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We Say Hello To Andrew Reed And Speak About His Music, His Influences, His Instruments, And Latest Single, ‘Don’t Say Goodbye’

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Back in April we wrote about ‘Don’t Say Goodbye’, the latest single from Andrew Reed & the Liberation, that comes with a super trippy music video that will get you thinking. We were so inspired that we sent off a few questions, and we’re very happy to say that Andrew answered them in even more depth than we’d ever hoped. Hope you enjoy his responses as much as we do.

Thanks for the opportunity to speak with you!

It is my pleasure! Now I will try to impress you with my IQ of 40! Ha! Really, the truth is that when I try to impress people, normally don’t… So I just do my thing and tell it the way I perceive it! Holding nothing back! And usually the truth about things is more interesting than anything I could make up! Ha!

You wrote your album, ‘Twisted World’ while isolating in the Appalachian wilderness. What were the greatest things you learned from that experience, and how – apart from the album – have you been able to apply them to your life since then?

Just to be clear, I FINISHED recording it in the wilderness! The event or fuel for the song happened years before with wife #1 when she locked me out of our apartment after a morning band practice and a double shift as a waiter! My things were thrown outside and the door locked…when I came home to the apartment around 1:00am! That anger or feeling of injustice after working so hard to be a “good provider” created the energy for the song! As far as my wilderness life, it continues! And I appreciate the question! Nature, I suspect, is our guide to how life “actually” works on this planet. I think Nature is the truth! And you can have all kinds of cute and clever ideas about life, but when you’re hundreds of miles from the nearest town, without anything to eat or shelter, you learn what reality is! And it doesn’t give a rip about your fancy philosophy! It cuts through all the societal rules and traditions… The wilderness and the loneliness of a hermit-type setting, is really the way most seeking truth or spirituality take. That makes sense to me as “society” is a made-up thing. I find that there are no problems in Nature…and that all works perfectly! It is a perfectly balancing system of birth and death, light and darkness, a constant oscillation of vibration and variety! “Problems” are mere projections or perceptions in my humble view. Life is automatic and it is all worked out…and is quite clear…and there is an Intelligence behind Nature! All is pattern and random does not exist.

The video for ‘Don’t Say Goodbye’ is quite the trip – the religious imagery, the psychedelic colours, blurred footage – what was the concept behind that?

The song is about “the Great Certainty” – Death! Death has a lot of ritual behind it! It is something that most human beings fear, and thus repress. From my own near-death situation after being swept overboard on a fishing boat in Alaska, I perceived that Life continues! And that is a good experience!  Oh, there may be a brief period of darkness, but I suspect that this “floating set of eyes” in which I experience the world will still exist! “Hey, I’m still here! Ha! Death is one of the richest topics one can confront! And if one learns to not fear it, great energy to live is freed up! I live quite recklessly and with great abandon! And it pays off! It is a good life when you leave the “huddle masses” behind and say, “Hey, I’m going for it! I’m going to literally throw my life away on what I love! There is no real risk in this deal!” That’s living!

Who or what has been the biggest influences on your sound? Back to ‘Don’t Say Goodbye’. Sonically it reminds me of some of my favourite rock artists of the 80s – Psychedelic Furs, Simple Minds, Joy Division/New Order, U2; am I heading in the right direction here or am I completely off beam?

You got it! Though I didn’t plan it to sound like those artists…as songs “just happen” for me. And then it is a matter of finding cool sounds, through vast experimentation, and letting the words come organically…even if it takes 10 years to complete the song! I don’t let “trends” or what is “hip” dictate anything. I just like music that touches me or sounds cool! And then “let go” and “let it happen!” All recorded organic in the moment and not being over-rehearsed or perfect technically!

What has been your experience of the Covid 19 pandemic, and have there been correlations between your self-imposed isolation and that which we’ve all gone through the past 2 years?

I’m so used to be in the wilderness that I really didn’t notice it that much! I sit, observe reality (Nature), write what comes to me, usually in high-vibrational states, and then hunker down and record! The recording experience is my main focus…and my best concerts have been to an audience of forest of trees! Ha! The Pines and Oaks love a good show! Illness and sicknesses come and go… History informs us of that…and if I am one of the ones that dies from it, then I can be useful and be used by Nature to feed and fertilize the Earth! Ha! Nothing is ever wasted in Life! Waste isn’t even possible! Yet, I go on! Without scar or regret…

Now we seem to be moving (slowly) into a post-Covid world, what does the future hold for you and your music?

I’m feverishly trying to get these thematic “trilogies” albums (sets of 3) out! All are concept art albums with the similar style and an organizing theme. When I got on with INgrooves and Universal Music, we pulled my entire catalog of songs down from all the major music platforms! So that all could be re-released, with perhaps a bigger bang! SO now it’s a matter of releasing my prior music as well as cool new prog rock as well as more acoustic music…but not so much at a time that people choke on it!

