Dennis James Q&A

Something that not many people know is that silent films weren’t completely silent. They were often accompanied by musical scores. These scores are what Dennis James aims to preserve.

This is an interview with Dennis James and Dylanna Fisher of Switching Styles. 

Bringing Elegance to Your Playlist; Top Ten Orchestral Covers

There’s something simplistic and yet so complex about instrumental music. Within an orchestra, there are several diverse instruments such as woodwind, brass, percussion, and string. Each of them adds their own sound to the overall melody of the song. There’s something elegant about orchestral music, even the word orchestral is in itself elegant. Below are some orchestral covers to spice up your date night. These will add a pop of fun and a bit of elegance.

Disney and Dreams; Covering Sleeping Beauty

Second only to Dumbo (who doesn’t speak at all), Aurora had the least lines of any Disney Movie lead. The princess spoke less than 20 lines in the whole film. As the voice of Princess Aurora, Mary Costa became entwined with the character. Regardless of the lack of lines, when the audience does hear her voice especially for the songs she sings, it’s majestic. Trying to decide which specific song to highlight is almost as difficult as the fairy godmother’s trying to decide whether Aurora’s dress should be pink or blue. The scenes where the two fairies couldn’t agree on whether the dress should be pink or blue is inspired by the filmmaker’s own indecision on the dress’s colour. The iconic song of Sleeping Beauty is “Once Upon a Dream” is the focus of our article. Enjoy these amazing covers!

Epic Piano Arrangements; A Feature on Rhaeide

There’s something simply classic and elegant about a piano. However classical doesn’t mean old or boring, as many see classical or orchestral music. It’s energetic. It’s subtle. It’s powerful. It’s elegant. As an instrument, the piano brings an emphasizing power and subtle gentleness to each and every note.

That’s exactly what the pianist, Alvaro Arizcun, is known for. Online he’s known as Rhaeide. 

Veronica Pineapples; Profile of Local Edmonton Musician

For many people, music is a way to cope through rough times. There’s music for when you’re heartbroken, for when you’re mourning, for when you’re angry. For Veronica Pineapple, that’s the main aspect of music for her. If she went through anything hard music is there for her. She wants to be there for people in the same way.

Disney and Dreams: Covering Tarzan

The man behind the Tarzan soundtrack is Phil Collins. He was the main guy throughout the film arranging, composing and singing the songs. Other musicians that also contributed to the soundtrack include Mark Mancina, Glenn Close, Rosie O’Donnell, and Paul Bogaev. Together, they provided a gorgeous soundtrack with the voice of Phil Collins throughout. Phil Collins brings in some deep and heavy emotions into the lyrics and the movie itself. 

Simlish Cover Songs

The songs they play from Sims 2 onward mimic the songs of our world but in Simlish or Sims English. So it’s seriously weird because it’s songs in a gibberish language. But they’re good.

Metal Christmas Songs

Just because you’re a metalhead doesn’t mean that you can’t like Christmas music. Here’s a list of metal Christmas Covers to bring a moshpit to the holidays. 

Retail Christmas Music

A Consumer Reports survey, reports that 90% of respondents noted something that stressed them out over the holiday season. While it wasn’t the top complaint, Christmas music was on the list with 23% of people saying it was their chief complaint. That is after crowds and long lines (68%), gaining weight (37%), getting into debt…

Mac Sabbath: Fast-food Fun for the Whole Franchise

What happens when you take Black Sabbath and Ronald McDonald and then combine them within a parody band? You get Mac Sabbath. Mac Sabbath is a band that parodies Black Sabbath songs with a theme of fast-food. The band includes Ronald Osbourne (vocals), Slayer MacCheeze (guitar), Grimalice (bass), and the Catburglar (drums) in full costume…

GameboyJones, A Rapper of the Geek Genre

We first introduced GameboyJones in the Rick and Morty article with his collaboration with NoneLikeJoshua, “The Schwiftiest Rick and Morty Rap”. I reached out to GameboyJones, otherwise known as Austin Jones, for an interview and had the joy of asking him a few questions about his career and his music. Austin Jones is a musician based in…

Leigh & Liam

“Music is so much about being able to be emotionally invested in a moment, and that ability can change from day to day, song to song, depending on how life is going at any given moment.” ~Amber Leigh Trask~ Amber Leigh and Andrew Liam Trask are a fantastic musical duo that I’ve mentioned before when…

Musical Gender-Bending

Gender-bending is switching the original gender of something to a different gender. This style is used for quite a lot within fandoms, artistry, music, nearly every form of creativity can use gender-bending in some way or form including cover songs.

While We Wait For Season 4……

Rick and Morty is a science fiction animation for an adult audience. The whole show is satirical and cynical. It’s described as a dark comedy which makes complete sense. Rick and Morty takes seriously dark and solemn topics and jokes about them. It’s a show that will make you laugh about the universe being meaningless, about not understanding your…

Bringing Japanese Tradition Forward; Koto Covers

As with many traditional instruments from around the world, globalization and the influence of western culture have made traditions less prominent. This is the case with the koto in Japan. Regardless of its prominence, musicians such as June Kuramoto,  Reiko Obata, Elizabeth Falconer, and Yukiko Matsuyama bring the koto to modern music. Though that’s not the only musicians that provide koto music in a modern context. Cover musicians like the ones below do exactly that. 

The Ambiguous Narrative of Anna Clyne’s Midnight Hour

This Midnight Hour is an orchestral composition written by Anna Clyne. She has specifically provided a rich composition and doesn’t give the audience any hint towards the intention of the narrative. It’s intentional. 

Snake Jazz. Yes, Snake Jazz Remixes.

There are snake jazz remixes. Yes, you did hear that right. There are snake jazz remixes because the internet is an amazing place and Rick and Morty fans have too much power. Our featured image is from the 5th episode of season 4, ‘Rattlestar Ricklactica’.

“Now, THAT’S the way we organists all want to go”

Organist and teacher Leonard MacClain is a household name for his skill and improvisation. It all started in Philadelphia where MacClain started and continued doing what he loved best; music.

Also known as Melody Mac, he was known for his, well, melodies. Especially with decades of experience as a theatre organist. His name didn’t stay only in the States. Melody Mac’s music with Epic Records gained him international fame.

The Hands of Orlac; Halloween at the Winspear Centre

When you consider a Winspear event, many think of a form of performance that’s passed its era. Although that may be the case, it’s not a genre that’s being ignored. Dennis James is not just an organist, he’s a historical music preservationist bringing the cultural and artists experience from a hundred years ago to the modern-day.

Dennis James; Organist and Historial Preservationist

Shifting to the pipe organ at the age of 12 has since been a consistent part of his life. This change from accordion to the organ was overall a benefit to both James’s career and his audience. Looking back, he admits that he probably wouldn’t have stayed with music and instead pursued another interest namely oil painting. Instead of Dennis James the oil painter, he is currently known internationally as a professional organist and a historic preservationist.