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.

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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 Of The Day: 2/15/12 (I Will Always Love You)

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.

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

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.