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Memorable Benefit Concerts in Music

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In the music scene, holding a benefit concert to raise proceeds for a particular organization for charity, especially out of a large scale catastrophe, is not uncommon. On May 22, 2017, at the Manchester Arena, twenty-two people were killed, and over one hundred injured during a planned bombing at an Ariana Grande concert.  Grande and more than a dozen artists participated with the British Red Cross and Manchester City Council to hold One Love Manchester. Aired on television and live streamed, the concert raised over 13 million dollars worldwide for the We Love Manchester Emergency Funds, for the victims and their families. One Love is not the first concert of its kind, so here are other memorable benefit concerts in music, showcasing a variety of performers and their support for a particular cause.

 
Live Aid (1985)
An idea born out of the Band Aid released “Do They Know it’s Christmas,” from artist Midge Ure and Bob Geldof and the some of the biggest acts of the decade, held two concerts on July 13, 1985 and aired on ABC. The first was in Philadelphia at the John F. Kennedy Stadium, and the other at Wembley Stadium in London. Both concerts were held to publicize the Ethiopian famine. At the Wembley Stadium, a wide variety of budding and established artists performed including Queen, Sade, U2, Elton John, Sting and Phil Collins, to name a few. Geldof himself, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney, performed as well. At JFK, performers included: The Beach Boys, Santana, The Cars, Patti LaBelle, Nile Rodgers, and Madonna were also part of the lineup.

Despite much of the concert not being recorded due to audio issues, disagreements with Geldof, and actual donated proceeds, the concert was hailed for a number of the collaborations, and reports of over $200 million dollars in donations.

Christmas Playlist

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Christmas Playlist by Greg Trutner

 

With the Christmas season fast approaching, many of us at Cliché have different tastes in holiday music. Some of us like joyful, festive music, some like hard rock, while others might prefer dubstep. My choice fits outside the radar a bit. I have a very sensitive ear, and as such, I like peaceful and mellow Christmas music. These are some of my favorite songs and albums:

 

1) “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” – John Lennon

This is one of my favorites because it brings hope for the New Year. It is also a very peaceful and hopeful song, not to mention melodic. It is one of the few songs featuring Yoko Ono that I like.

 

2) Winter Carols – Blackmore’s Night

How can I leave out an entire album featuring Candice Night? Her voice is very soothing to me, and the music is incredibly peaceful.

 

3) A Midwinter Night’s Dream – Loreena McKennitt

Again, another soothing album complete with vocal harmonies that definitely helps me relax!

4) “Dickens’ Dublin” – Loreena McKennitt

This song stars a child reading from a Christmas story for the most part in the song with McKennitt singing her verses in-between the child’s reading. I find this song to be fascinating and complex for that reason.

 

5) “Wonderful Christmastime” – Paul McCartney

And, finally, the relaxing voice of Paul McCartney coupled with signing that is just cheerful and joyous and relaxing all at the same time!

Paul McCartney’s New: Album Review

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Paul McCartney’s New: Album Review

There is much to be learned from Paul McCartney’s album New. But is it really as he’s saying? Is it really “new?” Some of the sound is new–he uses electronic music–but some sounds are old. Perhaps what’s “new”est, though, is the message.

The album New has certain new sounds to it. Electronic beats are pervasive throughout the music. There is a melody that sounds Oriental in “On My Way to Work,” and “Alligator” sounds like Jamaican pop–only made from a xylophone. There is a heavy electronic beat present in “Looking at Here,” but the themes of the songs — breaking up, wanting love, and falling in love — respectfully, are old themes.

In contrast, “Early Days,” “Hosanna,” “Scared,” and “Queenie Eye” are relatively new themes: remembering your roots (and remembering that only you know what happened and to ignore the critics); staying up with the love of your life to see the sunrise; not being brave enough to say “I love you;” and not having the answers to life are set to familiar sounds. Cliché McCartney One“Early Days” is accoustic, “Hosanna” has an electronic, sped-up noise as in the Beatles song “Tomorrow Never Knows” (which is mainly a Lennon song), “Scared” is piano-based and sounds like “How Very Kind of You,” and “Queenie Eye” starts out like “Only Mama Knows.”

Then there are the new songs with new messages. “Save Us” is about trying to save a relationship and is a fast, but different type of, rocker. “Everybody Out There” is about doing good in the world and it, too, has a unique sound. “Appreciate” is about appreciating what you have in life, including love, and it has a dark sound; it’s almost the opposite of “Gratitude.” “New” is a song about people rekindling their relationship and sounds completely different than past songs. “I Can Bet” is about what’s coming up and what he’ll do next, and is ambiguous as to whether he is talking to someone he knows (“I’m your man” is mentioned), but it sounds like he is talking to the listener.

But what is really new is the tale that New tells. It’s about falling out of love, being depressed, remembering your roots, doing something good in the word, and rebirth with a new love of his life. It is unique in that this tells us really what a breakup and a new life with someone else feels to him. This is McCartney wearing his heart on his sleeve, inspiring others, and ultimately enjoying his life. This is what he is all about.

Images Courtesy of Paul McCartney.com

Paul McCartney’s Re-Release of “Wings Over America”

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Wings over AmericaAs a Beatles and Paul McCartney fan since the 90s–my dad “converted” me by playing The Beatles’ album, Yellow Submarine, in the car as he drove me to school. The album Wingspan brought me to the Macca fandom in the early ‘00s, though I may have heard some of his songs before then but didn’t realize they were his. I am simply blown away by the re-release of Wings Over America.

For one thing, there are many songs I’ve never heard of, including “Memory Jar” and “Spirits of Ancient Egypt.” In the same vein, I can’t tell if it’s Paul or Denny Lane (The Moody Blues, Wings) singing “Memory Jar,” but it is nice to hear a new musical voice or pitch than I usually hear.

But the second and probably most important feature of this album is not Paul’s bass, which has been brought to the “front” of most songs; rather, it is Linda’s synthesizer! Having never heard it showcased as much as in this album, it really goes to show how much it just “makes” a live performance on some of Paul’s songs.

Whether you like Paul, The Beatles, or just like music in general, this album is for you. It has all the characteristics of a good live album, and will satisfy any longtime fan and intrigue new fans.