What is the songwriting process for you? How do you come up with a song? Which comes first –  the concept, the words, the melody – or do they all happen together?

I have no formula. Except that I go into these “high vibrational” states…and I find myself so inspired by Life! I get up in the morning, light a candle, grab a cup of coffee and sit on the couch with the windows and doors open (if not winter) and just let my mind go with guitar in hand or keyboard ready! And I always have a recorder, usually my iPhone! Sometimes, a song will come when I’m at a campsite…with the fire crackling and all the animals smelling my food! Songs “happen” spontaneously, life “gifts,” at weird times so often!

I asked about the influences on your sound, but who or what have been the greatest inspirations in your life?

That is a great question. There are so, so many. For lead guitar, I love Jeff Beck! Acoustic, Cat Stevens or Gordon Lightfoot. Blues, John McVey who I produced and recorded a couple albums with. I like the Weeknd and Taylor Swift too as far as modern music! Portugal the Man too! R.E.M. is another group I love! And Blue Oyster Cult! Way cool stuff! Jethro Tull for prog!

Do you have a preferred musical instrument brand, and if so, what is it?

Regarding acoustics I play a lot of Martins, but some Gibsons too. Electric – Gibsons – Les Pauls, SGs, 339s. But sometimes I love Strats and Teles!  I used to be a bit of a guitar snob. Now I love them all! I just love guitars! I love el-cheapo guitars and weird pawn shop guitars! I play for hours every day unless I’m traveling and playing is inconvenient! To me, practice is not about getting better…as that is like trying to postpone happiness for a future date! That’s a ridiculous idea to me! I enjoy the NOW! The Zen of the moment! So I enjoy practicing! It is not work! And this way, I am completely satisfied in the moment! As well as when I arrive at the Destination! Ha! I get BOTH with that type of consciousness! For pianos, I play Yamaha baby grand.

What question do you wish someone would ask you in an interview, but nobody ever does?

Just Life questions really… Ideas about how life works. To me, the best question may be perhaps, “How best to live?” With that question posed, I find that singular explanations are insufficient, as all topics are infinite. So all answers are incomplete at best and are a dead stop. The zest of life seems to be in the questions and the quest! That is where the conflict, struggle and action are! “How best to live?” I suspect, that it has to do with coming into a consciousness of complete self-acceptance, knowing that there is nothing really to fear, nothing to regret or feel guilty about…that you are perhaps happy all the time…but just may not know it! And that, like Nature, all unfolds perfectly. Like a flower blooming when it is time to bloom, beyond command. Then, after its season in the Sun, if curls up and goes back to the Earth… No problemo! Life just cycles! Ha!

Watch the video for ‘Don’t Say Goodbye’ below and find out more online about Andrew Reed & The Liberation and their music on their official websiteFacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

andrew reed & the liberation - Don't Say Goodbye (Official Music Video)





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DJ Slammed for Song Choice for Prom Queen in Wheelchair

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With more than 2 billion streams on Spotify, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” is undeniably a classic love song. However, a viral video on TikTok proves that there are times when the ballad is clearly not an appropriate choice for a slow dance.

TikTok user Celeste Orozco, who posts under the handle @celesteiliana__, shared a video of her friend’s first dance to the song as prom queen. However, the opening line — “When your legs don’t work like they used to before” — seemed to draw an instant reaction from the rest of the audience as the prom queen was in a wheelchair.

“A prom queen crowning moment to remember,” Orozco wrote in the caption that accompanied the awkward clip.

“This would haunt me for the rest of my life if [I] were the DJ,” text overlaid on the video reads.

Check it out below:

Orozco’s video went absolutely viral on the app. It amassed more than 17.7 million views and three million likes. Thousands of people took to the comments section, including the alleged prom queen herself.

“Hey everyone so this is me lol,” a woman who identifies as Sarah Mendenhall wrote. “I found it really funny and ironic. I didn’t know what was playing until way after cause I was tryna dance.”

Orozco replied that they “had a great prom night and a good laugh about it the next day.” In another comment, they referred to Mendenhall as a close friend. “She’s been through sm and always finds the humor in it. Please stop with the hate.”

Others who commented on the clip weighed in on the DJ and their poor song choice.

“I’d quit right then and there man,” someone recommended.

“Im a wedding dj.. ouch,” another wrote. “We can’t know every lyric to every song but d–n.”

“I doubt that was the DJ’s intention. And most likely this song was picked prior to announcing the winner,” someone opined.

“The dj was slipped a $20 to play that by the girl who came in second place,” another TikTok user joked.

“The DJ is gonna be telling this story forever,” yet another added.

The New York Post noted that the video clip is from 2017.

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Adele Borrows a Pride Flag From a Fan In the Audience at Her Show

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A fan took to Twitter to document his experience after Adele borrowed his Pride flag for a concert over the weekend.

