Music Inspired Artwork That is Both Beautiful and Unique

Music is in itself art and by having acquired that status it has also earned the right of influencing those it comes in contact with in beautiful and personal ways. It is said that: “Music is a piece of art that goes in the ears and straight to the heart” and who could argue with that? Few of us could spend more than 4 hours without listening to a bit of music and that is precisely the reason why. Our minds and souls need constant stimulation and music makes us remember of the beauty that lies within. We have decided to bring to you some of the most beautiful works of art that have been inspired by the concept of music and what is interesting is that they are as beautiful as the music itself. Enjoy!

Music is The Key of Love

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Music operates with keys (tonic notes) which basically declares how a song is supposed to be played and in which range. This is a Sol Key that has been beautifully crafted to incorporate the keys of a piano as well as a musical measure in another key (Fa key) – maybe the artist was trying to create a key that holds more keys. Whichever the case, it looks gorgeous.

“Information is not knowledge.
Knowledge is not wisdom.
Wisdom is not truth.
Truth is not beauty.
Beauty is not love.
Love is not music.
Music is THE BEST.” – Frank Zappa

Self-Expression to the Point of Obsession?

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So many artists have turned their talent and craft into an obsession- just think of Van Gogh, Dali and many others, and some say that music is no exception because the need of expression of emotion may be so intense that artists can only do so through their music. So for them it is not just the ultimate joy but also an existential need.

“Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” – Leonard Bernstein 

When Notes Become Flowers

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Sheet music and the entire musical language is a beautiful thing- it allows the vision of composers and talented writers to be showcased exactly as they envisioned it even after hundreds of years. It may be in fact true that music makes all things blossom into the most beautiful of flowers.

To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.” – Aaron Copland

The Music of Nature

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The beauty of music also resides in the fact that it isn’t exclusive to mankind. In fact, it is the song of nature that inspired man in the first place so why not raise an ode to nature’s most exquisite singers? Birds!

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietzsche 

Art on Skin

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In truth, some of the most beautiful music inspired artwork pieces have been in the form of tattoos done by musicians of enthusiasts. Truthfully, “music is how feelings sound like” .

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.” – Plato

Nature’s Violin

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Meant to show that music is indeed alive with the feelings of those listening to it, this is a piece that speaks to so many. Stunning.

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” – Victor Hugo

Sing of Love

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When we can’t speak of love, music is what comes through so why not sing of love instead? Music is in fact one of the best attempts we have at winning someone’s heart over and with the perfectly chosen ballad we might just succeed in winning over the love of our lives.

The Ultimate List of Love Songs- The Greatest Love Songs of All Time

Expressing love directly might not come easily to us and it’s precisely because of this that we decided to convey our affection differently: through music. And the emotion that music creates is so different than anything else we might use when trying to show love: poetry, painting, writing- they all pale in comparison because music is synergic art. It combines all these elements in order to create the perfect musical painting of love. So we decided to count down ten of the most beautiful love songs to have ever been composed. Be sure to let us know if we neglected to include your favorite.

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1. Eric Clapton- Wonderful Tonight

Composed by Clapton for his muse of the time (Pattie Boyd), the song was included on the artists’ 1977 Slowhand album. This song is actually a narrative that describes an evening in the life of two lovers, how they attend a party and how he falls deeper and deeper in love with her (or realizes the depth of his feelings).

2. U2- With or Without You

Featured on their album “The Josua Tree”, this song is by far one of the most loved U2 songs in history. It hit #131 on the Rolling Stone Magazine list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and we surely understand why- this song is so emotional and sends out such a beautiful message that it’s impossible not to fall in love with it.

3. The Beatles- Something

Released in 1969 and featured on their album Abbey Road, this song is proof that simple is best when music is concerned. The message is so subtle and so beautiful, the music is exquisite so how can the message of love not come through? Many believe that this is the most perfect of love songs and who are we to disagree?

4. Elton John- Your Song

Sir Elton John’s song is absolutely exquisite because it starts off exactly as love does- a bit unsure, a bit awkward and a bit scared of what follows. This song doesn’t just go out to the person you love but also flows exactly in the stages that love does.

