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Frank Ocean Shares Cryptic Message About New Album – –

January 24th, 2023 – 1:30 AM
Like many people, I can appreciate a good cryptic message about the future. Thankfully artist Frank Ocean recognizes that. Frank Ocean has recently shared a rather strange and cryptic message with his fans hinting at his new album. It has been over six years since the release of Ocean’s last album and fans were eager to consume the cryptic message doled out. 

According to Stereogum, the message can be found on the back of his “Blonded’ posters. The message claims “The Recording Artist has since changed his mind about the singles model, and is again more interested in durational bodies of work.”. Yes, fans may be reading into the message as a declaration of another album, but after nearly seven years the fans have grown desperate. Frank Ocean fans are so desperate and hopeful that he will make a return that they noticed a message on the back of posters and were eager about it enough that several news sources are reporting on it. If Ocean was not already planning an album, he should take this as a message to speed up and begin working. Frank Ocean fans are hungry and it is time the artist provides.
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Using AI To Write Songs
Music industry veteran LOREN ISRAEL, a well-known music industry vet who has served as a record producer, A&R executive and songwriting teacher, has released a new book, "Want To Write The Best Lyrics Of Your Life? OpenAI Is The Secret Weapon You Need." ISRAEL has worked with bands like JIMMY EAT WORLD, PLAIN WHITE T'S, NEON TREES and UNLIKELY CANDIDATES, among others.
For more than 15 years, ISRAEL worked in the A&R department of CAPITOL RECORDS, where his credits include COLDPLAY, LESS THAN JAKE and JIMMY EAT WORLD, whose multi-platinum DREAMWORKD album, "Bleed American," he helped spearhead.
His new book, which touts the use of Artificial Intelligence is a straightforward, no-nonsense guide to using the most advanced tools to create hit lyrics that resonate with listeners.
Commented ISRAEL, "I put together this guide on how to properly use AI tools to create excellent lyrics for any genre of music. Whether you are getting this to deepen your knowledge, or just to get started writing, this book is for you!
"My objective with this book is to show that this inevitable transition towards songwriting with AI is not something that we should be scared about. In fact, I wrote this to show songwriters, producers, and any other interested party, how this technology is only here to empower our creativity, and help us achieve better results."
To purchase the book go here. 
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Recording of music album "Dhuan Dhuan" by music composer … – First India

New Delhi: In this golden era of music videos, an album song "Dhuan Dhuan" has been recorded. Composed by music composer Vivian Richard, the video of this song will be shot soon. The plan is to release this music video in Holi 2023.
The video will be shot under the Direction of Rishii Kumaar and Chandan Kashyap with our considerate Producers Anwar Shaikh and Vinod Paliwal and our Production Manager, Ravi Tiwari. Shruti Shukla is the creative head and Prashant Jha is the executive producer of the music video "Dhuan Dhuan" which will be announced under the banner of Kanisha Films Creations.
Producer Anwar Shaikh states, "Dhuan Dhuan is a beautiful song possessing a very catchy and engaging melody; creatively composed by Vivian Richard.
Producer Vinod Paliwal told that Dhuan Dhuan is such a song that will touch the hearts of all listeners and viewers and will certainly be a boom in the music industry. We have created this song keeping in mind the taste of the young generation and hope this song turns out to be a chartbuster.
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This Broadway Dynamo And Star Of ‘Kimberly Akimbo’ Has A New Solo Album Heating Up The Charts – Forbes

