Showing posts from May, 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 tha

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. A

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. Find Tidewater Facebook Twitter & Myspace

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 Kev

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

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 Wilso