Archive for March, 2013

One of the burning questions of the music industry today is how do artists get their music out there and how do they get paid for it and, by extension, make a living at it. Amanda Palmer answers that question from her own experience as a punk-cabaret singer/songwriter, street performer, blogger, successful Kickstarter fundraiser, and performance artist.


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Continuing with our celebrity readings, here is comedian and talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, reading from Fifty Shades of Grey. Her rendition of the sound effects is especially hilarious.

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Classy guy Charles Dance reads from the book, Fifty Shades of Grey, proving that even gravitas, charisma, and British theater training can’t help badly written prose.  The excerpt does use the “F” word, but the effect is less erotic than it is laughably lame.

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Today’s selection is Karim Nagi’s music video, “Mash of Civilizations”, from his album, Arabized. On Arabized, Nagi takes well known Western tunes and turns them into belly danceable Middle Eastern songs.  Check out his rendering of Vivaldi’s “Le Printemps” on Soundcloud here. In addition to being a musician, Nagi is also a lecturer, a DJ, and a drummer.

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In Skyfall, the redoubtable Judi Dench as M quotes a scrap of Tennyson (see below) which I really liked:

Though much is taken, much abides: and though

We are not now that strength which in old days

Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;

One equal temper of heroic hearts,

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Here’s a link to the longer poem it’s from, Ulysses.


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Today’s selection is a great rendition of the “Rains of Castamere”, a fictional song from George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series. In the books, “Rains of Castamere” commemorates young Tywin Lannister’s defeat and total destruction of one of his rebellious vassals, House Reyne of Castamere.  I recently received my Game of Thrones second season DVDs which features that song as part of the Battle of Blackwater in the season finale so it has been much on my mind.

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