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idea generating

So I encouraged Logan in the comments under “A Playlist in the Making” to possibly submit a review of an album or concert. His reviews of these sort on his blog “Rememorandum” are always an enjoyable read.  

We, at TalyaWren, are looking for music-centric write-ups. And it doesn’t have to be a review of an album or concert or music video, per se. In a rambling flurry of idea generating, I launched a manic (run-on) paragraph of ideas at another friend and source of music-oriented conversation: Kevin. I translated them below.

What follows are some ideas of things to write about or illustrate artistically in some form:

Music and television:

__What do you think about the use of a television shows and/or advertisements to promote/launch bands/musicians?

__How do you feel about the contests like American Idol or X-Factor, Dancing w/ the Stars, etc and their affect on the entertainment industry?

__What do you think about Glee or Disney’s Shake-it Up or any other music driven show.


__Your reaction to YouTube covers and/or mash-ups/

__Are pandora/spotify walking across the radio star’s grave?

__how to make a playlist for…

__what iTunes has done to the album (w/purchasing singles etc)


__Highlight an under-appreciated genre (satire or no). Or highlight a band or musician. We’d love a well-written paragraph or piece of art that features your favorite musical or theatrical artist.

__5 or 10 albums/bands you wish had greater exposure and why?

__5 or10 seminal albums/bands for all adolescents and/or newbies and why?

__we talk about how girls/women are represented as performers, what about boys/men? a thought on their pressures/image


__Venues: Arena vs Pub

__The cell phone shift from lighters

__Proper etiquette at shows (and not necessarily just rock concerts. How do we behave in the theater or at ballets, etc?)

__a concert experience : a funny story, a moment of transcendence, a snapshot.

__why go to shows anyway?

A personal response:

__moments where a song or performance led to/involved a sense of :  healing; or self-confidence; or self-expression (created an outlet, a voice); or proved to be an influence–whether empowering or perpetuating–to someone you know.


If you think of something thematically-suited that you’d like to see represented by image or written about, please jot down your ideas in the comment section.



a 2011 playlist in the making

N is working on a playlist to commemorate the year 2011, starting with a listing of what strikes her as she shuffles randomly through her iPod. and there is a lot of music.

while we wait to see what makes it on the final list, we are curious which song(s) would make your 2011 playlist?  What song(s) will make you think back to 2011? and why?

out of the quiet

the quiet on the blog has reflected the quiet on the zine-front. in non-zine news we have been busy. N just finished hammering out a essay for a competition–one we think will fit nicely into this edition of the zine! Which is how we plan on pitching th second wave of submission calls just before Winter Break. several of N’s fellow students have music write-ups due and we are all about making all that hard work work for us! submit those class assignments if they fit.

we will also follow up on a few personal invites this weekend. Sean hit up a few old friends: a costumer, an improv guy, and a drama teacher/sketch comedy performer. yeah, we are excited too! If you have someone you know to interview or someone you admire to write about or create a fan page (shrine) do share!

in the meantime, N wants to share this video our friend Melanie shared with us the other day. You’ll recognize the Jason Mraz song?-one of N’s favorites.


Video of the day!

the song that was stuck in my head all day: 


fun w/ Adele

Love Adele and this mash-up of her “Rumour Has It” & “Someone Like You” from Fox’s television show Glee is nice.

to dance or not to dance, is never the question

Jason Mraz is a particular favorite of Natalya’s to dance to
and she loves crank up the music in her room and dance.
Others that inspire?
Alison Krauss & Union Station’s “Sinking Stone”
Foo Fighters
A Perfect Circle 13th Step
Most afternoons, the iPod is set to shuffle,
the selection is eclectic and ranges depending on mood.
Do you have a particular favorite band or song that will set you to dancing regardless of where you are?
L has a weakness for The Prodigy, especially most anything off of Music for the Jilted Generation.
where might we catch you dancing? pick as many as it suits you!