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Music Monday: John Mayer The Search for Everything Wave 1

Moving On and Getting Over
Changing
Love on the Weekend
You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me

January 20 John Mayer released the first wave of his new album, The Search for Everything.  4 tracks were released and since he worked with the gang he worked on Continuum with, there is a strange familiarity with these songs, even though it was my first time listening to them.  I really liked that, because it almost felt like “home” and definitely the “throwback” John that I really love. (Not that I don’t love his more recent stuff, but it was a bit different than the John that I know and love)  In the Spring, John will be embarking on the Search for Everything tour – and I’ll be seeing him in Boston – apparently from behind the stage (but that’s a story for another time).  In the Summer, he’ll once again be hitting the road with Dead & Co and then is supposed to be going on yet another solo tour after that.  Fingers crossed he hits up CT and smaller venues where sitting behind the stage isn’t possible 😉

Music Monday: Ed Sheeran

 

Ed Sheeran released 2 singles – Castle on the Hill and Shape of You.  It seems like Shape of You has been getting more airplay – but ever since I watched a video of the Teletubbies dancing to it, I can’t seem to listen to it without seeing them dancing around, which makes me start laughing.  Castle on the Hill I’ve only heard a couple of times on the radio and it seems to be a bit more personal and a bit less radio friendly than Shape of You.  Either way, it is exciting for Ed to be back after his hiatus and I’m looking forward to him releasing “divide”.

 

Music Monday: Shawn Mendes Illuminate

Ruin
Mercy
Treat You Better
Three Empty Words
Don’t Be A Fool
Like This
No Promises
Lights On
Honest
Patience
Bad Reputation
Understand

I really like Shawn Mendes.  Something about his voice I really like and even though he is more of a “teenybopper” artist, I’d love to see him live one day.  His voice just sounds so much older than he is.  I really enjoyed his new album Illuminate and have trouble picking a  favorite song, I just love them all! My only regret is that I had planned to listen to and review this CD much, much earlier but got really busy and bumped off a whole bunch of Music Monday reviews that I had planned – I could have been enjoying this CD for so much longer if I didn’t!

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Music Monday: Lady Gaga Joanne

Diamond Heart
A-Yo
Joanne
John Wayne
Dancin’ in Circles
Perfect Illusion
Million Reasons
Sinner’s Prayer
Come to Mama
Hey Girl
Angel Down
Grigio Girls
Just Another Day

 

Joanne was one of the CDs that I gifted my Mom with for Christmas and was the only one of the 3 she had requested. (Reviews on the other 2 coming soon, hopefully!)  This CD is a little bit different than what I am used to from Lady Gaga, a bit more stripped down from her usual over the top songs.  My favorite tracks are Perfect Illusion (which reminds me of another song but I can’t place it – Madonna maybe?) A-Yo is a very catchy track as well. Hey Girl with Florence Welch is another great track too.  I think this a pretty decent CD though I’m not much of a Gaga fan, I will tolerate it when it inevitably ends up on in my Mom’s car.

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Music Monday: Daya Sit Still Look Pretty

Dare
Legendary
I.C.Y.M.I
Thirsty
Love of My Life
Hide Away
Cool
Sit Still, Look Pretty
Talk
U12
Words
Back to Me
Got The Feeling
We Are

 

 

I really love the single that Daya has on the radio “Sit Still, Look Pretty” (and for more than just the Snow White reference)  So I decided for this Music Monday I’d give her full album that came out in October a listen!  The CD starts out with a lot of the songs sounding very much so alike.  There are some standout tracks, but most of them are the ones that are on the radio already.  Overall I found this CD to be a bit of a bust and I think that only certain tracks will make it into any playlists I make, not the entirety of this album.

 

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Music Monday: Stefano Obsession

Obsession
Candle Light
Stay Awhile
Vintage Girl (feat D’madd)
Racin’

 

Finally, Stefano from American Idol has an EP that has been released! Previously I think he had just been releasing single tracks here and there.  It’s been a long time coming and it’s 5 track EP called “Obsession”.  After hearing the title track of the EP I wasn’t sure if I was into the direction that he was going and maybe I had moved on from my obsession.  But Candle Light is really good and has a bit of a throwback vibe to it, I love it! Unfortunately, the rest of the EP left me feeling the same as the first song.  They’re not bad songs, just not what I tend to spend my time listening to.

 

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Music Monday: Simple Plan Christmas Every Day

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Simple Plan is one of my favorite bands so I was pretty excited when they said they had come out with a song for Christmas! They have a really cool lyric video that is made to look like an ugly sweater which is just amazing. The song is super cute about having no school or work on Christmas and how great it would be to have Christmas every day and get presents every day! Definitely super catchy and sounds just what you would expect a Simple Plan Christmas track to sound like.

