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Can’t Stop The Feeling-J.T.

Justin Timberlake has a new feel-good dance hit. “Can’t Stop The Feeling.” I think Justin Timberlake is exactly what’s right about pop music. The man can do no wrong. The only person I can compare him to is Jennifer Lawrence. The man can do no wrong. At 36, he’s won nine Grammy Awards and 4 Primetime Emmy Awards. He’s won four PrimeTime Emmys for hosting and singing on “Saturday Night Live.”

Jennifer Lawrence, has been nominated for four Academy Awards in five years…winning one.  For those same four movies, she won three Golden Globes, and was nominated for the fourth. Let’s not forget starring four “Hunger Games,” and three “X-Men” movies Did I mention that she’s 26 years old, and that every talk show or red-carpet event makes front page news.

The most important thing they share is an innate joy at whatever it is they chose to do.  But let’s stick with Timberlake for now. He was the lead singer of the 90s boy band NSYNC, which sold over 50 million records from 1995-2002. In 2002, he started recording as a solo artist. In that 14 year period he sold more than 20 million albums from only three studio albums. The man simply can do no wrong. In that same period, he starred in half a dozen movies including “The Social Network” and “Friends With Benefits.”

“Can’t Stop The Feeling,” is JT’s first single in three years which would be a lifetime in most artists careers. Not Justin. It’s just great to have you back, JT, doing what you do best. The lyrics seem straight from the pen of his sometime producer Pharrell Williams.
I got this feeling inside my bones
It goes electric, wavey when I turn it on
All through my city, all through my home
We’re flying up, no ceiling when we in our zone

I got that sunshine in my pocket
Got that good song in my feet
I feel that hot blood in my body when it drops, ooh
I can’t take my eyes up off it, moving so phenomenally
You gon’ like the way we rock it, so don’t stop

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Welcome back JT.

 

Wake Me Up-Avici

There’s something catchy about this song that’s hard to quantify. It starts out with a lazy guitar riff, and sounds like the beginning of a country song. But it gains momentum and by the time you hit the chorus, “So wake me up when it’s all over….”, the dance floor’s packed. The song just works. As with just about every other great dance song it’s easily “sing-alongable.” If that’s not a word…it is now. Check it out.

Everlasting Love-Carl Carlton

Carl Carlton’s version of “Everlasting Love” is my companion piece to “Bad Mama Jama.” The lyrics are far more interesting, as is the melody. The song has been recorded many times, but Carlton’s version will always be my favorite.

Open up your eyes then you’ll realize, here I stand with my everlasting love
Need you by my side, girl, to be my pride, never be denied, everlasting love
Hearts gone astray deep in her, when they go
I went away just when you needed me so
You won’t regret, I’ll come back begging you
Won’t you forget? Welcome love we once knew
Open up your eyes then you’ll realize, here I stand with my everlasting love
Need you by my side, girl, to be my pride, never be denied, everlasting love
From very start open up your heart, feel that you’re falling, everlasting love

His music may not be groundbreaking, but it certainly does hold up for over 40 years.

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Vivir Mi Vida-Marc Anthony

I have always loved Salsa music. There is so much soul invested in the unique percussion rhythms, the powerful horns, and the stylistic joy that makes “Salsa” almost impossible not to dance to. Even though the only two Spanish words I know are “hola,” and coño, which is a source of embarrassment since I found out what “coño” actually means, although having a good curse word or two can be pretty handy.

I had my band learn the song in its original Spanish and have played it at four weddings so far. I’m pretty sure none of the guests knew the song, but the dance floor was packed within seconds of hearing this incredible beat.

I promise you don’t have to understand a world of Spanish to love Marc Anthony’s “Vivir Mi Vida.” If this is the first time you’re hearing Salsa,,,Bienvenidos Amigos!

