MY WEEK – MY MUSIC – THE OSCAR EDITION

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AWOPBAMBOOM, Volume 104 – Music News and Notes for Fellow Travelers

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Hello and thank you once again for tuning into AWOPBAMBOOM here on NewsWhistle. This week we congratulate the Oscar winners for best soundtrack and original song, check out the performances given at the award show by Billie Eilish and Eminem, and more!

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MUSIC AT THE OSCARS

Congrats to Hildur Guðnadóttir and Elton John and Bernie Taupin for winning best original soundtrack and best original song, respectively. Both films/artists also won awards for the same categories at the Golden Globes. Check out our previous coverage on what separated these nominees from the rest here on NewWhistle.

Here’s Guðnadóttir’s acceptance speech.

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Elton John also performed his award-winning song at the Oscars, and again, the song is loud in personality and a joyous and raucous cheerleading anthem for the successful and those working towards success.

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Billie Eilish performed the Beatles’ “Yesterday,” in tribute to all of those in the film industry who have passed away over the last year. Eilish sings a somber and lonely “Yesterday” while her brother, Finneas, provides her melancholy company on piano.

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Eminem surprised the Oscars with his performance of “Lose Yourself.” The rapper had won best original song for the hit from 8 Mile eighteen years ago but didn’t show because he didn’t think he’d win. You can see from the video that almost everybody in the crowd knows the lyrics to one of the Rap God’s best.

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Eminem also released an album last month, Music to be Murdered By. A sample of Alfred Hitchcock’s album of the same name describes it as “rude music in a jugular vein.” Eminem is as quick and cutting as a butterfly knife; he lyrically eviscerates anything extending itself into his way. “Darkness” explores the dark and decrepit depths of the solipsistic mind of the Las Vegas shooter. “Godzilla” is a brute force rampage reminiscent of a certain green lizard; Eminem has yet to slow down with age. The entire album is brooding, tormented, and well, murderous, as another Hitchcock sample describes it as music “meant to be listened to for your pleasure while you’re being done in.”

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AWAY FROM THE OSCARS 

Meek Mill released a single, “Believe,” in collaboration with Justin Timberlake. The song is musical motivation, encouraging those of us who struggle to believe in ourselves. Mill raps emphatically, sharing his own struggles and insights with us, “Let’s play it smart, ’cause we ain’t playin’ checkers, this is chess, play your pawns/ Sit back like a king, when they move, make your mark /And never ever let your competition take your heart (Take your heart).” Timberlake’s chorus supports Mill’s verses with uplifting and bright powerhouse vocals, “You can break my body/But you can’t lock the soul of a man down.”

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ABOUT GUY JAMES

Guy James is the pen name of Guy DeMarco, a young writer on the rise. He can be reached with music ideas and story suggestions at guy@newswhistle.com.

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PHOTO CREDIT

From the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:

Event: 92nd Oscars® Portraits

Date: 02/10/2020

Caption: “Oscar® winners Elton John and Bernie Taupin during the 92nd Oscars® on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre® in Hollywood, CA, televised live by the ABC Television Network.”

Keywords: 92nd Oscars®

Credit: Jeff Lipsky / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Oscar® winners Elton John and Bernie Taupin during the 92nd Oscars® on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre® in Hollywood, CA, televised live by the ABC Television Network.