‘Super Wiggles’ Is A Super Addition To This Year’s Field Of New Family Music Albums

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Veteran family entertainment act The Wiggles released its latest album this spring in the form of Super Wiggles.  Released April 1 through ABC/Universal, the 22-song record is the act’s 57th (yes, 57th) studio recording and comes more than 30 years after the release of the band’s self-titled debut in 1991.  It is another addition to the group’s expansive catalog that families will find entertaining, too.  Its success comes in part through its featured musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical themes that accompany that musical content is of its own import and will be discussed a little later.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements and will also be examined later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered they make the album another of the best of this year’s new family music offerings.

 Super Wiggles, the latest studio offering from The Wiggles, is another record that the whole family will find entertaining.  Its appeal comes in part through its musical arrangements.  From beginning to end, the arrangements are diverse in their sounds and styles.  ‘The Friendship Song,’ for instance, presents a sort of kindie-ska sound and style.  That is evidenced through the use of the horns and drums.  That instrumentation pairs with the more familiar kindie vocal styling from the group to make this song’s arrangement overall something that is truly unique from its counterparts in the album.  ‘Land of the Missing Socks,’ which comes late in the album’s run, is the polar opposite of ‘The Friendship Song.’  This is a full-on kindie arrangement.  The almost Renaissance style and sound here does well to compliment the silly, sort of fairy tale lyrical content featured here about…well…the land of missing socks.  ‘Big Strong John,’ on yet another note, is its own unique composition, too.  The use of the muted trumpet alongside the piano and the children’s xylophone makes the whole sound like something that one might expect to have heard on Sesame Street early on in the show’s history.  That is meant in the most honorable way, too.  Such musical content is a big part of what made the show so beloved back in those days.  It is just one more way in which the album’s musical content shows its diversity and in turn makes it so engaging and entertaining.

Building on the content itself, the arrangements’ run times are relatively short from beginning to end, too.  The longest song in this 42-minute presentation clocks in at two minutes, 55 seconds.  It comes more than halfway through the album in the form of the nautical-themed song, ‘Put Your Life Vest On.’  The pirate-style vocal delivery here pairs with the ‘Beach Blanket Bingo’-esque musical arrangement to make for even more engagement and entertainment.  The record’s shortest song comes even later in the record’s nearly 45-minute run time in the form of the aforementioned ‘Land of the Missing Socks.’  The song clocks in at a “hefty” 56 seconds.  In other words, what audiences get in the record’s musical arrangement is an expansive collection of music that is diverse and that ensures listeners’ attention because of the songs’ run times.  All things considered the musical content featured here creates a solid foundation for the album.

As much as the album’s musical content does for its presentation, it is just part of what makes the record appealing to the whole family.  The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical content make for their own interest.  The lyrical themes featured throughout the album are just as diverse as their musical counterparts.  From beginning to end, they vary from the serious to the silly.  The very early entry, ‘Sing Together’ is one of those more serious lyrical presentations.  It is a song that addresses the matter of accepting and appreciating our differences.  It is done in a fashion that makes it fully accessible to young listeners, too.  The theme is presented clearly in the statement that “Some people like to run around/Some people jump up and down/Other people like to go for a swim/Everyone together/Let’s all sing/Some people like to sweep the floor/Some people like to mow their lawn/Some people like vacuuming/Everyone together, let’s sing.”  This is a simple statement that again points out we are all different, but even with those differences, we can all come together.  It is a message that will never get old and is just as certain to appeal to grown-ups as children. 

As the album progresses, the group pays tribute to the world’s teachers in the equally simple ‘Hooray for Teachers.’  The song only runs one minute, 21 seconds, but in that short time, the group outright celebrates teachers, signing about their happy smiles as children come into the classroom and the safety that they provide on the playground.  Considering everything going on around the world in schools, the teaching profession has become somewhat maligned.  Teachers are leaving the profession in droves around the world.  To that end, reminding listeners of all ages what makes teachers so beloved will hopefully make listeners appreciate teachers, and in turn motivate teachers to stay in their jobs.  Again, this message is presented in such simple, accessible fashion.  It is yet another example of what makes the record’s lyrical content so important.

