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Current Topic: Music

All Music Guide
Topic: Music 3:34 pm EST, Apr  3, 2004

All Music Guide offers an up-to-date database of artist, album, and genre reviews.

AMG also offers a detailed calendar of new and upcoming releases by genre. Next Tuesday's weekly newspaper insert from your local music retailer will seem rather sparse once you know that there are 368 different releases scheduled for April 6 (including reissues).

All Music Guide

Joss Stone - 'Fell In Love With A Boy' Video
Topic: Music 3:19 am EST, Apr  3, 2004

The White Stripes' 'Fell In Love with a Girl' gets a funky remake from Joss Stone. See the cool video.

Joss Stone - 'Fell In Love With A Boy' Video

The Music Never Stopped | Reason
Topic: Music 8:25 pm EST, Mar 14, 2004

In the first half of the 20th century, James Caesar Petrillo of the American Federation of Musicians saw that recorded music, and the broadcasting of that music on radio and jukeboxes, was a threat to his boys' jobs (and his).

Those powers are right to be disturbed. They tend to become entrenched in selling music in particular manners and styles and systems. New technologies inevitably shake all those things up.

There are probably fewer professional live musicians than there would be if we had never enjoyed radios, jukeboxes, transistorized stereos, or computerized file sharing. Yet with every change, people's access to better reproduced, more portable, more personalized music grows.

Music was a vital part of human culture long before anyone was able to mass reproduce and sell recordings of it. And music will survive any number of upheavals in the systems for selling recordings that developed in the last century.

The Music Never Stopped | Reason

Preaching Blues: Eric Clapton, back to the crossroads
Topic: Music 11:54 am EST, Mar 14, 2004

In 2001, Eric Clapton announced his retirement from touring. It wasn't the first time he had turned away from the spotlight.

During each of these self-imposed exiles, Clapton found salvation, and rediscovered his purpose as a musician, by listening to the blues.

"I've listened to these songs my whole life," says Clapton, who will release an album of fourteen Johnson covers in classic Chicago-blues style, Me and Mr. Johnson, on March 30th. "It's the most enjoyable music I've ever listened to."

If the last ten are anything like the first four ... Wow.

"All my life I've been saying things like, 'I'm quitting because everything is so commercial. The scene is corrupt.' It's a dissatisfaction with the status quo."

Also, Eric Clapton collects graffiti.

Preaching Blues: Eric Clapton, back to the crossroads

Topic: Music 4:04 pm EST, Feb 29, 2004

Ticking away the moments that make up the dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find that ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or a half page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone the song is over, thought I'd something more to say

CD Sales Rise, but Industry Is Still Wary
Topic: Music 1:55 am EST, Feb 24, 2004

For the last three years, bad news about the music industry has been as steady as a synthesized drumbeat. But a turnaround that began quietly last fall has become unmistakable with the success of Norah Jones's new album, "Feels Like Home."

Recording executives realize that it will take more than a Norah Jones album to bring stability back to the industry. That is why, in the months ahead, executives will be closely watching the public's reaction to albums from Janet Jackson, Avril Lavigne and the Beastie Boys, among others.

CD Sales Rise, but Industry Is Still Wary

What Am I to You?
Topic: Music 12:44 pm EST, Feb 22, 2004

Norah Jones's numbers -- and the fact that she's selling mainly to grown-ups -- make record executives hopeful that a recovery in their troubled business is just around the corner.

They are going to need to keep hoping.

The New York Times is asking some very interesting questions.

What Am I to You?

NPR interviews Norah Jones about 'Feels Like Home'
Topic: Music 2:15 am EST, Feb 11, 2004

Jazz-pop singer Norah Jones, who won eight Grammies alone for her debut album, releases her second CD today, called Feels Like Home.

Jones' music has its foundation in jazz, and her new recording comes with her signature nocturnal touch of sparse piano with acoustical accompaniment. But the arrangements often feel closer to her Oklahoma and Austin, Texas, roots than her jazz training. This comes through stronger than ever on Feels Like Home.

"I studied jazz piano and I always wanted to be like Bill Evans," says the 24-year-old daughter of Indian sitar guru Ravi Shankar and New York concert producer Sue Jones. "But for some reason, the way I play piano is more country than anything else."

NPR's Michele Norris, host of All Things Considered, talks with Jones about her latest work.

The new album is excellent, and it's available now for Rhapsody subscribers. Be sure to check out her cover of Tom Waits' "The Long Way Home."

In this interview, she says she's been listening to lots of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. Total running time for this segment is 13 minutes.

In a few months' time, industry executives will point to the multi-platinum sales of this album as evidence that their physical distribution systems are still the best way to sell music, neglecting the exceptional nature of the artist in question. The glory of her success will blind them to the fact that the primary problem facing the industry is simply a shortage of talent competing against a wide array of alternative multimedia.

NPR interviews Norah Jones about 'Feels Like Home'

Norah Jones - Feels Like Home
Topic: Music 1:41 am EST, Jan 14, 2004

Feels Like Home, the follow up to Come Away With Me will be available in the US on Tuesday, February 10, 2004.

Listen to "Sunrise", the first single from Feels Like Home.

Also available: audio snippets of all tracks.


No need to spend $0.99 at the iTunes Music Store when Blue Note is giving it away for free ... You can also find the new single on Rhapsody. (The entire new album is already in the Rhapsody catalog, but it won't be available for listening until February.)

Norah Jones - Feels Like Home

Keep On The Sunny Side
Topic: Music 3:37 pm EST, Jan 10, 2004

There's a dark and a troubled side of life
There's a bright and a sunny side too
Though we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day it will brighten all our way
If we keep on the sunny side of life

Oh the storm and its fury broke today
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear
The clouds and storm will in time pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear

Let us greet with a song of hope each day
Though the moment be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Savior always
To keep us every one in His care

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