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Bradd Marquis: “Make Up Campaign”

Posted on April 18th, 2014 by

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If you’ve lived long enough and been lucky in love then surely you have a break up story. Well Bradd Marquis is turning the tables on that well-worn fact of life and giving fans an opportunity to show the positive side of the coin.

From the press release…

Soulful singer/songwriter Bradd Marquis has launched a campaign for his song “Break Up” ft Tess Henley called ‘The Make Up’. For all the stories out there in relationships, we hear about the break ups but never the positive sides to staying together and trying to make it work by making up. With this idea, Bradd with his ‘Thank You’ album talks about relationships, growth, his journey and acknowledging those along the way who’ve helped him personally, emotionally, career wise and spiritually.

Now, it’s your turn. Bradd would love to hear from you – your ‘Make Up’ story in a short video no more than 15 seconds which is emailed to him at BraddMarquis@gmail.com
He’ll post to his Instagram daily at @braddmarquis and with the submissions he’ll then make a montage using all the clips into one big video which he’ll upload to YouTube and Thank each and everyone for their submissions.

Checkout “Break Up” feat. Tess Henley here.

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

New Music: Kindred The Family Soul: “Everybody’s Hustling”

Posted on April 18th, 2014 by

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Check out the new single from Kindred The Family Soul, “Everybody’s Hustling”.

About the song Kindred says, “We really had no idea that this would be the single but the song was initially inspired by all of the glorification of money in all the hip hop songs these days. We see people and their struggles quite differently and we want people to be inspired to continue to reach for greatness whether they have access to lots of money or not.”

“Everybody’s Hustling” is from Kindred The Family Soul’s forthcoming album A Couple Friends on Shanachie Entertainment.

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

DJ Polished Solid – Single LADIES (No Turn Unstoned #239)

Posted on April 18th, 2014 by

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Some sonic goodness to get your weekend started from great friend to GFM DJ Polished Solid. It’s all about the ladies in this set and if it was night time when I was posting this I definitely add that “The feeling’s right… oh what a night!” Checkout the tracklisting below after the jump.

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I’ve been really enjoying the VH1 show Single Ladies this year. I don’t know what’s so different about this season compared to the others. Perhaps, it is the amazing Harold “House” Moore being featured (drumroll!) more (ta da!) in the forefront as a series regular. So I thought I’d make a mix in tribute to the show. However, I probably should be making a Single GENTLEMEN or CUT mix, instead, due to my admiration of Harold’s performance;) Read the rest of this entry »

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

New Music: Marsha Ambrosius: “Run”

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by

Ms. Ambrosius is showing her chops in her new single “Run”. Let us know what you think.

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

Ask Kashif: The Crucial Elements For Writing A Hit Song

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by

Our question today finds Kashif tackling a topic his certainly knows a lot about. Having penned hit songs for artists such as Evelyn “Champagne” King, Howard Johnson, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston and of course his own chart toppers.

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

Ask Kashif: What are your thoughts on the development of music technology?

Posted on April 14th, 2014 by

As part of our ongoing relationship with Kashif in support of his monumental documentary series The History of R&B Music we are proud to present: Ask Kashif! Where will be able to learn valuable music and life lessons through the candid answers from this icon of music. Make sure to spread the word and like The History of R&B Music Facebook Page and let your friends and fam know who are lover’s of great music and knowledge that GFM is the official home of Ask Kashif! on the web.

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About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

These days everyone has a Fairlight

Posted on April 14th, 2014 by

Ok so a little context first…checkout this demo and interview with one of the designers of the Fairlight Peter Vogel from 1980.

Next you can watch this video of Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones working out with a Fairlight and you can also read a post that I wrote about my feelings on their use of the equipment here.

And finally the inspiration for this post…

I literally was talking about this with one of musical cohorts the other day before the Whodini episode of Unsung came on and when they started talking about their use of the Fairlight in the studio and the fact that at that particular time there were on 12 in the world. When you work with a tool that not many have access to, and you can work with it skillfully that is going to immediately put you front and center or it should. Read the rest of this entry »

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

The Work

Posted on April 12th, 2014 by

The work is never easy, if the product is to be considered worthwhile. Just because the barrier to entry has been lowered in some respects doesn’t mean that your standard has to be lowered. In fact that precisely the time you can set yourself apart from the crowd by raising yours. Paul Masson was/is still correct re: product completion. The only thing that we know that we can count on is change. Just because musicians made money using a certain model for decades does not mean that model will continue ad infinitum. Bach, Beethoven and countless others made a musical living a certain way as a product of the times that they lived in and well right or wrong we are living in an era where by and large folks are not going to by $16.99 CD’s nor is there enough room being made at traditional radio and the math doesn’t work out at streaming for many to even subsist on quarterly performance royalty statements.

But one thing is for certain if the work is done and I mean real work: the til it hurts, I’m falling asleep but let’s go one more take, the I hear deficiencies in my art and I need to work on them until I can solve them type work… when that type of work is done and it meets real talent (I don’t mean high school talent show talent) I mean the type of talent where you gaze upon it and tell yourself I can’t do what they are doing, because what they area doing is amazing for whatever reason… most if not all of the above mentioned issues remove themselves. Why?

The reason that the issues are removed is because when the work and the talent and the output line up you become attractive. Not attractive in the manner we always associate with that term, attractive like a magnet where you pull people toward you, they want to follow you to the next show etc., etc., No hype. No “roll-out”. None of that overblown gob that gums up the internet seemingly every 15 minutes, I mean the people came out to hear what you do and based upon that experience they are now “attracted” to you.\

I’m done for now, but make sure you check out what Dave Grohl has to say in the above video. Sage advice.

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.