Musician – Ziad Rahbani http://ziad-rahbani.com/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 07:47:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ziad-rahbani.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-1-120x120.png Musician – Ziad Rahbani http://ziad-rahbani.com/ 32 32 5 musical instruments that inspired Rick Price to become a musician https://ziad-rahbani.com/5-musical-instruments-that-inspired-rick-price-to-become-a-musician/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 03:15:12 +0000 https://ziad-rahbani.com/5-musical-instruments-that-inspired-rick-price-to-become-a-musician/ Pop-rock singer-songwriter active since the 80s, Australian Rick Price continues to entertain audiences by releasing his tenth studio album “Soulville” last year. A collection of 1960s soul covers including Eddie Floyd’s “Knock On Wood”, Dionne Warwick’s “Walk On By”, “Chain Of Fools” and the immortal Aretha Franklin’s “Soulville”, “Dancing In The Streets” by Martha and […]]]>

Pop-rock singer-songwriter active since the 80s, Australian Rick Price continues to entertain audiences by releasing his tenth studio album “Soulville” last year.

A collection of 1960s soul covers including Eddie Floyd’s “Knock On Wood”, Dionne Warwick’s “Walk On By”, “Chain Of Fools” and the immortal Aretha Franklin’s “Soulville”, “Dancing In The Streets” by Martha and the Vandellas and a moving version of “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke – “Soulville” also includes an original track.

“Farewell But Not Goodbye” is a tribute to the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and was written by Price and fellow Aussie John Capek.

Now living in Nashville in the United States, Price has moved back to Australia and is currently filming “Soulville”. “I can’t wait to play this album live!” shares Rick.

“I’ll be performing tracks from ‘Soulville,’ a collection of songs from the 1960s soul era.

“‘In The Midnight Hour’, ‘Stand By Me’, ‘Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay’, ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’… just to name a few.

“Some shows will be with a full band and some will be electric solo. See you soon.”

Here, Rick shares some childhood memories of him learning different musical instruments.

1: Battery

The drums were my first instrument. I used to crawl into my mom’s kitchen as a baby and pull all her pots and pans out of the cupboards and bang on for hours.

Then I found out that her knitting needles made a nice noise on a leather sofa. My grandfather bought me my first kit – a set of blue Rivieras (it was love at first sight). The drums came to me very naturally. . . it must have been the cooking sessions!

2: Voice

My voice was my second instrument. My mom played records and always had the radio on when we were kids and I learned to sing along to all her favorites.

Elvis and Johnny Cash were important to us. . . then of course came my heroes: Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin. . . Just to name a few. I learned to sing just by listening to their records; each, a masterclass.

3: Guitar

It all started when I was three years old with my brother’s tennis racket as a guitar and my dressing gown match as a strap, doing Elvis impersonations at the top of the stairs. I watched my older brother and my uncles play. . . hypnotized! They were my teachers.

I needed something to accompany me while singing. My first guitar was a Suzuki acoustic; hours and hours sitting on the back steps trying to get a sound out of the thing. Later I took up electric and played bassist in many touring bands before I started making my own records in the 90s.

4: Ukulele

I had an instant love affair with the Uke. I like to call it the portable joy machine! I challenge anyone to pick up a ukulele without it making you smile. There’s just something inherently joyful about the sound; and it’s super light so it’s a great instrument for those of us who like to walk around.

5: Piano

The piano came much later for me; Sure, like most people, I tinkered around from time to time, but it wasn’t until I took the plunge and took on a piano bar gig that I really learned how to play. I wonder if that bar owner knew I was faking it. Most likely!

But I pulled through and finally managed to knock out a few tunes. These days, I like to write on the piano; the songs are always very different from the songs I write on the guitar. Amazing how the instruments speak to you in their own language.

Rick Price 2022 Tour Dates

Fri 10 June – Friends Restaurant (Perth)
Sat June 11 – Harvey Recreation and Cultural Center (Harvey, WA)
Fri 17 June – Jindalee Hotel (Brisbane)
Sat 18 June – The Royal Hotel (Brisbane)
Fri June 24 – Sunshine Beach Surf Lifesaving Club (Sunshine Coast)
Sat 25 June – Manly Harbor Boat Club (Brisbane)
Fri 1 Jul – Club Burleigh (Gold Coast)
Sat 2 July – Westside HQ (Brisbane)
Thu 7 Jul – Maryborough Sports Club (Maryborough)
Sat 16 Jul – Club Hotel (Chinchilla)

