Posts in Music
Brantley Gilbert and Fatherhood

Fatherhood is a common theme in country music. Countless songs have been written expressing gratitude from artists towards their fathers. Brantley Gilbert’s new song, “Man Who Hung the Moon,” is instead written from the perspective of a father talking to a newborn child. In it, Gilbert expresses a wise awareness of the awesome responsibility of fatherhood and a profound understanding of its purpose. 

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Bruce and the Art of Rock ’n’ Roll Storytelling

Above all, Bruce’s music reminds us what great rock ’n’ roll is and has always been about: the human condition. It’s an art of American storytelling, and nobody has done it better or longer than Bruce. The Broadway album slips seamlessly between song and speech, poetry and prose, narration and prayer. It’s passionate, vulgar, reverent, tearful, kind, angry, humble, proud, and funny. It is profoundly human, a feature that distinguishes great music from the profanely human music of lesser artists.

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The New Kings of Rock?

Rock ’n’ roll has always been about standing up for ideas that challenge norms, inherently making it a counter-cultural and rebellious genre. Hippie moralism, however, is no longer counter-cultural, and it hardly fulfills the rock potential previously glimpsed in Greta van Fleet.

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Is This Really America, Donald Glover?

While Glover does not goes so far as to offer suggestions about what should be done to realign our moral compass, "This is America" does take that first step to finding a solution: recognizing there is a problem. In this age of media misguidance, celebrities and tragedies are merely American spectacle. One day, the public can care so deeply about a tragedy and then the next, allow it to be forgotten just like the latest trend.

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Separating the music from the noise: A preview of the ACM awards

This weekend, the Academy of Country Music will hand out a variety of awards. The single of the year category, however, is particularly interesting because it showcases examples of country music both at its best and at its worst. The five nominated songs showcase the profound depths that country music is able to reach while also showing the silliness that the genre can produce. In light of this, it is worth thinking about the individual merits of each nominated song.

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The Sound of Love: An Exploration of Slow Music

As I began to craft a list similar to the “10 Underrated Pieces of Classical Music for Christmas” for Valentine’s Day, having the subject be pieces about love instead, I began to realize a pattern: all the music I selected was slow. One after another, Brahms’ Op. 118, Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony, any middle movement from Mozart or Mahler, all of this music was slow. This led me to wonder why the music of love has always been slow.

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That's the Way of the World

Human nature as described in this album is one that is imperfect, but capable of good. The same person who has the desire to learn and has the ability to love also has the capability to be negatively affected by the society in which he lives, and his vices can cloud his reason, but his reason can overcome his vice--but reason can allow the good to overcome vice.

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10 Underrated Pieces of Classical Music for Christmas

Everyone has an opinion about music at Christmas time. Some would prefer the older standards while others insist that the new Christmas album put out by so-and-so artist is the best thing since Christmas itself. But when it comes to Classical Music at Christmas time, there seems to be a tacit universal understanding by society that Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and Handel’s Messiah, are what we should listen to.

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