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Taylor Swift wrote another open letter this week on Tumblr, and no it wasn’t to Apple, but it was a heart-felt response to a fan having some trouble through a series of medical problems stemming from a congenital heart defect.

shakesitsoff:</p>
<p>hey tay! i’m not usually one for posts like this, but i have something i need to share with you.</p>
<p>you’ve seen a few of my posts before, but this is something that i’ve never shared with you… or anybody for the most part. i want to let you know that i was born with a congenital heart defect, and as a result i’ve had holes and leaks in two of the valves in my heart. i’ve had surgery twice and because of this my heart is mainly ((hence the word “mainly”)) hole free! however, ever since i actually could comprehend that there was something wrong with me, i never truly understood why i deserved to have a severe and life threatening condition anyway</p>
<p>in light of all my confusion, i’ve found someone whose made all of these blurry lines become clear and i want to thank you for that.. taylor, you’ve made each and every long hospital visit, echo, ekg, iv, etc., easier, and i am so so incredibly grateful for that. you allowed me to be accepting towards the condition that i have and i’m so unbelievably thankful for that… love you always, emily.taylorswift</p>
<p>Hey Emily,This was beautiful. I can&rsquo;t imagine what it must have been like to have to undergo huge surgeries like that, and the fear and stress that came along with them. Then you heal and have to live in constant fear that something might happen or you might work your heart too hard&hellip; I think it&rsquo;s amazing that you&rsquo;re so honest about how it&rsquo;s affected you. It&rsquo;s impossible to be positive all the time about something that completely terrifies and confuses you, and I&rsquo;m glad you&rsquo;re not putting that kind of weird pressure on yourself. Thanks for listening to my music to escape from your fears and to confront them. I really appreciate you writing this. Sending you the biggest hug from my hotel room, where I&rsquo;ve just raided the snack bar and eaten everything in the style of a raccoon rummaging through a trash can.

shakesitsoff:

hey tay! i’m not usually one for posts like this, but i have something i need to share with you.

you’ve seen a few of my posts before, but this is something that i’ve never shared with you… or anybody for the most part. i want to let you know that i was born with a congenital heart defect, and as a result i’ve had holes and leaks in two of the valves in my heart. i’ve had surgery twice and because of this my heart is mainly ((hence the word “mainly”)) hole free! however, ever since i actually could comprehend that there was something wrong with me, i never truly understood why i deserved to have a severe and life threatening condition anyway

in light of all my confusion, i’ve found someone whose made all of these blurry lines become clear and i want to thank you for that.. taylor, you’ve made each and every long hospital visit, echo, ekg, iv, etc., easier, and i am so so incredibly grateful for that. you allowed me to be accepting towards the condition that i have and i’m so unbelievably thankful for that… love you always, emily.

and Taylor Swift responded.

 

Hey Emily,
This was beautiful. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to have to undergo huge surgeries like that, and the fear and stress that came along with them. Then you heal and have to live in constant fear that something might happen or you might work your heart too hard… I think it’s amazing that you’re so honest about how it’s affected you. It’s impossible to be positive all the time about something that completely terrifies and confuses you, and I’m glad you’re not putting that kind of weird pressure on yourself. Thanks for listening to my music to escape from your fears and to confront them. I really appreciate you writing this. Sending you the biggest hug from my hotel room, where I’ve just raided the snack bar and eaten everything in the style of a raccoon rummaging through a trash can.

Bud Light Digital Dreams regretfully announces the cancellation of Saturday, June 27th, 2015 in the interest of public safety and to protect fans, artists, and staff. The festival will resume on Sunday, June 28th with doors beginning at 2pm.

