Music by Eric

Lorde’s sophomore effort is a surprising triumph and an instant favorite

The new Lorde record is a surprising dose of satisfaction cloaked in misleading party garb. I was among those totally sucked into the Lorde orbit when she first hit the scene a few years back. “Royals” was catchy, sure, but the full record was miles better than one catchy single, packed with minimalist music, subversive lyrics of the kind only a teen could write – and while that sounds like a subtle insult, it’s not – and anti-pop pop. I loved it. But man, I had misgivings about the new record. The first single, “Green Light,” lived and died on a big dance thump and a heard-it-done-it fast piano riff. Wasn’t helped by a video of Lorde dancing on a fancy car in a short…
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What To Look For When Learning The Piano

It’s never too late to learn a new skill. There’s little truth in the adage of “an old dog can’t learn new tricks” – if you put your mind to it, anything is possible. Learning the piano is something that most people are taught in their early years, and either keep on as a hobby or profession or drop as soon as they are able. Whether you are just starting out or returning to music, there are some things that you have to keep in mind to help you progress. Image Source Get Your Equipment Ready The only thing that you need at home to be able to learn to play the piano is, well, a piano. There is no point putting yourself through lessons…
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Hearing Your Heroes In The Flesh

(Image Source) Most people have fond connections with at least a few pieces of music. The way the instrumentation makes your hair stand on end; or, the way their voice makes tears form in your eyes. Of course, a lot of people only ever get to hear their favourite pieces played through speakers or headphones; instead of the real thing. And, this is a shame. It’s not too hard to see live music; even when it’s big bands. So, there’s really no excuse not to be seeing them. To help you out with this, this post will be going through what you can expect from two different types of show. And, the ways you can get your hands on some tickets. One of the best…
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Want a Better Music Experiences? CDs Tips!

Flickr For some people – most people, in fact – the importance of audio quality when it comes to their music is negligible. But for those with a slightly more sensitive ear or pickier tastes – or those who create music – getting as much quality as possible is essential. Here’s how you can boost your listening experience! CD vs vinyl There’s a popular idea among many music nerds that vinyl is better than CD. CD is treated as this degenerate thing that only those who know nothing about real music quality are interested in. But it really depends what you mean when it comes to “quality”. If we’re talking about the actual, aural quality and amount of clarity and detail available, then don’t fall…
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Tips to Encourage Your Child to Play an Instrument

It’s going to happen eventually. Whether your child’s school asks them to play an instrument as part of their education or your child naturally gravitates towards music, it’s something you’ll have to deal with. Playing an instrument well takes time and effort and most kids don’t have that. They would much rather be playing with their friends than studying in any kind of form. So, how do you encourage a child to play an instrument and enjoy it? Flickr Choose Wisely If your child has the choice of instrument, instead of the school just placing something in their hands, choose wisely. It may be cool to play the drums, but your child may be much better suited to the keyboard or piano. Let your children…
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