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Petoskey Area Musician Eliza Thorp Launches Nub’s Nob Music Series https://ziad-rahbani.com/petoskey-area-musician-eliza-thorp-launches-nubs-nob-music-series/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 10:10:24 +0000 https://ziad-rahbani.com/petoskey-area-musician-eliza-thorp-launches-nubs-nob-music-series/ HARBOR SPRINGS – Nub’s Nob ski area and resort will come alive this summer with three musical evenings hosted, booked and staged by local musician Eliza Thorp. This freshman series — aptly dubbed Nub’s Nob Summer Series — is small but will bring Michigan-based powerhouse artists to the ski resort alongside an open-mic night for […]]]>

HARBOR SPRINGS – Nub’s Nob ski area and resort will come alive this summer with three musical evenings hosted, booked and staged by local musician Eliza Thorp.

This freshman series — aptly dubbed Nub’s Nob Summer Series — is small but will bring Michigan-based powerhouse artists to the ski resort alongside an open-mic night for area artists give the best of themselves on stage.

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“I guess it all happened through perseverance,” Thorp said.

“I had approached Ben Doornbos (Nub’s Nob Managing Director) last year about it and we just couldn’t make it work with my schedule so we just waited until this year but I I started stalking him again as the season got closer to get the ball rolling,” she said.

Eliza Thorp, musician from the Petoskey area, is shown.

Thorp, a musician in her own right, has performed statewide and is a singer-songwriter who has a list of accolades, including a “Queen of the Sea” studio album in which the region’s publication from Grand Rapids, Local Spins, said “it unfolds subtly and brilliantly with beautiful, thought-provoking lyrics that reflect his Michigan upbringing in Petoskey.”

Thorp is also currently in the production stages of his second album and its follow-up due out later this year.

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Educator, minister, musician, author, poet combines his wisdom with that of others – Monterey Herald https://ziad-rahbani.com/educator-minister-musician-author-poet-combines-his-wisdom-with-that-of-others-monterey-herald/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 02:37:46 +0000 https://ziad-rahbani.com/educator-minister-musician-author-poet-combines-his-wisdom-with-that-of-others-monterey-herald/ Rick Moss is cool, calm, collected, peaceful, even. And he got there thanks to a broad upbringing that taught him to focus on what really matters. His new book, “Drops of Wisdom,” an accumulation of the messages that informed much of his upbringing and perspective, might just be all we need to pull through. Moss […]]]>

Rick Moss is cool, calm, collected, peaceful, even. And he got there thanks to a broad upbringing that taught him to focus on what really matters.

His new book, “Drops of Wisdom,” an accumulation of the messages that informed much of his upbringing and perspective, might just be all we need to pull through.

Moss started his adult life going to Antioch College, a private liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio, planning to save the world and thinking he could do it through political science. In his first class, he decided that was not possible, so he changed his major to something that could inspire him: theater and film.

Yet after graduating, Moss, a songwriter who had started doing radio shows, hoped to expand his opportunities while he waited to find out if he had been hired by Young and Rubicon, the famous advertising and marketing company. from New York. But when a friend told him that everything of value happened, not in New York but in Mallorca, he believed him and left.

Within three months, Moss had become a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, which he eventually taught in Carmel and Pacific Grove, where he ran the Transcendental Meditation Center.

Moss went on to earn his Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies from Maharishi International University, through which he studied 17 different disciplines from the perspective of the Laws of Consciousness. Yet, it wasn’t until he pursued his Ph.D. in Education at the University of Texas at Austin, during the development of his dissertation on “Education and Consciousness,” that he began to modify his ideas of thought and truth based on the wisdom of others.

“It’s actually a cool little story,” he said, “in that when I was doing my thesis, I came across so many wise and beautiful quotes from other people that I started to keep a record of it. Until I graduated in 1980, I had been a full-time mediator in the TM world. Yet I began to learn from others that what I fervently believed and taught, that all one had to do was transcend and everything in life would improve, was not really true. .

Each of the quotes Moss collected, from some 260 people over the years, informed his new book, “Drops of Wisdom,” published by Diamond Light Press, via Amazon, in April.

“Throughout the book we hear the wisdom of so many people,” he said, “and then there’s me; I also quote myself from what I learned. I knew I had to speak this truth in order to learn it myself. I didn’t know it until it came out of my mouth.

