Hi, everyone! First off the bat, the Julia Barry goodie bag giveaway is still underway. Just share the link to the review of “Once, Or Twice” found on this blog, and make sure to include the tags #harmonyavenue and #juliabarrymusic! You can look at my Twitter feed (on the sidebar) or Julia’s (found at http://twitter.com/juliabarrymusic), for a helpful sample tweet you can feel free to RT for easy entry into the contest. 🙂 Second, here’s another great Song of the Day. Today, take a listen to…
“Wake Up Everybody” by John Legend & The Roots (feat. Melanie Fiona & Common)!
Good golly, that’s a lot to type. 🙂 Anyways, I’ve been a fan of John Legend’s music for a while, ever since I heard “Ordinary People” on a terrific jazz radio station we used to have here in AZ. His voice is absolutely terrific, he’s a great pianist, and his songwriting more often than not is top-notch. I loved his last CD, and was very interested to see how his new CD, with the Roots (a rock-solid band that you might have seen as the house players on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”), turned out. Oddly enough, the first time I checked it out, I largely skipped over “Wake Up Everybody.” The fact that it featured Melanie Fiona (a terrific singer I discovered via iTunes’ free download of the week) made me happy, but the fact that it also included Common (a rapper) kind of scared me off. (I am a huge, huge rap music hater. It really can’t be helped.) Then I heard the song on “Dancing With The Stars” a few weeks later (sans Melanie & Common)…and I really, really loved it. I finally took a listen to the entire studio recording of the song, and even though it indeed did include rapping, I was drawn in by the beautiful, subtly danceable music (it’s a song you can get funky to :)), and even better, the really uplifting, positive message of the song. John, Melanie, Common, and the Roots really do a terrific job here. If there were more tunes like “Wake Up Everybody” in the world, it would definitely be a much better place. 🙂
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