Songwriter – Foxos Music http://foxosmusic.com/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 09:52:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://foxosmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/ICON-1.png Songwriter – Foxos Music http://foxosmusic.com/ 32 32 Wexford songwriter Eoin Devereux is looking for a brand new day https://foxosmusic.com/wexford-songwriter-eoin-devereux-is-looking-for-a-brand-new-day/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 09:52:00 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/wexford-songwriter-eoin-devereux-is-looking-for-a-brand-new-day/ One of County Wexford’s brightest new songwriting talents is set to release a new single and accompanying video. oin Devereux, originally from Enniscorthy, is rapidly making a name for himself in the contemporary Irish songwriting scene as a songwriter whose material, lyrically, touches on emotive and thought-provoking subject matter while from a musical point of […]]]>

One of County Wexford’s brightest new songwriting talents is set to release a new single and accompanying video.

oin Devereux, originally from Enniscorthy, is rapidly making a name for himself in the contemporary Irish songwriting scene as a songwriter whose material, lyrically, touches on emotive and thought-provoking subject matter while from a musical point of view offers very commercial arrangements and melodies.

Not one to hide behind a mask, Eoin said the new song, “Stay in Bed,” was written when Eoin was going through a tough time and at a very low time in his life.

“I wanted the song to have a positive message and remind me that there’s a whole new day, every day,” he said.

The new single, out tomorrow, Friday June 24, is Eoin’s second release this year and follows the highly-received “Set My Eyes On You.”

Eoin hopes his material will resonate with audiences across Ireland and beyond as he works hard to make a name for himself in the contemporary singer-songwriter scene.

“Stay In Bed” begins with a three-word unaccompanied vocal intro before the accompaniment kicks in.

Contemporary in sound, the song is based on a mid-tempo groove-pop style beat and one of the things that immediately stands out is the quality of the vocals.

The song has an infectious melody and the way the artist used a double track type approach for the lead vocals is very effective.

This gives the voice a deep and wide resonance and adds a lot to the appeal of the song. There’s an old school pop feel to the song which sets a brilliant vibe and the overall arrangement is excellent.

There are times when the accompaniment is kept to a bare minimum and this happens at times when the lyrics are very personal and powerful: “I can’t feel, like me, I don’t know what to do, I can’t don’t ask for help, because everyone seems to be fine. They would never say a word, oh no, no”.

There’s a very obvious focus on mental health in the song and from that perspective it’s a track that’s likely to strike a chord with a lot of people or of all ages and it’s something that Eoin hopes will happen.

The song’s video is also compelling and provides a kalaiendoscopic visual backdrop to a song that’s a powerful statement in its own right.

County Wexford and Ireland in general are known for the quality of the songwriters and musicians they regularly produce and from the evidence produced by Eoin Devereux to date it is a talent that is not right dry up so soon.

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Songwriter U: Songwriting for Beginners https://foxosmusic.com/songwriter-u-songwriting-for-beginners/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 17:31:31 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/songwriter-u-songwriting-for-beginners/ Written by Katie Sanakai for Guitar Tricks and 30-Day Singer Let’s say you’d like to explore songwriting and maybe you have some lyrical ideas. What is the next step? Here are the things you need to know to get your songwriting started. 1. A reference instrument Perhaps you are an instrumentalist who already plays and […]]]>

Written by Katie Sanakai for Guitar Tricks and 30-Day Singer

Let’s say you’d like to explore songwriting and maybe you have some lyrical ideas. What is the next step? Here are the things you need to know to get your songwriting started.

1. A reference instrument

Perhaps you are an instrumentalist who already plays and would like to work on writing original songs. If so, you have a good base to start writing a vocal melody. If you’ve never played an instrument but want to get serious about songwriting, I recommend learning the basics of guitar, piano, ukulele, or any other instrument you can play. the chord progressions that are the basis of your song. Online guitar lessons are a simple, effective, and convenient way to get started.

Why use an instrument? The foundation of most music lies in its harmonic structure. Even a song without instruments playing (like a cappella music or a solo singer) is still informed by harmony. Harmony is how we put chords together, and a progression is a sequence of chords, whether via piano chords or guitar chords. If that sounds intimidating, don’t be scared off. Great songs can be written with just a few chords.