These are the kinds of messages, says Moss, that invite us to stop, ponder, ponder, and even shift our perspective. These ideas seem so simple but change us as we read as each one fills our cup. And so we drink.

“Your task is not to search for love but simply to search and find all the barriers within you that you have built against it.” ~ Rumi

“Every quote I’ve included is so powerful,” Moss said. “Essentially, they tell you, in just a few lines, why you’re not in the romantic relationship you’re looking for, in any form.”

Clearing the path to enlightenment

Although Rick Moss recently moved to Florida for love — the rekindling of a high school romance — he spent more than 20 years on the Monterey Peninsula, during which time he served Pacific Coast Church as a facilitator of healing and minister of prayer.

During this time, he completed his life training by joining Breakthrough for Men, a non-profit organization founded by community leader and teacher Fred Jealous in 1987, to provide men with the skills to help them break free from unproductive, painful or abusive issues. aspects of their life. Over time, Moss became a breakthrough facilitator, devoting 15 years to guiding and learning from others. His book is consistent with the wisdom presented in the program.

“In addition to giving us clear and accessible information about the roots of wisdom,” Jealous said, “Dr. Moss has skillfully and wisely opened many doors that will allow us to discover more of our own wisdom as well as that of the masters.

“I was expecting a self-help book that reflects well on the process and journey of the reader. This is a book of beautiful, useful, and inspiring bridges to enlightenment.

“Drops of Wisdom,” which has been called a “poetic narrative,” is the culmination of years of training, exploration, and living, says Moss, by those who have understood at least part of the puzzle we call life.

“I hope this book speaks as much to the heart as it does to the head,” Moss said. “Each chapter ends with a piece designed to bind it to the senses, a poem whose essence is summed up in just four or five lines, so that it stays with you.”

“Drops of Wisdom” is available from River House Books at The Crossroads Carmel.

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Punk musician and songwriter Paul Roessler will unveil a new album https://ziad-rahbani.com/punk-musician-and-songwriter-paul-roessler-will-unveil-a-new-album/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 18:38:12 +0000 https://ziad-rahbani.com/punk-musician-and-songwriter-paul-roessler-will-unveil-a-new-album/ Kick off with the dark, led by the piano “Elephant Man,” Roessler layers vocal harmonies alongside spare percussion. The song culminates with the addition of strings and stands out as one of the most moving on the record. The following track is the previously mentioned first single “Maker,” a sonically self-contained electropunk explosion that simply […]]]>

Kick off with the dark, led by the piano “Elephant Man,” Roessler layers vocal harmonies alongside spare percussion. The song culminates with the addition of strings and stands out as one of the most moving on the record. The following track is the previously mentioned first single “Maker,” a sonically self-contained electropunk explosion that simply hints at what he’s capable of, possessing all the experience he’s gathered working with other artists and exploring his own musical well of creativity. “It’s such a fake pop song,” laughs Roessler. “I have to admit that since The Screamers never recorded anything, a part of me has been trying to catch up ever since. So this song is a little tip of the hat to them.”

Other highlights include the industrial shade epic “Awake,which begins with hidden electronic glitches in the background of a haunting piano solo, with cymbals guiding the track. “Awake” is a fiery statement that is one of the most overtly political on the record. too the electric guitar ballad “Heaventree”, the catchy riff-driven rock of “A Quiet Night On The Mooncam”, as well as the ambient synth-drink “Shallow shadow completed.”

A prolific producer who leads LA’s production stable Kitten Robot Studios, Roessler served as producer/engineer on Kitten Robot comes out of Josie Cotton, Eddie Spaghetti and Frank Meyer, Hayley and the grinders, Tombstones in their eyes, CrowJaneand upcoming recordings of Harry Cloud and Glitter Wizard.

However, as an artist, Roessler writes his first opus, the rock opera The Bowwhile still in high school with its prog/classic rock influences (Yes, Jethro Tull, Frank Zappa) on its sleeve. Moving away from this genre to find its place in electropunk, it joined Howlers as one of two keyboardists in the Los Angeles-based guitarless musical pioneers labeled “punk rock” for lack of something more appropriate.

In the 1980s, Paul started the band twisted roots in the same way pat smear (Germs / Foo Fighters) and her sister Kira prior to his involvement with Black Flag. Paul has also become associated with music with mike watt (crime) and Dez Cadeda (DC3), as well as joining a wide variety of artists/bands, including 45 grave, Nervous kind, Geza X and the momsand Nina Hagen. The following years saw him join forces with Marc Curry, prick, Horrible Andreoneand Gypsy Demone Quartet. Paul Roessler’s producing career has also seen him produce for TSOL., richie ramone, pat the bunnyand many other bands and artists.

