ESSENTIAL LATE-ERA NINA SIMONE ALBUM, FODDER ON MY WINGS, TO MAKE LONG OVERDUE REAPPEARANCE ON LP AND CD PLUS WIDE DIGITAL RELEASE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN STANDARD AND HI-RES AUDIO

“LIBERIAN CALYPSO” RELEASED DIGITALLY TODAY WITH LYRIC VIDEO

AVAILABLE APRIL 3 VIA VERVE/UMe

Recorded in 1982, not long after she moved to Paris, Fodder On My Wings was one of Nina Simone’s favorite albums yet has remained one of her most obscure. Originally recorded for a small French label and only sporadically available since its initial release, Fodder On My Wings will be reissued in a variety of formats including CD and LP, as well as widely available digitally for the first time, in both standard and hi-res audio, on April 3 via Verve/UMe. The original album will be expanded with three bonus tracks from the recording sessions from a rare French reissue released in 1988. Following the last lyric video release for “I Sing Just To Know That I’m Alive,” the autobiographical track “Liberian Calypso” is available now to stream and as an instant grat download with digital preorder. A lyric video is also available now:

A lesser-known but important part of Simone’s musical history, Fodder On My Wings contains deeply personal songs, including the aforementioned, “I Sing Just To Know That I'm Alive” and “I Was Just A Stupid Dog To Them,” as well a searing lyrical improvisation about the death of her father on “Alone Again (Naturally).” At the time she recorded the album, Simone was living in France and extremely lonely; her mental illness was worsening and her family life was fractured. It’s out of this despair that one of the many album standouts, the near title track “Fodder In Her Wings,” was birthed. As Pitchfork wrote in their list of 33 of Simone’s most iconic songs, the composition “captured with startling intimacy the pain of this period, and she returned to it frequently through the next decade, cutting another studio version three years later (the synth-heavy take on Nina’s Back!) and including it on several live albums, including an awe-inspiring performance on 1987’s Let It Be Me,” continuing, “Simone’s vocal makes a song of weariness and defeat carry an air of defiance, a wise word from someone who survived to tell the tale.”

Over the years, the album has been reevaluated and has received its due as a significant work in Simone’s prolific catalog. In a 2005 review of the album, Jazz Times hailed the record and especially her emotional performance on “Alone Again (Naturally),” writing: “At the core of the album is a rare, powerful example of Simone with all masks stripped away: Her personal pain explodes to the surface as she reworks Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Alone Again (Naturally)” into a diatribe about her dying father that bravely progresses from venomously embittered to cautiously conciliatory.”

Recorded at a time when Simone was feeling rejuvenated by her surroundings and by the African musicians she met in her newly adopted France, Fodder On My Wings is an essential Simone album that is making a long-overdue reappearance and can now be heard however you prefer to listen to music.

Listen/preorder Fodder On My Wings now:

FODDER ON MY WINGS TRACK LISTINGS

VINYL

SIDE A

1. I Sing Just To Know That I'm Alive
2. Fodder In Her Wings
3. Vous êtes seuls, mais je désire être avec vous
4. Il y a un baume à Gilhead
5. Liberian Calypso
6. Alone Again (Naturally)

SIDE B

1. I Was Just A Stupid Dog To Them
2. Color Is A Beautiful Thing
3. Le peuple en Suisse
4. Heaven Belongs To You
5. Thandewye
6. Stop
7. They Took My Hand

CD/DIGITAL

1. I Sing Just To Know That I'm Alive
2. Fodder In Her Wings
3. Vous êtes seuls, mais je désire être avec vous
4 Il y a un baume à Gilhead
5. Liberian Calypso
6. Alone Again (Naturally)
7. I Was Just A Stupid Dog To Them
8. Color Is A Beautiful Thing
9. Le Peuple en Suisse
10. Heaven Belongs To You
11. Thandewye
12. Stop
13. They Took My Hand


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JOEY ALEXANDER PREMIERES STUDIO PERFORMANCE OF “THE LIGHT” 

VISUAL IS FROM HIS VERVE DEBUT ALBUM WARNA

Watch “The Light” Here

Joey Alexander, the Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, composer and bandleader debuts the video to “The Light.”  Recorded at Sear Sound studios in New York the spiritually tinged track showcases Alexander’s deft playing as he’s accompanied by bassist, Larry Grenadier and flautist Anne Drummond. “The Light," Alexander explains, was forged to bring “blessings of hope, courage and joy to people who listen, especially those in need of healing.”

 “The Light” is from his recent Verve Records debut album, “WARNA.”  The full-length effort captures the gifted pianist as he stylistically and seamlessly incorporates his influences from Gospel, Latin music and more.  Joining Alexander on the new album are Larry Grenadier, and percussionist Kendrick Scott-who comprise the core piano trio. On several tracks, Venezuelan-born percussionist Luisito Quintero, and Anne Drummond, join the talented jazz pianist-composer. 

