Happy Monday all! Today at lunch, one of my friends started singing the song “Valerie,” and it inspired me to write about Amy Winehouse on this fine Music Monday.
Amy Winehouse was an English soul/R&B artist who became popular around 2007. She released her first album Back to Black in the UK in 2006, and from there, she became fairly popular. Winehouse won a Brit Award for Best British Female Artist in 2007, and was named 26 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music.
Besides being known for her voice, Winehouse was known for her petite frame, accompanied by her many tattoos, beehive hairdo, thick winged eyeliner, and alcohol abuse. Winehouse died in July of 2011 due to alcohol poisoning, joining a handful of other mega-talented musicians who died at the age of 27. After Winehouse’s death, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, a compilation of unreleased songs, was put on sale.
Amy Winehouse’s voice was incredibly soulful and powerful, and it is truly a shame that she died so young. She was super talented, and I am indeed a fan. Here are a few of my faves by her.
Have a great week and thanks for reading
“Tears Dry on Their Own”
“You Know I’m No Good”
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Happy Music Monday! This is the week before spring break, so everyone is probably going a little stir crazy and is lacking motivation. Although break is so near, do not give up on your schoolwork yet, my friends! Power through these next few days and get your tests and papers done! To help motivate you to have a good week, I have a happy song to share.
This song is “Good Day” by Nappy Roots. Nappy Roots is an American alternative rap group consisting of four people. The group started in Kentucky, and was the best selling hip hop group of 2002. The group has five albums: Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz, Wooden Leather, The Humdinger, The Pursuit of Nappyness, and Nappy Dot Org. Although all of these titles are clear winners, The Pursuit of Nappyness is my personal fave.
My friend Natalie sent this song to my friends as part of our Music Monday tradition we did in high school, so this is the only Nappy Roots song I have ever heard. Since I have only ever heard this one song, I cannot attest for the rest of their work, but this song is really happy and makes me feel good about life. Plus it sounds like a goofy, old school hip-hop song, and nothing is better than that. Have a wonderful week, good luck on schoolwork, and thanks for reading
Happy Music Monday! Because everyone needs more quirk in their life, let’s talk about Regina Spektor. Regina Spektor is an American singer-songwriter and pianist from Russia. Regina’s music is classified as indie folk/pop, but she was associated with the anti-folk movement in New York early in her career. Anti-folk mocks seriousness in most mainstream music and is meant to sound experimental. Regina’s association with this musical movement comes across in her incredibly quirky, and sometimes eerie, tunes.
She has released six albums over the last 11 years: 11:11, Songs, Soviet Kitsch, Begin to Hope, Far, and What We Saw from the Cheap Seats. #RealTalk, Regina Spektor’s music is really strange, but her originality and unique voice is what makes her so great. Her most popular song, “Fidelity,” became popular several years ago, and is her most recognizable song. Some of her songs are a little weird, but overall I really enjoy her music and creativity. Here are a few of my favorites by her. Have a great week, and thanks for reading
Happy Monday all! I hope everyone had a spectacular Thanksgiving break and ate a lot of delicious food! Since it is Music Monday I will discuss my Thanksgiving festivities (including a grandma update) in my next post! For now, let’s talk about music.
The concert I saw over the summer!
I am going to talk about Parachute today. Parachute is an American rock band from
Charlottesville, Virginia. Although “rock” is the genre in which they are described, I would say they have more of a singer-songwriter vibe mixed in. They aren’t totally mellow, but they don’t rock hard core either. Parachute has released two albums, Losing Sleep and The
Way It Was, as well as a few extended plays. Their most known song is probably “She Is
Love.” Fun fact, Parachute used to be known as Sparky’s Flaw but changed their name in 2008.
Parachute has been on tour with Kelly Clarkson, The Goo Goo Dolls, O.A.R, Matt Nathanson, and Duffy to name a few. They have also toured independently. In fact, I saw them in Joliet, Illinios over the summer with The Cab and it was a great time! Here are a few of my favorite Parachute songs! Have a great week and thanks for reading
“Pretty Girl Rock” cover
“She Is Love” Acoustic Version
“She (For Liz)”
Happy Monday and welcome back to school everybody! I hope everyone had a lovely fall break! For this music Monday I will be suggesting to you the musical styling’s of Mika. Mika (his real name is Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr) is a British singer-songwriter whose songs I can only describe as quirky pop.
Mika has released several extended plays and three albums: Life in Cartoon Motion (2007), The Boy Who Knew Too Much (2009), and The Origin of Love (2012). I was unaware of his new CD until researching him for this post, so I am quite jazzed to check it out! Anyway, Mika is super fun and energetic and quirky in the most wonderful way. His song Love Today was featured on MTV upon its release in 2007, so I would not be surprised if you have heard it! Grace Kelly is also a fairly popular one. Here are a few of my favorite songs by him, plus his single Celebrate from his new album, so be sure to check them out. Have a great week and thanks for reading
Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)
We Are Golden