Sunday, May 22, 2011

Lady Gaga is disco'ing it up with Born This Way!



Roy Thomas Baker producer of Queen said: "There was no one writer, but there was one Queen sound. . . .the one thing that was important to me was to make sure that when people hear a song for the first time, even if they don't know who it is on the radio, they could hear instantly it was Queen." I would say Lady Gaga has accomplished this. Whether you're hearing Madonna, Donna Summer or whomever, you know it's Lady G!!

It’s the Eve of the release of Lady G’s long awaited and most talked about release,
“Born This Way.”

Gaga is definitely a product of her upbringing. The music she grew up with and the music her parents and or family may have played around her. She soaked it all in and gave birth to the tunes of “Born This Way.”

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this album until my son made me listen to it. I’ve always felt her lyrics to be very controversial and sometimes a little too honest, especially with my 12 year old daughters taking it all in. So rather than focus on the meaning of her lyrics, I want to talk about the music and what I heard and who I hear.

One of the things about Lady Gaga is all of her songs, as complicated as they are, have a simplicity about them AND you can't help but want to sing along. She’s a classic singer with a need to push the envelope and make us listen to her.

This album shows she has grown as a bona fide songwriter and artist. She has come a long way from The Fame & The Fame Monster. This album still has the dance tunes we’ve all come to know by Lady G, but it also has songs that have that classic rock sound that could stand on it’s own on any classic rock station.

Again the lyrics are at times a little too strong for me. But if I check them against the songs I listened to back in my day, I suppose I would look like a hypocrite.

There’s so much talk about how this is a Madonna knock off, but seriously, didn’t Madonna replicate everyone she admired? What a compliment to Madonna that Gaga would even want to sound like someone she grew up listening to. That is, if that’s what she did.
I hear other people and I hear Gaga.



GREAT SONG!! Love love love the last 60 seconds of “Marry the Night. The change is so "Eyes of Laura Mars" and Donna Summer/Annie Lennox sounding. The breakdown with her howling over and over "Night" it's so BIG. I feel like I'm listening to "Hot Stuff."

Everyone has already talked about "Born This Way" so I can't add too much more, except that when she previewed it at The 2011 Grammys I definitely heard the TLC's "Waterfalls" as well Madonna's "Express Yourself." It's a great dance song. AND the breakdown is very Annie Lennox in the echoing. VERY COOL!

Government Hooker has a very classic operatic intro and then breaks out in a heavy euro bass with a Kraftwerk "Pocket Calculator" with a Dépêche Mode disco feel in the middle.

Judas....very Madonna....'nuff said.

Americano. Love the Rosemary Clooney's "Italiano" intro. But this song moves into a Gypsy Kings' feel. . . Bamboleo!!

Hair has a very current light pop feel through out the song and chorus except when it changes with what I'd call a dark driving techno beat. . . A very DETERMINED beat and Madonna like vocals.

Scheiße: Of course is very German. Very euro, very fast, very Gaga!!

Bloody Mary MEETS Bob Fosse at the Cabaret

Black Jesus Amen Fashion. . .like it!! I wanna get up and "Work, turn to the left! Work, turn to the right!" I would say this sounds less like anyone and all GAGA!

Fashion of his love....meets The Jetts' Crush On You....HA!!!

Highway Unicorn (Road to Love) Bon Jovi. . . BIG AND LARGE STADIUM SOUND!!

Bad Kids has to me, a GUN AND ROSES/Joan Jett like vocal intro.. Then as with all GAGA songs, it changes. This song is SOOOOO Donna Summer from the driving bass, to the tone of her voice when she begins each verse. I have to say THIS IS MY FAVORITE!!! TURN THIS SUCKA UP BABY!!! Listening to it again. . .did I say this was my favorite??? LOVE IT!!

Heavy Metal Lover. Can't help but think this is rebuttal to Katy Perry's ET with heavy techno/euro. I can also hear some Gary Numan in this! NICE!!

Electric Chapel. This sounds like it should be played at the end of a 80's James Bond movie. The perfect ending that leaves you feeling good. Fade out.... music starts....credits roll. I’m sure most will say this is Madonna at her height of creating controversy. And sure, I hear it too, but definitely hear Annie Lennox in the belting & howling!

