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The Streets – Computers & Blues (Interactive Film) [VIDEO]

Mike Skinner has really embraced the power of the Internet and in fact Interactive media with this fan involving marketing film for his upcoming new & possibly final album “Computers And Blues” with The Streets released in February

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Te’ V. Smith – “Decline of The Diaspora” [FREE DOWNLOAD]

This is an instant hit from Te’ V and we are more than pleased to have the privilege to offer it as a FREE Download for everyone. His creative style brings an outstanding look into music composition and the intricacies of poetry and spoken word. Please take this track share it with all your friends and family on all your networks, and be on the look out for the release of a new album he has been hard at work on. We had the chance to sit down with Te’ a few months ago in Philadelphia to discuss the working of his new album. He made a very strong point to collaborate with all types of musicians from the US, Europe, and Africa. This is going to be an EPIC album and a whole new beginning for the on going success of Te’ V. Smith. Here is ‘Decline Of The Diaspora”.

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Te’ V. Smith

Te’ V. Smith is a very inspirational poet, bringing his poetry to the rhythm of African drums. Here he explains his career as a writer and the creation of his song, “Decline of The Diaspora”

Inspired by a brief studio writing series with the rock group Left Of Eden I found myself havin written more songs than the project required. With encouragement from the lead singer Matty Moe I began writing enough to form a short EP for entitled RUIN & RESTORATION with the single Decline Of The Diaspora.
The freedom and humility I experienced learning the texture and voicing of this style allowed me to see more of the intensity in my writing and to the surprise of my poetry I realized that I am indeed a rocker as well.

On Work – Kahlil Gibran

This was Tupac’s favorite poet. Since reading this poem he has become my new favorite poet. I thought I’d share this one because it’s very relevant to this blog’s topics, messages, and missions.

On Work
Kahlil Gibran

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The River Flows – Poem by Dante Carmelo Cullari


As time it turns
the river flows
a destined dawn
approaches
silent sprouting up
a well of hope
throughout the river rising
Often found to be
a bumpy sea
the gaze that strains a day
and only eagles’ eyes
can see the prize
that lay ahead and wait

Why Not Try? – A Poem by Dante Carmelo Cullari Written: 3/12/2010

Why Not Try?

What if everything you wanted was here?

What if everything you needed was there?

What if there was nothing left to get?

Would you still care?

What if your thoughts were really real?

What if the darkness made you feel: alive…infinite…vast?

The endless possibilities.

What if the light were always right?

What if you still can’t see your light?

What if you never had a dream?

What if your life was in between?

Why not try?

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Warm Winter Day – A Poem by Dante Carmelo Cullari

Warm Winter Day

As the leaves blow by,
The sky’s eye changes colors;
image of the heavens; butterfly, fly by;
picture of the mind;
rewinds time, reminds time,
of simple days;
the simple rays, of light,
taking flight, through the enormous mountains of the sky,
til it reaches a passer by,
who wonders,
“When?”

I wrote this poem when I was 16. I can remember it being fall and me looking outside and seeing the leaves blow around, and this popped into my head. I think I wrote it on a napkin at my kitchen table, it hit me that fast. Why I named it Warm Winter Day I have no idea, but it turned out we actually had a couple pretty warms days that year, right around Christmas. Funny how stuff like that works out.

I’ve had this poem published and have won an award for it. It’s definitely one of my favorites. I write a lot of poetry. If I get a good response I may post more in the future. Thanks for listening!

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Def Poetry’s Lamont Carey Performs Moving Poem for Baltimore City Middle School Youth

City Aces Inner City Youth Motivation Program – Lamont Carey Poem:

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Music Without Labels & Beat-Play Interview With Jaway

Give us some background. Where are you from originally, where are you now, how did you get there?

I’m from Liberia, West Africa, but I’ve lived in Los Angeles, California for the last six years. I fled from a very bloody and destructive civil war to make a better life for myself and to help my family.  It’s kind of funny—I never intended to pursue a career in music even though I grew up singing in a church choir. In fact, my mom still directs that choir. When I got to Los Angeles, my only goal was to pursue a career in business. But I’m also an athlete and I like to stay fit, so I go to the gym a lot. Anyhow, one afternoon I was singing in the locker room at the gym, not knowing anyone else was there. But in fact another gym member overheard me and assumed I was a professional singer. When he asked me about my next performance, I laughed. I told him I had no upcoming performances because I was not a professional vocalist. He gave me this weird look and said, “So what are you doing in LA, then?” Before I could answer, he said, “Look, son, I think you have a natural talent, but don’t take my word for it. Let me introduce you to a friend of mine who’s been a vocal coach for the longest time. Listen to what she has to say then decide what you want to do.” I took his advice and here I am now. 