Previously purchased single day tickets for Saturday will be available for refund at the point of purchase, two day weekend passes will be refunded at 50% and will be valid for entry on Sunday. For more information please visit http://www.livenation.com, www.facebook.com/digitaldreamsfest

ARTISTS SCHEDULED TO PERFORM SUNDAY AT BUD LIGHT DIGITAL DREAMS 2015 INCLUDE: ZEDD, MARTIN GARRIX, ADVENTURE CLUB, PETE TONG, EXCISION, ALVIN RISK, AMTRAC, ANNA LUNOE, ARTY, BORGEOUS, COSELLA, DATSIK, DR. OZI , EVA SHAW, FLUX PAVILION, GIDDY, REZZ, SANDER VAN DOORN, SHOWTEK, SLANDER, YELLOW CLAW, ZOMBOY

Canadian nuevo flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook performed a rare unplugged set during a visit to the Music Canada office Tuesday. Cook’s new album One World displays the JUNO-award winning and Platinum-certified artist further connecting styles and themes of music from across the globe centered around his unique style of guitar playing. One World also finds Cook experimenting with new electronic and metallic sounds, which he credits his two young children as influences for the new direction. Fans of all ages and genres should catch Cook’s brilliant guitar playing when he tours across Canada this fall!

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(Dyslexia). I didn’t know what it was – there was no word for it when I was at school. All I know I was being streamed into a non-academic place because they thought I was a moron. I couldn’t do the work or read. I can read but I don’t really understand what I read very much. What I’ve come to realize is that so called disability has made me who I am in how I’ve approach my craft. I was born at the right time as you know – we were just making it up. There weren’t any schools teaching kids how to write pop songs or play rock n’ roll. That was perfect for me because I couldn’t do the academic thing. Trying to read music was a nightmare. Anything with a stick and a ball – a B, a D a Q or a note, moves around.

I can’t keep them straight when I look at it. It was painstaking to try to figure out a piece so I’d get my teacher at the conservatory to play the piece before I left. I tricked them into doing that. I learned to remember the basic vibe of it and sort of piece it together. That developed my ear in a way nothing else probably could. I’ve never had that sense of a beginning middle and end.

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Los Angeles-based a capella group Pentatonix performs a medley of 25 of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits in chronological order, from 1969 to 1995. The list is below:

Evolution of Michael Jackson songs:
I Want You Back 1969
ABC 1970
I’ll Be There June 1970
Ben 1971
Dancing Machine 1973
Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) 1979
Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough 1979*
Rock With You 1979*
Billie Jean 1983
Beat It 1983
Wanna Be Startin’ Something 1983
Human Nature 1983
Thriller 1983
I Just Can’t Stop Loving You 1987
P.Y.T. 1983
Bad 1987
The Way You Make Me Feel 1987
Man In the Mirror 1988
Dirty Diana 1988
Smooth Criminal 1988
Black or White 1991
Remember the Time 1992
Heal The World 1992
Will You Be There 1993
You Are Not Alone 1995

If you’re a regular reader to this blog, you’ll guess I likely have a lot of music. And you’d be right. I have A LOT. Like, several hard drives full of MP3s. Despite their enduring status as easy storage, I’m incredibly paranoid about one day having my hard drives crash, losing my entire music collection, merely eliminating my heart and soul. Everyone wants an easy solution to guarantee files won’t be lost. In general, you’re likely thinking (again, you’re like me), that when your iPhone or iPad gets too full, you’ll start deleting music and video. You don’t have to do that anymore – you now have access to a new home on a separate drive, safe from harm, and it’s not in the cloud.

The new SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone and iPad is that solution.

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I was able to easily transfer the songs between iPhone, iPad, PCs and Mac Computers. This is the most important line in its own right, because I need these potential problems to be handled easily, as well as can be. And because it works with iPhones and iPads with Lightning connector and iOS 7.1, I’m all set.

The Flash Drive quickly freed up memory on my iPhone, taking me back to a time when my iPhone was a more innocent purchase – something fun to have when I wanted to tweet or post photos on Instagram.

iXpand Flash Drive has quickly become the easiest way to transfer my music, and most of all, the durable, flexible connector works with iPhone case. The drive is small and unobtrusive it can be let in semi-permanently.