You & I has that Queen feel to it. Maybe because Brian May is playing guitar. At the climax you just wanna grab your iPod or iPhone and pull the lighter app and wave it back and forth as if to pay tribute!!! This is a signature song here, folks!!! ENCORE ENCORE!!


The Edge of Glory makes me thinks of Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the heart. Vocals, heavy 80's tone and of course of Sax by Clarence Clemmons. It also has that “Never may care” kind of attitude.

The Queen is the Bonus Track on the album. Very pop!!


Overall, my feeling has been, if you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all!! Gaga has done it right!! She’s taken everything she’s heard and made it her own. So let everyone say it’s Madonna, Annie or Donna. She brings back the moves and rhythms I so enjoyed when disco was at it's height.


I hear Lady Gaga singing it all and still sounding like those she loved. She is one hell of a belt singer!!! The girl can SANG!!!!

I think we need a diva singing concert tour with Annie Lennox, Madonna, Donna Summer and GAGA!!!!! Now would THAT be a show!!!


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Monday, May 16, 2011

Blessid Union of Souls is on The Mission Field





I have to be honest here and say that I have never heard of these guys!!

But that is the beauty of doing what I do.

I get to hear and review all different types of music!
You and I are discovering this together! Cool, right?

From what I've read, Blessid Union of Souls has been around for over 20 years. They had a hit in 1990 with "I Believe." So I figured I'd go find it on the internet.

Once I heard the chorus, I was like, "OH YEAH!!! I remember that song!!"

Maybe the reason I didn't make the connection is because back then, I was busy being a wife & mommy!!

Anyways, I'm glad I didn't make the connection because their latest release, "The Mission Field" is, in my opinion very different from those early days.

Apparently, they've been equated with Hootie & the Blowfish. And sure, I can hear that.
But in listening to their album, I hear some Keith Green, Randy Stonehill, Daughtry, PFR, Los Lonely Boys, Newsboys, Salvador. And just some good ol' rock and roll and that "old time religion" gospel sound with POP!

I am all about what is going on with the instruments!! I love the "Keith Green" like intro on the first track, "Miracles," the cool latin guitar, percussion & Hammond B on "The Only Song" and the old school house piano on "The Mission Field" with orchestra. . . very pretty.

At this moment, "Back from the Dead" struck me VERY powerfully as a dear member of my family has been fighting some major struggles in their life. I've listened to this song several times while writing this blog and even emailed the lyrics hoping it would encourage them. This is a wonderful song of overcoming some of life's harshest trials.

I would say that overall, the album is pretty good.
Check it out and give me some feedback!

Blessid Union of Souls' Official website on Myspace, Facebook, Twitter


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Friday, May 13, 2011

The Tide is High!

The Seas We Sail by Tidewater is another CD I think you might want to give a listen to. It's very pop, very current. Some might even hear influences from Switchfoot, Owl City and even One Republic.

Marketed as a Christian artist, Tidewater can hold it's own in all genres. The music is good!! Fun to listen to on some of the tracks, thought provoking on others. And woven through every note, lyrics filled with LOTS of hope. And with all that is going on around the world today, I think we need more of these types of songs.




Give a listen and let me know what you think.





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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Gotta listen to Kevin LeVar & One Sound

One of the things I've always loved about music, is. . . discovering new music and new genres. Or exploring genres I rarely listen to.

And I love introducing my readers to THAT new music or new album!

Ask my family. . .I am just that way. . .

Gotta tell EVERYBODY about it!!! HA!!

So, here is one that I think you're really gonna like. . .





Kevin LeVar & One Sound's "Let's Come Together" is Gospel with the funk, with rock and with the Soul, even Latin Soul!!

There is something here for every taste.

So well done!!

The album is dedicated to, one, Keith Bynum, the guitarist on the LP. I found out he is the one rocking his AXE on "What-Cha Know About Jesus." Wow, can I just say the dude was BAD on that track?!?! Like Vernon Reid from Living Colour. What a loss. He was GREAT!!

I really love everything about this album. Honest & laid out lyrics, backed with great tight vocals and off the hook musicians!!!

Check out Kevin's website at Kevin LeVar.com and you'll know what I'm talkin' about!