The silly comes in the form of ‘Land of the Missing Socks.’  Again, it clocks in at less than a minute, but in that time, the silliness of the theme here will have the whole family laughing.  Everyone knows the jokes about socks going missing in the laundry, so one can’t help but wonder if in fact there is a land of missing socks.  It’s fantastical, sure, but is still just funny and fully entertaining.  When this hilarious concept is considered along with the other themes examined here and with the rest of the record’s lyrical content, the whole makes clear why the album’s overall lyrical content is just as important as its musical content.

The overall content featured throughout Super Wiggles does plenty to keep audiences engaged and entertained.  It is just part of what makes the record successful.  The sequencing of said content puts the finishing touch to the whole.  From the record’s opener to its end, the sequencing ensures the energy remains stable even as the sounds and styles change in the songs, and as the lyrical content changes.  At the same time, the sequencing also shows that plenty of time and thought was put into the content itself in terms of changing it up throughout.  That time and thought resulted in just as much success as in the stability in the record’s energy.  To that end, the sequencing proves even more important to the album’s presentation.  When it is considered along with the album’s overall content, the whole makes Super Wiggles a super addition to this year’s field of new family music albums.

Super Wiggles, the latest studio offering from The Wiggles, is a presentation that the group’s established audiences will appreciate just as much as family music fans in general.  That is due in large part to the album’s musical content, which provides plenty of diversity throughout.  The record’s lyrical themes are just as varied from one to the next, ranging from the silly to the serious.  They are presented in a fashion that makes each theme fully accessible to young listeners, too.  The sequencing of that content shows that plenty of time and thought was put into that aspect, too.  That is because it makes the record’s energy stable from beginning to end and ensures the content remains diverse throughout.  Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered they make Super Wiggles a welcome addition to this year’s field of new family music albums. 

Super Wiggles is available now through ABC/Universal. More information on The Wiggles’ new album is available along with all of the group’s latest news and more at:

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ESPN Announces Broadcast Schedule Details For Its Coverage Of Week 8 Of The 2021 College Football Season

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ESPN’s family of networks have more than three dozen games on tap on this week’s college football broadcast schedule.

WEDNESDAY

The expansive schedule will feature four of the top five teams in the AP Top 25 standings, too. This week’s schedule gets an early start at 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday on ESPN2 as No. 14 Coastal Carolina takes on App State. Over on ESPN, No. 21 SMU is scheduled to host Tulane in an AAC conference matchup, also at 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Coverage of the AAC continues at noon Saturday on ESPN2 as No. 2 Cincinnati takes on AAC opponent, Navy. Speaking of Cincinnati, it will soon be moving to the Big 12, and that conference will also get some TV time at noon on ESPN as No. 3 Oklahoma is scheduled to kick off against Kansas. The game is this week’s 4K Game of the Week.

Also at noon, the Penn State Nittany Lions are scheduled to host Illinois on ABC.

SATURDAY LATE GAMES

The gridiron action continues at 3:30 p.m. ET with another group of games across the ESPN networks. One of the key late afternoon games will see PAC-12 opponents No. 10 Oregon and UCLA face off on ABC. ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home depot will preview that matchup live from the UCLA campus starting at 9 a.m. ET Saturday.

No. 23 Pittsburgh is set to try and stave off an upset from Clemson, which itself was upset early this season, at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday’s expansive college football broadcast schedule continues on into the night following its afternoon games.

No. 4 Alabama is scheduled to host SEC opponent Tennessee at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Radio. Then at 7:30 p.m. ET, No. 5 Ohio State will visit Indiana on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One.

The Saturday evening schedule continues with a cross conference matchup between No. 18 NC State (ACC) and South Florida (AAC) at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Speaking of the ACC, the ACC Network will feature a matchup of Georgia State and Virginia at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Last but hardly least of all in the evening lineup is a matchup of No. 17 Texas A&M and South Carolina at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.

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ESPN Announces Key Matchups For Week 7 Broadcast Schedule Of The 2021-22 College Football Season

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ESPN has announced its broadcast schedule for week seven of the 2021-22 college football season.

