Adeli’s Music Blog

Jim Croce

Posted in music by adeli on September 20, 2009

Jim Croce, whose hits included “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle,” was born on January 10, 1943. The American folk rock singer-songwriter died in a plane crash on September 20, 1973 at the age of 30.

His first album You Don’t Mess Around With Jim included “Operator” and “Time in a Bottle.” His second album Life and Times included the number one hit “”Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.”

Jim Croce completed recording his third album I Got a Name just a week before his untimely death. This posthumously-released album included the title track, “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song,” and “Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues.”

Other Jim Croce songs I like are “Lover’s Cross,” “One Less Set of Footsteps” and “New York’s Not My Home

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

You Don’t Mess Around With Jim

I Got A Name

Workin’ At The Cash Wash Blues

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Peter, Paul and Mary

Posted in music by adeli on September 16, 2009

Mary Travers, from the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. lost her battle against cancer this evening at age 72. Their hits included “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and “If I Had a Hammer.” Some of the group’s songs became anthems for the 1960s protest movement. The group earned five Grammy Awards. At one point in 1963, three of their albums were in the top six Billboard best-selling LPs as they became the biggest stars of the folk revival movement.

Dirty Dancing

Posted in music by adeli on September 14, 2009

Patrick Swayze lost his battle against cancer today. His most famous movie was “Dirty Dancing” and the music from that movie still lives on, even after twenty-two years! Here are a few music clips from that classic film.

The Time of My Life

Be My Baby (Opening credits)

Cry To Me

She’s Like The Wind (Sung by Patrick Swayze)

Hungry Eyes

Johnny’s Mambo

Do You Love Me

Hey Baby

Love is Strange

New York, New York

Posted in music by adeli on September 11, 2009

Today marks the 8th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. As a New York by choice, I find it doesn’t get easier; things don’t feel any lighter. And I can’t imagine how those who lost a loved one on that fatal day feel. But, we must all carry on and remember to celebrate the lives and try not to dwell on the losses.

So for NYC and its people, here’s Frank:

Today in Music

Posted in music by adeli on September 11, 2009

On September 11, 1971, Donny Osmond had the No. 1 spot on the charts with “Go Away Little Girl.”

In 1996, David Bowie released his single “Telling Lies” on the Internet, 24 hours before it was to be played on the radio for the first time.

Moby was born by the name of Richard Melville Hall on this day in 1965.

Here’s some Moby:

Porcelain

Lift Me Up

Go!

Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad

Run On

Imogen Heap: Eclipse CD Review

Posted in music by adeli on September 1, 2009


Imogen Heap’s third solo album, Ellipse, has arrived. This is her first album since 2005; however, she has stayed in the spotlight since then. Her music has been featured on soundtracks and T.V. shows the last few years. During this time, she has grown as an artist, vocalist, and composer. With her classically trained musical skills and haunting voice, Heap’s music is very evocative.

My first exposure to her music was the song “Hide and Seek,” which appeared in The Last Kiss movie soundtrack. A friend, who let me borrow the CD, said that this song was capable of “changing one’s DNA.” I thought that was a bit of a stretch but I certainly recognized Ms. Heap’s talent, and kept an ear out for her other work.

All the tracks on Eclipse are good even though they do sound somewhat related to one another in sound and structure. But, with further listens, Heap’s talent continues to shine through. The opening track, “First Train Home,” with its celestial backing vocals and catchy chorus: “First train home, I’ve got to get on it,” starts things off on the right note. With its wordplay on “pain” and “play,” “Wait It Out” is one of those soaring ballads Heap is known for. The idealistic “Earth” has Heap’s trademark vocal layerings. She declares: “I’ve tried patience but you always want a war.” Her voice is effective, along with the computer-generated beats. “Little Bird,” “Swoon,” “Canvas,” “Between the Sheets” “Body Double” and “Half Life” are also notable tracks.

Ellipse is melancholic and lovely at the same time. Heap’s song writing is smart and elegant, and her voice is always soothing and pleasant to the ears. Eclipse and Imogen Heap are winners!

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