Ed Rampell: Rockapella’s renditions of arrangements can be idiosyncratic and full of their own stylizations as they make (or remake) the tunes their own.
I’m not sure “we the people” ever had much power, but certainly in the last 40 years or so in the States all but the extremely wealthy have lost a good deal of economic and personal freedom.
Michael Sigman: His music was the most riveting, uplifting and poignant soul music I had ever heard. And his message of hope touched me in ways that helped me to make changes in my own life.
Oren Avni channels Santana and David Gilmour on “Now I Know You,” a diss song with echoes of Morrissey. One is reminded of Pink Floyd again during the jam at the end of the Bob Marley parody “Three Little Jailbirds.”
The moment that freed music from the tyranny of narrow paradigms and singular identities? It was when the Beatles hired George Martin. Period.