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POP INTERVIEW: CALLmeKAT Chats Music…Meee-ow!

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Born in Denmark, Katrine Ottosen, discovered music on an old piano. Nowadays, she goes by CALLmeKAT.

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“In the beginning where it was only myself in my own bedroom, it was definitely more minimal and later we were only my friend Daniel and I in his studio with our collection of vintage keyboards, a drum kit and his computer it was more mixed with some drum loops and computer stuff whereas now there is no looping or midi-instruments at all. It is actually a dogma for the new album: no loops, no midi!” she said via e-mail. “The songwriting process is a very intuitive process for me, that i like to pursue in loneliness. I write best when I can let the thoughts flow. It’s usually the sort of thing where I take off in something very near and real and then I weave my imagination into the equation and go to a more abstract place that doesn’t have to have a connection to something in real life. I like that mix. My favorite keyboard is the small Casio SK-1 that I sample my voice into and play with the right hand during my live shows! “

“I think there are stories all the time, living a life like this. It is really a great trip with all it’s ups and downs. One of the best things about a life like this is that I know some amazing people because of music, through music, etc. Some of my dearest, closest friends I’ve met through music and a lot of the people I admire mostly on an artistic level I met through my life as a touring musician. That is a gift and I feel lucky because of knowing them. Especially I’m in awe of Joe Magistro (producer/drummer) and Sara Lee (bass), who I worked with closely for my new album. They rock my world! Also the other members of my band Carsten Skov (vibraphone) and Daniel Fridell (keyboards) inspire me a lot, with their amazing musicianship and natural feel for sonic beauty.”

Life is nothing but a series of individual discoveries. “I think there are stories all the time, living a life like this,” she said. “It is really a great trip with all it’s ups and downs. One of the best things about a life like this is that I know some amazing people because of music, through music, etc. Some of my dearest, closest friends I’ve met through music and a lot of the people I admire mostly on an artistic level I met through my life as a touring musician. That is a gift and I feel lucky because of knowing them. Especially I’m in awe of Joe Magistro (producer/drummer) and Sara Lee (bass), who I worked with closely for my new album. They rock my world! Also the other members of my band Carsten Skov (vibraphone) and Daniel Fridell (keyboards) inspire me a lot, with their amazing musicianship and natural feel for sonic beauty. I love listening to music that is pretty far away from what I do, like: Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Bob Dylan. I get nostalgic for music from before my own time because the bands were so GOOD! They played together. In a room. Real music. I’m just very much liking that for when I listen to music.”

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‘Baby Shark’ Is Back With A New Song About Hand Washing

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Washing your hands is something we should all doo doo doo doo doo.

Back before we were afraid of what infectious germs might be crawling on our hands there was a dance craze that swept the nation. The “Baby Shark” phenomenon, which had dancers recreating different sharks with their hands, grew wildly popular in 2019, racking up over 5 billion views on YouTube and even reached number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100. While the catchy, little ear worm is definitely hard to un-hear, the latest coronavirus-related rendition is using it’s memorable lyrics to emphasize the importance of hand washing. That’s right, PinkFong has just released an appropriately-timed sequel entitled “Wash Your Hands.”

The song is meant to encourage children to wash their hands, which in the midst of this pandemic could not be more important. The updated lyrics are a perfect step by step guide for little fishies everywhere:

“Grab some soap, doo doo doo doo doo”

“Rub your hands, doo doo doo doo doo”

“Rinse your hands, doo doo doo doo doo.”

“Cover your sneeze, doo doo doo doo doo”

“Cough into your elbow, doo doo doo doo doo.”

While I am sure I will have this tune stuck in my head until quarantine is up, it is nice to see creative solutions for some troubling issues. Take a listen to the song below and WASH YOUR HANDS!

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JoJo Remixes Hit Song To Warn You To “Chill (Stay In)”

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Sure we all are itching to leave (get out) of our houses right now but pop singer JoJo reminds us why that isn’t a good idea.

In 2004 you couldn’t turn on the radio or listen to your friend’s illegally download playlist without hearing JoJo’s angst-filled lyrics about a romance gone south. That’s right, “Leave (Get Out)” was the pop single that swept the nation and skyrocketed JoJo’s career. Well during these times of social distancing and self-quarantining the pop singer has changed her tune. JoJo tik-took to Tik Tok to release an updated version of her big hit now entitled “Chill (Stay In).

The fun remix contains new lyrics urging fans to stay indoors and away from others amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She sings “I never thought corona could be such a nasty bitch. But now that she’s here boy all I want is for you use common sense. Stay in (no!) right now, do it for humanity!”

 

@iamjojoofficialChill (Stay In) ##happyathome ##fypage ##fyp♬ original sound – iamjojoofficial

The 1-minute snippet is just a tease according to JoJo, who promises a full version to be available for streaming sometime soon. You’ll remember this isn’t the first time the pop star has re-recorded her music. After her initial rise to fame, JoJo made it clear that she was not exactly happy with the sound of her early music. On her 28th birthday in 2018 she announced the re-release of her debut and sophomore albums with all new re-recorded vocals and production to reflect her more authentic vibe.

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VIDEO: “Quarantine With Me” Is The Perfect Song For Social Distancing

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“You can put your hand in mine…once you washed it for the recommended 20 seconds time” is just the first line of this comically informative, coronavirus-themed ballad.

They say “necessity is the mother of invention.” Well, you may not have known you needed a coronavirus-themed ballad but once you hear it, your quarantine will never be the same.  David Sikabwe, a 22-year-old student at UT Austin, took to Twitter to give a little corona-concert with a charming song he wrote entitled “Quarantine With Me.” The song is oddly beautiful while still chock filled with good information about staying healthy during the global pandemic.

When speaking with Mashable, Sikabwe said the reasoning behind writing the song was sort of random:

“The song was really just a random idea I had. There are a lot of songs written about staying home with someone you care about like ‘Nothing’ by Bruno Mars an ‘Do You Wanna Do Nothing with Me’ by Lawrence. I figured that sentiment had a special significance with the looming specter of this disease.”

Hope this song helps bring some levity to your quarantine. Be sure to share with friends…FROM A SAFE DISTANCE!

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