The three music teachers — armed with a violin, a guitar and a drum — are ready for class. But the elementary school students jump around the room, screaming and laughing.“Quiet! Stand up straight!” one teacher shouts.“OK,” another says. “Who remembers this song? Leticia — silence! Kenji, come on, we’re gonna make music.”The scene plays out at a school in Tokyo’s industrial hinterland, but all the chatter is in Portuguese. The students and teachers are Brazilian, and the music includes samba and bossa nova. Advertisement The class is part of a project called “Music Without Borders,” the brainchild of Rafael Kinoshita, a 35-year-old Brazilian who endured a difficult childhood here as an outsider and believes music can help spare his students from that kind of distress.Japan has long considered itself the unique homeland of a single race: the Japanese. But when the economy faced an industrial labor shortage … [Read more...] about Brazilian immigrants have it hard in Japan. Can music be a solution?
Voice lessons to the world
[JEON TAE-GYU] As K-pop becomes increasingly global, it’s not uncommon to see comments left in English, Japanese or Chinese on YouTube videos or articles from fans all around the world. But boy band B.I.G started to notice that they were getting love from a different set of fans when they saw comments in Arabic all over their music videos and on social media. So they decided to reach out to those fans and thank them for their support in a unique way. B.I.G made their debut in July 2014 as a five-member group, with members J-Hoon, Benji, Gunmin, Gook Min-pyo and Heedo. Their first single “Hello” attracted the attention of listeners for its addictive hook and its distinctly Korean vibe - the song’s lyrics that showed off the best of Korea, like the “fastest internet” and “kimchi, tteokgalbi, bulgogi and samgyeopsal.” But after the group failed to catch on amid the heated K-pop music scene where more and more groups make their debut every … [Read more...] about B.I.G’s dreams come true thanks to Arab fans: After covering a hit song in Arabic, the group gained a devoted following abroad
Advertisement I’m approaching 40 in February, and I am burnt out with my job. I’ve been writing and getting professionally published for the past 27 years and I am exhausted. So much so that I am questioning whether or not writing and blogging are things I want to continue doing for the rest of my working life.Experiencing burnout is nothing new for people. If you work non-stop for years on end with very few breaks, then eventually the human mind is going to say “stop!”. And if you choose to ignore that inner voice, then you will become exhausted to the point that you will hate your job, and everything associated with it. Cue the mid-life crisis!Burnout is also associated with the impression that those who work less are not ambitious enough or loyal enough. People feel the need to prove themselves to their boss and colleagues. They volunteer for overtime every day, they do the exhausting business travel, they come in at weekends and holidays, they run … [Read more...] about Is Burnout Making You Hate Your Work? 5 Ways To Find Your Flow Again
The singer’s face is barely visible in the inky darkness of the vocal booth, but the voice that fills the adjacent control room at SARM West Studios in London is very familiar. The song is one of irony and loss — “Ma ma ma babe/Look at your hands/You’ve got two fat children and a drunken man/Betcha don’t like your life/Betcha don’t like it.” There is, however, an unmistakable virile quality to the singer’s emphatic delivery, a sensual self-confidence that meshes perfectly with the taut erotic bounce of the guitars underneath. His occasional bursts of lusty falsetto — “Whooo!” — are also a dead giveaway. “Ma ma ma babe,” he continues, leaning harder into the song’s heartbreak scenario. “Look at your hands/You should have been my woman when you had the chance/Betcha don’t like your life/Betcha don’t like it/Betcha don’t like your life now.” Then the voice in … [Read more...] about The Second Coming of George Michael
Keith plays in a rock & roll band. Anita is a movie star queen. They currently reside in a large white marble house that everyone describes as “decadent looking.” The British Admiral who built it had trees brought from all over the world in ships of the line, pine and cypress and palm. There is an exotic colored bird in a cage in the front garden and a rabbit called Boots that lives in the back. A dog named Oakie sleeps where he wants. Meals are the only recurring reality and 23 at a table is not an unusual number. The ceilings are 30 feet from the floor and some nights, pink lightning hangs over the bay and the nearby town of Ville France, which waits for the fleet to come back so its hotels can turn again into whorehouses. There is a private beach down a flight of stairs and a waterbed on the porch. Good reference points for the whole mise-en-scene are F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is The Night and the Shirelles’ greatest hits. There is a piano in the … [Read more...] about Keith Richards: The Rolling Stone Interview