This weekend’s schedule is set to kick off at 10:30 p.m. ET Friday. Pac-12 conference opponents No. 9 Oregon and California are scheduled to face off.

The college football action continues at noon Saturday with a packed schedule. One key matchup at noon will see a showdown between American Athletic Conference opponents #3 Cincinnati and UCF. The game is scheduled to air on ABC. Meanwhile over on ESPN2, Nebraska and Minnesota are scheduled to kick off at noon.

Also at noon, the Gators and LSU Tigers will face off on ESPN. It will simulcast on ESPN Radio. Additionally, No. 21 Texas A&M will face Missouri at noon on the SEC Network.

Saturday’s daylong schedule continues at 3:30 with two more games. No. 19 BYU will face Baylor on ESPN’s 4K Game of the Week. Also at 3:30, No. 2 Iowa is scheduled to hit the field against Purdue on ABC following the Bearcats/Golden Knights game.

The SEC will get more attention at 7 p.m. on ESPN as No. 5 Alabama takes the field against Mississippi State.

Back over on the SEC Network, Ole Miss and Tennessee will go under the lights at 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Saturday Night Presented by T-Mobile. #22 NC State will be on the road against Boston College at 7:30 p.m. on the ACC Network. The gridiron action continues at 7:30 p.m. on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capitol One as No. 4 Oklahoma hosts TCU.

Utah and No. 18 Arizona State round out the key matchups on this week’s schedule of games across the ESPN networks. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The games noted here are just a handful of contests scheduled for this weekend. Even more games are scheduled across the ESPN networks.

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ESPN Networks To Cover WNBA Playoffs

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The 2021 WNBA Playoffs start Thursday, and the ESPN networks will have full coverage of the games.

Coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET Thursday as No. 7 Dallas goes on the road against No. 6 Chicago. Coverage continues at 10 p.m. as No. 5 Phoenix hosts No. 8 New York. Both games will air on ESPN2.

The full schedule for this year’s WNBA Playoffs on the ESPN networks is noted below.’

 WNBA Playoffs Presented by Google – Television Schedule

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Thu, Sep 238 p.m.First Round (Single Elimination)
No. 7 Dallas at No. 6 Chicago Ryan Ruocco, Rebecco Lobo, Holly Rowe
ESPN2
10 p.m.First Round (Single Elimination)
No. 8 New York at No. 5 Phoenix
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson, Ros Gold-Onwude
ESPN2
Sun, Sep 26TBD  Second Round (Single Elimination)
TBD at No. 3 Minnesota
TBD
TBD  Second Round (Single Elimination)
TBD at No. 4 Seattle
TBD
Tue, Sep 288 p.m.Semifinals Game 1
TBD at No. 1 Connecticut
ESPN2
10 p.m.Semifinals Game 1
TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas
ESPN2
Thu, Sep 308 p.m.Semifinals Game 2
TBD at No. 1 Connecticut
ESPN2
10 p.m.Semifinals Game 2
TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas
ESPN2
Sun, Oct 3TBDSemifinals Game 3
No. 1 Connecticut at TBD
TBD
TBDSemifinals Game 3
No. 2 Las Vegas at TBD
TBD
Wed, Oct 6TBDSemifinals Game 4*
No. 1 Connecticut at TBD
ESPN
TBDSemifinals Game 4*
No. 2 Las Vegas at TBD
ESPN
Fri, Oct 8TBDSemifinals Game 5*
TBD at No. 1 Connecticut
ESPN2
TBDSemifinals Game 5*
TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas
ESPN2
Sun, Oct 103 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 1ABC
Wed, Oct 139 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 2ESPN
Fri, Oct 159 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 3ESPN2
Sun, Oct173 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 4*ESPN
Tue, Oct 199 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 5*ESPN2

Two broadcast teams will cover the games in this year’s playoffs. They are noted below

  • Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, and Holly Rowe
  • Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson, and Ros Gold-Onwude

Monica McNutt will anchor studio coverage of the playoffs with additional commentary from Carolyn Peck.

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ESPN Announces College Football Championships Broadcast Schedule

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The 2021 college football season is still very young, but ESPN has already planned its coverage of the sport’s “post season.”

