Google Engine: Find What You Need
Ok. to be honest, I really don’t listen to any of Miley Cyrus music. Come to think of it, I really don’t listen to her father’s (Billy Ray Cyrus) either. However, this new song she’s got called “Flowers,” has a pretty catchy tune. It’s right now ranked at #2, on the Billboard Top 100 charts. Not really a “dance song,” but the beat is enough to at least make your head bop up and down. Check it out, it’s a cute song.
Ok, I guess I’m slightly late with this one. But, better late than never. Luke Combs is positioned at #9 with his new cover of an old song, originally written and performed by the legendary Tracy Chapman in 1987. The song is called Fast Car. This is a beautifully written song, yet a simple enough melody that just about every person I heard cover this song has done well performing it. This song was considered R&B, and I was just amazed on how just a slight change of a few cords tuned this cover into a beautiful country song.
After watching Rick James documentary a couple of days ago, I was inspired to share one of my favorite forgotten songs by one of Jame’s proteges; The Mary Jane Girls! Their song was called “In My House.” This song was the jam back in the day. A lot of people didn’t think they were gonna last. They were thought of as a novelty rather than a group with true latent. They can really sing! And if you don’t think so, check out another old song called “You’re My Heaven.”
On Billboard Hot 100 Chart, “Calm Down,” by Rema & Selena Gomez is at the #5th position. Now, I’m not sure if this song ever hit number one, but I do know that I’ve heard it played in my neighborhood at least about two months prior. This song has has a mixture of both African and Brazilian sounds. It’s a very catchy tune, and the rhythm is slow enough that people of all ages can dance and move their bodies too. It’s rare that I like music from artists this young. However, I think this song will satisfy people accross many generations. Take a listen!
I just wanted to quickly share something with you I couldn’t foresee until now (in regards to both streaming and the music charts. As I’ve explained in a previous article I’ve written called “The Death Of Genres” (I think unless you’re a heavy user of various streaming services, it may be kind of difficult to understand where I’m coming from); I talked about the over reliance of algorithms could make it impossible to zero in on the genres we’re in the mood to listen to at a particular moment in time. But there appears to be a new benefit I wasn’t seeing. OK.. Allow me to go into deeper detail here.
Shazam (music discovery app) just may be the one piece of technology that can bring our classics back to the surface!
So, in the same article link above, I’ve also explained how different music sites will have different song rankings according to the service you use. Be it Spotify, iTunes, Youtube, etc, etc. However, there is one service that should be in its own category. That service is Shazam. Technically Shazam isn’t a music service, in the same way Spotify and iTunes are. However, Shazam does keep track of the music you discover while you’re out and about. Why this is a huge difference? Well, I didn’t realize that songs such as “The Logical Song,” by Supertramp was released in 1979, yet, it is in the number 6th top position on Shazam for my local area. This is truly amazing! Classic music can literally start to recirculate organically! Now, again, results change depending on how you have your settings setup on Shazam, but this is super awesome! Another song is “Isn’t She Lovely,” by Stevie Wonder, which ranked #7. But, I know this ranked high locally because it was Stevie’s birthday not too long ago. Therefor it triggered a lot of Stevie fans to Shazam his music 💚💚
Are you still asking this of your “friends,” and relatives? As a music collector and musicophile, the one thing I don’t miss from back in the day, is being incredibly annoyed by friends and family asking to “borrow your record to make a copy.” Now, you know that the word “borrow,” was actually code for saying “can I have it?” Whether that family member or friend had the money to buy that same album or not, you know that there was an eighty percent chance you’ll never see that record again. EVER! 🤣 If you did get your record back, it is almost guaranteed that 90% of the time you will not get it back in the same condition it was given. Sometimes you’ve waited so long to get your album back, that some people even try to tell you that you gave that “friend” in already faulty condition.
When I was growing up, very few respected your personal belongings enough give back your stuff in mint condition. But in the age of music streaming, these issues practically don’t exist anymore! Unless of course, you still have people in your surroundings who refuse to learn computers, and they’re still awkwardly asking you to make them a “mixed tape.” Man………. I’ve been using streaming for so long, I don’t even remember how to burn a CD. In fact, I don’t even see my local stores sell blank DVDs or BluRays anymore. 🤣 OMG!!
Yet, at the same time how strange and interesting that when we hear those pops and crackles from our favorite mishandled records, they somehow appear to enhance that emotional and sometimes psychological nostalgia. In fact, there were times that I actually preferred it. It’s also though the pops triggers something in my brain to instantly go back in time as I listen to those albums.
You know, I’m very happy that Ed Sheeran won his court battle. It seems that the Marvin Gaye estate has a habit of waiting until a song becomes really popular to accuse someone of alleged “copyright infringement.” Too bad Robin Thicke wasn’t so lucky. That goes to show you, despite the fact that technically no one is really buying music anymore as a result of streaming, yet, there is now enough money within music streaming to now make money buy accusing others of copyright infringement. It’s impossible in the age of streaming, not to hear a song that sounds like someone else. You really need concrete proof, other than “his song sounds like mine.” Don’t get me wrong, I understand the music business is a dirty business. But, someone who has no relation to each other, or who have never even cross paths with each other, should not be made a target for accusations. Hopefully Sheeran’s court case would make someone think twice about trying to make money from an artist by lying.
