For those who’ve been into Annie Clark/St. Vincent and her stage show…apparently Annie-B Parson did the choreography for the show. If you’re in the UK, you need to check out Here Lies Love at the National Theatre. Parson did the choreography there as well and I think it is critical to the show.
Everything Beyonce does is careful and thought out. Her entire image is perfection crafted from planning ahead. She does not ‘wing it’ or throw things into her performances and public appearances ‘just because’.
What she did at this award show was amazing, especially because of how intentional and thought out it clearly was.
Feminism is a scary word for a lot of people. Many women are afraid of calling themselves feminist because they think it implies anger, hatred of men, or a rejection of traditional femininity.
Beyonce presented everyone watching with two distinct images of what many viewers viewed as two very different women. There is the strong, independent FEMINIST. She is the woman who likes being in control and being in the spotlight. Then there is the WIFE and MOTHER. She is soft, sweet, smiling at the husband and child you can tell she loves and values so much.
For every girl watching who was afraid to be a feminist, afraid to be powerful, because of what she thought she would lose, this is an incredible message. You can be all the things you want to be. You can be both. Feminists can have amazing happy, full lives full of both traditional and modern womanhood.
Feminism means gender should not be a source of persecution or a restriction of your choices. Feminism mean the type of person you should be is based on what you value, not what outside forces pressure you to value because of your gender or biological sex. Shout at the top of your lungs that you are a feminist and proud. Then go and be the exact person that you want to be.
If everything she does is intentional and constructed let’s not forget all the times she rejected the word feminist and wanted to substitute it with “bootylicious.”
Sondre Lerche wanted to test one of his new songs in the most intimidating setting he could think of, so naturally the Norwegian indie-pop singer chose to perform “Bad Law” in a classroom full of kindergartners. Read more on Wall Street Journal!
I love Sondre Lerche but Melvin the kid is my favorite.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, via joespub)
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Just a little Pedro Pascal shirtless covered in ice water.
And do you think that’s opened up some space for successive generations of composer-performers—people like Jonny Greenwood or the National’s Bryce Dessner?
Oh, look: When I wrote 2x5, which is the rock [ensemble] piece, I had the problem of “Who’s going to play it?”—I e-mailed Jonny Greenwood at the time, and it turned out, yeah he could read [music]. But he was the solo reading act in Radiohead. So I turned to Bang [on a Can], and one of the guitarists that they used when Mark Stewart wasn’t available was Bryce Dessner. And the word on Bryce was that, yeah, he was with the National, which—this was a few years back—it was taking off but hadn’t quite taken off yet. And while his twin brother could play by ear, Bryce had been through the Yale School of Music and could read anything you put in front of him.
Sure enough, I put 2x5 in front of him, and he just, you know, ate it for breakfast! And I really liked him, and we got to talking—and then suddenly he emerged as a really, really good composer. So you’ve got Jonny Greenwood writing orchestral music for films—like There Will Be Blood—and I know there’s other stuff coming down the pike [for him]. Deutsche Grammophon just released a CD of Bryce and Jonny compositions. And they just released one by Richard Reed Parry, from Arcade Fire, Music for Heart and Breath. Which is somewhat indebted to Music for 18 Musicians. His pulse is not the pulse of a musical pulse, it’s a pulse of a human heart heard through a stethoscope. But these rock-star composers are popping up like mushrooms—and that’s definitely something new. And they are really taken seriously on both sides of the fence.
Steve Reich saying nice things about Bryce Dessner