A press release distributed Wednesday announced it will air seven conference championship games between Dec. 3 and 4. The conference championship games will be for the Pac-12, Big 12, MAC, Sunbelt Conference, American Athletic Conference, Southwest Athletic Conference, and Atlantic Coast Conference.

Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET Dec. 3 on ABC and ESPN Radio with coverage of the PAC-12 championship. The other six championships will air throughout the day Dec. 4, starting with the Big 12 and MAC championships at noon. The Big 12 Championship is scheduled to air live on ABC and ESPN Radio while the MAC Championship is scheduled to air on ESPN.

Coverage continues at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN with the Sun Belt Conference Championship. The AAC Champion will be crowned in that conference’s championship game at 4 p.m. ET on ABC.

Kickoff for the SWAC Championship is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The day winds down at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN Radio with coverage of the ACC Championship.

The full Dec. 3-4 CFB Conference Championship Schedule is noted below.

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Fri, Dec 38 p.m.Pac-12 Championship Game
(Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas, Nev.)
ABC/ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec 4NoonDr Pepper Big 12 Championship Game
(AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas)
ABC/ESPN Radio
 Rocket Mortgage MAC Championship Game
(Ford Field – Detroit, Mich.)
ESPN
3:30 p.m.Sun Belt Conference Championship Game
(Campus Site TBD)
ESPN
4 p.m.American Athletic Conference Championship Game
(Campus Site TBD)
ABC
 SWAC Championship Game
(Campus Site TBD)
ESPN2
8 p.m.Subway ACC Championship Game
(Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, N.C.)
ABC/ESPN Radio

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ABKCO Releases ‘Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia Jackson’ Soundtrack

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ABKCO is celebrating the forthcoming debut of Lifetime’s forthcoming Mahalia Jackson biopic Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia Jackson with the release of the movie’s soundtrack.

The label released the movie’s soundtrack Friday to all digital outlets. The 20-song soundtrack features multiple performances by lead star Danielle Brooks, who takes on the role of the iconic singer.

Brooks, a Juliard graduate and Grammy Award winner, discussed portraying Jackson and performing in the movie during a recent interview.

“Mahalia Jackson moved the masses with her sound,” said Brooks. “Her voice somehow encompassed the fullness of the black experience. It represented where we wanted to go, how we wanted to be seen. While recording her music I definitely felt a high level of responsibility to fulfill all that she was through spirit, sound, and feeling. I’m grateful for the opportunity to remind this generation of her legacy and all the goodness she left the world with.”

Matthew Head, who produced the movie’s soundtrack, also wrote the movie’s instrumental score. His work is, by connection, also featured as part of the overall soundtrack. The soundtrack’s track listing is noted below.

Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia (Music From The Motion Picture) tracklisting

  1. Worthy Of Your Gifts – Matthew Head  

  2. Hello Heartbreak – Jazmin Crumley 

  3. My God Is Real (Yes God Is Real) – Danielle Brooks 

  4. Elijah Rock – Danielle Brooks 

  5. Estelle’s Childhood – Matthew Head 

  6. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child – Danielle Brooks 

  7. Hallelujah, Praise God (Mildred’s Piano Audition) – Matthew Head 

  8. Come On Children, Let’s Sing – Danielle Brooks 

  9. Move On Up A Little Higher – Danielle Brooks 

  10. How I Got Over – Danielle Brooks 

  11. Mildred Soaks Her Hands – Matthew Head 

  12. Sweetened Water Song – Matthew Head 

  13. His Eye Is On The Sparrow – Danielle Brooks 

  14. Studs and Mahalia discuss Bus Boycott – Matthew Head 

  15. Discussion of Faith – Matthew Head 

  16. Didn’t It Rain – Danielle Brooks 

  17. I’ve Been Buked – Danielle Brooks 

  18. Mildred Storms Out – Matthew Head 

  19. Take My Hand, Precious Lord – Danielle Brooks 

  20. I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song – Danielle Brooks

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Sydney Sherwood’s New EP Will Put Listeners In A Positive Headspace

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Independent singer-songwriter and American Idol contestant Sydney Sherwood officially returns this weekend with her first new studio recording in almost three years.  Sherwood is scheduled to release her sophomore EP Headspace Saturday through Keep It Simple Records.  The six-song record is Sherwood’s sophomore EP and is an interesting new presentation from the up-and-coming singer-songwriter that is worth hearing at least once.  That is thanks to the record’s musical and lyrical content, as is evidenced in part through the record’s lead single, ‘Creep.’  This song will be addressed shortly.  ‘Let Me Down,’ its second single, is another example of how the EP’s overall content makes it successful.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘All The Aces,’ which closes out the record, is yet another of its most notable additions.  It will also be examined later.  When it is considered along with the EP’s other three songs, the whole of the EP proves itself a positive new offering from Sherwood.

