Monthly Archives: February 2015

Aloe Blacc Speaks on Changing Copyright Laws

Hi Soulsters!  Answer this question.  If you enjoy music as much as I do and it serves as a soundtrack to your life and uplifts you in many ways, wouldn’t you want the artist that brought that to your life to be compensated fairly for that?  I know I do.  Just like anything else music is a product.  When music is created and it serves to better the lives of people, the songwriter has provided a service that they should be compensated for plain and simple.  Streaming music sites like Pandora and Spotify literally rob songwriters of their creativity and contribution to the world.  They make a huge profit over the creators themselves.  The copyright laws should be changed to keep up with the digital age and the way people now download music.  I don’t use Spotify, however, I have used Pandora.  I really did not know that Pandora pays the artist so little to spin their songs.  In an article that singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc wrote for wired.com, he stated that on Pandora it takes “roughly one million spins for a songwriter to  earn just $90”.  What a travesty!  How disgusting is that?  The laws need to be changed, point blank period.  We have to stand for songwriters in this and they have to also come together and stand for themselves as well.

See the video below of singer and songwriter,  Aloe Blacc discussing this  issue in the music business on Real Time with Bill Maher.

Check out Aloe Blacc’s article on this subject on wired.com here

What are your thoughts on this?  Do you agree that copyright laws need to be changed?  Let’s talk about it!

The Rebirth – Being Thru the Eyes of a Child

REBIRTH_Final_Album_FrontCover_4Empire-275x275If you want to hear timeless music from a GREAT Soul/Jazz band, then look no further. The Rebirth is that band. They have just released their highly anticipated sophomore album, “Being Thru the Eyes of a Child”. Just like it’s predecessor, “This Journey In”, this album is such a classic piece of music.

The Rebirth is a seven member band that hails out of Los Angeles, CA and is led by producer, keyboardist and vocalist, Carlos “Loslito” Guaico. Members of The Rebirth are lead vocalist, Baskerfield Jones, Mark Cross (keyboards, vocals), Nikki Campbell (percussion), Patrick Bailey (guitar), Chris Taylor (drums, vocals), and Daniel Seeff (bass guitar). Their signature sound consists of jazz, soul and funk.

I was introduced to this band by hearing their single, “Everybody Say Yeah”, on a local radio station here in Atlanta (Jazz 91.9 FM WCLK) back in 2006. I became an instant fan then and made sure I attended one of their shows when they stopped in Atlanta. All I can remember was the cool vibe and so much awesome music from that show. It was crazy! I danced my butt off that night. That show was easily a good three hours but no one cared. We were encouraged to let go and feel the music..and we did just that. Since then their debut, “This Journey In” has been on repeat in my life’s soundtrack for years. I waited so long for this album and even heard rumblings of a break up at one point. But alas, The Rebirth returns and  releases this album.  It is certainly worth all of the waiting that their fans had to endure.

Being Thru the Eyes of a Child” is a sonic kaleidoscope of rich vocals, crisp instrumentation and atmospheric sound effects that when pulled together brings the listener into a different dimension. Songs like, “Religion To Me”, “Caterpillar” and “By Design” are examples of this. Baskerfield Jones‘ soulful vocals are a perfect complement to the music. She adds her own swagger and funk to the lead single, “This Is Coming To?” and “Wasteland”. “Come on Over” showcases Jones’ vocal versatility and is so beautifully executed. Even though they have a lead vocalist, you still can’t help but feel that this is truly a band and there are no stand outs. The Rebirth is a band in every sense of the word. All work together and each member has talents that they bring to the table to make this band great. “Being Thru the Eyes of a Child” is definitely an album you can listen to straight through. Every song on here is SO good. I’m sure true music heads will find themselves going back and listening to the many nuances they provide in their sound.  Check them out and support this music.  If they roll through your city be sure not to miss them.

Being Thru the Eyes of a Child” is available now on iTunes
The Rebirth Official Website

Check out the video for the first single, “This Is Coming To?”

 

New Music: Live Hart – Honesty

Live Hart_Honesty While doing my usual perusing for new music, I came across this lovely artist, Live Hart. She recently debuted her new album, Honesty and it pulls you in from the first track. Based out of Orlando, Florida, Live Hart is a singer, songwriter and guitarist, who’s sound is reminiscent of Tracy Chapman, Dionne Farris, India Arie and John Mayer.

Honesty is an uplifting and pure listen about hope and love. Feel good songs like the reggae tinged, “We Can Change The World” (one of my favorites on the album) offer hope, while songs like the rocking, “Take Me” and “Release” serves as empowerment anthems. Love is always at the heart of us all and songs like, “What is Love?” (love this track), gives you that and more. This album is a wonderful introduction to Live Hart. I look forward to hearing more from her and once you hear Honesty, I’m sure you will as well. Check her out and let Live Hart know your thoughts! Support GOOD music, people. This is it!

Honesty is available now on iTunes
Live Hart Official Website

Check out “What is Love?”  below:

 

Check out the video for the first single, “Please Don’t Say It’s Over” below:

Award Season: Robert Glasper and Lalah Hathaway Win at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards!

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Congratulations to Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm Jamal Warner for their wonderful rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Jesus Children of America” off of the Robert Glasper Experiment album, “Black Radio 2”. Their version, “Jesus Children” won in the Grammy category for Best Traditional R&B Performance. Check it out below! Have you listened to this album yet? If not, you can check out The Robert Glasper Experiment here.  This album and it’s predecessor, “Black Radio”, are both classics and breathes new life into the Jazz genre. Both are available on iTunes. Keep on supporting this music and let the masses know! If you have listened to the Robert Glasper Experiment, what do you think of them and their effect on the Jazz world today?