“Each song has its own message, although sometimes that message can never really be explained.“, Roessler concludes.”I really like this kind of songs. The music preached to me, and I did my best to deliver what it said.”

The turn of the luminous world will be published on July 12 Going through Kitten Robot Folders. Paul Rossler is available for interviews.

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Grammy-Nominated Musician to Perform at Brainerd Public Library – Brainerd Dispatch https://ziad-rahbani.com/grammy-nominated-musician-to-perform-at-brainerd-public-library-brainerd-dispatch/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://ziad-rahbani.com/grammy-nominated-musician-to-perform-at-brainerd-public-library-brainerd-dispatch/ BRAINERD — For Ralph Covert, making music can be child’s play. The Grammy-nominated musician will bring his free, high-energy, family-friendly concert series to branches of the Kitchigami Regional Library System, including Brainerd Public Library. “At its heart, it’s children’s music that parents can love as much as children do,” Covert said of his “Ralph’s World” […]]]>

BRAINERD — For Ralph Covert, making music can be child’s play.

The Grammy-nominated musician will bring his free, high-energy, family-friendly concert series to branches of the Kitchigami Regional Library System, including Brainerd Public Library.

“At its heart, it’s children’s music that parents can love as much as children do,” Covert said of his “Ralph’s World” tour of the library system, which begins June 21 in Bemidji. “I hope this can help create a mindset of positive engagement with the world.”

His live acoustic show is about a “mega-fun musical planet where kids rock, rock, rock and dance, dance, dance for their own and their parents’ enjoyment,” according to the tour promoters.

“It’s a perfect fit for our area,” said Carol Christensen of the Kitchigami Regional Library System. “We would like to present a variety of lectures on music, arts, arts education and authors, lectures on books and different things related to literature.”


“Ralph’s World” is the creation of Covert, an indie rocker, songwriter, playwright and author of children’s books who has adopted the same “energetic, super melodic feel he developed for his touring pop-rock band on children’s music. according to its website.

“So much children’s music tends to be a little silly for kids,” Covert said. “And coming from a rock ‘n’ roll, indie rock background, that didn’t appeal to me.”

His albums include those containing songs by him that have been turned into children’s books, and he will also highlight the important connection between music and reading at these library concerts.

“We were really starting to try to ramp up our summer reading programs across the region…especially because some of our branches couldn’t afford to put one on,” Christensen said.

Covert said, “When I do my library shows, it’s about singing and laughing and dancing and being silly, and just having tons of energy and tons of fun. It’s about engaging everyone. And, just for me, libraries are some of the most magical places in the world.

Covert’s McCartneyesque style (both musically and his sense of charm) has earned him “hundreds of thousands of 3-foot-and-under fans and their parents,” according to his online biography.

“What got me excited was, ‘How can I make music better so it appeals to kids and adults?'” Covert said. “I thought kids loved the Beatles, so they know good music…not compromising on the chemistry that makes great music to begin with.”

Covert engages his young fans with activity songs, story songs, dance songs “and a healthy dose of pure silliness,” according to the Chicago-based musician who has four children.

“When you have a presentation that appeals to children, we have found that not only does it spark interest in the library system, but it also teaches them the necessary skills that will hopefully provide them with support as they begin to read and become interested in books,” Christensen said. .

Covert added, “The music you listen to and the books you read help create the inner landscape by which these children grow to understand the world, so that’s one of the reasons why in my lyrics I try always find ways to both have positive messages, but not to water them down either. »

This free legacy program is funded in part or in whole with vote money from the people of Minnesota, who have dedicated funds to preserve Minnesota’s artistic and cultural heritage.

“We use our state funding to promote the arts, arts, culture and history, especially of Minnesota,” Christensen said.

