Monthly Archives: July 2011

Latin Blast from the Past: Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony are Back

After hearing the recent news of Jennifer Lopez break-up from Marc Anthony, I was surprised to see a comeback from the  Latin crooner with “Rain Over Me”. Pitbull teams up with Anthony (who has previously teamed up with Jennifer Lopez for “On the Floor”) for a catchy and undeniable 90s dance throwback, mixed with current dance beats. Marc Anthony’s voice is quite refreshing, even though I have never really found Anthony to be attractive, you can’t ignore his voice and charismatic performance in his music video.

If you’ve been yearning for Latin 90s music, Ricky Martin also has a comeback, with a fully Spanish song, “Frio” with Wisin & Yandel. The rhythmic drumbeat is intoxicating, and even though I don’t fully understand the lyrics (I know it’s quite “cold”, haha) it’s still an enjoyable song, and I miss they hey-day of Ricky Martin.

What do you think of these Latin comebacks? Will is last?

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What Song Do You Want Played at Your Funeral?

The death of Amy Winehouse has brought mixed emotions online. People saying it was going to come anyways, and others sad that an artist has been lost. Others thought she wasn’t talented enough to join the “27 Club” among other famous artists who passed away at the age of 27, Joplin, Cobain, Hendrix to name a few.

I think the bottom line is that a person is dead, an artist is dead. Someone who was troubled and was addicted to drugs. You don’t know what it’s like to live in someone else’s shoes, so to judge them harshly, I believe you hold the same standards to yourself secretly. I have no idea what happened in her life, but it might not have been good to turn to drugs and then get addicted to the point where you die. That’s sad. I wasn’t an Amy Winehouse fan, but I just can’t stand the harsh comments made about her.

Then I saw on Facebook, a friend saying what songs she would want played at her funeral. A friend of mine died a couple months ago at the young age of 25. The song she was remembered by was “Over the Rainbow” the Hawaiian version.

It got me thinking what song I would want to be remembered by. One of my favorite songs of all time is Amelie’s “La Noyee”. That song makes me want to cry. It really is beautiful, but you really have to listen to it. At first it starts with one part, then it separates into two parts. Then there are three different parts playing and they harmoniously start really blending together around 1:30. And then the song ends. A very quick song, full of bittersweet feelings. I believe it is one of the most beautiful songs of all time. The song just rushes but flows. It sways and builds energy until it is on a full on sprint. The melodies start rushing, just going all over the place, I really can’t follow it, it really is everywhere, and then with a steady flow, it all converges and ends. Unfortunately, I can’t find the soundtrack version anywhere on YouTube, so I’m going with a cover of “La Noyee” by Dave Thomas, who I mentioned before in this blog as an amazing accordion player. But please, do yourself a favor and download “La Noyee” for yourself.

Another song I would want would be How to Train Your Dragon’s “Forbidden Friendship”. First off, the xylophone? Oh man, a beautiful instrument, how the song is so soft and then the bells start chiming in. Genius, it gives me chills. A piccolo comes in with more of a melody, and then voices start chiming in. The song continues to build, higher and higher, as if you’re soaring through the clouds, the sun in shining, and you’re looking down at a green landscape. Just rays of light, then weightlessness. All that is left is the voices, and that’s what I imagine heaven would be.

And I think the last song is something very special to me. I love the movie, “A Little Princess” I also read an updated book version of the original. The original was about the war, and in the updated version, the parents went off to a movie location in Africa or something. Anyways, I love, “Kindle My Heart”. The lyrics are simple, yet effective. It reminds me of the message in the movie, that every girl is a “princess”, meaning, everyone is special. Everyone is worthy. Everyone deserves love and kindness rules over all. The main girl is nice to everyone, no matter what status they were born into, and that is something very rare today. I believe being a good person is the right way to be. Maybe you might get stepped on, maybe it might take a while to see your efforts in return, but I don’t believe whatever social class you’ve been born to predicts your future. Unfortunately, this music video is on Moulin Rouge, I like Moulin Rouge, but I couldn’t find a video with the A Little Princess clips in it.

Life is unexpected, and when it comes down to it, there are no rules in life. Life is short and hard. Try to be easier with yourself and others, because one day, you won’t have that chance anymore.

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Personal Update

I have three more articles coming up for the Examiner, they’re really cool and inspiring, interviews with different kinds of musicians.

