Download This Song

25 Jul

Welcome to Download This Song! This blog will answer the question “should I spend my money on this?” I have a diverse taste in music that will hopefully help all of you find some great discoveries (new and old) to add to your music collection.

A little bit about my musical background, my favorite artist of all time is Billy Joel. I have almost all of his albums and have seen him live 4 times. Rounding out my top 5 is Mariah Carey, She & Him, Sheryl Crow and Paul McCartney. I love to go to concerts when I can and I have seen everyone from Harry Connick Jr. to the Dixie Chicks to Ludacris. My favorite album of last year was “Volume 2” by She & Him. The last album I bought was Bon Iver’s “Bon Iver” album.

To find my music, I currently am a subscriber to Spotify, hopelessly addicted to the Amazon MP3 deal of the day and have way more music than I would like to admit to on my computer and in my garage. I love listening to NPR’s All Song Considered which I credit with my emerging interest in indie music. This is my first blog which would probably surprise people that know me in real life since I love talking about music. Hope you enjoy!


The Lady is a Tramp- Tony Bennett feat. Lady Gaga

12 Oct

I just recently bought my very first Tony Bennett album. I have always been a fan of his but haven’t really felt the need to get any of his songs until he released his latest Duets album.

The track listing reads like a who’s who of my music collection, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Michael Buble, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Carrie Underwood and the late great Amy Winehouse. Today’s song is “The Lady is a Tramp” his duet with Gaga. The song ends up being a classy listen, Tony throwing his wonderful jazz tone into the mix with a surprisingly restrained Lady Gaga. The mix ends up being one of the most interesting pairings of the album and one of the best listens.

Faster- Matt Nathanson

11 Oct

Today’s song is courtesy of Matt Nathanson. I am a big fan of the male singer songwriter genre (Gavin Degraw, Jason Mraz, John Mayer to name a few). I actually didn’t start out being a Matt Nathanson fan, I liked his song “Come on Get Higher” well enough but nothing really jumped out and grabbed me until his latest release “Modern Love”.

I had the privilege of seeing Matt again opening for Maroon 5 and Train this past September and he has really stepped his game up. “Faster” is a fun song that will remind you of the feeling you got when you first connected with that special someone. Hope you enjoy!

Diggin in the Sand- Josh Rouse and the Long Vacations

10 Oct

First of all, some apologies, graduate school has seriously gotten in the way of my blogging life (don’t you just hate when that happens?) I am working on some tweaks to my schedule to allow for both so I’m back 🙂

Today’s song is “Diggin’ in the Sand” by Josh Rouse and the Long Vacations. I first heard Josh Rouse courtesy of a Paste sampler CD that my husband played frequently. I discovered him on my own about a year ago courtesy of a song called “Winter in the Hamptons”. Josh Rouse’s music has gone through many changes over the years, including a turn in Bossa Nova with “Turista”. He recently released an album called “Josh Rouse and the Long Vacations” and is now playing music in more of a Paul Simon “Graceland” kind of way.

I normally go for happy, peppy music and this is but it’s also nice to enjoy some chill, happy music too from time to time. Happy Monday!

The Civil Wars- I Want You Back

17 Sep

I love a cover song done well. While perusing track listings, I came across this cover of the Jackson 5 classic. The band is called the Civil Wars and they are more of a bluegrass/country group. What I love about this cover is that the re-working keeps the original melody but slowing down the tempo allows for it to be more bittersweet. Singer Joy Williams has an incredible, distinct voice and she does the song justice.

Maroon 5- Stutter

16 Sep

First of all, I have to give proper credit for discovery of this song to my friend, Leslye. I love Maroon 5, loved them from the very beginning with “Hard to Breathe”. I haven’t always felt like they have been consistent and have primarily turned into a singles fan. Particularly with their last album, I couldn’t find any song besides “Misery” to grab ahold of.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I love (which just released their iPhone app this week) for this very reason. When turn tabling with friends, you get to hear their favorites from albums you might have overlooked. This song reminds me of a 2011 version of “You Make My Dreams”, happy and in love. Enjoy!

Eva Cassidy- At Last

13 Sep

You always remember the first time you hear the great artists…about 8 years ago, I was listening to Launchcast radio when a song I didn’t like came on. I am not a fan of the original “The Letter” but this time was different. The voice singing it belonged to Eva Cassidy, an artist I was not familiar with. Her raspy, Janis Joplinesque take on the Box Tops original sold me on the song and that was just the beginning.
Despite her brief recording history, she left us a remarkable legacy of just about everything. Unfortunately, she became more famous after death. Today’s song is one of my personal favorites. “At Last” has to be one of the most romantic songs I’ve heard and I used to think it was uncoverable until I heard Eva’s take. Stripped down, it takes on a whole new personal, intimate feel. Happy listening! Dont forget to follow me on Spotify for a full playlist of all songs featured here!

Aimee Allen- Ron Paul Revolution Theme Song

13 Sep

Tonight, the Tea Party is hosting their first televised debate. As I am watching, I realized there is only one song to pick tonight. I heard about Aimee Allen on a radio show and they mentioned this song as one of their favorites. This song is the best campaign song I’ve heard and even features audio from Ron Paul himself. Pop music provokes discussion and this song deserves to be heard. Ron Paul 2012!

Paul McCartney- Freedom

11 Sep

Today is 9/11 and there was only one song that came to mind for today. About a month after the attacks, the Concert for New York was held, one of the performers there, Paul McCartney debuted this song that night. Luckily for the rest of us who couldn’t be there, they aired it live. One of my favorite memories was watching the great Sir Paul sing and the firefighters, police, and paramedics sing with him “I will fight for the right to live in freedom…” The song is simple but true, the way all good songs are and one of Sir Paul’s finest.

Patrick Stump- Everyday

10 Sep

After much digging around, I finally found some new music out this week. A few months ago, the “Rave On Buddy Holly” tribute album came out and I was not a fan. I thought the idea should have been excellent, as many of my favorite artists were on this album (She & Him, Paul McCartney to name a few) but there were some artists matched up with what I felt was just the wrong song.
Flash forward to this week and tribute album #2 is out called “Listen to Me: Buddy Holly”. While glancing over the track list, my eyes went immediately to “Everyday” which is one of my favorite Buddy Holly songs. “Rave On” gave this song to Fiona Apple, this album puts it in the more competent hands of Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump. Don’t get me wrong, love Fiona but feel that giving her the simple, somewhat upbeat song just seemed like a bad idea to me.
On to Patrick Stump, this guy should be right up there with Adam Levine for best voice in pop music and he does the song as written, simple and sweet. A perfect song to kick off your weekend…enjoy!

Charlene Kaye feat. Darren Criss- Dress and Tie

10 Sep

Confession: I am a 30 year old Gleek and have almost every episode on iTunes. I was not a huge fan of the last season vs. the first season but they did get two things right. One, they brought Gwyneth Paltrow on and let her sing “Forget You” and two, they added Darren Criss (Blaine).
I did a Spotify search on Darren the other day and discovered this song “Dress and Tie”. The duet is similar to songs like “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. Charlene and Darren have a great chemistry which is not surprising considering the two have been friends since college. Perfect song for getting ready for a night out with that special someone.