Song Of The Day: 3/26/12 (Trans DF Express)

So I’ve been meaning to share this song for a while now, since I did my top 5 Rappers of all time countdown, a few weeks back. If you don’t already know, The Dungeon Family is a supergroup that consists of OutKast, Goodie Mob, Sleepy Brown and many other awesome southern Rappers and Producers. This group of Rappers, Singers and Producers are all legends in their own right. They formed back in the early 90s and changed the face of southern Rap as well as music in general. The most notable members from The Dungeon Family are of course, Andre 3000 and Big Boi of OutKast and Cee-Lo of Goodie Mob, who is now a coach of the hit TV show, The Voice. They have numerous awards between them, including many Grammys. I’m not sure how many, but I’m sure its at least a dozen, including one for Album of the Year in 2004 for OutKast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”.  The song of the day, “Trans DF Express” is the single from their awesome collaborative album, “Even In Darkness” that came out just over 10 years ago, back in 2001. So grab your ticket and hop on the Trans DF Express!!!

 

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Song Of The Day: 3/10/12 (Ironic)

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”.

Song Of The Day: 2/20/12 (Run To You)

As I said yesterday I originally didn’t want to post a Whitney Houston video, as to not be another outlet adding to the barrage of Whitney coverage and music, but I think that she was a great talent and deserves to be showcased on Volume 11. So today’s song of the day is her song “Run To You” from her hit film and Grammy winning album “The Bodyguard”. The album won Album of the Year in 1994. This is a beautiful song with a video consisting almost exclusively of a beautiful close up of her and a pretty fitting scene, now that she has passed away, of her running in the clouds. R.I.P. Whitney.

Song Of The Day: 2/19/12 (Just Like That)

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?

 

Song(s) Of The Day: 2/17/12 (Abbey Road Medley: Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End)

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.”

Song(s) Of The Day: 2/16/12 (Princess Of China/Paradise)

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.

Song Of The Day: 2/13/12 (Runaway Baby)

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.

Grammy Wrap Up

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.”

For a full list of winners go here:

http://www.grammy.com/nominees

Song Of The Day: 2/12/12 (Roses)

The final Grammy winning Album of the Year, I would like to share with everyone is my very favorite album to ever win the award and quite possibly the best album ever made (in my humble opinion), OutKast’s “Speakerboxx/The Love Below”. It was a double album. One disc was Big Boi’s (“Speakerboxx”) and the other disc was Andre 3000’s (“The Love Below”). This album was HUGE when it came out, back in 2003. Huge enough and great enough to be the only true Hip-Hop album to ever win the Grammy for Album of the Year. I was a big fan of OutKast before this album, but this album cemented them as one of the greatest music acts of all time, for me. The album has sold somewhere around 18 million copies worldwide, making in one of only a handful of Hip-Hop albums to ever reach the Diamond mark and almost the double Diamond mark at that. Give it a few more years, I’m sure it will get there. The Song “Hey Ya!” from “The Love Below” was the first song to ever sell a million MP3 downloads and along with “The Way you Move” from “Speakerboxx”, made OutKast the only group/artist to ever replace itself at the number 1 billboard spot with another one of their own songs, other than The Beatles. I chose the song “Roses” as the song of the day because other than already having shared “Hey Ya” and “The Way You Move” for song of the day a few weeks back, I thought that this was a great example of the diversity that this album held, as well as being really, the only song on the album to utilize both Big Boi and Andre in the same track. Also with Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s perfect, what with the Valentine’s Day theme and the song “Happy Valentine’s Day” from “The Love Below” opening the video. Welcome to “Speakerboxx” and “The Love Below”, two albums, but the same old flow.

R.I.P. Whitney Houston

It has just been announced that Whitney Houston has passed away at the age of 48. There is no news on the cause of her death, yet. She was considered by many (including myself) to be one of the greatest female voices of all time. Her first album was released in 1985 and in her 27 year career she has accumulated  somewhere around 415 awards, making her the most awarded female artist of all time. Her album/soundtrack for the movie “The Bodyguard” won Grammy for Album of the Year in 1994. She’s also the 15th all time, best selling artist in the world. Some of her most memorable hits include “Greatest Love of All”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, “I Will Always Love You” and many more. We will always love YOU, Whitney. Rest in peace.