Sydney Sherwood’s forthcoming EP, Headspace is a positive new offering from the up-and-coming singer-songwriter that gives some hope for the future of her career in the music industry.  The 24-minute record’s musical and lyrical content serve well to support that statement.  Its lead single, ‘Creep’ is just one way in which the EP’s collective content makes the record engaging and entertaining.  Its musical arrangement is immediately infectious with its bluesy groove and smoky vocals.  The bass and solid time keeping work with the guitar and vocals to fully immerse listeners in the composition.  The whole of the arrangement is infectious, but it also plays its own important part to the song.  That relaxed almost…sensual vibe exuded in the arrangement actually does well to help illustrate the song’s lyrical theme, that being the relatable topic of mental health.

Sherwood openly talked about the noted topic during a recent interview.  She said of the matter, “Being someone that has struggled with anxiety, when it came to writing ‘Creep,’ I really wanted to give an inside look on what anxiety feels like, the emotions you experience while in a panic attack, and the idea that the same mind that thinks of the beauty of life is also the one that thinks negative thoughts which can really drag you down.”… My main goal with this song was to illustrate the war that goes on in your head when you have anxiety as well as how you can either choose to let fear overcome you or you can overcome that fear.”

Her statements are illustrated in the song’s lyrics, which state in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “We’ve all  got our demons/And we’ve all got our reasons for dealing/With this heavy baggage/The  way we do/It takes a hold of you/Oh no/Here it comes again/Feels like  I’m trapped inside a room/No blinds/No way to see it through/Locked down/I never knew/A beautiful mind/Could be so cruel/I’m blind/Down on the upside/Hide behind a smile/But I can’t lie/ Locked down/I never knew/A beautiful mind/Could be so cruel/Just inhale/Exhale/Count to ten/Before the thoughts creep back in.”  That last line is where the   song’s title comes from.  The overall statement here clearly achieves Sherwood’s goal of translating what the noted figures go through in battling anxiety, feeling it literally creeping into one’s mind.  The continued statements in the song’s second verse, of “living with ghosts” but having “figured you out” shows perhaps a hint of managing to overcome the noted negative thoughts and emotions.  Again, the song’s musical arrangement works with these lyrics to sort of hint at how those thoughts and emotions tend to so coolly slide into a person’s mind.  At the same time, the musical approach also echoes the ease in one’s mind in recognizing and overcoming the situation at hand.  It makes the song a good example of why Sherwood’s new EP succeeds. 

‘Creep’ is a good example of why ‘Headspace’ works as well as it does, and is just one example of why the EP is worth hearing.  ‘Let Me Down,’ the EP’s second single, is another example of what makes the record worth hearing.  The song’s musical arrangement is its own interesting presentation.  It is an up-tempo work whose subtle keyboards work with Sherwood’s vocals and the other instruments to give the song a sort of country-pop sensibility.  At the same time, those noted keyboards also give the song the most subtle of an 80s infusion.  That overall approach and sound is certain to engage and entertain listeners in its own right.  It is just one part of why the song is notable.  The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement adds to the song’s appeal.

