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Alex Alavi is Stuck in the Middle of “A Scream and a Song”

When we think about the songwriting of artists like Bob Dylan what has always stood out are the deeply personal lyrics that reflect our personal selves as much as society around us. In addition, there is a simple elegance within the orchestration that requires the listener to hear what the song is about at its core, rather than what studio recording and production techniques are currently in fashion. This intimate connection between songwriter and listener is apparent on the recordings of Alex Alavi, including his latest release “A Scream and a Song.” Below is the official music video featuring footage filmed during a pre-quarantine road trip that took place last year. For more by Alex Alavi, including his cover of Beatles hit “Let It Be,” check him out on Spotify.

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aSanTIS: ‘You Are a Part of the Highest Form of Creation’

Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.

This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”

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