Monday, December 15, 2008

day 4, its been a while

hello! :) how have you all been? hope you are discovering new music everyday

today's applause goes to Brandi Carlile, a young one with an amazing voice. so emotional in her singing, so beautiful. her music is like an experience, the lyrics, the music, the instruments...beautiful..

one of the songs that i am introducing is "Tragedy": lyrics are here

the cello is used so perfectly, almost bringing you down to tears in how the music and the lyrics just fit together. the tragedy is beautifully sung and the emotions just rise and fall like an ocean. 

another perfect song is "The Story" a beautiful blend of romance and music, just makes you want to tap your legs to the rhythm of the song. her voice makes you believe that "i was made for you"

these are amazing songs, hope you enjoy them as much as i did/do :)

thanku for spending time to read, link up and connect.
we would like to hear your thoughts, so drop us a few comments :)
-Princess S/Krissy/Kris/Kristofer

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Flower Post 3

Hey, ya'll!

Yes, this post has been long overdue and I apologize. Many things happening (including laziness!).

So, this time I'm going to introduce a fairly new artist who has totally taken the world by storm with her 50's jazzy tunes and brilliant lyricism -- Duffy.

Aimee Ann Duffy
was born on June 23rd (Cancerian, like me!) and is a Welsh singer/songwriter. In 2008, she debuted with her ridiculously famous debut single, Mercy. This song took the world by storm because of the upbeat melody, 50's style tune and theme and the soulful lyrics.

The second song released was Warwick Avenue, a song filled with pain and emotion.

Now, the reasons I am introducing Duffy on Treble Notes are the following three songs.

1) Stepping Stone, a song of mild rebellion about breaking free. The tune makes you sing along and immediately captivates you. The lyrics makes sense to anyone whose been through love at least once. =)

2) This song is called Syrup & Honey and is as sweet as the title suggests. It is the slowest of the lot and has a deep yet easy tune. The song is perfect for a Sunday morning or for one of those moments when all you want is time alone with a coffee and your thoughts.

3) The last of the lot ( and my personal favorite) is called Distant Dreamer. Someone told me that this song describes me perfectly and could not have agreed more. The song leaves you swaying and thinking. The thoughts are perfectly put across through almost surreal lyrics.
I foresee this song to be a brilliant hit!

And I officially come to the end of this post. I sincerely hope you enjoy these songs and the artist. It might take a little getting used to in regards to Duffy's voice but it's absolutely worth it!

Keep a look-out for Kristofer's post, which is up next. It's sure to hold something interesting as usual!

Till later,
Peace and much love,
- Tups.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Chuck the third

Well, chuck is in love with "Love love love". I heard this song ages ago during one of my frantic jaunts for good music and i loved this one song so much! I've been saving it for a special day on treble notes and here it is! :)
At first I'd have said that Tristan Prettyman is pretty much the female version of Jack Johnson. But then i think that's degrading her own potential and talent so i'll just say that;
she has an awesome voice-sultry and raspy in the right places,
the girl can play guitar-effortlessly (that's how i like it!),
and her lyrics are worth a read.

The first song i heard that had tristan in it was "Beautiful". Its a collab with another funky indie artist called G.Love (another post!). Now this song is just perfect! Its one of those songs that you love every part of! Nothin untoward, nothing that doesn't fit. And the lyrics are just so quirky but mushy...teehee! I love the video as well! Five stars! And a thumbs-up for good measure!

And since this post is about Tristan prettyman ima put up my favourite song of hers:
Love Love Love. Its difficult to describe why i like her music. There's just some music that gives you this feeling, you know. Like you're heart is swelling up with something (emotion? arteries? FAT?), i dunno. Its nice. Give it a listen. I've got two links, an acoustic version and the official video. Contrary to my usual choice, i like the studio version better.

Love Love Love

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

day 3 for zero 7 (forgot to publish, sowie)

hello happy people!

today's musical-people are "Zero 7"
really mellow and soft voice, lounge feel to it.

wikipedia says they fall into the acid jazz genre. honestly i have no idea what that means, all i know is that it sounds wonderful and pulls through with a sense of a free fall.

of course also the occasional high feeling from the music.
Destiny and Home are the 2 songs i am introducing, both soft, beautifully composed songs.

the lyrics are perfect for the voice and the sound of the music.
the video for destiny is also creatively made, animated and perfect for the lyrics and sound.

now ill let you take a listen and give your reviews :)

thanku for spending time to read, link up and connect.
we would like to hear your thoughts, so drop us a few comments :)
-Princess S/Krissy/Kris/Kristofer

