- Summer Breeze – Seals and Crofts
- Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
- Jolene – Dolly Parton
- Blue Bayou – Linda Ronstadt
- Happy Together – The Turtles
- Photographs and Memories – Jim Croce
- Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles
- Helplessly Hoping – Crosby, Stills, & Nash
- Dedicated To The One I Love – The Mamas & The Papas
- Everything I Own – Bread
- Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
- Hummingbird – Seals and Crofts
- Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
- Ventura Highway – America
- White Room – Cream
- Tom Sawyer – Rush
- Under Pressure – David Bowie
- Black Dog – Led Zeppelin
- Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
- Hotel California – Eagles
- Call On Me – Big Brother & The Holding Company
- Green-Eyed Lady – Sugarloaf
- Time In A Bottle – Jim Croce
- Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In – The 5th Dimension
- That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick
- Easy – Commodores
- Ben – Michael Jackson
- Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John, Kiki Dee
- You Make My Dreams – Daryl Hall & John Oates
- A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke
- September – Earth, Wind & Fire
- The House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
- Rescue Me – Fontella Bass
- For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
- (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
- Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head – BJ Thomas
- Manic Monday – The Bangles
- Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
- Enter Sandman – Metallica
- Dancing Queen – ABBA
- Kiss – Prince
- Day Tripper – The Beatles
- The Spirit of Radio – Rush
- Superstition – Stevie Wonder
- Call Me – Blondie
- Crazy On You – Heart
- What About Love – Heart
- People Are Strange – The Doors
- Sunshine Of Your Love – Cream
- In The City – Eagles
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This playlist is one I’ve had on my Spotify forever. I often delete old playlists or shuffle music around every month or so, but this playlist remains untouched. I LOVE every one of these love songs.
- L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
- You’re Still The One – Shania Twain
- Love On Top – Beyonce
- A Sunday Kind of Love – Etta James
- Stand By Me – Ben E. King
- Love On The Brain – Rihanna
- Make You Feel My Love – Adele
- Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
- All of Me – John Legend
- Your Song – Elton John
- At Last – Etta James
- Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
- My Girl – The Temptations
- Killing Me Softly With His Song – Roberta Flack
- Eternal Flame – The Bangles
- Dream A Little Dream of Me – The Mamas & the Papas
- Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
- Be My Baby – The Ronettes
- Michelle – The Beatles
- I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5
- Put Your Head on my Shoulder – Paul Anka
- Love For Sale – Eartha Kitt
- Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart) – Diana Ross / Marvin Gaye
- The End of the World – Skeeter Davis
- Sh-Boom – The Chords
- That’s Amore – Dean Martin
- My Funny Valentine – Nina Simone
- Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
- I’ll Have to Say I Love You In A Song – Jim Croce
- Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross
- Who’s Lovin’ You – The Jackson 5
- Crazy – Patsy Cline
- When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
- This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
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Here’s a peek into one of my personal playlists: Soul Songs. Every song on this playlist speaks to my soul; they’re soothing, passionate, and centered around love. If I’m taking a contemplative car ride, this is what I play.
- Butterfly – UMI
- Haiku – Nai Palm
- February 3rd – Jorja Smith
- Best Part (feat. H.E.R.) – Daniel Caesar
- Quite Like You – Andy Shauf
- Slipping – Eryn Allen Kane
- We Find Love – Daniel Caesar
- Mystery of Love – Sufjan Stevens
- Sweet Creature – Harry Styles
- Emotion – Destiny’s Child
- Sunrise – Norah Jones
- Song Cries and Amens – Grace
- Library Magic – The Head and the Heart
- Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
- Streetcar – Daniel Caesar
- Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand – Leon Bridges
- Village – Cam
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I’m not sure where I even found this – but I love it. 3 seems to play a significant role in humankind. It happens that three is the first number to which the meaning “all” was given.
3 signifies a beginning, a middle, and an end. Just like my brothers and I. Me, the first born – the beginning, and my brothers, the middle and the end.
Time, too. When describing time, we categorize it into past, present, and future.
