There is a part of me that wants to open up to you, reader, and spew out what Anthony Bourdain, as his public persona as a writer, chef and CNN show shaker, meant to me. That story form has been regurgitated by various authors, fans, and friends since his death by suicide in 2019, so… Continue reading anthony’s favorite song →
What a better time to start posting again on the only sound than the month of May, Mental Health Awareness Month. May, the month when the United States can collectively recognize through the means of posting, sharing, retweeting and regurgitating on social media the importance of maintaining the hygiene of one’s brain. May, the month… Continue reading the awareness illusion →
Radical honesty only: When I started the only sound, I had no detailed ideas of what it would be, how often I’d post, what I’d write, or where I’d go from there. However, I promised myself that if I didn’t feel compelled to write, I wouldn’t do it. I didn’t want the only sound to… Continue reading seasons change →
Happy Another-Shaping-Up-To-Be-A-Full-On-Catastrophically-Historic New Year. We’re not even two weeks into 2021, and action is already being taken on what’s long been ignored this year. I found myself at the start of the new year binge watching the work-from-home performance Phoebe Bridgers did of her song “Kyoto” for The Late Late Show with James Corden. This… Continue reading the things we put off →
What am absolute dumpster fire year, but what a golden year for music. Whether it is because the year’s releases were fantastic and/or some of us have more time to dedicate listening to albums due to excess time COVID has blessed us with, there is a popularly held sentiment that this year was a great… Continue reading the best 8 albums of 2020 →
Growing up, my mom and I did a lot of holiday shopping together. We would pop from one brightly lit, frenetic department store to another. With gift giving as our love language, my mother and I feel most like ourselves and suspect we were injected with some merry saline solution in our sleep during this… Continue reading why christmas music is going to thrive in 2020 →
I’ve been running on steam. We’ve all been running on steam. And now? Steam? I hardly know her. I’m keeping this short. I debated posting at all, but in an alley-oop fashion, I felt compelled to to stress the importance of rest. No matter who you are, you’ve worked hard this year. Whether you have… Continue reading rest and relief →
I hate when someone says, “I’m not political and don’t pay attention to the news”I hate the idea that some people think politics can be turned on and off in any situation like a light switch.I hate the notion that our current moment can be separated from, well, anything. When I started this project, I… Continue reading the bonds between popular culture, politics and mental health →
By Dylan Schaum @DD_wackness The music from the 1990s desired to be about representation. The sentiment followed the subjects of experimentation of the 1970s and the spectacle of the 1980s found in music. Barriers around race and gender started to rightfully shed off the music and art deemed popular. The demographic of those who spoke… Continue reading the missed representation of grunge →
Amy Winehouse is a household name in my life. I’ve been transfixed by Winehouse’s soulful voice since I heard “Rehab” almost fourteen years ago. Winehouse delivered honest and blunt lyrics with a smooth razzle that is not just notable, but praiseful. Winehouse’s talent, personal history of mental illness and substance disorder, and tragic death at… Continue reading how far we haven’t come →
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