2. An understanding of song form

The next important thing you will need when you start writing songs is a knowledge of song form. You can think of it as the anatomy of a song and you can compare it to a paragraph or a stanza of a poem. Popular music is generally constructed from the following elements:

Verse – a section that usually begins the song and moves the story forward. The verse melody will return later in the song with new lyrics

Chorus—the section of the song that will be used repeatedly with the same set of lyrics. It can also be considered the “hook” of the song. Because we hear the chorus many times throughout a song, it’s usually the part we memorize first and can easily sing along to.

Pre-chorus – an introduction to the chorus, usually shorter than the chorus. The lyrics often stay the same.

Intro or outro – a section (usually instrumental only) that may start or end the song before the singer enters or after they have finished. The intro starts the song and the outro ends it. The intro and outro can be the same.

Bridge – a contrasting mid-section to the song, often involving a more drastic change in feel, harmony, style, or accompaniment. Bridges are generally not played more than once in a song.

Let’s do a quick analysis of two Imagine Dragon songs to demonstrate the song’s form. Imagine Dragons is excellent for writing catchy choruses – whether or not you listen to this genre, you can probably easily recall and remember these choruses.

“Thunder” by Imagine Dragons

Intro: sampled environmental sounds

Verse 1 – “Just a young gun”

“Thunder” spoken before the chorus with vocal distortion

Chorus – “Thunder, feel the thunder”

Verse 2 – “The Children Laughed”

“Thunder” spoken before the chorus with vocal distortion

Chorus – “Thunder, feel the thunder”

Bridge – guitar solo only (this could also be considered a solo break, but provides contrast)

Chorus – “Thunder, feel the thunder”

Outro – Guitar Riffs/Drums/Electronic Sounds All the Way

“Natural by Imagine Dragons

Intro: humming

Verse 1 – “Will you hold the line”

Pre-Chorus – “It’s the Price You Pay”

Chorus – “Because you’re a natural”

Verse 2 – “Will Someone Let Me See the Light”

Pre-Chorus – “It’s the Price You Pay”

Chorus – “Because you’re a natural”

Bridge – “Deep Inside I’m Going Black”

Chorus – “Natural”

Outro-instrumental that mimics the hum from the start

3. An understanding of chords

To build a chord you need to stack 3 notes vertically in a major or minor chord
(2 notes can also be used to create a chord, for example a guitar power chord. You can use an online chord finder to help you learn more chords). However, most piano or guitar chords would have at least 3 different notes, and then those notes would be doubled. When you learn the guitar or the ukulele, you learn the chords you will need to build a song as well as the name of the chord. Try using a guitar chord chart to learn chords faster.

When you learn the piano, the chords are not always so explicit. For example, you may learn to read sheet music before you realize you are playing C chords and F chords. There are also many more variations that can occur on a piano – the 88 keys and many octaves give you a variations on how these chords can be played. But to write songs, you will need to be able to form chords by stacking 3 notes on top of each other. This can be done simply with one hand using your thumb, middle finger and little finger to play the stack.

4. Progress

Once you can form chords on your chosen instrument (or app), the next thing you need is a progression for singing. Remember that a progression is a sequence of chords. In terms of the song form above, there is usually a progression that will last the entire section. For example, you might have a four-chord progression for the verse and another four-chord sequence for the chorus. However, some songs use the same progression throughout.

On the chosen instrument, try alternating the chosen chords in your progression. If you don’t know how to do this, try looking for an instructional video on YouTube that can show you how to put these progressions together. Keep in mind that musicians use Roman numerals to label chords. There are only 7 chords to choose from in any given key, and that is how they are notated.

1 = I, 2 = II, 3 = III, 4 = IV, 5 = V, 6 = VI and 7 = VII.

The VII chord is very rarely used and the III is also less well used. So that leaves us with I, II, IV, V, and VI as the best building blocks for your song. Let’s try a progression in the key of C:

Here are some examples:

A two-chord progression:
I-IV (CF)
IV (CG)

A three-chord progression:
I-IV-vi (C, F, am)
V-IV-I (G, F, C)

ii, IV, I (dm, F, C)

A four-chord progression:
I, ii, IV, V (C, dm, F, G)

I, vi, V, IV (C, am, F, G)

Photo: Gettyimages.com

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Ryuichi Sakamoto Defends Singer-Songwriter + Won’t Take Legal Action https://foxosmusic.com/ryuichi-sakamoto-defends-singer-songwriter-wont-take-legal-action/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 05:13:16 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/ryuichi-sakamoto-defends-singer-songwriter-wont-take-legal-action/ Yoo Hee Yeol recently suffered allegations that he plagiarized Ryuichi Sakamotothe song. Since the fall of last year, Yoo Hee Yeol has been constantly releasing piano accompaniments as part of her Yoo Hee Yeol Life Music project. But his recent A most private evening was criticized due to its similarities to that of Ryuichi Sakamoto […]]]>

Yoo Hee Yeol recently suffered allegations that he plagiarized Ryuichi Sakamotothe song.

