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Hello, Adele is Back!!!

We heard rumblings and speculation over the past couple months (years, really), but it’s finally official: Adele is back.  Her album 25 is set to come out November 20th, and I CAN’T WAIT! Her last album 21 shattered records, won a ton of awards, and even was certified diamond in the U.S. (selling over ten million copies), which hasn’t happened before the advent of the internet and online downloading.  Adele has described 21 as a breakup album and has said that 25 is somewhat of the sequel as a make up album.

Yesterday Adele released her new single, “Hello,” and it was just another reminder of how beautiful her voice is (in case we forgot).  The song itself is warm and rings of tones of remorse.  Overall I enjoy the song and find it beautiful.  I’ve heard Adele say that 25 is going to be a bit rawer and not as depressing and angry as 21, but “Hello” reminds me a bit of “Someone Like You” with the soft piano and her phenomenal vocalizations.  When I first heard “Hello,” I felt those depressive notes, but the more I listened to it, the more I heard relief and acceptance.  It’s not the same shade as “Someone Like You,” it’s the next chapter.

Needless to say, I’m counting down the days until November 20th (which also happens to be the week of Thanksgiving…just saying).  With this announcement as the same week as the Gilmore Girls revival, I literally almost died from excitement.

Sia is ALIVE

Sia just dropped her new single “Alive” off her upcoming album, and it’s phenomenal!  It rings of freedom and determination, and has such a great beat to blare and play on repeat.  I also need to note that Sia’s vocals are top notch and showcase her incredible voice.

She must have lungs of steel or something, because the way she hits the notes when she sings the lyric “I’m alive” during the chorus is amazing.  Especially with the emotion.  The cracks in her voice she adds during her vocalizations emits the pain and rawness.  It’s Sia at her best.

An interesting thing about this song is that it is cowritten by Adele.  I read online (and I don’t know how true it is, so bear with me) that Sia wrote it with Adele for Adele’s album, but then they decided Sia should record it.  Personally, I think the song fits Sia’s voice better, but I’d love to hear Adele sing it.  Can you imagine?  Adele should release a version…then we can compare and contrast and have our minds blown by both these incredible artists.

Aretha Covers Adele

So, this happened:

I personally think “Rolling in the Deep” is one of those songs that it doesn’t matter who covers it, the original is always going to be best.  It just sounds like Aretha Franklin is having a bit too much fun with Adele’s song.  The original song is about intense heartbreak and anger at a spurned lover, so singing “ain’t no mountain high enough” (starts at 2:45) and doing those vocal runs just doesn’t make sense.  It almost sounds like Aretha is celebrating something…but really, “Rolling in the Deep” is not something you play to rejoice and celebrate; it’s something you blare when you’re pissed off at someone or hurt deeply.

I’m not saying Aretha’s version is awful, it’s just different.  I actually thought it was pretty fun to listen to.

Hiding My Heart Away

Have you ever heard the song “Hiding My Heart” by Brandi Carlile, which was later covered by Adele?  My guess is not, given the fact that it was a hidden track on Carlile’s album The Story, and was a left over track from Adele’s 21.  I only found out about it because I got an extended version of Adele’s 21 that had “Hiding My Heart” on it (and that wasn’t easy to find).  Both versions are phenomenal and just beautiful in their own unique way, and it really brings to question why both these artists and their respective teams decided not to include them on the albums and make them singles.

The thing I really love about this song is the chorus:

“I wish I could lay down beside you
When the day is done
And wake up to your face against the morning sun
But like everything I’ve ever known
You’ll disappear one day
So I’ll spend my whole life hiding my heart away.”

Those words strike something within me.  I think it’s because it describes how I feel about my life.  I do have a tendency to want things, dream of things, but just kind of hide myself away and not tell people anything.  I’m a pretty goofy, free person, but I’m not really that open around many people.

Recently I realized that this is because I’m afraid.  I’m scared that if I even attempt to live my dreams or be myself, I will somehow fail.  I’m afraid of what people will say about me and I’m afraid of just being alone…for the rest of my life.  But I don’t want to be a person who didn’t do something because he was afraid.  I don’t want to live my life scared to try new things or be myself.  And as Adele sings at the end of the song, “I can’t spend my whole life hiding my heart away” (I don’t think this line is in Brandi Carlile’s version).  So every time I feel a bit down, and feel nervous, I listen to this song and just remember that line.

Brandi Carlile’s version of “Hiding My Heart.”

 

Adele’s cover of “Hiding My Heart.”

“Love Whiplash” by Jayme Dee – #PhillipsSongOfTheDay

A while back, I was searching YouTube to watch the music video of “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, when I stumbled across this:

I was immediately taken by the fact that this person, whoever she was, was playing every single instrument.  I thought the video was clever and inspiring, not to mention she sounded great (“Rolling in the Deep” is a pretty hard song to sing, especially around the chorus…it takes a pair of steel lungs and a lot of anger).  And it was one of the few times that I actually watched a cover video on YouTube from start to finish.

After watching this video, I needed to know more about this girl.  According to YouTube, her name was Jayme Dee and she had a bunch more covers.  All of them were pretty unique, but it wasn’t until I stumbled across her MySpace that I found an original song entitled “Love Whiplash.”  After listening to this song, I was a fan.  What was more, I found that she was an unsigned artist.  This thrilled me because ever since Colbie Caillat, I always wanted to watch an artist transform from unsigned to getting a record deal to releasing an album/playing on radio.

