Most of us love a trip down memory lane when it comes to listening to music, but it’s also exciting to discover new bands and tracks. If you’re always on the lookout for up and coming names or you’re keen to make sure that you’re the first in your friendship group to share news of the next big thing, here are some steps to keep your finger on the pulse.
The UK certainly hasn’t had much success at Eurovision over the last couple of decades – the last win was in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves; and the last runners-up place was in 1998 with Imaani. In the 21st century, the UK has only reached the top 10 twice (third in 2002 and fifth in 2009). In fact, since 2003, more often than not, the UK has finished outside of the top 20, including three last-placed finishes and a famous nul-points for Jemini in 2003.
Is there anything more impressive than listening to a beautiful piece of piano pop? While bands and guitars and electro pop are still popular on the airwaves, it’s still a welcome sound to listen to a big piano anthem on the radio.
The good thing about piano anthems is that you can learn to play them yourself – ideal as a party piece or when you’ve got friends and family to entertain. Take a look at this list of top 10 modern piano songs and start learning how to play them.
You may have forgotten your earphones and playlist while going to the gym, in which case you can’t imagine how you will make it through the session. You may even consider getting an alternative, like borrowing from a friend or a fellow trainee. Why do you find it so necessary to have your music on and earphones plugged into your ears? What role does music play in your workout? Well, let’s explore the topic in this article.
If like us you enjoy a bit of Eurovision, you’ll also know that ever since their two time tilt at the contest in 2011 and 2012, Dublin’s favourite twins Jedward have been rumoured to return. 2019 is no different, with the whispers once again starting up, wondering if John and Edward Grimes will be back this year, and if so, representing which country.
With so many benefits of playing a violin, it’s not supposed to be a question of why it’s important to learn this instrument. But rather, you should ask yourself why it’s good to learn how to play a violin right now. Discovering some new skills in music is both exciting and rewarding once you develop a new talent.
Historical monuments and iconic landmarks frequently appear on the big screen, especially in dramatic movies intended for a mature audience. For the monuments (and the movie), this partnership is an effective strategy that helps to attract more visitors. Some iconic buildings may even take advantage of the extra publicity from movies by running themed visits.
Dublin’s Robert O’Connor is a singer/songwriter and occasional journalist, whose new single, ‘You Found Me’, is out now. Robert has written a guest post for us about musicians and mental health. His new single “You Found Me” is out now. You can find out more about Robert O’Connor and his music from his official website.
Here at Essentially Pop we don’t do a lot of tooting our own trumpets, rather we just get on with it, writing about all your faves and highlighting a lot of artists that you might never have otherwise come across. But from time to time, something amazing happens that makes us really very very proud, and today is the occasion of one of those things.
Two years ago we were celebrating David Bowie’s 69th birthday, for the most part blissfully unaware that he had only days to live. Bowie’s 25th album, the increasingly poignant ‘Blackstar’, was released that day, and declared a critical success – a return to his glory days – while a whispered hope ran through his fans – “tours? Could there be tours! Please let there be tours!”