Kicking off both a new series of Top 5’s and some football and music related posts to tie in with this summer’s World Cup, we begin with this list of the best/worst singles released by footballers. What this isn’t is songs about football or songs released to officially support a particular club or national teams, lists of which will appear in due course. No, this is a list of songs where footballers decided to try their hand at being pop stars for a while, something which never tends to end well. There are many absentees from this list so please Read more »
We first saw this American – Colombian (¡Viva Colombia!) pop singer on thisismyjam a few years back, and to be honest, although she seemed original, we didn’t take much notice, but that all changed last year while watching Jools Holland´s 25 years celebration show. She was brilliant, and since then we have been keeping an eye on her. Kali Uchis & Jorja Smith performing “Tyrant” on Later… with Jools Holland “The women I looked up to growing up were Frida and Billie Holiday, or Kelis. People wanted and admired them for how beautiful they were, but at the same time, Read more »
The Beatles debut album would show the world this was no ordinary group. Besides the covers, they were one of the first groups to write their own songs (they wrote 8 of the 14 songs featured), play their own instruments and this hinted at the ambitious and talented four young men that would forever change music history. I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles “1,2,3,4!” Best Intro countdown in history! The opening track of the album is exciting, fresh, fun, catchy and stands the taste of time. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, in this video above you can Read more »
The latest in our series exploring peripheral musical figures looks at the troubled life and ambitious musicality of this Californian singer-songwriter. The first time I heard Judee Sill, which I’ll admit is less than a few years ago, my initial reaction was that this was all very lovely and her voice very pleasant but it was a little lacking in edge or bite. Something grabbed me though and having borrowed the albums from the friend who played her to me I listened again, intrigued by an underlying quality in the music that suggested I might want to dig deeper. One Read more »
What is it about this song with a guy´s name and a weapon that has transcended four languages and become a classic? In Germany (and the orgininal version) it is “Die Moritat Von Mackie Messer”, in English “Mack The Knife”, “O Malandro” by Chico Buarque and in Spanish “Pedro Navaja”. Die Moritat von Mackie Messer (Die Dreigroschenoper), Kurt Weill – Bertolt Brecht (Lotte Lenya) The composer of the song is Kurt Weill and the lyrics were written by Bertolt Brecht. Now, I have to confess I am shocked! First, I didn’t even know the song was originally written in German, but the fact that Brecht wrote Read more »
Minneapolis currently New York based singer songwriter Nina Yasmineh featured her new video “Pirates” on July 25th, which is impressively produced, written, and performed by her. After getting a lot of buzz two years ago for her first E.P. Seven Years, this young woman with a mature tone comes back with a strength in her voice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=34&v=gOUvDit9L2s She describes her sound as “Bittersweet, striking, seductive” and she is right. Her lyrics are mature and there is no gimmicks. A pop song with reflective, introspective feel. Can´t wait to witness her evolution. You can find her on facebook.
This time on music in my first language a profile on beloved Argentinean singer Mercedes Sosa. Haydeé Mercedes Sosa, also known as “La Negra Sosa” or “The Voice of America” was the biggest ambassador of Argentinean Folklore music around the world and one of the most important icons of popular Latin American music. She also sang tango, Rock and pop. “Soy pan soy paz soy mas” – Mercedes Sosa “soy agua, playa, cielo, casa blanca soy mar atlántico, viento y américa soy un montón de cosas santas mezclado con cosas humanas cómo te explico? cosas mundanas.” The lyrics in Spanish. Read more »
In this installment of our series on memorable or special live performances we take a look at the final performance of a man many call the greatest soul singer of all time. There are certain singers who have something that many others would love: an instantly recognizable voice. Otis Redding is one of those. His voice transcends countries, generations and will always be one of the best male voices ever. It is still hard to wrap my head around the fact that he was only 26 years old when he died in a plane crash on the way to Read more »