All posts tagged: ballads

A Bio of Country Ballads & Boisterous Song

A Bio of Country Ballads & Boisterous Song

  A complicated man who sometimes seemed full of contradictions, Johnny Cash was nevertheless dedicated to the people and convictions he held dear to his heart. Rising from humble Arkansas beginnings, Cash would make his mark in the music world, creating a career full of accolades that spanned much of the 20th century and into the 21st. Releasing new music right up until his death (and even after), Cash continues to inspire fellow musicians and fans alike with the iconic impact of a sometimes tumultuous life.   A Modest Start Johnny Cash in front of his childhood home. Source: Johnny Cash Heritage Festival   Born February 26, 1932, in the midst of the Great Depression, John R. Cash grew up in a struggling farm family. Known as J.R. to his loved ones, Cash had six siblings. When he was three, his parents, Ray and Carrie, moved their children to Dyess, Arkansas to take advantage of a New Deal program that offered families farmland. There, Cash lived out his childhood in a five-room home, farming 20 …

What Made ‘I’m Just Ken’ So Lovable at the Oscars

What Made ‘I’m Just Ken’ So Lovable at the Oscars

Ryan Gosling’s performance of “I’m Just Ken” was the most lovable Oscars music moment in years. Patrick T. Fallon / AFP / Getty March 11, 2024, 10:22 AM ET Must songs written for movies be serious? Each year the Oscar for Best Original Song nominations over-index on hushed ballads and motivational anthems—music that’s built sturdily, predictably, for utilitarian purposes. “I’m Just Ken,” the Barbie track performed by the actor Ryan Gosling, takes that tradition and skews it. Part piano confessional and part prog-metal rockout, it’s a deeply silly song about self-seriousness. Last night’s rendition of it was an irony-meets-sincerity cyclone of the highest order, making for the most lovable Oscars music moment in years. Beginning his act while seated in the audience, with a cowboy hat obscuring his impossibly angled features, Gosling was in character as the woebegone Ken, a macho hunk doomed to play beta in the toy netherworld of Barbie. He sang over the shoulder of his co-star Margot Robbie, who was not in character. She let out a genuine-seeming giggle, which set …

The moment I knew: on Christmas Day, we screamed 90s ballads into each other’s faces | Dating

The moment I knew: on Christmas Day, we screamed 90s ballads into each other’s faces | Dating

We met in the most cliched way possible: we sat next to each other at the wedding of mutual friends in 2019. Jared on my left, a negroni and a glass of champagne in front of us both, and friends who were “in on it” all around us. I’d been given a heads-up about the seating plan a few weeks earlier and I still remember how sweaty my palms were as I approached the table. Jared looked up and smiled the best smile I’d ever seen. Luckily for us it was a three-day wedding, and our friends proved to be excellent matchmakers – to say we hit it off would be an understatement. Back in Sydney a few thousand text messages and a handful of dates followed, strung out across the next few months. Despite our obvious and instant chemistry, I was slightly on the fence (or at least pretending to be) for reasons as vapid as “He’s too nice” and “Do I want to date someone I’ve been set up with?” But anyone who …