Lyrics for Destiny

I lie awake
I've gone to ground
I'm watching porn
In my hotel dressing gown
Now I dream of you
But I still believe
There's only enough for one in this
Lonely hotel suite

The journey's long
And it feels so bad
I'm thinking back to the last day we had.
Old moon fades into the new
Soon I know I'll be back with you
I'm nearly with you
I'm nearly with you

When I'm weak I draw strength from you
And when you're lost I know how to change your mood
And when I'm down you breathe life over me
Even though we're miles apart we are each other's destiny

On a clear day
I'll fly home to you
I'm bending time getting back to you
Old moon fades into the new
Soon I know I'll be back with you
I'm nearly with you
I'm nearly with you

When I'm weak I draw strength from you
And when you're lost I know how to change your mood
And when I'm down you breathe life over me
Even though we're miles apart we are each other's destiny

When I'm weak I draw strength from you
And when you're lost I know how to change your mood
And when I'm down you breathe life over me
Even though we're miles apart we are each other's destiny

I'll fly, I'll fly home
I'll fly home and I'll fly home

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Flower Post 2

Hey hey hey!

I know it's been a while since I've updated this page with some of my influence but I can see that Kristofer and Shar have done their own share of sharing! (Ha ha =))
Some lovely music has been introduced and now its my turn to do the same!

My latest pick is an American jam band called Dispatch.

Dispatch was formed in 1996 and were active till 2002. It consisted of three members: Brad Corrigan (vocals, drums, guitar, percussion and harmonica), Pete Heimbold (vocals, bass and guitar), and Chad Urmston (vocals, guitar, bass, and percussion). Between the three of them, Dispatch has got an amazing variety of genres; from reggae (which is largely incorporated into their songs) to folk to ska to rock to hip-hop.

The first song that I was introduced to was called Bang Bang. The song follows an easy tune and a wonderful story with a catchy end. The singer seems to have a slight teasing tone that can't do anything but make you smile.

Dispatch also explores realms of love and pain in their songs.
Headlights is a song soulfully sung to a lover. A plea of sorts that makes your heart ache.

And then *drumrull* we have Carry You. This song is more wistful and makes you sway along. Simple and short, it takes you into your own world.

One of my personal favorites is a song with a strong African-Folk influence called Elias. There happens to be an amazing story behind this song. Dispatch has a non-profit organization, The Elias Fund, for the Zimbabwaen youth in regards to education. The idea came about in 1994 when Chad Urmston stayed in Zimbabwe for a while and met Elias, a gardener who became the inspiration and namesake to this particular song. Elias dreamed that his sons, Honest and Manuel, would one day have the opportunity further their education. This dream became the corner stone of the Elias fund and of the beautiful and most popular song by Dispatch.

I'm going to end this post with this song and story and hope you enjoy this band! Easy listening, soulful music, wistful pleas and inspirational stories packed into one band!

P.S. Also check out their other songs such as The General (lyrics), Flying Horses (lyrics), Passerby (lyrics) and Out Loud (lyrics) to name a few!

Enjoy yourselves and keep things happy!

Peace and much love

Monday, September 29, 2008

Chuck the Second

I hope you'll like the title i have come up with. On the spot. Please like it. Thinking about thinking of another makes me tired. In the (slightly altered) words of PCD..."I'ma stick with iiitttt!"
So...on to the latest song for Treble Notes...Someone new! At least to me! A new love!
His name is Brett Dennen and he's the next big thing in the folk rock scene I ( and a LOT of other people) think! He bolwed me over completely! His voice is a little on the reedier side than i usually prefer but he just makes up for it in every other way....AWESOMENESS includes:
Guitaring skills
A funky accent
The first song that I shall recommended is called She's Mine. And its pretty darn awesome(all other adjectives fail at this point). Its an acoustic as usual..
Check out his other being Ain't No Reason(for the lyrics!) Very very cool!
Ain't No Reason is the better song in every way but She's Mine is catchier and has an awesome base riff that just repeats throughout the song-simple n sweet.
More than anything else, i love how this guy looks at the world around us and critiques what goes on in it in the most humble way possible. He writes a bit like Mayer or Jack Johnson but his stuff is tinged with a tad more social concern.
Another song is Blessed...i LOVE the beginning of this song. Upbeat!
And i also have another video which is live and raw, on a beach somewhere in SF or was it California...Doesn't matter. Here, its John Butler (Awesome musician also. Shall devote whole post to him another time) and Brett Dennen performing Come Together.
Enjoy! And comment :)

