R.I.P. Donna Summer

The Queen of Disco, Donna Summer passed away today, after losing her battle with breast cancer at 63 years old. She was without a doubt, the biggest star of the Disco era. Some of her hits include “Last Dance”, “Bad Girls”, “Hot Stuff”, “She Works Hard For The Money” and many more and she is the first artist to have 3 consecutive double albums go to #1 on the U.S. Billboard chart. She is a music legend and her legacy will live on for a long time to come. Disco is what helped to shape modern Pop music and without Disco and her as the most influential artist of the genre, music would have been very different over the course of the past 40 years or so and on. I grew up listening to her songs with my Mother, who was a big Disco and Donna Summer fan growing up. R.I.P. Donna Summer.

Song Of The Day: 5/5/12 (Love Song)

Today’s song of the day is Sara Bareilles’ “Love Song” another old song that I’ve been hearing a lot of, all of a sudden. I love this song and Sara Bareilles as an artist. She is so talented and I hope to continue to hear a lot more great stuff from her, in the future.

Song Of The Day: 5/2/12 (The Sea)

Today’s song of the day is Corinne Bailey Rae’s beautiful and sad song, “The Sea” about her husband who died about 5 years ago from an overdose. I have never quite felt for an artist like the way I feel for Corinne when I hear this honest and heartfelt song about the loss of her husband. Listen to the lyrics and see if it doesn’t touch you. I simply LOVE Corinne. I’ve been listening to her since she came out. She is a true artist and makes such beautiful and moving music. Her first album was magnificent and then came her second album and it was possibly even better. I hope she has a long career ahead of her of more great music, like she’s been making. Can’t wait for her next album!!!

Song of The Day: 5/1/12 (Live Your Life)

I have just discovered a great new female artists. Her name is Yuna. She’s been active in the music industry for about 4 years now and has had a couple albums. Her new self titled album “Yuna” is really fantastic. I just listened to it for the first time, earlier today and it’s rare that I like an album right off the bat, but this album pretty much blew me away. Today’s song of the day is the single “Live Your Life”. What do you think? Check the album out ASAP. It’s a great little gem.

Song Of The Day: 4/28/12 (Bambi)

Been listening to a lot of Prince lately, so I wanted to share one of his songs for today’s song of the day, but it turns out a lot of Prince songs aren’t available on Youtube. I guess Prince is strict about that. The song I picked, that I was actually able to find, was one of his early hits, “Bambi”. Get funky with it and check it out!!!

Follow Me On Spotify!!!

Spotify is an amazing music subscription service that puts millions and millions of songs at your finger tips, instantly. It’s like Pandora Radio, but better because you can choose exactly what you want to listen to (artist, album, song) and not be forced to listen to what Pandora thinks you want to listen to, but if that’s what you want, Spotify also has their own Pandora style radio stations as well.

I’ve used it basically since it first became available in North America, back in July 2011. It started in Europe first and was such a huge success there, it’s now spreading worldwide. It’s also a great place to share music and playlists with your friends. Recently, they have also added really cool music apps that help make the music listening experience even cooler. There is a Rolling Stone app, a Billboard app, a last.fm app and a bunch of other really cool and useful apps.

I’ve explained how exactly the service works, from the free to paid options in a previous post, so I wont bore you with those details again. If you would like to learn more, you can read the previous blog post at the link below:

https://volume11blog.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/try-spotify/

Or you can go to:

http://www.spotify.com

Anyway, on to the purpose of this post. Join Spotify if you already haven’t and enjoy the expansive universe of music available. If you have already joined and/or when you do, follow my Spotify account and check out what I’m listening to and take a listen to one of my MANY playlists. Hey, you never know I may even start doing special Volume 11 playlist just for you guys.

Keep in mind one of the flaws with Spotify is how it tracks your listsens. It puts up a list of your most listened to artists, albums and songs, but it can be very inaccurate. Right now it says my most listened to artist is currently Common, but I’ve been listening to far more Phil Collins, Matchbox Twenty and Grateful Dead, as of late. Also whatever music you actually own and is loaded into your computer, will automatically be loaded in to your Spotify library, but since artists like The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin aren’t on Spotify they and other non-Spotify artists won’t be tracked, even if your listening to your own Beatles CD’s through Spotify. Otherwise you would see The Beatles and Pink Floyd on top of my listens list a lot. Anyway, follow my Spotify account by clicking the link below and then clicking Add To Favorites when you get to my account. Once you are following me, message me, so I can follow you back. We can start a great little community.:

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Song Of The Day: 4/21/12 (Don’t Let Me Get Me)

Today’s song of the day is “Don’t Let Me Get Me” by P!nk. I’ve been hearing this song a lot, on the radio, lately. It’s good to see that P!nk is still making music and is still successful. This song is from her album “M!ssundaztood” which had a bunch of great songs on it. Probably her best album. It was her second album, but her first one was more of a Pop/R&B album and on this album she took more of a Pop/Rock approach and she has stayed with that style ever since and has had great success with it. She is currently working on a new album.

Song(s) of the Day: 4/17/12 (Hail Mary/2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted)

This year’s Coachella Music Festival’s first weekend was this past weekend and boy were the attendees in for a big surprise when Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre “brought Tupac back to life” via an on stage hologram!!! What an awesome idea!!! The performance of “Hail Mary” and “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted” was great and makes you miss the Hip-Hop legend all the more. Snoop and Dre are actually in talks about taking the Tupac hologram on a tour too!!! This is a very cool and interesting idea. I would love to go to one of the show. Think of all the other great artists they could do this with (e.g. Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix etc.) Tupac lives!!!

Song Of The Day: 4/16/12 (Payphone)

Today’s song of the day is the just premiered new Maroon 5 song, “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa. It was just performed for the first time on The Voice. The last song, Maroon 5 premiered on The Voice, was the #1 smash hit “Moves Like Jagger”. This song sounds very radio ready and I think it should do very well. What do you think of the new song? I’ve been a big Maroon 5 fan since their first album, “Songs About Jane” so I can’t wait for their new album “Overexposed” due out on June 26th.

Song Of The Day: 4/15/12 (My Valentine)

Today’s song of the day is one of Paul McCartney’s original songs, “My Valentine” from his newest CD of Pop Standards, “Kisses On The Bottom”. The video was just released this past week. I’m a little confused as to why he released it now and not right after the Grammys when he performed it live, right before Valentine’s Day, but I guess you just don’t question Sir. Paul. It’s an interesting video with Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp performing the song in sign language. You don’t see Paul at all, but his voice is indelible. Enjoy this laid back tune to wind down on this Sunday evening.