Colbie Caillat had uploaded her song "Bubbly" as an unsigned artist to MySpace, which apparently became the number one most listened to song on MySpace by an unsigned artist.  She then got a record deal with Universal Republic Records, and "Bubbly" was released as her first official single, which then went on to Chart number five on Billboard's Hot 100.

At that moment, I hoped the best of Jayme Dee, wondering if I might just hear “Love Whiplash” on the radio one day.  I logged offline and forgot all about her  for like four months (in all honesty, it probably was like two days, but two days feels like four months when you’re in college).

Take a listen to the original version of “Love Whiplash”:

Then, one day, rather randomly, I decided to check back on Jayme Dee and see if she posted any new music.  Again, I could only find “Love Whiplash,” but I found out that Jayme Dee had gotten signed by Universal Republic Records!  Let the countdown to a stellar album begin!

Well, a year passed by.  And then like another.  I might be exaggerating, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2012 that we got her first official single, “Tip Toes,” an upbeat song about falling in love or, rather, having an intense crush on someone.

Check out the official music video for “Tip Toes”:

This certified me as a fan.  “Tip Toes” is the only song I ever heard that is 100% pure happiness and joy, and perfectly embodies the summer and sunshine.  And, on July 30, 2013, we finally got her debut EP, Broken Record, which featured a new version of “Love Whiplash.”  Honestly, I prefer the original version (see/listen above); I think that version has a warmer, natural air to it, whereas the version on her EP is a bit overthought and too-complicated.  The main problem I have with the Broken Record version of “Love Whiplash” is that Jayme Dee sang it in a completely different way.  For instance,  listen to the way she pronouces the first line “I never know if you’re seriously” in both versions, and it’s like she has two different accents….it’s weird.  I do have to commend her vocals on the EP version because they are a bit bolder, especially around the chorus.

Regardless of the version, “Love Whiplash” is #PhillipsSongOfTheDay because I think it is a incredibly clever idea: the guy is sending her so much mixed signals that she has “whiplash.” It’s a simple idea that I can relate to.  Plus the lyrics are pretty snazzy/intriguing:

“Are you just trying to play with me?
Do you get joy from my misery
I’d like to think
It’s just a phase and we’ll work it out
But you keep jerking my heart around

Now I’ve caught a bad case of love whiplash
You push me off and then you pull me back
Please could you tell me if you’re being sincere
Cause darling I can’t stand to cry another tear”

“It’s not a long conversation
Don’t waste all your precious time
It’s not a difficult equation
A simple yes or no will do just fine”

*This whole post and idea of naming "Love Whiplash" #PhillipsSongOfTheDay was inspired by the fact that I sneezed today (I'm incredibly sick...yay) and thought "that sneeze just gave me whiplash," which reminded me of "Love Whiplash"...#random*

Listen to Broken Record:

The whole EP is worth a listen; Jayme Dee’s music overall may be sugar-sweet pop music, but she subtly infuses jazzy/bluesy elements into her music that’s rather intriguing.  Songs that stand out in the EP include “Tip Toes,” “Love Whiplash,” “Broken Record,” and “Till I Fall Asleep.”

Enjoy!

 

“White Lies” by Stacy Clark – #PhillipsSongOfTheDay

I have this professor who prides himself on being a musician as well as being a business professor.  Overall he’s a pretty cool guy and great teacher (this is the second class I’m taking with him).  He usually gives us these class activities to do at the beginning of class to use during our discussion, and he will play a random Pandora station to create a “mood.”  Today, a Lady Gaga song came on, and he shook his head and made a crack about “music today.”  Basically, in his opinion (and other kids in the class, who I’m pretty sure where just sucking up to him), music today is a bunch of crap.
I don’t like when people are negative or cut down music without giving it a chance.  I had a friend in high school who literally would hate any music/song that was played on the radio because it was “mainstream.”  He was the kind of guy that would only listen to obscure jazz or blues songs.  I recommended him to listen to Adele’s album 19 because it features that jazzy-blusy sounds he enjoyed.  Just as I did so, Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” blew up on the radio, and he refused to listen to her songs.  Like, I don’t get that at all.  I think the level of musicality or whether a song is “good” or not should not be established by who listens to it.  You just need to sit back, relax, and just listen.

Anyway, because my professor made this crack about Lady Gaga and the rest of today’s terrible music, I decided to name a Lady Gaga song #PhillipsSongOfTheDay.  I was going to pick “Just Dance” because I was listening it as I was shoveling snow in this lovely weather we’re having (by the way, I pretty much hate the cold, snow, and will probably blog about that…I’ve written songs about my hatred of winter here in the arctic).  However, I started to listen to Stacy Clark’s song “White Lies” while writing this post, and well, that kind of got stuck in my head/started playing on repeat, and it reminded how much I’m blown away but that song.

There’s something about this song that should not work, like you hear it and think “that’s not a radio single,” which I guess it’s not considering I don’t think it got radio traction (at least, I haven’t heard it on the radio), but the song really works.  I’m not saying that for it to be good it needs to be on the radio, I’m not a hypocrite, it’s just the song has a weird rhythm/beat to it…a weird rhythm/beat I enjoy.  The lyric that stands out for me is “Do you think I’m a fool? Shame on you and shame on me twice, for trusting, trusting you.”

If you haven’t heard this song, you need to.  It’s great.