I HATE Maroon 5!!!

Maroon 5 is a pop rock band led by Adam Levine that does some really STUPID music.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maroon_5

Here’s a video dissecting one of their early albums:

Here’s one of their biggest hits, probably because it featured Christina Aguilera, who I think should have refused to do this garbage. It’s plainly insulting to the Rolling Stones’ lead singer, who is a far greater rock star than Adam Levine will ever be.

And last year, Maroon 5 got even worse, as I noticed when I started hearing one of their recent songs at my workplace.

Here’s the song, Memories, in a video clearly showing the lame lyrics:

Now listen to THIS:

MAROON 5 RIPPED OFF ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CLASSICAL WORKS TO MAKE THEIR MODERN DAY CRAP!!!

Which is perfectly legal to do since Canon in D is in the public domain (Johann Pachelbel died in 1706), but it is a clearly unethical thing to do! Now millions of people will associate Pachelbel with Maroon 5. Just as they did Mick Jagger with Adam Levine.

Such…..total…….DISRESPECT!

 

Regretting the Past: A critical look at the Styx album Kilroy Was Here.

Before I talk about the actual subject matter of this blog entry, let me pay tribute to Luke Spencer, a music critic who hosts the Rocked channel on YouTube (not to be confused with the long running character on the soap opera General Hospital).

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3LYgICaEsWVtMUILA8bOpQ

Here’s an example of one of his best works, a track by track analysis of a particularly popular but also bad album.

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Sarah Copus, NOT a typical teen star!

In the past, I have been harshly critical of popular music trends and their being so centered on teens and their shallow interests.

Not to mention the fact that so many young performers have no real talent and are just manufactured and marketed by record producers and labels to make money.

But then I found an incredible exception! Remember these people?
https://dalehusband.com/2016/04/17/the-most-beautiful-couple-in-all-of-texas/

Their daughter, Sarah Copus, is now 13 and has put out a solo album. In addition to singing so beautifully that her voice nearly rips my heart out (Listen to her on a 2002 song here on a YouTube video I made), she can play various instruments, though she seems to prefer the harp the most.

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Mariah Carey needs to stop being a pop star.

In the 1990s, Mariah Carey was one of the greatest singers in the world, but recently it is clear that she has somehow lost nearly all her talent and can no longer sing her way though even the most basic of performances.

This video accuses her (and others) of lip syncing:

And at the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City, that accusation was CONFIRMED in a truly embarrassing fashion.

Why do people bother to do this? In 1990, this was a SCANDAL for the duo Milli Vanilli, who won a Grammy for Best New Artist and was then stripped of it once they were exposed.

And here are more examples:

Enough! If you want to see some REAL vocal talent, just look here:

It takes truly raw talent to perform with NO backing music instruments and only your voices. Even Mariah herself has never been known to attempt that. But that is exactly what Pentatonix does every time they perform live.

Goodbye, Mariah, I am a fan of yours no more! Come back on stage when you can sing for real again!

Pentatonix

A cappella is a kind of musical performance in which no instruments are used other than human voices and other body parts. There are quite a few excellent a capella groups, but one of the most astounding, to me at least, has been one that originated right near where I live: Pentatonix! Specifically, they hail from Arlington, Texas.

This was the first video of theirs I saw:

Being a typical guy, I paid more attention at first to the beautiful girl than the others. But that would not last long, because then I saw THIS:

 

WOW! And then I saw this, which proved they could do just about anything:

And here is a collection of facts about them:

Here is their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Pentatonix/

I think I will be paying much more attention to these people over the next few years.

 

 

The most beautiful FAMILY in all of Texas!!

This blog has been a forum for a lot of negativity over the years, but not tonight. Tonight, I want to share my adoration for a couple who I consider to have the ideal marriage, and express their love for each other and the world with the most incredible music:  Pamela and Randy Copus of the new age group 2002, now including their daughter Sarah!

2002

http://www.2002music.com/

http://www.2002music.com/bio/

The award-winning, progressive new age band 2002 has placed 11 albums on the Billboard Charts and made the list of top new age artists in a Billboard Magazine “Year in Review” issue alongside Yanni, Mannheim Steamroller, Jim Brickman, George Winston and Enya. Over their 22 year career, their ever-evolving sound has encompassed a wide range of genres – from wistful ambient soundscapes all the way to light progressive rock. This daring blend of musical styles has given them an undeniable “signature sound” that sets them apart from other recording artists.