There are musicals and then there’s Kimberly Akimbo. Hailed as a standout in an already stellar theater season, the show is most likely unlike anything you’ve seen before. (Unless you’ve seen the play on which it was based.)
Victoria Clark
About to turn 16, Kimberly Levaco, (Victoria Clark), is a wise and joyful teenager living in Bergen County, New Jersey. She has armfuls of dreams and buckets of hope and possibilities.
“I wanna be a model for a day, a famous fashion muse, in a black Dior cocktail dress and a pair of Jimmy Choos,” she sings. “I wanna take a fancy cruise on a swanky chartered yacht. I wanna hang-glide. I wanna clog dance! I wanna swim at the bottom of a waterfall! I want a butler who’s a robot!”
Kimberly also has rare disease that causes her to rapidly age at lightning speeds. Despite her age, her body and appearance are many decades older.
And that’s not all. The very definition of dysfunction her parents are a mess. Barely able to take care of themselves, her often drunk dad, Steven Boyer, picks her up from the skating rink three and a half hours late. Her hypochondriac and pregnant mother, Alli Mauzey, is more invested in her recent carpel tunnel surgery than her daughter’s increasing demise. Devoted to parenting her parents Kimberly keeps and enforces the kitchen swear jar. Oh, and her felonious aunt Debra, (a priceless Bonnie Milligan), is always cooking up a scam or two.
“Playing Kim has taught me it’s all right to be imperfect, frail, weak, unfinished, raw, unhinged,” says Victoria Clark, who stars as Kimberly Levaco in the show with a book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori. “In this case, the imperfection is to be embraced and cherished. This is new for me.”
Amid all the chaos, every character is lovable in their own way and so very, very funny. The cast brilliantly teeters between being stomach grabbing, milk-pouring-out-of-your-nose hilarious, in one moment while being devastatingly heart breaking the next.
“My first thought when I read the script and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire was OK, this thing is FUNNY. I was laughing out loud,” says Clark. “Then Jeanine Tesori called me and played through a couple of the songs, so she could hear them in my voice, and I couldn’t stop crying. Laughter and tears so closely inhabiting the same space. I was instantly both interested and terrified. What a mountain of goodness and skill to climb.”
(From left) Alli Mauzey, Victoria Clark, and Steven Boyer in Kimberly Akimbo
Now playing at the Booth Theatre, Kimberly Akimbo is directed by Jessica Stone and choreographed by Danny Mefford. The show, which has its world premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company and won Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical, also stars Justin Cooley, Olivia Elease Hardy, Fernell Hogan, Michael Iskander, and Nina White. On February 14 the Kimberly Akimbo original broadway cast recording, will be available on Ghostlight Records.
Never one to slow down, Clark, a Tony-winning veteran of 12 Broadway shows also has a lush new album, “December Songs for Voice and Orchestra” on PS Classics. Written by composer Maury Yeston, the album is the first orchestral version of his song cycle, originally commissioned in 1991 by Carnegie Hall for their centennial.
Conducted by Ted Sperling and scored by Larry Hochman, “December Songs” recounts the journey of a woman, devastated by a heartbreak, who is walking through Central Park. “I’d like to think it’s about the human heart—how it may be wounded, and yet heal and recover,” says Yeston. “And it’s about how memory doesn’t soften or weaken the impact of a loss but can convert it into a kind of wisdom that itself isn’t as much a thought as it is an emotion. And music, being the language of emotions, is uniquely suited to portray and communicate them.” Each song brings the woman on a reflective journey that ultimately leads her to redemption.
For Clark, who has known Yeston since she was a freshman taking his music theory class at Yale and was in his musical Titanic, the songs are unapologetically human. “These songs aren’t all sunshine and joy. Actually, those themes do come up in the work, but there is also a lot of grief, then spiraling down into some deep regrets, and then volcano-ing up to some peak moments of realization and forgiveness. It’s like living a full life in one song cycle,” says Clark who was accompanied by a 37-piece orchestra.
“In December Songs, I like to think that the protagonist, this woman, has found her roots again, her stability and her steadiness through re-living the high and low points of this relationship, and she receives a kind of absolution from the re-telling… a forgiveness,” she adds. “ But then again, I am always looking for grace in my projects, whether specifically on the page, I always look for hope, grace, and redemption.”
“I had sung several of these songs in concerts in the past and loved them,” says Clark of “December … [+] Songs.”
Jeryl Brunner: The songs in “December Songs” contain so many genres and styles, including cabaret classical, jazz, folk, rock and more. How did working on the album challenge and fulfill you?
Victoria Clark: To me the different styles and genres are what make it human. One minute, we feel silly and giddy, the next we are totally serious, the next dramatic and voluminous. And these are all valid sides to Maury by the way. He has impressive access to the emotions and ideas that swirl around in his being. I think this is what makes him such an extraordinary writer and composer, and one of the real masters of respecting and exploring the female psyche in his musical theater characters.
So, with these songs, after I figured out what each meant to me and personalizing them as much as possible, I just tried to show up and tackle them one by one, and found the songs themselves did most of the work. I think this song cycle is like the aural equivalent of looking at someone’s EKG. Lots of peaks and valleys and anticipation. The biggest surprise was hearing Larry Hochman’s evocative and breathtaking orchestrations for the full orchestra. I had only heard the songs with piano. This is a very different experience to sing with so many rich colors and orchestral depth.
Jeryl Brunner: Maury, in “December Songs” what do you think gives the woman strength and capacity to find joy once more?
Maury Yeston: I believe her strength comes first from her vulnerability: her allowing herself to bear the blows of her rejection, her being able to lose it as she paces up and down a subway platform at eight in the morning obsessed with what he maybe be doing right now—pouring coffee? Tying his tie in the mirror? Her anger is palpable. And then from there, days later, she finds herself in the attic, uncovering her grandmother’s love letters from almost a century earlier, hidden in a metal box. And, reading them, she finds solace in that connection. And healing can begin.
Brunner: In Kimberly Akimbo, with all Kimberly is going through, what do you believe gives her that inner sense of hope and possibility?
Clark: Kim is honest and brave, uncompromising, and hilarious. Nothing can stop her once she makes her mind up. She has trust and a deep love for her family, and she never gives up on them. Even at the end, when she has a tough choice to make, she forgives them. There is a radical unselfishness within her.
I wish I could be more of all those things. I’ve thought a lot about where Kim gets her strength and her hope. She just believes in a person’s potential to change. If I could sum up Kim in one word, today at least, it would be potential. She lives in the here and now, and hopes for the best, but doesn’t live in either the past or the future. She’s right here. There is a freedom that restores her and supports her choices.
Brunner: Throughout the show the cast is able to quickly evolve from being hilarious to devastatingly heartbreaking. What is it like for you to live in those emotions in the show?
Clark: It is an exercise in trust. We trust the material so very deeply, and our creative team led by our brilliant director Jessica Stone, our musical director Chris Fenwick and our creators, David and Jeanine. All we have to do is let go and inhabit the story. It is always a roller coaster ride. I try not to predict where it is going. And when I look in the eyes of my castmates and scene partners, I feel completely safe. They are the most amazing actors I have ever worked with: Justin Cooley, Bonnie Milligan, Alli Mauzey, and Steven Boyer are all outstanding, original and full of surprises and truth. We carry one another through the story. Some nights it is absolutely devastating for me. Some nights it’s more of a fable and less difficult to tell.
Really good shows like this one can bear the weight of changing tides of emotions from the actors, and for that I am very grateful. There is no place to hide in this role. I am completely exposed. And the audience can smell a phony. So it does get to be a little hard on my heart and body from time to time.
(From left) Michael Iskander, Justin Cooley, Victoria Clark, Nina White, Olivia Hardy, and Fernell … [+] Hogan in a scene from Kimberly Akimbo


