Give Life Back to REAL Music

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Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/

The Grammys, music’s biggest night. The Album of the Year award was coming up. I thought that Taylor Swift would win. Her nominated album, Red, had an amazing year. But I was wrong. Dressed as robots, the French dance-pop band Daft Punk walked up to the stage to accept the coveted award for Album of the Year.

The definition of the Album of the Year award at the Grammys is “to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.” This year at the 2014 Grammy Awards, Daft Punk won the award. You may know their music by their smash single, “Get Lucky”. It is a song about drinking and partying, hence the lyric, “So let’s raise the bar, and our cups to the stars… We’re up all night to get lucky.”

I’m sorry, but when did partying become artistic achievement?

If you didn’t know, Daft Punk’s music is purely dance music, the music that is played in nightclubs. Each song on Random Access Memories is electronic and technical sounding. There is no contrast. Every song sounds the same.

The group does not even sing on their album. They recruited other artists, such as Pharrell Williams, to do that for them. The tracks that don’t have other singers sound like karaoke sing-a-longs. Only one word is repeated on each track.  They did not write one lyric on that album. And you’re telling me that this piece of music won an award previously won by musical legends such as Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, and Whitney Houston?

In my personal opinion, the album that should have won this year’s award is Taylor Swift’s “Red” album. The album has a variety of music, all written, composed, and produced by Taylor Swift. The album contains genres that range from country, pop, dubstep, and folk. Each song is written or co-written by Taylor.

Taylor Swift has been writing her own music since she was 12 years old. She writes or co-writes every song that she has released. Taylor plays four instruments: the banjitar (banjo-guitar) acoustic and electric guitars, piano, and harp. This is what the Album of the Year award should be about. These Daft Punks only use technical sounds and disc jockeys (what dj’s use) to make their “music”.

Taylor Swift’s songs are inspiring. Sure, she may have many songs about breakups, but it’s her way to cope with the emotions that she feels. At least her music is relatable. You can’t tell me that you haven’t sang along with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” at least once.

Taylor’s song-writing is impeccable. In her song “All Too Well” she says, “Maybe we got lost in translation, maybe I asked for too much, maybe this thing was a masterpiece ‘till you tore it all up.” If you’ve been through a loss of someone you loved, you must have felt these emotions at some point. Can you relate to a song that says “give life to music… let the music in tonight”?

Many award shows these days give the big-ticket awards to popular artists just to capture viewers. What happened to real music? We can’t let techno-dance music keep winning awards like this. America, wake up! This music is what your children will be listening to. Do you really want your little sibling walking around the house saying  “I’m up all night to get lucky” ?

Is Today’s Music Too Much?


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Music has evolved with history. Let’s just say that you don’t usually hear classical and disco songs much these days. But what is considered “music” today can be a little much. Remember when you could hear a person’s voice when they sang? When instruments weren’t replaced by a soundboard? Unfortunately, things are taking a turn for the worst, and quality music may soon become history.

I understand that everyone has a different taste in music. I get that. But in my opinion, you should at least be able to tell if an artist has talent. Today, anyone could sound like a pro with auto-tune and a techno beat. So many singers do just that. They record a song, and let auto-tune do the rest of the work. Come on people, it’s called singing for a reason. A singer should sing, and not let music producers sit behind their computers and crank out songs.

Luckily, there is still hope for the future in music. Believe it or not, there are some artists out there who aren’t all about the techno auto-tune. Imagine that! I like to believe that these artists are making a comeback in the music business. A few examples are “The Lumineers”, “Mumford and Sons”, “Fun.”, and several others. As far as I am concerned, my music shouldn’t sound like microphone feedback, an old computer starting up, or give me a headache. Dubstep, I’m looking at you. If this music “craze” continues, they should at least make a new music genre for auto-tune. That way, I know what music is real and what is not. Sure, I’ll admit it. I’ve listened to the techno songs. Some are catchy, but gosh I bet they killed a few brain cells.



Coldplay..The Best Band Since Ever

urlChris Martin, Will Champion, Guy Berryman, and Jonny Buckland form one of the best bands in the history of music. Ever heard of Coldplay? Coldplay is an alternative rock band from Britain. They have created some of the best music in the business.