Since the fall of last year, Yoo Hee Yeol has been constantly releasing piano accompaniments as part of her Yoo Hee Yeol Life Music project.

But his recent A most private evening was criticized due to its similarities to that of Ryuichi Sakamoto Aqua. After apologizing, he pledged to process appropriate credit and songwriting rights with the Japanese musician.

A week later, the Japanese musician himself addressed the issue and defended the Korean singer-songwriter.

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Yoo Hee Yeol did not plagiarize Ryuichi Sakamoto

The Korea Times shared the statement from Ryuichi Sakamoto’s agency It Music Creative, which is responsible for his projects in South Korea.

According to the Japanese musician, he recognized Yoo Hee Yeol’s respect for his songwriting. But like the Korean artist, Ryuichi Sakamoto revealed that he also has obvious influences from Bach and Debussy but still doesn’t put himself on the same level as the legendary musicians.

“All creation is influenced by the existing arts (the public domain). It would be great and appreciated if you could put 5-10% of your originality into it. I always do my best to increase my percentage of originality on every piece of music I create, which is a challenge. But it makes the art beautiful, I think,” he said.

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Fans, however, told him that Yoo Hee Yeol was guilty of plagiarism because he allegedly copied his 1900 create It’s time to light up.

While Antenna claimed the singer had never heard the music before, Ryuichi Sakamoto urged the audience to stop the comparison as he doesn’t want the problem to get any worse.

Despite the recent defense, music fans are still calling him out for allegedly copying another Japanese musician’s song.

Fans say Yoo Hee Yeol also copied Koji Tamaki

After the Ryuichi Sakamoto issue surfaced, fans also noticed the similarities between Sung Si Kyung. Happy birthday to you and Koji Tamaki’s song with the same title.

Yoo Hee Yeol wrote, composed and produced the track. He also registered it under his name with the Korea Music Copyright Association (KOMCA).

Yoo Hee Yeol and her agency have yet to release a new statement regarding the latest issue.

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Check back for more Yoo Hee Yeol stories, updates, and rumors here on EpicStream!

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LIL BABY CROWNED ASCAP COMPOSER OF THE YEAR FOR 2ND CONSECUTIVE YEAR AT 35TH ANNUAL ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS https://foxosmusic.com/lil-baby-crowned-ascap-composer-of-the-year-for-2nd-consecutive-year-at-35th-annual-ascap-rhythm-soul-music-awards/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:02:00 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/lil-baby-crowned-ascap-composer-of-the-year-for-2nd-consecutive-year-at-35th-annual-ascap-rhythm-soul-music-awards/ “Go Crazy” Takes Best R&B/Hip-Hop & Rap Song;“Speak to Me” Wins Best Gospel Song;Sony Music Publishing Named Publisher of the Year Social Media Celebration Ends June 24 with ASCAP Experience Conversation featuring Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actress Ashanti on the 20the First album anniversary NEW YORK, June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — ASCAP reveals the big […]]]>

“Go Crazy” Takes Best R&B/Hip-Hop & Rap Song;
“Speak to Me” Wins Best Gospel Song;
Sony Music Publishing Named Publisher of the Year

Social Media Celebration Ends June 24 with ASCAP Experience Conversation featuring Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actress Ashanti on the 20the First album anniversary

NEW YORK, June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — ASCAP reveals the big winners of its 35e annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awardswhich runs today until June 24 on the social networks of @ASCAP and @ASCAPUrban. Celebrating the songwriters and publishers behind this year’s biggest hip-hop, R&B and gospel hits, ASCAP’s prestigious Rhythm & Soul Music Awards return in a virtual format, with publications and original videos highlighting each winner for four days. Fans around the world can participate by logging on to @ASCAPUrban on instagram and @ASCAP on instagram & Twitterand using the hashtag #ASCAPAwards.

Rapper Little baby continued his meteoric rise to success, capturing ASCAP Songwriter of the Year for the second consecutive year. The prolific Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and artist has contributed to the writing of several top hits, including “Every Chance I Get”, “Girls Want Girls”, “On Me”, “Rags2Riches 2” and “Wants and Needs”. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the solo sequel to her four-time platinum-certified second album. My turnwhich should arrive this summer.

