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Derek Walmsley received The Music Journalist of the Year-award

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Music journalist of the year Derek Walmsley


   Derek Walmsley, Deputy Editor at The Wire, was elected Music Journalist Of The Year 2014, by the artist jury at Musicians’ Corner at the beginning of the year. And on a summer day in London, Walmsley received the award.


   The jury, consisting of artists and Musicians’ Corner-contributors Jean-Paul Bourelly, Svante Karlsson and Chris Simmons, wrote the following about the recipient:


   "Derek Walmsley has an obvious passion for music and the infinite roots of its history. His work is enlightening and well-written. Details are combined with complexity in a way that makes you want to read more. Walmsley’s articles are nuanced and make insightful connections. The reader is informed through his articles and can no longer sit by as a passive consumer. This is elevated writing. It is deep and comprehensive. This is what we need more of today. Derek Walmsley is deserving of the award and should receive it."


   Saxophonist and Musicians’ Corner-contributor Zhenya Strigalev presented Derek Walmsley with the well deserved award in London during the week.



The jury behind the selection of the winner, and the presenter of the award:

     

Jean-Paul Bourelly, Svante Karlsson, Chris Simmons and Zhenya Strigalev.

  

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Announcing the recipient of The Music Journalist of the Year-award 2014!

Article in the section Articles about the Music Journalist of the Year award


logo for the Music Journalist of the Year award on Musicians' Corner

 

 

 

   Ladies and gentlemen, the moment has arrived when we announce who the recipient of the first annual Music Journalist of the Year-award is.

 

  The nominations for this award came from you, our visitors. And the artist jury have chosen their winner among these.

 

 

   We are proud to announce that the Music Journalist of the Year-award 2014 goes to


  

   Derek Walmsley is deputy editor at The Wire. And these are two examples of his excellent journalistic work during 2014:

 

 

 

 

 

   The jury's motivation for the award reads as follows:

 

 

"Derek Walmsley has an obvious passion for music and the infinite roots of its history. His work is enlightening and well-written. Details are combined with complexity in a way that makes you want to read more. Walmsley’s articles are nuanced and make insightful connections. The reader is informed through his articles and can no longer sit by as a passive consumer. This is elevated writing. It is deep and comprehensive. This is what we need more of today. Derek Walmsley is deserving of the award and should receive it."

 

The artist jury at Musicians’ Corner 2014:
Jean-Paul Bourelly
Svante Karlsson
Chris Simmons


The jury for the Music Journalist of the Year award: Jean-Paul Bourelly, Svante Karlsson, Chris Simmons

 

 

  The award will be presented to the recipient later this year.

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Svante Karlsson talks about Junior Dad

Svante Karlsson writes about 'Junior Dad'


One of the most breathtaking and hauntingly beautiful moments in music during the last few years.  Lou Reed ''Junior Dad'' live in Dresden in 2012, with a surprise firework.




Svante Karlsson:

 

  - I will never see or hear anything the same way after this



Svante Karlsson

        Svante Karlsson writes about "Junior Dad". Photo Jonas Westring



  - When I first heard ''Lulu'' I was slightly disappointed. It was an experience that tore me up a little. But then there was ''Junior Dad''. At the very end. I had already heard from my friends that it was the song to really listen to on the album, but of course I played the entire thing. Needless to say I always listen to a Lou Reed album start to finish. No shortcuts.

  ''Junior Dad'' hit me hard. The seven-eight minutes at the end was a haunting soundspace. I interpreted that bit like it was Lou Reed saying ''Turn this off when you're done. I have said what I wanted to say.''. Those seven-eight minutes could just as well have been forty minutes if there had been space for that on the disc. It was how I perceived it, as a space to think in.

  The King of one-liners, Lou Reed. ''Junior Dad'' almost instantly struck me as something that could very well be the magnificent grand finale to a legendary career. The song made me sad and happy at same time. It describes a dream-like scenario as well as the awakening from a dream. The rhythm of the drums, the dramatic start/stop fills -- it sounds like reoccurring heart-failure. I don't think that he wrote ''Junior Dad'' for ''Lulu''. I think that he added this song to close that album. Then I saw the live-version...

 

  The song was on my mind as I went to Copenhagen on June 18 2012. I was convinced that it was the last chance to see Lou Reed live for people in Scandinavia. Overall it was an amazing gig. And, at the very end - before the encores - there was ''Junior Dad''...

  A few naked chords for the most part, tai chi and spoken words. And he knew which chords to put behind his words to bring mist to the crowds' eyes. Electric violin. Poetry. A moon rising on the backdrop, just as the drums had pounded their way to the end. Complete brilliance.

  I was so taken by that moment that I didn't know what to do. It was the most astounding moment that I have ever experienced at a concert, and I told myself ''I am hearing this right now. This is it. This is as far as any artist will ever take a live-experience. I will never see or hear anything the same way again after this.''.

 

  In his output it became the last song in a way - now that Lou Reed is gone. To think that he could write something like that, possibly knowing that the end was coming closer... It's such a dignified grand finale, still vibrating with creativity at its highest level.

  The closing words echoed in my head as my friend and I left the theatre.

  "The greatest disappointment. Age withered him and changed him. Into Junior Dad".




Svante Karlsson is a singer-songwriter based in Sweden. He has released four studio-albums and a live-album to date, including two albums with his renditions of songs by -- among others -- Bob Dylan and Kinky Friedman, and two albums with his own compositions. Karlsson has also contributed to many other artists' output.

Musicians' Corner asked Svante to write something about his experience of this song, and he kindly agreed to doing so.


Lou Reed, March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013. We miss you.




 

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