Some of My Favorites
I listen to a lot of music, hoping to find special singers and
performances. I have selected a few of my favorites that span a range of
styles, singers and countries. The difficulties and pleasures of relationships
inspire more songs than any other topic. The lyrics often display the
experiences of the performer. The links are to YouTube performances. Most of
the videos are high quality and look best in the full screen mode using the
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- I discovered Dido several years and continue to enjoy her music. An attractive
performer with a gentle voice and meaningful lyrics. Life for Rent was her the second studio album released
in September 2003. The album was produced by Rollo Armstrong and American songwriter Rick Nowels and sold over 12 million
copies worldwide, the best-selling album of 2003 and the best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK.
- Dido My Life is For
Jess Glynne's video Performance of Take Me Home is a rare
jewel. Jess is fascinating with her unique voice timbres, and facial beauty. Her
grief of love lost is expressed poignantly. The Genius website
offers this discussion of the video: ”Due
to its story of care and compassion for the vulnerable, “Take Me Home” was
chosen as the charity single for BBC Children In Need 2015. It’s also the fifth
single from Jess Glynne’s debut album I Cry When I Laugh. Glynne described
writing the song with Steve Mac and Wayne Hector as an “amazing moment”: The
song’s music video was released on the 30th of October 2015. Described as
“powerful” by Entertainment Weekly, it features Glynne nude as she sings to the
camera. Glynne told The Independent that the entire album was about a specific
heartbreak: The songs on this album are about a girl. I would never lie about a
situation I’ve been in, I’m an honest person. I feel like with the album I’m
putting my cards out on the table. I wouldn’t want it to be misconstrued and the
fact of the matter is those songs are about a girl. I was heartbroken about a
girl, it wasn’t a guy."
I understood a listener's comment "I love this song. It's the best song I have
- Jess Glynne
Take Me Home
- I have often listened Darryl Hall's Online performances and wanted to
feature two singers that appeared on his online offerings, Nikki Jean and
Grace Potter. Daryl Hall, a famous American rock, R&B and soul singer,
keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter and producer was a co-founder of Hall &
Oates. Hall started Live From Daryl’s House, free
monthly music performances as a web show in 2007 that features visiting
singers and musicians. The recording studio looks comfortable and accommodates a large group of
musicians and videographers. The arrangements are sophisticated, musicians
excellent and the recordings set a high standard.
- Nikki Jean
How to Unring a Bell with Darryl Hal
- Grace Potter Things I never needed with Daryl Hall
Allison Moorer is an American alternative country
singer and the younger sister of Shelby Lynne. She signed to MCA Nashville
in 1998 and made her debut on the U.S. Billboard country charts with the
release of her debut single "A Soft Place to Fall". Of all the Nashville
singers, I pick Allison as my favorite. She is attractive with a calm
dignified demeanor and a gentle voice. She sings well.
Soft Place to fall
- Shawn Colvin sings the beautiful song
Never Saw Blue Like That
(Song and lyrics by Tom Kimmel, Jeff Franzel & Mark
Chris Botti and Lucia Micarelli
Acclaimed trumpeter Chris Botti and "rock star"
violinist Lucia Micarelli performed the moving "Emmanuel" in Botti's PBS
special CHRIS BOTTI IN BOSTON on PBS (2009). Emmanual was written in 1970 by Michel Colombier, a French composer,
songwriter, arranger, and conductor who had a remarkably prolific musical
career. The piece was dedicated to his son "Emmanuel" who died of disease at age 5 in 1968.
- This Video displays the best in musical performance - an impeccable duet
with two very talented, dignified and attractive performers. Chris is among
the best trumpet players. For a successful pop star,
Lucia is an exquisite violinist - a very talented musician.
- Chris Botti and Lucia Micarelli.
- Linda Ronstadt Heartbeats Accelerating
Linda has been called the “Queen of Rock. I first
heard this song on my car radio while driving home in 2015. I phone the
radio station and learned that this was a Linda Ronstadt song and later found
the you tube recording. The arrangement was of great interest - liked the "glass
harmonica" woven throughout the song. The young Linda was a great singer.
Heartbeats Accelerating - Linda Ronstadt
Andrea Bocelli with McPhee and Scherzinger
Andrea has sung duets with a remarkable number of exquisite female singers.
