“Sometimes I’m trying to create this amazing world in my songs that’s like, not actually reality,” says Wild Pink’s John Ross. Photo: Mitchell Wojcik “Nothing ever means nothing,” John Ross declares on “Amalfi,” a song off his band Wild Pink’s fantastic third album, A Billion Little Lights . It could be an unofficial motto for the New York rock trio. From the band’s early EPs and 2017 debut album, Wild Pink has always committed to the idea that details matter, small or otherwise. In his songs, Ross scatters one-off thoughts and lines from conversations across detailed scenes and landscapes, often rendered in just a few lines. Specificity is his strength, whether he’s referencing a landmark or a movie. On A Billion Little Lights , more than ever, that maxim extends to the songs themselves. “I wanted the record to sound as big as it did in my head,” Ross says on a morning phone call. That meant doubling down on the synthesizers and pedal steel that had rooted Wild Pink’s previous album, 2018’s Yolk in the Fur , while incorporating fiddle, saxophone, and backing vocals. The result is a sonic tapestry as rich as the scenes Ross creates in his lyrics. Up close, a single pedal-steel part can astonish; stepping back shows how meticulously it figures into the vast expanse of the larger song. The album as a whole works this way, with the songs flowing into one another: “The Shining but Tropical” already popped and crackled when it arrived as lead single, but it comes in like an explosion after the hushed song before it, “Bigger Than Christmas.” It all amounts to the year’s best rock album so far — and there’s no better time to experience it than today, now that Wild Pink has followed it up with a nother collection of glistening songs, the EP 6 Covers . Some of the choices are clear influences on A Billion Little Lights , from Bruce Springsteen (“When You’re Alone”) to Shane MacGowan and the Popes (“Lonesome Highway”), while others are just plain fun, … [Read more...] about Wild Pink Found Beauty Where it Didn’t Exist to Make 2021’s Best Rock Album
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June 18, 2020 - 11:49 BST Hanna Fillingham Sarah Ferguson took to Instagram to share a photo inside a new room at her home in Royal Lodge, Windsor, where she lives with Prince Andrew Sarah Ferguson has been delighting fans with her daily Instagram posts during the coronavirus pandemic, and they have been getting more and more colourful! The Duchess of York shares pictures from inside her home , Royal Lodge, every afternoon, and most recently she posted an image taken from inside what looks to be the spare room. The mother-of-two had decorated the area with various flower arrangements , stuffed toys and the Union Jack flag . Sarah was sitting on a floral-print chair at a table, and behind her, another larger table covered in a white tablecloth can be seen, with various objects on it, including a polka dot mug and a lamp. A display unit is also visible in the shot, filled with miniature ornaments. SEE: Sarah Ferguson invites fans inside living room at Royal Lodge – with stunning flower display Loading the player... VIDEO: Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew's love story The children's author shares photos each afternoon of herself at home to promote her YouTube channel, Storytime with Fergie and Friends. Sarah reads different stories every day, and has even had some celebrity guests on to read along with her, including Holly Branson and her own daughter Princess Eugenie , who is currently isolating with her parents and husband Jack Brooksbank in Windsor. Sarah Ferguson decorated her room with various flower displays The storytime initiative was thought up by Sarah at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic as a way for her to help children feel reassured during these uncertain times. It has been praised by many famous faces, including Catherine Zeta-Jones. Since launching her new YouTube channel, Sarah has also filmed from the conservatory, revealing white walls, … [Read more...] about Sarah Ferguson shares glimpse inside cluttered room at her and Prince Andrew’s home – and it’s filled with treasures!
September 14, 2020 - 12:38 BST Bridie Wilkins Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds NY home: see where the Gossip Girl and Deadpool star live with their three children. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds live in a home worth £4.3million in the Pound Ridge neighbourhood of New York with their three children, Inez, Betty and James. The couple bought the home in 2012, six months after they started dating, complete with seven bedrooms and six bathrooms across 11.65 acres of space, including an outdoor barn. SEE: Blake Lively reveals rare look inside private family home with Ryan Reynolds They tend to keep it as private as possible, but they have shared a handful of glimpses inside on social media. The living room Loading the player... WATCH: Ryan Reynolds films inside living room Ryan has filmed several videos in what seems to be their living room. It's decorated with wooden panels on the walls, a selection of coordinating sunset photos in brown and black frames, and a white desk lamp at one side. There is also a tall cream floor lamp at the other side. MORE: Inside Jennifer Aniston's incredible living rooms at £24.8million home The building View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ryan Reynolds (@vancityreynolds) on May 8, 2016 at 1:21pm PDT In 2016, Ryan posed for a photo in front of the property alongside his mother. It's built with grey panels, wooden doors, and arched windows with cream frames. Blake and Ryan also have a traditional British telephone box in green on their driveway. The kitchen When Blake posted a photo of Ryan holding her birthday cake, she inadvertently revealed that the kitchen opens out to a separate dining room, with a wooden dining table and the same exposed brick walls and wooden floors. RELATED: 10 of the most incredible celebrity homes seen during lockdown … [Read more...] about Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds’ £4.3million house revealed: see inside