Friday, September 19, 2008

day 2

sorry about the delay. just caught up with a storm of thoughts...

shar bear has introduced me well and added a really thoughtful contributor in the time that i have been gone. :) thank you shar bear :)

she is right about tups. its like god forgot to put her in the flower era, so she's making up for it in the ipod-laptop-bluetooth-mobliephones-blackberry era, which by the way is what makes her the person she is and we all love this person for her flower loving nature.

welcome home tups..

and shar, what can i say. her caller tune is "the way i are", her favourite band is mcfly and yet she manages to surprise me at all times with her music choice. i think we are alike in the manner of variety of music.

the fact remains,all the three of us like timbaland but we also like beethoven, and everything in between. the music we don't like are those that have failed to have that one unique quality that we look for. that's about it.

thanks shar bear for our inclusion :)

now lets get on with the introductions!

today i shall introduce you to "iron and wine".
this isn't a band's name, he is a solo artist: Samuel Beam.

and he is a beam of good music.
some of his songs have this electronic feel to them. however, he still manages to maintain his soft, soothing voice for his listeners. been around since 2002, but i don't think he is really really famous.
do you know him? most of your answers would be no.

i was attracted to his music after i binged on downloading soundtracks from "grey's anatomy".
one of the songs i am introducing was featured on the show. can't remember which episode, but his music fits the soul of the show's musical choices.

the song is "naked as we came"

"She says "wake up, it's no use pretending"
I'll keep stealing, breathing her.
Birds are leaving over autumn's ending
One of us will die inside these arms
Eyes wide open, naked as we came
One will spread our ashes 'round the yard

She says "If I leave before you, darling
Don't you waste me in the ground"
I lay smiling like our sleeping children
One of us will die inside these arms
Eyes wide open, naked as we came
One will spread our ashes round the yard"

a beautiful song that reminds us that we don't take anything back other than the one thing that is truly ours~our nakedness. the acoustic guitar (which is in most of his songs) is a breath of fresh air.
a continuous reminder of the sounds of a guitar, a must hear song.
you may not like it, might seem too ordinary, but the music is something to remember.

also take a listen to "love and some verses".
if you are in love this is a must hear song. a beautiful mix of sounds and his ever consoling voice makes up for all the butterflies in your heart..

"Love is a dress that you made
long to hide your knees
love to say this to your face,
"I'll love you only"
for your days and excitement,
what will you keep for to wear?
someday drawing you different,
may I be weaved in your hair?

Love and some verses you hear
say what you can't say
love to say this in your ear,
"I'll love you that way"
from your changing contentments,
what will you choose for to share?
someday drawing you different,
may I be weaved in your hair?"

thanku for spending time to read, link up and connect.
we would like to hear your thoughts, so drop us a few comments :)
-Princess S/Krissy/Kris/Kristofer

Friday, September 12, 2008

Flower Post 1

Hey, you happy people,

That's quite an odd title, I know... but hey! It makes things happy.

So I'm going to get straight to the point ---> Music, in my opinion, makes the world go round; and I am going to try contributing as much as I can.
Since Shar, Kristofer and myself, all have our own preferences of genres, there's going to be a vast variety to choose from over here; many tunes to whistle and many melodies to dance to!

I'm going to introduce you to a song from a 1962 french movie called "Jules et Jim" (Jules and Jim). The movie is about two friends (Jules and Jim) who fall in love with the same woman, Catherine.

Now this song is sung by the actress who plays Catherine, Jeanne Moreau. With a light lilt to her voice, Moreau brings out simplicity AND emotion in this song. The tenor of her voice is just gorgeous.

And the name of the song is.....
"Le Tourbillon de la Vie." (The Whirlpool of Life)
The song is sung from a perspective of a man who falls in love with a beautiful woman. They get seprated and live their lives in thought of each other. One day, they are reunited and wonder why they must go on without each other and then decide to spend the rest of their days together.

Very common plot, I know! But the tone and tune of this song will definitely tug at your heartstrings... even if you're not a hopeless romantic!

It might take a little getting used to but it's definitely worth being listened to on repeat.

For lyrics and translation, click here. (Scroll all the way down for translations)
I suggest listening to the song without reading the lyrics first. The tune and the language can be appreciated without understanding the song's meaning! =)

I hope you all liked this song!
Also, the movie is a must see!

Peace and much love

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Chuck the Roman Numerals!

First a few details about the blog and its contributing members.

