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Conan Gray – The Story (Official Video)

I heard this song several times during my occasional morning coffee/work session, and wanted to share. Enjoy.

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SHADOWLIGHT…The New Album From The Ted Yoder Band!!

 Ted Yoder is a champion hammered dulcimer player/songwriter, based in peaceful Goshen, Indiana. As you will read in his bio below, Ted is an accomplished musician who loves what he does, and wants to share with everyone!! His fans from around the world are always anticipating Ted’s new music releases!! From his backyard (in bare feet!!) to venues everywhere, Ted and his band have entertained thousands of fans, new and old!!

Find out more about Ted  from tedyoder.com

“Ted Yoder’s hammered dulcimer cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” became one of the most-watched Facebook Live posts in 2016 when the song received more than 101 million views from music fans around the world. It’s no wonder the video went viral; when a barefooted Yoder performed the hit on his hammered dulcimer in his Indiana family’s backyard with his wife, kids, and a pet raccoon named Gidget in the audience, he immediately became an internet sensation known as the lovable “Dulcimer Dad.” 

In many ways, Ted Yoder is the perfect musician for the 21st century; his passionate playing style and easy-going personality make him a natural online star. But the roots of his talent and showmanship weren’t simply earned overnight; they’re steeped in an Appalachian musical tradition with origins which can be traced back to 300 BCE in Greece. Yoder’s played the dulcimer for decades (check out the raves here) and even won America’s National Hammered Dulcimer Championship in 2010. His performance style in popular songs including Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” and classics such as “Amazing Grace” and “The Little Drummer Boy” has become known as “Yoderizing.” Why? Because until you hear Ted Yoder, it’s impossible to imagine that one wooden stringed instrument can sound like an entire rock band or a whole symphony orchestra all in one. 

What’s most remarkable about Yoder (besides the magic he brings to the mallets) is how his career has flourished at a time when the traditional corporate music industry is in decline. With his wife Donna, Yoder has created a family culture of creativity and teamwork that puts his music making at the center of its activities. From website and social media to music distribution and touring, Yoder’s family has helped him build an authentic life as a working musician and a blueprint for the lives of young musicians who want to learn what it means to play an instrument for a living in the second millennium.”

– TedYoder.com

Currently, Ted and his team are fund-raising for his next album “Shadowlight”, and need help from patrons to make it’s release a reality!!

If you would like to contribute to the launch (with early access and perks), please click the link below:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ted-yoder-s-2020-winter-album-countdown

There are several SECURE payment options available, and Ted and his team appreciate your support!!

In addition, Ted has several media pages, including Facebook, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube 

Thank you so much, and enjoy the music!!

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Laura Mvula – “Green Garden”

Laura is a British singer/songwriter, who hails from the suburbs of Birmingham, England. Her debut album was “Sing To The Moon” (2013), and her follow-up album was “The Dreaming Room”, released in 2016. She has since done duets with other musicians, and been nominated for several awards.

I first heard Green Garden at a Mister Donut in Tokyo…and fell in love with the melodies and harmonies. It sticks in your head, once you hear it!!

You can read more about Laura here.

I think she is a great vocalist and songwriter, and I wish her the best.

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MÖTLEY CRÜE’s TOMMY LEE Is Enjoying ‘The Golden Years’ Of His Life: It’s Been Pretty F**king Rad’

Mötley Crüe was one of my favorite bands when I was a teenager…even now. The band itself retired a couple of years ago, with a big farewell tour, but each member continues to make music on their own (with a couple of collaborations between Nikki Six and Tommy, for the movie “The Dirt”).

This video by Ben Coleman is a self-reflection of Tommy Lee’s days in  Mötley Crüe, his regrets, his “retirement” and why he creates …as told by Tommy himself.