The R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap Song of the Year the prize is awarded to ASCAP songwriters Orville”Bugs can” Hall and Phillip Triggerman Award AKA The Showboys, Dion “Sneaky” Norman, Tre Samuels and David Welcome for their work on “Become crazy,” interpreted by Chris Brown and Young Thug. The hit song broke the record for most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and topped both pop and hip-hop radio.

The Gospel Song of the Year go to co-authors Johnta Austin and Jeremy “TryBishop” Hicks for “Talk to me,” interpreted by Koryn Hawthorne. “Speak to Me” scored Hawthorne her second No. 1 single on BillboardGospel Airplay Chart.

Sony Music Edition picked up its third victory in a hugely successful year, winning the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Editor of the Year award, following their ASCAP awards for Pop Music Publisher of the Year and Latin Music Publisher of the Year.

On June 24 at 3 p.m. ETthe ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards wrap up with “Deconstructed: Ashanti Deconstructs His Hits” a special ASCAP experience conversation with a multi-platinum singer and songwriter Ashanti. She will speak with VIBE Editor Dawton Thomas about the 20th anniversary of his landmark debut album, Ashanti, and dive into creating some of his greatest hits of all time. In addition to the Grammy she won for the album, Ashanti has won numerous Billboard and American Music Awards and is a Guinness World Record holder. The event will be broadcast on the ASCAP YouTube channel. More information is available at www.ascapexperience.com.

Other highlights expected this week include videos of the winners Felisha King Harvey, Brian Warfield and production duo Tuxedo Blaq (Darius and Dominique Logan), breaking down their winning songs in a special Rhythm & Soul Awards edition of ASCAP Urban’s “Deconstructed” series.

A full list of winners can be found at: http://www.ascap.com/rsawards22.

About ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional organization comprised of songwriters, composers, and music publishers of all types of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, to obtain equitable remuneration for the public performance of their works, and to distribute the royalties it collects on the basis of these executions. ASCAP members write the world’s most loved music, and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of this music to hundreds of thousands of companies who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail to radio, television and cable, internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license provides an effective solution for companies to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 850,000 members representing more than 16 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the global leader in performance royalties, songwriter services and advocacy and the only organization American Performing Rights (PRO) owned and governed by its member authors and publishers. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, at Twitter and instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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Songwriter Paul Williams lost a decade to alcoholism https://foxosmusic.com/songwriter-paul-williams-lost-a-decade-to-alcoholism/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/songwriter-paul-williams-lost-a-decade-to-alcoholism/ Singer and songwriter Paul Williams says he “lost” the 80s due to his alcoholism at the time. “I drank, I used, like most people do for about seven minutes, and then by the time I got sober, I had lost a decade,” he exclusively told Page. Six at the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s annual induction […]]]>

Singer and songwriter Paul Williams says he “lost” the 80s due to his alcoholism at the time.

“I drank, I used, like most people do for about seven minutes, and then by the time I got sober, I had lost a decade,” he exclusively told Page. Six at the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s annual induction and awards gala on Thursday night. .

“The 80s were over for me,” added the 81-year-old. “I was incredibly productive and lucky and lucky, lucky, lucky in the 70s. In the 80s, I stayed home and alphabetized my canned food.

Williams – who received the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award at the gala – was certainly “incredibly productive” in the 70s, co-writing “Evergreen”, from “A Star is Born” with Barbra Streisand in 1991 (collecting an Emmy and Grammy in the process), and co-wrote “Rainbow Connection”, sung by Kermit the Frog, in 1979.

Other songwriting credits include “We’ve Only Just Begun” by The Carpenter, “An Old Fashioned Love Song” by Three Dog Night, and theme lyrics for “The Love Boat”.

He was also an on-screen mainstay, appearing in all three “Smokey and the Bandit” films and making guest appearances on shows like “The Odd Couple” and “Fantasy Island.” The composer was also a regular guest on “The Tonight Show”.

Paul Williams and Kermit the Frog.
Williams co-wrote “The Rainbow Connection” for “The Muppet Movie.”
The puppet show

It wasn’t until the age of 49 that Williams recognized his illness.

