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the katinas - pocketful of sunshine

June 21, 2009

original artist: natasha bedingfield
what's great about this remake: i just discovered rawsessions yesterday afternoon while browsing the web and my, they do have the best collection of songs covered by different artists of all genres. this song is pure rnb, using heavently male voices as instruments aside from the keyboard. definitely one of the best covers of all time! check it out:



POCKETFUL OF SUNSHINE
the katinas

I got a pocket,
got a pocket full of sunshine
I've got a love and I know that it's all mine
oh.oh,oh
Do what you want,
but you're never gonna break me,
sticks and stones are never gonna shake me
oh,oh,oh

Take me away (take me away)
A secret place (a secret place)
A sweet escape (a sweet escape)
Take me away (take me away)
Take me away (take me away
To better days (to better days)
Take me away (take me away)
A hiding place (a hiding place)

I got pocket,
Got a pocket full of sunshine
I've got a love and I know that it's all mine
oh,oh,oh

Wish that you could,
but you ain't gonna own me
do anything you can to control me
oh,oh,oh

There's a place that I go
That nobody knows
Where the rivers flow
And I call it home
And there's no more lies
And the darkness is light
And nobody cries
there's only butterflies

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20 POP/ALTERNATIVE COVER SONGS

June 18, 2009

if you're a pop/alternative band, here are some suggested upbeat songs that will surely entertain your audience:

ARTIST - SONG TITLE


1. jimmy eat world - the middle
2. no doubt - sunday morning
3. gin blossoms - as long as it matters
4. oasis - wonderwall
5. splender - the loneliest person i know
6. greenday - time of your life
7. one republic - mercy
8. lifehouse - you and me
9. live - selling the drama
10. vertical horizon - everything you want
11. santana feat. michelle branch - i'm feeling you
12. foo fighters - best of you
13. collective soul - shine
14. soul asylum - runaway train
15. leigh nash - need to be next to you
16. american rejects - swing, swing
17. toad the wet sprocket - all i want
18. fuel - shimmer
19. dave matthews band - crash into me
20. switchfoot - learning to breathe

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THE KEY TO WRITING MUSIC

June 16, 2009

although this blog features an ode to great music remakes, it doesn't mean that we aren't encouraging readers to write their own music. performing original songs always feel so much better than doing covers.

if you're in a band and would like to make it in the music industry, it is always recommended that you have some original tracks to perform in order to make yourselves known. why? because a lot of people are already able to sing, play guitar drums, and other instruments. but not everyone can perform your original pieces in the way that you do! there will always be something UNIQUE to it that no tribute bands can ever mimic and this is what would make you stand out from the crowd of musicians.

having trouble writing an original? according to writer richie gilbert, MELODY IS KING. read this full article about song writing:

Write Music That Appeals To Peoples Emotions

Whether you write music first or lyrics first, please remember this one thing. Melody is king!

I want to explain why I believe that statement to be true.

I know when it comes to songwriting all of the elements must fit together just so. There has to be a perfect marriage of lyric, melody, structure and feel. That is the hallmark of a great song.

But I have heard too many songs that seem to focus primarily on the lyrics. The writer has poured out his or her soul to create a truly touching and beautiful story. Then those wonderful lyrics are paired with a mediocre, or even (gasp!) boring melody.

The result? A mediocre, boring song!

Those lyrics might work wonderfully on their own. But a monotonous unimaginative melody drags them down.

Appeal To The Emotions

As a songwriter, writing melody that appeals to the emotions of your listeners should be your top priority.

Why?

Because it's the melody that our brains latch onto first. A melody on it's own can make you cry, laugh and everything in between. It truly can be a direct communication to the soul. An interesting mood-evoking melody commands our attention. It makes us sit up and take notice.

Only then do we start to pay attention to the storyline. To the lyrics. And if those lyrics are top-notch: Bingo! You've hit the jackpot.

Write Lyrics As Good As Your Melody

Now, this scenario can also be looked at from the opposite side:

You write music that is truly inspiring. You then settle for the first lyrics that pop into your head. You don't bother rewriting those lyrics. You figure that since they fit the melody and tell the story they are good enough.

I did this for years! And I was always secretly embarrassed by my lyrics.

As songwriters, we must strive for that perfect balance. And it takes time and effort to master. (I'm still working on completing my apprenticeship!)

Work On Your Weakest Skill

If you only want to write music or you only want to write lyrics, that's okay. Collaborating with writers who excel at what you do not is a great way to write songs. If you love to write melody, find yourself a great lyricist. Or vice-versa.

Most of us are better at one aspect of songwriting than we are at others.

For me, it's always been writing melody that seems to come naturally. As a lead guitarist I usually opted for the slow, melodic, soulful lead over the fast shred. Through the years I've written quite a few instrumentals that I am proud of.

Lyrics have always been a struggle for me. That's why I tend to spend a lot more time working on the words to my new songs than I do the melody.

But I spend quite a bit of time on writing melody too! Because I understand how important a great melody is.

Listen To Your Melodies

Listen to the melodies you are writing. Are they as strong as your lyrics? Perhaps more importantly, can they stand on their own?

A melody should be able to stand on it's own. It should be moving, interesting, somewhat predictable and a little surprising at the same time.

I say somewhat predictable because we all need familiarity. If every line goes off in a completely different direction you will lose most of your listeners.

People must have something that they can grasp immediately. Especially in the chorus.

So go and write music that moves you. If it moves you, you can be pretty sure it will move others too.

Happy melody writing!

