I was at a loss this year trying to figure out how to publicly celebrate Black History Month. I planned to share music as I usually do but that seemed too shallow. Then I wanted to talk about a specific album, but there are so many to choose from and…

Like many of you, I spent the bulk of 2020 in lockdown. Over the span of 7–8 months, I binged more media than I have had time for in years and developed deeper appreciation for the art that keeps me going. Whereas music usually serves as the consistent backdrop of…

No Justice, No Peace

To skip the pleasantries, I have been trying to write this for months. Since March all I have been doing is sitting in my room ruminating over the state of the country, donating, and protesting as I can but unable to escape the dread daily news headlines cause me. As…

In terms of storytelling, I have always been drawn to drama. Something about the range of petty to perilous squabbles between fictional characters just hits the right spot. This drama is found in spades in Celeste Ng’s second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, but not without giving readers a wealth of…

A question I may get asked from anyone I share enough music with is, “how do you find new music?” Simply put, I believe that good music leads to other good music and I apply this branching philosophy to any new artist I find. Any features on the album I…

I believe that modern art reflects a modern world, and it’s through the medium of music as an art form that we can understand more about each other. It’s my hope that by sharing with you my favorite albums of the year you come to understand a little bit more…

Ezekiel Starling

Writer/Trumpet/Dancer

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