Hi everyone, I'm feeling whimsical today and thought I'd start a new blog all about my music discoveries, opinions, news etc. My news are based on what I hear on the radio and/or find by accident on either Amazon or YouTube so don't set your clock by my findings! lol I just want to talk about music, because music is like oxygen to me and I've been, ever since I was a little girl, a music "pusher". :D If you're a music lover, hope you enjoy reading or feel Free to bring in your own discoveries, especially if you’re passionate about them. Hope you enjoy my choices. Take care and hugs to all, sincerely, Sylvie <3

 


 

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Comment by sylvie boisvert 9 hours ago

Hi everyone,  I want to share another library find today.  I discovered this song years ago, on a Bill Medley album, though couldn’t tell you which, but I just fell in love with it. The song is called “Little green apples”. It was written by  Bobby Russell, the same guy who wrote the song “Honey”by Bobby Goldsboro. I wasn’t surprised when I read that. According to Wikipedia, both those were a songwriting experiment of true-to-life songs, in 1968.  “Little green apples” is better known as a hit single from O. C. Smith:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6UJOb4oVfU

I really love the sweet arrangement in that one. Here’s a terrific version by the Temptations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVDjmPnqYdE

...and another cool version by the Four Tops:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W81eZBcDtls

Now the version I discovered this week is by British singer Robbie Williams, in a duet with Kelly Clarkson, off his 2013 album “Swings both ways”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox4RVtqGpqE

Funny how it was first considered to be a country song, which Mr  Russell had written for Roger Miller. There is something very sweet about it, though it’s not lyrically poetic. I think Frank Sinatra said it best on this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWN8T1roqdU

It has one of the sweetest melodies that gets me teary-eyed every time and the lyrics simply talking of the daily show of tenderness gives new meaning to “less is more” I think. Ah,  as Ray Charles sang: “...songs like these, played in minor keys...” just know how to pull the heartstrings. :D   Well anyway, I do hope you enjoy some of these, thank you for reading and listening, sincerely, Sylvie <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert yesterday

Hi everyone,  well thanks to my friends, I have a cute entry today: different ways to say “Happy birthday”! First one I’d never herd before, The penguin song, “Happy birthday”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3MgQqT3uHY

This one, on the glorious album “Hotter than July”, the one and only Stevie Wonder “Happy birthday”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYJPIZ-C-9c

This next one from a lovely tribute to Neil Sedaka, Bee Gees “Happy birthday sweet 16”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5dm6VZHt9g

How sweet is that? :D And last but not least, one of my all-time favourites, The Beatles “Happy birthday”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Xpeami317s

I sense a theme here... XD The theme is “good music shared by friends. Now, as long as I’m at it, a lovely performance from a delicious Brazilian TV concert in good old 1963, the genius himself, Mr Ray Charles and the Raylettes with “You are my sunshine”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8o4os6Um6g

All I can say is: thank God for the gift that keeps on giving! Thanks for reading and listening, sincerely, Sylvie <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert on August 14, 2014 at 6:42pm

Hi everyone, I have to thank Bryan Adams for today’s discovery. I got this alert from Amazon, about Bryan Adams’ next release called “Tracks of my years”, to be released September 30th. Incidentally, Bryan Adams is quite clever with his album titles, if I do say so. Who else would have thought of naming greatest hits compilations “The best of me” with the song being a title track and my favourite: “So far, so good”. :D Anyway, here’s the “Tracks of my years track listings

1. Anytime At All - The Beatles

2. She Knows Me (Original Song)

3. I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles

4. Kiss And Say Goodbye - The Manhattans

5. Lay Lady Lay - Bob Dylan

6. Rock And Roll Music - The Beatles

7. Down On The Corner - Creedence Clearwater Revival

8. Never My Love - The Association

9. Sunny - Bobby Hebb

10. Tracks Of My Tears - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11. God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

12. Help Me Make It Through The Night - Sammi Smith

13. Let It Be Me - The Everly Brothers

14. Many Rivers To Cross - Jimmy Cliff

I love Bryan Adams’ voice and think he’s the best Canadian artist for my money ever. That said, he’s in the “B” category for my entertainment dollar for priority buying, through no fault of his own. However, I think this one’s a winner! This track listing is very interesting and promises to deliver a terrific mix of genres and sounds. The only song I didn’t know, aside from the new one obviously, is this one, Jimmy Cliff “Many rivers to cross”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF3IktTk_pQ

