The radio girl blog is a glimpse at a variety of topics. This is not, nor will it ever be, a solely intellectual and in depth look at anything. Instead, it will be a brief and often quirky glance at world events and my roaming life.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
RIP Gil Scott-Heron: 3 YouTube Videos to Remember Him By
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On': Songs We Love
Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On': Songs We Love
by Michael Katzif and NPR Staff
NPR - May 21, 2011
Marvin Gaye's masterpiece What's Going On turns 40 on Saturday. Click the link above to hear Gaye biographer David Ritz evaluate the album and its legacy on Weekend Edition Saturday.
Marvin Gaye's What's Going On was an instant classic, as well as one of the most influential records from a passionate and enduring icon. Released on May 21, 1971, the album is an introspective, politically charged nine-piece song cycle that addresses the ravages of the Vietnam War, urban decay, drug abuse, civil unrest and injustice. Gaye was singing to his generation in an effort to wake people up to the struggles no one was willing to discuss at that time. But these songs are universal; they've transcended their time and place. Listen carefully and you'll notice how much they still resonate.
While What's Going On ranks among the best R&B records to so openly and artfully reflect such social consciousness, it was not the last of its kind. What's Going On has become a template for how to marry a strong message with a pop sensibility in order to reach as large an audience as possible. Gaye's songs are filled with sophisticated yet instantly recognizable hooks and languid, jazz-inflected funk grooves that would keep anyone dancing and singing along. If it weren't for Gaye's skillful songcraft, his message might have been lost. Thankfully, 40 years later, this music lives on.
In honor of the 40th anniversary of What's Going On, Motown is reissuing a new "Super Deluxe Edition" of the record, complete with unreleased tracks and rarities. Most of these songs will be immediately familiar, so NPR Music has assembled a panel of Marvin Gaye fans to reflect on the album and its legacy. [Copyright 2011 National Public Radio]
My iPad and My Notes
I've been using my iPad for nearly six months now and I've grown to like it a lot (though this is only my second post about my iPad; see my first iPad blog post). It has some pluses and minuses, but in the end, I'd rather have it than not. Even though I don't have the 3G; that's my only regret about purchasing the first generation model.
But if I could make an adjustment, I'd make a simple keyboard update:
- There's a need for arrow keys; having to backspace or highlight a long word just to change one letter is a bit cumbersome and annoying. Usually the cursor will only set at the end or the beginning of a word. I just think arrow keys might be easier to maneuver.
Additionally, I'd like to see a few basic features for Notes; really just font related. The ability to increase the font size, bold, italicize, maybe add color. That would be nice.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Music Monday 93 :: Beyonce "Run the World (Girls)"
If not feelin this song or this video. My disdain for the video is that Beyonce should move away from this crawling on the ground thing. I'm thinking that she thinks it's sexy or someone told her it's sexy or both. It may have been sexy a few videos ago, but it's played out now.
As for the song, for the most part it sounds empty; something sort of grabbed me midway through, but it did not grab my attention from the beginning. It sort of seems like she's trying to to "Survivor" and "Single Ladies," but it's not really working this time.
At Beyonce's level, I do expect more and I mean more than just changing your clothes several times in a a video. Now, the high heels, dancing, in the sand ... well, I'll give her props for that.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Music Monday 92 :: Common "The Light"
Monday, May 09, 2011
Music Monday 91: Robert Glasper Trio "Enoch's (Inaugural) Meditation"
Discovered this gem while checking out the 2011 Tri-C JazzFest schedule (Cleveland). Love that the young folks have not abandoned the jazz genre. The Robert Glasper Trio also weaves in some hip hop too.
Check out this video and enjoy:
YouTube - WBGO Studio Session: Robert Glasper Trio - "Enoch's (Inaugural) Meditation":
Monday, May 02, 2011
Music Monday 90 :: Raphael Saadiq "Heart Attack"
My bestie, April Baer's hubby put me on to this. His name is Ryan White and he knows a little bit about music.
No need for me to give all the props to Whitey, as we so affectionately call him. It's Raphael Saadiq who I should be gushing over.
I love the feel of this song: a bit old school and velvety and just the right tempo. You'll see what I mean:
- Raphael Saadiq's "Heart Attack" via NPR (the entire album/cd/project is there for you to listen to or purchase).