Now and then, amidst the manufactured pop and the all-too-thought-out songs and music videos in the entertainment industry, you come across a genuinely talented and eager person. When this happens, it's best to write the name down and track the person as much as you can so that you can take pride in investing in something that is real and groundbreaking. Ready for the next name to write down? Renee Yohe.
Some may know her as the reason behind the famous non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms, and some may even know her as the character Kat Dennings is playing in the upcoming bio-pic "Renee," but Yohe is adding another endeavor to her already fulfilled life: songwriter, singer, and mastermind behind BEARCAT.
Hello, hello, hello! How was everyone’s weekend? Are we ready to dive, ears first, into a week laced with amazing songs courtesy of yours truly? I’m thinking that after accidentally taking last week off (::blows sorry, shameful kisses towards her wonderful editors Chet and Ian::), I’m more than ready to love you all up with some tunes that, hopefully, you’ll end up loving for the rest. of. your. lives. Commitmentphobics beware! THIS IS FOREVER.
Okay, but hold the phone. Before I get into anything serious, I feel it’s only necessary to plug the music of my husband-who’s-married-and-has-a-baby-by-another-woman. Don’t play dumb and scratch your heads. You all know I’m talking about Trent. I know I talk about him too much, but my diary is getting pretty full and I haven’t had a chance to run to Barnes & Noble to replenish my stock, so just bear with me, okay? YOU’RE ALL I HAVE.
Genre: Country Western
I feel that I need to preface this artist profile by stating that, as many who know me personally can attest, I despise modern country music. There is nothing I hate more than hearing suburban hillbillies with their phony country accents, which mysteriously disappear when they aren’t onstage, sing producer-driven songs of blue-collar sentiments before getting into a multi-million dollar tour bus to drive them to their mansion in Malibu. Seriously, I’d rather punch myself in the face with a rusty cheese-grater than listen to one of these musical abortions.
The final years in the life of Johnny Cash are arguably some of his most prolific. The songs featured on the American Recordings series offer some of the deepest insight into the mind of one of the greatest songsmiths in music history. What was thought to be the last of the series, the posthumously released American V: A Hundred Highways, has been revealed to be a precursor to American VI: Ain’t No Grave, which is to be released on February 26, the 78th anniversary of his birth. The songs on Ain’t No Grave were recorded in the final waning years of his life and include the track “I Corinthians: 15:55” which is said to be the last song that Cash ever wrote.
Genre: Indie Rock
Website (coming soon): www.harpersimon.com
“The long playing album is not just ten songs thrown together randomly. It has an arc. It has a structure. It is the attempt to make ten songs that are all as good as each other, and fit together in a seamless whole.” – Harper Simon, on his album Harper Simon
Simon, Simon . . . where have you seen that name before? It’s from the better-known half of Simon & Garfunkel who later moved on to be a successful solo artist. The talent of Paul Simon has apparently been passed on to his son, Harper, who recently released his self-titled debut album.