Me!: Well, yuh knows me. I had another blog and was putting up too much music stuff there so thought i'd start a new blog and blah blah blah blah blah. To give you a rough idea of what my choices will be like; I have eclectic taste in music. I could skip from cheesy pop(yes), to indie to afro punk to gothic bass driven melodies and so forth. Though I think i'll always be into indie music. And i can tell you that most of my links will inevitably lead to an acoustic version of a song.

I got off to a good start on the blog but knew there was something missing until i realized that i hadn't asked the most compulsive blogger and most deeply music loving music lover i know-KRISTOFER-to join the blog as a contributing member! And so...

Kristofer!: She has a beautiful take on music. You could pretty much make her listen to anything and she'll appreciate it in a way that you never could. Great great taste in music as far as mainstream is concerned. Manages to weed out the crap and love a song for what it really is. (Umburella!) Unlike me, she can dig the greatness of instrumentals and so you'll have that side of music from her. So kris will divert her attention from her other blog to contribute here!

And the last but not even in the vicinity of the least member is:

Tups!: She has the most wholesome view of music. She's trademark hippie in some ways and is in love with the flower era more than i could possibly be! She could know the most obscure Joplin song and love it and convince you to love it as well! We like the same music occasionally and this is a cause to celebrate. Tups is also the most passionate music-lover between the three of us methinks. So when tups isn't busy with her thoughts she'll be here! :)

Anything more to add guys? Well, do it on your own time!

Now for the musica! My pick for now is POP all the way!

Those Dancing Days!

A tween pop band from Sweden. You really can't avoid getting a complex when you see these girls. So young and so talented. Well, you can't see the full range of their talent for now but considering their average age is about seventeen and they're making music, lets give em a break yes?
Two songs that are released as of now with an album due out in September.

Hitten (I think this is the better of the two songs!)
Run Run

The songs are real light and breezy and have a tinge of the eighties in them, the percussion is very synthetic and the synthesizer is pretty dominant throughout. I recommend them to anyone who likes stuff from the eighties. Also, the singer has a beautiful deep voice uncharacteristic for a young girl.
I love the videos of both the songs! Strange techniques and very unusual camera angles. Even if you don't like the songs you will like the videos! :)
Give em a listen for sure and temme watcha think!!

Monday, September 8, 2008

day 1

hello fair readers and music freaks!
i am the newly assigned contributor to Treble Notes :)

i am gonna break her confusing roman numericals and weeks and just stick to days! :)

i have this habit of taking an artist and looking past all the famous "singles"; through this method of search i have found some memorable musical nirvana. and then there's always a friendly nudge in the mail to make me look at some new and interesting music.

today, i am going to introduce you to Paolo Nutini. you must remember him from the new Puma ad with him performing his song "new shoes", which is really catchy by the way. he has survived for three years with just one album to his name: "these streets", released in 2006!
the song "rewind" from the same album was part of the soundtrack of "PS I Love You"

all the romantics reading this will also remember his song "last request", which is also a favourite of mine. his voice screams out sadness and a real heart felt request :)

<drum roll>
now to the song i wanted to introduce: "tumbling down" (for now i found the lyrics for you, but no video or a place to listen. i can mail it to you if you'd like :) )
the acoustic sound of the song is absolutely amazing, it gives the song, the lyrics a great feel. i am not as expressive as shar, but my ear will listen to this song even if it is on repeat for a hundred times. PN has a very soothing voice and a great accent. really cute also :)

and "autumn leaves", a considerably more famous. soft and beautiful, his voice makes it easy.

this has most of his songs for listening :)

thanku for spending time to read, link up and connect.
we would like to hear your thoughts, so drop us a few comments :)
-Princess S

Sunday, September 7, 2008

WEEK V(and what a week it is!)

Obssession obsession! AHOY!

Two words. Tom Waits. The strangest most wonderful musician i have ever heard! Thirty seconds into the movie Coffee and Cigarettes(Jim Jarmusch's. Another God) and i just HAD TO google this song and i struck gold! The song was:

Jockey full of Bourbon
(If you can, watch the movie, coz the initial sequence matched the song perfectly)

His voice is horrendous! I keep wanting to clear my throat! But its jagged and cool and his songs'd be nothing without it! And his monologue-ish way of singing is perfect for his songs. In my head he's like the dark, murderous version of a troubadour. :D

Also, i love his music arrangements! For a moment you actually think that they're totally out of sync and out of tune and everything else negative but then you start to feel the music and everythign just melds perfectly! When you first hear the music, you're like, oh a nice soothing number, light, kinda cuban even! But then he starts to sing and its like the big bad wolf walked in and took control of the mike! You can barely make out the words either!