I choose Andrea and Katharine McPhee singing
- I have also selected Nicole Scherzinger singing with Andrea Don't cry for Me Argentina
in Spanish. Two beautiful people expressing Eva Peron's last wish, dying of
cancer. "Evita became a world famous musical (1976) by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It is based on events
surrounding the rise to power of Eva Perón, the Spiritual Leader of the
Nation, First Lady, and labor chief of Argentina. It documents her husband
Juan Perón's rise to the presidency, possible only because of the revolution
organized by Eva, and takes the viewer through her political partnership
with Juan, their foreign and domestic policies, her feminist and charity
work, her role as the national leader of labor, and her nomination for Vice
President and ascent to Spiritual Leader. The Eva in the musical was a redeemed version elevated
by music and drama to an iconic personality. The song has been covered by many
singers. A movie version of the musical featured Madonna as Eva. The history
of Argentina is distressing: " Don't Cry for Me, Argentina addresses an
Argentina of the mind. The real Argentina is a bit less attractive; Nobelist
VS Naipul said: "Argentina's farcical performance since 1900, given
its immense natural resources, highly developed economy, powerful middle
class, and ties to European civilization, is one of the greatest mysteries
of the twentieth century. It didn't help that the Argentine people kept
electing thugs like Peron, who served as president not once, not twice, but
Bocelli and Scherzinger's Duet on You Tube
No Llores Por Mi Argentina
We Found Love ( In Kenya)- Lindsey Stirling, Alisha Popat, VenTribe
The Prayer Alisha Popat and Diego Ghinati
The Photograph Alisha Popat and
We found love is a music video filmed in Kenya with Alisha Popat,
a Kenyan singer, Lindsey Sterling, an American violinist, and
members of a Maasai Tribe - happy
children, colorfully dressed women and the famous tall warriors. One Maasai
warrior in his tradition red clothing is trying to play Lindsey's violin.
Kenya is a special place on the planet -
humans originated here: "There are now about 70 tribes in Kenya, the main area of
human evolution. Tribal boundaries are mainly based on language. They can be
divided into 3 main groups: the Bantus who came from Nigeria and Cameroon
after 400 AD, the Cushitic tribes who came from northern Africa around 2000
BC, and the Nilotic tribes who came from Sudan and Egypt around 400 AD. Most
Kenyans have adopted a semi-Western life style, although some tribes –
especially the Maasai, Turkana and Samburu - have kept their traditional
life styles and appearances. The proud Maasai warriors are the most famous
among them. They’ve become a symbol of Kenya
and indeed tribal Africa as a whole."
- Alisha Popat is a loyal Kenyan with Indian ancestors. Following Alisha's
path, I selected two of her duets with Diego Ghinati and Matthew Human.
Alisha wrote: "My cover of Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli's The Prayer was
inspired by the beauty and magic of Kenya. The Westgate terrorist attacks
here a few months ago shocked the whole country, we mourned for people we
had never met and have now started picking up the pieces together. This song
is a prayer for our wonderful nation and the world over. It was such a
privilege to work with such a great artist Diego from Verona and a wonderful
team." Her duet with Mathew Human and his group of talented musicians was
appealing. Mathew is another unusual singer who lives in Oregon, USA.
Serendipity, Vernon and Birdy
- I often discover serendipitously a special performance on YouTube
and explore the association of singer, songwriter and the responses of audiences.
The young English singer and song writer, Birdy, released a cover version of
the Skinny Love in 2011 as her debut single (at 15 years old). Birdy is
another jewel whose version of the song became popular in the UK and
other countries. Skinny Love is a Bon Iver song, an American indie folk band founded in 2007 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon.
I can identify with Vernon who preferred wilderness seclusion and created music alone. He released Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago independently
in July 2007. The majority of that album was recorded while Vernon spent three months in a cabin in northwestern Wisconsin. Bon Iver won the 2012
Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album. Bon Iver
is French for "good winter." A moment of the lyrics: "Come on skinny love just last the year, Pour a
little salt we were never here. My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my . Staring at the
sink of blood and crushed veneer"
- Birdy has natural beauty, musical finesse, innocence and an unusually compelling voice.
- Birdy Skinny Love
Katie Melua is a Georgian-born British singer and songwriter. Melua signed
to the Dramatico record label,
under the management of composer Mike Batt and made her musical debut in
2003. In 2006, she was the United Kingdom's best-selling female artist
and Europe's highest selling
European female artist. Her songs are poignant and her performances
Walls of the World
Closest Thing To Crazy
- Music emerging form Asian Countries is often intriguingly different that
reveals their culture, hopes and aspirations.
- Christine Fan is also known as FanFan or her Chinese name Fan Wei-chi, is an American-born Taiwanese
singer-songwriter, TV presenter, record producer, actress, author and
Raine Yang Appears in many forms in this remarkable music
video, featuring symphonic orchestration and a chinese version of lavish
production. There is a subtlety and innocence that seldom appear in American music videos.Love Voyage
- Persona Music Recordings: Our Music Catalogue includes recorded performances
under the titles Persona Digital, P2500 Band, Em4U, and the Persona Classical Consort.
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All the recordings are
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