music defines you

Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff In Concert

“What is Music ? How do you define it ? Music is a calm moonlit night, the rustle of leaves in Summer. Music is the far off peal of bells at dusk ! Music comes straight from the heart and talks only to the heart ; it is Love ! Music is the sister of Poetry and her Mother is sorrow !” - Sergei Rachmaninoff

anonymous asked:

Pleasecreate a playlist for BKYA to describe the charcters/ storlines and so

Okay so I think a playlist would be way too long and way too much work, so instead, I decided to do the last 5 songs each character listened to on their iTunes account. 

I have been agonizing over this for days, and like… first let me apologize for not giving Jungkook a Fall Out Boy song because I realize now I should have found a place for one considering he’s an emo lax player, like wow, how did I miss that. 

Second, just to explain my thought process behind my music selections: 

I picked some of the music based off of what the members like or have expressed interest in before in real life (i.e. Taehyung has Norah Jones song and a lot of brass, Jimin has “The One” by DJ Khalid, Namjoon has “Fake Love” by Drake), and then some I picked based on the music I think they would like in real life (like “Lost” by Frank Ocean for Hoseok and “Bonfire” by Childish Gambino for Yoongi). But then some of the music has way more to do with the fic characters and has absolutely nothing to do with their real life personalities (like Seokjin and Jungkook would be like “What the fuck is this.”)

So that being said, here you are anon: 

Jungkook: When you’re too angsty and punk for your parents

  1. “A Little Bit More” by You, Me, and Everyone We Know
  2. “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons
  3. “Cross My Heart” by Marianas Trench
  4. “The Space Between a Rock and a Hard Place” by 5 Seconds of Summer
  5. “Damned if I Do Ya” by All Time Low

Taehyung: When you need your music to be just as happy as you want to be

  1. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
  2. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder
  3. “Be Okay” by Oh Honey
  4. “Hello, Mr. Sun” by Joe Brooks (I can only find a live video of him in Korea of all places, so um, here is a lyric video for better sound quality)
  5. “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones

Jimin: When you think you’re a little edgy, but also like a good dance beat

  1. “Puzzle Pieces” by Saint Motel
  2. “Talk Too Much” by COIN
  3. “Post to Be” by Omarion
  4. “The One” by DJ Khalid, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne
  5. “Yeah 3X” Pop Goes Punk cover by Allstar Weekend 

Hoseok: When ALL that matters is the dance beat

  1. “Take it or Leave It” by Great, Good, Fine, OK
  2. “Another Love Song” by Ne-Yo
  3. “Wrapped Up” by Olly Murs
  4. “Lost” by Frank Ocean
  5. “Be My Forever” by Christina Perri and Ed Sheeran

Yoongi: When rap doesn’t matter if there’s not strong emotion and writing behind it

  1. “Swimming Pools” by Kendrick Lamar
  2. “Heebie Jeebies” by Amine
  3. “I Don’t Fuck With You” by Big Sean
  4. “Bonfire” by Childish Gambino
  5. “Alphabet Aerobics” by Blackalicious (I can only find Daniel Radcliffe doing it which is… pretty dope. But here is a lyric video for better quality!)

Namjoon: When you believe “classic hip hop” should give the same image as classic rock

  1. “No Church in the Wild” by Kanye/Jay-Z
  2. “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna
  3. “Same Drugs” by Chance the Rapper
  4. “Fake Love” by Drake (I feel like I can only find covers to this, so like… listen on whatever music listening platform you have)
  5. “Loyal” by Chris Brown

Seokjin: When you’ve listened to so much hip-hop, rap, and R&B that you just need something a little different

  1. “Superman” by Joe Brooks
  2. “Sunday Candy” by Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment 
  3. “Amsterdam” by Imagine Dragons
  4. “Reflections” by Misterwives 
  5. “Octahate” by Ryn Weaver

(Also, while I am here, may I recommend the Kina Grannis “In Your Arms” music video? Because it is awesome, I just couldn’t find a place to squeeze it in. But it is made out of jelly beans, and the behind the scenes video is really cool, too!)


Get to Know Me Meme2 out of 5 favorite music videos

About A Girl by The Academy Is…

Last night, I knew what to say, but you weren’t there to hear it. These lines, so well rehearsed, tongue tied and over-loaded, you’ll never notice. I’m not in love, this is not my heart. I’m not gonna waste these words about a girl. I’m not in love, this is not your song. I’m not gonna waste these words about a girl.


Instagram @music’s Monthly Hashtag Project: #MHPsoundandstyle

Monthly Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @music on Instagram.

Music can define who you are and how you feel, but it also gives you inspiration on what to wear. For this month’s hashtag project, #MHPsoundandstyle, we’re looking for photos and videos celebrating the unique fashion of both performers and fans at festivals and concerts.

