Brent Faulkner

Slightly eccentric with interests that seem to know no ends, restless ‘Renaissance Man’ is the best way to characterize Brent Faulkner, a native of Kentucky. A certified music educator, multi-instrumentalist, and composer known for his incredibly sharp ear, he lives and breathes music of a variety of styles. In addition to passion for educating, performing, and writing music, he’s equally passionate blogging and writing about it, managing his own site, The Musical Hype. When he’s not intensely analyzing music, you can find him reading or watching a movie, reality television or some sporting event

Ex-Factor – Lauryn Hill

22 August 2018

“Loving you is like a battle / And we both end up with scars.”  The push and pull of love is a topic tailor-made for musical atonement.  Hip-hop/R&B artist Lauryn Hill sealed her spot as a musical icon with just one studio album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.  Released in 1998, it is the perfect example of a timeless album…

The Palace – Father John Misty

14 August 2018

“But I don’t wanna leave the palace / Let’s pay someone to move in here and fix this.” The hardships are substantial for Josh Tillman, better known as Father John Misty.  Clearly, on the extremely slow, gorgeous, and haunting balladry of “The Palace,” the alternative singer/songwriter has reached a breaking point…

Cupid – Ryan Beatty

31 July 2018

“And when we get older / And y’all break up someday / And this is not a secret…” Secrets? Ah, the plight of love is in full effect on “Cupid,” a slick, urban-pop gem from California pop artist Ryan Beatty.  The former teen-pop artist, now fully-grown, joins a wave of artists bravely opening up and being honest about their sexuality…

Only Love – Mary J. Blige

27 July 2018

On her spirited single “Only Love,” Mary J. Blige eschews pain in favor of lacing up her dancing shoes, and basking in the sheer jubilance of love.  Throughout a truly illustrious career, the Grammy-winning R&B singer/songwriter has worn her emotions on her sleeve…

Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore – Marlon Williams

27 July 2018

“What am I going to do when you’re in trouble / And you don’t call out for me,” New Zealand singer/songwriter Marlon Williams sings on the final verse of “Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore.”…