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Sunday Musings: A Chat With a Crooner



Friday I sat down to have an interview with the incredible Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Aaron Camper. He came to our humble radio station dressed casually with his assortment of musical partners and we had some preamble talk before launching into the actual discussion. Aaron somehow
manages to be low key, yet exude a presence in the room. He maintained his 'cool customer' attitude throughout the interview even when I was listing his garden variety of accolades.

We talked about his many musically influences from Marvin Gaye to Jodeci, which in context to his music makes an acute amount of sense. Aaron Camper sonically has a distinct identity: It's a spectrum from sweet R'n'B, My Heart to R'n'B with some subtle trap elements Breaking My Heart (side-note: 'subtle trap influences' no one has ever managed that yet). In My Heart, a personal favorite, there's a flavor of Jodeci, but more notably early Michael Jackson, P.Y.T. The song, and his other released catalog has a degree of polish that is refreshing, especially from an upcoming artist. My Heart is a smooth, hyper polished, crafted piece of pop R'n'B about the whimsy of seeing a beauty across the club. A simple premise that's probably been done several times before, but compared to the songs of late that are about this, it's an uniquely classy version of it.

Due to his impressive repertoire, everyone should give his polished collection of intimate love songs a listen. From the lovelorn to the skeptics of romance will be unconsciously charmed by his mixtape Welcome to My World.

You can reach Aaron on his website: aaroncampermusic.com

You're Doing It Wrong: Black Lace



We at WCCR 590 AM are a stylish bunch of people, so we're going to make a concerted effort to 
take some form of fashion advice and shove it down your throats, voluntarily or involuntarily. For 
this week I'll be going over the zeitgeist that is black lace. Black lace is an embellishment that's been around for a long time. Black lace garments and accessories are associated with many notions and 
feelings. For example a black lace dress can come off somber since it's typically what people wear to funerals; however black lace lingerie is the go to garment to exude sex appeal. Black lace lingerie 
has gotten so popular it spawned the fashion trend underwear as outerwear.

Black lace is an easily accessible trend, however there are some things you may need to watch out for. Black lace has the tendency to 
look matronly and aggressively old fashioned. It can make any 
lovely looking young lady, look like a downtrodden maiden. 











Then flying in the complete opposite there are the attempts that several designers have taken to 
freshen up the trend. Results have been mixed at the very 
best. In the process of freshening up the 
trend they make the clothes far too revealing making 
anyone who wears it look like an attendee to the AVN 
Awards and tried to class it up.


With black lace it is a balancing act between not looking too humble or too revealing. Neither style 
displays the wearers' body in an appealing light. Black lace is best utilized sparingly. Complete 
coverage of lace in any capacity is just asking for attention at the very least.



Post Work No Groceries Playlist: An Ironic Intimate Night in for One



Every Friday comes with the satisfaction and hope that there is less responsibility for you to deal with. People do different things with their weekends. Every Friday I will be posting a playlist for certain situations or themes. You know what... Maybe you were feeling this week. This week was dragging it's feet across the finish line and you're kind of over it. You're feeling lonely and just want to stay in “after last week”. I get it, we aren't all blessed with having a significant other. Don't fret for this week's Post Work we will be listing several songs that will enlighten you to the fact that people in love or looking for love aren't the most the most rational. It will give you solace the blessing that is being single.

Ginuwine- Pony
Dishonorable Mentions: Ginuwine- In Those Jeans and Final Warning feat. Aaliyah

Ginuwine is a particularly frustrating artist in that he releases Pony, In Those Jeans, and Final Warning in which he casts himself as a cad who objectifies women and personifies them as mere objects to be kept under his possession so he could do whatever he wants (this will be a reoccurring theme in this playlist). He is a willing participant in the societal norm that allows men to stroll the streets in search of sex on their terms and not allowing the partner a significant say in their preferences or what they would like to do in bed. Sex is a one man show to this archetype of men and
you're just a prop for his release. The frustrating part comes in when he releases songs like Differences, Love You More, and Frozen when he actually takes his partner into consideration. This is maddening because he already painted himself as a bad guy you shouldn't rely on yet releases three of the best love songs of my generation. Maybe in the grand scheme of things it's true to real life.