“I turned to people and asked for help,” he shared. “I said, ‘I’m lost and I need help,’ and the recovery community came out of nowhere to help me and I loved it. I didn’t just chase music after that i went to UCLA and got certified as a drug and alcohol counselor i found my tribe and what happened is i started writing songs again .

Actress/singer Barbra Streisand and songwriter Paul Williams attend the 34th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 29, 1977 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
Williams and Barbra Streisand won an Oscar for writing “Evergreen.”
Ron Galella Collection via Getty

Most recently, the Grammy winner penned two songs for Daft Punk’s 2013 album, “Random Access Memories.”

Williams added coyly that he never really had a “moment of clarity” regarding his alcoholism.

Pictured: (lr) singer Steve Lawrence and songwriter Paul Williams during an interview with host Johnny Carson on July 22, 1977.
Williams was a regular guest on “The Tonight Show.”
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“During a blackout, I called a doctor and told him I wanted to get sober,” he explained. “The week before I had been to Oklahoma for a concert and had a complete psychotic breakdown because I was so loaded.

“I found out 10 years later that the guy who had been promoting the concert was long sober and he set up a prayer circle to pray for me to find relief from my addiction. A week later, during a blackout, I called a doctor.

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The Meaning of David Bowie’s “Starman” https://foxosmusic.com/the-meaning-of-david-bowies-starman/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 21:03:05 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/the-meaning-of-david-bowies-starman/ David Bowie was a lifelong trailblazer, a confidant of the 70s counterculture and a messenger of cosmic proportions, all of which he wrapped up in his Ziggy Stardust single, “Starman”. Like the rest of the landmark concept album, “Starman” sees Bowie paint the picture of a steward from another planet sent to our world to […]]]>

David Bowie was a lifelong trailblazer, a confidant of the 70s counterculture and a messenger of cosmic proportions, all of which he wrapped up in his Ziggy Stardust single, “Starman”.

Like the rest of the landmark concept album, “Starman” sees Bowie paint the picture of a steward from another planet sent to our world to free our minds, hearts and dancing feet. Let the kids lose it, let the kids use it, let all the kids dancehe sings in the iconic song that has spanned decades in pop culture.

Full of life lessons, coming down easier with the adage of the other mundane character, the song comes from the perspective of someone listening to Starman on the radio, hoping to make the future brighter than their past.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of Mars we go behind the meaning of the album’s single, “Starman.”

Meaning behind the lyrics

Bowie once had a conversation with writer William S. Burroughs, in which he described his own method of writing. He told the writer that his goal was always to reach young people.

He revealed that his young fans often send him renditions of his own lyrics, re-voiced in their own words. Youth, he said, was blessed with a sincere, forward-looking perspective that lent itself well to what he was trying to do in his music.

And that’s exactly the audience he wanted to reach with “Starman.”

I didn’t know what time it was
The lights were dim, oh, oh
I leaned on my radio, oh, oh
A cat was laying down a damn rock ‘n’ roll soul, he said

The song comes from the perspective of someone hearing Starman’s message on the radio. Despite the common trope of aliens coming to earth to destroy it, Bowie saw an opposing perspective, saying his Starman had come to enlighten them.

There’s a Starman waiting in the sky
He would like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow us away
There’s a Starman waiting in the sky
He told us not to blow it
‘Cause he knows it’s all worth it

Enlighten them on what exactly? Just to have a good time, it seems, and let the youth lead the way. Starman is telling the world to “lose it” and give in to the music.

let the kids lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the kids boogie

Bowie’s drummer Woody Woodmansey spoke about his impressions of the song in a 2008 interview with Uncut Magazine, saying, “I love ‘Starman’ because it’s the concept of hope the song communicates. That “we’re not alone” and that “they” reach out to the kids, not the adults, and kind of tell them “go ahead”. “Let the kids boogie”—music and rock ‘n’ roll! It diverted attention from the depressing affairs of the 70s and made the future brighter. ‘Starman’ was Bowie’s first song since ‘Space Oddity’ with mass appeal. After ‘Starman’, everything changed.

top pops

In 1972, Bowie took the song to a new height of fame with a performance on the popular British television show, Top pops. In the performance, Bowie appeared as the flamboyantly haired Ziggy Stardust in a multicolored jumpsuit mesmerizing people with his stage presence.

The performance catapulted Bowie into stardom and proved hugely influential on an entire new generation of rock and rollers. Many musicians, especially other English artists, cite this performance as a moment of transformation.