Alexander arrived in New York as a lightning bolt in the spring of 2014, performing at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s annual fundraising gala. At the helm of a packed-out theater containing some of Manhattan’s most elite arts benefactors, Alexander amazed the audience with a remarkably lyrical rendition of “’Round Midnight.” A standing ovation ensued, and Alexander hasn’t slowed down since. The following spring, the New York Times wrote in an enthusiastic profile that “For a jazz pianist, the mastery entails a staggering breadth of knowledge about harmony, rhythm and orchestration, all converging in an eloquent synthesis. Joey Alexander has a handle on a good deal of that.” From there, he went on to receive three Grammy nominations, with two of Alexander’s four previous albums topping the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.


A Touch of R&B and Soul

By Clark A. Thomas

The kind of music that stands the test of time is music that causes you and I to reflect on time past; the present and future generations to come. When was the last time you really heard a sound that gets you to reflect on yesterday and gets you in today's time frame as well?

What's deep down in a person's spirit never goes away; eventually it gives birth. The art of making someone feel good through the power of music is an awesome thing. As a recording artist and songwriter there is no idea of who and when your message will penetrate and touch your listeners' hearts. Everyone has their own expressions of emotions; their own way of accepting what is being said through song.

There should be a message in your music that gives your listeners' time to think, react, and focus on the times in which we live in. It is about making good music that touches the soul for the betterment of one's well-being. The lyrical content along with the beats and melodies that paints a picture to get you in the mood is magical. The latest soulful sounds from Varges Thomas; featuring his older Mark; professionally known as "Pleasure More" gives you their best with their first collaboration since the New Horizons days. The song "Something Special" is just that.

It's a tune that will make you want to get sensual from the emotional side of a man expressing his feelings towards the woman he truly loves and cares about, it's a sound and message to get you in a relaxed state of mind with having a sense of purpose and commitments in your relationships. Recording artist who are able to make you feel their music, emotions, and spirit are the artist whose music will last throughout lifetimes. Fans want to hear an artist with versatility and music that will touch their inner most being. As a record producer it is their job to use their expertise to produce music that will bring out the artist's versatility that will touch fans throughout the world.

As a music lover, next time you get ready to download, stream, or listen to your favorite songs; let the music move you in such a way that it will allow you to decompress and be renewed in your mind, body, soul and spirit. Music is universal and touches us all differently.

Clark A. Thomas, author, he discusses practical life applications to make life less stressful. Writing articles has helped him become known online, more information available at https://www.facebook.com/clark.thomas.37454


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How and Where to Learn Music

By Siddharth S Sehrawat

As one of the best forms of art, music has an incredibly soothing effect on the mind. Practicing or listening to any type of music can improve the entire quality of your lifestyle relieving the stress level.

Apart from that, music has an amazing quality to improve your health. It also enhances your cognitive function. And remember that you are never too old to learn music or anything you love.

This article aims to provide you with some tips to help you in resuming your music learning at any stage or time of your life.

1. Identify the particular form of music you love:

With time, our taste for music develops. All of us like a specific kind of music with a particular rhythm and style. Being a young learner, you will not find such issues; your music preferences are still left for being shaped. If we start with the things we like, it will keep us motivated to continue our practice. If you can firstly identify a single genre or style of music you prefer, then it will be very helpful.

2. Take learning centers:

Don't hesitate to take help from a teacher or a learning center for learning music, as it is never too late. There are also various apps available to enhance your music skill. But it is always best to visit a good music school for nurturing your music skill.

3. Try to learn open-mindedly:

Not only the music of your favorite genres but try to learn everything and listen to every bit of music very minutely to develop your sense of music naturally. For example, you love rock music heavy metal; it will not hurt your classical music lessons. You might feel delighted discovering some exotic classical piano cover of your favorite rock song.

4. Choose your preferable instrument:

If you have found a specific type of music for which you have a deep fondness, your next task is to find out a particular instrument. Music instrument is a vital part of the entire thing, whether you are singing or playing the instrumental version. For example, if you have a love for the classical music genre, you might like to pair it with a violin or piano. You can easily find out any instrumental cover of your favorite song, if it's available on YouTube. Sometimes there is also a piano sheet music available with the tutorial which can be helpful for you. You can also buy one of the easily accessible ameb piano books to learn how to play your favorite song on the piano.

5. Schedule good music practicing routine:

For the best result, set a particular time of the whole day when you can completely involve yourself in your music practice. The practice session can be of only 30 minutes, but it needs to be regular. You fix a time for regular practice, but you also have to be flexible. Besides, keep some time to listen to some music to improve your natural musical sense.

Wrapping up:

In today's 'Go Digital' time, it is a good option for you to use a Smartphone or computer or tablet to make your music learning easier and enjoyable.

Siddharth S Sehrawat is a skilled and knowledgeable content writer who has written many articles on musical instruments. He has a great deal of knowledge of music and various instruments.


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