Every once in a while, for whatever reason, old songs/artists that you haven’t heard from in a long time, reemerge out of the blue and all of a sudden you start hearing them and seeing them wherever you go. I’ve been hearing Alanis Morissette songs on the radio a lot lately and oddly enough soon after that she became a guest vocal coach on the hit singing TV show, The Voice. Isn’t that ironic? Don’t you think? In particular, I’ve been hearing her song “Ironic” from her Grammy for Album of the Year winning album, “Jagged Little Pill”. Which I also ironically enough listened to in the last month (before I started hearing her on the radio again and before she ever popped up on The Voice) because I was building up to last months Grammy Awards by listened to every Grammy winning album for Album of the Year, save a few that I couldn’t get via Spotify and/or didn’t own myself. A little toooooo ironic. Yeah, I really do think. So today’s song of the day is, what do you know, Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic”.
I had A LOT of trouble deciding what to make today’s song of the day. Originally I was gonna post a Gnarls Barkley song and ended up surfing Youtube for Pussycat Dolls songs because Cee-Lo wrote and sings background vocals in their hit song, “Dont Cha” and the video suggester in Youtube lead me to that, from Gnarls Barkley, which then led me to listen to the will.i.am produced and featured track “Beep” also by the Pussycat Dolls, which led me to Spotify to listen to one more Pussycat Dolls song. Yea, I know, it’s pretty shameful how much Pussycat Dolls I just listened too, but I always say, I listen to EVERYTHING. Then I was going to post a Whitney Houston song, because I realized that with my Grammy series of songs of the day last week, I never got a chance to do that, but then I got worried that maybe it might be overkill with all the news and radio play she’s gotten in the last week. Although it’s all deserving. Now I’m thinking I should share my favorite song by her. You know what? I’ll do that tomrrow. But with all the confusion over what song to share today, I just said screw it, I’m gonna share one of my own songs. I recorded this song “Just Like That” about 5 years ago when I used to rap. I rapped it over a Chromeo instrumental track. My Rap name was DanMar and this is the last song I ever recorded. Although I’m working on getting back on my musical path and learning to play guitar and make my own music, not really rap anymore, but write and sing my own songs. This is one of my favorites of mine and one of my most fun and upbeat songs. What do you guys think it?
Today’s song(s) of the day (a threefer, if you will) and the final 2012 Grammy performance I’d like to share is Paul McCartney’s Abbey Road Medley which consists of “Golden Slumbers”, “Carry That Weight” and “The End”. I’ve seen him perform this live and boy was it amazing!!! This was another great performance of it. I can never get enough of The Beatle’s Abbey Road, especially not the second half of the album that includes these songs. I very much enjoyed everyone from Dave Grohl to Bruce Springsteen trading guitar licks at the end on “The End”. And it doesn’t get any better than the final line. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”
I had trouble again finding just the right video to share of another of the great performances from Sunday night’s Grammys for today’s song of the day. I wanted just the song “Princess of China” at first, but realized I couldn’t just get that, so I tried to get the full performance with Rihanna performing her song “We Found Love” then leading into RiRi (Rihanna) and Coldplay performing “Princess of China” together and finally closing with just Coldplay playing “Paradise”, but I couldn’t find that video either. I did however find “Princess of China” and “Paradise” in one video for a dual song of the day. I’m not much of a fan of RiRi, but I am a big fan of Coldplay and I thought this was a pretty good performance. It wasn’t over the top. It was simple, yet colorful and well executed by both Rihanna and Coldplay. Check it out.
In continuing with the 5 days of 2012 Grammys performances, I would like to share Jennifer Hudson’s performance and Whitney Houston tribute of “I Will Always Love You” as today’s song of the day. Jennifer Hudson did a beautiful job. The performance was heartfelt and moving. It was simple, which was good because it allowed everyone to reflex upon the lose the music world had felt only the day prior. Whitney Houston was such a talented vocalist and it’s very hard to top her performance of “I will Always Love You”, but Jennifer Hudson did a great job. R.I.P. Whitney Houston.