Peter Coyote. Photo: Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic What would a Ken Burns documentary be without its measured, authoritative narration? In The West , The National Parks , Prohibition , The Dust Bowl , The Roosevelts , The Vietnam War , The Mayo Clinic , and now Country Music , actor Peter Coyote delivers hours of often dense, complex text — full of facts, figures, quotes, and grand unifying ideas — in a manner that Burns refers to as “God’s stenographer.” His calm, cowboy-around-a-campfire timbre is basically the voice of America, at least within the orbit of PBS. Generations of kids first met Coyote as the embodiment of authority — he played Keys, the head scientist in E.T. the Extra Terrestrial — but the man himself has lived a Zelig-like life. Growing up as a secular Jew with communist relatives during the McCarthy era, Coyote was an early convert to political activism and the counterculture. “I saw grown-ups weeping in my living room,” he says. “Men and women who were broken by lies the government was telling.” As a young man, he was invited into Kennedy’s White House after staging a protest against nuclear testing during the Cuban missile crisis, threw himself headlong into a decade of drugs, Hell’s Angels, and commune living , narrowly escaped being drafted to Vietnam by pretending to be a cold-blooded marauder, helped run the California State Arts Council for eight years, and then decided to become an actor. These days, he’s also an ordained Zen Buddhist priest. Coyote has lent his voice to a plethora of ads and documentaries over the decades, but his decades-long relationship with Burns is something special. Vulture spoke with both men about Coyote’s unequaled voice, their unique recording process, and how they handle political disagreements. Peter, how did you get into the narration game? Peter Coyote : I was broke after ten years in the counterculture and I needed a way to make some money. I wasn’t an actor at that … [Read more...] about The Golden Voice Behind All Those Ken Burns Documentaries
Geiger and Wilson. Photo: Iris Gottlieb On Switched on Pop , we talk to songwriters and artists about how they make great songs . Most are written with two or more people in the room . Something we’ve never done before is pair two of the best songwriters in the business to explain how they create a successful collaboration. Teddy Geiger is a Grammy-nominated songwriter who’s written and produced countless pop No. 1s over the last decade. (You’ve likely heard her work with Shawn Mendes , Lizzo , Leon Bridges , and Christina Aguilera , to name a few.) She’s also been a critically acclaimed solo artist since the mid-2000s, and recently released a single called “Love Somebody” written with fellow in-demand music minds Ricky Reed and Dan Wilson, the latter the bandleader of Semisonic, famous for 1999’s “ Closing Time .” Wilson’s also a Grammy winner and the co-writer of Adele’s “Someone Like You” and “ Ready to Make Nice ,” by the Chicks . He recently shared his top songwriting and collaboration tips published as a deck of cards called Words and Music in Six Seconds . In this week’s episode of SoP , he and Geiger join co-hosts Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan to lay out the ground rules for collaboration from Wilson’s deck through the case study of Geiger’s “ Love Somebody .” ( This conversation originally aired as part of this month’s On Air Fest 2021 ; below are excerpts from it .) Nate Sloan: Songwriters usually collaborate in daylong, intimate in-person co-writes, but “Love Somebody” came together remotely as part of Ricky Reed’s streaming Nice Live series . Teddy, would you have previously done remote sessions like this and did letting go of the ideal songwriting session change your creative process at all? Teddy Geiger: Yeah, it’s hard being in a room with people like Dan and Ricky, it’s intimidating. So it was [less pressure] to be able to have some space in between, where I wouldn’t be … [Read more...] about 5 Rules of Great Songwriting Collabs, According to Teddy Geiger and Semisonic’s Dan Wilson
April 16, 2021 - 11:19 BST hellomagazine.com The Earl and Countess of Wessex's daughter has followed in her grandfather's footsteps with her carriage driving talents The Duke of Edinburg h was renowned for his carriage driving talents and his youngest granddaughter, Lady Louise Windsor , has proudly continued in his footsteps . The Earl and Countess of Wessex 's daughter, 17, was pictured carriage driving in Windsor earlier this week, just a few days after joining her parents at a church service. Lady Louise donned a navy jacket and trousers, along with a protective helmet and face mask, as she drove her carriage near Windsor Castle. READ: Prince Philip's funeral: everything you need to know about the service, guest list and more Loading the player... WATCH: HELLO! Insider - what we know about Prince Philip's funeral Back in 2019, Prince Philip was pictured proudly watching his granddaughter compete in the Private Driving Singles carriage drive during the Royal Windsor Horse Show, where she achieved third place. The Duke played polo until 1971, when he discovered carriage driving, and was credited with bringing the sport to the UK. He represented Britain in three European championships and six world championships. MORE: Lady Louise Windsor's close relationship with grandad Prince Philip revealed MORE: Prince Philip's funeral: the royal family members confirmed to be attending Lady Louise has inherited her late grandfather's carriage driving talents In an interview last May , Lady Louise's mother, Sophie, said of her daughter's carriage driving talents: "She is naturally so good at it, she really is. It's something that she has taken to very well." Lady Louise will join her 13-year-old brother, James, Viscount Severn, and their cousins, Peter Phillips , Zara Tindall, Prince William , Prince Harry , Princess Beatrice and … [Read more...] about Lady Louise Windsor spotted carriage driving in Windsor as she continues Prince Philip’s beloved sport – pictures