Lol Tolhurst of The Cure wrote in her memoir, ‘I remember sitting on my couch at home with my mother, watching this show unfold, and the moment Bowie sang the line, ‘I had to phone someone so I chose you” he pointed straight at the camera, and I knew he was singing that line for me and everyone else like me. It was a call to arms that set me on the path I was soon to follow.

pop-culture

“Starman” has been used in so many ways in pop culture that it’s impossible to keep up.

In 2016, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders used the song prominently throughout his campaign to tie in with his slogan “A Future To Believe In”. Elsewhere, the dummy of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster was named ‘Starman’ after Bowie’s song as it circled the sun on the Falcon Heavy rocket’s first test flight.

It has found its way onto the soundtracks of many films, including Matt Damon’s 2015 action flick The Martian as well as the new Disney/Pixar animated feature Light year.

Photo by Richard Creamer/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images

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Toby Keith reveals six-month battle with stomach cancer https://foxosmusic.com/toby-keith-reveals-six-month-battle-with-stomach-cancer/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 19:40:30 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/toby-keith-reveals-six-month-battle-with-stomach-cancer/ Country singer Toby Keith has revealed he has been privately battling stomach cancer and receiving chemotherapy treatments for six months. “Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer,” Keith explained. “I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery. So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax. The 60-year-old […]]]>

Country singer Toby Keith has revealed he has been privately battling stomach cancer and receiving chemotherapy treatments for six months.

“Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer,” Keith explained. “I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery. So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax.

The 60-year-old singer, who released his 19th album, Peso in my pocket, in 2021, was scheduled to perform a number of concerts in North America from mid-June to early November. Many of these dates will be rescheduled as Keith continues his recovery.

On May 31, Keith performed over Memorial Day weekend at the Heroes Honor Festival at Daytona International Speedway. Keith was scheduled to perform in Illinois and Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 17 and 18, respectively, in addition to a handful of concerts scheduled from mid-July to early August, including the Ohio State Fair on July 28, which was cancelled.

“Our hearts go out to Toby Keith as he bravely battles cancer,” the Ohio State Fair tweeted.

Keith is a long-time advocate for people battling cancer and started the Toby Keith Foundation in 2006, which provides help and support to children battling cancer. In 2014, the foundation expanded with the OK Kids Corral, which provides free housing for families receiving treatment for childhood cancer near Keith’s hometown of Oklahoma City.

Several weeks before Keith revealed his diagnosis, his 2022 Golf Classic in Oklahoma City and Norman, Oklahoma raised more than $1.38 million for the OK Kids Corral.

In his post, Keith said he was looking forward to some time out as well as a return to the stage.

“I’m looking forward to spending this time with my family, but I’ll be seeing the fans sooner rather than later,” Keith said. “I can not wait.”

Photo by Erika Goldring/WireImage

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Los Angeles Singer-Songwriter zzzahara Releases New Single “Get Out Of LA” – MP3 & NPC https://foxosmusic.com/los-angeles-singer-songwriter-zzzahara-releases-new-single-get-out-of-la-mp3-npc/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 22:46:59 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/los-angeles-singer-songwriter-zzzahara-releases-new-single-get-out-of-la-mp3-npc/ Los Angeles singer-songwriter zzzahara looks to leave his hometown behind with ‘Get Out Of LA’ Released today, the single is accompanied by a music video directed by Cole Santiago. zzzahara had this to say about the new song: “’Get Out’ is my portrayal of my frustrations with growing up and living in Los Angeles. Different […]]]>

Los Angeles singer-songwriter zzzahara looks to leave his hometown behind with ‘Get Out Of LA’

Released today, the single is accompanied by a music video directed by Cole Santiago. zzzahara had this to say about the new song:

“’Get Out’ is my portrayal of my frustrations with growing up and living in Los Angeles. Different walks of life come and go from the city throughout the year. People discover themselves and go into survival mode to get where they want to be. Some of these people get lost and forget who they are, often burning bridges and making their way to the top. I think all this noise bored me and I wanted to be around genuine, laid-back people. I got tired of hanging out with people constantly comparing themselves to everyone here when the secret sauce is to be yourself. I guess reinventing yourself might be cool, but just make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons and not hurting others.

