The reach of oppression can be vast. The poor, outspoken, different, and dissonant are often harmed by political and social persecution; however, oppression can also hinder another foundational element of culture: artistic expression.
Graceland took world music to another level, turning some acts on the album into international superstars, expanding everyone's appreciation for world music, and establishing sampling as another way of building on what's come before.
"It's a really tough world for new artists. If you believe in what you do and you really want to be in music, just stick at it. It's always a learning process. Enjoy it because I think making music is a privilege, really."
Here's a playlist sent out in hopes the president goes bold with his upcoming jobs speech, and that the federal government that we all employ gets out of the business of assured mutual self-destruction.
Playing music coincides directly with the essence of meditation, and therefore it's no surprise that the two are again linked with today's launch of the David Lynch Foundation's newest venture -- DLF Music's "Download for Good."
The TSA is apparently taking a very hands-on approach to airport security these days with their new and supposedly improved pat-downs. Here then is some loosely fitting mood music for your next airport close encounter.
Collins remembers, "When I was twelve or thirteen The Beatles' first album came out. They had some Motown and early soul record covers, like the Stones did. This is the music that I kind of lived my life to."
Moments before he accepted the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award from his lovely friend and former hospital co-worker Julianna Margulies, George Clooney proved once and for all what a truly great humanitarian he is.
Every year when I come back from the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, it's like coming off a drug.
Documentaries are a great way to catch up on the world and these days, they're immensely entertaining.