Here’s how to get started:

  • Look for the most eye-catching and unusual displays of style around you at the next concert you attend — bright colors, playful patterns, and eccentric hairdos and everything in between.
  • Take a candid shot of a musician onstage rocking out in a vibrant costume, or pose a portrait of a fellow fan with a striking look.
  • If at home, try re-creating a famous outfit from a musician known for their unconventional attire — or get your friends together to dress up as your favorite band.

PROJECT RULES: Please add the #MHPsoundandstyle hashtag only to photos and videos taken this month and only submit your own. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged visual taken this month is eligible to be featured.



“My unforgettable musical moment was Hamilton. On a professional level: our industry will be infinitely changed as a result of this generation-defining musical. What is considered a proper and commercially viable theatre vehicle will change. Casting choices will change. What is considered ‘star power’ will change. Audiences will change. We will change, and change for the better, because of what Lin-Manuel Miranda created. On a personal level (full disclosure, Miranda is a personal friend and former colleague): I couldn’t be prouder to have been a witness to the trajectory of this masterpiece from its infancy to now. I’m watching from the sidelines as a person I have great affection for is doing great career-defining work. I am so very proud.”
–Blake Ross, Editor in Chief
(emphasis mine)



Begin Again - The Spotify Interview

Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, and Mark Ruffalo star in Begin Again, director John Carney’s love letter to both music and New York City…

So, it goes like this: Gretta (Knightley) and her boyfriend/songwriting partner Dave (Levine) move to New York City when Dave lands a record deal. Success leads him astray, and the relationship deteriorates, leaving Gretta alone in a new city. Dan (Ruffalo), a recently fired record executive, discovers a heartbroken Gretta performing in an East Village bar and is reinvigorated by her raw talent. The two set off on a music adventure across New York…

We sat down with the three leads to talk about inspirations for the film.

Begin Again is truly a film about relationship defined by music, do you remember a time in your own life that was punctuated by music?

Adam: When I was 19 I fell in love with this girl. I was getting gas and I saw her and fell madly in love with her right at that moment - so, I kind of semi-stalked her a little bit. I found out where she worked, and I knew her car – she had a Grateful Dead sticker on the back of it. Maybe I followed her… just for a minute or something… I was young! And then I wrote a song about her. I knew someone who worked with her and I had them play her this tape. And sure enough, it was played enough that she asked what it was. So they told her who I was and she said she wanted to meet me. And then this whole, amazing love story took place. And it wound up being this girl that I wrote about 20 other songs about. I was infatuated with her for three or four years. That’s a pretty profound experience where music is directly linked to my life.

Certainly. Amazing.

Mark: Mine was around my first love and the Ghost in the Machine album by The Police. I played it with this girl about 500 times. And then I had my first kiss with her, and then maybe some second base too… [laughs]. That was pretty profound, and now anytime I hear that album or any song from it I get very sentimental.

Keira: I actually don’t have one.

Mark: You’re married to a musician, dude!

Keira: OK. Oh! Grace Jones’ La Vie En Rose.That was the album that was playing a lot when I met my husband. So, yeah, every time that comes on I think, “That’s good! She’s cool!”

Adam: Doesn’t it feel good to talk about it?

Keira: It doesn’t feel good at all! I’m English, I don’t know [laughs]. I need to stop using that excuse.

Adam and Mark: [laughs].

Adam: She’s English.

Each of your characters share qualities with people in the music industry…  did you channel anyone in your performance? Keira?

Keira: Not really, no. Partly because we didn’t get the songs until two days before we got into the studio. So there wasn’t really any time to figure out who she might be a bit like. It was just a matter of getting the songs, getting into the studio, and figuring out what felt good.

Mark: I wasn’t really channeling anybody, but I did steal heavily in the visual sense from Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. Which I’m not at all embarrassed to say, but I want to add the appendage that it was out of great respect to someone I admire deeply.

Adam, I’m sure there are bits and pieces you pulled from your own life. But was there anyone else you looked towards?

Adam: I don’t think so, not directly. I definitely pulled from my own life. And also from guys I’ve been around who have totally lost their way. I tried to marry the two. Actually, I had no choice but to improvise with it. This guy, my character, I know this guy. I know he’s not an actual person, and I know what this guy is going through, and while it’s different from what I went through, there is that kind of person that I truly know. The stages of looks, facial hair, everything, you can kind of tell who this dude is and where he lives and who he struggles with. There is that guy. I don’t know who that is, but I know that somebody. And now he’s this guy!

Keira, this is the first time your singing voice is featured prominently in a film, was there a sort of vulnerability to the performance on set?

Keira: We didn’t actually do it live on set. The last film I sang a bit in, we did do totally live on set, and that was completely terrifying… But this one we recorded it all beforehand in the studio. And I’m somebody who likes to prepare a lot before roles or whatever, so it was pretty terrifying to not have the music until two days before. There wasn’t any chance of preparing. But it was really interesting as well, because it meant I had to come to terms with the fact that I don’t express myself through music. Trying to get my head into somebody that did that, it was a challenge.

