My 10 Favorite Guitar Solos

I’m no musician, nor am I a formally trained music historian. I don’t know the history of Rock and Roll, because, frankly, until the turn of the 21st century, I never liked it much. I used to deejay at parties and dances, and if you want to know something about Funk music or Reggae, I’m…

Sorry, Ms. Jackson, but Erykah’s Mom Loved Her Song

More often that people realize, song lyrics aren’t just brief works of fiction. Inspiration is all around us, every day, and songwriters pull from real life to tell their stories and wrap them in musical harmonies. Songstress Erykah Badu, in a recent interview with Rap Radar’s Brian “B.Dot” Miller, disclosed one such story, that of…

The Wound

This short is a brilliant little piece of animation from Russian filmmakers Anna Budanova, Mikhail Dvoryankin, and Anna Krizkaia. The theme shows how a small, childhood Wound, if left unchecked, can continue to grow. Awards: Special Jury Award International Animation Film Festival Annecy 2013 France The prize for the best animation Suzdal 2013 Best animation…

Love Japan

“Love Japan” is a four-minute, visual love story about Japan. Visually stunning and exceptionally edited, it takes you through Japan’s urban, natural, and human life, with a distinctly personal touch. You’ll see snippets from Tokyo, Hiroshima, and bathing snow monkeys, as well as intimate moments from a traveler’s life. Part street video, part travelogue, and…

Perfekte Geist

At their basest elements, animation should evoke an emotional response of some sort before they can claim to be successful. Here are a couple of animation pieces that elicit strong, if different, emotional responses. The first is “Geist,” from Giant Animation Studios. In it, a shipwrecked fisherman is led to a dark secret. The second…