5. Whitney Huston- I Will Always Love You

Maybe you weren’t expecting to find such a song on this list but we do have to give credit where credit is due and this majestic artist that is Whitney Huston has indeed given life to one of the best known love songs out there. And in all honesty, the song is absolutely beautiful. And it touches the very soul.

6. Queen- Love of My Life

There was no possibility that such an iconic song would not be featured in our countdown. Queen have so many wonderful songs but this one conveys not just the love but also the bitter sweetness that comes with it.

7. Moulin Rouge- Come What May

In a musical of love, where the plot is centered around a play that is being written about love by two people in love, there was no possible way that the key song would not be deserving of our list. And in all fairness, which lover doesn’t want to vanish in the kiss of his significant other.

8. Aerosmith- I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing

Another song that has caressed our souls throughout the years is this Aerosmith classic that is clearly worthy of our list. And which lover ever wanted to close his eyes and miss any part of the beauty that his love could create?

9. Pink Floyd- Hey You

Featured on their famous album “The Wall”, this isn’t the typical song you would expect to find on our list, but this song is more than worthy of such a place. Listen to it and you will understand exactly why.

10. Scorpions- Still Loving You

Who said that rock ballads can’t be amazing love songs? Actually, the best such songs are rock ballads precisely because of the delicate message that rock bands could convey. Still Loving You is a perfect example of this- a love song that has lived through the years and will never lose our fascination for it.

These are the best love songs of all time in our opinion. Which ones are your favorites?

Fifteen One-Hit-Wonders we all Love

Hit songs have been and will be produced as long as there is breath in us and even after that, but for the sake of definition, let us see what exactly a one hit wonder is. It represents an artist or an act known for a sole success moment- either a hit single or signature song that has managed to overshadow the entire work of that particular artist. We therefore decided to countdown fifteen of the one-hit-wonders that everyone loves (and grew up with):

What’s Up- 4 Non Blondes

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The song was written in 1992 by Linda Perry and is featured on the “100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders” list as VH1’s number 94. It reached number one in several countries such as The Netherlands, Austria, Germany or Poland but it controversially also was ranked 20th on the “100 Worst Songs ever” list created by AOL Radio.

Barbie Girl- Aqua

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Performed by the Danish-Norwegian pop-dance group Aqua, the song was released back in May 1997 and topped charts Europe over (in the UK for instance) but also in Australia and the US. As with many other one hit wonders, Barbie Girl also belonged on a “bad song” list, this time hitting number 32 on VH1’s “Most Awesomely Bad Songs …Ever”.

How Bizarre- OMC

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Released on the 15th of December 1995, the song How Bizarre was the most successful song of New Zealand group OMC and it was featured on the same VH1 list as many other one hit wonders in our countdown as the 71st.

What is Love- Haddaway

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Released by the Trinidadian-German artist Haddaway, What is Love peaked at number 1 in 13 countries in Europe and Asia and number 2 in the UK and Germany.  On VH1’s list, the song made the 58th position, but in spite of the fact that it is considered a mere one hit wonder, it’s an absolutely amazing song.

It’s Raining Men- The Weather Girls

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Written by Paul Jabara and Paul Shaffer back in 1979, the song is considered a dance, gay and classic female anthem and has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide. After having been offered to Cher, Diana Ross, Donna Summer and Barbara Streisand, The Weather Girls recorded it and turned it into a hit. It also ranks 55th on VH1’s list.

Somebody’s Watching Me- Rockwell

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Released back in 1984, the song was the debut single of Rockwell, an R&B artist who wanted to portray his fear and paranoia of being followed. It ranked no.1 in Belgium, France, Spain and was in the top charts in many other countries and was no. 53 in VH1’s list of 100 “Greatest One-Hit Wonders”.

I’m Gonna be (500 Miles)- The Proclaimers

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Ranking no.1 in Australia and no.11 in the UK, this song has become ubiquitous in popular culture: it is played before Scotland matches, it was featured in several series such as How I Met Your Mother, Doctor Who or Grey’s Anatomy.