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Those of you who take a lot of photos at shows, I’m looking at you. Rest assured, you’re not alone. Mobile users are still struggling with how to transfer content between devices for safe storage or free up space on their phones for more photos, videos, and other files. A survey SanDisk conducted among 1,000 active smartphone users emphasized the magnitude of this matter – transferring content is extremely or very important to 82% of users – and within this group, 67% of users are frustrated with their content transfer experience, reporting issues ranging from slow transfer speed to file size limitations and compatibility issues between devices.

And there’s more. Ticketfly commissioned Harris Poll to survey concert-going adults to find out how much they use their phones at shows. 31% of adults ages 18-34 use their phones during half of the show or more. Read that again. 40% of female Millennials use their phones to take pictures compared to 24% of males. So, here’s what you do – take as many photos as you want (except if you’re at a Jack White show, he hates that), and use the iXpand Flash Drive to automatically sync photos and videos from the camera roll when connected and also auto delete the transferred content to free up space.

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Getting started is easy, and it’s 7 steps:

Insert the drive into your iPhone/iPad

1. On the iXpand Flash Drive, pull the Lightning connector slightly upward from inside the metal channel

2. Plug the Lightning connector into your iPhone or iPad

3. The drive will be automatically detected by your iPhone or iPad.

4. When connected for the first time, you will be automatically guided to download and install the app from the App Store.

5. Once app is downloaded, you can immediately start using the drive to transfer photos and files, or watch movies directly from the drive.

Connecting to a PC or Mac computer:

6. Plug the USB connector to the USB port of a compatible PC or Mac computer.

7. Use the drive the same way as other flash drives to manage the drive’s content, or copy, move, delete, create folders, etc.

You’re done. Completely understated, but completely important when you’re a bit of obsessive like me (which, remember, you still are). It also plays all popular non-native iOS file formats directly from the drive.

The iXpand Flash Drive is a rich and safe addition to my musical quest to own every single piece of recorded music. Ha! Just kidding. Slightly.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SanDisk. The opinions and text are all mine. The music transferred, however, was not created by me, and that’s a good thing.

Want to get your hands on a IXpand for yourself?!  Use this e-coupon for $50 off (over 45% off) your purchase!

 

Want to get your hands on a IXpand for yourself?!  Use this e-coupon for $50 off (over 45% off) your purchase! 

*This is a limited offer

 

Not ready to purchase yet? Drop in your name here to get our latest offers.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SanDisk. The opinions and text are all mine.

A who’s who of the Canadian music industry gathered last night in Toronto to honour Canada’s most talented “Born to Be” songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers at the 26th SOCAN Awards.

SOCAN is a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than four-million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 130,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 businesses in Canada, and distributes royalties to its members and music rights organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration with its peer societies.

Sponsored by Gowlings, KPMG, RBC and HMV, and hosted by CMT Canada’s Paul McGuire, the SOCAN Awards recognize the lifetime and more recent achievements of Canada’s music creators, honoured in a host of categories, including Pop/Rock, Dance, Urban, Country, Jazz, Folk/Roots, Classical, and Film & Television.

Recipients of SOCAN’s major achievement awards this year were the legendary Randy Bachman (Lifetime Achievement), Dallas Green (National Achievement), MAGIC! (International Achievement), music industry pioneer Bernie Finkelstein (Special Achievement), and “Born to be Wild” songwriter Mars Bonfire, who accepted SOCAN’s first-ever Cultural Impact Award. All accepted their honours in person, as did R&B chart-toppers The Weeknd and Belly, rising country stars Brett Kissel and Tim Hicks, and film and TV composers Keith Power and Andrew Lockington, among many others.

