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Sergio Mendes

Posted by imogen on March 23, 2007

sergio_mendes_main.jpgSergio Mendes is a Brazilian Musician who was a member of the group Brasil ’66 together with Lani Hall. Mendes was probably the biggest Brazilian star in the music scene, enjoying immense popularity worldwide and performing even in the White House.I love the music of Sergio Mendes. Great melodies, great lyrics, and great vocals to go along with it. I think their music can really connect with their listeners. It has that special quality to it, that allows you to relax, love, and appreciate music at it’s best. Below, I listed 3 of their songs that I like best. Personally, when I listen to these songs, I’m being dragged back to the past (in a nice way), and I find myself reminiscing the old times. Their music is timeless, and doesn’t fade with time.

1) What Do We Mean To Each Other
2) Never Gonna Let You Go
3) Take This Love

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Dishwalla

Posted by imogen on March 13, 2007

dishwalla.jpgDishwalla is an alternative rock band from Santa Barbara, California. Members include Jim Wood (keyboards), Rodney Browning Cravens (lead guitar), J.R. Richards (vocals, guitar, and keyboards), Pete Maloney (drums), and Scot Alexander (bass, Juno 60). So why the name Dishwalla, you might ask? The band’s name comes from an Indian term for a person who uses illegal equipment to descramble a television satellite signal and share it with their neighborhood. Go figure.

Anyway, I’ve only really found out about this band when I was in college. My friend introduced their music to me, and guess what, I loved it! Well, actually, I can’t really say I love ALL of their songs. I’ve only listened to their Opaline album, and there’s probably only 4 songs that I really like in it. But these songs are really good, that I had to place them in here. I remember playing these songs over and over, to the point that when I hear them back now, they pretty much remind me of my college days. Oh well, I guess music does that to you. Especially, if you play them one too many times. Listen to these songs and find out why I like them so much…

1) Candleburn – I love this song. Listen to the piano. I love the smooth, soulful, almost haunting melody it plays. I’m not really sure what the lyrics mean though. In my opinion, this is about a girl who has been burned (figuratively speaking of course). Waiting… exhausted with life… with love (I may be wrong of course), but it’s really nice.

2) Angels Or Devils – This is a cool song. I love singing along with this. The first time I heard it, I thought it had a great melody. Great vocals too. It’s got a good beat, and the message of the song is really nice too. It tells of the angels and devils in each and every one of us. We all have good and bad sides to our personalities, and I guess that’s what the song is trying to capture. Which voice is stronger, which are we predisposed to, angels or devils? Take your pick.g70393dwslv.jpg

3) Every Little Thing – The words in the lyrics, “wish i could be, every little thing you wanted” could potentially strike a lot of chords in people’s hearts, and I’m pretty sure, in one way or another, you might have experienced falling in love and wanting to say the exact same words to a special someone. Right? Well, even if you haven’t and you can’t relate to the song, it still doesn’t matter, coz the melody of the song is really catchy. Kind of acoustic and country and alternative rolled into one. It’s great.

4) Home – I love this song too, it has a certain warmth in it, and kind of sentimental sound to it. Probably because the title itself, “Home” gives me that nostalgic feeling. I don’t know, but anyway, the songs speaks about this big trial we call life, and how sometimes we get so overwhelmed by problems that all we wanna do is surrender and come home. Even for just a little while. The message is really touching actually. Sometimes, just because a song is alternative, the tendency is to overlook the lyrics, and we neglect to really understand the meaning of the song. J.R.’s vocals are awesome as always by the way, and it fits perfectly in this song. Nice.

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Christopher Cross

Posted by imogen on March 10, 2007

arte.jpgChristopher Cross is an Oscar-winning, Golden Globe-winning, and five-time Grammy-winning American singer and songwriter. He is, along with Norah Jones, the only artist to receive all of the “Big Four” Grammy Awards (Best Record, Song, Album, and New Artist) in the same year. He’s actually one of my favorite singers. He’s got a really good voice, and I love the way he sings. His voice is soothing, deeply relaxing, and has a country-like quality that’s great to listen to. His music for me, is timeless. I get goosebumps whenever I listen to him. Click on the titles to listen to his tracks that I like best:

1) Sailing – definitely my favorite Christopher Cross song. This was featured in his 1979 self-titled debut album and has won 3 Grammy awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Arrangement. Imagine that! I just love this song. I guess I could say that I only started REALLY liking this song when my “once” favorite local band sang it, but it totally made me realize what a great song Sailing really is. It has such a beautiful and relaxing melody. I love hearing this played on the piano. I haven’t really pondered on the lyrics to analyze its deeper meaning yet, but I guess the title speaks for itself.

