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A posthumous collection of songs by award-winning and chart-topping jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale was released Oct. 26, about 17 months after his death. One thing that set Tisdale apart from other jazz musicians was his ginormous 6-foot-9-inch frame. Jeez, you would think a big guy like that would have given basketball a try.
He did. Tisdale became the first player in collegiate history to be named a first-team All American in his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. He helped the United States win a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. In the NBA, Tisdale posted career averages topping 15 points and six rebounds per game over 12 seasons.Read the rest at the Maine Campus.
The psychedelic southern rock of indie kings My Morning Jacket is a gateway to a new place — one that features both country-fried chicken picking and as much diversity as the United Nations. But for now, let the band’s guitarist Carl Broemel take you to a different setting — a cabin by the woods, with the sun dipping just below the horizon. Broemel’s new release “All Birds Say” fills the autumn air with the soothing sound of an artist in his element.Read the rest at the Maine Campus.
Most of the music we listen to is in English. It is our native tongue, the language we grasp best. We would have a hard time understanding a singer if he or she was belting out their lyrics in Swahili or Ubbi-Dubbi, and wouldn’t that be frustrating?
Now let’s take conventional wisdom and flip it around: What if we don’t need to understand what is being said? What if we start thinking of the human voice as an instrument? What if it isn’t always used to convey linguistic meaning, but sometimes as another part of the music’s sound?Click here to read the rest at The Maine Campus website