All music from this band is written by the members. The lyrics are catchy and the music is memorable. Every song has its own unique sound. I can’t name every one of Coldplay’s songs, but whenever I hear them I easily recognize their style. The band was formed in 1996, and is still  going strong.

There are so many fantastic songs by Coldplay that it is hard to pick out the best ones. However, the following are some of my favorites:

1. The Scientist
2. Clocks
3. Viva La Vida
4. Fix you
5. Yellow
6. Princess of China
7. Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall

If you’re not familiar with these songs, I highly recommend checking them out on iTunes or watch the music videos on Youtube. I guarantee you will like at least one of them. I’ve liked Coldplay ever since I was a little kid, and I think everyone should give their music a chance. With more than seventy songs, you won’t run out of material quickly!

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Having Trouble Falling Asleep?

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Has this ever happened to you? You are lying in bed, and you have been staring at the ceiling for two hours and you still can not fall asleep. The fact of the matter is that in our very stressful and hectic world, more and more people are having trouble falling asleep. So if you are one of the millions that can not fall asleep easily at night, don’t worry! The answer to your problem may be just a few clicks away!

Recent studies have shown that a new type of music called “white noise” has greatly decreased the amount of time it takes for people to fall asleep. White noise is a calming sound made from combining many frequencies to make a noise that sounds something like a fan. White noise is shown to help people sleep by soothing the brain and blocking background noises that may cause you to wake up.

Another widely used method to help you fall asleep faster is nature sounds. Nature sounds are made by recording a sound like a thunderstorm or beach waves, and looping them to make a very calming and repetitive noise that will help you to relax and become comfortable faster than just lying in bed.

Q: A lot of people listen to the news or the tv to help them fall asleep, isn’t that the same as listening to white noise?
A: Absolutely not. Listening to the news or tv actually requires concentration, so when you fall asleep, part of your brain is still paying attention to the radio, which will cause you not to get as good of a night sleep than listening to white noise.  Continue reading

Direction Infection!

Who are Nialler, Hazza, DJ Malik, Tommo, and Daddy Directioner? If you’re a 12-18 year old girl you probably know, it’s One Direction! Yes, like most teenage girls in the world I’ve become obsessed with this British/Irish boy band. But … Continue reading

I See Sparks Fly..

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Taylor Swift’s Speak Now World Tour was a must-see for her fans. She has come an extremely long way from her old home in Nashville and has become popular worldwide. Her music reaches out to girls of any age, for it can help them through tough times. The Speak Now album is basically her diary set to music and shows that she’s just like any ordinary girl. This concert went beyond everybody’s expectations and left a lasting impression in their minds.
On June 25, 2011, I made the trip to Gillette Stadium with a few of my friends. After waiting for what seemed like forever, the lights went dark and the smoke rose. The music started and Taylor came out in her gold dress and cowboy boots. She began to sing “Sparks Fly”, and over 25,000 people screamed at the top of their lungs. After everybody had gotten over the shock and excitement, she proceeded to introduce herself. She continued to sing her most popular songs then made her way over to a mini stage out in the crowd. As she sang “with you I’d dance in a storm in my best dress, fearless”, it started to downpour. The timing was so perfect that it was like they had planned it. Everybody feared she would take cover inside, but she continued on and danced with us in a storm, in her best dress, fearless. 

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Flying over the crowd in a balcony, Taylor finished the concert with “Love Story” while confetti dropped to the ground. She wasn’t the only part of this concert that was amazing. The set was perfect for her personality and music style and she also had outstanding back up singers and dancers. Everything came together to form the perfect concert that told the story of Taylor Swift. This performance had the fans “wonderstruck”; it left them expecting her next album to be even more breathtaking.

Philip Phillips the Next Idol?

Blazing throughout the competition, Phillip Phillips is the obvious choice to win this year’s season of American Idol. With the show coming close to its final weeks, only four idols remain. Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Hollie Cavanaugh, and Phillip Phillips make up the finals, and it will be a  hard fight to the very end.Throughout the show they all have preformed fabulously, though Phillip Phillips has been the clear standout. Winning would greatly jump-start a singing career and Phillip completely deserves it. He could easily have a very successful career and go right to the tops of the charts. Rising crowds around the world to their feet, Phillip also has an amazing voice and sparkles with originality. Singing his heart out every week, there are many reasons that Phillip should be crowned victorious.