Ralph’s World Library Tour Dates

  • June 21st: 10:30 a.m. at Bemidji Public Library, 1 p.m. at Blackduck Community Library, 4 p.m. at Cass Lake Community Library
  • June 22: 10 a.m. at the Walker Public Library, 1 p.m. at the Cole Memorial Building in Pequot Lakes
  • June 23: 10 a.m. at Brainerd Public Library, 1 p.m. at Crosslake Area Library
  • June 24: 1 p.m. at Margaret Welch Memorial Library in Longville, 4:30 p.m. at Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River
  • June 25: 10 a.m. at the Park Rapids Area Library

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6 Memorial Day Microphone Deals to Get Every Musician Excited https://ziad-rahbani.com/6-memorial-day-microphone-deals-to-get-every-musician-excited/ Mon, 30 May 2022 12:30:00 +0000 https://ziad-rahbani.com/6-memorial-day-microphone-deals-to-get-every-musician-excited/ As May draws to a close, Sweetwater is bringing you last minute sales this Memorial Day. Their Microphones Month Sale ends May 31st, and we’re here to tell you their best deals on microphones right before they end. 1. Slate Digital VMS ML-1 Large Diaphragm Modeling Microphone If you like vintage sound, then Slate Digital […]]]>

As May draws to a close, Sweetwater is bringing you last minute sales this Memorial Day. Their Microphones Month Sale ends May 31st, and we’re here to tell you their best deals on microphones right before they end.

1. Slate Digital VMS ML-1 Large Diaphragm Modeling Microphone

If you like vintage sound, then Slate Digital ML-1 is for you. This mic captures the loudest sounds with the utmost precision. It’s also compatible with Slate Digital’s microphone emulations, meaning you can customize its sound on DAWs with Slate’s expansion packs. Buy here

Was: $799.00

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2. Warm Audio WA-8000 Large Diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone

The Warm Audio WA-8000 is a large diaphragm condenser that produces a wide open and frank sound. It is used for a variety of genres such as pop, hip-hop, and rock, all genres that take center stage. The detailed engineering of this pickup has earned it countless hit records. Check it HERE.

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3. Shure SM58 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone

It’s the most popular vocal mic of all time. If you walk into any studio, you’ll see this mic there. The Shure SM58 offers something everyone is looking for: quality, consistency and durability. It really is reliable, so grab yours today. To buy HERE.

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4. Shure SM57 Cardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone

Much like its vocal counterpart, the Shure SM57 is the quality, consistency, and durability you want in your instrument mic. Its clear, present sound makes it one of the most widely used dynamic microphones for instruments. To buy HERE.

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Take the time to listen to Hour Glass by talented musician Katie Ellwood in this week’s RaW Sounds Today playlist, which champions the music of Reading and Wokingham https://ziad-rahbani.com/take-the-time-to-listen-to-hour-glass-by-talented-musician-katie-ellwood-in-this-weeks-raw-sounds-today-playlist-which-champions-the-music-of-reading-and-wokingham/ Fri, 27 May 2022 05:33:01 +0000 https://ziad-rahbani.com/take-the-time-to-listen-to-hour-glass-by-talented-musician-katie-ellwood-in-this-weeks-raw-sounds-today-playlist-which-champions-the-music-of-reading-and-wokingham/ THIS week, at the top of our charts is Katie Ellwood with a track from her debut album. Hour Glass blew us away, with unique and powerful sounds. We think you’ll like it too. Our mission is to champion and present great music from acts that have a connection to Reading and Wokingham (that’s the […]]]>

THIS week, at the top of our charts is Katie Ellwood with a track from her debut album.

Hour Glass blew us away, with unique and powerful sounds. We think you’ll like it too.

Our mission is to champion and present great music from acts that have a connection to Reading and Wokingham (that’s the RaW in our Sounds Today name). Katie is from Wokingham and an impressive young artist.

We think she will go far.

To hear this week’s selection, simply go to https://bit.ly/rawsoundstoday and enjoy the music.

There is also a Facebook page and group chat that bands and music fans can access. You can search for RaW Sounds Today and it will appear.

Katie Ellwood – Hourglass

Katie, from Wokingham and a student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatory, says her aim with her debut album Interference was to “remove all the genre restrictions I’ve felt in the past and just write pure music”.

She certainly succeeded, it’s an impressive album.

This piece has electronic and acoustic instruments, creating a hypnotic riff, with a chorus theme that transitions into a pulsing trance beat before ending with a solo acoustic violin. Wow.

The choir is made up of Ruby Thorne and Hope Pugh, fiddle by Janice Ellwood (Katie’s mother) and vocals at the end of Katie – https://www.katieellwood.com/

Leoni Jane Kennedy – Life Like This

Leoni is a Blackpool-born, Guildford-based singer-songwriter and will appear on the Wokingham Music Club stage at the Wokingham Festival in August, as will Katie Ellwood.