Danny Fernandes- Take Me Away
Dishonorable Mentions: Danny Fernandes- Let's Make A Movie

More frustration! Take Me Away is an okay EDM pop on the surface however the problem starts (like his entire album, AutomaticLUV) when Danny Fernandes begins to sing. He isn't an inherently terrible singer, but on this song he scales up into his higher register to deliver a vocal performance the
likes of Justin Bieber or pick any One Direction member. Again a problem that can be overlooked if it weren't for the awkwardly sweet lyrics. When you sing like that and you're asking some poor girl to be your baby girl and asking for her to 'Take me away, To a place I've never been before' than you come off at best a dude with no game, or worst a complete virgin to many aspects of the outside world, including women and sex in general. Of course in true comedic form later in the album there is a sex tape song Let's Make a Movie where he sounds equally unsuave and kind of lecherous.






Nivea- Don't Mess With My Man

This song properly articulates how nauseating and territorial couples can get. Nivea, Brandon, or Brian Casey possibly has a case to be made against some potential paramour but with lyrics like 'So I'm telling everybody let him be, Cause he's mine and I can't take no pigeons tryna take my baby' you
can't take any party in the situation seriously.














Christina Perri- Jar of Hearts

Normally I am down for a power ballad against cheaters everywhere. I am a fan of Before He Cheats. That's a song about a scorned lover that takes proactive action against a cheater without making the singer sound petty. Christina Perri, bless her heart, made a similar attempt at a song yet somehow in the end looks far more childish in this mawkish slow power ballad. Her vocals sound great on the song but for next time she might want to aim for emotional complexity than just flaccid proclamations that lead nowhere.










Eamon- F*ck It (I Don't Want You Back)
Dishonorable Mention: Mike Posner- Cheated

Break ups are almost never easy. It's an emotional messy and complicated affair that takes some time to bounce back from depending on the situation. People do get back up however and it's always get to hear a success story of a person making a recovery from a break up. What isn't palatable to to the ears is listening to a man nasally wail about how much of a skank his ex was. Eamon doesn't make the
situation any better for himself when he repeatedly says eff you to the ex. For any terrible behavior this mysterious ex may have done to him the past, now he looks like a butt hurt baby that can't work through his problems. It's actually pretty sad of him. At least he was classier(?) than Mike Posner since he didn't name any names.









R. Kelly- You Remind Me of Something

As if the notion of R. Kelly being anybodies sexual fantasy isn't revolting as is, we have this song to
look back to for reference. The only way anyone anyone can find any merit to this song is to assume that women were only put here to voyeuristic pleasure and to be compared to inanimate objects, like the cars that probably clutter up R. Kelly's garage. If this seems like a gross overstatement let's all look back to the fact that he released a sex tape of him with an underage girl, who probably didn't know any better, performing lewd acts on her.






Carly Simon- That's The Way It Always Should Be

Sometimes interesting topic and/or theme doesn't translate into execution. The overall message of this song is great: Carly Simon is basically having doubts on whether or not her and her spouse should get married based on past experience of it not working, yet she also feels pressured to do so cause all of
her friends are also doing so why not. It's a fairly nuanced premise, where it went wrong is in it's execution. It's a typical sleepy rock ballad that you would hear on the lite FM radio station. The song loses any of the emotional punched it had potentially stored up and it sounds more listless as the seconds pass. For argument's sake this was her first released song and she does get better at executing themes and concepts like on her songs You're So Vain and Nobody Does It Better which I highly recommend you give a listen.








Robin Thicke- Blurred Lines feat. T.I. And Pharrell Williams


Let me paint a picture for you. What woman, who came to the club or party to relax and enjoy
herself, wants to hear a song that basically promotes rape culture and sexual violence. That woman is hearing three men tell her I'm taking you home tonight so we can do what I WANT, and I won't be taking any of your silly rejections or protests you silly women love to do. It's patronizing and gross on a base level and reminds the listener that some guys can be the worst sometimes.

