First Music Review is Live

My First Music Review is up and live on LTTL – Lera Lynn Review – pop over, have a read and tell me your thoughts. I must say writing an album review was much harder than I thought ….

If there are any musicians out there who would like me to review their new music and upload to Listening Through The Lens please drop me a mail or let me know in the comments section below. The Site owners of LTTL have kindly allowed me to review new music from South Africa .. standing by for your new music 🙂

So pop over and read the review of:

LERA LYNN – PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

My favourite song is track two – “Lose Myself” with John Paul White.

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A New Writing Adventure Begins …

I am embarking on another new and exciting writing adventure. I will now be writing for Listening Through The Lens – a music site designed to promote and support roots music and performers – anything alt. country, bluegrass, soul, funk, gospel, Americana, folk or blues.

My first article will be posted this week and I will be sent (on an ongoing basis) new music to listen to and then review, how cool is that … The first review will be live by mid August, so settle back and enjoy this new journey in my ongoing quest … to just write.

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Guitar Classics & 1 Hit Wonders Radio Show

Cello Rock, “Greig Rock”, Van Halen, Stevie Ray, One hit Wonders, Classics – Golden Earring and more 🙂 Bump up the sound – blow the dust of your speakers and enjoy

A fun rollicking good show with some excellent classic rock  …. IMO, and we close out the show as we listen to a SA classic – Robin Auld – All of Woman

I hope you all enjoy this podcast, would love to hear your comments and input 🙂  enjoy the tunes. If you want me to post the detailed playlist for the show please let me know.

Classic Rock – Radio Show

Take a trip down memory lane no matter how young or old you are, if you like Metallica, Linkin Park, Ingwe Malmsteen, Apocalyptica, INXS, Pat Benatar, AC/DC, 10cc, Tom Jones and Kermit (and a few more… ) Then this is for you, Especially for you … yes you …  🙂

A fun rollicking good show with some excellent classic rock tracks IMO

I hope you all enjoy this podcast, would love to hear your comments and input 🙂  enjoy the tunes. If you want me to post the detailed playlist for the show please let me know.

Rise of Grunge – Radio Show

If Grunge is your thing you will love this show – the emergence of Grunge/Indie Rock – The Seattle Sound. My take on the rise and growth of Grunge and the social sub-culture, with it angst filled lyrics  and challenging the society of the day.

I hope you all enjoy this podcast, would love to hear your comments and input 🙂  enjoy the tunes. If you want me to post the detailed playlist for the show please let me know.

Woman in Rock – Radio Show

I hope you all enjoy this podcast, featuring the ladies of ROCK. I am sure you would be able to add more ladies to my play list, would love to hear your comments and input, 🙂  enjoy the tunes. If you want me to post the detailed playlists for the show please let me know.

Cool Covers – Radio Show

If you a fan of The Boss, Dolly Parton, Nine Inch Nails, Jerry Rafferty, Blue Oyster Cult, Prince, Michael jackson, Pink Floyd and more … stick around we gonna listen to some really cool covers.

A fun rollicking good show with some excellent classic covers …. IMO

I hope you all enjoy this podcast, would love to hear your comments and input 🙂  enjoy the tunes. If you want me to post the detailed playlist for the show please let me know.

NOTE: if you trying to spot the relevance of this Cover Pic, its Bob Dylan covering the classic crooners … I will take everybody opportunity to punt the Master – #BobDylan

South African Music – Radio Show

Podcast of a radio show I presented on KSFM, a community radio station in Parys, The Free State, South Africa. This is a show featuring all local music – from South Africa, rock, alternative and other sounds 🙂  enjoy the tunes. If you want me to post the detailed playlists for the shows please let me know.

Swamp Rock – Radio Show

Podcast of a radio show I presented on KSFM, a community radio station in Parys, The Free State, South Africa. A genre of music I affectionately call swamp rock – the purists might argue that I might have strayed from the specific confines of this genre, but that is after all my poetic licence 🙂 … enjoy the tunes. If you want me to post the detailed playlists for the shows please let me know.

Creative Playlists

This post rises from the ashes of an article I penned sometime back; On the Celebration of Creativity, at that time, one of my avid followers Juandre Hayton requested that I share my (creative) playlists, the music I listen to when I want to be inspired. Sorry its taken so long Juandre and thanks for the reminder – mate 🙂

I have at least 5 playlists that I plug into, and they are mainly dominated by Bob, Bruce and David. The lyrics of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen always come to the fore – my Bob&Bruce playlist, which is collectively all their music that I have, over a 1,000 songs, even keeps me company on long runs, MTB rides and gym workouts (lexiebrookeblog) Within the playlist, Bruce’s 3 raw acoustic albums Nebraska, Devils and Dust and The Ghost of Tom Joad dominate, at times I just let an album play out, in its entirety  …..  in my trusty headphones.

These, the are the music playlists, that keep me flitting on the edges of deep dark thoughtful emotions.

“A great deal of poetic work has arisen from various despairs.”

Lou Andreas-Salomé, the First Woman Psychoanalyst, on Depression and Creativity in Letters to Rilke

Play List Titles

Each list serves a different inspirational purpose – and it really just depends on my mood on the day, at times I start with one playlist and then switch to another.

Bob&Bruce: collectively all their music that I have, about 1,000 plus songs. These two articles discuss my Fav Bob albums and songs, the songs/albums that inspire me: My Top 10 Bob Dylan Songs and My Top 10 Bob Dylan Love Songs

Prog Rock Rules: I love the melodic, synth, orchestral sounds of (Classic) Progressive Rock; here you will find Wendy Carlos, Rick Wakeman, Iron Butterfly, ELP, Tonoto’s Expanding Headband, King Crimson, Tangerine Dream, Alan Parsons and Strawbs.

Obscured at the Rainbow: includes my favourite Pink Floyd Albums (Dark Side, Wish You Were Here, Momentary Lapse, Endless River, Division Bell, Zabriskie Point) and the 4 solo albums of David Gilmour. read about my love of Gilmour here: The Solace in the Silence

The Boss: Just Bruce, but then I do play some albums on their own, the three I mentioned above, plus Magic, The Rising, We Shall Overcome … and others 🙂  Check out this article to read my perspective on the songs of Bruce: The Bard of New Jersey

Ulver: I have a preference for their more recent experimental albums; THEMES FROM WILLIAM BLAKE’S THE MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN AND HELL , The Assassination of Julius Caesar, Wars of the Roses, Blood Inside and Shadows of the Sun. Check them out at: Ulver

These songs/music help me step back and detach, or at times just drag me right into their maw. I hope you enjoy the journey when you dive into them, and I would love to hear about your inspirational music.

FYI: I was listening to Bruce’s Devils and Dust album while penning this post 🙂

“It’s by writing… by stepping back a bit from the real thing to look at it, that we are most present.”

Alison Bechdel on Writing, Therapy, Self-Doubt, and How the Messiness of Life Feeds the Creative Conscience