Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love!, his newest album that dropped on December 2nd, invites the listener to do just that: awaken. The opening track, Me and Your Mama, begins with chime-tinkling that seems to invoke a lullabied-state, one that is abruptly interrupted with a maximal, layered soundscape, indicative of what the rest of the album … More Childish Gambino Lays Down the Funk
Recently I went to a spoken word event on San Diego State University’s campus. The theme was struggle, which is very topical given the current social and political climate. One piece by the Elevated! Poetry Slam Team caught my eye. “Islamophobia” is a very powerful performance; it’s hard not to be moved by it. Yet, … More Why We All Need to Experience Spoken Word
I’m all about the underdog—I always have been. I like to run away from cops, rebel against those who judge me, appreciate artwork peaced on brickwalls, find a reason to stay out late at night listening to sounds coming from speakers in old warehouses, and I am one-hundred percent down with music that revolutionizes convention. … More The Get Down Revolution
What does William Blake, a poet born in 1757, have to do with a small concert stage somewhere in a small Swiss lakeside town 259 years later? If you don’t see the connection yet (and that’s very probable), let me take you on a journey to where the sound of poetry and song melt into … More Poem Meets Song: A Journey Through Time
First, turn off all the lights. Do you have candles? Light those candles. If not, your cell phone with the screen dimmed will have to do. Now set the needle on the record. Or push the cd tray in. Or just hit play. Breathe, let it in, and wait for your Duende to crawl out … More Awakening Your Duende, a How To.
What is more definitive of a person than the art they choose to keep? Our albums, our books, our comics, movies, and magazines not only say something to others about the kind of people we are, but also mean something enough for us to display them in the first place. Possessing those words and sounds … More “Oh Yeah, I’ve Seen Them”: Why Live Performances are More than Notches in Your Concert Bedpost