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MODERN WEDDING DANCE SONGS and IDEAS

June 10, 2009

being a music lover that i am, i'm sure it wouldn't be easy to pick the right tracks that would make this VERY SPECIAL moment the most enjoyable, memorable and PERFECT event. personally, i would love to have the original artists perform their songs at my wedding but it's not just possible (hello? the beatles?). i can settle with tribute bands, acoustic bands, or even just the stereo playing memorable tunes of me and my future husband. an orchestra would be awesome!

anyway, here's an article by Linda Dunkelberger that you may find helpful if you're looking for something to rock along with at your wedding day:

20 Top Wedding Dance Songs & Ideas

Your music makes your moments. Work with your Wedding Dance Band to choose the wedding dance songs, and the memories you want to have forever.

The first dance is reserved for the bride and groom, and this music is “their” song (first choice of the wedding dance songs). There is also a choice for the father/daughter wedding dance songs, the wedding dance songs for mother and son (mother and groom), and a wedding dance songs for both sets of parents (with the bride and groom dancing with their new in-laws before reuniting).

The last dance, like the first, belongs to the bride and groom alone. The music is usually the one used for the first dance, but choices for the last wedding dance songs of the night may be chosen. For your reference, see list below:


Top 10 Newest Wedding Dance Songs

1. "Lucky" by Jason Mraz featuring Colbie Caillet

Who will like it: The bride and groom and the rest of the lovebirds.

When to play it:
For the first wedding dance song.

2. "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay Top

Who will like it: Everyone.

When to play it: During the cocktail hour or between dinner courses.

3. "Good Time" by Alan Jackson

Who will like it: The country-music lovers.

When to play it: Right after dinner.

4. "The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson

Who will like it: The romantics and nostalgics.

When to play it: The cake cutting.

5. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" by Beyonce

Who will like it: All the single ladies.

When to play it: The bouquet toss.

6. "Beautiful" by Akon

Who will like it: Couples and hip-hop enthusiasts.

When to play it: As one of the first slow songs after dinner.

7. "So What" by Pink

Who will like it: All the single guests.

When to play it: Following a slow song to get everyone back out on the dance floor.

8. "Just Dance" by Lady GaGa

Who will like it: Your guests who like to dance.

When to play it: Once the elderly guests have left and it's time to get the party started.

9. "Green Light" by John Legend

Who will like it: Couples and any singles who may have paired up at the end of the night.

When to play it: Toward the end of the evening.

10. "When the Night Comes" by Dan Auerbach

Who will like it: All the couples.

When to play it: As the last slow song at the end of the night.


Top 10 Most Requested Wedding Dance Songs

“Nothing Compares To You” by Sinead O’Connor

“Close To You” Maxi Priest

“Power of Love” Jennifer Rush

“Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley

“Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” by Elvis Presley

“Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel

“When You Say Nothing At All” by Ronan Keating

“From This Moment On” by Shania Twain

“You Made Me Love You” by Al Jolson

“How Deep Is Your Love” by Bee Gees

Whatever your age or taste, you’re sure to make the memories last with music. Remember, the first place to start is to ask your Wedding Dance Band to help you with a list of their wedding dance songs. Use resources like this to become familiar with wedding dance songs and work together to have a list of music. If you are prepared and coordinated with your band, you’ll be making happy music for the rest of your life.

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ashley tisdale - time after time

original artist: cindy lauper
what's great about this remake: i know it's the Nth cover of this song. it just goes to show that this masterpiece is indeed TIMELESS. this particular version is very tisdale, hence very pop.
it may take some time to load up but oh well:


Time After Time - Ashley Tisdale


TIME AFTER TIME
ashley tisdale


Lying in my bed I hear the clock tick and think of you
Caught up in circles, confusion is nothing new
Flash back warm nights, almost left behind
Suitcase of memories
Time after sometimes you pictured me
I'm walking too far ahead
You're callin' to me
I can't hear what you've said
You said: Go slow, I fall behind
The second hand unwinds

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I'll be waiting
Time after time

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I will be waiting
Time after time

After my picture fades
And darkness has turned to grey
Watching through windows
You're wondering if I'm OK
Secrets stolen from deep inside
The drum beats out of time

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I'll be waiting
Time after time

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I will be waiting
Time after time

You said: Go slow, I fall behind
The second hand unwinds

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I'll be waiting
Time after time

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I will be waiting
Time after time
Time after time
Time after time
Time after time
Time after time

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LADY GAGA - POKER FACE (acoustic)

June 8, 2009

original artist: lady gaga
what's great about this song remake: this proves her talent as a musician and this version is quite very surprising and super different from what are used to hearing on the radio. without all the synths and beats, just a piano and lady gaga's sexy voice, here's poker face:




POKER FACE
lady gaga


I wanna hold em' like they do in Texas Plays
Fold em' let em' hit me raise it baby stay with me (I love it)
Luck and intuition play the cards with Spades to start
And after he's been hooked I'll play the one that's on his heart

Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got
Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh,
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got

Can't read my,
Can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)
Can't read my
Can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face

I wanna roll with him a hard pair we will be
A little gambling is fun when you're with me I love it)
Russian Roulette is not the same without a gun
And baby when it's love if it's not rough it isn't fun, fun

Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got
Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh,
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got

Can't read my,
Can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)

Can't read my
Can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face

I won't tell you that I love you
Kiss or hug you
Cause I'm bluffin' with my muffin
I'm not lying I'm just stunnin' with my love-glue-gunning
Just like a chick in the casino
Take your bank before I pay you out
I promise this, promise this
Check this hand cause I'm marvelous

Can't read my,
Can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)

Can't read my
Can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face

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