So the challenge is easy!
1. Find music you love of a different genre that actually that means something to you.
2. Reply to this post to tell us why (without posting a link or all of the lyrics). Pleas only 2 songs please
Then, talk about it! How is it different? In which genre? Whyyyy? 🙂 * The only stipulation is that here on this blog, I can’t post explicit words or artwork, so blank out a letter or two, but it must be without cussin’
3. Later tonight or Friday morning, I may request details and dedicate an article as I am inspired! I’m excited to see both how it captivated you and to hear or see new art
It’s way to easy to forget that we, the listeners, hold the cards, cut, and deal ’em. The popular music landscape tends to reflect our current collective desires to escape reality. Is there anything wrong with that? I doubt it.
The continued success of Alicia Keys and the emergence of Kendrick Lamar have inspired a slow trickle of more meaningful songs. This shows us that no one– not the artists or their corporate support or independent investors are immune to the support and the will of the consumer.
How to support your new fav artist? Yes of course buy originals and prints when you can, and download music and eBooks, get tickets legitimately, but when listening free, or admiring a work at no charge, try doing it using ad-enabled outlets like traditional and online radio, request their songs sometimes, share the work with someone who can afford it. Watch the official videos on YouTube, subscribing, sharing as instructed by the artist, and following on other social media are all ways to support. Support is ALWAYS appreciated.
Where to start? Well find out who’s playing in your town, where is the local arts council, download the an online radio app on your phone and search for channels. I personally enjoy and support Real Talk Radio’s Spreaker station- search for its show called “Fresh Friday” for new Hip-Hop, but I’m a old-school hip-hop head; there are other online stations there. Create a Pandora station for the artist or genre you would like to try.
Enjoy the challenge!
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