I just heard this song on internet radio today. “Bless You,” by, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas! I love this group, and for the life of me I can’t remember hearing this song growing up. Well, it only speaks to the vastness of talent, that we can’t possibly and humanly hear them all!! Great stuff.
Not to pat myself in the back, but…. I’m really happy that my grandfather exposed me to so many different types of music. There is no doubt that this is why I have a blog today! I have a playlist filled with classic country music! This list contains classic country by the likes of Willie Nelson, John Denver, Randy Travis, and The Judds! Checkout this playlist, Country Classics!!
I have put together a smooth playlist for you. This playlist contains what I call “easy listening, from the soul perspective.” Artists include, my favorite Curtis Harding, a new song from Devon Gilfillian, Al Green, and Mayer Horthorne. I think it’s a nice playlist. I do hope my followers enjoy it. Click on the playlist here –>> Easy Soul.
You’ve got to be pretty up there in age for my followers to remember this song from the legendary Paul Anka, Puppy Love.
Here is a great song by ABBA that we don’t hear too often anymore. The song is called “The Winner Takes It All (1980).” This was one of ABBA’s many hits of the 80s. They’re from Sweden, and became a HUGE sensation in America. In Sweden, their popularity was on the same level as The Beatles!
This song was first performed by a guy named Little Willie John. Now according to one source, Little Willie John’s version of “Fever” was the best selling record of it’s time. However, I feel that the second version, that was song by Peggy Lee was a better version than Willie’s version (in my opinion). Peggy’s version was hip, smooth, and is one of those rare songs that is incredibly mellow, and yet had enough groove that you could easily dance to it.
I think this was the only song I ever liked from Bonnie Tyler! In fact, I think she was a one hit wonder. However, if you never listened to this song before, I recommend looking for the original song on YouTube. The reason being, as she gotten older, in my opinion her voice became harder to listen to. Now she sounds like she’s been smoking 10 packs of cigarettes per day. Yeeeeshhhhhh. It’s A Heartache.
Oh my goodness! I must had put this song on repeat 10-15x yesterday!! They don’t make music like this anymore. I will truly miss Olivia. She dropped some amazing music through out her career. Today’s generation of musicians don’t know how to make music like this… I honestly Love You.
Is anybody else confused by today’s music charts like me? For the purpose of blogging, I decided to dive in the new era of digital “top hits.” You know, obviously I am very pro music streaming, but the way we find music now has become so unnecessarily challenging in some ways. Now, I guess people can make the argument that it’s my age that gets in the way of understanding or even accepting the new concepts of music streaming. However, I doubt it has anything to do with my age (as that would be the first thing a young person would point out). I am one of the very few my age that not only understands, but actually use the technology more than 80% of most people in my age group (on a consistent basis). Having said that, my reality is that many of these “Top Hits” charts are just not efficient in my opinion.
Genres appeared to have been completely removed from streaming music charts!This appears to be inline with many streaming services.
I am very saddened that websites that keep track of digital song hits have abandoned genres. I feel genres are very important, because they allow us to zero in on the type of music we like. Now we’re forced to listen through music genres we really may not like. This can be not only tedious, but unnecessary work. Streaming services may get away with not having genres because of the heavy reliance on algorithms, but in my opinion, you can’t apply that to music charts, because our reasons for goin’ there are slightly different. Another complication is that many of these “Top Charts” come from different places. So, in other words, one song may be #1 on Spotify, but #9 on Youtube. I think we need someone to build a site that combines all the streaming counts from various streaming services, and spit out a single average for each song, that would tell us what the hits are.
You know, I know the title of today’s post may seem a little odd. I had an interesting conversation with someone on reddit. I wanted to get a sense of how people find new music; and whether or not people still use Facebook or even Tumblr to find new music. I mentioned a very popular site called Pitchfork. Pitchfork is a very well known site that writes about new, and often times eccentric artists. Personally, the kinds of music Pitchfork writes about really wasn’t my type of music (to tell you the truth), and I still considered myself a pretty musically open minded person. The fellow reddit user shared that he doesn’t read Pitchfork anymore because (I get a sense that) in essence they’ve changed focus on the kinds of artists they now write about.
Finding new (whether an old vinyl, or fresh hot off the radio) music still requires a lot of soul searching. People take for granted just how hard it is!
I guess a bloggers focus can change, yes… But, understand that the whole purpose of having a blog is to share your journal of personal interest and make them public. Having a blog is similar to having a personal diary. So, as your interest change, so will your favorite blog. On the other hand, we have to remember that, it is also true that growing up, music was always filtered on the radio. In other words, we were fed music we were supposed to listen to. Today, we’re exposed to more music than we’d like to deal with. Perhaps this is the perfect case for the importance of just listening to your favorite streaming service, and allowing the algorithms to do its job and learn your taste. I don’t have a complete understanding of how scientifically the algorithms work, but it’s pretty mind-blowing how over time the streaming services actually recommends music along the lines of my taste. it’s frightening how what boils down to AI (artificial intelligence) could learn me and my tastes like that!
