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New Music: Morning Sun & The Essentials

The song above is “Canopy.”

This is from the band’s Facebook page:

Singers Phil Grajko and Michel Aubertin met in an NYC studio in the summer of 2010. Within ten minutes, they were jamming out to a duet of Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up.” Within a week, they were laying the groundwork for what would become their debut EP Love Agenda, and recruiting a band to back them up. Morning Sun & The Essentials was born.

Grajko, born and raised in upstate NY, and Aubertin, a native of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, couldn’t come from more opposite cultures, yet when they’re voices lock, you’d swear they’d been singing together since birth. It is this unity and bond that is at the heart of Morning Sun’s message and unique sound: Though seemingly separate, we are all one.

With unforgettable melodies and uplifting lyrics, Morning Sun & The Essentials are bringing a new energy to the classic reggae vibration. Keep your eyes open, the fire is growing.


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Here’s What’s Here

The Daily Music Break explores every genre of music, from hip hop to opera. It's simple: Boundaries are dumb. It's all good. Here is more about the site and here is our index:

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.


What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.


The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.