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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!

Keep Your Head Up- Andy Grammer

6 Sep

After a couple of long weeks, I am finally back on the blogging site. Listened to a lot of great music since then so I will do my best to catch up.
One of my late night finds (more on those later) is Andy Grammer. Andy is an artist similar but different to Marc Broussard, Jason Mraz, Gavin DeGraw etc. His first album was released on June 14, 2011 and he is signed to S-Curve Records (former home of Joss Stone).
His first single, “Keep Your Head Up” is in fairly heavy rotation on VH1 and features his soulful voice and acoustic guitar. I have always been a fan of songs with inspirational messages (“Break My Stride” and “Step by Step” Whitney Houston version are two of my favorite examples.
Worth a note- iTunes version of his album includes a cool video for “Biggest Man in Los Angeles”. Looking forward to seeing him in concert one day. Enjoy!

The Zutons- Valerie

26 Jul

Over the weekend, the music world lost one of its most talented stars, Amy Winehouse. I remember when I heard “Rehab” thinking that if this girl caught on, she could be a mega-star. Well, she did catch on and become a star. When she took home all those Grammys, I hoped that would have been enough to try to send her down a better path.

One of her songs that caught my attention was used in the movie “27 Dresses” called “Valerie”. It originally appeared on Mark Ronson’s album but became a big hit for Amy as well. Glee did a cover of it as well. When I heard about Amy’s passing, I immediately wanted to listen to her sing this song. Why? It was one of the few times she sounded truly happy.

Today, I googled “Valerie” to see who did the original and was introduced to a band called the Zutons. The original version is more rock than Motown but still a fun listen. One thing I love about cover songs is the progression from the original to the cover, how the arrangement is worked out to make it “more their own” (as we hear religiously on American Idol). Give it a listen and let me know what you think!

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!