‘Boyfriend’ – Ariana Grande & Social House

You ain’t my boyfriend/ I ain’t your girlfriend/ But you don't want me to see nobody else/ And I don't want you to see nobody It’s start-stop and start again. The opening bars, with their distorted accordion, push and pull you. The lyrics are back and forth, brimming with tension and confusion. Even the chorus … Continue reading ‘Boyfriend’ – Ariana Grande & Social House

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‘7 Rings’ – Ariana Grande

Breakfast at Tiffany's and bottles of bubbles/ Girls with tattoos who like getting in trouble/ Lashes and diamonds, ATM machines/ Buy myself all of my favorite things Who would have thought that Rodgers and Hammerstein’s’ 1959 song ‘My Favourite Things’ would be being danced to in 2019, a mere 60 years after it first appeared … Continue reading ‘7 Rings’ – Ariana Grande

That place between sleep and awake: ‘imagine’ – Ariana Grande

"That place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That's where I'll be waiting."   Not many songs make me cry on the first or second listen, but at the point where Ariana sings, “love how my face fits so good in your neck”, tears were falling and that ache of remembering … Continue reading That place between sleep and awake: ‘imagine’ – Ariana Grande

The Heart and Soul of Spotify: How Spotify’s Financial Policies Impact Artists – The Producer

Spotify is a great way to get music to people globally either for free or at a very low-cost monthly subscription. It is also now being used as an effective social media tool in that it allows artists to gain new fans either through their own Spotify pages or via specifically curated playlists. The streaming … Continue reading The Heart and Soul of Spotify: How Spotify’s Financial Policies Impact Artists – The Producer

The Heart and Soul of Spotify: How Spotify’s Financial Policies Impact Artists – The Label

Spotify is a great way to get music to people globally either for free or at a very low-cost monthly subscription. It is also now being used as an effective social media tool in that it allows artists to gain new fans either through their own Spotify pages or via specifically curated playlists. The streaming … Continue reading The Heart and Soul of Spotify: How Spotify’s Financial Policies Impact Artists – The Label

Edward Hopper, Silent Spaces and ‘Putting On Airs’ by Erin Rae

The external becomes the internal, the political becomes the personal and vice versa. One bleeds into the other until it’s all muddy and messy and we don’t know where outside influences begin or where we end. In Erin Rae’s album Putting On Airs, co-produced by Dan Knobler and Jerry Bernhardt,(Single Lock, 8th June) the personal … Continue reading Edward Hopper, Silent Spaces and ‘Putting On Airs’ by Erin Rae