Thursday, November 21, 2019

“Bored” by Charlie Taylor – A Song Feature

     What do you do when someone stands you up? Charlie Taylor wrote a song about relationship boredom. No later regrets; in fact, the official video of “Bored” shows her in an unrequited relationship – he is dead.

     Charlie Taylor is from Westlake Village, California. The cello in “Bored” belongs of Leah Hamel. “On information and believe,” the song also included Kevin Mario Larkin (guitar) and Madison Olandt (drums).

     “Bored” by Charlie Taylor 


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

“Pretty Baby” by Steve Umculo – A Song Feature

     Steve Umculo is a vocalist/songwriter in Johannesburg, South Africa, but he was living in Nashville in 2017, when the concert mass shooting took place in Las Vegas. The event inspired the writing of “Pretty Baby.” His elaboration is copied below.

     I wrote this song while living in Nashville in 2017. The Las Vegas shootings happened during that time.

There was a feeling of national mourning surrounding me which sent my mind down a long rabbit hole. I spent days thinking about the human psyche and how the fleeting actions of one individual can negatively affect the lives of so many. I started reading news articles and watching videos about this event and quickly found that I too became emotionally affected. Not only by this one isolated event but by people. What is it that causes us to hate and want to hurt each other? What is it about society that causes humans to lie, steal, cheat and murder? Is this an inevitable set of traits that we must just accept as a part of human nature? Please don’t let it be. I believe we’re better than that.

One particular article that I read was about a husband and wife. While watching Jason Aldean, the husband heard rapid gunfire. Split seconds passed before he looked over only to find his wife lying on the ground with a bullet hole through her head. He managed to escape, carrying his wife's limp body to safety. She was taken to hospital, put on life support and remained in a coma for several days. The husband would arrive at the hospital before sunrise and leave well after dark every single day, in the hopes that his wife would wake up. I read this article while she was still in hospital and wrote this song not knowing what her fate would be.

This song is a result of an isolated event, but I would like to dedicate it to anyone who has lost a loved one due to the unnecessary actions of others. Humans can be cruel, wicked and vindictive but we who are aware of this and want to affect change must strive to exude peace, love and happiness. I want to see events such as this one become less and less frequent until they are eradicated.

I’m not naive. I know I won’t see this dream come to fruition in my lifetime but I like to believe that it is one that we can all strive toward.

“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.” - Nelson Mandela

     “Pretty Baby” by Steve Umculo 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

“Two Embers” by Cavalry – A Song Feature

     Cavalry is one step away from exploding. The injustice is that the step is not one that is necessarily based on merit. The band from Liverpool continues to deliver strong singles in a genre that we would identify as Vocals-driven Soft Rock. Going back to the 60s and the 70s, comparable bands would be the Hollies, America, Toto, Eagles, and Seals and Croft. The totality of music of Cavalry is superior to some of those bands.

       Cavalry has assembled a loyal following (that includes Indie Obsessive). The step to widespread notoriety is to release a single that receives radio play in a wide range of countries, prompting more music lovers to dive into prior releases, such as “Soak,” “Heresy,” and “Everything.”

     “Two Embers” is another single that showcases the melodic and vocal skills of Cavalry. The guitar is clean and attractive, while the percussion is deferential yet powerful. The members of Cavalry are Steven Taylor (guitar), Gareth Dawson (drums), Alan Croft (lead vocals), Austin Logan (guitar) and Paul James Jones (bass).

     “Two Embers” by Cavalry