Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #50

I’ve been really getting into singers like Caro Emerald and Paloma Faith lately. The song I chose today is Paloma Faith’s “Upside Down”. This song is perfect in every way. The words, the music, the music video and most of all, her vocals (she's amazing!)

I’m especially fond of these lyrics:

“I don't care (care care)
I'm halfway there (nowhere)
On a road that leads me to straight to who knows where…”

For some reason it reminds me of the line in Almost Famous when Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman) tells young William Miller (Patrick Fugit) “you’ll meet them all again on their long journey to the middle.”


Carolaoke Song #50 - Paloma Faith - "Upside Down"

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #49

Juice Newton! She was in heavy rotation at my parents house when I was younger. If I remember correctly, she was also inside the jukebox at the campground that we spent most summers at (great childhood memories by the way, thank you Mom and Dad!) That’s the first place I heard Steve Miller Band’s, “Abracadabra” and I couldn’t get enough of playing that over and over again. That jukebox sounded amazing - all warm and bass(y). It was cool to be down there when it was raining during the week and nobody was there. That was some freedom, let me tell you. My sister and I would entertain ourselves listening to music and playing the various arcade games that were there, feeling like grownups even though the camper was just up the hill. The campground even had a little store on the premises that we’d get candy at to take back up to the camper.

A note about the actual karaoke track I used for this little tribute. The instrumental part of the track is really bang on, however, the male backup singers in this version come on like a team of football players singing along in the locker room and was throwing me off my girly Juice Newton vibe. I mean no disrespect to anyone, especially football players who may or may not be able to sing, it just stood out to me as such. I provided a little sound clip of what it sounded like before I added my vocals. I found it very entertaining.

Male backing vocals sample:

Carolaoke Song #49 - Juice Newton - "Queen of Hearts"

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #48

I remember Lance Dobersek sharing some footage of Sarah McLachlan recording music inside a church with about a million candles lit and that’s the shit I’m talking about. I’ve been working on the little room I record in to make it more ambient - lava lamps, strings of fruit lights, weird lamps - that sort of thing. I mean, why not make it look and feel like stage atmosphere?

Carolaoke Song #48 - Sarah McLachlan - "Building a Mystery"

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #47

This is a song I’d “scream sing” all the way down from Madison to Milwaukee for Sweet Jelly practices on Tuesday nights once upon a time long long long ago. All day I had been in a cube at a toy company making Flash animations for the children and I tried hard to keep a lid on my growing excitement for rocking out later but I didn’t do a very good job. I know I made a spectacle of myself. It really did feel weird being in a band while I worked at a button-upped corporation. It always felt like I was doing something wrong UNTIL I read that Elvis Costello was also in a complete non-rock quiet computer job and wrote songs while he worked there. Then I started to feel a lot better about my weird affliction for wanting to be in a band.

Carolaoke Song #47 - Sinéad O'Connor - "No Man's Woman"

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #46

Discoveries made today are that Gwen Stefani’s singing is to what Eddie Van Halen is to guitar playing. “Shredding” comes to mind. I’ve been keeping an eye on Gwen through the internet since she started up her Vegas shows again (SQUEE!!!). SHE IS SO DYNAMIC ON STAGE! And that voice. Jesus Christ Almighty her voice is a crazy work of art. I let out a lot of angst today deciding to sing this. It’s always in the back in my mind that “I’m making too much noise” with my volume and I think that holds me back from progressing. I’ve been working on that in particular lately along with “why do I have any right to attempt this song” narrative. I’m just being totally honest here. Since there are officially no more rules thanks to 2020, well, this has been making things a lot easier in my head, heart and voice. Keeping that in mind. Please enjoy my cover of Gwen Stefani’s “Don’t Speak” and thank you for stopping by today!

Carolaoke Song #46 - No Doubt - "Don't Speak"

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