You'e Doing It Wrong #1: Everyone Loves Intros



We at WCCR 590 AM are a stylish bunch of people, so we're going to make a concerted effort to 
take some form of fashion advice and shove it down your throats, voluntarily or involuntarily. For 
this week I'll be doing a quick review of five of my favorite collections. They aren't in any specific 
order.

Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring 2014

This collection is the epitome of the brand and an unique innovation on the clothes. They showcased a progression of color palette from the beige and white to the beautiful impressionist style dresses. 
All of the dresses were impeccably decked out in sequins and crystals. It is what they do all the time however it never loses it's luxurious luster and shine. Some of the outfits (especially the beginning 
beige and white pieces) tend towards either old fashioned or very trendy. The amount of craft and 
detail work that goes into the dresses is un-mistakable.
Michael Kors Spring 2013

Michael Kors is well known for having a very Americana aesthetic with modest hem lines and shape.His clothes have a certain jovial energy to it that appeals to the younger crowd. This collection 
contained the same properties and more attributes that he will incorporate into future collections. Thiscollection has clothes that are highly accessible in the sense that it is wearable and bi-costal. It 
doesn't discriminate New Yorkers from Californians. It's tailor made for New Yorkers' in the 
structure of the garments and the brass accessories. It's West Coast in the vibrant colors in the 
garments. The ending dresses are very lackluster in comparison to the rest of the collection and there are some garments that were too casual that didn't mesh with the rest of the collection. With the 
consistency problems of the collection the craft of the collection has the same Michael Kors' polish 
that he is known for.

Naeem Khan Spring 2013

Spring 2013 was a very prolific year for fashion. Naeem Khan is very consistent with it's high qualitycraft. For this season there was a variety of colors and prints on showcase. Naeem has always been 
known for his bright exuberant colors and prints however he managed to solve a paradox: Subdue his prints yet oversaturate the primary color pieces. This contrast makes the collection more interesting 
than his others. There is a lull in the middle with the apricot and nude dresses because of the overuse of sheer, but it is a minor bump in a collection that showcases his creativity.
Saint Laurent Spring 2013

The last collection from Spring 2013 however it has a deserving place on my list. This collection 
showed Hedi Slimane's re-imaging of the Saint Laurent brand. Although it was a strong argument for a revamp, it did contain themes from previous seasons dating back to it's origins with the heavy use 
of menswear for womenswear. The pieces contained a certain drama and mood that was unshakeable.The women were mysterious bar patrons who loves to absorb her surroundings and contemplate life 
as she knows it. It sounds silly but Slimane draws up a vivid enough portrait. The collection may 
seem repetitive to some but the sudden splashes of color towards the end is a refreshing surprise.
Haider Ackerman Fall 2013

Haider Ackerman is a notorious repeat provider for Tilda Swinton, and with his artfully crafted 
clothes she has propelled to fashion icon status. His Fall 2013 collection featured one of my favorite 
looks that she has worn. The collection as a whole carries a air of melancholy the likes that many 
artists have never been able to grasp. His mixing of textiles and patterns elevate the collection from 
what could have been a somber funeral dirge, to a cinematic piece of fashion. The colors may be too muted for some people however it is one of the active components that elevate the moody 
atmosphere.



We're in it Togther... Mostly



With the rumors of Migos and Bobby Shmurda making a collaborative mixtape that will come to shatter the Brownsville's of the world, I began to think: What makes a good collaborative project? There's several moving parts that go into producing a phenomenal joint song or album. Some of those parts are based on chance alone. Here are some of the collaborations that have contributed great works for pop culture, and some less than successful attempts.


Better Together



Aaliyah & Timbaland/Missy Elliot

This trio has produced some of the most memorable music together. They produced ultra catchy songs like One in a Million, Try Again, Rock the Boat, and countless other high charting songs. These
songs were well known for being silky and smooth pop-R'n'B tracks with Aaliyah's vocals fitting comfortably right in.







Drake & The Weeknd

Separately these artists are very hit and miss for me in terms of quality. However when they come together to produce a song, odds are it is the best track on whatever project they are producing. Songs like Crew Love and Live For are a perfect melding of Drake's tendency to be too precious with his songwriting, and The Weeknd's tendency to over brood on his songs. When the collaboration works, they produce a song that holds a nice amount of emotional weight, yet is also conscious of it's sentiments.



