The Beat is my monthly musical link love post. It’s a quick run down of all the great music articles I’ve read lately and stuff I think you might enjoy too.
2016 has been pretty unkind to music fans. You could argue that heartlessness began December 28 when Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead passed away suddenly from cancer. He was followed shortly by David Bowie, The Eagles’ Glenn Fry and, just last week, Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner.
While these four men may not have been members of bands I list in my super favorites column, I have a lot of respect for each one, what they have done for music and how they have influenced so many musicians after them.
For that reason, each one broke my heart a little more as a music fan. I’m not ready for us to lose so many iconic people who made rock ‘n’ roll what it is today.
But the upside – if there is one – is the ability to celebrate all this music and our collective fandom as lovers of music. In this month’s edition of The Beat, I share a video from a David Bowie tribute that brought me to tears for that exact reason.
It’s hard to not be sad that we’ve suffered so many losses, but we can also be glad we have all the wonderful music to listen to.
From the web:
- SafetyTess attended a David Bowie tribute in Austin, and it was magical.
- While we’re on Mr. Bowie, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this timeline of his influence on goth.
- And finally, the (genius) culprit behind changing a street name in Austin from a Texas history hero to a rock star legend.
- NPR’s Bob Bolien chronicled the 506 shows he saw in 2015. #concertgoals
- Paola explains perfectly why, even though the girls and I live all over the Midwest, we are the best of friends – music friends are the best friends!
- An older read I just ran across recently – classic records every gal should own. What makes your list?
- What’s life like as a member of a music venue house band? Find out.
- Hate winter? Here’s 5 albums to help you beat the winter blues from my music blogger pal Fran.
- It’s always fun seeing behind-the-scenes of your favorite band on tour.
- Why the concept of the $5 show needs to die. (And why we, as fans, need to step up and pay for live music.)
- How music festival apps monitor your behavior and may determine who is booked for next year’s festival!
- My college friend Doriean, also a fellow writer and music lover, ranked the 24 Super Bowl halftime shows that matter – and I think she is spot on.
- And more cool reads from friends – Rebekah is releasing her second rock novel next week. If you love music crusies and boy bands, you’re gonna want a copy. Preview chapter one, chapter two and chapter three at their respective links.
- A really good reason to keep buying albums and not rely on streaming services: are we in the midst of a music tech bubble?
- If you’re a good groupie, you probably know there are rules to wearing band T-shirts. No, I’m not kidding. Are you following them?
- From Twitter last week: this mash up for Adele’s “Hello” and Mozart’s “Lacrimosa” is stunning.
- If you are not keeping tabs on James Corden’s (The Late Late Show) carpool karaoke series…you are doing life all wrong. They are insanely entertaining. One Direction, Adele and Stevie Wonder are three of my faves.
- And finally – sometimes as a music blogger you want to stand up and applaud a post from another music blogger. This open letter to indie record labels by Joshua B. Hoe of onpiratesatellite.com is exactly that.
From the blog:
- My 2016 musical resolutions
- Revisiting my winter playlist + a link to a ton of winter mixes you should check out
- New music for you to check out from The Local Strangers, The Academic and Good Air
And a few bonus reads – I’ve been resharing some old posts recently on social media and these have been popular:
- Confessions: Am I too old for music?
- I added a reader pick to my playlist-in-progress, Songs About Music
- Aaaand…every question you ever wanted to ask me
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