What Genre would you classify yourself as?

My music crosses Pop, World, and Adult Contemporary. 

What is it that drove you to pursue a career in music, and what it is that drives you individually as a musician or a band?

Most of all, my passion for the craft. The challenge of seeing the start, development, and completion of a song. The thought process, persistence and dedication needed to put all the pieces together so that a song will transcend the ordinary but also make sense to the next person.  The fact that I can share my thoughts and feelings through this medium still amazes me.  What drives me as a musician? Like my song “Feeling” says, I got a feeling in my soul that’s running twenty miles a minute. A feeling that has taken a serious hold of me and won’t let go. And believe me I’ve tried. But no matter what I do, it’s always there. I’ve come to realize that this is me and has always been for as long as I can remember. Like another one of my songs, “But U,” says, “Don’t try to be no one else but you,” because it won’t work. It just won’t work because you can only be you—so here I am. 

What struggles have you faced with having your music heard and getting your name recognized by outside markets?

Hummm, where should I start? Seriously, being an independent unknown artist says it all. It’s difficult getting on the radio, getting paid gigs in LA, getting promotion and advertising, weeding through the people who talk lots of game and connects but have none, weeding through the real and the fake, getting the music to the right people. The list goes on and on. This is because indie artists are still up against the labels with all the money and connects. However, you have to continuously seek the way. It takes a lot of work, time, and energy but you have no choice—especially if you want to make a living in this game. And, yes, unfortunately that’s what it is to some people, a game. But, I’m doing what I can through friends (grassroots marketing), social networks, word of mouth, and a medium like this interview. Hopefully, all that effort will kick things off.  You see, I appreciate this interview so much because it’s a great way to get the word out there. So thanks very much to Music Without Labels for this opportunity. And those of you who are reading this, please help spread the word about my music. I greatly appreciate it and promise you won’t be disappointed.  
 

What kinds of things do you do to promote yourself?           

Charity begins at home and ends abroad. As I mentioned above, I started with my friends and asked them to share my music with their friends. Social networks like Facebook, twitter, Myspace, etc. Go into your individual communities. You take every opportunity to perform; you do fliers and post them everywhere you can. Also, I always ask friends for help as well as ideas because you never know. These are just a few of the things I’ve found that you can do yourself, and you build on that. 

Is there a predominant message you hope to get across in your songs?

The most important message is to care for, love, share with and help one another. This will definitely make our world a much better place and alleviate most of our problems. I can guarantee you that.  

What are your thoughts on the future of the music industry and where it’s going?

The future is very promising because artists now have more control over their craft and the fans will benefit from the variety. The industry as we know it—big record labels—will be gone or change dramatically because of the new tools and media that are becoming available to artists. 

Are you currently unsigned, and do you plan on staying independent?

Yes, right now I’m unsigned.  Ultimately, the opportunities presented to me by a major label will determine my decision on whether to go that direction. 

What are your reasons for being an independent artist?

I’m smiling because at this point I have no choice, but the big advantage to me of this situation is the control I have over my music and my image and how they’re presented. 

Who are some of your favorite artists?

Maxwell, Seal, Luther Vandross, Jason Mratz, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Boyz II Men, Neyo, James Ingram, Beyonce, Bob Marley, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, just to name a few. 

Do you ever feel that people will be missing out on your music because you are not signed to a major record label?

Some people may miss out on it because I’m not signed to a major label—but I’m trying to overcome that by reaching out in various ways—like this interview—to connect my music with people I’ll never meet. I hope I succeed because I believe almost everybody can relate to my lyrics even though we all have different tastes in music. 

What would you say if I told you that there’s a new force in Independent Music that will give you all of the power of the Major Labels and more, while at the same time giving you complete control over all aspects of your musical career, and you will never have to sign a thing?

I’d say I need to be connected to that new force ASAP. 

And you would have access to the world’s first ever audio component auction, where pieces of songs are sold off at auction prices to be repurposed in other songs.  What kind of impact do you think that would have on your music?

Potentially a very big impact, especially in regard to opportunities for collaboration, different types of exposure, opportunities to work with different people and genres, as well as opportunities for new revenue streams. 

The only catch is you have to choose to use it to your benefit, or not.

I’d like to hope that any benefit I gain in terms of promoting my music is also in some way a benefit to everyone who hears my music and message. 

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Amazing Lyricist!

Check out this vid from MWL Artist Emmanuel Jackson.

His lyrics are poetry and his delivery is incredible.

You’re looking at a great right here..and he is

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