Rock Me Amadeus- Falco

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It is the only number one hit single Falco has produced in the US and UK and it made Falco become the first German to ever be credited with a no.1 single in US pop single charts.

Stumblin’ In- Chris Norman & Suzi Quatro

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Featured as no.26 on VH1’s “100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders” this song was number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979.

Nothing Compares 2 U- Sinead O’Connor

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This song, written by Prince, was made famous by the irish artist Sinead O’Connor whose performance was considered iconic when it was released in 1990 is featured as the number 18th greatest one hit wonder.

Take On Me- A-ha

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Norwegian synthpop band A-ha released this song in 1985 when it reached number one in the Billboard Hot 100 list. Nowadays, artists like Pitbull and Christina Aguilera have revived this one-hit wonder as another song, „Feel This Moment” which also found itself at the top of the charts.

Who Let The Dogs Out?- Baha Men

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This song needs absolutely no introduction- a summer anthem and one of the highest selling singles of the decade, it ripped through charts.

Mickey- Toni Basil

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This song created a lot of controversy and while it was featured in the first ever choreographed dance video, it still makes the one hit wonder list as number 5.

I’m Too Sexy- Right Said Fred

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Reaching no.1 in the US and no.2 in the UK, the song equaled the record for spending the most time without topping the chart as Bryan Adams’ “Everything I do, I do it for you”.

Whip It- Devo

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The song is a Gold-certified 1980 single of the new wave band Devo and ranks 62nd in VH1’s list of “100 Greatest Songs of the 80’s”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Misogynist Songs- How Lyrics actually carry Hidden Meanings

Music has always influenced those listening to it- whether just by getting them into specific moods, by amplifying feelings of joy and enthusiasm, by lifting morale or by soothing and relaxing, there is no doubt that there is miraculous potential in that which man has created. It’s no wonder that music is therefore constantly evolving- back in the 1600s we had Baroque with its 60bpm tunes, in the 1990s artists like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera ruled the charts and nowadays more and more types of tunes are gaining notoriety due to our liberal way of thought.

But is this going in a good direction? Is it acceptable for a society such as ours to take a dance like, say, twerking and not consider the fact that it sexually objectifies women? Moreover, should we turn a blind eye to the fact that more and more artists are promoting the belittling of women in so many of their videos? This pandemic has gone so far that some artists, in their extremely liberal ways of expressing their “art” have crossed some lines. Here are 3 Misogynist Songs that may (or may not) offend our female readers. You decide.

1. Kanye West- On Sight

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Taken from the artist’s sixth solo album (entitled “Yeezus”), this song is a collaboration between him, Benji B, Daft Punk and Mike Dean. Some of the remarkable lyrics are:

“A monster about to come alive again
Soon as I pull up and park the Benz
We get this bitch shaking like Parkinsons” 

The lyrics have created controversy with the American Parkinson Disease Association which declared that the verse is not only distasteful, but also a testimony to the obvious ignorance of the artist).

“It’s too many hoes in this house ofAnnotate sin
Real nigga back in the house again
Black Timbs all on your couch again
Black dick all in your spouse again”

And the last verse: “But I got her back in and put my $#@! in her mouth”

It is clearly very respectful of women.

2. U.O.E.N.O. by Rocko

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Taken from his album “Gift of Gab 2”, this single was released on the 5th of March 2013 and is to date one of the highest-charting singles this artist has produced. This song has also sparked some controversy because of its lyrics:

 ”Put molly all in her champagne

She ain’t even know it

I took her home and I enjoyed that

She ain’t even know it.”

In fact, the song inspired the creation of a petition that demanded the artist be dropped as Rebooks spokesman because the lyrics were interpreted as condoning date rape.

3. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke

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If you haven’t heard anything about this song yet, you have either not been watching any music channels or you have your radio stations set to classical music and nothing else. This summer hit is one of the most controversial songs there is since it plays jump rope with the limit of consensual sex and assault. You may say- “wait a minute, this is certainly not the case, these are just misinterpreted lyrics”. But are they really? The verse “I know you want it” is a line that countless rapists use in order to rationalize their actions to their victims. 