Welp! 🤗 I had some extra time before bed, and decided to make another overdue playlist 🤣 I know my young followers wouldn’t know what to do with this new playlist. But, for those of us older folk, I know that there are a lot of songs you remember! These songs are perfect for that new boyfriend, or a husband that loves to reminisce on the old music too. This playlist includes artists such as Carla Thomas, Patti Drew, Mary Wells, and Dorothy Moore! Enjoy! Expressing My Love – Volume One
What’s the secret to making a good playlist? Well, in my opinion, let me start off by writing what it should NOT be! Today, the reality is for a significant part of our global population has been affected as a result of social media. And I’m sure more than others depending on whether or not you have a site to promote. Having said that, a playlist should not be created for the purpose of getting likes or thumbs up. Now, I don’t mean to stereotype anyone. I’m pretty sure that a lot of my thoughts come from the fact that I came from a different generation when it comes to music. However, if you’ve listened to as much music as I have throughout my life, you can not only judge the quality of music (based on my preferred genres), but you can tell what songs belong together or blend well within a playlist. When creating a playlist, these things should be taken in to consideration. It’s too easy for someone who has a little technical ability, or ssshoo, no technical ability at all, that can through up a website. There a lot of free or low cost services that will allow you to drag and drop a few elements on a page and voila! You’ve got a website!
It’s important that a playlist have a theme
You know, in this era, it appears that no matter who you are, or what you are, people frown on advice. Not only that, it seems that good advice from life experience, is now seen as being synonymous with “someone tryin’ to tell you what to do.” People are so offended by, or even threatened by new information today, that almost anything can be seen as an insult at will. You’re then scanned up and down, given you the signal you’re about to be paid back with a barrage of insults to your character, or even the way you write. “It is said that music is supposed to sooth the savage beast,” yet, it doesn’t seem to do anything for some of today’s “music lovers” behavior. Hmm. But I’ll digress on that one.
The fact of the matter is, we all don’t have the same taste in music. It is important to give clues as to what the playlist may contain. It’s the same idea when you’re trying to find a good movie to watch. This is why many of us still search for movie genres. Unfortunately, many streaming services, including Spotify has moved away from music categories. Perhaps this is due to AI becoming so sophisticated, they’ve mastered your listening habits. I can respect that. However, when it comes to playlists, notice that there still exist basic categories to help users find the type of music their looking for. Don’t name your playlist “the best-est playlist in the entire world,” and plop 9,000 random songs, or dump whole albums in it and expect followers. Unless you’re one of those people that payed for bulk followers. Those aren’t real people! The one thing that hasn’t changed in the music digital age is that, it still takes heart and lots of thought to put together a playlist for your audience! In the seventies or even the eighties, when you met someone new, you’d never dump anything random on a cassette tape to give your crush/valentines. Why would you do that for your fans you’re trying to build?
Recently, I’ve written about my decision to use what I call “link aggregators,” to help pull songs/playlists from various streaming services, such as YouTube and iTunes. Well, I’ve discovered that there are great disparities in content between services. I think it’s time that we as music bloggers start to talk/write about what I now realize is still a problem. It also shows which are the streaming services that are truly worth using.
*GASP* iHeart Radio is the worst when it comes to missing content.<2h2>
One of the biggest disappointments I’ve discovered is iHeart Radio! They are one of the biggest supporters of artists and artists events. Yet matching songs against YouTube, Spotify, and even iTunes is a nightmare. It’s so bad that, at one time, Amazon Prime music started off with around 2 million songs. Now Amazon has more music than iHeart (it appears). At least in terms of music matches. I will most likely drop iHeart radio from my playlist making, because they just don’t have enough music licenses to match the music I have among other streaming services. At the same time, I guess I can’t complain or blame them. Because the reality is, Spotify is at the top of paid and free active users! YouTube is close to second, and although iTunes is way low on their music streaming user base, they’re still better than iHeart and Pandora in terms of music licensing.
It’s been long time again since I’ve made a post. But this time I’ve been very busy with other things. Still enjoy blogging 😍! Today I made a handpicked playlist special for my followers. Here is a small list of some of my favorite classic rock tunes! This list includes, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Boston, & The Police! I hope you enjoy –>> Nostalgic Rock Volume One (2023)
I wasn’t a heavy KISS fan growing up, only because I didn’t have a strong emotional connection to hard-rock. However, like most musicophiles like me, there are always at least one or two songs from a least favorite artist that really stands out, and grabs our attention. The song “New York Groove” has had done it for me (or at least one of several of their songs). Most of the songs I like from them are songs I don’t directly interpret as rock (such as this one). “New York Groove,” is one of those complicated songs were I can’t hear a dominant genre. Sometimes I hear pop, and other times I almost think I hear country. In fact, sometimes I forget that this song was song by KISS, because it reminds me so much of Freddy Mercury of Queen. Check the song out, it’s a fun song and I think you’ll enjoy it. It was #9 in the U.K. and #13 in the U.S. Billboard HOT 100 chart.