The lyrical content featured in ‘Let Me Down’ centers on the all-too-familiar topic of a broken relationship.  Sherwood talked about that during a recent interview, noting, ““I wrote ‘Let Me Down’ with one of my favorite songwriters a few years ago after getting over someone I had feelings for for some time.   I like to see the good in people and deep down I knew this person had good in them, but I looked at what that person could’ve been instead of the person that was standing right before me. I gave this person every chance to prove themselves and time and time again I was let down. I was so blinded by this false sense of reality that when this person let me down it felt shocking. I think a lot of people can relate to the fact that when you care for someone, you tend to overlook the negative things they do because you’re consumed with feelings, but now I realize it’s important to have one foot in reality at all times. Writing this song was one of my biggest moments of clarity to see that I deserved more. While the song is definitely not in favor of the guy, his actions opened my eyes to see what I don’t want and what I won’t tolerate. Had I never gone through this experience, I would’ve never known to look for those red flags in the future and I guess I have him to thank for this killer song.”

These comments are illustrated right from the song’s outset as Sherwood sings in the song’s lead verse, “These days are not feeling right/How could I be so blind/The only thing you did/Was so inconsiderate/You pulled the wool over my eyes/Now I’m just confused/Because of you/I gave you every chance/You threw my heart around…”  The last couple of lines are slightly difficult to decipher without lyrics to reference, but more than enough of the content is understandable that it is easy to see that Sherwood has done well to translate her comments in this case.  The song follows in quite similar fashion in the second verse, opening with Sherwoood telling that other person, “I wish you could see/How selfish you could be/And how it makes me feel/I wish the person that you were in my mind/Lined up with who you are for real/But now you’ll never say/I’m afraid you’ll stay the same.”  Again, there is a lot here to which listeners can relate.  Going back to the song’s musical arrangement, the energy in that element makes one believe that these are words that Sherwood is saying to that person in her mind, not quite to that person’s face.  It would explain that energy, as it reflects perhaps, her racing thoughts at that moment.  There is a certain sadness that goes along with those racing thoughts, adding even more to the interest of the song in whole.  Keeping all of this in mind here, no question is left as to why the song was chosen as one of the EP’s singles.   It does that much by itself to show why the EP is worth hearing.  It is just one more of the songs featured in the EP that shows the record’s strength.  ‘All The Aces,’ which closes out the record, is yet another way in which Headspace proves itself worth its own attention.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘All The Aces’ is a catchy, southern-tinged style work whose gritty guitar sound and vocals immediately lend themselves to certain works from the likes of Carrie Underwood.  It is a song that is certain to become a fan favorite especially for live shows (whenever live shows return).  The sense of confidence exhibited in the song’s musical arrangement pairs well with the song’s equally seemingly positive lyrical theme.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘All The Aces’ comes across as someone who is just trying to put the past behind —  perhaps from a bad relationship — and move forward in life.  This is inferred in the mention that, “No more/I’ll tell you the truth/Those days are gone/Gotta get back on and soldier on…go on and try me again/I wouldn’t recommend it/Can’t wait to see the look on your face…”   There are points here that are difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference.  That aside, just enough is understandable here that this song is a (seemingly) direct contrast to ‘Let Me Down.’  It shows someone who has worked through the emotions of whatever happened with whomever in the past and decided to let it all go.  It is a song that promotes self-empowerment, again making itself easy for listeners to relate.  That accessibility, together with the entertainment and engagement ensured by the song’s musical arrangement, leaves no doubt as to the EP’s appeal.  When it is considered alongside ‘Creep,’ ‘Let Me Down’ and the EP’s remaining trio of songs, the whole makes the EP a presentation that is deserving of its own share of attention.

Sydney Sherwood’s forthcoming EP Headspace is a positive new effort from the up-and-coming singer-songwriter.  That is proven throughout the course of the record through the EP’s collective musical and lyrical content.  Each of the songs examined here support the noted statements.  When they are considered along with the record’s remaining works, the EP in whole proves to be a presentation that will put any listener in a positive mindset.  Headspace is scheduled for release Saturday through Keep It Simple Records.

More information on Sydney Sherwood’s new single, video, and EP is available along with all of her latest news at:

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Sydney Sherwood Debuts ‘Let Me Down’ Acoustic Take, Companion Video

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Independent singer-songwriter and American Idol contestant Sydney Sherwood debuted the video for her latest single over the weekend.

Sherwood debuted the video for the acoustic take of her song ‘Let Me Down‘ Friday. ‘Let Me Down’ is the second single from Sherwood’s forthcoming EP Headspace, which is scheduled for release Feb. 27. Sherwood debuted the EP’s lead single, ‘Creep‘ last month.