‘get out of it’ was written in the bedroom of Collin Davis (Ynes Mon). He produced the track and I wrote the lyrics/vocal melody. I think it was a pivotal moment in both of our songwriting skills because we had been writing songs together for about a year before we started on “get out there”, so the musical chemistry was there. I also phoned my friend Dillon Olmedo to play bass on the track. It absolutely killed the bassline. Then I phoned my friend Josh Trevizo who is an amazing jazz drummer. Josh killed the drums. I’ve played with both of them a lot over the past few years, so it was right to have them on this amazing track.

zzzahara will release their debut album later this year via Lex Records. “Get Out Of LA” is currently available on Digital Services. The artist will perform at Crystal Cavern in Oakland on June 24 and The Smell in Los Angeles on July 15.

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The meaning of the lyrics of the song: “Fancy” by Bobbie Gentry https://foxosmusic.com/the-meaning-of-the-lyrics-of-the-song-fancy-by-bobbie-gentry/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 13:56:45 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/the-meaning-of-the-lyrics-of-the-song-fancy-by-bobbie-gentry/ Whether it’s in your regular rotation or not, “Fancy” is one of the greatest songs ever written. Composed by country singer Bobbie Gentry and made famous by country singer Reba McEntire, the track is the meaning of the American dream in just over four minutes. There is restlessness, ambition, heartbreak, sacrifice and generations woven into […]]]>

Whether it’s in your regular rotation or not, “Fancy” is one of the greatest songs ever written.

Composed by country singer Bobbie Gentry and made famous by country singer Reba McEntire, the track is the meaning of the American dream in just over four minutes. There is restlessness, ambition, heartbreak, sacrifice and generations woven into its tapestry.

But instead of bootstraps, the song highlights a red satin dress as a mode of upward mobility.

Let’s dive in and find out exactly why and how all of this is the case.

Origins

Gentry wrote and recorded “Fancy” in 1969 for his album of the same name. The song was Gentry’s second and final solo single to reach the Billboard top 40.

The meaning of the fictional song is about upward mobility by any means necessary.

Born into poverty outside of New Orleans, the character Fancy, at the age of 18, receives a red satin dress from her mother who tells her, Here’s your only chance, Fancy, don’t let me down.

The mother, who is terminally ill, reluctantly gives her the dress, asking for forgiveness, simultaneously knowing that Fancy must help her baby brother who might otherwise starve. Because the implication with the gift is that Fancy must be “hijacked” and find men to take care of her and earn money, Fancy puts on makeup, finds those who will pay for what she can give them, and leaves the shreds and “plain white trash” in which she was born in order to have a possible better life.

Here’s your only chance, Fancy, don’t let me down.

Fantasy charms a king, a congressman, the occasional aristocrat. And to her origins of poverty, she “did not return”.

Said Gentry of the story’s significance, “‘Fancy’ is my strongest statement for women’s freedom, if you really listen to it. I wholeheartedly agree with this movement and all the serious issues it brings.” defends: equality, equal pay, child care and the right to abortion.

be true to yourself

This is the meaning of the song. It doesn’t matter what others say, how they judge, what they believe. The purpose of life is to know yourself and to rest in that knowledge.

So, Fancy puts on the perfume and makeup that her mother gives her, as well as the heart-shaped locket that contains the phrase. With this understanding, Fancy leaves alone.

Just be nice to the gentlemen, Fancy, his mother told him, and they will be nice to you.

For Fancy and her mother, it’s the only way out of the cycle of poverty. Shortly after, his mother dies. And the social workers take Fancy’s little brother.

But the wheels of fate have turned and Fancy continues to work in her red satin dress.

A Georgian mansion

After working with these men, including a “benevolent man”, Fancy owns her own mansion in Georgia and a townhouse apartment in New York. Since then, she “has not returned” to her poor roots.

His mother would be happy. It’s all that matters. Especially more than the judgment of certain “well-meaning hypocrites”.

The beginnings of real life

The song had parallels to Gentry’s life.

She had grown up in poverty in the south and less than a year before releasing the song, she had married a casino magnate, Bill Harrah, in a marriage that would last less than a year. Gentry also cited the film, ruby nobility, as a source of inspiration. She got her last name from the movie, which itself is about an upcountry woman looking to improve her status.

Fancy The Scrapbook

The Scrapbook Fancy earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Performance, Female. The album and song were crossover hits in the early 1970s.

Reba

In the early 1990s, country superstar Reba McEntire covered the song, including an elaborate movie-like music video. McEntire’s rendition reached No. 8 on the Billboard National Charts. The song became McEntire’s signature, who would sing it as an encore for his live gigs throughout the decade.

