I want to be mad at Apple because they’re making me feel so many feelings for the sake of pitching laptops or whatever, but this ad is just too sweet to resent. As you watch this granddaughter surprise her grandma with a very special song, you’ll be too caught up in warm fuzzies to be bitter that the company’s trying to sell you stuff. [22 Words]
It’s been 14 years since D’Angelo has graced us with a new album, but the time has finally come — and so will a lot of you, because Black Messiah is just begging to be banged to. But would we really expect anything less from the guy who brought us “Brown Sugar”? Nope. Keep reading »
Emma Stone is starring in “Cabaret” on Broadway as Sally Bowles, and this montage gives us a quick look at her performance. The only thing missing is her singing voice, but I guess we have to buy a ticket to experience that part. It’s easy to be wary when a movie star decides to dabble in musical theatre, but Stone received rave reviews in the role so far so I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt (and I’ll be going out of my way this winter to see it for myself)! We have until the end of the show’s run in February to see her knock “Maybe This Time” out of the park — book it over to that theater!
I don’t really want to paint sorrowful stuff, you know? Like, I get that out of my system. I guess what I was trying to say in the writing. You know, like “For The Roses” is really, you know, writing my sorrows. That’s probably the one. “Court and Spark” has got some of it. “Blue” has got some of it. That pocket. And then it kind of pulls out of there. But that’s when I really kind of addressed hurt. Those three projects…I’ve been through so much in the last five years, really hard stuff. And I’ve come through it kind of, oddly enough, still kind of in a good mood. I can’t explain it. [Laughs.] Maybe it’s just got so rotten, you know, like that there was no place else to go. So, no. I’m in a good space. I’m still in the middle of a bunch of really kind of sickening little wars, but generally I feel pretty happy, you know? It’s not that bad, you know. Things have been worse. I’ve been through so much in my life, you know…I’m a tough old cookie.
Music goddess Joni Mitchell, self-proclaimed “painter who happens to write songs,” once told a Toronto newspaper, “I sing my sorrow and paint my joy.” In an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition” this week, Mitchell told co-host Renee Montagne that she likes to paint happy scenes and fill her home with joyful images, and Montagne asked whether Mitchell had given up sorrow and perhaps songwriting. Considering the melancholy lyrics that made her famous, I wouldn’t have expected this response. What an amazing spirit. She’s not a legend for nothing! [NPR] [Image via Getty]
“I’m not going to be one of those artists who walks in [to a room with songwriters] and says, ‘I don’t know, what do you want to write about?’ or one of those things where they say, ‘So what’s going on in your life?,’ and I tell them and then they have to write a song about it. I wouldn’t be a singer if I weren’t a songwriter. I have no interest in singing someone else’s words.”
Taylor Swift has been named the recipient of Billboard Magazine’s Woman of the Year Award, and opened up to the music mag about her many struggles and triumphs that took place over the last year, particularly those from her mega-success crossover album, 1989. Aside from detailing her difficulties in going pop, the 24-year-old reinforced the fact that she writes all of her own music, and more importantly, her own rules. If you ever thought you had a chance of Taylor singing one of your tunes, we hate to burst your bubble, but it won’t be happening. Girlfriend is 100 percent authentic and her songs are, and will always be, her own. That’s precisely why we love her. [Billboard]
This year was a big year for The Frisky in terms of music. We fell in love with A-Audio headphones and have been blasting Taylor Swift’s 1989 on Amelia’s kickass wireless speaker, so it was only appropriate to highlight the music tech we love (and want) this year. Got a music lover on your gift list? Let us help.