On August 29, I had the experience of a lifetime. I got to go to my first large venue concert at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON and listen to one of my favourite musicians perform live. On one of his later stops on the Search for Everything tour, John Mayer gave a beautiful performance. What I enjoyed the most was that he focused mostly on his ability to play the guitar more than the vocals. I became more mesmerized with every guitar solo I heard him play. I got to hear some of my old favourites like Daughters, Waiting on a World to change and Gravity, but I was also exposed to a couple of new songs I enjoyed such as: Never on the day you leave, and Emoji of a Wave. I hope that you’ll give some of my videos a listen And I hope that whether you like him or not, John’s music can resonate with you in some way.
This is one of my favourite songs at the moment. Valerie is a song performed by the late musician Amy Winehouse. It’s not a new song but I just discovered this version of the song, having only heard her live versions prior to this. The BBC Live Lounge 1 version is also very well done. Mark Ronson (whom is currently famously known for his song Uptown Funk with Bruno Mars), puts his own spin on this beautiful song to make it more of a pop, dance, jazzy tune. This song is a beautiful story about a friendship or love that is lost and kind of a call out to find out where this person (aka Valerie) has gone to. The lyrics also hint towards pondering of things past as Winehouse sings about the potential whereabouts of this person today. While it is a fun song, it does have some sad undertones to it as well. I have posted the studio version and a live version below! I like the live version a lot because it displays the talents of Winehouse and how her vocals can paint a picture whether recorded or in live performance. That’s what always been unique about Amy: her ability to paint a picture with her words. That’s evident in this piece as well.
*They used a fake Amy as she was not available at the time of the video’s filming*
To be completely honest with you, I was not that impressed with 25 by Adele. Yes, there were probably 4-5 quality songs on the album but overall it was not a great album. The lyrics were lacking but her amazing vocals won us over again.
While I was not impressed with the album as a whole, the song All I Ask did win me over. This is really a personal song and its beautiful in its delivery. While there is no studio version of this song available on YouTube, I did stumble upon her live performance of this song on Ellen. Give it a listen because its just as great live as it is on the album.
Adele has won me over again. Now, popular to contrary belief, I did not fall in love with Hello. I found it quite annoying and the lyrics to be sub-par, but her vocals were on point. When We Were Young brings us back to the sound of Adele that we have come to love from her previous albums 19 and 21. While I haven’t rushed to the store to purchase 25 like I did with the other two (mainly because I personally wasn’t impressed with Hello. I mean, after Rolling in the Deep; that’s a tough act to follow), I will probably crave more of her vocal beauty and cave in eventually. So far, this is my favourite song that I have heard of the album (seeming as I’ve only heard two) and I absolutely love it. It is the perfect combination of stellar vocals and jazz sounds. In my opinion, it is far better than Hello.
P.S. This live version sounds better than the original a tad bit.
“I’m gonna pick those pieces, and build a lego house. If things go wrong we can knock it down”. Ed Sheeran’s song Lego House has so much imagery and hidden meaning that makes this song extraordinarily beautiful. I was watching American Idol tonight and I stumbled upon a contestant who covered this song. Although, their cover was good, I still don’t think that it has the power to compare to the original. This is a beautifully crafted song about the power of love and the different ways in which love can be pulled but still feel whole.
If you have a chance to listen to Ed’s acoustic version, I highly recommend it. The simplicity of his guitar and voice impact you in a different way.
I’m surprised that I haven’t blogged about this song yet. This was one of Alicia Keys first big songs. In my opinion, it is also her most beautiful song. Although I do love Keys’ original version, I am even more in love with Maroon 5’s cover of the song. Why? Keys’ sings this song with a beautiful jazz back ground and an amazing jazzy voice to go with it, but there is absolutely nothing better than a man with a voice like Adam Levine’s singing a jazz love song with a simple piano background. Also, I prefer that Maroon 5’s version is in a bit of a higher not signature. Either way, they are both beautifully performed songs. I will post both up here for you. Take the poll and let me know which one you prefer!!!
P.S. Don’t you just think about that “somebody” every time you listen to this song?