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MUSIC HISTORY - PART 3 - THE SONGWRITER AND POET ENTERS THE PLEASUREDOME AS THE QUEEN, KING AND PRINCE POP TO LIVE AID!

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THIS IS MY HISTORY, ANDREW GOODWIN, THE AUTHOR OF NEW MUSIC EAR.  THESE ARE MY MEMORIES OF MY MUSIC UPBRINGING AND HOW MY TASTES HAVE EVOLVED AND HOW MY LOVE FOR MUSIC EMERGED.  I HOPE YOU CAN FIND SOME MEMORIES FROM READING THESE ARTICLES TOO :)
1983 - 1986

In 1983 with MTV only being shown on "cable" TV (which only those in the higher wages bracket could afford at the time) I saw much of the video channel in friends' houses.  All we had to see our favourite music was Top Of The Pops, kids' shows like Razzmatazz and Cheggers Plays Pop, the morning shows Tiswas and Swap Shop and the much maligned The Tube.  
During the years of 1983 to 1986 most of the favourite artists' of mine either appeared or rose to fame in these times.  I first saw Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video on a videocassette at my friend's house and admittedly it scared me at first!  I just expected a music video not a horror film! Regardless of this unexpected shock I loved …

VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL - MUSIC? WHAT'S "LOVE" GOT TO DO WITH IT?

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Music? What's love got to do with it? For that matter, what has heart or rose got to do with it too?.  We all associate these words with this day of giving our loved one something special to show we appreciate them.  I am going to look deeper into this in music.

So, love songs, we all have our favourites, some more obscure than others.  I found that 10 songs in the UK's all time best selling list of 100 singles contained the words "love" or "heart" in the title including "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion, "The Power Of Love" by Jennifer Rush and "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell.  Ironically, in the USA there were also 10 songs containing either of these two words including "Un-break My Heart" by Toni Braxton, "I Love Rock N' Roll" by Joan Jett And The Blackhearts and "Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie.  So music wise it seems Valentine's day words don't necessarily sell the mo…

TEZ LOCKE

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Tez Locke seems to have been around the music business for quite a time as I can gather from his website bio.  Playing around the 70s and early 80s in bands such as Springheel Jack and Smart Alec he has focused his attention on solo songwriting with a vast number of compositions at his disposal.  Tez is based in Devon in the UK.


Tez is obviously a very skilled guitarist, but also as a lyric writer as his song bites and videoclips showcase both these talents on his website.  Effortlessly swerving from Rock to Folk to Blues to Country makes this guy a force to be reckoned with.  His lead line from his "Welcome" page states "Me. Doing what I love"and he surely does, sharing every part of his music experience with fans.

He has signed a deal with London based Copper Brown Records and is releasing his song "Howling At The Moon" on February 21st, 2018.  Before you take a listen to Tez think Tom Petty, Dave Edmunds, Status Quo, Iggy Pop and Johnny Cash all rolled…

MUSIC MEMORIES - PART 2 - PUNK CONFUSION AND A GIRL NAMED DEBBIE MEETS GREASE AND AN ANTS INVASION!

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THIS IS MY HISTORY, ANDREW GOODWIN, THE AUTHOR OF NEW MUSIC EAR.  THESE ARE MY MEMORIES OF MY MUSIC UPBRINGING AND HOW MY TASTES HAVE EVOLVED AND HOW MY LOVE FOR MUSIC EMERGED.  I HOPE YOU CAN FIND SOME MEMORIES FROM READING THESE ARTICLES TOO :)

1976 - 1982

So my music preferences were still evolving during the second half of the 1970s.  I saw the furore about this new angry music called Punk.  I did not get it, I understood this kind of music to be just shouting and noise with not much substance.  I was young and only until I reached my late teens did I start to respect this music as an expression.  I remember my mum used to work in a newspaper shop and she always had these girls and boys coming in with earrings, studs through their noses and brightly coloured mohicans.  She said they were so polite and friendly, which kind of made a mockery of the media outrage that this music as a menace to society.  I suppose the Goth music lovers got the same blinkered coverage in later years…

MUSIC MEMORIES - PART 1 - THE BIRTH OF A NEW MUSIC EAR MEETS THE 70s POP, GLAM AND CLASSIC ROCK!

