Oddisee’s -The Good Fight

Every once and while you hear a piece of music and know what it’s saying. There are no lyrics. But the music itself tells the story as clearly as any words could. This is not how my relationship with Oddisee started. =) The first encounter with Oddisee was an acoustic version of “You Know Who You Are,” with Olivier Daysoul. Listening to him over the next few months and then years, led me to discover Oddisee had this ability, to create stories with just music. I know what you’re thinking. Rock Creek Park, obviously. He had a concrete vision of his inspiration, and told the listener the back story of the album. But it didn’t happen for me on Rock Creek Park. It happened on ODD SEASONS. More specifically, on “The Second Date” off Odd Autumn. Once I heard it I couldn’t unhear it. Everything needed a second listen. A comparison. Not too tough of a task, since his lyrical prowess impresses me repeatedly. There are too many quotes that have struck chords within me. Whole songs that could have come from my journal. But this is not what impresses me. What impresses me, is his ability to evoke that same feeling from so many of his fans on a regular basis. I’ve done a lot of analysis on the matter and feel it boils down to two things:

1. He’s able to remove himself from what is going on around him. Using observation as inspiration.
2. He knows himself well enough to process the stimuli and create his message. Picture perfectly balanced chakra’s.

When his latest release, “The Good Fight,” came out, not listening was not an option. If I had to briefly describe the album I would call it a blueprint of evolution. Keep in mind this is only my bumbling interpretation, so take it with a grain of salt. The album begins with “That’s love” talking about love in many forms, perhaps showing that the inspiration for fighting the good fight comes from love. Then comes “Want Something Done” – Branching out on your own. “Contradiction’s Maze” – Uncertainty…Choices. “Counter Clockwise” & “First Choice” – Mistakes, Recognizing Endings/Promise of New Beginnings. “A List of Withouts” – HATERS. “Book Covers” Lessons Learned “Meant It When I Said It” Acceptance of Selves “Fight Delays” – I’m Good “What They’ll Say” – Recognition of the need for further growth. “Worse Before Better.”

The album is cohesive, meaningful, and while the first word that comes to mind is inspired I don’t know if that accurately describes it. It’s not inspired, it’s Thought About. It’s Inspiring. Maybe that’s what makes his albums different from so many other artists out there. He GIVES with his art, through work. And I think this album is something you should TAKE a listen to!

The Top 40 Albums of 2014 (20-1)

Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs

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A few days ago I posted the first 20 in my “Top 40 Albums of 2014” list (check it out here). Below you will find this year’s edition of what I consider the top 20 albums of the year. You’ll find albums from varying genres and possibly a few albums that are new to you. I think it’s important to note what I define as a top caliber album. Great songs are always a plus, but more important to me is the ability of an artist to create a series of songs that tell a story, that convey an overall theme, that complement each other, and that make the listener think differently about the human experience. We are moving into an age where most consumers are more concerned with hit songs, which is why I feel compelled to highlight those musicians that have stayed honest to the age-old art…

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All About Timing…

If you follow me on Twitter, @Karmakatie8, you’ll already know, there were parts of this beat I felt were incomplete. Therefore, I was looking for a sound insert I could not identify the name or the instrument of.

Lets play a game and see if you can guess which part/parts of the beat that was. Use times to identify!

The title “All About Timing” is because this is the first piece I’ve worked on where I feel the timing of different instruments works well throughout the entirety of the beat.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Suffragettes vs. police: The women prepared to go to prison for the vote

The British side of Women gaining the right to vote!

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March 20, 1907

A “Lancashire lassie” being escorted through the palace yard, in Westminster Palace, London.

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July 5, 1910

A woman campaigning for the vote is restrained by policemen. British women did not win full voting rights until 1928

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The women of this smart capital are beautiful.
Their beauty is disturbing to business;
their feet are beautiful; their ankles are beautiful,
but here I must pause –
for they are not interested in the state
Rep. STANLEY BOWDLE (D-Ohio) DURING ANTI-SUFFRAGE DEBATE, Jan. 12, 1915

c. 1911

British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst (1858 – 1928), being jeered by a crowd in New York Read more…

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