Piano covers

As the name suggests, today are three neat piano covers of popular songs. Each song presents so many versions to choose from; these were the finest.

Original: Wonderwall by Oasis. It always takes me to a better place. Noel Gallagher originally told it was written for his then-girlfriend but later said it was about “an imaginary friend who’s gonna’ come and save you from yourself.” To my own amazement, this cover was honest enough to be given a pedestal next to it.

 

Original: Fireflies by Owl City. The insomniac virtuoso has a fairy tale like story — small town Minnesota, making music in his parent’s basement, eventually signing up with Universal Republic — who made it without the help of a reality show. Fireflies is Adam Young’s most popular song yet having gone quadruple platinum. Very uplifting, also playful.

 

Original: Marry You by Bruno Mars. It is too popular and contemporary to write anything you don’t already know. I actually liked Glee’s version more than the original (good thing you don’t know my address) particularly from 0:40 to 1:06. It was tough but this is my favorite piano take.

Euro 2012 music and Love

National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

Is anyone else watching the Euro 2012 games as intently as me? May the best team win (that does not have Christiano Ronaldo).

The music released for the games is seriously dismal. The official song is Endless Summer and, well… UEFA, next time don’t go cheap and just hire Shakira. Endless Summer is as cliched, insipid and forcibly patched up as they come; it is the musical equivalent of a TV dinner.

However, the Irish provided a silver lining. Their own official song Rocky Road to Ireland for the game is pretty darn catchy, even if a little too love-thy-country. This too is cliched but here it works. I don’t mean to be cruel but it is ironic to hear them chant “You can’t defeat the Irish” so many times and know their standing now. Hmmmm. But I wish them luck for the next games… how can I not when an entire country has an accent like that!?

 

I Follow Rivers by Lykke Li is not an official song but one of the songs from the Euro 2012 game’s soundtrack. I am impressed!

If you have not heard it until now, you Will have to press ‘repeat’. Its video is cool too, literally, though I laughed the first time I saw the woman run — don’t flap your arms!

The Woman In Black in Siberia.

 

Lastly, and agreeably out of place, here is a delightful animated story on love I found on All About Lemon.

Two happy songs

Two songs sure to make you smile.

Feist’s music videos are one-shot wonders. There is something quite feminine and lyrical about her songs (so you’ve been warned). This Canadian is also part of the edgy and unique indie band Broken Social Scene.

Credit for introducing this song to me goes to Mr. Dave

 

 

Everything about the Norwegian duo Kings of Convenience is independent, smooth, and calm. I mean everything: vocals, music, music videos, and even the way they look. How do you dislike someone that comes up with a fantastic album title like Declaration of Dependence? It is hard to tell when which of the two stops singing and the other begins. As much as I admire all that, most of their songs seem to lack a defining catch — something that can attach the melody to your mind. I wish them well and hope that either they or I change our musical taste a bit.

From all their tracks, I’d Rather Dance With You is my favorite. Here everything that makes them unique fits perfectly. This has the catch!

As close as I will get to gangsta’

Do you like dark humor (or is it called black comedy?) like me? My ideal version of such would be the twisted and extremely funny British film Death at a Funeral (the American version was actually the death of comedy). If you are not the touchy kind, please see it.

So if you are comfortable with that style then I recommend a more recent flick, again British, Attack The Block. Bunch of wannabe punk kids defend their shabby council building from alien “big, gorilla, wolf, *******” 😛 in the span of one long night. Varied characters, nothing too ridiculous, and once the pace starts around 19 minutes in, it does not stop. It even manages to follow Aristotle’s classical unities. Believe!

The film has a few funny scenes with cool beats. I could not digest the original song but it had some bits too ‘wicked’ to completely ignore, so I eventually found a satisfying remix to serve both worlds.

 

I think this is not gangsta’ but like the title of this post goes…  The only reason this song is here is for the cowbells at 0:37

 

Lastly, the moment has almost arrived!

Easy listening

Long time no post. Partially due to exams but more so for other reasons. Ennui is a terrible thing.

Let me get back on the road with some easy listening, words that might represent my mood (past and perhaps future).

 

Billboard song sessions are always terrific. They give the same song such a warm, lived-in feeling.

If you like this then you might also try Young The Giant’s other more quiet track, Strings.

 

To conclude with something a little more optimistic; who cares if it features a woman that loves everything neon pink?