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Vivir Mi Vida
Voy a reír, voy a bailar
vivir mi vida, la, la, la, la
Voy a reír, voy a gozar
vivir mi vida, la, la, la, la
 
A veces llega la lluvia
para limpiar las heridas
A veces sólo una gota
puede vencer la sequía
 
Y para qué llorar, ¿Pa’ qué?
Si duele una pena, se olvida
Y para qué sufrir, ¿Pa’ qué?
Si así es la vida, hay que vivirla
 
Voy a reír, voy a bailar
vivir mi vida, la, la, la, la
Voy a reír, voy a gozar
vivir mi vida, la, la, la, la
 
Voy a vivir el momento
para entender el destino
Voy a escuchar en silencio
para encontrar el camino
 
Y para qué llorar, ¿Pa’ qué?
Si duele una pena, se olvida
Y para qué sufrir, ¿Pa’ qué?
Si duele una pena, se olvida
 
Voy a reír, voy a bailar
vivir mi vida, la, la, la, la
Voy a reír, voy a gozar
vivir mi vida, la, la, la, la
Leave a comment, or a request for me to review.
-Doug

Want To Want Me-Jason DeRulo

Jason DeRulo’s song “Want To Want Me” is a truly infectious song, highlighted by DeRulo’s incredible vocal range. As a contemporary dance song. I can’t really see “Want To Want Me”
being more than a sensational song-of-the-moment. Yet… there’s a playful sincerity to DeRulo’s best songs, including “Want To Want Me.”  What makes this video particularly fun to watch as well as listen to is its split-screen format, with the vocals pouring in from country music superstar Luke Bryan, who looks like he’s having the most amazing time, just being a part of it all, trying to keep up with Jason’s “Prince-like” falsetto.This is a song to be enjoyed, and to dance to, rather than be analyzed for its musical complexities nor its  fairly inconsequential lyrics. “Want To Want Me”  is everything  it’s supposed to be, a flat-out fun dance song. Enjoy.

Here are the lyrics:
It’s so hard to sleep,
I got the sheets on the floor, listen to me
And I can’t take it no more it’s a hundred degrees,
I got one foot out the door, where are my keys?  I gotta leave, yeah
In the back of the cab,
I tip the driver, head to town. Give me the best.
I got your body on my mind, I want it back.
Ooh, just the thought of you gets me so high, so high

Girl, you don’t want, I want you to want me
And if you want, hey girl, you got me
There’s nothing I know I wouldn’t do, I wouldn’t do
Just to get up next you
Girl, you don’t want I want you to want me
And if you want, girl you got me
There’s nothing I know I wouldn’t do, I wouldn’t do
Just to get up next you

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Great, fun, can’t-miss dance song. Congrats to Country Music superstar Luke Bryan for being game enough to attempt a duet with the soulful Jason DeRulo. He more than holds his own. Leave me a comment to let me know what you think!

Ain’t It Fun-Paramore

“Ain’t It Fun” by Paramore is a fabulous dance song. It works terrifically well to get you and your friends up dancing. The accompanying video actually fits the lyrics perfectly. This song is called “Ain’t It Fun,” so instead of showing some heavy “green screen fantasia,” it merely shows the three lead members of the band….having fun. Those three are actually Hayley Williams, Taylor York and Jeremy Davis.
I actually wanted to go out and smash a clock with an electric guitar the first time I saw the video. Musically, I love that the repetitive 5-note guitar riff doesn’t just fade out after the intro. It keeps repeating throughout. It’s just a really fun song to play and judging from guests’ reactions at parties, it’s really fun to dance to.
Even the lyrics, which are sometimes completely inconsequential in a pop dance song, are funny, in a thoroughly appropriate though sarcastic way.

I don’t mind letting you down easy but just give it time
If it don’t hurt now, but just wait just wait a while
You’re not the big fish in the pond no more
You are what they’re feeding on
So what are you gonna do when the world don’t orbit around you
Ain’t it fun living in the real world
Ain’t it good being all alone
Where you’re from, you might be the one who’s running things
Well you can ring anybody’s bell and get what you want
See it’s easy to ignore trouble. When you’re living in a bubble
So what are you gonna do when the world don’t orbit around you
So what are you gonna do when nobody wants to fool with you
Ain’t it fun living in the real world
Ain’t it good being all alone……

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The unison fade out is just dripping with sarcasm as well:
Don’t go crying to your mama, when you’re all alone in the real world.

I love this song. Don’t let it “bum you out”.  It’s definitely an independence anthem and a bit edgy, but the song is bold and its guitar riff is irresistible. And that makes it a can’t miss winner on the dance floor, and a great song to work out to.

