Peabody Award.
At this moment in my household, there are two things that are being played and replayed by my immediate family: on the television, the movie Pitch Perfect, and in the car, Lorde’s catchy hit song ”Royals.”
Enter Florida State University’s AcaBelles to beautifully merge these two spheres. The video is nearing five million views on YouTube now and is worth posting, if only to hear an flesh-and-bone a cappella group rival those Barden Bellas. It’s a gorgeous rendition that just might compel you to loop a few times this morning — and in the process smile, groove, and contemplate the message of the song.
Two full days of stellar voices at this year’s PopTech can leave the head ailing from overload. The pop-folk band Hem closed was the right remedy. It was an absolute delight to have them close out the day and usher us aspiring thinkers into Maine’s evening air.
"It will be a discipline before it becomes a pleasure."
This past month, I’ve been listening non-stop to Laura Mvula’s album Sing to the Moon. She’s an incredible singer who meshes hushed, contemplative lyrics with a verve and mastery that doesn’t feel like artifice or overly produced. Even her poppier songs are clean and refreshing. She’s her own woman, her own artist, who is comfortable in her own skin — for which I’m entirely thankful.
What an absolutely splendid way to usher out the day, thanks to explore-blog:
This is amazing: A mesmerizing Beach Boys vocals inspired by the physics of church bells from Alexander Chen, who wrote code to draw a circle for each note of the song using a mathematical relationship between a the circumference of a circular surface and pitch. A fine addition to these synesthetic visualizations of music.
“Feeling Good” was the first Nina Simone song I heard.
I was 31, recently divorced, and I needed to find her. Her recordings became a frequent companion. Nina Simone gave me the sound of her soul — as an activist, as a woman want of love, full of wit, and hardened by pain. She deserves to be celebrated.