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Bob Dylan-Shadows In The Night

Posted February 14, 2015 By admin

Bob Dylan-Shadows In The NightFrank Sinatra & Bob Dylan. Two musicians you might not think to put in the same sentence, but they actually were very fond of each other despite their very different styles of music. So when Bob Dylan announced his newest release, Shadows In The Night, an album of songs made popular by Sinatra, I wasn’t surprised in the least and was excited to see my favorite singer cover another of my favorites. The first comparison between Sinatra & Dylan you will make is, of course, the voice. Sinatra’s voice is unmatched in it’s purity and ability to convey the emotion of a song. And on this album Dylan doesn’t try to imitate it, instead using his aged and weathered voice to his advantage. These songs sound as if they are reflecting back on scenarios in life, rather than being in the midst of them. Songs like “I’m A Fool To Want You“, rumored to be about Sinatra’s relationship with Ava Gardner, sounds as if it’s being sung about a relationship that ended 40 years ago instead of the current time. “Why Try To Change Me Now” may be the best song on this album in my opinion. It seems like Dylan is speaking directly to his fans as well as his critics. It’s almost as if it’s his way of saying, “I’ve been doing things my way for 50+ years, why try to change me now?” The ability to take a song that has been sung by the most gifted vocalist in the world and make it your own is astonishing, and Dylan does that on almost every song here. This is a great tribute by one great artist to another, and a worthy addition to the Dylan catalog.

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Picks Of The Week

Posted February 8, 2015 By admin

It’s been a while since I posted here, and I’m excited to return with one of my favorite feature, my Picks Of The Week. For this unfamiliar with it, I basically gather the best songs I’ve added to my collection in the past week and share them here. Pretty simple, right? Hopefully you discover something new you enjoy, but if not, there’s always next week.

 

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Happy Birthday Bob Dylan

Posted May 24, 2014 By admin

Happy Birthday Bob DylanBob Dylan turned 73 today. While it’s sad for me to think of my favorite musician getting older, I am thankful he has been able to live a long life and still be productive into his 70’s. With rumors of a new album coming out in August, he shows no signs of slowing down. Recently a new song popped up on his website, a Frank Sinatra cover  titled “Full Moon & Empty Arms“. I will post the two different versions below, as well as a creation of my own. I lined up the Sinatra & Dylan versions to create a decent duet. Obviously it doesn’t sync up perfectly, but I think it sounds alright, and gives a cool twist on the song. Enjoy, and happy birthday Bob!

Frank Sinatra version:

Bob Dylan version:

Duet version:

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Music For Humans Awards 2014

Posted February 6, 2014 By admin

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It’s time for the second annual Music For Humans Awards. It’s my small way of evening out the junk fest that is the Grammys. Some of the categories I took from the Grammys, some I decided to have fun with and create my own. Click here for last years winners, and read below for this years winners.

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Song categories:

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Best songs of 2013

Posted January 1, 2014 By admin

Well, it’s a couple days later than I planned, but here are the best songs of 2013. The reason I am late posting this is that in the past I try to pick whatever songs can fit on 2 CD’s. It was time consuming narrowing them down that way, and at some point I figured why limit myself. I’m probably the last person who still uses CD’s anyways, so I just figured I will pick whatever songs I want, and not worry about limits like that. So, here are my favorite songs of 2013:

 

  • Just To Make Me Feel Good – Adam Green & Binki Shapiro
  • About Farewell – Alela Diane
  • Nothing On Me – Alexz Johnson
  • Johnson Blvd. – Amos Lee
  • Indian Summer – Anoushka Shankar
  • One and Only – Ashley Gold
  • Went To See The Gypsy (Demo) – Bob Dylan
  • Wild Child – Brett Dennen
  • Change Your Ways Or Die (The Buffalo Song) – The Cactus Blossoms
  • Pink Champagne – Caitlin Rose
  • Sad Joy – Carrie Rodriguez
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Cat Power
  • Crying in the Rain – The Chapin Sisters
  • Body Party – Ciara
  • Villain – CocoRosie
  • Lost In You – Darius Rucker
  • It’s Only Me – Dessa
  • No Freedom – Dido
  • Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes) – Emmy Rossum
  • Wait – Eric Burdon
  • Please Don’t Say You Love Me (Piano Version) – Gabrielle Aplin
  • Hard To Be Like You – Hanna & Kerttu
  • Love My Life Away – Harry Connick, Jr.
  • Drinkin’ – Holly Williams
  • Unchain My Heart – Hugh Laurie
  • I Got You – Jack Johnson
  • Pure Imagination – Jamie Cullum
  • Loneliness & Alcohol – Jars Of Clay
  • Reckoning – Jen Chapin
  • Sunnyside – Jessica Campbell
  • God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen – Jewel
  • Dear Marie – John Mayer
  • There Is a Stone – John Smith
  • Fight for My Soul- Jonny Lang
  • All Bad – Justin Bieber
  • You Got It On – Justin Timberlake
  • Five Hundred Miles – Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan & Stark Sands
  • As Long As I’ve Got You – Kendra Morris
  • These Great Things – Lily & Madeleine
  • Fly – Luluc
  • The Search – Mree
  • Leaving On A Jet Plane – My Morning Jacket
  • On My Way To Work – Paul McCartney
  • Lost In You – Petula Clark
  • Warrior Lord – Poliça
  • Nowhere Is – Ron Sexsmith
  • Kid Face – Samantha Crain
  • Ms. Unseen – Sean Lennon
  • Love Will Remember – Selena Gomez
  • Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Shearwater and Sharon Van Etten
  • I Can See Clearly Now – Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt
  • O Bêbado e a Equilibrista / Smile – Stacey Kent
  • When You Get to Asheville – Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
  • With Or Without You – Sungha Jung
  • Grow Old With Me (Demo) – Tom Odell
  • Restless Fugitive – Willy Mason

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Top albums of 2013

Posted December 29, 2013 By admin

Another year is coming to a close and it’s time to unveil my top albums of the year. It’s a list that is dominated by females, there were so many good albums released by women this year. First, some albums that didn’t quite crack the top 10, but I still feel like they should be mentioned. These are in no particular order:

Now, the top 10:

10. The Chapin Sisters – A Date With the Everly Brothers

The Chapin Sisters - A Date With the Everly Brothers

9. The Cactus Blossoms- Live At The Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms- Live At The Turf Club

8. Andy Kaufman- Andy & His Grandmother

Andy Kaufman- Andy & His Grandmother

7. Jonny Lang- Fight For My Soul

Jonny Lang- Fight For My Soul

6. Bob Dylan- The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10

Bob Dylan- The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10

5. Adam Green & Binki Shapiro- Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

4. CocoRosie- Tales Of A GrassWidow

CocoRosie- Tales Of A GrassWidow

3. Alela Diane- About Farewell

Alela Diane- About Farewell

2. Dessa- Parts Of Speech

Dessa- Parts Of Speech

1. Samantha Crain- Kid Face

Samantha Crain- Kid Face

 

My top songs of the year will be posted tomorrow, so be sure to come back and check those out as well.

 

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