Biggie & Everyone

Biggie has the natural ability to combine with any of his guest artist to produce a song that is a natural melding of both artists' sensibilities. For example F*ck You Tonight feat. R. Kelly doesn't sound like Notorious Thugs feat. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, that doesn't sound like Mo Money, Mo Problems feat. Diddy and Mase. However they all contain a certain essence that categorically make them signature Biggie songs.



Barbra Streisand & Donna Summers

I included them because I am an unabashed disco lover and this disco song, No More Tears, is pure energy. Barbra and Donna refuses the let up on the vocal onslaught even though the song has it's foot firmly pressed on the pedal.



These Also Happened...




Jay-Z and Kanye West

Watch The Throne was not a terrible overall audio experience, however a collaboration of these hip
hop titans should've produced something more than the uninspired pledge of gaudy opulence the album turned out to be.






SZA and Kendrick Lamar

The tragic thing about this collaboration is that neither performer is terrible on the song Babylon. Kendrick is spitting typical fantastic aggressive lyrics. However in the process he upstages SZA's
great understated vocals on her own song. A good collaboration calls for all of the performers to complement each other well.






2 Cellos & Naya Rivera/ Alicia Keys & Jack White

These are examples of songs that are good besides the performers attempt to sink it. I think the kids call it a 'guilty pleasure'. 2 Cellos and Naya Rivera have had a legitimately great song in the cover they did of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal. However on their song Supermassive Black Hole the sound is unique enough to keep me hooked, but Naya's screeching on this track is a hard contrast to the powerful steady vocals she displayed on the Smooth Criminal cover.


The same goes for Alicia Keys and Jack White. Their song Another Way to Die for the movie Quantum of Solace is again unique enough to keep the listener interested but Jack's bizarre guitar strumming and their baffling vocal harmonizing doesn't help the song. I suggest giving both songs a listen because they are so unconventional that they may appeal to you.






Lil Wayne & Everyone

Lil Wayne is such an aggressive and obnoxiously loud presence on any song that it's nye impossible to find a complementing voice.

Wow You Sound Better Live: The Distinct Split of Musicians Who Sound Better Live

A common assumption everyone has is that musicians are generally going to sound better in the recording studio, where they have equipment specially made to make them sound flawless, compared to live. This assumption is true for some artists, but there is a sense of satisfaction when an artist can do the opposite. There are artists who, sound great on the recorded track, but have the natural ability to blow the roof off, and ruin the other acts' night when they get on stage.

There are many factors that go into live performances. Most of these talents center around charisma. Some artists can go all out in terms of theatrics based on their image, for example if you're Beyonce
then you can back up dancers doing backflips while fireworks and confetti are going off and that's just a small set at the Nikon Theater. What I am specifically focusing on are the singers who vocally outshine their recorded tracks with their live performances.

One artist notorious for this is Whitney Houston. Whitney Houston's recorded songs go down in history for being so impactful vocally. However when people discuss her they always bring up her array of famous live performances where she has swept large masses into emotional hysteria. They bring up when she stole the attention off of the the Super Bowl XXV in 1991 with her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, or when she captured the audience at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards in 1994 with her performance of I Will Always Love You.

Those performances had many other aspects going for it as well. The context for the Super Bowl performance made the performance. The performance was the personification of American pride from the event and venue, to the fact all she wore was a humble track suit. These aspects ascended the performance from being merely fantastic to awe inspiring for the entire stadium.

Another great example of venue appropriate performances was Shirley Bassey at the 2012 Academy Awards when she sung Goldfinger. Her singing was amazing but thanks to the innate drama of the song and the cinematic significance of the song elevated the performance. Her amazing gold sequin dress had some influence too; Did you see the capital D diva in it?


With the turn of the century it's hard to come by many singers who excel vocally live. The few from Rita Ora at the recent 2015 Academy Awards when she shocked everyone with her performance of Grateful (possibly because the bar was understandably low), to Lady GaGa who stunned at the same awards show. Maybe there is hope for the future when Rita Ora is actually making a great effort to sing live.


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