Life Like This is an excellent single showcasing Leoni’s rock sound with progressive leanings and soulful vocals. We look forward to her performing with her band at the festival – https://www.leonijanekennedy.com/

Reliant – Heaven or Hell

Here’s the new single from local favorite Reliant, and it’s an exciting piece of powerful indie rock recorded at Generation Studio.

They will appear at the Wokingham Festival in August – https://www.facebook.com/WeAreReliant

Adomania – Heavy rain

Here is a first single from a new young Wokingham. It has a dynamic and enthusiastic feel with great melodies. There is potential here and we can’t wait to see that potential grow – https://www.facebook.com/AdomaniaBand

Spriggan Mist – Remember the Day

They just released their album, Isambard the Mechanical Dragon and it’s their best yet. After a successful appearance at HRH Prog, Spriggan Mist are back at the Wokingham Festival in August – https://www.sprigganmist.com/

Bex Ruth – Scratching My Head

Bex is a singer-songwriter from London who creates electronic soundscapes covered in soulful vocals.

She traveled to Reading to perform at the Loddfest Takeover Show. Catch her at Loddfest in September – https://linktr.ee/bexruth

OSP – When?

OSP stands for ‘Only Speak Positive’ and it is a four piece Reading that seeks to convey a powerful message of tolerance and respect. They will be at Readipop on Sunday July 10 – https://www.facebook.com/ospmusicuk

Split Dealer – Dreamstate

Split the Dealer is a RaW Sounds favorite.

He will be at the Wokingham Festival in August – https://linktr.ee/splitthedealer

Le Mezz – Yesterday you said tomorrow

The Mezz are a new indie band of four musicians and this single is well worth a listen.

They supported Split the Dealer on his aforementioned Sub89 Reading show and were one of the highlights of the night – https://www.themezz.uk/

Rocket Kings – Date

This ukulele pop band is at the Wokingham Festival in August and here’s a song with a very singsong hook from their album Everyday Adventures. Watch the video on YouTube – https://www.facebook.com/rocketkings/

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Hamilton musician Tom Wilson donates his personal archives to McMaster University https://ziad-rahbani.com/hamilton-musician-tom-wilson-donates-his-personal-archives-to-mcmaster-university/ Thu, 26 May 2022 23:03:05 +0000 https://ziad-rahbani.com/hamilton-musician-tom-wilson-donates-his-personal-archives-to-mcmaster-university/ Being an artist involves many responsibilities. For Tom Wilson, the most important thing is to open the door wide to those who will come after him. “Creating art is a rewarding experience – not just for the person creating it, but hopefully for the people who witness it,” he told CBC Hamilton on Thursday, as […]]]>

Being an artist involves many responsibilities. For Tom Wilson, the most important thing is to open the door wide to those who will come after him.

“Creating art is a rewarding experience – not just for the person creating it, but hopefully for the people who witness it,” he told CBC Hamilton on Thursday, as the McMaster University officially announced that the Hamilton musician, artist and storyteller is donating his archives to the McMaster Library.

The collection includes items from his life such as his notebooks, where he often recorded his thoughts, wrote songs and penned lyrics.

Other items in the collection are paintings, the Florida Razors’ 1986 Beat Music vinyl recording, and notes and annotated proofs of Wilson’s memoir. beautiful scars.

Wilson said he hopes the donation will pave the way for other Hamilton artists who feel they are not worthy of breaking into the art scene.

“Artists are the only ones on the planet who want to create something that didn’t exist yesterday,” he said. “I always thought it was a worthwhile profession.”

Tom Wilson recorded over 18 albums during his career. (Submitted by Jose Crespo/McMaster University)

Wilson, who built his career in Hamilton and credits the city with much of his musical inspiration, has been in several bands over the past four decades.

These include The Florida Razors, for several years in the 1980s. He joined Junkhouse from 1989 to 1997.

In 1996 Wilson and his bandmates formed Blackie and the Rodeo Kings which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020. He is also part of Lee Harvey Osmond, which formed in 2009 and continues to make music.

Collectively, the bands received several Juno Awards, including Best Traditional and Traditional Album Band, as well as Record Package of the Year. With his bands, Wilson has recorded over 18 albums.

A proud Hamiltonian

Donating his archive means a lot to Wilson, who was born and raised in Hamilton, not least because of the importance of its place.

