Now that you have heard Riley's perspective on toys let's get back on topic. Music...right...music! One of the really cool things about youtube is that there's so much on it that, if you don't find what your looking for you'll at least find something that resembles what your looking for that's close enough. The range of music you can find on youtube is so immense that, when searching for music it's pretty rare that it's not there. In my youtube adventures I've managed to find everything from popular bands to bands signed to indie labels and, I've found music from as far back as the 1950s. Recently I had the best night ever looking up Nina Simone: a powerful soul singer from the 1950s. She may of died long before I was born but there's something ageless and powerful about her music that never gets old no matter what. She's got this feisty, powerful singing voice,she can belt a tune brilliantly, and delivers each word with a goose- bump inducing, intense levels of emotion. The first time I discovered her music I spent many nights with no sound except two of her heart-wrenching love songs "Wild Is the Wind" and "Black Is The Colour Of My True Love's Hair" while sitting perfectly still and ever since then it's never stopped. In her time she mastered each and every performance so, every time I watch them online I envy the people who got the chance to see her live in person but, the cool thing about youtube and a performer as skilled as Nina is that when I watch those videos online I feel like I'm there. I'm endlessly thankful for the people who captured her performances on film and posted them online. Here's a clip of her cover of "I put a spell on you". I frequently listen to both her cover and the cover by She&Him and although Zooey Dechanel has a great voice no one can top the emotional power of Nina Simone:
Another great discovery this week has been new music by Perfume Genius. I have a copy of their debut album, Learning and it is a stunning collection of piano melodies all about working through your differences and embracing them. Two of their songs showed up on Take Away Shows, an online film series all about working with fantastic musicians to capture intimate performances in unexpected places. Their new music seems less about facing those pains and assuring people that it's okay and more about looking at pain from a point of view of experience and being strong about it. This clip took place in a small room with just the lead singer singing and playing the piano with only one other person (I'm not sure if they're a friend, family member, or fellow bandmate) standing by in the background. One of the highlights was there latest song "Dark Parts", a down to earth and earnest ballad that mirrors the first song I ever heard by them because of the subject matter:accepting things for what they are. There's one other take away session Perfume Genius video and it's called "Hoods/Normal Song". It's worth checking out for the same reasons: the lead singers soft and chilling way of drawing you into his music.
Youtube has changed the way that we, as listeners listen to music and the way musicians can share music. It's cool that everything is just so accessible now and the great thing is, it's so easy to promote yourself and I guess that's why there's people that use this service to post views that label them as "attention whores". It's great for music and anyone with any kind of show because within seconds your audience can go from virtually no one to more than you can possibly count on your fingers. This concludes the findings and highlights of my youtube adventures. I hope you've enjoyed my findings.