I’m also gearing up to perform soon around LA, and I also have some covers that I want to start putting up on YouTube, and I’ll be also posting here on this blog. Too many things to do! It’s hard to find time for it all…

And I should get going with the rest of my day.

Take care!

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Indie Artist to Checkout: Kimly

I got to see Kimly perform once, and I was so excited about her performance, that I bought her CD.

She was very cute, very energetic. My favorite song was “Good Evening”. This is the only video I can find of her performing, but when I saw her perform, she was way more energetic, jumping around the stage and making jokes. I got to talk to her afterwards and she was a sweetheart.

I hesitated posting her on this blog, only because she doesn’t have high quality recordings. The EP that I bought wasn’t unfortunately a great recording. I thought she was much better live, more energetic and louder. I felt the recording lacked back-up vocals and the right instrumentation. Kimly definitely has a different energy and potential, she needs the backing of a good manager or record label to push her into the right place. I hope she continues singing, because I liked her a lot, she just needs the right recordings and professional help to send her into the limelight. Check out her website here: http://www.kimlymusic.com/.

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It’s My Blog and I’ll Write if I Want to

I started off this blog as a place to talk about music, write my emotions with music, and then this blog grew into reporting the latest and newest in music. I got to write for the Examiner about music as well. Then I felt a need to keep constant, daily updating music, and it was weird updating all the time, sometimes, yes, there was a lot of music to cover. Sometimes I didn’t have the time to write, sometimes I just didn’t have the heart in it. I didn’t want to talk about music I didn’t  like. That would be dishonest.

It’s kind of like the newspapers, they need to come out with stories every day, and some days, there isn’t that much great news to report on.

I have a few more articles coming up for the Examiner, but I’ve been thinking about my life and what I want to do, and I’m finding that constantly keeping up with music trends isn’t time efficient for me. I want to start my own business, plus I’m gearing up to perform again in LA, acoustic venues with my guitar. I find myself not having time for anything and feeling lost and stuck. So, I knew I needed to cut the fat off somewhere in my life. And, it seemed to be the writing…

I won’t be gone forever, but this constant need to update… I’ll just come back and forth when I really do want to geek out about a new song I just heard. It means I won’t really keep my visitor rate going up… but if you do subscribe to my blog, you’ll get updates when I do write so you don’t need to keep checking back and forth if I wrote something new.

I love writing, and I love music, and this was a natural progression and a very fun project… but right now, I need to spend time on things more profitable, and even though I want to do it all, I can’t do it all. So, I’ll write when I can, but I can’t do the daily writing thing. I feel bad writing that, but I’ll write when I can.

So, for my readers, I’m not leaving forever, but I guess I won’t be updating as often. I really have to focus on other areas in my life, and writing and performing music is one of them, and when I start performing again, I’ll update on the shows, etc.

Thank you for reading and again, I’m not leaving, but I just won’t be as constant as before.

🙂

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She Wants Revenge – Take the World

If Depeche Mode and Franz Ferdinand had a rock love-child, it would sound like, “She Wants Revenge”. Maybe throw in a little Modest Mouse as well.

I heard this unique gem on the radio. The song is unique, a bit haunting, and the singer sounds like a mix of rock singers. This group is from the San Fernando Valley.

Check out their music video here, I’m not a fan of the video, but what can you do?

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Blast from the Past – Backstreet Boys

Before Bieber, there were some other boys in the back of the street that were quite popular with the ladies.

The explosion of boy bands in the 90s/00s ensued a fierce battle between the Backstreet Boys and N’Sync. In competition with each other, and the girls divided their loyalty between the two. Girls would wait outside of TRL (Total Request Live) in New York City and chant for their favorite boy band, and cursing the competition.

My favorite boy band was the Backstreet Boys. I got introduced to them with this music video:

You don’t know what that did to young girls. And all the rain? Oh, it was over. Backstreet Boys was my first concert, my friend was a huge fan and we went. I never heard so many girls screaming in one place ever again in my life. My ears were ringing for the rest of the night. They just screamed non-stop.

When I was in Chile, they had a Backstreet Boys channel, they just showed Backstreet Boys music videos non-stop.

When “I Want it That Way” came out, that was a massive hit. Guys even liked the song too. I remember that as shocking back then.

Now the Backstreet Boys are touring with New Kids on the Block. I already saw them once, so I’m fine, but it’s nice to see these boy bands still kicking. Although Justin Bieber reins supreme with the ladies now, I want to see the next round of boy bands and see what happens next.

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