Today’s song of the day is Adele’s terrific performance of “Rolling In The Deep” from Sunday night’s Grammy Awards. It was great to see her up there on stage tearing it up after having throat surgery only a few months ago to fix an almost career ending vocal cord hemorrhage. It would have been horrible to lose such a talent so early in her career, but fortunately we didn’t and she showed us that she could still wail in this performance. I know that this is Valentine’s Day and I shouldn’t be posting a song about a break up, but this is just how it worked out and it’s important to remember that there are a lot of lonely, broken hearted people out there, that also need love, especially today. So show a little extra love (or a lot!!!) to everyone you meet today even if you don’t know them and maybe you can make someone’s day just a little brighter. Remember “All You Need Is Love”. We all do!!!
Over the next 5 day’s I will be sharing my 5 favorite performaces from this years Grammys. Today I bring you Bruno Mars’, “Runaway Baby”. He always puts on a great, well polished performance with lots of style and energy. I love how he is very obviously doing an ode to Elvis, one of his idols and a has a quick little James Brown moment too. He really get’s the crowd off of their, as he puts it “rich a$$es” and love the bullhorn part. Such a cool performance!!! Bruno is such a talented guy and he’ll definitely go very far if he keeps at it like he has been the last 2 years. I know it was hard for him to lose all his awards to Adele, but he’ll definitely get them next time because he’s got the goods and this was just Adele’s year. But this is Bruno Mar’s performance. The only video I was able to find of the performance is a little poor in quality, but it does the job. Enjoy.
So last night was the 54th Grammy Awards and I have to say it was a great show!!! Lots of great performances, although I could have done without a Chris Brown performance, not to mention two of them and a win for him for best R&B Album. Also Nicki Minaj went way over the top in the most weird and unoriginal way possible. Her performance was a jab at the Catholic Church. Like that hasn’t been done before by Madonna and Lady Gaga. It was just weird for weirds sake. It may have been visually flashy, but was just done for shock value with no real depth or artistic value.
Other than those few negative moments, I can’t really complain with how it went. Some of the great performances of the night, came to you via Bruno Mars, Adele, Jennifer Hudson, Coldplay & Rihanna, Glen Campbell, Foo Fighters and Paul McCartney (twice!!!). All the big winners were deserving. And by winners I mainly mean Adele, because she walked away with just about every major award. She took home 6 awards in total, including the big award of the night, Album of the Year, as I predicted. It was pretty obvious that, that would happen. Also Bon Iver took home the award for Best New Artist, as I also predicted.
LL Cool J was the first host that the Grammys has had in many years and he did a great job. He began the evening leading a group prayer for Whitney Houston. Later in the evening, Jennifer Hudson performed a beautiful and moving tribute to Whitney Houston, as well. The only thing that was really missing from the night was a tribute to Amy Winehouse and the inclusion of Don Cornelius in the tribute montage for those that have passed away in the past year. However it was a very memorable night and of the nominees, the people who most deserved it, won for a change. The Grammys had been kind of losing me in recent years with poor choices for winners and weak overall shows, but they won me back this year. I can’t wait for next year!!! It’s MY Superbowl!!!
P.S. Paul McCartney ended the show with the Abbey Road medley. ending with the song “The End”!!! It doesn’t get any better than that. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”
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I recently made a playlist in Spotify of all of the Grammy winners for Album of the Year, from the very first to the most recent. There are however a handful missing from the playlist because I don’t own them and they aren’t available on Spotify (e.g. John Lennon’s “Double Fantasy”). Today I started listening to the playlist in anticipation of this Sunday’s 54th Grammy Awards. I started with the first album to ever win the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1959, Henry Mancini’s “Peter Gunn”, which is a soundtrack to the television series of the same name. I recognized the title track, which is today’s song of the day, but had never heard the full album. I very thoroughly enjoyed the album and plan on going out to buy it soon. I liked it that much. I see why it won. Over the next 4 days I will be sharing songs from 4 more Album of the Year winners as well, but today belongs too Henry Mancini’s “Peter Gunn”.