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Music Monday: Ed Sheeran How Would You Feel (Paean)

Ed Sheeran released another song recently, this time for his birthday!  One the one hand, I like the slower releases because I can listen to just the one track without having to carve out a lot of free time but on the other then I feel obligated to come up with something to write for each song on its own for a blog post… and sometimes that’s not easy.  And on the other other hand… it gives me more fodder for Music Monday posts 🙂

How Would You Feel is more of a ballad, which if you know me at all are never my favorites. But John Mayer plays on it and… he is always my favorite. So that is a plus.  And it’s just nice to have Ed back again 🙂  I am looking forward to the rest of Divide from Ed, so far I have been liking what I am hearing and hoping that a tour will be making its way to the US in due time as well.

Music Monday: Zac Hanson “Christmas Ball”

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With news of Hanson’s 2017 Christmas album spreading around the last week or so, I figured it might be appropriate to post about Zac’s latest “Super Digital Pants” song and clear up what’s going on with the Christmas album.  While recording is done – it won’t be released until Fall 2017 (Which is what they had said since they first announced it was coming out) for the 20th anniversary of the release of their first Christmas album, Snowed In.  The working title is “Wintry Mix” and they never intended to call it “ooh Christmas” , but don’t try to tell the media that 😉

In order to tide us over to next year and since they release a new Christmas song almost every year for the past few years Zac wrote and recorded a song called “Christmas Ball” that he released for sale to Hanson.net members only on his “Super Digital Pants” album which is a compilation of random Zac songs.

While the title could go several different ways, it is a cute song about having a ball!

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Music Monday: Hanson “Do You Believe In Love”

As I’ve mentioned before, Hanson has an EP called “Play” coming out October 10.  If you pre-order the EP on Hanson.net you can get a download of one of the tracks – “Do You Believe In Love”.  The EP is available as a digital download for $7 or if you are a Hanson.net Member, as a part of an LP set paired up with this years Members Only CD, “Loud” (Get it, L. P. Loud. Play)

Play was recorded both in studio and live in Tulsa as a part of Hanson Day weekend so yes I am in the crowd you hear singing at the end (and you can also apparently see me in part of this video as well!)  I am digging the song, although it started out in a stream of them recording Loud as what seemed like more of a Zac piano ballad so it is kind of interesting to see it go from that to a The Darkness / Queen inspired track – one of the fastest tracks they’ve ever recorded.

I am looking forward to hearing the whole EP in October – it includes a track that we didn’t get to participate on called “Freak Out” and based on the clips of the songs in the Hanson.net store, they’re all going to be pretty great and I hope they make it into the setlists down in Disney!

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Music Monday: One Direction Drag Me Down

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I’ve moved on from One Direction quite some time ago (before Zayn left) but figured I’d take a listen to their first single since Zayn left “Drag Me Down”. A few people have said it had a bit of a Hanson sound to it – and I guess I can hear that at certain points but I have to say overall I just didn’t dig it.  With my love for boybands 1D is probably one great song away from dragging me back in (it’s happened before – with BSB – and now I’d probably be out on them again but I’m in a “take whatever 90s/00s boybands I can get until NSYNC decides to reunite” mode) but this is not the one.

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Music Monday: David Cook Criminals

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David Cook’s latest single is “Criminals” off the forthcoming album “Digital Vein”. I may be biased, but I absolutely love the song! If you’re a fan of David and his sound then I don’t see why you wouldn’t absolutely love this song because it is just so very dcook.  I am also very much so looking forward to his new album which is set to be released September 18.  He will also be embarking on a tour in the fall and I am hoping that I will be able to make it to his show in Norfolk, CT at Infinity Hall!

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Music Monday: Roxanna

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Roxanna is a new artist that I just found out about!  In February she released a music video for her single “Close Your Eyes”

“I believe music can heal. I believe music can soothe. I believe music is the language of the heart and soul. I believe you can spin tragedy into beauty.”

 

Roxanna hails from Canada and is different from today’s artists because she has a Latin flair from a cultured background.  She has joined forces with Mark Portmann (Michael Buble, Barbara Streisand) and they have created a polished and luxurious rich sound.  “Close Your Eyes” is the first single from her album, Exotica, which was released on April 15.  In addition to romantic and flamenco influenced songs, the album will also feature new renditions of The Hollies 1972 hit song “The Air That I Breathe”, Julio Iglesias’ 1975 hit song “El Amor” and Lionel Richie’s 1984 smash hit, “Hello”.

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I have gotten the chance to listen to both “Hello” and “Close Your Eyes” and I have to say I am quite impressed.  It’s very hard to cover a song that was as popular as “Hello” as everyone has already in their head what they think the song should sound like based on Lionel’s version.  However, Roxanna’s version practically made me forget all about Lionel’s version.  It is a very refreshing new take on the song.  “Close Your Eyes” is a beautifully performed ballad that tells an emotional story.

 

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