Performers included soulful young sensation Francesco Yates, who sang “Better to be Loved”; heavy metal rockers Anvil, who honoured Mars Bonfire with a thundering rendition of “Born to be Wild”; Kristian Alexandrov, Olena Kilchyk, Calvin Beale and Doan Pham, who played a medley of film and TV themes; “doom soul” singer-songwriter Cold Specks, who re-defined Warren Pash’s SOCAN Classic Award-winning song “Private Eyes”; and Randy Bachman, backed by Toronto rockers Big Sugar, who closed the show with a thrilling medley of “American Woman” and “Takin’ Care of Business” – accompanied by the audience of more than 600 guests playing cowbells.

“Canadian-made music is essential to Canada’s culture, pride and economy,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “SOCAN’s members are creating music that reaches millions of people at home, and touches hearts and minds worldwide. And our music publisher members are crucial to bringing those songs to the marketplace to expand the reach of great Canadian music around the country, the continent and the world.”

SOCAN will also recognize outstanding Francophone music creators and publishers at an awards gala in October 2015 at Métropolis in the heart of Montreal.

26th Anniversary SOCAN Awards – Toronto – Winners List

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Randy Bachman

INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
MAGIC!

NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Dallas Green

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Bernie Finkelstein

CUTURAL IMPACT AWARD
Mars Bonfire
Universal Music Publishing Canada

DANCE MUSIC AWARDS
“Goodbye”
Performed by Glenn Morrison/Islove
Jeremy Francis (Islove)
Glenn Morrison
Matthew Lange (BMI)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

“Hideaway”
Performed by Kiesza
Kiesza
Rami Samir Afuni (BMI)
Elephant Eye Publishing
EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd.

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS
“Rude”
Performed by MAGIC!
Nasri Atweh
Adam Messinger
Mark Pellizzer
Ben Spivak
Alex Tanas
BMG Rights Management Canada
Kobalt Music Group
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
Universal Music Publishing Canada
COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
“3-2-1”
Performed by Brett Kissel
Brett Kissel
Marvin Green (BMI)
Tim Nichols (BMI)
Bouncy Bear Music
O’Reilly International Inc.

“Got a Feeling”
Performed by Tim Hicks
Jeff Coplan
Tim Hicks
Noll Billings (BMI)
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Roots 3 Music Inc.

“Friends of Mine”
Performed by Jason Blaine
Jason Blaine
Philip O’Donnell (BMI)

URBAN MUSIC AWARDS
“Higher”
Performed by Classified
Classified (a.k.a. Luke Boyd)
William Lobban Bean (BMI)
Gary Jackson (BMI)
Renard Miner (BMI)
Bobby Simmons (BMI)
Carl Smith (BMI)

“Wanderlust”
Performed by The Weeknd
Belly (a.k.a. Ahmad Balshe)
Da Heala (a.k.a.) Jason Quenneville
The Weeknd (a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye)
Sylhouette Musmin (BUMA)
Danny Schofield (ASCAP)
Joseph Bostani (ASCAP)
Albert Tamaela (BUMA)
CP Music Group Inc.
SONGS Music Publishing
Universal Music Publishing Canada
Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

“Crazy for You”
Performed by Hedley
Jacob Hoggard
Brian Howes
Jason Van Poederooyen
8 Pack of Lucky
EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd.
Universal Music Publishing Canada

“Heaven in Our Headlights”
Performed by Hedley
Jacob Hoggard
Brian Howes
Nolan Winfield (ASCAP)
EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd.
Universal Music Publishing Canada

“We Are Stars”
Performed by Virginia to Vegas feat. Alyssa Reid
Jamie Appleby
Derik Baker (Virginia to Vegas)
Nathan Ferraro
Kevin Figs
Teddy Pena
Alyssa Reid
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada
Third Side Music Inc.
Wax On Wax Off Publishing

“Chills”
Performed by Down With Webster
Tyler Armes
Boi 1da
Emerson Brooks
Zale Epstein
Patrick Gillett
Cam Hunter
Brett Ryan Kruger
Andrew Martino
Alyssa Veniece Chin
Smashterpiece
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