“There’s definitely that familiarity and breath in your face that Hamilton gives me. It still inspires me, there’s still a lot of depth to this city that hasn’t been explored for me.”

Although he has remained in the city his entire life, Wilson has found growth and passion through the projects he has created here.

“I am 62 years old and I only see myself moving forward and I have already evolved in my ideas with my way of creating,” he said. “I still live here in Hamilton and I still walk the same streets I have for almost 62 years.

“I don’t find it as much of a destination as it is a home,” he said. “Hamilton is still a part of me.”

Donating Wilson’s archives is one of the many ways he gives back to the community. He also organizes two evenings music at McMaster University this weekend in support of a bursary for indigenous students which he launched.

His house is also explored in his memoirs beautiful scars, who struggles with the secrets of her identity and reclaims her indigenous roots.

“The blood memory that runs through me from my reservation…and my Mohawk world is a big part of that,” he said.

“It means a lot to my community back home… I don’t know how many of my ancestors had their records kept at a university.”

A growing collection for McMaster

The McMaster University Library is no stranger to the archives of musicians.

According to McMaster librarian Vivian Lewis, the library collects “quite extensively” in the area of ​​Canadian music. Ottawa songwriter Bruce Cockburn donated his notebooks, musical arrangements, gold records, letters, albums, approximately 1,000 recordings and guitars in 2013.

The 2014 collection donated by Ian Thomas of Dundas, Ontario includes personal writings, sheet music, photos, clippings and contracts.

With the library’s acquisition of the Wilson Archive, Lewis said it would add depth to the university’s collection, particularly through beautiful scars.

“It’s a must-have book for anyone in Hamilton, even if you’re not naturally a music fan. It’s an important piece,” she said.

McMaster University librarian Vivian Lewis says Wilson’s memoir is “a must-read for anyone in Hamilton, even if you’re not naturally a music fan.” (Submitted by Ron Scheffler/McMaster University)

Collections like these are important to libraries, Lewis said.

“It’s a decision they make. They want to share their materials and license their use. Not just sitting in their basement and hoping maybe a grandchild will be interested,” she said. .

“They know their material has value for a wider audience.”

Library goers and Wilson fans can stop by the library and request the material and the archivist will bring it to view in the meeting room.

At some point, the library hopes its work will be digitized for people who cannot visit in person.

“We’ve had an interest in Tom for some time,” Lewis added. “We’ve been in conversation with him for years.”

One aspect of the archives that Lewis says might be most interesting are Wilson’s notebooks.

She said people looking for archival music might turn to these kinds of pieces first. She pointed out that it brings people closer to the thought process of the musician.

“They want to follow the development of a piece and know where it went,” she said. “I’m really excited for this.”

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Musician Oliver Sim offers new music and shares his journey with HIV | OUTInPerth https://ziad-rahbani.com/musician-oliver-sim-offers-new-music-and-shares-his-journey-with-hiv-outinperth/ Tue, 24 May 2022 07:06:07 +0000 https://ziad-rahbani.com/musician-oliver-sim-offers-new-music-and-shares-his-journey-with-hiv-outinperth/ hideous bastardOliver Sim’s debut album – best known for his work as songwriter, bassist and lead singer of The xx – is set for release Friday, September 9 via Young/Remote Control Records. Produced by bandmate Jamie xx, Hideous Bastard is the culmination of two years of writing and recording, inspired by Sim’s love of horror […]]]>

hideous bastardOliver Sim’s debut album – best known for his work as songwriter, bassist and lead singer of The xx – is set for release Friday, September 9 via Young/Remote Control Records.

Produced by bandmate Jamie xx, Hideous Bastard is the culmination of two years of writing and recording, inspired by Sim’s love of horror movies and his own life experience, unpacking the themes of shame , fear and masculinity.

These themes are at the forefront of the new single Hideous. Enlisting the help of lifelong hero and “guardian angel” Jimmy Somerville on vocals, the single sets the stage for the next album and sees Sim speak publicly for the first time about living with HIV since the age of ten. seven years.

It debuts with a video from another personal hero, French director Yann Gonzalez, who has also collaborated with Sim on an upcoming queer horror short of the same name which premiered as part of the Week. of Critics at the Cannes Film Festival.

Speaking of the single, Sim shares that he realized there were clear themes in his songwriting.

“At the beginning of the creation of my disc, hideous bastardI realized I was writing a lot about fear and shame.

