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!!!
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.
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!!!
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:
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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.:
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.
Today’s song of the is John Legend’s “It’s Over” featuring Kanye West, from another of my 50 favorite albums of the 00’s, “Evolver”. This wasn’t a single, but damn, it should have been!!! It doesn’t get much more catchy and funky than this. Sometimes it blows my mind the songs that get overlooked as singles. If it wasn’t for “Green Light” featuring Andre 3000, this would be my favorite song on the album and this is an amazing album full of nothing but great songs. Easily one of the best albums of the 00’s.
So as I said yesterday, I will be sharing songs from 50 of my favorite albums of the 00’s, this week. Yesterday I shared a the non single track “The Real Thing” from Gwen Stefani’s album “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.” Today’s song of the day is also a non single track. It’s “Last Night” from Justin Timberlake’s debut solo album, “Justified”. I like the idea of sharing non single tracks from these albums. All of these albums are so great and most people are familiar with the hit singles, but I would like to draw some attention to the songs that didn’t get as much attention, but are just as good if not better than the singles you are familiar with. “Last Night” is one of over a dozen great tracks form “Justified”. Do you have a favorite track from “Justified or yesterday’s “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.”?
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!!!
So the last couple days I shared “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette and “Long Day” by Matchbox Twenty for song of the day, both great 90’s Rock songs. I also have a couple other 90’s Rock songs I’ve been wanting to share, one of which is today’s awesome song of the day, Foo Fighter’s “Learn To Fly”, so I thought, hey, why not do a whole 90’s Rock week. I’ve always said (possibly bias-ly so, being born in 85) that the 90’s had the best music of any decade (across all genres). I mean, think about it, Rock, Rap, Pop, R&B, etc., were all at peaks and so were music sales. I recently spoke with my boss (a big music aficionado) who is in his 40’s and even he agreed that the 90’s probably had the best, most consistent music across all genres, of any decade, with the 60’s being a very close second. The only problem with the 60’s is that it was basically just Rock and Soul. By the time the 90’s rolled around, music had evolved so much and branched out in to so many different sounds. That diversity paired with the quality of 90’s music is what makes it so special. I hope you agree with me and continue to enjoy the flash from the not SO distant Rock past, this whole week.
I’ve been wanting to share this song “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley for a few weeks now, but have had lot’s of other stuff to share. This song was named the #1 song of the 2000’s by Rolling stone a couple years back. They definitely deserve it too. I love Gnarls Barkley and especially Cee-Lo, solo and with his original group, Goodie Mob, who is a part of a clic along with OutKast, Sleepy Brown and others, called the Dungeon Family. They are all so talented and original!!! Are you a Dungeon Family fan? I may have to share one of their songs next. I just might!!!