DOMESTIC TV MUSIC AWARD – FICTION
Murdoch Mysteries
Robert Carli
Shaftesbury
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

DOMESTIC TV MUSIC AWARD – NON-FICTION
Dragons’ Den
Andrew Cash
Josh Finlayson
Elmarush Songs

DOMESTIC TV MUSIC AWARD – ANIMATED
Johnny Test
Ian LeFeuvre
Ari Posner
Chris Tait
Cjar Music Publishing
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ACHIEVEMENT IN MADE-FOR-TV FILM MUSIC
The Riverbank
James Mark Stewart

ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM MUSIC
The Expatriate
Jeff Danna
CEG Rights Canada

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM MUSIC AWARD
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Andrew Lockington
INTERNATIONAL TV SERIES MUSIC AWARD
Hawai Five-O
Keith Power

2015 SOCAN CLASSIC MUSIC AWARDS
“Burning in Love”
“New Girl Now”
“Wave Babies”
“What Does it Take?”
Performed by Honeymoon Suite
Derry Grehan
Don Valley Music Ltd.
peer International (Canada)

“Feel It Again”
Performed by Honeymoon Suite
Ray Coburn
Don Valley Music Ltd.
peer International (Canada)

“Private Eyes”
Performed by Hall & Oates
Warren Pash
Janna Allen (BMI)
Sara Allen (BMI)
Daryl Hall (BMI)
Almo Music of Canada

“Monday Morning”
“Wild Eyes”
Performed by The Stampeders
Rich Dodson
Open Wagon Music
Southern Music Publishing Company Canada Ltd.

INTERNATIONAL SONG AWARD
“Dark Horse”
Performed by Katy Perry
Henry “Cirkut” Russell
Lukasz Gottwald (ASCAP)
Jordan Houston (BMI)
Katheryn Hudson (ASCAP)
Sarah Hudson (ASCAP)
Martin Sandberg (STIM)
BMG Rights Management Canada
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada

MOST PERFORMED FOREIGN SONG AWARD
“Happy”
Performed by Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams

FOLK / ROOTS MUSIC AWARD
The Strumbellas

2015 SOCAN LICENSED TO PLAY AWARD
The Calgary Stampede

2015 SOCAN BREAKOUT AWARD
DVVBS
Shawn Mendes

HAGOOD HARDY AWARD
Kirk MacDonald

JAN V. MATEJCEK NEW CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD
Vivian Fung

Check out this cool video demonstration of the third version of Rhythmicom built by Leon Theremin at Moscow State Conservatory in early 1960s. Theremin was a Russian and Soviet inventor, most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments and the first to be mass produced. The first Rhythmicon was developed by Theremin for Henry Cowell in 1932, making it the first rhythm machine ever built. You know who likely wants this really badly? Martin Gore of Depeche Mode, since he likes buying this stuff on eBay.

Peterborough & Ottawa-based eighties worshippers Kennedy Cult have a new EP, American Spirits, out on Sympathy Club, and first single “Sick of Me Too” now has a suitably moody music video, which we’re premiering below.

Kennedy Cult formed in 2013 in their hometown of Peterborough, Ontario, and it wasn’t long before they found an audience for their melancholy tunes and that signature chorus-ed out bass tone, and ended up embarking on a nationwide tour. Like-minded bands such as Black Marble and Cold Cave also mine the emotive post-punk of the ’80s to similar effect, but the Kennedy Cults’ polished, high-gloss approach leaves them sounding like more than just an echo of the Bunnymen.

Directed by Rob Viscardis and inspired by Anton Corbjin and The Cure’s Robert Smith (natch), the video depicts slow-mo upwards tracking shot of singer Ryan Kennedy, coming off like a dourer version of D’Angelo in “Untitled”. Check it out here:

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