    Phillip is one of the most unique contestants the show has ever had, one of the reasons he should be the season 11 winner. Phillip, a former pawn-shop worker, has a phenomenal voice that has carried him through the competition. Aside from this, his special sound brings a new element to any song he decides to sing, making it simple to transform a song however he pleases. Many songs he sings are hardly recognizable from the original version, but they often sound even better than the original. His voice stands out in a crowd; the deep gravely sound easily setting him apart from the rest of the competition. This originality could also make it easy for him to sell records, as he is something special from every other singer at the top of the charts. Singers with different voices have recently been soaring to the top and Phillip is on his way there. He has a very strong fan base and is already a favorite to win. He is loved by the judges, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, and Steven Tyler, as well as people around America. He has gotten continual positive praise from the judges all year, making him even a judge’s favorite. A week never goes by where Phillip does not deliver, as he is always at the very top of his game. Week by week the votes flow in, making him one of the only contestants to have never been in the bottom three. For this, he should undoubtedly be declared the winner.

Phillip Phillips is not just a singer, but he is an unbelievable musician and performer. He is setting the trail for new and different performers, showing how singers of all different genres can succeed. No other contestants can compare to his style, giving him a clear shot to take the title. With all the dedication to being the best that he can be, there is no doubt that he should win. Every song is unique, his voice transforming it into something magical. With his signature style, amazing voice, large support base, and great personality, Phillip should go right to the top.

“Blown Away”

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Carrie Underwood at the 2010 ACM awards.

Carrie Marie Underwood, born March 10, 1983, is an American country singer, songwriter and actress who won the fourth season of American Idol, in 2005. Since then she has become a multi-platinum selling recording artist, a winner of several Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards and American Music Awards, a Golden Globe Award nominee, a three-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Female Vocalist winner.  She is also a two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year, and she is the first-ever female artist to win back-to-back Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards for Entertainer of the Year in both 2009 and 2010. Carrie has also become a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. She was also excepted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2009. Billboard recognized Carrie as Country Music’s reigning Queen in 2012.  This has truly made her the most successful American Idol winner in the history of the show. Continue reading

The British Invasion, Taking Over the World!


One Direction, taking the world by storm, is the new boyband of the century. These five boys all auditioned for the British X-Factor as solo artists, but at the boot camp stage were put together as a band. Girls all over are listening to their debut album, Up All Night. Buy Up All Night because of the mixture of all songs on the album, fast, slow and medium tempo. Their songs are very relatable and aspiring, as the boys try to act as much like themselves as they can. Also, they have broken a record, being the first ever British band to go straight to the top of the U.S charts with their debut album. To be the first ever British band to accomplish this is amazing. There are a total of fifteen songs on the album, full of great music. Buying the album is worth the spending.

Working in the studios for months, One Direction have worked very hard on pulling together their debut album, Up All Night. There are nine fast songs, four slow, and two medium tempoed songs. Their most popular song, and first single is, What Makes You Beautiful. The song is played on radios across the world. The video is very popular, as well. To have reached over one million views on youtube, was a great deal for them. Also, the boys act themselves, not pressured by the media in any sort of way. They each have their own unique style and personality, drawing in more fans. They actually truly enjoy singing to audiences all over the world. Their songs are inspiring to teenage girls across the globe, to feel more confident and better about themselves. For example, What Makes You Beautiful goes out to all those girls who do not know how beautiful they are, inside and out. To give their fans these songs, means so much to them. They want their fans to feel good about themselves and not pressured by the media. Breaking the U.S record was also a great accomplishment by the band. By being the first British Band to have their debut album come in number one on the U.S charts, really shows you how hard they have worked and how amazing their songs are. They have beaten The Beatles and The Spice Girls with this incredible record. They have also won a 2012 Brit award for best British single of the year for What Makes You Beautiful. Their music has accomplished so much already.

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One Direction performing live in Australia

Making amazing music, aspiring girls, and breaking records, One Direction have wowed everyone. Their variety of songs is great for anyone to enjoy. Staying true to themselves, and aspiring all fans to just be themselves and be happy, are both things they have accomplished through their songs. Breaking the U.S record is a great deal, considering the beat famous bands that have gone down in history, as well. Waiting to buy the album is pointless. Make sure you check out a local store near you.