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    Why Can’t Girl Groups Last?

    If you ever take a 40,000 foot view of music, you see that bands are always composed of boys (or 1 singer girl + the rest boys) and the solo acts are always female. Why don’t musical groups of all girls never seem to last? They either dissipate in a one-hit wonder or the distinguishable member gets a solo career. I love all-girl groups. I’ve got a lot of songs from The Donnas, Destiny’s Child, The Bangles. But it’s rare for them to last more than an album. I suppose you could say that’s the fate for nearly all bands, male or female, but it seems like bands of more…

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    My Kindertrauma: The Hippo Song

    You know what they don’t have anymore? Children’s music. I mean, I don’t think it was ever popular, but it existed. I guess it’s because children don’t have disposable income, and parents don’t want to listen to that kind of dreck. Also, there’s no avenue for kids to pick up new stuff. When I was your age, we had a thing called the radio to hear new music. By the time they’re old enough to operate YouTube they find stuff like Willow Smith and Justin Bieber. The closest equivalent, Radio Disney, well… it doesn’t play kid’s music. I looked at the Top 30 chart and all the names I recognize…

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    Make Your Own Country Song

    Mix and match.  Or use as a bingo card.  Or make it a drinking game (like I feel compelled to do). Blue jeans (not just jeans) Whiskey Beer Alcohol other than whiskey or beer (includes mixed drinks) Mention of a truck Mention of something that is rusty Partying all night/until dawn “Shaking” it A rap interlude A dirt road Friday (or “the end of the week”) America Boots A trailer Sun (not sunlight) Moonlight (not moon)

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    The Merm-8 Soundtrack

    Boy, you’d think after a book release, I could bother to make some blog posts.  Truth be told, I’ve been working on guest posts.  Lots of articles about mermaids.  Don’t worry, I’ll backtrack them. In the meantime, here’s a special bonus: the Merm-8 soundtrack.  I usually do albums for my big stories.  You can listen to the playlist on Grooveshark or YouTube. Sting – If I Ever Lose My Faith In You Lifehouse – Halfway Gone Carolina Liar – I’m Not Over Fall Out Boy – This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race Closure – Look Out Below Audioslave – Original Fire Basement Jaxx – Rendez-Vu The Pussycat Dolls –…

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    Analysis of Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack”

    This damn song has been in my head for days, so I figured I’d take a tip from “Todd in the Shadows” and look at what the hell is up with this song. I think the world must have a “So-bad-it’s-good” relationship with the music world. Or a “We Love Stupid” relationship. But there are so many bad, horrible songs out there. Jason DeRulo’s “Talk Dirty to Me“, Black Eyed Peas’s “My Humps“, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe“, Britney Spears’s “Toxic“, “Gorilla” by Bruno Mars, anything by Katy Perry or Ke$ha. Songs that plummet past the pit of “low quality” into “this shit is ridiculous”. Some people are even…

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    Five Songs That Made Me Cry

    Sorry, I haven’t written any blogs in a while. I’ve been reading, and generally skipping on work things, because I’m lazy. To that end, have a top five list. Five Songs That Made Me Cry I’m about as sensitive as a robot and passionate as a rock. This has actually caused quite a bit of mirth in my life — not knowing how to respond or comfort someone. Almost lost my wife (then-girlfriend) a few times due to acting like an inhuman idiot. I regularly freeze in awkward situations where I don’t know the proper way to respond. I use clear, matter-of-fact language, sometimes with large words. I’ve been called…

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    Hot Girls You Don’t Know About: Jessica Frech

    If you watched TV during the holidays, you may have seen a Hyundai commercial featuring a cute brunette with a big white guitar. It’s no great song, but it’s a bit of an earworm. You might have thought she was annoying, or just didn’t pay attention. But if you’re like me, you became entranced with her goofy smile, her quizzical eyes, and her melodic singing. And you wanted to know more. This girl is Jessica Frech. The Hyundai commercial was my first exposure to her, but she actually gained notice from her music video “People of Walmart”. It’s strangely unrelated to the Hyundai commercial, even though it’s in the same…

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    Things I Like: Lindsey Stirling a.k.a. LindseyStomp

    Just watch the video. You watched it? Good. Now, hopefully, you know why I’m writing about this girl. Her name is Lindsey Stirling. She came to notoriety in my circle of life when she did a medley of Legend of Zelda songs. She’s a violinist (obviously), she’s a composer, she’s a dancer, and at 23, she was a finalist in “America’s Got Talent”. I really don’t know how to describe why she’s so compelling. It’s not her dancing, although I could wax poetic on that. She follows no steps, no pattern (although I’m sure she practices rigorously). In one shot, she’s doing a Muhammad Ali shuffle. In another, she’s standing…