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Bob Marley

Bob Marley, who entered the world in 1945 as Nesta Robert Marley, was a world-famous reggae singer, song writer and musician until his death in 1981. His group, The Wailers, is credited with bringing reggae, a traditionally Jamaican music, into the world scene. This brilliant writing style, unique words and fantastic stage presence carried him through decades off phenomenal creativity.

Marley broke into the musical scene in 1963 with the reggae group “The Wailers,” which consisted of Marley and his friends Bunny Wailer, Peter tosh, Junior Brathwaite, Beverly Kelso, and Cherry Smith. This fantastic amalgamation of creative genius only lasted until 1966, when Braithwaite, Kelso, and Smith left the band.

In 1972, Marley and his band were signed by Island Records.  In order to snag a larger audience, The Wailers began to change their sound to get away from the traditional Jamaican reggae musical and attract a more rock orientated artist. It was during this time that they recorded some of their most famous songs, including I Shot the Sherriff.

He continued to write, tour, and play for decades, until his poor health caught up with him.  He developed a malignant melanoma in the nail bed of one of his big toes.  Citing religious reasons, he refused to have the toe amputated and the treatment he opted for did not manage to remove all of the cancer.  It managed to spread throughout his body until it finally killed him on May 11th, 1981.

Marley lived his life as a Catholic, until he converted to Rastafarian in 1966. Rastafarian is a traditional Jamaican religion and culture. Later he was baptized as a Christian some months before his death.

Even to this day, he is often associated with marijuana because of his use of it is a religious sacrament.  He used it as a part of his own personal religious growth and a way to become wiser.

During his life, he received three primary accolades: Rolling Stone named him band of the year in 1976, he was awarded the Peace Medal of the Third World from the UN in 1978, and in February 1981, mere months before his death, he was awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit.

Posthumously, he was awarded a variety of honors, including an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, both in 2001.

Without Bob Marley and his musical efforts, the lyrical wonder and delightful tempo of reggae may have remained hidden on the islands for all time.  His contribution to music alone makes him a legend.  His contribution to philosophy and the state of the world makes him a phenomenal individual worthy of remembrance.

For more of Bob Marley’s brilliance, check out  inspirational Bob Marley quotes about life and love.

4 Fun Facts About Taylor Swift You May Not Have Known

Love her or not, there are very few individuals currently involved in the music biz, that have been more influential and inspiring than Taylor Swift. “Swifties”, as her fans are endearingly referred to as, credit her music and lifestyle choices with their own successes in life, with some crediting her and her music with literally saving their lives and helping them to overcome dark and troubling times. To get an idea of just how influential and successful she currently is, all you have to do is take a look at some of the more well-known Taylor Swift quotes online and you’ll get a rough idea of how her mind works and how she is able to use words and lyrics to inspire positivity and greatness in others. If you’re a self-confessed “Swifty” or even if you’re new to her music and would like to learn more about the singer song writer, take a look at these 4 fun Taylor Swift facts.


She wrote a song about her friends – One fun fact about Taylor Swift is that she likes to pay tribute to her pals. How do we know? Well, because her party track entitled “22” actually makes use of cleverly hidden messages. Her friends’ names Selena Gomez, Claire Kislinger, Ashley Avignon, and Dianna Agron are spelt out in the hidden liner notes for this very track. Pretty clever, huh?


Katy Perry – Friend or foe? – There is a track of Taylor’s, entitled ‘Bad Blood’ that many people are speculating is about none other than Katy Perry. Taylor is quoted as saying that a certain pop star would often approach her at various award shows and would make passive aggressive comments that on the surface may come across as complimentary, but in actual fact were intended as insults and snide little digs. Many people in the biz believe the pop star in question to be Katy Perry, though this is not 100% confirmed.


The hunger games – Those familiar with ‘the hunger games’ movies will probably recognise the track ‘safe and sound’ as one of Taylor’s. She wrote the song as if from the perspective of the main protagonist and heroine, Katniss Everdeen. Taylor teamed up with the Civil Wars to create the track, and many believe it really helped to make the movie series the smash hit it currently is.


She wrote another song about her friend – Another good friend of Taylors, Lena Dunham, was also fortunate enough to have a song written about her. The ‘1989’ bonus single, entitled ‘you are in love’ was written about Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff’s relationship. Lena herself has gone on record as not only saying that she loves the track, but that it will one day become her wedding song. So, it’s pretty safe to say that Taylor Swift is indeed a pretty good pal.

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Common Questions About Music Theory

So you love music. You listen to it, you sing a long to it, maybe you play an instrument, but do you truly understand music? Music doesn’t just happen, no matter what any recording artist or producer says. When creating music, this is where music theory comes in.

Music theory

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What is Music Theory?

Music theory isn’t about listening to that song you love over and over again. Music theory is the study of music. It’s the analysis of a song’s structure. Its looking underneath everything and figuring out how everything works together.


There is so much that can fall under musical theory that it can be overwhelming at first. A song’s melody and rhythm, it’s tuning. Any harmonies or tonal systems it may have. The scales used in the music. A lot of this might not make much sense to you but its important, and you’ve probably observed all of these without even knowing it!


That’s just some of what makes up musical theory. And although you have no idea what all, or maybe just most, of it means now, it could be very useful information to you.


Why Learn Music Theory?

To musicians in particular knowledge of musical theory and can be the most powerful tool in their arsenal.  You might have written an absolute masterpiece, but if you have a wrong note following on from somewhere it can ruin everything.


Musical theory can help you identify this. You’ll hear that wrong note and you’ll have the knowledge and the ability to correct it. You’ll naturally know what should follow next instead. And it’s this knowledge that helps you create a piece of music that flows smoothly and is enjoyable to listen to.


How to Learn Music Theory?

There is a plethora of books in the world that can teach you about musical theory. But what I recommend is a fairly new invention called the Internet. The Internet is full of useful resources and information for you to tap into. There is everything you need but you’ve got to know where to find it.


Unfortunately there isn’t a holy grail of musical theory where you’ll find every bit of information and every tool you’ll ever need. You’ve got to find the best bits and piece them together to create the perfect toolbox for you. Luckily for you I know where to go.


StumbleUpon is a fantastic website that helps you find new and interesting websites. You simply click the ‘Stumble’ button and you’re away on your adventure across the Internet. Luckily for you StumpleUpon lets you choose from a number of categories so you don’t have to trawl through all the stuff you don’t want to see.


I recommend you sign up to StumbleUpon and choose the following categories: “Music Composition”, “Musician Resources”, “Music Theory” and “Songwriting”. There is even a category named “Guitar”, which may be useful to a number of you. StumbleUpon can help you find everything you need to learn quickly. If you don’t like something you can rapidly move onto the next webpage.


Hopefully I’ve convinced you of the value of music theory. A must for any musician… so what’re you waiting for? Get learning!