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.