Wow, love the organ and it’s one of those great soul songs that kind of reminds me of “Brown-eyed woman”, that  I know from Bill Medley:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lIG4SAG6Ds

I’m not sure if he originated it, but love it by him! I remember a while back, Marc Friedland had mentioned in the “Follow-up info for the history enthusiast” thread, that our Michael had recorded this with Joy in ’70 or ‘71, can you imagine? Hmm-hmm... XD Well anyway, hope you enjoy these at least half as much as I do. Thanks for reading and listening, sincerely, Sylvie <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert on August 13, 2014 at 2:41am

Hi everyone, today, I want to sing the praises  of music-streaming sites/services. I may or may not have mentioned  my recently acquired “Classic R&B” channel on which I’ve had the good fortune of listening to recently, on which I’ve been disCOVERing and rediscovering unexpected treasures. Let’s start this showcase with, our old friend Otis Redding’s version of the Sam Cooke song  “You send me”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5nLgzGK0BA

Apparently, Sam Cooke was one of Otis’ biggest influences and I know he's sung 1 or 2 of Sam's songs. All right, here’s another lovely discovery, made by and shared by miss Gladys Knight “Help me make it through the night”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D6HsaQ4EJM

I’ve never had the pleasure to hear Gladys Knight in person, but I seriously love the color and the warmth she brings to any song. Here is another surprise from the streaming service, Gladys Knight with the Boys II Men song "End of the road"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jodX9jYjJwk

Hoowee, now that’s the way to sing that song! :D Okay, the next one is a voice I thought I knew, until I heard it presented in a whole new way. Here is Jackie Wilson like you’ve never heard him before, singing “For once in my life”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wllK-NP6q0k

His tone is so unmistakable in the high notes, but has a whole other feel in his low register: very nice. My last one for today isn’t a cover to my knowledge, but if I’m gonna talk about rich tones, with a song I’ve just discovered, Mr Donny Hathaway with “To be young, gifted and black”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6agBPKX02UM

I hope for you all that you also have the good fortune to have the opportunity to open your musical mind and discover great treasures. Thanks for reading and listening, God bless you all, sincerely, Sylvie <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert on August 5, 2014 at 4:16am

Hi again everyone, another 2-fer today. The Chris Botti entry, I’d  been meaning to post for  a few days and now, here’s today’s discovery. How often does it happen that you rediscover an old favourite that completely floors you, because it’s so good, yet totally different from what you know? Well, it’s happened to me today. I often browse YouTube for vintage favourites of mine and I have fun with the recommendations. Recently, I revisited an old favourite: George Michael. I loved his voice and his Wham! Albums in the  late 80’s and early 90’s stuff, though I haven’t kept up with releases. As a matter of fact, I can’t say I was particularly impressed with his recent duet with Tony Bennett on Tony’s first duet album. However, following links, I discovered the existence of an album called “Symphonica”, which is a live collection of some of his hits, along with  a few standards, sung with symphonic arrangements, if you hadn’t guessed. I borrowed it, again from my faithful library and was absolutely flabbergasted when I recognized this song:

George Michael “Wild is the wind”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pARujCvm4Wo

Aside from his “Symphonica” album, he recorded it in 1999 for his “Songs from the last century” album. I wouldn’t have recognized the music, but I recognized the lyrics in a second. This, is my absolute favourite David Bowie song:

David Bowie “Wild is the wind”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbpMpRq6DV4

I really like the music, but there’s something so enthralling about the way David delivers it and his vibrato as he sings the final “wild” is, as my son says: sick! Lol You see, I was surprised to discover the song in such different garb by George, because I thought David’s rendition was the original. Reading the YouTube comments, I discovered that wasn’t so. According to YouTubers, this is the original:

Nina Simone “Wild is the wind”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiVDzTT4CbE