“I imagine that might paint a picture of a dark and gloomy album, but in recent years I’ve become a firm believer that the best antidote to those feelings may be to bring them to the surface and shed some light on them.

“I didn’t write the record to linger, but rather to free myself from some of the shame and fear that I felt for a long time. So, I hear a lot of music as joyful, because the experience of writing it and recording it was the complete opposite of what the fear and shame was for me.

“Two-thirds out of the way with a good idea of ​​what the record was, I realized that I had circled around one of the things that probably caused me the most fear and shame. My HIV status. I’ve been living with HIV since I was 17 and it depends on how I feel about myself and how I assume others feel about me, from that age and into my adult life.

“So quite impulsively I wrote about it on a song called Hideous. I thought I could release him into the world and be done with it. After playing the song to my mother, being the protective and wise mother that she is, she gave me some of the best advice I have ever received.

“She suggested that I first spend time having conversations with people in my life. Either people I haven’t spoken to yet, or people I’ve spoken to but whose I didn’t feel like talking about it anymore. Since writing Hideousi have spent the last two years having these conversations, which was difficult and uncomfortable at first, but made me feel much freer and only strengthened my relationship with myself and with people of my life.

“One of the most special relationships I gained through this was with Mr. Jimmy Somerville. I knew for Hideous I wanted a guardian angel to appear in the song and sing me the words I needed to hear. Not only has Jimmy been such a powerful voice around HIV and AIDS for decades, but the man literally looks like an angel. I contacted him as a complete fan boy, but now consider him a very good friend. He encouraged me to do the song myself. He taught me that “glamour” is a Scottish word. And, above all, he reminded me not to take myself too seriously, it’s no use!

“Am I hideous? sounds much less like a question I ask the world now. I know the answer. As scary as it sounds, I’m thrilled to share this music with you, and hope you enjoy it. Lots of love, Oliver xx”

Sim unpacks that feeling further in a new feature with The New York TimesThe Horror and Happiness of Oliver Sim: Singer xx goes solo, reveals his HIV status, and learns he really likes people.

Listen to the new song.

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Influential Cork musician Cathal Coughlan dies aged 61 https://ziad-rahbani.com/influential-cork-musician-cathal-coughlan-dies-aged-61/ Mon, 23 May 2022 15:52:41 +0000 https://ziad-rahbani.com/influential-cork-musician-cathal-coughlan-dies-aged-61/ Singer and songwriter Cathal Coughlan has died aged 61. Coughlan first rose to prominence with the highly influential Cork post-punk band Microdisney, which he formed in 1980 with Sean O’Hagan. The duo moved to London, becoming a five-piece band, and recorded five albums, first for Rough Trade Records and then for Virgin Records. He was […]]]>

Singer and songwriter Cathal Coughlan has died aged 61.

Coughlan first rose to prominence with the highly influential Cork post-punk band Microdisney, which he formed in 1980 with Sean O’Hagan. The duo moved to London, becoming a five-piece band, and recorded five albums, first for Rough Trade Records and then for Virgin Records.

He was an inspiration to many musicians who followed. The enduring appeal of their music was on full display when the band returned for two reunion gigs at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and the Barbican in London in 2018.

When Microdisney ended in 1988, Coughlan formed another acclaimed group, Fatima Mansions, which combined abrasive rock noise with traditional folk music.

His highly individual and fiercely idiosyncratic lyrics were filled with striking imagery and biting social and political commentary. A series of more experimental solo albums followed, as well as several collaborations, including with French composer François Ribac, and North Sea Scrolls, a concept album recorded with Luke Haines and Andrew Mueller.

Coughlan’s final solo album, Song of Co-Aklan, was released in 2021, featuring contributions from many musicians he had worked with over the previous 40 years, including Sean O’Hagan. Even more recent is the release three months ago of a hAon, the debut album of Telefis, the duo he formed recently with Irish producer Jacknife Lee.

“I’ve had a bit of a rocky relationship with music,” Coughan told The Irish Times in February. “Initially I took it seriously because I dropped out of education, and luckily I met Sean O’Hagan, and together we met a group of people in Cork who were much more free to mind that both of us. So we fell into that, and music became a way of life for a while.

“But obviously I had a pretty complicated relationship with commercial success, so I did other things for a living. I was lucky enough to be able to indulge in some pretty impractical ideas of how I could make music, because I wasn’t considering my rent.

Coughlan is survived by his wife, Julie. A memorial ceremony will be held among close friends and family in the near future.

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