Music Reviews - Bard Of Ely

Written by Ken Mowery

Good writing has a transcendent quality and possessesrepparttar power to transport through time and mindset. Even if it is done purely forrepparttar 125488 sake of entertainment, good writing enables us to see and experience life from vantage points much different than our own. Steve Andrews (aka The Bard of Ely) offers a complex and varied array of songs that are in short "good writing".

The Bard of Ely carries listeners through various paradigms that range fromrepparttar 125489 earthy and humorous musings of "You're A Liar, Nicky Wire" andrepparttar 125490 bravado spoof "Superhero" to "other- worldly" expositions like "For Peter & for Paul" and "Priest ofrepparttar 125491 Venusians".

Perhapsrepparttar 125492 true heart, soul and conscience of The Bard Of Ely find clearest expression in "commentary" songs like "The Hundredth Monkey v The Beast" and "Insect Inside" orrepparttar 125493 philosophical proclamation "Sound of One".

As you read Steve's responses torepparttar 125494 CreatorsWeb Interview questions below you will see that he sitesrepparttar 125495 influences of songwriters like Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens and Neil Young. You will recognize their musical and spiritual presence in The Bard of Ely tracks as you listen.

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Music Style And Audience

How do you classify your music? I don't! If asked I say I write songs. I am always fascinated finding out what other people make of my songs but for me I feel that a song is basically a set of words,repparttar 125496 lyrics, and a tune. I write my words first and then find a tune onrepparttar 125497 guitar and that isrepparttar 125498 basic song but how it turns out later is another matter. All songs are open to being arranged differently and can be given different production. They all start out as words and music and in my own creative process I writerepparttar 125499 lyrics first, so inrepparttar 125500 beginning wasrepparttar 125501 word! Do you target a specific audience? If so, who?

Not really, I just sing my songs and if people like them then I consider that to that degree I have been successful as an artist. I do find I get a better reaction from rock fans rather than 'folkies' though. What performance venues are you currently exploring? Mainly festivals. I have beenrepparttar 125502 compere forrepparttar 125503 Avalon Stage at Glastonbury Festival forrepparttar 125504 last 2 years, as well as playing there, and followed this with doingrepparttar 125505 same at It's Jo and Danny's Green Man Festival in Brecon. Musical Instruments - Recording - Computer Hardware - Software

What musical instruments do you play? Guitar and harmonica, keyboards, penny whistle and Jew's harp enough to have used them on recordings. Kazoo too but that is so simple it doesn't really count as 'playing.' I regard my vocals as an instrument as well.

Do you record in a home studio?

I haven't got one, only Cool Edit and a microphone but I have usedrepparttar 125506 home-studios of friends.

What equipment and software do you use?

Various. It all depends on what is available. I have various guitars but I mainly use a semi-acoustic Fleetwood jumbo for practice and gigging. The only computer music software I have used myself is Cool Edit. I must confess that I don't know much about creating digital music and am much happier with a guitar and mic. This doesn't stop me collaborating with other musicians online who are skilled with this new technology, and in fact I have a song called 'Electric Bard,' which is a 3-way collaboration between myself and EXLectiX from America and Catherine Duc from Australia. I wroterepparttar 125507 words and didrepparttar 125508 vocals and my collaborators createdrepparttar 125509 music and produced it. Also,repparttar 125510 highly talented musician, Ed Drury, has added his music and arrangements to a series of my poems. This sort of thing, to my mind, is one ofrepparttar 125511 wonderful things aboutrepparttar 125512 world of music available online.

Musical Background -Influences

How did you get started playing music?

I would have been aged about 12 and I was listening to pop and some rock bands and also soul and Tamla and this would have been when I was first thinking about it. This wasrepparttar 125513 time ofrepparttar 125514 'Mersey sound.' Thenrepparttar 125515 psychedelic '60s arrived andrepparttar 125516 folk protest movement and as a teenager I was inspired by Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens, Neil Young and many other singer/songwriters, as well asrepparttar 125517 whole idea of an alternative society. I would say that I fancied myself as following in these singer/songwriters' footsteps if I could. Byrepparttar 125518 age of 16 I was going to festivals and gigs and I made my own start at playing guitar and writing songs and poetry. Initially it was an effort to impress girls because I was painfully shy. I had decided that I wasn't that impressed byrepparttar 125519 Beatles, although John Lennon is one of my 'heroes,' and The Stones were far more my sort of rock band. Neil Young was my favorite guitarist then and still is. Other acts that I really liked and still do are Hendrix, David Bowie, Roy Harper, Kate Bush, Van Morrison, Dory Previn, Jefferson Airplane, Nico, Lou Reed, Donovan, Jethro Tull, Bob Marley, Neil Diamond,repparttar 125520 Incredible String Band, Syd Barrett, Joni Mitchell, Bridget St John, Tyrannosaurus and T. Rex, Roxy Music and many many more. Then inrepparttar 125521 mid '70s Punk and New Wave happened and a lot ofrepparttar 125522 energy ofrepparttar 125523 movement I found inspiring. I saw a lot ofrepparttar 125524 bands then like The Clash, Boomtown Rats,repparttar 125525 Stranglers, Patti Smith and others.

Twenty-three Percent of African Americans Live in Poverty

Written by Drachir Semaj

Twenty-three percent of African Americans living inrepparttar US live in poverty, according to a report released byrepparttar 125487 Commerce Department. The report, "The Black Population inrepparttar 125488 United States: 2002", was released byrepparttar 125489 Commerce Department inrepparttar 125490 Spring of 2003 and wasrepparttar 125491 first time thatrepparttar 125492 Census Bureau looked atrepparttar 125493 state of African Americans inrepparttar 125494 US sincerepparttar 125495 2000 census.

Ofrepparttar 125496 estimated 32.9 million people living in poverty inrepparttar 125497 US, 8.1 million were African Americans and African American children, underrepparttar 125498 age of six-teen, were three times more likely to live in poverty than white children. African American seniors were also three times more likely to live in poverty than white seniors.

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