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lana’s summertime sadness

August 29th, 2013


Well.lana del rey singing


Maybe because I just invested some valuable brain power on Miley Cyrus I thought I would spend a minute on another young lady who seems beloved on tumblr and weheartit and pinterest by young women <girls> and has an absolutely fabulous interesting voice <at least in a studio>.


Lana del Rey.



Talk about a passionate following.

Put her and Nutella together and I think the world would spontaneously combust. Certainly tumblr and pinterest would.


Lana seems to be one of the late 20something singers <another is Katy Perry> who appear to have captured the ears & souls of tween girls.

Katy has done it one way. Lana is doing it another way.


<personally I like the point that there is no formula to capturing the soul of a follower group>



I do love that Lana Del Rey is not one of those ‘one big hit’ singers and just seems to crank out some good music <whether it is actually a hit or not>.

Most of her songs are absolutely beautiful & touching almost enchanting in their <her> delivery. I am going to point out her newest on the radio <summertime sadness> but she has one from The Great Gatsby which is incredible.


While I still don’t get why everyone is complaining so much about Miley … she will not, and cannot, always be that cute girl everyone expects her to be … I also don’t get why Lana doesn’t receive more press & popularity despite her sometimes quirky head gear.

Her following is rabidly passionate … but certainly not mainstream.


Which is too bad.

lana summertime sadnessShe has a spectacular voice in lower range.

When she goes deep vocally … you can almost feel your own stomach vibrate.

Fabulous resonance.


I love her voice so much that I actually found a blog which analyzes singer’s voices and strengths & weaknesses to share some smart thoughts:


Vocal Type: Mezzo-Soprano

Vocal Range: 3 Octaves and one note (B2-C6)

Vocal Pluses: An emotive and expressive voice that uses Lana Del Rey’s ability to act more so than her ability to hit notes to convey emotion. This is helped by her phrasing and brilliant intonation that maintains that the lyrics are always clear, audible and understandable.


Lana Del Rey’s lower range is dark and full with a slight smokiness and is often utilised with a languorous tone and a quiver to the voice. The mid-range <song: Dark Paradise> is of medium weight, and has a sweetness and youthfulness that is not present in the lower extremes of the range. Her upper register is easily accessed and is mostly used in its warm and breathy timbre, contrasting with the lower end of her range. However, Lana Del Rey has demonstrated an ability to solidify the notes in her head voice, to create a more resonant tone <song: Born to Die>.


The voice has a clear and pure tone and an overarching character that makes the voice easily identifiable no matter what part of the range Lana Del Rey is singing in.


Vocal Negatives: Some have called Lana Del Rey’s lazy drawl “soulless” and “hollow”. Also, her live performances have been criticised for being pitchy and unpolished, resulting in accusations that she is unable to actually sing. –  www.divadevotee.com



Now I get to share some of her songs including the one on the radio right now … Summertime Sadness <which is actually a remix and not the original version>.


–          This is the remix version you are hearing on the radio right now:


lana del rey summertime sadness cedric gervais remix <from 2013>: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akhmS1D2Ce4


–          the original non-remix version is very very different … and beautifully done.


Original Summertime Sadness <from 2012>: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q2SlKu6WDM


Next.lana young and beautiful

A beautiful song from the Great Gatsby. This is a GREAT song which I don’t know why we are not hearing.


–          “Young and Beautiful” from the Great Gatsby soundtrack:


Young and Beautiful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_1aF54DO60



–          and the song ‘This is What Makes us Girls’ which has some fabulous lyrics and young girls seem to have a love affair with this song:


This is what makes us Girls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKGy4CQbJLQ


–          and lastly … just because I love her voice on this song.  Slow, low timbre, ethereal jazz at its best. Frankly … not many female singers could pull this off.


Ride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78oSuSMmFsE



Hope you enjoyed.

And for the Miley haters … this is a real vocalist you can enjoy.

sweater weather

August 11th, 2013


“Head in the clouds but my gravity’s centered … sweater weather lyrics

So let me hold

Both your hands in the holes of my sweater” – Sweater Weather <the neighbourhood>



This is about music.

This is not an addictive pick … nor am I going to suggest this is going to take over the airwaves … but there is something catchy about it that … well … caught my ear.

I tend to write about a song that makes me stop and listen while driving <or watching something> and go ‘hmmmmmmmm … who is this?”


Ok. Who this is … is a band called “the neighbourhood” <a California band despite the british ‘ou’ in neighbourhood> and the song is sweater weather.


Sweater Weather: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCdwKhTtNNw


It is one of those songs I cannot really put my finger on with regard to why I like it.

It is probably a combination of a number of small things … I like the lead voice, I like the overall beat & tempo, I like how they strip down one section of the song to its sparsest musically, I like <some> of the lyrics … but I also admit it is not the Beatles <of course who is> nor has any spectacular aspect to the song.


It is just … well … likeable.

sweater weather neighborhood


Rolling Stone reviewed them in July 2013 and said this about the band and the song … picking out the chilling love song – which cracked Number One on Billboard’s alternative chart – and filling the intimate studio space with the dreamy, gritty tune.


