Cherishing Experiences and Knowledge from Well-Known Musicians: A Talk With Tim Chance (Part II)

The second and final part with my interview with Country-Hip Hop artist Tim Chance. Behind the cut, Tim talks about his experiences with working with Wyclef Jean, Bob Dylan’s engineer George Tutko, as well as other artists.

By the way, if you didn’t have to chance to read part one, you can do so here.

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Welsh Alt-Rocker Rhys Davis Presents Gritty Nostalgia in Nouveau Mode

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Sorry for the week-long, unannounced hiatus. This week was crazy busy as I worked seven days, studied for an exam, and then had practice for a play that I will be in.  I came home after work every night very tired and wanted to go to bed early, thus not being able to focus on this blog. Sorry for disappearing!

For today’s blog post, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Welsh alt-rock musician Rhy Davis’ latest release Nouveau Mode. This release brought many nostalgic feelings to mind when I listen to this four-track EP. How can something so brand new bring back this feeling?

Well, read on to find out!

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Blending Hip-Hop and Country Together Effectively: A Talk With Tim Chance (Part I)

Tim Chance is a genre-blending, songwriting, performing, producing freak of nature. One listen to any of his recordings and you realize you are experiencing something truly unique and special. One live show experience and you are a fan for life. He was the first “Country-Hip Hop” style performer from Nashville, he since helped develop numerous artists in the genre, and has been embraced from Music Row to the LA streets. USA Today even said that this Nashville phenomenon “Raps faster than Twista, but to dueling style banjos…”

I had the privilege to sit down with Tim Chance, an artist who has worked with various big name starts in the country and hip-hop industry. Blending together hip-hop and country, Chance has created something unique with his music.

The interview has been divided into two parts due to its length. You can read part one behind the cut.

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Reflecting Back This September With Earth, Wind, & Fire

(Originally written on September 30.)

Its the end of September! We saw the transition of a hot, sticky summer to the cold, rainy autumn — well, at least in Japan! This September was a magical month as I achieved all my goals and created new outlets for my content.

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Sitting Down With Kuba Kluza to Find the Meaning of Ourselves In “This Time”

“Who am I?”

“What is the purpose of MY life?”

“Which direction should I lead my life in?”

If you are like me, you have asked these questions many times over the course of your lifetime. There is nothing wrong with them. Yet, sometimes these questions can cause certain feelings like uncertainty, fear, and doubt to creep into our hearts. But also, we have been told by others in the society we live in that we have to fulfill a specific role and follow a generic map of our lives. Even though our hearts don’t agree with these general roles and life maps, this is what society strongly advises us to do.

Polish singer-songwriter Kuba Kluza shares this dilemma in his new single “This Time”. I interviewed the singer-songwriter about his musical background, influences, and the meanings behind his new song.

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What Hot Drink Will “Really Get You Goin'” This Fall?

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It is finally fall/autumn! A magical season that is filled with so many things: fleece jackets, pumpkin spice, sweet potatoes, Thanksgiving, and gorgeous autumn scenery.

But, we are missing the most important thing of all: HOT DRINKS!

Yes, ’tis the season for those warm, delicious drinks that fill your insides and soul with warmth. What are your favorite hot drinks? Mine is hot tea, especially chai from Starbucks or flavored tea. Tea is a wonderful drink as it beneficial to our health as we enter the cold and flu season.

If you don’t know the different types of hot drinks, don’t worry. This 80s’ song from a famous American fast food chain got you covered.

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