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Everything Old Is New Again

It’s true that life turns in cycles and if you wait long enough ‘that thing’ will come round again. Next to Jack White we chant with enthusiasm for the return of vinyl albums. No digital image can replace that piece of artwork and the depth of it’s inner sleeve with all the secrets of time embellished right there. Album covers are the poster, the poem and the package for the project at hand.

This past Christmas, vinyl was on many a wish list and the first half of 2016 saw a 56% increase in sales which set the year up to be on track for the biggest record sales in over two decades.

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But who’s buying all these records? According to industry researchers half of vinyl record buyers are under 25. They also find that men are more likely to buy LPs than are women, which might not come as a surprise given record collecting’s rep as a boys’ club.

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Progress shows blending the best of the old with the new is a killer combo and with Apple Music & Spotify – one is able to test drive the music before they lay their money down. It’s very cool to feel the pendulum swing towards something we can really hold on to. Music is the universal language with the ability to cross a multitude of barriers and now more than ever, albums are a solid investment in the arts.

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Don McLean – History Plays On

An enlightening conversation with singer, songwriter Don McLean who’s living proof that three chords are all you need – and then the rest is up to you.

‘I heard Woody Guthrie play and I heard a verse and a chorus and I thought hey I think I can do that. I wrote everything off a guitar and as I got to be a better guitar player my songs grew.’

I really enjoyed speaking with Don who brings you back to where it all started for him – what he’s learned along the way and how much he still loves playing music today.

“Take control, get your life to the place you want it to be – in the height of my career people thought I had it made but Kenny Rogers was right when he said ‘in truth you’re not having any kind of life at all.'”

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The Joker – Available Now

We love when new music finds it’s way to us.

Infused with nostalgic whispers of Chet Baker and Michael Buble – The Joker is collecting hearts one beat at a time. This debut collaboration born from the talents of kindred spirits Lawrence Grey and Mick Evans – a natural fit in perfect time. Their EP The Joker is a glimpse of the bright musical moments to come from this songwriting duo.

GET YOUR COPY OF THE JOKER HERE

I had the opportunity to speak with each of them as they prepared for the release of The Joker. Memorable days that will be forever imprinted as the beginning of their story in music.

LAWRENCE GREY INTERVIEW

MICK EVANS INTERVIEW

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Ben Mankiewicz – Turner Classic Movies

“There will never be another era, quite like the golden age of Hollywood. We didn’t know how to blow up buildings – so instead we told great stories.”

Turner Classic Movies infinitely rich with history, and rightfully so is it’s charismatic host Ben Mankiewicz. With his unique contemporary style and off the cuff banter – he says viewers did not readily embrace him during early days in that big leather chair.

Well as it goes he’s been winning hearts one film introduction at a time, sharing details every classic movie lover yearns to discover.

What’s the secret to his success?

 ‘I’ve stayed true to myself and what I do best, and hey – nobody can read a teleprompter quite like I can.’

A  pleasure talking to this fascinating man with the golden job. Find out why he hopes this gig will go on forever.

 

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