Entries by 'Martha Elaine Belden'

R&R Hero of the Week - Wheeler Sparks

Posted by Martha Elaine Belden on May 5, 2010 at 1:18 AM
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Braden Wheeler Sparks - Live Sara Kerens
“The creation of music is a rare right of passage binding impression to melody, flesh to soul, the tangible to the intangible. For the next twelve months, I seek to write, play and experience music with people in the context of other cultures I do not know as intimately as my own.” Four years ago, Wheeler Sparks submitted these words to the Watson Foundation in what proved to be a successful endeavor to obtain a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. He then embarked upon a trek across the globe to study the distinct musical cultures of Ireland, Spain, Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, India, China (Tibet) and Mongolia.


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Vampire Weekend

Posted by Martha Elaine Belden on Oct 16, 2008 at 6:27 PM
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Vampire Weekend

Okay skeptics… here’s what I want you to do. Regardless of what mood you currently find yourself in, go home and listen to this, Vampire Weekend’s self-titled debut album, and just try not to grin from ear to ear. Go on… I dare ya.

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Doug Burr - On Promenade

Posted by Martha Elaine Belden on Oct 16, 2008 at 12:18 AM
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Doug Burr album cover

If you're looking for the perfect album to bring you to a peaceful and meditative state of mind... On Promenade is just that. With his lilting melodies and poetic sincerity, Doug Burr is truly timeless, and this has quickly become the first thing I reach for after an exhausting day at the office.

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Fleet Foxes

Posted by Martha Elaine Belden on Oct 15, 2008 at 11:27 PM
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Fleet Foxes album cover

The first time I heard "White Winter Hymnal," it literally took my breath away. And then I proceeded to listen to the song at least a dozen times more that very same day. With their debut, self-titled album, the Fleet Foxes have set a precedent I pray they can hold to for years to come.


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Kings of Leon - Only By the Night

Posted by Martha Elaine Belden on Oct 14, 2008 at 10:20 PM
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Only By the Night album cover

This, the fourth album by international phenomenon Kings of Leon, blends the raw emotion of genuine rock and roll with the kind of epic appeal not found in the work of many modern artists.


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