1/14/22 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Adele – Oh My God

Adele has started 2022 with a bang by releasing the music video for Oh My God, which is rife with symbolism and metaphors.The most obvious reference is to the Garden of Eden with the video’s inclusion of apples, a snake and ring lights styled like halos. Continue reading

1/13/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Michael Jackson’s Earth Song

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Earth Song is the third single from Michael Jackson’s album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. The ballad incorporates elements of blues, gospel and opera. Jackson had a long-standing history of releasing socially conscious material such as We Are the World, Man in the Mirror and Heal the World. However, Earth Song was the first that overtly dealt with the environment and animal welfare.   Continue reading

1/8/21 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Janet Jackson – The Velvet Rope Tour: Live In Concert

The Velvet Rope Tour was the third concert tour by Janet Jackson. Launched in support of her sixth studio album The Velvet Rope (1997), the tour visited Europe, North America, Japan, New Zealand, Africa, and Australia. Jackson was inspired to create an autobiographical show using theatrical elements portraying her struggle with depression and self-esteem. Continue reading

1/4/22 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Lil Nas X on Montero

Lil Nas X had a hit with his breakout single Old Town Road, about a horse-loving hip hop cowboy. But for his debut album, Lil Nas X wrote songs about his real life as a gay man, and called the album by his real first name, Montero. The multiple-Grammy-nominee talked with correspondent Tracy Smith about reinventing himself, as his true self. Continue reading

9/28/21 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY:SZA – The Anonymous One “Soundtrack”

SZA is a Neosoul artist from St.Louis,Missouri,she began making music in 2010, releasing two extended plays See.SZA.Run and S before signing with the Hip Hop record label Top Dawg Entertainment, through which she released Z, her third EP and first retail release. Continue reading

8/9/21 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You

I Will Always Love You and originally recorded in 1973 by Dolly Parton. Her  country version of the track was released in 1974 as a single and was written as a farewell to her former business partner and mentor of seven years, Porter Wagoner, following Parton’s decision to leave The Porter Wagoner Show and pursue a solo career. Continue reading

5/6/21 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Keri Hilson ft. Kanye West, Ne-Yo – Knock You Down

Knock You Down is by R&B artist Keri Hilson, recorded for her debut album, In a Perfect World. The song features Ne-Yo and Kanye West. All three artists co-wrote the song with its producer Nate Danja Hills, as well as Kevin Cossom and Marcella Aracia. Continue reading

3/18/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Chris Brown – Say Goodbye

Say Goodbye by R&B artist Chris Brown.Released on August 8, 2006, from his self titled debut album, the song is also featured in the movie Step Up. It became Chris Brown’s third top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number ten on October 31, 2006 and the second single of his career to top the R&B charts. Continue reading