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THIS IS MY HISTORY, ANDREW GOODWIN, THE AUTHOR OF NEW MUSIC EAR.  THESE ARE MY MEMORIES OF MY MUSIC UPBRINGING AND HOW MY TASTES HAVE EVOLVED AND HOW MY LOVE FOR MUSIC EMERGED.  I HOPE YOU CAN FIND SOME MEMORIES FROM READING THESE ARTICLES TOO :)

1968 - 1975

Born in 1968 I wouldn't reach my teens until the 80s, which probably explains why my main favourite artists and music are from that period.  How did I get there? How did I find my own identity in music? My first memories were from my late mother and father.  My dad was a big Neil Diamond fan and The Drifters and my mum adored Elvis Presley and crooners like Neil Sedaka, Val Doonican and Perry Como.  I used to watch all the Elvis films and also the Cliff Richard films, they seemed cool to me and all the girls loved them at the time.  I used to listen to all my parents' old singles and albums, playing regularly The Drifters' Golden Hits, singing along to classics like "Under The Boardwalk" and "Saturday Ni…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - KATE BUSH "HOUNDS OF LOVE"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
KATE BUSH

"HOUNDS OF LOVE"

I remember my dad used to love Kate Bush in the late 70s and I remembered her vaguely as a young boy for the hits "Babooshka" and "Wuthering Heights" and also the strange "Army Dreamers".  It wasn't until I bought this album that I explored the back catalogue of this unusual, experimental and reclusive star.  I was beginning to find my own identity of music artists in my teens in the 80s so was buying such a variety of sounds and genres to listen to.  A friend at work was a massive Kate fan so I borrowed all her work from him and subsequent albums were recorded for my own listening pleasure.  Although some of her work passed me by a little I could see …

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - BANGLES "DIFFERENT LIGHT"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
BANGLES

"DIFFERENT LIGHT"

Bangles or sometimes referred to as The Bangles were a different class of band than I was used to.  Bands were either all guy musicians or maybe had a female singer but this band was four great female musicans.  Susanna Hoffs, the Peterson girls Debby and Vicki and Michael Steele were not the bubblegum girl band that you see so many of today, they could play and wrote their own songs.  Sometimes I think they were a little underrated and everyone just knows of "Walk Like An Egyptian" and place this song (as it was fun and quirky) in the typical female Pop stars genre that were to come.  Yes like most guys I had a big crush on Susanna (still do!) but I heard a couple of singles…

ROSEMARY & GARLIC

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Rosemary & Garlic are Dutch duo are vocalist Anne van den Hoogan and Dolf Smolenaers on keyboards.  Their sound is like a Folk style Dream Pop and have just released their self-titled album after a couple of groundbreaking singles and their brilliant debut E.P. entitled "The Kingfisher" released in 2015.


The band became the best selling Folk act on Bandcamp during the E.P.'s release after the pair initially met at a singer songwriter competition and created Rosemary & Garlic with Dolf concentrating on the musical side while Anne's voice was at the forefront.  The song "Old Now" has been streamed on Spotify over 7 million times and the "I'm Here" made it into the list of The Most Beautiful Songs In The World" on the platform.


After hearing the songs "The Kingfisher" and "I'm Here" I hear hints of Bjork, Tori Amos, Kate Bush and Enya as well as Andrea Corr when The Corrs play pure Irish folk.   Its the gentle…

LEXI LAUREN

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Lexi Lauren is a young Country Pop star who was obviously born to make music.  When I first heard her debut single, "Don't Text" she reminded me of Taylor Swift and Carly Rae Jepson.  I assumed this lady was in her mid-twenties as she had such an accomplished voice.


Lexi was born in California in June 2002, so in 2018 she will reach 16 years of age, which threw me completely as her voice is so mature.  There are two songs available to hear already and after hearing "Don't Text" I wondered if there was an album so looked around on the web.  "Don't Text" is the perfect Country/Pop crossover and apart from the previous Taylor and Carly Rae likenesses I also see a little Leann Rimes in this budding singer/songwriter.

Lexi moved to Nashville at the age of 14, no doubt to thrive in the home of Country.  Maybe she could continue the success of Country crossover into the mainstream just like Shania Twain pioneered for the likes of today's stars wh…

REQUESTED ALBUM REVIEW - 510JAZZ - "JANUARY 16"

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MUSIC ARTISTS? WANT YOUR NEW ALBUM REVIEWED TRACK BY TRACK PLUS FREE PROMOTION ON NEW MUSIC EAR AND SHARED TO TWITTER, LINKEDIN, INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK? IF YOU LIKE THIS REVIEW, PLEASE CONTACT ME :)
510JAZZ

"JANUARY 16"

By Andrew Goodwin for NEW MUSIC EAR www.newmusicear.com.

ALBUM SUMMARY - "January 16" is the second album by the band, it is a mix of modern, contemporary Jazz and Bossa elements interspersed with aspects of Hip Hop, R n' B, Soul and musical cabaret styles.  The 24 musicians featured each bring a unique facet to this unusual set, overseen by John and David Vargas.  For me to include references to Michael Jackson, Morcheeba, Gloria Estefan, the Rat Pack crooners and more in this review of a Jazz and Bossa album proves how amazingly diverse these tracks are! An uplifting, positive album brimming with confidence boosts and filling your mind with images of good feeling.

01 RIGHT NEXT TO ME (Featuring Matt Blaque/D-Varg) -  The album opens with a m…