Now, I must say, I do understand the appeal and attraction to Nina's voice, though I’m afraid I don’t share it. To each his own, I guess. In any case,there is something for everyone. On that happy note, thanks for reading and listening, sincerely, Sylvie <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert on August 5, 2014 at 3:38am

Hi everyone, I want to share something a little different today. Browsing my local library’s web site, I came across a CD from jazz trumpet  player Chris Botti called “Italia” and the description sounded good, so I borrowed it. The entire CD is a smooth, soft and evocative collection. I couldn’t read the liner notes so I did question his choice for songs like “I’ve grown accustomed to her face” from “My fair lady” and “The way yu look tonight”, simply for their link to Italy, but they are very beautiful and fit well with the feel of the album.  My first favourite track from it is Schubert’s “Ave Maria”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JqOMeTGWnQ

It has a simply beautiful musical arrangement and the choral part is soft and ethereal, with the perfect dose. Seriously: Kudos to the producer of this CD! Now, my other favourite, not surprisingly, is “Nessun Dorma”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8SrYCD0Mo8

Again, it’s absolutely gorgeous, played softer than the thunderous operatic versions we’re used to hearing and somehow, there's a measured, quiet dignity about it.  I highly recommend this CD and although I’m generally not a huge jazz instrumentalist fan, this might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship: I’ll keep you posted! Thanks for reading and listening, sincerely, Sylvie <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert on July 28, 2014 at 5:53am

Hi everyone, in honor of today, July 27 2014 being one of the happiest days of my life, I want to share this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wjbb_RV2fLg

My favorite version of the Disney’s “Dumbo” classic and possibly my favourite lullabye. :D Thanks for reading and listening, sincerely, Sylvie <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert on July 23, 2014 at 1:19am

Hi everyone, while searching for something else on YouTube, I came across an old favourite song, sung by an old favourite too, in a different combination. This is the David Foster penned song, sung here by Richard Marx “The best of me”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy2JckYoZTs

I’ve posted both the Foster/Newton-John link, as well as the Michael Bublé  version before, so no need to do it again, enjoy! Thanks for reading and listening, sincerely, Sylvie <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert on July 21, 2014 at 4:55pm

Hi everyone, I was reviewing this blog this morning and realized an entry I thought I’d posted a couple of days ago  didn’t upload for some reason. So well, here it is again. I think it was last Thursday, Jason Mraz was on the “Tonight Show” and I found out I was misinformed about a couple of things. First, the duo he’s singing with on “Yes!” is called Raining Jane. Jason mentioned on the Pénélope show, that the title “Yes!” was an answer to the marriage of his songs with the Raining Jane sound. Now second, according to Jimmy Fallon, the first single is “Love someone”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J74Y6kDDTkM

While I’m at it, I also wanted to bring your attention to Jason's lovely cover of the Boys II Men song “It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday”:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vApON59CgaM

I appreciate that he respected the essence of the original, while still airbrushing the Mraz tinge on it. It’s such a beautiful song... Here is the original by Boys II Men:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VastXQ_hPb0

Ah, the sweet sound of acapella soul... Wow, this reminds me of an old video from 1986 I think it was. Feast your eyes and ears on  Daryl Hall & John Oates’ “Possession obsession”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAmgHGtOeJ0

I remember the part where John gets out of the cab and joins his buddies singing on the street corner: he cleans up nicely! XD My sister wonders how I remember such things so well... :D In any case, hope you enjoy some of these, thanks much for reading, sincerely, Sylvie <3

Comment by sylvie boisvert on July 21, 2014 at 4:19am

Hi everyone, I have an international connection song today. During another YouTube tag session with a friend, she sent me an old blast from the past, which is a German song called Ich sing ein Lied für Dich” from 1969, sung by a young Dutch boy known as Heintje:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4tHTNNZI7Y

I saw him in a German movie dubbed in French and he was known as the “Orphan with the golden voice”. He sang it in German in the movie, but I rediscovered it in French, 4 years later, by my first musical love, René  Simard, when he was only 11. His version was called “L’orphelin”, (the orphan):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBgw1PCunt8

Great songs never die, do they? Well it’s been a great trip for me, but hope you’ve at least peeked... :D Take care and thanks for reading, sincerely, Sylvie <3

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