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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Casey Abrams Gets an Earfull From Ellen



I have to be honest and say that I’ve never really been a fan of American Idol. So I’ve have blown myself away for watching from the beginning of the 20. What an exciting season this has been!

Although I am impressed with all twenty, from the time I’ve watched, my favorites have been Casey Abrams and James Durbin. And even though, I’m not a Country lovin’ fan, Scotty has proven that he can do “it” right!!


For this blog. . .

. . . it's all about Casey.




Casey, you are truly an

all around musician who

has proven that he

has what it takes to be

NOT an American Idol,

but a Jazz Great!!




And AGAIN. . . Ellen, who has great tastes in music, invited another 'up and coming' legend to her show. . . CASEY ABRAMS!!!


I love Casey!!

What you see is what you get!

He is what he is!

He’s so authentic!

And he seems to want to share his love of music with everyone he meets.

And today was no exception.



My sister, who is also a musician, has been telling me for the last couple of years that the melodica is going to make a comeback.



Well thanks to Casey. . .he has brought it back by using it for his A.I. audition and then presenting Ellen with one on her show!

My sister just might be right! HA!




Today, Ellen and Casey both twittered about some special news that Casey would be hearing, so of course, being a “Casey Fan,” I couldn’t miss the show.

They talked about the A.I. finale and that he’d be on there to sing.
Ellen asked if he’d be singing with someone and he’s like, “oh, of course!”
She started asking him who that person might be. He said he didn’t know.



And then the shocker. . .

Ellen says: "I'll tell you who you're singing with,"

"I know and I'm going to tell you right now."

"You?" asked Casey.

"Yeah, it's you and me on the finale , ha, kidding,” she says

“No, you're going to be on the finale on 'Idol'

and you're singing with JACK BLACK!"



The LOOK

on Casey’s face

SAYS

IT

ALL!!!

"Are you kidding?

Oh, my God."





As a fan, I was happy for him!!! Jack Black is so cool!


After this fantastic news, Casey gave a beautiful performance, with A.I.’s musical director, Michael Orland at the piano, setting up Maroon 5’s “Harder to breathe” and Casey playing his classical guitar at the intro



Ellen & Michael were his backups!! Good job, you two!!
Between the laughs and smiles, it was so cute to watch!




Of course he totally woo’d the crowd with his charming, growly self.


One fan, I'm sure hasn't taken a bath, let alone washed her forehead of the kiss Casey planted on her!!




And if I’m not mistaken, I think those were his parents sitting proudly in the audience.







I’ve played this video over and over.



Casey is so amazing!! Can I get an AMEN?!

Even Meatloaf who was the next guest after on Ellen said Casey was one of the best artist he has ever seen on American Idol.







I have to agree!!














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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sara Niemietz gets noticed by Ellen DeGeneres



Sara Niemietz is no newcomer to show business.


At 18, she is a seasoned actress who has done Broadway, been in films and is currently on television as the on-screen guitarist for GLEE.


And if you've seen any of her videos on YouTube, you've probably noticed that she is quite the singer and musician.




Someone else noticed!!!!
Ellen DeGeneres!!!!!
Do I sound a bit excited???
Imagine how excited Sara was to find out that Ellen had ALSO been watching her on YouTube!!!





Ellen was so overwhelmed by

Sara, she wanted to meet her

"immediately"

and invited her to the show,

which aired today, May 4, 2011!




How cool is THAT, people????

Watching Sara talking with Ellen, you can see she has such a sweet presence about her!





But that sweetness was instantly replaced once she got that mic in her hand








and started releasing the SOUL within her.

THE GIRL CAN SANG!!!!






AND WHAT A BAND!!
Backing her are some of music's FINEST!!!




Legends; W.G. Snuffy Walden on lead guitar, Terry Wilson on Bass, Billy Watts on Guitar and Jake Coco on drums. What a line up!!







WHAT A

PERFORMANCE

SARA!!!

THANK YOU

ELLEN!!!

You definitely know great talent!








I have a feeling this will not be the last time we'll see Sara Niemietz on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" or any other show for that matter. She is already on her way to becoming legendary.

You can see Sara performing "Tighten Up" by the Black Keys here

And check out Sara singing "Talking To the Moon" at rehearsal.










You can visit
Sara here:
Sara Niemietz


and


The Official
Sara Niemietz
Channel on
YouTube







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