Headspace is Sherwood’s second EP. She released her debut EP, Beauty from Ashes March 3, 2019. Her new EP was produced and co-written by Daughtry guitarist Brian Craddock. The EP was recorded at The Cat Room Recording Studio, which Craddock owns.

The acoustic take of ‘Let Me Down’ is a stark contrast from ‘Creep.’ It is a more vulnerable work that that song and even the full version of the song featured in her new EP. At the same time though, it still does well to evoke the emotion that Sherwood meant to generate through the composition.

Sherwood talked about that emotion and the story behind the song during a recent interview.

“I wrote ‘Let Me Down’ with one of my favorite songwriters a few years ago after getting over someone I had feelings for for some time,” she said. “I like to see the good in people and deep down I knew this person had good in them, but I looked at what that person could’ve been instead of the person that was standing right before me. I gave this person every chance to prove themselves and time and time again I was let down. I was so blinded by this false sense of reality that when this person let me down it felt shocking. I think a lot of people can relate to the fact that when you care for someone, you tend to overlook the negative things they do because you’re consumed with feelings, but now I realize it’s important to have one foot in reality at all times. Writing this song was one of my biggest moments of clarity to see that I deserved more. While the song is definitely not in favor of the guy, his actions opened my eyes to see what I don’t want and what I won’t tolerate. Had I never gone through this experience, I would’ve never known to look for those red flags in the future and I guess I have him to thank for this killer song.”

‘Let Me Down’ is available to stream and download through Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon.

The Headspace track listing is noted below.

Track List:
1. Wolves
2. Let Me Down
3. Creep
4. Born to Roll
5. Horizon’s Edge
6. All The Aces

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Sydney Sherwood Announces New EP Release Date, Art, Track Listing; Debuts EP’s Lead Single, Companion Video

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Independent singer-songwriter and American Idol contestant Sydney Sherwood debuted the video for her latest single this week.

Sherwood debuted the lyric video for her single ‘Creep‘ Tuesday. The song and its video are the first from Sherwood’s forthcoming EP Headspace, which is scheduled for release Feb. 27. The EP, her second — her debut EP Beauty From Ashes was released March 3, 2019 — was produced and co-written by Daughtry guitarist Brian Craddock. The EP was recorded at The Cat Room Recording Studio, which Craddock owns.

The Headspace track listing is noted below.

Track List:
1. Wolves
2. Let Me Down
3. Creep
4. Born to Roll
5. Horizon’s Edge
6. All The Aces

The ‘Creep’ video features the song’s lyrics, which according to a statement from Sherwood focus on the topic of anxiety — a mental health concern — as the song’s bluesy groove plays over.

According to Sherwood, the song’s lyrical content comes from a personal vantage point.

“Being someone that has struggled with anxiety, when it came to writing ‘Creep,’ I really wanted to give an inside look on what anxiety feels like, the emotions you experience while in a panic attack, and the idea that the same mind that thinks of the beauty of life is also the one that thinks negative thoughts which can really drag you down,” she said. “I found in my experience that some people didn’t understand what it was like to have anxiety and would just tell me to “be positive” or “just don’t think about it” and I wished they understood or could feel what was going on inside. My main goal with this song was to illustrate the war that goes on in your head when you have anxiety as well as how you can either choose to let fear overcome you or you can overcome that fear.”

‘Creep’ is available to stream and download through Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon.

More information on Sydney Sherwood’s new single, video, and EP is available along with all of her latest news at:

Website: http://www.sydneysherwood.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sydney.sherwood.714

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ssherwoodmusic

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ESPN Announces ‘Capital One Bowl Mania’ Broadcast Schedule

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It is officially time to go bowling.

The 2020-21 college football season’s bowl schedule, dubbed Capital One Bowl Mania, opens at 2:30 p.m. ET today. The inaugural Myrtle Beach Bowl opens this season’s bowl schedule on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Appalachian State and North Texas will face off in this afternoon’s bowl, with the broadcast team of Eric Mac Lain, Ryan McGee, and Marty Smith on the call.

The month-long schedule culminates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T on Jan. 11. The College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T is scheduled to take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL.

