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Nadia Elkharadly: Covers

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2013 by segarini

Nadia LogoOne of the easiest ways for a band or artist to reach out to or appeal to new fans is with covers.  It’s a no brainer really; you take a song that people who may have never heard you play a note, play it, and watch the reaction.  The response is pretty much the same every time; a slow glimmer of recognition, a lightbulb moment (hey! I know that song), and pretty soon you have the crowd singing right along with you.  It’s the ultimate inclusive force, and it’s a powerful tool for musicians.  I firmly believe up and coming bands should keep a cover or two in their set list, just to draw fans into them.  I, like everyone else on this planet who gives a shit about music, love a good cover tune.

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Roxanne Tellier: Pet Sounds

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2013 by segarini

Roxanne“The Internet is a lot like ancient Egypt: people writing on walls and worshipping cats.” Cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, horses, hedgehogs … you name it. The supply of animal pictures seems to be limitless. And nothing can draw an “awww” out of even the most hardened grouch’s mouth quicker than the sight of a tiny, helpless, pink-mouthed baby anything. We are helpless before their innocent charms.

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Nadia Elkharadly: 2012 – A year of musical discovery

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2012 by segarini

Nadia LogoI’m going to open this column with a very cliché statement:  I can’t believe the year is nearly over!  While it may be cliché, it’s true – 2012 has flown by!  And with the passing of another year comes a time to reminisce about musical discoveries past, and this year there were many.  This isn’t a standard “Best of the year” list.  I’m not sticking to just bands or live shows; there is so much more to music, and specifically to LOVING music than that.  So in no particular order here are some of my most memorable musical discoveries of 2012.

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Nadia Elkharadly: Music and Fashion

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2012 by segarini

Music and fashion are two things that have always interested me.  Before I started writing about music, I wrote the occasional piece for local online magazine Toronto Street Fashion, and I really enjoyed it.  So when it was pointed out to me recently that I tend to include the occasional fashion commentary in my music reviews, I wasn’t all that surprised.  To me, music and fashion are two forms of self-expression that go hand in hand.

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Nadia Elkharadly: My Birthday Wish List

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2011 by segarini

On November 14th at 2:35am (as my mother keeps reminding me), in 1980, just over yonder at Toronto’s St Joseph’s hospital, I made my first appearance into this world.  Yesterday was the 31st anniversary of that illustrious day.  The past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to treat myself to a vacation for my birthday.  Last year it was a week in Los Angeles, the year before it was Geneva.  But this year…I bought a condo.  So I’m going to spend my brainpower that would have been used for trip planning, for dreaming of the perfect birthday treats I wish I could get for myself.  Now this is NOT a list of things to get me, you can find that on my gift registry at the LCBO.

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Nadia Elkharadly: The Musical Time Machine

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2011 by segarini

There are few things in this world that are capable of evoking such an intense response as music.  It inspires happiness, sadness, fear, hope, every emotion possible.  It sets a mood, it creates an atmosphere. It brings back memories, and it helps make new ones.  And sometimes, music can even take a person back in time.  The old becomes new again, new can become old.  Young artists from all over are dusting off the old standards and pulling inspiration from times long gone, often from even before they were born.  Older musicians see value in the music of those who admired them.  The results are, in a word, AWESOME.  Here are some of the bands and musicians that are doing exactly this, and doing it really, really well.

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