Entering the music scene in 1992, their first album Wings was a lush, ambient tapestry garnering massive sales and critical acclaim. Sound Mind Magazine lamented that the “only regret is that our grading system goes no higher than 5.” 2002’s album, Land of Forever (1998) spent 54 weeks on the Billboard new age chart and an additional 39 weeks on the Billboard catalog chart. It was also nominated for an INDIE award by the AFIM. River of Stars (2000) spent 74 weeks on the Billboard new age chart. Billboard Magazine compared it favorably to Vangelis, James Horner and Enya, remarking, “What a way to begin the new millennium!” This Moment Now (2003) won the COVR Award for Best New Age Album of the Year. Trail of Dreams (2014) won “Best Vocal Album” from Zone Music Reporter. 2002 won “Best New Age Music Artist 2014” from BT Fasmer’s The New Age Music Guide.

Founding members, multi-instrumentalists Pamela and Randy Copus met in high school in the theater department. Their musical paths diverged throughout college as both explored a wide variety of musical styles, instruments, and bands – everything from jazz to industrial rock. Coming back together after college, they ultimately left their respective bands to form the progressive new age band they dubbed “2002”. The zeros in the middle were originally an infinity sign and the “twos” on either side represented them on either side of infinity. However, since it was not the easiest name to type on a computer keyboard, or to pronounce, they became known as “Two Thousand Two.”

On their most recent albums, 2002 has been steadily increasing their use of vocals and percussion, infusing elements from pop, folk and progressive rock into their ambient/neo-classical roots. Also during that time, Sarah Copus, daughter of Pamela and Randy, has been taking on an ever-increasing role in the group. With the release of Trail of Dreams, Sarah, just 10 years old at the time, is one of the harpists and the primary lead vocalist in the band. Her soaring, angelic voice is featured prominently on Trail of Dreams, with many of the harmonies and vocal arrangements having been created by her. The synergy that Sarah brings to 2002’s signature sound has created something entirely new, by a band that believes in following the musical adventure wherever it leads, ever onward.

Check out their blog here:

http://2002music.wordpress.com/

Here is their official Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/2002music/

Here are the Facebook profiles of the parents as individuals:

https://www.facebook.com/randy.copus

https://www.facebook.com/pamela.copus

Here they are on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/2002Music

Explore and enjoy! It is because of wonderful people like these that I still have some faith in humanity.

Canadian Content Laws

In a previous blog entry, I gave details about Adam Buckley, a Canadian radio personality. I usually think of Canada as a better place to live than the USA, despite being up north with the harsh winters that come with that location. This is mainly due to it having a more socialist economy and no “Tea Party” insanity to screw up elections.  But there is one thing about Canada I absolutely hate:  its “Canadian content” laws which force radio stations to broadcast a certain percentage of music by Canadian artists. I did not even know they existed before learning about them from Buckley! While Canada has produced some great rock bands such as Rush, Loverboy and Nickleback, it has also produced……..Justin Bieber. And there are others far worse than him in Canada who do not deserve a hearing, but get one because the system is rigged in their favor. That in essence is  cheating.

Watch this video:

Need I remind you that we Americans have a First Amendment for a reason? If freedom means anything in a society, a government should not be telling radio stations what to play!

Canadian content laws do not protect Canadian culture, they degrade it! Inferior artists from Canada that would never make a dent in American music markets are enabled to become fairly successful in their home country because of their government. This creates a false impression of what Canadian musical culture is about, that Canadians themselves in general are inferior people. Eventually, Canada will be the laughingstock of the rest of the world as more and more people learn of this nonsense. No one admires cheaters.

I hope most Canadian radio DJs form a union and rebel against these laws en masse, practicing civil disobedience in order to force Canada to repeal those laws, or lose most of its radio broadcasting.

Adam Buckley

This is a Canadian DJ and radio personality who I have gotten to know from his YouTube videos rather than from his radio programs, which I have never heard. I happen to agree with almost everything he says, for he presents a well-balanced and enlightened view of almost everything. The only drawback is his tendency to use a lot of profanity, which has caused me to label him, “Sir Swear-a-Lot”. But if that is the worst thing about him, I will gladly overlook it, for he deals with a lot of the subjects I have covered on this blog for years.
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Copyright abuse

First, read this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DMCA

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a United States copyright law that implements two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures (commonly known as digital rights management or DRM) that control access to copyrighted works. It also criminalizes the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not there is actual infringement of copyright itself. In addition, the DMCA heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet[citation needed]. Passed on October 12, 1998, by a unanimous vote in the United States Senate and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 28, 1998, the DMCA amended Title 17 of the United States Code to extend the reach of copyright, while limiting the liability of the providers of on-line services for copyright infringement by their users.