While Capital One Bowl Mania will feature 27 bowl games, 13 bowl games had been cancelled as of Sunday. Among those games cancelled were bowls, such as the Cricket Celebration Bowl, Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl, and Holiday Bowl. The list of bowl games cancelled is noted below.

  1. Bahamas Bowl (C-USA vs. MAC)
  2. Celebration Bowl (MEAC vs. SWAC)
  3. Fenway Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  4. Hawaii Bowl (AAC vs. Mountain West)
  5. Holiday Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  6. Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-12 vs. SEC)
  7. Los Angeles Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Mountain West)
  8. Pinstripe Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)
  9. Quick Lane Bowl (ACC, Big Ten, MAC)
  10. Redbox Bowl (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)
  11. Sun Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  12. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (AAC vs. WAC)
  13. Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl (SEC vs. AAC)

This year’s Capital One Bowl Mania schedule is noted below.

ESPN’s 2020-21 Bowl Season Schedule (excluding NY6 Bowls)

DateTime (ET)Event/CommentatorsNetwork
Mon, Dec. 212:30 p.m.Myrtle Beach Bowl*
Appalachian State vs. North Texas
Brooks Stadium – Conway, S.C.
Courtney Lyle, Eric Mac Lain, Ryan McGee/Marty Smith
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Tue, Dec. 223:30 p.m.Famous Idaho Potato Bowl*
Tulane vs. Nevada
Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium – Boise, Idaho
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Taylor Davis
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
7 p.m.RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl*
UCF vs. BYU
Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium – Boca Raton, Fla.
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Lericia Harris
Radio: Chris Carlin, Craig Haubert
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Wed, Dec. 233 p.m.R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern
Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, La.
Matt Barrie, Mike Golic Jr, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
7 p.m.Montgomery Bowl*
Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic
Cramton Bowl – Montgomery, Ala.
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Lauren Sisler
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Thu, Dec. 243:30 p.m.New Mexico Bowl*
Hawai‘i vs. Houston
Toyota Stadium – Frisco, Texas
John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia, Kris Budden
Radio: Kevin Winter, Craig Haubert
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Fri, Dec. 252:30 p.m.Camellia Bowl*
Marshall vs. Buffalo
Cramton Bowl – Montgomery, Ala.
Bill Roth, Dustin Fox, Lauren Sisler
ESPN
Sat, Dec. 26NoonUnion Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl*
South Carolina vs. UAB
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
ABC / ESPN Deportes
3:30 p.m.SERVPRO First Responder Bowl*
Louisiana vs. UTSA
Gerald J. Ford Stadium – Dallas, Texas
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Quint Kessenich
ABC / ESPN Deportes
 LendingTree Bowl
Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State
Ladd-Peebles Stadium – Mobile, Ala.
Mike Couzens, Jay Walker, Dawn Davenport
ESPN
7:30 p.m.FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl*
Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Alex Chappell
ESPN
Tue, Dec. 295:30 p.m.Cheez-It Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. Miami
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
9 p.m.Valero Alamo Bowl
Texas vs. Colorado
Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Kris Budden
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Trevor Matich
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Wed, Dec. 30NoonDuke’s Mayo Bowl
Wake Forest vs. Wisconsin
Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, N.C.
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Marty Smith
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
4 p.m.TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Iowa vs. Missouri
Nissan Stadium – Nashville, Tenn.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Thu, Dec. 31NoonLockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl*
Tulsa vs. Mississippi State
Amon G. Carter Stadium – Fort Worth, Texas
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
4 p.m.AutoZone Liberty Bowl
West Virginia vs. Tennessee
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – Memphis, Tenn.
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
Radio: Jay Alter, Brad Edwards
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
8 p.m.Mercari Texas Bowl*
Arkansas vs. TCU
NRG Stadium – Houston
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Fri, Jan. 11 p.m.Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Auburn vs. Northwestern
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Paul Carcaterra
ABC
Sat, Jan. 2NoonTaxSlayer Gator Bowl
N.C. State vs. Kentucky
TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, Fla.
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Lericia Harris
ESPN
12:30 p.m.Outback Bowl
Ole Miss vs. Indiana
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
ABC

* — ESPN owned and operated event

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