On a mission to make music

Leah Witthuhn is on a mission to get instruments into the hands of students who want to play one.

“Music has always been a really, really big part of my life,” said the 18-year-old Witthuhn, who has been playing guitar since she was 3 years old. “I can’t imagine my life without it. I just want to help shape kids the way it shaped me.”

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‘They could destroy the album’: how Spotify’s playlists have changed music for ever | Music | The Guardian

Artists are even starting to pull apart the album format and create evolving playlists in their place. Drake’s much-vaunted “playlist”, More Life, was essentially an album given a zeitgeisty rebrand, but in 2016, David Gray released a “dynamic” greatest hits on Spotify where tracks were switched around depending on how popular they were. There were also industry rumours, subsequently scotched, that Calvin Harris was going to abandon the album entirely and instead release singles and EPs on a rolling basis.

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Very weird things banned from music festivals – BBC Newsbeat

Organisers haven’t confirmed why but it could be down to Glass Animals, whose fans like to bring the spiky fruit along to their shows.

The band’s drummer called the move “fruitist” saying “watermelons are fine, but not pineapples?”Here are some other outlawed items you were unlikely to be packing in the first place.

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Daughter’s Music for ‘Life Is Strange: Before The Storm’ Video Game: Watch | Billboard

Neo-folk group Daughter have a reputation for experimenting beyond normal conventions, but on their latest project, they are expanding their repertoire to include video game compositions. Life is Strange: Before The Storm from Square Enix, the publishers behind a host of groundbreaking series including Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider, will consist of an original score from the London-based trio.

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Should Education Focus Less On The Creative Arts, More On The Art Of Creativity?

We have a problem in our country right now. Like the energy crisis of the 1970s, we now have a creativity crisis brewing in our schools. And in as little as ten years it will directly affect all businesses, particularly in marketing. However, I have a possible solution. Let’s reframe how we look at creativity in public schools from a series of downstream talents (e.g. music, theater and the visual arts) to a more upstream lifeskill that can be applied to all aspects of a student’s life …

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JAY-Z’s ‘Friends’-Spoofing ‘Moonlight’ Clip & More Music Videos Inspired by TV Shows | Billboard

Music videos might not dominate television airwaves anymore, but TV has infiltrated music videos.

In fact, a fair amount of videos have taken inspiration from TV shows, including Friday’s (Aug. 4) latest JAY-Z visual for “Moonlight,” which recasts the classic sitcom Friends with a buzzy string of actors, including Insecure’s Issa Rae and comedian Hannibal Buress.

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Sony Sued Over Baby Driver’s Unauthorized Music Usage | Pitchfork

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A lawsuit has been brought against Sony Pictures that alleges the studio unlawfully used the T. Rex song “Debora” in Edgar Wright’s recent music-centric action movie Baby Driver, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The plaintiff, Rolan Feld, is the son of T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan, who died in 1977. In 2014, Feld successfully sued for the rights to 144 copyrights connected to the band’s catalog, including a claim to “Debora.” In the complaint, Feld states that Sony reached out to his lawyer to request a license for the song to be included on the soundtrack, but then cut off communication shortly after Feld informed the company that its use of the song in the film was unauthorized.

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