Emf Music Director, Musicians In Public-tv Spotlight

Drakes third album is introspective, practically guest free and every bit as sonically brave as Kanye Wests Yeezus though not quite so abrasively bold. Drakes right. There are no radio cuts here a predictable inevitability after he debuted Started from the Bottom last winter. That song was nothing like the music Drake released on 2011s top album, the Grammy Award-winning Take Care. Yet it got stronger, more mesmerizing and meaningful with each play, and it remains among the most streamed songs in a year overstuffed with sickly sweet pop tunes. While there were introspective lyrics and moments on Take Care, the album was filled with songs meant to be played at top volume with the windows rolled down. The party is over now. Nothing is for dark rooms and headphones. There are few hooks here, almost no choruses, not much to sing along to. The heart-on-his-sleeve rapper with a million friends and the tightest of crews seems all alone here after ridding himself of fake friends, trying to sort out why all the success, the money, the drugs and the women leave him with a hollow feeling. He tells us over the course of the album how his relationships with his family and friends, like Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, have been strained. The only pleasant memories seem to come from his childhood represented by that chubby-cheeked cherub in the cover painting and the 90s are all over the album, serving as touchstone, reminder and measuring stick. He references the Wu-Tang Clan in the song Wu-Tang Forever and in a half-dozen other places. Nothing is full of the kind of studied minimalism and sped-up soul vocal samples favored by RZA and his acolytes like West, who well get back to in a minute.

2, and Bright Shengs Prelude to Black Swan. Sept. 29: What Makes a Masterpiece? Ludwig van Beethovens Symphony No. 5 and Philip Glass Harmonium Mountain. Oct. 6: The New World and Its Music, Antonin Dvoraks Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilichs Avanti! Oct. 13: Politics and Art, Dmitri Shostakovichs Symphony No. 5 Oct. 20: Relationships in Music, Johannes Brahms Academic Festival Overture and Robert Schumanns Symphony No. 3 (Rhenish). Oct. 27: The Living Art Form, Richard Danielpours A Heros Journey (from Piano Concerto No. 4), soloist Xiayin Wang; Samuel Jones Concerto for Violoncello, soloist Julian Schwarz; and Joseph Schwantners The Poets Hour Soliloquy for Violin, soloist Yevgeny Kutik. Nov. 3: Musics Emotional Impact, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovskys Symphony No.

Music with Minnesotans: Christopher Hopkins

Here’s how many guests on Music with Minnesotans approach me directly, like this letter that came in earlier in the summer: Dear Alison, I’m a Minnesotan who grew up in a small town with a piano teacher that taught me and went to St. Olaf with no money but got into the St. Olaf Choir as a Freshman soloist, who quit and moved to the Twin Cities and did musical theater, but then quit and built a business, but then sang with the Dale Warland Singers, and Plymouth Music Series, but then soloed with the Minnesota Orchestra and Erie Philharmonic and Grand Teton Music Festival and Hannover Philharmonic, blah, blah, blah…Anyway, I’d love to do your show. Christopher I know we can get a little jaded here, but I was impressed even though Christopher makes no mention of what business he, as a seeming “quitter,” is in. a happy customer Once I found Christopher’s “Makeover Guy” site – and took the virtual tour of his upscale Uptown ReVamp Salon – I was hooked. I mean, if there’s anything a radio DJ needs, it’s a few beauty tips. Little did I know that “maybe I’ll throw some mascara in my bag when I come to the station” would mean an entire Saturday afternoon of hair and makeup. But I get way ahead of myself. Christopher Hopkins is an incredibly successful businessman and stylist with incredible style. And like many in the biz, he got his start at a young age. No Barbie was safe. And though he was called a “difficult” child, there was opportunity in his being sent to his room for time out. He would don his mom’s mint green taffeta and tulle wedding dress and twirl about to the Sleeping Beauty Waltz cranked to 11 on his Show and Tell record player. In school he remained difficult, getting kicked out of every class including band and choir can you really get kicked out of music?