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Music Monday: DNCE

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DNCE
Body Moves
Cake By The Ocean
Doctor You
Toothbrush
Blown
Good Day
Almost
Naked
Truthfully
Be Mean
Zoom
Pay My Rent
Unsweet

A couple weeks ago DNCE released their self titled debut full length album.  On first glance, I was pretty psyched with all the short song titles – so much easier to scrapbook setlists when the song titles are short! I’ll be seeing DNCE in early 2017 so of course I’m already thinking about that! I have to say I think my favorite tracks are Blown, Good Day and Naked. This whole CD is a lot of fun.

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Music Monday: Kris Allen Somethin’ About Christmas

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Somethin’ About Christmas Morning (feat. Gabe Dixon)

Just Like Snow

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Jingle Bells feat. Caroline Glaser

Peace and Happiness

Here Comes Santa Claus

Winter Wonderland (feat. Jillian Edwards)

Mommy, Is There More Than Just One Santa Claus

Baby, Won’t You Wait Until the New Year

Silent Night

Just a couple of weeks ago, Kris Allen released his “Somethin’ About Christmas” CD which is available either digitally or a physical copy through his website.  If you purchase a physica CD you’ll also be able to download and listen to it immediately which is pretty cool.  I had mentioned when I went to see Kris that the CD came out and he did a few songs off of it.  There is a pretty great mix here of new Kris songs and some classic favorites as well.  I have to say that “Mommy, Is There More Than Just One Santa Claus” has been stuck in my head almost constantly since I went to see him!  It’s just such a funny song, from the perspective of a little kid asking his Mommy how they can see Santa everywhere they go – even if she does say he’s magic it just doesn’t make sense.  I also love that the cover of the album is an old Christmas photo of Kris and his brother.  Although I have tons and tons of Christmas music and most of it doesn’t get listened to during the holiday season, I know that this album will be on heavy rotation for this holiday season and many to come.  (Even with Hanson’s coming out next year!)  If you love Kris and you love Christmas (Or Kristmas?) you should definitely check out this CD and I do not think you will be disappointed.

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Music Monday: Jazz Loves Disney

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This is a sponsored post from Disney Music and One2One Network. All opinions are my own

1.  Jamie Cullum – “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat” – from The Aristocats

2.  Melody Gardot – “He’s A Tramp” – from Lady And The Tramp

3.  Stacey Kent – “Bibbidi Bobbodo Boo” (French version) – from Cinderella

4.  Gregory Porter – “When You Wish Upon A Star” – from Pinocchio

5.  China Moses – “Why Don’t You Do Right” – from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

6.  Raphaël Gualazzi – “I Wanna Be Like You” – from The Jungle Book

7.  The Rob Mounsey Orchestra – “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” – from Cinderella

8.  Hugh Coltman – “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” – from Toy Story

9.  Anne Sila – “Let It Go” – from Frozen

10.  Melody Gardot & Raphaël Gualazzi – “The Bare Necessities” – from The Jungle Book

11.  Laika – “Once Upon A Dream” – from Sleeping Beauty

12.  Nikki Yanofsky -“Someday My Prince Will Come” – from Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

13. The Hot Sardines – I Wanna Be Like You (French & English version) – from The Jungle Book (US release only)

What better way to get ready for a trip to Disney then listening to some of my favorite Disney songs reworked to be more jazzy? I was thrilled to get to review the new compilation to listen to while I was packing for my trip! Disney music has been in my family for generations – my grandmother moved closer to Disney and I can remember her always singing me Disney songs growing up when we went to visit her.  Once Upon a Dream was one of her favorites and I am happy that the song is included on this compilation.  Once Upon a Dream and I Wanna Be Like You are probably my top 2 songs from this compilation, although all of them are great.  Kicking the CD off with Everybody Wants To Be A Cat was perfect as when I think “jazz” and “Disney” it is the Aristocats that comes to mind.  Honorable mention go to two more princess songs that I absolutely love –  A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes and Someday My Prince Will Come!

 

Jamie Cullum

“Disney is the first place many of us hear and really start to appreciate music as children. I’m really seeing that now with my own kids. What is wonderful about all the music is that it is challenging, melodically and lyrically exciting and playful. Having the chance to reinvent one of my favourites from the Aristocats – a proper jazz musical – was great fun. It’s such a brilliantly subversive film with killer music in it. I hope we’ve done it justice!”


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