Archive | May, 2009

Warm temps, sunshine mean end of friendship – for now

17 May

This column originally ran in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

 BY SHEENA BARNETT

Now that spring’s almost here, I’m slowly saying good bye to a dear friend: My bright yellow jacket.

Like Little Red Riding Hood’s, well, little red riding hood, or Adam Sandler’s red-hooded sweatshirt, my yellow jacket is almost an extension of my personality. OK, so it’s really bright and happy-looking, something I don’t think I am. And it was cheap – $50 but on sale for $7, and I can’t say I’m cheap. Nevertheless, I happen to love this jacket. 

Why? Well, this jacket saved my life once.

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Cowboy ready to light up Oxford stage

17 May

This story originally ran in the Feb. 2008 Scene section of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

BY SHEENA BARNETT

Scene

Ryan Bingham and band

Ryan Bingham and band

OXFORD – “I’ve been a desperado in West Texas so long, I need a change,” sings Ryan Bingham, his voice full of the dirt and grit he’s swallowed during his years as a bull rider and son of a ranching family.

 

Seems like these days, anyone can throw on a cowboy hat, add a little twang to their voice and sing about lovin’ and leavin’ and be called a country music singer. Few of them have lived the wandering lifestyle, actually roped cows or rode bulls – but Bingham has.

Bingham, 25, grew up with his ranching family in West Texas and New Mexico, sings his blend of country and rock ‘n’ roll with a voice that sounds as twice as old as it is. His voice and lyrics all come naturally, he said.

“I was living down in Laredo, Texas. I was about 16 or 17, and my mama bought me a guitar,” he said in a phone interview. “I was still going to rodeos, and then I’d sit in the backseat and make up songs with my buddies…we’d have parties in parking lots and then we’d go to bars and stuff and come in and play the songs we’d been making up. The people in the bars started asking me to come back.”

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A few rules mean better time at concerts

17 May

This column originally ran in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

BY SHEENA BARNETT

Daily Journal

I admit, I’m a concert nazi.

I’ve been to many shows, and I’ve hit the major genres, from rap to metal to country to pop. I’ve been in all kinds of venues, from smoky honky tonks to pulsating clubs to huge, airy amphitheaters.

Concerts are my favorite thing; they are where I’m most comfortable and where I feel most myself.

But if I’m near someone who has no idea how to go to a concert, it all but ruins the show for me.

So, to ensure that I and other concert-goers have a good time, here are some ground rules for attending a concert.

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Catch up on some Girl Talk

17 May

This story orginally ran in the Scene section of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal  in February 2009.

BY SHEENA BARNETT

Scene

OXFORD – These days, it’s hard to impress music fans who have heard it all before.

That is, until Girl Talk arrived on the scene.

Girl Talk

Girl Talk

Gregg Gillis, better known in the music world as Girl Talk, has the music world buzzing with his albums created almost entirely from samples. To say his records are simply mash-ups made from other artists’ music is to sell it short, though; Gillis meticulously pieces other songs together to craft cohesive dance music, which usually sounds nothing like the samples used to craft his songs. 

Girl Talk’s latest record, “Feed the Animals,” uses more than 300 samples in about 50 minutes.

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‘I Saw the Light’

13 May

Been thinking about this for a couple of weeks now, but it actually hit me as an Actual Topic the other day.

Our online editor asked me if it was OK by me if he asked a Christian music DJ to blog on our Web site. He said he thought I could write about Christian music, but that someone who actually works for an Actual Christian Station would have a better perspective on it.

I agreed. My relationship with contemporary Christian music isn’t exactly great, and it’s not a genre I’m itching to get to know it better.

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