Here we are - resuming the music posts! School is finally in full swing and everyone is back in the groove. We ended our Infamous 30 Day Challenge to keep our playlists alive over the summer, and we had some great participants. Congratulations Chris, you won the $5 Dairy Queen gift card! Shout out to Conrad for having the most enries - 7! Wow!!
Don't forget, if you would like to hear a certain class appropriate artist, make a suggestion and you might hear it in the coming weeks!
Week of August 4th, 2016
Album Spotlight: Rocks into Rivers
Songs Played: Don't You Know You're Beautiful; Believe Me; Sing to Save My Life; Trust; The Good King
"Formed in 2004 around the talents of siblings Aaron (vocals and keyboards) and Ryan (guitar) Morgan, Cincinnati-based modern rock outfit Seabird crafts soul-searching, piano-driven, alternative pop in the vein of Coldplay, David Crowder Band, Needtobreathe, and Switchfoot. The band’s 2008 debut, ‘Til We See The Shore, scored a hit with the single "Rescue." It was followed in 2009 by Rocks into Rivers." - James Christopher Monger, allmusic.com
Week of August 11th, 2016
Album Spotlight: Pride and Prejudice Soundtrack
Songs Played: Dawn; Stars and Butterflies; The Living Sculptures of Pemberley; Georgiana, Liz on Top of the World
"Dario Marianelli is an Italian composer of film and concert music. Born in Pisa, he started piano studies and began singing as a chorister at age 6. When his voice broke, he devoted himself to playing piano and composing. He studied privately and took exams as an external student in nearby Florence, Lucca, and Livorno, and also studied counterpoint before moving to England. There, he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and spent three additional years studying at the National Film and Television School. His film career extends back to 1994 with his score for Paddy Breathnach's movie, Ailsa. Over the course of two decades, he composed music for such films as The Brothers Grimm; V for Vendetta; Agora; Eat, Pray, Love; Jane Eyre; Salmon Fishing in the Yemen; and Quartet, as well as many others. He has achieved recognition for his work with filmmaker Joe Wright, providing scores to the films Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, The Soloist, and Anna Karenina. Among his honors, Marianelli has won the Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, the Phoenix Film Critics Society Award, and the World Soundtrack Award." - Blair Sanderson, allmusic.com
Week of August 18th, 2016
Artist Spotlight: Billy Joel
Songs Played: Piano Man; Uptown Girl; We Didn't Start the Fire; Vienna; She's Always a Woman
"Although Billy Joel never was a critic's favorite, the pianist emerged as one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the latter half of the '70s. Joel's music consistently demonstrates an affection forBeatlesque hooks and a flair for Tin Pan Alley and Broadway melodies. His fusion of two distinct eras made him a superstar in the late '70s and '80s, as he racked an impressive string of multi-platinum albums and hit singles.
Born in the Bronx, Joel was raised in the Long Island suburb of Hicksville, where he learned to play piano as a child. As he approached his adolescence, Joel started to rebel, joining teenage street gangs and boxing as welterweight. He fought a total of 22 fights as a teenager, and during one of the fights, he broke his nose. For the early years of his adolescence, he divided his time between studying piano and fighting. Upon seeing the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, Joel decided to pursue a full-time musical career and set about finding a local Long Island band to join. Eventually, he found the Echoes, a group that specialized in British Invasion covers. The Echoes became a popular New York attraction, convincing him to quit high school to become a professional musician." - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com