The DMCA’s principal innovation in the field of copyright, the exemption from direct and indirect liability of internet service providers and other intermediaries, was adopted by the European Union in the Electronic Commerce Directive 2000. The Copyright Directive 2001 implemented the 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaty in the EU.

Takedown notice

Google asserted misuse of the DMCA in a filing concerning New Zealand’s copyright act,[25] quoting results from a 2005 study by Californian academics Laura Quilter and Jennifer Urban based on data from the Chilling Effects clearinghouse.[26] Takedown notices targeting a competing business made up over half (57%) of the notices Google has received, the company said, and more than one-third (37%), “were not valid copyright claims.”[27]

The original purpose of copyright laws was to protect creativity by allowing artists, both of visual arts and music, to make their fair share of money from selling their own creations. It is certainly unethical for anyone to claim another’s original work as his own and then make a profit from that work being sold.

Too often, however, what happens is that people wanting to censor a viewpoint they find offensive make claims based on their interpretation of the DMCA to claim copyright infringement that is not valid or, even if technically valid, really is not fair at all.

Here is a perfect example. Watch this video by YouTube user cdk007:

Did you enjoy it? Maybe if you were a younger person you were bored by the classical music track that was used for it. But in fact, that was not the original music that was used for the video. Instead, cdk007 used this music first:

That DOES sound 100% better, in my opinion. But soon after cdk007 posted the video about evolution, he was slapped with a DMCA takedown notice and he was forced to replace the soundtrack. But he never claimed the song “Jesus of Suburbia” was his creation, nor did he make money from that video. I doubt that Green Day, the artist that made the song, was to blame for what happened, it seems so unlike them!

What happened in this case was de facto censorship. The DMCA actually SUPPRESSES creativity and freedom of speech and it should be repealed.

Science as a genuine source of spirituality

Science and religion are so often considered rivals that it doesn’t occur to many people that the deepest form of spirituality can be formed from modern scientific knowledge. This video by Symphony of Science illustrates that idea brilliantly:

Enough said! Just watch and enjoy this, then follow the link above to see more videos!

William Aura

William Aura is a New Age musician that has been putting out great music since the 1970s. Most of his solo works, spanning from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, ranged from slow ambient to upbeat jazz. He was one of the first artists signed to Higher Octave Music and later became a staff producer for that lable.  In 1994 he formed a trio called 3rd Force which became a leader in the smooth jazz genre. A devoted Buddhist, his spiritual vision is reflected in both his music and in his social activism.

Several months ago, I made this video featuring one of his early songs:

He noticed it and commented thusly:

Thank you for the kind words. Great to hear this track again. Beautiful graphics. You have brought joy to my heart. Take good care.

Here’s another video of an even greater song, “Dreamer”. The visuals of this video are even more impressive!
Here is his Facebook account:
And here is Aura appealing for aid to people in Nepal:
Thank YOU, Aura, for your works, both of art and of charity. The world is an oyster and you are a pearl the size of a human heart.

Good riddance to Prussian Blue!

A few years ago, I learned about a set of twin girls named Lynx and Lamb Gaede who had formed a music duo named Prussian Blue while they were still nine or ten years old . They played songs championing racism, anti-Semitism, and other evil dogmas. They recorded albums, toured at white supremacist functions, and otherwise made idiots of themselves, all to please their  bigoted mother.

Not any more!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prussian_Blue

As of early 2009, the band’s Web site and MySpace page are no longer operational.

They do still have a blog up, but no entries have been made to it  since 2008.

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So what happened? THEY GREW UP, and not just physically!

http://www.thedaily.com/page/2011/07/17/071711-news-nazi-twins-1-6/

Lamb and Lynx Gaede, the dimpled tween rockers whose Nazi-themed pop band, Prussian Blue, sparked an exuberant media firestorm several years back have grown up — and had a change of heart.

“I’m not a white nationalist anymore,” Lamb told The Daily in an exclusive interview, the twins’ first in five years. “My sister and I are pretty liberal now.”

“Personally, I love diversity,” Lynx seconded. “I’m stoked that we have so many different cultures. I think it’s amazing and it makes me proud of humanity every day that we have so many different places and people.”

