The ultimate mix of contemporary nostalgia, Valerie June's music feels authentic because it is. Perfect late summer and early fall listening, I highly recommend June's work, especially her latest album, Pushing Up Against A Stone.
Swelling emotion threads through Patterson’s voice, at times hushed but insistent, at times escaping in a shout. She holds a hum of potential energy, and can leap into kinetic vocals with skin-tingling grace.
What music is more epic?! The pieces I have chosen are often found on a Music 101 syllabus, but with good reason! These pieces helped define eras of music and moved -- and continue to do so today -- many audiences worldwide.
You may not know that the term “work” has its roots in New York City drag ball culture. Unfamiliar? Head over to Netflix and watch Paris Is Burning, a 1990 documentary film about African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities and balls in the mid to late 1980s.
Perhaps trains have become such an iconic part of American music because they symbolize a lot of different things to a lot of different people -- the start of a new adventure, the sorrow of leaving a loved one, the angst of being stuck on a single track, wanderlust, reunions, separation, change (or lack thereof).