For years since the mid-1980s, McEntire reportedly wanted to cover the song, but her producer at the time, Jimmy Bowen, said she was too closely associated with Gentry. Later, however, when McEntire changed producers to Tony Brown, she took a plunge, recording it for her 1990 album, Rumor has it.

In McEntire’s version, which is shown in the video, Fancy Rae Baker is a famous singer who takes a taxi to her old house. We see her story in flashbacks as she received her mother’s dress and worked her way up to the stardom we see at the start with a fur coat and sunglasses.

As the video, which was filmed on a cold, rainy January day in Nashville, ends, Fancy leaves, but the camera shows a sign that the plot that was her former home is to become Fancy Rae Baker Home for Runaways. Baker forgives his mother. A happy ending.

Stephen King, the legendary novelist, refers to the song in his book, Duma Key. In the book, Edgar’s character says he named his doll “Reba” because his car radio played McEntire’s “Fancy” when he had an accident.

Key lyrics

Although the entire song is a masterpiece due to its storytelling prowess, highlights from the long lyrics include:

I remember it all very well looking back
It was the summer I turned eighteen
We lived in a ramshackle one room shack
At the gates of New Orleans

We had no money for food or rent
To say the least, we were in a hurry
Then mama spent every last penny we had
To buy me a dance dress

Mom washed, combed and curled my hair
And she painted my eyes and my lips
Then I walked into the satin dance dress
It was split sideways to my hips

It was red, lined with velvet
And it suits me well
And look back from the mirror
Was a woman where a half-grown child stood

“Here’s your only chance, Fancy, don’t let me down
Here’s your only chance, Fancy, don’t let me down
Lord forgive me for what I do (please)
But if you want to go out, it’s up to you
Now don’t let me down
Your mom will help you move to town”
(Don’t let me down, don’t let me down)

Orville Peck

Openly gay singer Orville Peck also covered the song, genre twisting the track to include the idea of ​​a young boy growing up and learning about femininity and enjoying it to gain upward mobility. Peck’s version is stellar and definitely worth a listen.

Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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Bob Dylan lyrics: Fill in the blanks (if you can!) https://foxosmusic.com/bob-dylan-lyrics-fill-in-the-blanks-if-you-can/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 14:10:06 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/bob-dylan-lyrics-fill-in-the-blanks-if-you-can/ Hello and welcome to our new game, Fill in the blanks. Here we will test your knowledge of some of the best and most famous songs of all time. In this episode, we’ll dive into the complicated, beautiful, and timeless lyrics of great American artist Bob Dylan, through three of his most popular songs. And […]]]>

Hello and welcome to our new game, Fill in the blanks.

Here we will test your knowledge of some of the best and most famous songs of all time.

In this episode, we’ll dive into the complicated, beautiful, and timeless lyrics of great American artist Bob Dylan, through three of his most popular songs.

And here’s how it will go: below, you’ll see a stanza or two from various Dylan songs. But they will be incomplete with “______” for the missing word. This is where you can, if you have the ability, fill in those blanks.

For example: “The times they are ______” (and the answer would be “changing”). The answers will be written below. But no cheating.

Ready? Adjust? Let’s go!

1. “It’s Alright, Mom (I’m Just Bleeding)”

Darkness at the break of _____
Shadow even the silver spoon
The artisanal blade, the child’s balloon
Eclipses both the sun and _____
To understand you know too soon
There is no sense in ____

Sharp threats, they bluff with ____
Suicidal talk is torn
From the golden mouth of the fool the hollow ____
Play useless words, prove that it is necessary to warn
That he’s not busy being born is busy _____

2. “Tangled Up In Blue”

She was married when we first ____
Soon ____
I helped her out of a mess, I guess
But I used a little too much force
We drove this car as far as we could
I left him ____

Parted on a dark and sad night
Both agreed that it was better
She turned to look at me
As I was ____
I heard her say over my shoulder
“We will meet again one day on the avenue”

___ in ___

3. “It’s not me baby”

Get away from my _____
Leave at your choice ____
I’m not the one you want, baby
i am ____ you need

You say you’re looking for someone
Who is never ___ but always ____
To protect and defend you
Whether you’re right or wrong
Someone to open every door
But it’s not me, baby
No, no, no, it’s not me, baby
_____ you looking for, baby

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Answers

1. Noon, moon, try, scorn, horn, death

2. Met, Divorced, West, Move Away, Tangled, Blue

3. Window, speed, not the only one, weak, strong, it’s not me

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