2) Swept Away – love this song too! It’s so melodic, I feel like I’m being swept off my feet when I listen to it. I love the arrangement, and it’s great to sing along with. And the message of the song is so nice. It describes love, and how the magic can really literally catch you by surprise and sweep you off your feet. It’s warmly romantic, with a sort of slow melancholic, kind of nostalgic thing going on that leaves you feeling peaceful and elated. I can’t quite put my finger on it, actually. I just really feel good listening to it. The music is fantastically done, the lyrics wonderfully written. It’s really a beautiful, soothing love song. Check out the video of his live acoustic performance. So relaxing.1269_con_christopher-cross-2.jpg

3) Think Of Laura – this song is a tribute to the memory of his friend who died in a car accident and was made popular when it was used in the soap opera General Hospital. The song is really heartwarming, and Christopher’s smooth, sighing vocals is perfect to portray the message of the song. It’s really a wonderful soothing ballad, love the acoustics too.

4) Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) – this is the theme song from the 1981 film Arthur starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnell. It’s just a song about falling in love, and I’m not really that crazy about it than the first three I listed here, but it’s a good song nevertheless, and it does leave the listener feeling good. It’s one of his songs that has a really good melody and is easy to remember. I only got the live version on audio clip though. The song won the 1981 Academy Award for Best Original Song.

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Baby I Love Your Way

Posted by imogen on March 4, 2007

When I heard Mig Ayesa’s version of Baby I Love Your Way, I just fell in love with it! Actually, I wasn’t really much of a fan of the Rockstar INXS show… but I just love Mig’s voice! He has such an amazing voice, and his rendition of this song is just so beautiful… I love love LOVE it! Check out the video. I can listen to this version over and over again and not get tired of it… Hands down Mig!

Shadows grow so long before my eyes
And they’re moving across the page
Suddenly the day turns into night
Far away from the city
Don’t hesitate, ’cause your love won’t wait

Ooh baby I love your way, everyday
Wanna tell you I love your way, everyday
Wanna be with you night and day, heyyy

I can see the sunset in your eyes
Brown and gray, and blue besides
Clouds are stalking islands in the sun
I wish I could buy one, out of season

But don’t hesitate, ’cause your love, your love won’t wait

Dooh baby I love your way, everyday
I wanna tell you I love your way, eyy
And I, I wanna be with you night and day, yeah

I can see the sunset in your eyes…

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Lauren Christy

Posted by imogen on March 4, 2007

christy1.jpgLauren Christy is a singer and songwriter born in London, England. She’s one of the female singers that I like. I’ve only listened to three of her songs, and I love them. Check them out (click on the titles to listen to them and to view their lyrics):

1) Steep – this song is about a woman falling out of love with a man. It doesn’t feel right anymore and she can no longer lie about her feelings. She wants to end the relationship because looking down the road, she sees her future with him is getting steep.

2) Color Of The Night – this is a sad song about love and pretense. The woman is begging for his man to open himself up to her, show his true feelings. They’re together physically, but emotionally it seems like they’re worlds apart. And because of that, she feels lost and doesn’t know where to stand. He’s hiding behind the color of the night.

3) Vanessa’s Father – actually, I don’t really get the message of this song. At least I’m not so sure I grasp the meaning behind it. But I think it’s about a girl who had an affair with an older man (Vanessa’s Father), and married him in the end. Is Vanessa her friend, though? I don’t know. But anyway, I do like the melody of this song, and it’s kinda different in the sense that it’s kinda like, more of a story than a song. So there.

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Geek In The Pink

Posted by imogen on March 3, 2007

I love this Geek In The Pink video of Jason Mraz. I’ve never even heard of this song if it wasn’t for Chris Richardson, who sang it during one of the performance nights in American Idol. But the moment I heard it, I was hooked. I’ve always liked Jason Mraz, from his hits like, Sleep All Day, The Remedy, etc. And I’m glad he has this interesting beat, Geek In The Pink. Love the lyrics as well. Check out the video, it’s really fun and funky. I think it’s really cool!

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