What the heck.

Thought I would share because I assume some of you are as uncool as I am and aren’t up on all the new bands and songs.


A bonus.

I believe this is the second release from most current cd. It is an okay song <musically> but lyrically this may be the ‘fuck you’ song of the year.


Afraid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4InBfAdg-xU



life, love, alone and togetherness

February 14th, 2011

“One day you will ask me what I love more, you or my life, and when I say my life you will walk away from me without knowing that you are my life.”


Ah. Valentine’s Day.

One of my favorite days of the year (yeah … I am a diehard romantic).

It may seem like a constructed event and day, but who cares.

First. It has a significant role in that it helps the general male population not be asses all the time. Using some advertising industry lingo I think of Valentine’s Day as sort of an “aided awareness” event for guys.

Most guys stumble around through life and relationships kinda thinking they need to do something for a ‘loved one’ but unless tripped by their significant other never really do anything.  And then Valentine’s Day comes along and it is ‘game on.’

That is aided awareness at its best.

Second. Valentine’s Day should remind you of the awesomeness of togetherness.


I have spent the day together, alone and semi-together (think long distance apart).

But the day itself also serves as a reminder to us (well … at least this one lifelong bachelor) about some things.  Love.  Companionship. And being alone versus loneliness.

I know I don’t think much about loneliness despite often being alone. And valentine’s day doesn’t really make me feel lonely because I have been so fortunate in my life with regard to the women in my life I tend to take the day, if I am not ‘together’ with someone, to think back on the times I was together with someone and how great it was (and how great they were).

But it does make me think about life and being alone.

Oddly loneliness and being alone really only seem to intersect in life through success.  Yeah.  Success.

Cause when success in life does come along and you don’t have someone to share it with … well … it seems to mean a lot less. Okay.  Sometimes almost nothing in the scheme of things (I know … that is harsh & extreme but it seems to capture the essence & truth of the thought).

I have a good life and a fairly successful career.  Certainly had my share of great life and career moments.  So I feel qualified in judging this thought I am sharing.

I do know that I can describe some of the big moments in my career and still have difficulty describing the heights of emotion one feels. Your heart almost explodes. It’s like how you hold your breath watching that USA gymnast in the Olympics for their entire routine and when they stick the ending flawlessly you want to shout and jump and down for them.  Only it’s exponentially bigger because it is you.  It’s personal.


Maybe 4 minutes later (absolutely less than 5 minutes) there is a slightly unsettling silence that overcomes you.

Yes. In less than 250 seconds you can suddenly go from feeling the extremest high of highs to facing the harsh realization that there is no one to share it with. And that isn’t a low … it is just an emptiness.  An empty space.

Oh sure, there are family and friends.

But it’s not the same.

Because success isn’t really about congratulations or having a cheering section because that stuff I can do all by my lonesome.

In the end the victory is slightly hollow because there is nothing … absolutely nothing … better than being able to share the moment with someone who means the world to you. And without someone, well, I guess it just potentially trickles into nothingness.

Look. There are no excuses on this one.

It is easy to suggest work gets in the way of togetherness as workdays often turn into work nights and working weekends and your social life soon becomes something on your work list that you never seem to get done.

But it isn’t just work.  Its life.  I saw a friend yesterday and he said “I just didn’t have time.”  I suggested it was actually “when I had the time it just wasn’t the right time to do that.’

We sometimes become a slave to life and all the things we need to do. So when you actually do have time … whatever else you have to do (or want to do) comes down to timing (i.e., what do I feel like doing at that time). And some really good things just get passed over not because you didn’t have time but rather because it just wasn’t what you were inspired to do within that free time.

Ok.  Back to alone and togetherness.

I choose how I live my life so I am not complaining in this post.

And I am not one of those people who say there is no time or the energy to invest into a relationship.

Because bottom line it’s really not about wanting something (or wanting it bad enough) because if that right person shows up … you make time.

Chicken or egg I am not sure but it is what it is. All I really know is that it is amazing how time expands when you find that someone you want to be together with. There is no such thing as ‘not enough time.’

Here is the harsh truth.

“I’m too busy” people are one of two things – either selfish (putting everything in their own life ahead of any other person) or uninspired (no one has sparked the time expansion life postulate to make it happen).


It took me awhile to figure that last sentence out by the way.

And I think that is what love is kinda all about.

I am pretty sure life is not about people finding balance between life, career and love. Why? Because I tend to believe true love forces balance. True love creates balance in your life. You don’t “make time” for true love. Time is always there for that kind of love.

So I guess the point of all this is that it is days like Valentine’s Day that remind me that being together is awesome.

And if you have that special someone and it takes Valentine’s Day to make you step up to the plate to tell them how special they are  … then, well, step up and do it.


And while you do that … maybe take a second and think about those little success moments you have had in life and how awesome it was that in that moment you had someone to share it with.  Cause in the end those are truly the “valentine’s day” days. They just don’t have the chocolate and the roses and stuff.


To all my past valentine’s … thanks, you were always there “… to double the joys and halve the griefs.”

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Enlightened Conflict