Other verses like

“OK now he was close, tried to domesticate you
But you’re an animal, baby, it’s in your nature” or

“You the hottest b#$@ in this place” and

“Do it like it hurt, like it hurt
What you don’t like work?”

These lyrics are clearly not misinterpreted since the entire song contains similar expressions that do not honor women in any way. But the question behind all these hit list Misogynist Songs is, when did we as a society allow our women to be spoken of in such a manner?

5 Balkan Music Samples You Should Try Out

Word music is a great thing, especially since all the music most of us are accustomed to tends to come from Western countries and is highly standardized and industrialized. At least for the sake of sampling as many opportunities as possible, it would be nice to get a bit of a taste of exotic music as often as you can. Of course, we shouldn’t be naïve and suppose that these songs and artists which are promoted under the label of “world music” don’t get their fair share of processing and commercial pimping. Just as in the case of traveling to areas advertised as exotic, each of these venues and product are only partly authentic and partly constructed as a typical tourist trap. But even with this processing and the inherent regular degree of falsehood (or exaggerated traits) inserted into it, world music is still different enough to what you’re used to that it’s worth giving it a shot.

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Balkan music is one of the types of music which is a bit less mainstream than regular Western music most of us are probably used to hear (or at least the kind of music played in the majority of clubs or discos or pubs in the U.S or Western European countries), but still counts as “world music” even if it’s a tad mainstream itself. Therefore, I feel that it is the perfect starting point for a journey that taps a bit into the somewhat uncharted waters of mysterious world music. Not to mention that the Balkans are a land with hard partying people and their traditions, and there music tends to be more “carpe diem” like than music from other parts of the world. Not to drag this any further, after presenting a list of 5 cover songs that are better than the original, today we want to share with you this list of 5 Balkan songs that you should listen to.

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1. Goran Bregovic – Jeremija

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The Serbian artist and composer Goran bregovic is the most prominent figure in Balkan music, so the fact that this list starts with him is either a bad thing (because for those of you familiar with him he might be too well-known, thus making a boring start), or a good thing (precisely because he’s so visible in this musical area). Anyway, this song is less known compared to his other works, but it is a little treasure, because it manages to capture the Balkan spirit perfectly with its parting atmosphere. Nothing says “carpe diem” quite like a Serbian musical debauchery that starts with a shout for alcohol. The lyrics are also pretty funny if you make the effort to search for them and their translation, but that’s just about enough hinting on this matter.

2. Kayah and Goran Bregovic – Nie ma ciebe (Erdelezi)

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Yes, it’s another Goran Bregovic song, but it will also be the last, although his music is so iconic and varied it would probably deserve a whole article dedicated solely to it. Anyway, the song Erdelezi is a very well-known song of his, actually being a rendition of a traditional Roma song from all over the Balkan countries. You can check out the original version too (only of Goran, without Kayah) if you want to have good grounds for a valid comparison, but the cover featuring the lovely Kayah is much more sensual-sounding (even though the theme of a song is a bit religious) and can fill you with warmth.

3. Phoenix – Iovano Iovanke

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This song is a traditional song from Macedonia, which tells the story of teenagers that love each other but are not approved of by their parents, so they plan to run away together. It’s not so much of a party song, but more of a ballad. This take on it is sung by a really cool Romanian rock band called Phoenix.

4. Palya Bea – Tchiki Tchiki

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This passionate song is about an intense infatuation with a girl, an infatuation that can make you set the world on fire just for her whim. The charismatic Hungarian singer who performs this is a highly educated and recognized music expert who specializes in various styles of world music from all over Eastern Europe.

5.  Mahala rai banda – Mahalageasca

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Finally, to return to a tune more typical of party-destined Balkan music, the Romanian-based band Mahala rai banda performs this mini-orchestra backed song. There are no lyrics, only a vibe that makes people dance. So let go, drink some Balkan spirit drinks and have at it!