Half a dozen cool things in music, from two points of view:
Bloomington’s Donovan Weimar:
1 Rihanna, “Born Again”. This new piece brings feelings of softness and growth. With its vocal guidance, this melody breathes a glass of wine and a conversation about love.
2 SoFaygo, “Fasho” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. A young artist finds his rhythm on a live performance. Mixture of soulful anger and cool rap. The stage and the artist’s visuals glowed with a rosy freshness. I will take another dose.
3 Taylor Swift tickets. Reading Twitter’s angst on all sides over Swifties’ Ticketmaster site crash, which frustrates politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Amy Klobuchar with prices soaring as high as $22,000, we need some a reform. But this is nothing new. We always love live shows – without all the fees please.
Jon Bream, Star Tribune reviewer:
1 American Music Awards. It’s a good thing Taylor Swift showed up to collect all of her trophies and bring some much-needed star power. Kudos to Pink for her passionate reading of Olivia Newton-John’s “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and to Dove Cameron for her enthusiastic yet hard-hitting speech as New Artist of the Year and the sultry, jazzy performance of her hit “Boyfriend “.
2 Wizkid, “Money & Love” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” With his delicate, enveloping vocals over soft beats delivered by seven relaxing musicians, the Afrobeats superstar wowed with his vibey tune in his native language and English, promising to “take away your pain”. On Sunday, he won the American Music Award for Favorite Afrobeats Artist.
3 Chris Botti, Dakota. With a parade of guests, the jazz trumpeter and his band presented a generous, highly entertaining and musically rich evening of pieces associated with Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Led Zeppelin, Louis Armstrong, Andrea Bocelli, Leonard Cohen and others. . Brightest of many highlights: hip-hop-inspired “Feeling Good” from singer Sy Smith.
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