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! :)