The “Hello” superstar took the stage in London for a series of festival performances in Hyde Park. The shows corresponded with Pride, and Adele was apparently looking for a Pride flag to use during her set.

In a heartwarming thread about “the most random night of my life,” Twitter user @DeanWilliam said that the legendary singer’s team spotted him in the audience with a flag wrapped around his shoulders and asked to borrow it.

He originally had a general admission ticket for the show, but he and a friend had their tickets upgraded after he agreed to loan the flag. The pair were enjoying the festival in the luxury of the Diamond VIP section when Adele surprised them with an even more impressive upgrade.

“After two songs the MOST BIZARRE moment of my life happened,” he wrote. “[Adele], in front of 65,000 people asks where Jack and Dean are and calls us over the barrier!” He said that hit-maker “wanted to give us the best seats in the house.”

The duo got to watch up close and personal, and the night continued to get better. Adele performed “When We Were Young” while wrapped in the loaned flag. “I cried,” he wrote about the emotional experience.

“To end the most magical, perfect, mind-blowing pride [Adele] sung Love Is A Game, looked at us directly in the eyes and blew us a kiss,” @DeanWilliam said. “I’ll never forget this night and this pride.”

While the Twitter user didn’t initially have a video of the moment Adele called him and his friend closer to the stage, he said that someone sent one his way. Check out his thread and watch the clip below:

Adele included a photo of herself wrapped in a Pride flag in a series of photos on Instagram after her weekend of performances.

“My heart is absolutely full!! I’ll never forget these shows with you, slap bang in the middle of London, outdoors, during Pride weekend,” she wrote in the accompanying caption. The “Easy On Me” singer thanked her team, fans and everyone involved.

Check out the pics below:

 

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If there’s one fact that can be basically agreed upon, it’s that Adele is universally considered a treasure. The singer is one of the few sure things in the music industry, raking in awards, breaking all kinds of records and establishing herself in a class all her own ever since the release of her debut single, “Hometown Glory,” back in 2008.

Below, we’ve rounded up all the reasons the iconic Adele is so universally adored, from her undeniable voice and talent to her unrivaled sense of humor and unique place in the pantheon of 21st century celebs.





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Jedward Save The Best For Last With Incredible Glasgow Show At G2 The Garage

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It’s almost like a homecoming whenever Jedward perform in Glasgow. Sure, they’re from Dublin, and still live there, and the vast majority of their work since the start of their career started has been in London; but Glasgow is where it all began, with them first stepping out onto the X Factor stage and John saying, “Glasgow! How you feeling tonight!”

And even though that was a very long time ago – 13 years even – Glasgow certainly took John and Edward to their hearts, and their love was evident last night when they performed at G2 at The Garage, in Sauchiehall Street.

While the set list for the show was much the same as the previous two, there were some distinct Scottish elements, including a rousing all audience rendition of The Proclaimers’ classic, ‘500 Miles’, a snippet of The Bay City Rollers’ hit, ‘Bye Bye Baby’, and a drink of a can of Irn Bru.

Edward drinking Irn Bru – Photo Credit: Lisa Hafey

Many fans had travelled to Glasgow for last night’s show, quite a lot had attended all three, while some went directly from Manchester, due to not having got tickets for London, or choosing to have a break in between. Still others attended London and Glasgow back to back; but regardless of how many concerts or which the fans attended, they were there, reunited, as if the three long years since they’d seen each other, and of course their faves, John and Edward. While the Jedward fandom is largely social-media based, with their fans making firm friendships with other likeminded people from all over the world, there’s no substitute for meeting in person. Having said that, many of the audience shared their view of the show on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok, so those who couldn’t make it would still be able to feel part of the community. Much has been said about Jedward, but for those who *get* them, and *love* them, they become like family, and this extends to the fans too. While the fans all know each other, John and Edward know, or at least try to know, each and every one of them. The Jedward fandom is in essence actually a multitude of different, individual fandoms, with each having their own relationship with the twins, that might be slightly different to everyone else’s, but no less valid.

There’s no greater example of this relationship than their meet and greets that happen before each show. These started last night shortly after 4pm, and were still going at nearly 7. Never once did they slow down, or complain about how many people were there, but instead, they remembered personal points about each person, and chatted, while photos were taken. They gave each person their own experience, and made them feel special. After all, they’ve not seen us for 3 years either!

Special mention must go to the two girls who won tickets to last night’s show courtesy of a competition on Jedward’s TikTok account. The pair were so keen to be in the front row that they stood outside for the 3 hours of the meet and greets, just to be at the barricade. That’s Jedication!

Jedward mentioned that there will be further concerts in November. With their fifth album set for release this autumn, there’s certainly a lot of Jedward content on the horizon, and we can’t wait!



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