Mark: It made you really cranky. I could see that.

Adam: I never saw Kranky Keira.

Keira: That’s because I projected it all on Mark. I was angsty. What I found interesting was that you always hear about musicians getting very drunk in recording studios, but I was only offered a green tea. I don’t think that helped with my level of anxiety. It was definitely a very clean, green environment.

Mark: It did help make your singing even more virtuosic.

Keira: [laughs]

New York City is really on display in this film, and it makes sense because New York has such a strong musical history. Mark, as a New Yorker, what is your quintessential song for the city?

Mark: It would have to be Halloween Parade by Lou Reed. And Walk on the Wild Side, Lou Reed is quintessential New York to me.

Adam, coming to New York for this film, do you have any songs you feel really suit the place?

Adam: Lou Reed is definitely very New York. Good answer. Other than the cliché things that we immediately gravitate towards, For Once In My Life by Stevie Wonder and Luck Be A Lady by Frank Sinatra. Those are two of my favorite songs in the world, and they’re so New York…. But I want to go with something that is New York City to me, but isn’t about New York City. OK, I’m going to say Still Crazy After All These Years, by Paul Simon.

After working on a film that marries music and film so well, have your feelings on the importance of music in film changed?

Keira: Well it is always a very strange thing to watch a rough cut of a film when they don’t have the score, it’s the most bizarre thing. And that’s when you really see how important music is in film… It’s such a huge part of filmmaking.

What about with this film specifically?

Keira: Yes, this film specifically because it’s about music; it’s so central to the whole storyline. It’s about the creation of an album, so yes it’s a very important part of this film.

Mark: This film wouldn’t be anywhere near what it is without the music [laughs]. And particularly John Carney’s take on music. The way he weaves it so beautifully into story and character without it ever feeling like we’re breaking for a musical number… which can be lovely! Don’t get me wrong.

Adam: There’s nothing wrong with musical numbers, we both love it… We don’t love it. But we don’t hate it.

Keira: It’s fine, we all feel fine about it [laughs].

Adam: I think that there’s something about music in general for me that makes me feel a little bit more alive.

Do you think the way you make music was affected by your experience in this film?

Adam: You know what, I would love to score a movie. That’s one thing I haven’t done that I would absolutely sink my teeth into. Someday.

Thanks guys!

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The Greek language has six words for love. The way you love a pizza is not the same way you love your Mother, which throws the whole unnuanced act of loving in this language into question. If there isn’t a word for it, a sound to put the feeling to, can we ever really feel it? We simply might not have the tools.

Flo Morrissey has a voice like that, one that signals lifetimes in countries where you don’t speak the language, filled with remarkable, wise, incomprehensible thoughts and feelings that sit always at the tip of the tongue. She is also an incredibly kind, lovely and generous person who sang songs for us last month in the lobby at Ace Hotel New York for 5 at 5, our live music series. (Our soul-stealing friends at Show Cobra caught it on tape.) 

Flo chatted with us before the show about her morning rituals, Britney Spears and how our brains are our best friends and our worst enemies.

Hi Flo. People always talk about you in interviews as having an “old soul,” so we won’t do that. But you do have a wisdom, a kind of sagacity in your music that’s rare. How do you feel about being referred to in this way? Does it ring true for you?

I empathize with that description, I guess. I’ve always felt older than I am, though I find it embarrassing to say so. It’s nothing personal, it’s not like an innate feeling in me. I think I’m understanding the songs more as I get older, too, which is really interesting for me. Part of me wants to keep a kind of an innocence and I think it’s important as we get older to retain that but then there’s another part of me which feels kind of old. So, I don’t know, it’s a weird one but it’s definitely something that I think defines my music properly.

Do you have a different relationship now with the songs you wrote when you were younger?

Yeah, specifically “Show Me.” That’s the oldest one. I wrote it when I was fifteen and the lyrics were saying things like, “Show me the places where we died” and I didn’t really know what I was writing about. I think sometimes that’s when the best things come. My friend a few weeks ago said “I really feel that song is kind of about you becoming a woman.” I didn’t see it in that light then, but it almost makes more sense to me now and I feel a stronger connection to singing that song now than ever before. Also, playing the song for people brings it out in a new way. I hadn’t ever toured before this year, so it’s been really special to see that.

That must be a really bewildering experience. What’s that like? And how does the process of writing the songs differ from performing them?

It’s strange because every show is so different you really have to adapt yourself to the audience and try and engage with them wherever they are and meet them half way. The audience in Europe versus the States is quite different. I feel in the States they’re a bit more open, almost. I like that. Maybe because it’s more like home I feel it’s more daunting to play in Europe than the States. Every show is so different I couldn’t really have a formula for each show.

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