5 Things You Didn’t Know About Christmas Songs

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Christmas Songs
  1. ‘White Christmas’ ended the Vietnamese war in 1975, because it was used as the radio code for those who had helped the US from Saigon to evacuate!
  2. ‘Jingle Bells’ was initially intended for Thanksgiving.
  3. ‘Rudolph The Red Nosed-Reindeer’ having a red nose was initially quite controversial as it encouraged the idea of having chronic alcoholism!
  4. ‘Jingle Bells’ was also the first song to be performed in space. This was planned by Walter Schirra Jr. and Thomas P. Stafford even when they were still on earth, but Mission Control had no idea this was actually going to happen, so on December 16th, 1965 everyone was taken by surprise!
  5. ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ at first continued as “…it may be your last” which wasn’t too appropriate with the christmas cheer that was actually meant to be communicated in the song. Therefore that line was taken out of the song right before it appeared in ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’.

Pointing out just how remarkable progressive rock has become

Be sure to watch this video on how progressive rock has played an importance in our lives and just how wonderful it is. This is for sure a genre which cannot be underestimated because of how much it has gained over the years in terms of its unique and carefully sculpted sound. Even to this day it is a largely influential genre! Watch out for all the great artists that this genre has created.

 

Looking back at ‘In The Court of the Crimson King’ by King Crimson 46 years on

Looking back at ‘In The Court of the Crimson King’ by King Crimson 46 years on

Hailing from the UK, King Crimson are a band that were ahead of their time, specifically with their debut album ‘In The Court of the Crimson King’. This album is considered by many to be a game changer in the music industry, especially as a progressive album. It is clear that with their debut, King Crimson were looking to make a large impression with their innovative instrumental pieces. This definitely contributed to the voice which progressive rock was gaining in the late 60s- early 70s.

The album in itself contains five lengthy tracks, each crafted uniquely and creatively. “21st Century Schizoid Man” is practically one of the most powerful opening songs to any album, it is indeed an astounding song to open this memorable album with. In this song you experience both life and death with every build up within each instrument. There is life in every motive and death in every indulgence within this track. Another song which features a little piece of life is ‘Epitaph’, it starts off as a breathless melancholic causing the listener to wonder on about the song’s fate as it is all kept at a steady pace. The melody in this track is relentlessly unbeatable, and it allows for a beautiful momentum to be constructed by the time the bridge arrives.  Meanwhile, ‘I Talk to The Wind’ has you caught in the glimpse with that beautiful flute being played at times that you can truly communicate with the wind. ‘Moonchild’ is a song that I believe is ahead of its time because of the way it carries itself through the verses in such a crispy manner, however, that drumming and keyboard give the song so much feeling. Finally, ‘In The Court of the Crimson King’ is literally a song to live for. It has a flowing angelic feel to it that is kept throughout the duration of the track. That chorus is unbeatable, though, because that harmonising completely justifies the beauty of the whole song. Near the conclusion of the song there’s that very progressive flute solo combined with other elements, and it just puts so much more depth into the song.

If you don’t already know of this album, then you should get yourself informed, because it really has changed music ever since it’s been released. It is an album filled with versatile songs, all showing distinctive moods and exploring so much musical beauty. Indeed, this is a classic that has gone down in history and will continue to do so. Obviously a 10/10 album any day.

 

Thom Yorke fed up of YouTube stealing artists’ work

Thom Yorke fed up of YouTube stealing artists’ work

The singer from Radiohead recently expressed his anger toward YouTube in an interview because of the way in which YouTube present music. He has claimed that he doesn’t use YouTube because of how greedy it actually is.

“They put advertising before any content, making a lot of money and yet, artists are not paid or are paid small sums, and apparently this is fine for them (YouTube).”

Thom has a point here though, and we simply can’t go on dismissing it. This also impacts music nowadays, because there’s more flexibility to post whatever you want even if it’s absolute crap, so then the good stuff is somehow hidden amongst all this crap. It also impacts those artists that are talented enough to have the possibility of making a living out of music, but of course they simply cannot because of how easy it is for people on the internet to practically nick their music for free. The only people here that are really getting the cash are the hosts of these music sharing services.

Thom Yorke has previously expressed his frustration with Spotify describing it as, “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”.

Indeed, it is not only fair that people stream music from the internet so effortlessly, but it is also sad, as many people nowadays have forgotten the beauty of purchasing a CD or anything of that sort, because now you get it all for free and easily.