‘He sounded great’: David Crosby was working on new album when he died, musicians reveal – The Guardian

Folk-rock pioneer ‘writing, playing, singing his ass off and preparing a fantastic show’ in his final days, says guitarist Steve Postell
David Crosby was working on a new album and planning to tour again until the day he died, according to musicians who worked with the folk-rock pioneer in his final days.
The founding member of the Byrds, and Crosby, Stills and Nash died last week at the age of 81. But other artists who were working with Crosby on new music told Variety that his death had came as a shock, as he’d been rehearsing for a new tour and “seemed practically giddy” about new songs he was working on.
“David didn’t think he was gonna last for years, which he joked about all the time. But there was no sense that we weren’t gonna be able to do this show and these tours,” guitarist Steve Postell told Variety. “We were talking tour buses and what kind of venues and the whole team was all back together again – the road manager and tour manager and sound guys – on top of this band we’d put together. There was not even a remote sense that we weren’t about ready to hit the world. And it’s a shame people didn’t get to hear it.”
Postell said he spoke with Crosby on the phone the day he died and that they’d rehearsed together the week before. Crosby “seemed practically giddy with all of it”, Postell said.
“He was showing us new songs, like, ‘What do you think of these lyrics?’ He hadn’t lost the fire. I’d like people to know that he was on it,” Postell said. “He was writing, playing, singing his ass off and preparing a fantastic show. That’s what he was doing. He was not lying in a bed for two years, out of it. That’s not what happened at all.”
Both Postell and Sarah Jarosz, another musician who was working on Crosby’s unnamed new album, said his death felt sudden, despite his widow Jan Dance releasing a statement saying Crosby had died “after a long illness”.
Postell said: “He was a weakened guy from a lot of different preexisting conditions, and everyone knew it … but he was not dying. We were rehearsing. We were going out to dinner.”
Jarosz, who had recorded vocal and mandolin parts for Crosby’s next unnamed album, said she also wasn’t aware of a long illness. “I mean, every time we talked, he would call and I’d be like, ‘How are you doing?’ And he’d be like, ‘Well, I’m dying’ – but jokingly, with a laugh … It was more just like the hard years of living and being 81. It certainly came as a shock,” she told Variety.
Jarosz said their as-yet unreleased song, Talk Till Dawn, was “absolutely stunningly beautiful”.
“I feel like his voice almost was getting better and better. As time went on, there was just a richness to it and his vocal performance even on that song has so much youth in it and spirit and honesty,” she added.
Crosby released five studio albums in the final decade of his life, with the last, For Free, released in July 2021. In an interview last year, Crosby reflected on his amazing productivity, saying it was “an absurd rate to be cranking albums out”.
“I’m 80 years old so I’m gonna die fairly soon. That’s how that works. And so I’m trying really hard to crank out as much music as I possibly can, as long as it’s really good … I have another one already in the can waiting.”
Crosby announced he had retired from touring last year, citing his age, but in December he tweeted saying he changed his mind. Postell told Variety that Crosby had been convinced after letting Postell play guitar for him, allowing him to focus on singing.
So I played with some friends the day before yesterday and spent today sing with two really good friends and ……hmmmmmm….dare I say it ? …I think I’m starting yet another band and going back out to play live ……
“His hands got, increasingly, as people’s do, arthritic and difficult,” Postell said. “It had gotten harder and harder for him … but [not playing guitar] wasn’t gonna be an impediment at all in doing this shows. As a matter of fact, it really freed him up, because he didn’t have to think about it. He just could sing. I don’t know how he could do it. He sounded great.”