Adeli’s Music Blog

So Happy Together

Posted in music by adeli on March 30, 2008

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The Turtles hit Number 1 with Happy Together on this day in 1967. The Turtles’ music was a mix of pop, psychedelic, and folk.

Happy Together

Some of their other songs:

She’d Rather Be With Me

Outside Chance

She’s My Girl

Below, some innovative things people have done with Happy Together.

Stick figure movie

Another cute animated clip

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Lizz Wright is Coming Home

Posted in music by adeli on March 19, 2008

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Lizz Wright’s third album, The Orchard, is a collection of rich southern-flavored soulful songs. Her first two albums, Salt and Dreaming Wide Awake were jazz records, and she collaborated with some of jazz’s most respected players. Here, she works with a more varied group of musicians, along with singer/songwriter Toshi Reagon, who co-wrote some of the compositions with Wright. This is not exactly R&B/soul, jazz, folk, blues or country music, but rather a combination of all of them.

Ms. Wright has an extraordinary voice; her performances exude intimacy and warmth, and it’s on this album that her talent shines brightest. Every song on The Orchard is powerful. The aptly titled opener, Coming Home -a slow gospel song- sets the tone, as it seems that Ms. Wright found her inspirations in her childhood memories and Georgia hometown. Leave Me Standing Alone is the most up-tempo song here. It’s got funky guitars and backup singers. Wright gives Ike and Tina Turner’s bluesy I Idolize You her special interpretation. A great example of Ms. Wright’s versatility is a cover of Led Zeppelin’s Thank You. My Heart and Hey Mann are already my favorites. Another Angel, Speak Your Heart and Song For Mia are close behind. The closing song, Strange, was made famous by Patsy Cline. Here, Wright gives it a haunting and much slower interpretation.

This album, as her others, becomes more enjoyable with each listen. The Orchard is her most mature and most impressive work thus far. That’s all lot to say, because her debut album, Salt, was one of my favorites for a long time. This is a must-have for Wright fans, as well as for fans of music in general. It combines all kinds of music, and Ms. Wright sings her heart out with each note.

Checkout some Lizz Wright performances below.

Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly

Old Man

Stop

Nature Boy

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What a Day for a Daydream…

Posted in music by adeli on March 17, 2008

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John Sebastian was born on this day in 1944. In 1965, Sebastian formed the Lovin’ Spoonful with Zal Yanovsky, Steve Boone and Joe Butler. Sebastian plays guitar, autoharp, and the harmonica.

The Lovin’ Spoonful is famous for folk-tinged hits like “Do You Believe in Magic“, “Summer in the City“, “Daydream,” “Nashville Cats,” “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind,” “Six O’Clock,” and “Girl, Beautiful Girl.”

In 1976, Sebastian had a number one single with ‘Welcome Back,” the theme song to the TV show “Welcome Back, Kotter.”

Summer in the City


Do You Believe in Magic

Girl, Beautiful Girl

See a great interview with John Sebastian here.

Joe Cocker’s version of Summer in the City

Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In

Posted in music by adeli on March 11, 2008

On this day in 1970, the 5th Dimension won the Record of the Year Grammy for “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine.”

More from the fab 5th Dimension:

Up, Up and Away

Stoned Soul Picnic

Wedding Bell Blues

Medley from 1971 TV Special

Andy Gibb

Posted in music by adeli on March 5, 2008

Andy Gibb was born on March 5, 1958 in Manchester, England. He too had the falsetto voice made famous by his older brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Andy had some success on his own during the late 70s. Andy Gibb became the first male solo artist to have three consecutive Number One singles on the Billboard Hot 100. These chart toppers were I Just Want To Be Your Everything (’77), Love Is Thicker Than Water (’78), and Shadow Dancing (’78). An Everlasting Love and Don’t Throw It All Away (a Bee Gees song) were also hits for Andy. He died March 10, 1988, at age 30.

Shadow Dancing

I Just Want To Be Your Everything

Love Is Thicker Than Water

An Everlasting Love

Don’t Throw It All Away

Missy Higgins

Posted in music by adeli on March 4, 2008

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On A Clear Night, Missy Higgins’ second album showcases her soaring voice and her skillful songwriting. This collection is a nice mix of slow and upbeat, with lots in between.

Where I Stood, the opener, is a moving piano ballad, which has been featured on the shows One Tree Hill and Smallville. Higgins’ voice takes us through a tale of lost love and yearning with a sad melody. The second track, 100 Round The Bends picks things up with strong stirring guitars and upbeat lyrics; Higgins’ free spirit comes through on this song. Steer, also a driving-themed song, is another highlight. Angela and Peachy are upbeat songs, even though the latter expresses anger towards a former lover.

On the slower side – Warm Whispers is a beautiful ballad, while Going North has a folksy feel to it. Secret is a gem -slow, mysterious, and seductive, and this listener’s favorite tune off the album. The album closes with the touching acoustic sounding Forgive Me – a man’s apology to his son and wife.

Missy Higgins’ latest is a solid album – well written and passionately performed -and would be appealing to fans of any genre. On A Clear Night will undoubtedly grow on the listener.


Where I Stood

Peachy

Steer

Bon Jovi

Posted in music by adeli on March 2, 2008

Jon Bon Jovi (John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.) was born on March 2, 1962, in Perth Amboy, NJ. Bon Jovi and his band of the same name, debuted with the self-titled album in 1984. The album went gold in the US. However, the second album 7800°Fahrenheit didn’t do as well.

With their third album Slippery When Wet, the band shot to stardom around the world. “You Give Love a Bad Name“, “Livin’ On A Prayer“, and “Wanted Dead or Alive” were the hits from that album. The album has sold more than 26 million copies since its 1986 release.

New Jersey , released in 1988, with hit songs such as “Bad Medicine”, “Lay Your Hands on Me” and “I’ll Be There for You” became the first hard rock album containing five Top 10 songs.


Wanted Dead Or Alive


Livin’ On A Prayer

You Give Love a Bad Name

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