3 seems to signify harmony, completion, or perfection. In the Bible, the number is repeated and used as such. God, the son, and the holy spirit. God’s attributes: omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence. And let’s not forget: On the third day, he rose again.
So was this number born out of creativity or necessity? And where does this creativity come from – are we born with it? Is it something we’re taught? Why are some people more creative than others?
In this article by David Cox in the Guardian explores the question: Are people born creative? He goes on to explain that researchers have discovered that the corpus callosum, or band of nerve fibers joining the two sides of the brain, is smaller in creatives like writers, musicians, and artists, “which may augment their creativity by allowing each side of their brain to develop its own specialization.” Cool, right?
He goes on to express that other studies have shown that people with certain mental disorders tend to be more creative. Example 1 was bipolar disorder. If experiencing bipolar mania, the individual is, “experiencing excessive fast and divergent thinking, increased self-esteem, and never ending energy and motivation often to create.”
A creative myself, I find things like this so interesting. I’m on that never-ending and never satisfying quest to find out why I am the way that I am – and why others are the way that they are. Maybe I should have picked up a psychology minor!
I’m always interested in the creative process of others, too. Myself, I carry around a journal that I fill with lists and ideas that drive my creation and inspires me to learn more in order to create more. But of course, there’s creative block. I’ve been pretty lucky with my journal – normally I can find something I find interesting enough to write about just from day-to-day inspo. However, if you’re really creatively gummed up, an article that helped me was this one by Canva’s blog. Sometimes I read stuff like this when I’m not struggling to create content, and it still helps. Check it out.
While we may never know why the number three was created, we can at least admit that it was born out of a necessity of the human mind to imagine. We’ve got science to back that one up. As for the magic-ness of certain triads, keep them in mind. They may just be your ticket to imaginative harmony.
I don’t have to be wealthy and rich. My spirit is a valuable commodity.”
I’m not black and I’m not white and I’m not I’m not pink and I’m not green. Eartha Kitt has no color and that is how barriers are broken.
This past semester, I was in a class called Music Marketing. My professor, Dr. Barretta, taught us the ins-and-outs of the music industry and arranged for us to meet with ‘Rev. Moose‘, the Managing Partner/Co-Founder of Maurader Group, a music marketing firm based in NYC, over Skype. He explained his role within the company and how needs are constantly evolving with the rise of technology. We ended up doing some work for him and some of the bands he represented which ended up being really cool.
What I really liked about this class, though, was our major assignment/project – to re-brand an already existing artist. My group chose the grungy, ever-endearing Post Malone. The first half of our project was to better understand the typical Post Malone fan. First, we had to do a little research on his background and how he ended up a mega-star.
A Syracuse, NY native until he moved to Dallas, TX when he was 10 years old, Post Malone is a musical artist specializing in Hip-Hop, Contemporary R&B, and Rap Rock. He rose to fame on Soundcloud and was soon sought after following the release of White Iverson (2015). He released his first album Stoney in 2016. Now, he’s the 8th most-played artist on Spotify, on Soundcloud he has 63.7 million plays and utilizes cross-promotion by being active on social media platforms like Facebook (1.7M likes), Twitter (3.09M followers), Instagram (7.4M followers), and Snapchat.
His most important platform, by far, is Twitter. While Twitter is his most used form of social media, it’s also his most real. His unapologetic and uncensored tweets are millennial and Gen-Z crack. People in these categories eat up transparency in the media. More than ever before, fans know more about and are more invested in artists’ lives. He also engages quite a bit with his audience.
Here’s our full analysis of the typical Post Malone fan:
The second half of our project was a bit trickier. When the time came, Dr. Barretta announced what musical genre we would re-brand our artists as. Post Malone would be a classical Baroque artist. Perfect.
Luckily, my group and I are creative geniuses and made it work. Thus, Baroque Malone was born.
Take a look at our presentation and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
My favorite part and my own personal touch that completes the project:
Concertos on the G String by Baroque Malone
Now that’s a work of art.