Enjoy. I’d love to know your reaction to this song…..Doug

 

 

 

 

 

Baby I-Ariana Grande


I have loved Ariana Grande’s voice since I first heard her sing “The Way” three short years ago. There is no doubt that she has astonishing vocal technique and reminds everybody of a young Mariah Carey. But there is something fresh and exciting about every song Ariana sings. Her videos are alway upbeat, with her showing off her dimples, and proving beyond a doubt that there are an amazing amount of great hip-hop dancers in L.A.

“Baby I” brings her to a new level, by actually adding a genuine jazz-infused, Earth, Wind & Fire orchestration. The way she sings over, around and through these deceivingly complicated chords is extraordinary. And the ease with which she manipulates her voice to reach incredible heights is so effortless, that I am convinced she’s easily got the best voice I’ve heard since a 19 year old Whitney Houston.  

Plus, it’s a great dance song, and a blast for a band to play:
Enjoy

Baby I got love for thee so deep inside of me I don’t know where to start
I love you more than anything but the words can’t even touch what’s in my heart
When I try to explain it I be sounding insane the words don’t ever come out right
I get all tongue tied and twisted) I can’t explain what I’m feeling And I say baby, baby
Baby (baby I)
Oh baby, oh baby, my baby (Baby I)
Oh baby, baby I (baby I)
All I’m tryna say is you’re my everything baby
But every time I try to say it words they only complicate it
Baby, baby (Ooh oh)
This is a great pop song in it’s purest sense. It actually brings comparison to Natalie Cole’s “This Will Be.” But I guess I’m not the only Ariana Grande fan around. The video above has had over 127 million views as of today.
Let me know what you think,

Let’s Stay Together-Maroon 5

True R ‘n B devotees might have me kicked out of the “Hipness Club” for daring to play Adam Levine’s delicate version of Al Green’s 1971 “Soul” classic “Let’s Stay Together.”  Green’s original is spectacular, and well-loved, having been viewed over 72 million times on YouTube. However, for a wedding procession, a song has to be stripped down and be able to be played delicately by two musicians, while still honoring the Al Green original. Adam Levine is one of the few male vocalists with the vocal “chops’ to pull off this song without losing any of the soulful simplicity of the original.

My bride for this weekend….well, not my bride….but you get the idea, Alexandra,  and I spent countless hours on the phone and sent each other dozens of emails laughing about which 90s dance hit would/could sound appropriate for a Wedding Processional without sounding goofy.

As a pianist and arranger, I assured her that I could make any song sound melodic enough for a procession.  I’m pretty sure we spent the most time laughing, yet seriously considering TLCs “No Scrubs” the longest.  She finally landed on Levine’s arrangement for the simplicity of the instrumentation, while retaining Al Green’s iconic melody. We both think it’s a great choice. Personally, I’ll always maintain that choosing any song that actually “means” something to you as the bride or the groom, you can never go wrong.

Leave me a comment to let me know how you feel.

No Scrubs-TLC

The band Atlanta-based TLC is actually the best-selling “girl group” in American Pop history. According to Wikipedia, they had ten number one singles, and four multi-Platinum albums throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. The band is comprised of the three vocalists seen in video, including Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Lopes died in a car crash in 2007. TLC is actually an anagram for “T-Boz,” “Left Eye” & “Chilli,”  My favorite of their songs is “Waterfalls,” but “No Scrubs” has a unique almost Flamenco style guitar riff running throughout. The lyrics are not very deep, and are a tad repetitive, but it really does have a nice mellow dance groove, and is very evocative of the most popular R & B music made two decades ago.

A scrub is a guy that thinks he’s fly
And is also known as a buster
Always talkin’ about what he wants
And just sits on his broke ass
So (no)
I don’t want your number (no)
I don’t want to give you mine and (no)
I don’t want to meet you nowhere (no)
I don’t want none of your time and (no)
I don’t want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me
Hanging out the passenger side
Of his best friend’s ride
Trying to holler at me
I don’t want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me
Hanging out the passenger side
Of his best friend’s ride
Trying to holler at me
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