How this rising R&B star wrote a summer anthem about knowing your worth…
Baelondra isan R&B artist from Broward County, Florida. Hersleek and sultry sound is inspired by artists like Amy Winehouse, Tinashe, Mac Miller and Anderson Paak.
Here’s the story of how she penned her latest single, the feel-good summer hit “Too Good.”
When I first heard the beat for “Too Good,” I knew I had to make a song to it.
The beat is catchy, danceable, and overall has a feel-good vibe to it. I thought it would be a great fit for the upcoming summer, so I jumped straight into it.
Writing to it came pretty easily. Usually, when I write to beats I’ll hum out or vocalize the melody or some harmonies and then from there, I’ll start writing lyrics based on the flow of the song I create.
How Bel overcame her biggest fears while crafting her intimate indie rock debut EP.
Bel is the project of Philadelphia singer-songwriter Isabel Furman.
Her debut EP Medicine showcases her intimate, lo-fi guitar pop, heavily influenced by the rock and folk of Lucy Dacus, Joni Mitchell, Haley Heynderickx, Snail Mail, and more. This is the story of how she wrote it.
I never thought my songs would leave my bedroom.
I take comfort in bedrooms; most of my songs deal with dynamics of intimacy, so I use these rooms as access points for that vulnerability.
I wrote my first song as a tween, huddled in my twin bed, pen in teeth, one early Saturday morning. That’s how I’ve written most songs since.
My bedrooms have changed shape and space over the years, from bigger beds to dorm rooms to my first apartment in Philadelphia. But they remain sacred places of creativity for me, where I feel like my real artist and human self is housed.
My first EP, Medicine, was released in January 2020. It too is an ode to bedrooms. I recorded it as a senior in college on the floor of a close friend’s dorm, sitting amongst his sneakers with my back against the mattress.
A poppy mix dedicated to the little touches we often take for granted…
When I think about connection, it’s all about the mind, body and spirit.
During the pandemic, I have been reminded of the many small things I once took for granted.
Because what was once a typical “Miami greeting” (a simple kiss on the cheek) is now a potentially life-threatening gesture. And it’s not even okay to hug family members you haven’t seen in a long time anymore…
Hugs and cuddles relieve stress and nurture feelings of safety, trust and bonding by release of “happy” hormones like dopamine and oxytocin. These make us crave them like we would our favorite ice cream.
But now, all forms of physical intimacy between people suddenly carry more risks than ever before.
In honor of the era of social distancing, here’s a list of songs that capture one of life’s simplest pleasures: touch.
The top musical moments from the beloved Spanish comedy…
Quarantine is… not going well.
Corporations keep airing commercials thanking essential workers while barely paying them a living wage. Record numbers of people are unemployed. Our President is an idiot willing to let thousands of people die.
Everyone is tired. I’m tired.
The only thing keeping me sane is consuming media, including the nearly infinite amount of streaming television available.
And if you’re like me, I don’t have the emotional energy to sit through anything heavy and long like “The Irishman”.
Out of the more lighthearted options, Paquita Salas stands out amongst the rest, a true underdog with moxie. And the show’s soundtrack is exceptional and bubbly.
A chat with the Miami band making ‘post-punk with a sense of humor’…
Post-punk is alive and thriving in Miami. ⭐️
Meet Adult Programming – the shimmering project of singer-songwriter AJ Ruiz. With their punchy tunes and dramatic aesthetic, AP is captivating the local scene and promising lots of thrills at their gigs.
Their glittery punk sound and image are odes to the romanticism, melancholy, and camp of vintage pop – everything from the moody goth of the Sisters of Mercy to the absurdist synthpop of DEVO.
And it’s a delight to witness.
We got the pleasure to chat with Ruiz to on his creative process and eclectic sound, as well as the Miami music scene and his colorful debut singles.