Jamie Mcguire: Music Is The No-fail Remedy To Writer’s Block

Desperately Seeking Music Equality: Looking Beyond Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ Success

They have read the YouTube comments lately, and they do have plenty of reasons to think that hip-hop hates them. We’re used to seeing images of attractive white people as the faces of the movement for LGBTQ equality. We’re used to getting excited when another straight, white person says they support our equality movement, because it’s certainly better than the alternative. But forgive me if I’m tired of doling out cookies to everyone who isn’t a bigot. Most of these celebrities charge events a “nominal fee” to the tune of $10,000 or more as compensation for standing for equality, and much of their support goes to causes like marriage equality, which benefit well-off, white gay people most significantly. Queer recording artists who have been singing out loud before any major media outlet would have celebrated it, and who write about the wide range of issues that plague the LGBTQ community, truly represent the rawness of our diverse community. It would be nice if Macklemore and his crew could give them a shout-out and acknowledge that Macklemore’s ability to get his message out so beautifully had something to do with him being a white, straight, cisgender man. If you really want to do something about the equality movement in music beyond just watching the VMAs offer up a token moment of social awareness, you can start off by supporting out and proud LGBTQ recording artists whose songs and lyrics are the soundtrack to the equality movement. I just learned about OUTMUSIC – The LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA). They have a Kickstarter campaign going on right now to help fund their music documentary film For Which WE Stand (One Queer Music Nation in the Visible), which is specifically about the history of queer recording arts. OUTMUSIC/LARA was forged by life partners Dan Martin and Michael Biello in 1990 and is now headed up by Diedra Meredith, who is rarely mentioned in the tokenized and selectively publicized “lists” of leaders in the movement for LGBTQ equality. This organization features a diverse group of queer artists who paint a much more vibrant picture of what LGBTQ life looks like, sounds like, and feels like.

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(Photo: Atria Books) SHARE 1 CONNECT 8 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Lots of authors count on music to help keep the muse on a steady writing beat. Jamie McGuire, whose Red Hill came out last week, shares how music affects her writing and also shares her playlist Jamie: Stories don’t always just flow out of me. Sometimes I stare at my computer with one hand on my face, begging my muse to get it together. I try my best to put on character suits: to step inside the body and mind of my characters to truly experience what they’re feeling so I can effectively transfer their emotions to the reader. If I’m not crying during a gut-wrenching scene, how can I expect my readers to? It’s sometimes difficult to get into the writing mind-set, but music helps me get there. One of the fun things to check out on my website is the playlists for each of my books: the music I listened to “to get in the mood.” On my computer, music isn’t categorized by country, Top 40, ’80s and the like, but by happy, sad, suspense, scary and action. Red Hill is set in the Midwest with some country characters, but I wanted the playlist to appeal to readers who might not care for country music, so I added in upbeat music that included a lot of guitar without the twang. The only exception is Skeeter McGee’s entrance song, Copperhead Road by Steve Earle, because, quite frankly, no other song would fit him. I listened to I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons when writing about Scarlet sprinting through town to try to reach her daughters. It has an anxious but hopeful undertone that I wanted to bring into the writing. Islands by Young the Giant was perfect for the long days Scarlet spent alone waiting for someone anyone to arrive at the ranch.

American Music Awards® Experience Comes To The Web Via Yahoo

Beats acquired MOG, a music streaming service, more than a year ago, when it was already working on a streaming service or its own. Since MOG already had a functioning service, from a technical point of view, and apps for all major platforms, it’s safe to assume that the reason it took it so long is because getting deals with the music labels is a long and winding process. For launch, Beats Music will offer a web version of the service, as well as Android and iOS apps. A Windows 8 app is said to come at a later date. One of the ways Beats Music will try to differentiate itself is by offering a high level of curation out of the box. You need to start with a great editorial team that has a point of view, but we want to have a situation where we can really scale to the depth of your appetite, Luke Wood, president and COO of Beats, told The Next Web . If you really love music, we want something that can go deep with you for a really long time. And that requires a perfect harmony between the algorithm and human curation. Between the man and the machine. Thousands of playlists centered around artists, music styles, even moods, are being put together to be available at launch. Beats Music is using an editorial team for this, but also algorithms that can generate playlists to your exact preferences. The music streaming world is a highly competitive one, as MOG itself found out, and it remains to be seen whether the Beats brand alone will be enough to carry the service. Apple, Microsoft, Google, and even Samsung are trying to get into the same space, without too much success so far, so Beats may have its work cut out ahead of it. FILED UNDER:

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