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Can’t Stop The Feeling-J.T.

I first wrote about Justin Timberlake’s  new feel-good dance hit when it came out last May, connected to the kids’ animated feature Trolls. It was another immediate can’t-miss, radio-ready, much-loved JT signature winner. Infectious. Simple. The kind of song that makes you want to dance. In your living room, and especially at weddings. The video is phenomenal, featuring the cast, with Anna Kendrick singing into her hairbrush and James Corden dancing on the beach, among many others, and JT, himself, totally adorable.  Months later, when we play “Can’t Stop The Feeling” at weddings, the dance floor is packed to its edges, from the first note. The song is just that good. I think Justin Timberlake personifies everything that’s right about pop music.  His instincts are perfect. At 36, he’s won ten Grammy Awards with four Primetime Emmy Awards, won for hosting and singing on “Saturday Night Live.”

What JT does best is that he possesses an inherent joy in everything he chooses to do.  And he lets it show. Justin Timberlake was the lead singer of the 90s boy band NSYNC, which sold over 50 million records from 1995-2002. In that seven year period he sold more than 20 million albums from only three studio albums. Pretty incredible.  Then he showed up in half a dozen movies including “The Social Network” and “Friends With Benefits.” In 2002, he started recording as a solo artist. And then things really got exciting.

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” is JT’s first single in three years which would be a lifetime in most artists’ careers. But not Justin’s. 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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Love it. 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.

Rather Be-Clean Bandit/Jess Glynne

‘Rather Be” by the British band Clean Bandit, featuring the omnipresent Jess Glynne,  is a terrific dance song. Following the rather unique violins opening the song, an electric piano takes over the rhythm, along with the drums and bass. However, throughout the whole song there are many truly interesting orchestration choices, which is very rare today when entire songs are done on synthesizers. Even the harmonies on the chorus really fatten up the sound of this really great dance tune.

“Rather Be” gets people dancing, right from the violin introduction. Give Clean Bandit’s hit a shot at your next party. It’s a guaranteed dance floor hit.

Here are some of the lyrics:
We’re a thousand miles from comfort, we have traveled land and sea
But as long as you are with me, there’s no place I’d rather be
I would wait forever, exalted in the scene
As long as I am with you, my heart continues to beat
With every step we take, Kyoto to The Bay, strolling so casually
We’re different and the same, gave you another name, switch up the batteries

If you gave me a chance I would take it
It’s a shot in the dark but I’ll make it
Know with all of your heart, you can’t shame me
When I am with you, there’s no place I’d rather be
N-n-n-no, no, no, no place I’d rather be
N-n-n-no, no, no, no place I’d rather be
N-n-n-no, no, no, no place I’d rather be

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This one is a clear winner. A terrific crowd pleasing dance hit at any party.

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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!

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.

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Signed Sealed Delivered-Stevie

Last Sunday, my band, Best Kept Secret, and I had the privilege of performing at a benefit for White Plains Hospital  being joined on stage by the amazing singer/songwriter Javier Colon at a benefit for White Plains Hospital/Mariano Rivera Celebrity Event and Golf Tournament. Javier is best known for winning the first season of The Voice, coached by Adam Levine. When, I asked him what he’d like to sing with our band, Best Kept Secret, he suggested two Stevie Wonder classics,“Signed Sealed Delivered” and “I Wish.” It was an extraordinary experience with Javier singing lead with Best Kept Secret backing him up. Most memorably was the four part harmonies created at the end of Signed Sealed Delivered.

Since everyone has heard the original, I wanted to share this delicate duet by Ariana Grande & Kenneth Brian “Babyface” Edmond. Babyface has written and produced an astonishing 26 #1 R ‘n B hits, and 23 year old Ariana has a remarkable voice that brings comparison to 90s icons Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey

I normally print out the lyrics to every song I “blog” about. But I think it’s safe to say that everyone alive knows, at least, the chorus, if not every lyric. Here’s just a taste…

Like a fool I went and stayed too long
Now I’m wondering if your love’s still strong
Oo baby, here I am,
Signed, sealed delivered, I’m yours

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Stevie Wonder is nothing less than a musical genius.
Leave a comment to let me know what you think.     -Doug