Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Turn off the radio
Hi y'all. It occurs to me that we need an alternative to music by and for the corporate media. I could talk about boycotting the recording industry, but we all need music in our lives, right? To fill our souls. They know that and we know that. Especially young people. They need to have their own music that they can identify with. That will mark their days as they grow into adulthood. Music that will be the soundtrack of their lives. They know that and we know that.
But it doesn't have to be the stuff that the corporate music industry digs up and packages and promotes. The thinly disguised death and destruction that they sell to our sweet and vibrant youth.
And there are alternatives out there. Definitely. I'm sure you know people that have talent. You know, you can make your own music. It may not be auto-tuned to pitch perfection or have a thumping bass line. Or feature a ten minute 5 million dollar video with special effects.
It may not be all that, but if it's real that's all that counts.
We're talking about being human, and being human means being imperfect. It means never doing it the same way twice. It means making mistakes. And saying "I'm sorry". Nobody's perfect.
So I invite you to share with us your favorite musician that we may not have heard of. The one that never signed a big recording contract or never gets played on the radio. The one that you go to listen to every weekend at your favorite local club or dive.
Or it could just be you and your friends posting up a video on YouTube.
So here's somebody that I've enjoyed for a while. I had kind of forgotten about her. Probably because her songs never play on the radio.
You may have heard of Kina. She had some moderates success with a song called "Message from your heart" which she played in a superbowl commercial. And she had an internet sensation with Gotta Digg. Despite that she was never signed to a big recording contract. She's been blogging for a while and I think she was the person that inspired me to start my first blog. Here's a little video to get to know her.
And this is her latest single called Valentine.
And this is one of my favorites because she is singing here with her two sisters.
Kina is a busy woman. She still maintains her blog where she regularly wishes happy birthday to her fans. Here are some links for you to explore to get to know Kina and her music better.
Her home page
Her YouTube channel
I hope some of you will visit her sites and maybe download her music. And hopefully she won't feel the need to change as she becomes more popular.
Tomorrow is the Avatar DVD release on Earth Day. Yeah, right. I don't think that requires a comment. We're still planning to do some articles on Avatar. LVB and I have just been pretty busy the last few days with his article over at VC's making such a big splash.
Thanks to all of you for spreading the word about Public Vigil. I've been noticing various links to our site when I do vanity searches on Google. We're tackling the future - one transhumanist myth at a time.