liner notes

Black Messiah is a hell of a name for an album. It can easily be misunderstood. Many will think it’s about religion. Some will jump to the conclusion that I’m calling myself a Black Messiah. For me, the title is about all of us. It’s about the world. It’s about an idea we can all aspire to. We should all aspire to be a Black Messiah.


It’s about people rising up in Ferguson and in Egypt and in Occupy Wall Street and in every place where a community has had enough and decides to make change happen. It’s not about praising one charismatic leader but celebrating thousands of them. Not every song on this album is politically charged (though many are), but calling this album Black Messiah creates a landscape where these songs can live to the fullest. Black Messiah is not one man. It’s a feeling that, collectively, we are all that leader.”

This music is about YOU.  Using an ancient scientific process (WORK + TIME + HEART), we have done everything we can to make sure you have the f#$%ing time of your life listening to this record.  On the day you win it all, on the day things couldn’t get any worse, crank it.  May it give you strength & unbreakable hope.  May it kindle wild ideas and empower you to make them real.  May you turn all the NOs into big blazing YESses.
—  “Talking is Hard” liner notes, Walk the Moon 

David Tennant and The Proclaimers

Spanning David’s first meeting with the Proclaimers to them presenting him with a special National Television Award.

Excerpt from the Graham Norton Show “Uncut” (April 2007)

Graham Norton:  You were in a fantastic video, the Proclaimers video
David Tennant:  I was
GN:  …and of course the Proclaimers are going to be playing for us in a few moments. They’re here.  The Proclaimers are in the building.  Was it all filmed in one day?
DT:  No!  I got a phone call… Matt Lucas phoned me up and said, “I’m gonna do this thing.”  He knew I’m a big Proclaimers fan.  He said, “Oh come along.  Join in.”  I said of course I will! I’ll get to meet the Proclaimers! But they’d been and gone when I turned up!  They’d filmed their bit, and I’m just stuck with Johnny Ball and Rod, Jane, and Freddie up the back!  And Dusty Bin.  Not that there’s anything wrong with them, they’re lovely people (especially Dusty Bin), but I was devastated.  So to find that tonight I might actually get to meet the Proclaimers… I’m a little bit over-excited.
GN: I hate to break it to you, but we did tape them in the afternoon.  They’re not here.
DT: <long pause> I wouldn’t have a sense of humor about that.
GN: They are here, they are here.  Don’t worry.

Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu, better known as The Lijadu Sisters, are the much loved Nigerian singer-songwriters. Born in Jos - northern Nigeria - in 1948 the pair sang and wrote songs from a young age and later established themselves as session singers. By the time they were 20, their beautiful voices and unique sound helped them get ahead, even in a music industry whose best-known stars - Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti, Victor Uwaifo, Ayinla Kollington - were men.  At just 20 they had released their first single ‘Iya Mi Jowo’ (“mother please”). The track 'Danger’ was released in 1976 on an album of the same name. On the surface at lease it’s about a 'dangerous lover’, but it might also be said to address broader contexts (compare it to Fela’s 'Zombie’, also released in 1976, an eviscerating take on army and police abuse of power). A little known about 'Danger’ is that it has a bridge which is almost identical to the one used by Jamaican duo Althea and Donna on their international hit ’Uptown Top Ranking’ (1975) and Trinity’s ’Three Piece Suit’ (1977). The Sisters say the influence is a matter of coincidence, 'something that was in the air at the time’.

This Thursday, join Liner Notes duo, artist Nate Sensel and DJ Sintalentos, for Figure Drawing: Beats and Baroque, a unique art-making experience in celebration of Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic. In lieu of the Drop-In Drawing series, Nate has taken inspiration from Wiley’s exploration of representation, process of street-casting, and ornate background imagery to transform the Glass Pavilion into a multi-faceted studio. Visitors will sketch from live models against one of the backgrounds that Wiley incorporated in his own work.

In case you ever wondered what music might accompany one of Wiley’s larger-than-life portraits, DJ Sintalentos has created a special set to add the beats to our festivities. As our models strike a pose, experiment with sketching techniques and materials, enjoy music and drinks, and meet new people. You can check out DJ Sintalentos’ mixes for previous Liner Notes sessions via Spotify and YouTube.

Tickets include Museum admission, supplies, and a complimentary drink. Come early for a Curator Tour of the exhibition with Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, at 6 p.m.

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Liner Notes - Chapter 3

Fic Update!

My ongoing birthday present fic for captainswanismyendgame - Liner Notes

Summary:  CS rockstar/actress AU. Killian Jones, lead singer of the band Crimson Flag, has been burned in the past by love and turned his heartbreak into a hit album, Hook. But with his new single, I Still Do, he’s ready to proclaim to the world that he still believes in love. All he needs is an actress to appear in the song’s music video and he has just the one in mind - TV star Emma Swan. 

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Rating: Yeah, it’s still T

If there was one thing Emma Swan was good at, it was packing. Her suitcase for the Aruba trip was ready and waiting by the door as it had been for a week, full of T-shirts, tanks, flip flops, lightweight skirts, and the new bikini she had bought on impulse at the boutique that had just opened up two blocks away from her townhouse. It had cost a ridiculous amount of money considering it was just a few square inches of fabric, but she managed to squelch the little voice in her head that almost screamed out loud at the price tag, the voice that still counted every penny and worried about how to both make rent and buy groceries in the same week. She wasn’t that broke (and broken) teenager anymore, fresh out of prison and struggling to make ends meet without a college degree on crappy minimum wage jobs, she was a successful actress, the lead on a network TV show with a paycheck to match and she could afford to splurge on a bathing suit if she wanted to. Her credit card was firmly pulled from her wallet and handed to the sales clerk, and she even let herself get talked into adding a pair of designer sunglasses to her purchase too.

But, like a childhood spent hurriedly packing all her worldly possessions in ten minutes flat under the bored eye of the social worker waiting to take her to the next foster family or group home, old habits died hard. The shopping bag sat unopened on her coffee table overnight and she had to rip up the receipt into tiny pieces and throw it in the trash to stop herself from returning them both the next day.

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