But more than his beautiful chainsaw like voice i just couldn't resist the lyrics!! Awesome stuff. Just so vivid and......SURREAL. It just makes you think of the craziest things and my overactive imagination just goes wild! Take for example On the Other side of the world. The mini movie that plays in my head is BEAUTIFUL!

On the Other side of the world
There's a blue eyed girl with a red bow tie
and a string of pearls with one good eye
in a rainy town the chimney smoke will curl
no one likes clowns on the other side of the world
and the children know she'll never let me go.

there's a one legged priest that tangos with the farmers wife
Beauty and the beast is taking her own life
and a tear on a letter back home turns into a lake of your own
and a crow turns into a girl on the other side of the world
and she tastes like the sea and she's waiting for me
in the spring the weeds will show that he brought back the only rose
and he gave it to his girl on the other side of the world.

And I drink champagne from your thin blue veins
She visits his grave wearing her mother's shawl
should I shave or end it all.There's an old sailor song that the children know
as their fingers curl around the other side of the world
on a bone white mare lost in Kathleen's hair
in the spring the weeds will show that he brought back the only rose
and he gave it to his girl on the other side of the world.

Other linkses for other songses:
Cemetary Polka
Crazy bout my baby

The dude is almost sixty years old and he STILL peforms live!
Words cannot describe how into his music i am! YAY!
But i still love McFly! :)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Week IV

Hey ya'll!
This day's...erm week's....whatever! This post's pick is a really really strange, dark and morbidy kinda but lovely song by My Brightest Diamond called Something of an End. I have fallen in love with this one riff in the song! Its just awesome! I love the idea of just a bass accompanying a song. Very very cool! Please please check her out...i mean her song. I can provide a youtube link now, since my explorer decided that watching me die of youtube deprivation is not somthing he wanted. YAY!

My Brightest Diamond-Something of an end

Friday, August 29, 2008


Its only week 3 and I'm wondering how i'm gonna maintain this roman numeral lettering system i've chosen....
Anyway...I'm in a particularly erm....well....lets say soft mood and so the next song on the blog is a version of
I Wanna Hold Your Hand from the movie Across the Universe

Kristofer deserves ALL credit for this one...but in all fairness if Pari and Su and me had finally watched this movie (as we had planned) I would have put it up anyway. The song is slow, beautiful and not at all like the Beatles' version though i dunno if the Beatles did this song any differently later on. The girl's voice is very steady...nothing to write home about but beautiful nonetheless.
Temme if you want the song and I'll e-mail it to you because youtube has stopped working on my computer and so i can't provide the link. It sucks. I am gonna die of youtube deprivation.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Week II

I thought I'd update every week or so but i couldn't resist.

Seems there's a lot of good music floating around and i came upon a treasure trove last week. Two soul men i'm loving right now. I have blogged about them on my other blog but i have got to have them here as well!

Song 1 that graces this post is an old favourite from an all-time favourite of mine.

Marc Broussard's: Come in from the cold

Yummy yummy vocals. His voice isn't perfect and thats perfect! You can catch the gravelly tone of his voice on the high notes. Very very cool! 'Home' is another song of his that is beautiful. Very soul....its a testament to his incredible range.

Song 2 is an awesome awesome number i recently discovered.

Shawn Mullin's: Lullaby

He half sings, half talks through this number and its just beautiful! Another song of his worthy of a listen is 'Beautiful Wreck'.

I am lazy and can't think of another wittier title so the same title remains even though it massacres any hopes of its use as a time frame.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Week I

What I'm listening to right now is keeping me pretty occupied, obsession-wise. I'm ever faithful to the McFly boys but a few songs here and there can't possibly be construed as cheating!

Los Lonely Boys

Number one pick from this beautiful band will have to be Heaven. The intro is delicious as in it actually makes me drool.

I discovered the magic of Los Lonely Boys while browing through Youtube. Beautiful beautiful skills with the guitar. Their music isn't like the usual spanishy style which relies completely on acoustic guitar but they have a dash of bassy sound that just makes their music that much better! Their arrangements are pretty perfect, nothing untoward or out of sync.
And the solos they come up with are just heaven and hell to listen to. Heaven because of obvious reasons and hell because you know you'll never be able to play as good as that (not that I'm hoping or anything, it just reminds me thats all) They remind me of the Eagles.


This song is just beautiful! Its not complex, no deep lyrics but its perfect to listen to when in the right mood. The chorus is haunting and i just had to continue listening to it over and over. I have a mini-movie that plays out in my head every time I listen to this song. Not happy but very apt nevertheless. Liten to it and tell me yours why don't you?