Miley Cyrus Strips Down Naked, Wears Metallic Body Paint For Future’s ‘real And True’ Music Video
A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs ‘Duke’ reveals the music behind Ellington Bill Desowitz, Special for USA TODAY 2 p.m. EDT October 19, 2013 Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout Sony USA TODAY Rating Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout follows up his acclaimed Louis Armstrong biography (Pops) with a thorough and fascinating portrait of the greatest jazz composer of the 20th century, Duke Ellington (1899-1974). Teachout peeks behind Ellington’s elegant if enigmatic persona, explores the strengths and weaknesses of his celebrated musical craft in great technical detail (which might be frustrating to follow for the casual reader) and offers a larger African-American perspective. Best-known for such standards as Sophisticated Lady, Mood Indigo, Take the A-Train, It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing and Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Ellington helped popularize jazz around the world with simple yet dynamic melodies. Although he had a voracious appetite for food, drink and women, he lived for his music and was in his prime in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. He let nothing distract him: composing, recording and performing with a talented if temperamental band (progressing from the Cotton Club to Carnegie Hall). The son of a butler and genteel, churchgoing mother, Ellington grew up pampered in a middle-class neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Indeed, his stylish dress and “princely” manner earned him the nickname “Duke” as a youngster. He was drawn to ragtime and played piano at dances and parties before moving to Harlem in 1923 at the height of the cultural renaissance. Ellington wasn’t formally trained or even well-versed in classical music, so he found it difficult to write hummable tunes or structurally develop themes with any complexity. But he could meld together disparate musical fragments from his band members’ solo performances, mastering a “mosaic method of composition.” While not a flagrant plagiarist, Ellington still took most of the credit. Ellington’s best collaborator, though, was Billy Strayhorn, a young, talented, classically trained composer, who represented the musical refinement that Ellington sought.
To me, those are the experts. Im a little embarrassed by that label. I have never looked at this music as scholarship. I guess my mind remembers a lot of things about the people I met and the music I played. I consider myself a professional spectator. Folk music, he added, reflects what is going on at the moment, and that is always changing. What was happening in the 1960s made it a natural period for folk music to come up and be as popular as it was. Now we dont have pop folk music on the charts. But what is happening in folk music today is much more exciting than in the 1960s. People in the field are more talented, and theyre in it because they want to be, not because it is a fad. Mr. Cerri started the World Folk Music Association with singer-songwriter Tom Paxton in 1982, and Mr. Cerri served as its president for much of its existence.
Dick Cerri, folk-music radio host in D.C. area
This time, she is featured in a music video with rapper Future. Cyrus is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to her expression of music, and her latest project with rapper Future doesn’t disappoint. The 20-year-old songstress strips down naked to portray an alien for his video for “Real and True,” a track featuring Cyrus on his forthcoming album, “Honest.” Dan Steinberg/Invision for Epic Records/AP Images Miley Cyrus strips down and is coverd in body paint on the set of Future’s new music video for ‘Real and True.’ While the “We Can’t Stop” singer’s nudity is masked by metallic body pant, the photos released Wednesday give a clear sneak peek of what is to come in the futuristic clip. RELATED: MILEY CYRUS THANKS LIAM HEMSWORTH IN NEW ALBUM DEDICATIONS Cyrus’ collaboration with Future was a returned favor, as he is featured on Cryus’ new album, “Bangerz, in the emotional track “My Darlin.'” “We got a lot of great records, and it all came from conversation and having a nice vibe,” Future explained in an interview with MTV. Frank Micelotta/Invision for Epic Records/AP Images Future and Miley Cyrus behind the scenes of his new music video for ‘Real and True,’ which will be on his album ‘Honest.’ RELATED: MILEY CYRUS BREAKS SILENCE ON BROKEN ENGAGEMENT TO LIAM HEMSWORTH “Whenever she allowed me in her personal life through conversation, I tried to take that vibe and go to the booth. I told her, ‘You’ve gotta embrace your fears. If something’s bothering you, you’ve gotta run toward it. If you’re crying about it, you need to cry till you can’t cry anymore. If you try to hold it back, then it’s gonna eat you up. But if you embrace [it], the music moves.'” “The songs I did with her [are] very touching,” he added about their meaningful jams. RELATED: MILEY CYRUS’ ‘BANGERZ’ HITS NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD TOP 200 CHART “Certain days it’s about money, partying and vibing, and some days [it’s about needing] somebody to stand by you and hold you down. Certain days you wanna know if the love that you’re with is really true, and one song we got is basically around all those subject matters.” “Bangerz” debuted at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Top 200 album chart, outselling the opening week numbers of Cyrus last album, 2010’s “Can’t Be Tamed.”