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Archive for the month “December, 2011”

Excellent Christmas Gifts


Santa Claus brought me wonderful Christmas gifts that I can recommend for anyone with an interest in singer-songwriters. Best one is a T-Shirt telling people how not to call me Nicola James, also great a book on songwriting by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers. He writes: “We fall in love with songs; we break up and wonder how we ever could have gotten into that affair. We take everything personally.” Like!
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Outlaws and other chased actors at Cambridge Junction


The Cambridge Junction promotes young bands once a month with “The Fiver”. Most exciting yesterday were Chasing Outlaws (indie rock) and Total Emergency (indie punk) with a mix of loud, loud and loud.

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I’m building a shrine for the Fleet Foxes

Did you ever see Robin Pecknold from the Fleet Foxes blush on stage? Only because a girl in the audience screamed how wonderful the music is …
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Mixtape #4: Best testosterony duets by singer-songwriters

I am literally heating up while I’m writing this. My earlier post about singer-songwriter duets featured only “him and her”. Here are the best testosterony duets from Jack Johnson to Eddie Vedder. Goose bumps promised!
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Mixtape #3: Best duets by singer-songwriters

Duets can be wonderful and horrible at the same time. When a singer just teams up with someone else for commercial purposes, the result is often boring. But there are rare occasions when two voices melt together and carry a tune to new levels. Here are the best non-cheesy duets by singer-songwriters.
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Singer-songwriters, fight to keep your soul!


Whenever a singer-songwriter has increasing commercial success, he starts fighting to keep his soul. Read on to find out why singer-songwriters hope to stay true to themselves by connecting to their “home”.
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Mixtape #2: Best songs about winter and snow

Cold and chilly outside? Heading home for Christmas? If you need a mixed tape for December, here are the best songs about winter and snow that deviate from the usual Christmas crap on the radio. Also check out Mixtape #9: More songs about winter, snow, and Christmas.
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Mixtape: Best songs about having babies


What happens when a singer has a baby? He sits down and records a song. James Taylor about “sweet baby James”, and Scott Stapp from Creed has his “arms wide open.” These are the 5 best songs for parents to-be or those who’ve just welcomed a newborn into the world.
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Songwriter sees colors whenever she sings


Singer-songwriter Charlene Soraia sees colors when she hears music. Read on how synaesthesia shapes her music and why her new album should be on everyone’s current rotation.
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Kiss a sunset pig – why singer-songwriters dream about home


I’ve been wondering why so many singer-songwriters want to go home. Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Carole King – these are just a few on the current rotation of notnicolajames who sing about home in one way or another.

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