And now that they are 19 and legally adults, they need never follow their mother and her views again. But at the same time, the damage the mother did to them may never be entirely undone; no matter where they go or what they do in the future, the legacy of “Prussian Blue” will probably follow them for the rest of their lives.

April Gaede, unless you have yourself changed and become enlightened as well, you can go to hell for what you did to your daughters!

What’s the worst song ever written and sung?

For a long time, I’ve been concerned about how popular music trends tend to make teenagers look stupid and shallow. Now, pop music seems to have hit rock bottom with THIS video by Rebecca Black:

There are lot of things just WRONG about her “Friday” song that together make it worthless, though those faults might be forgiven if they appeared individually in other pop songs.  Her singing is awful, the subject matter of the song is pointless, the lyrics are profoundly stupid, and the video is creepy because it features a black rapper following the white girl around (which is actually a racist stereotype; why tolerate that?).

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A good reason not to be Libertarian – Classical music

As a lover of classical music for decades, I have been dismayed by its gradual decline in our society. In most record stores today (at least in north Texas), it is increasingly difficult to find a section of the store dedicated to classical music, or even new age music for that matter. Instead, I find our culture swamped constantly by rock, country, and even rap music. Not that there is anything necessarily wrong with those genres, since I listen to plenty of rock and even some country myself  (indeed, I grew up only with country since that was all my parents would listen to). OK, I don’t like most rap. Want to call me elitist for that? Be my pest!

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Laci Green, your warning is too little, too late!

Laci Green is a YouTube personality that is known for two things: At first she was mainly interested in proclaiming and defending her atheism (she was raised a Mormon and rebelled against that religion in her teens). Later, she turned to discussing sexuality and dedicated herself to making “sex positive” videos in which she offers advice and suggestions on how to improve your sex life. But she does have her limits.

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A Pair of Musical Collages to Inspire and Enlighten

I’ve invented the term “musical collage” to represent a group of songs by different artists assembled around a common theme or storyline, much like a compilation album except the songs may be featured in a live performance. Here’s one example, which I’ve titled “The Price of Fame”. The videos are all by the original artists.

 

This is another musical collage, which I’ve titled “From a Broken Home to a Healed World”:

I would LOVE to hear a band actually play those songs together!

These videos, as assembled by me, are my gift to the world this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!

The Spice Girls were frauds from the beginning

One of the greatest failures of the public in the world was reflected in how the Spice Girls, with their slogan “Girl Power” became such an overwhelming success. If enough people had applied skepticism to the matter, they would have rejected the pop group en masse and they would have had only minor hits, if any at all.

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One Step At A Time

This song, by singer Jordin Sparks, is worth hearing and is something I think we should all live by.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIE5QtkxzvM

Hurry up and wait
So close, but so far away
Everything that you’ve always dreamed of
Close enough for you to taste
But you just can’t touch

You wanna show the world, but no one knows your name yet
Wonder when and where and how you’re gonna make it
You know you can if you get the chance
In your face as the door keeps slamming
Now you’re feeling more and more frustrated
And you’re getting all kind of impatient waiting

[Chorus:]
We live and we learn to take
One step at a time
There’s no need to rush
It’s like learning to fly
Or falling in love
It’s gonna happen when it’s
Supposed to happen and we
Find the reasons why
One step at a time

You believe and you doubt
You’re confused, you got it all figured out
Everything that you always wished for
Could be yours, should be yours, would be yours
If they only knew

You wanna show the world, but no one knows your name yet
Wonder when and where and how you’re gonna make it
You know you can if you get the chance
In your face as the door keeps slamming
Now you’re feeling more and more frustrated
And you’re getting all kind of impatient waiting

[Chorus]

When you can’t wait any longer
But there’s no end in sight
when you need to find the strength
It’s your faith that makes you stronger
The only way you get there
Is one step at a time

Taylor Swift

In our twisted culture, most men and even some women seem to be obsessed with big breasts and big butts. Yet there is one young woman who comes across as absolutely stunning in her beauty and talent, yet she has neither oversized breasts or a big butt. In fact, she is quite thin, lacking curves at all. But that matters not when you see her as a whole.

http://www.taylorswift.com/photos

To all those plastic surgeons and others who give the impression that enlarging breasts can make a real difference in women’s lives, I’d like to give them a big F U! I’ve known some real unattractive women who were large chested. What matters is what is in the heart and the mind. But not the breasts or other body parts. Grow up, shallow minded pervs!