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Peter Senior Gets Listeners In The Anthem Spirit For This Season With Album On The Edge

25 Nov

Tony Bennett, Billy Joel, Elton John, and countless other iconic musicians come to mind when one thinks of Peter Senior. When you close your eyes and envision the musician entertaining you and wanting you to connect with the music, you know you’ve found a musician at a person’s core. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, it’s no surprise that Senior has been surrounded by music his whole life and furthermore he comes from a musical family. Notably starting his performances around the high school period of his life, he honed in on his talent on the piano and performed in local musicals as well. Those two things paired together would go on to shape Peter Senior’s future. Overall, the variety of tracks on On The Edge span across the genres of Country, Rock, and even a dash of Motown. The themes of the songs on the album range from feel good anthems to songs that are odes to other periods of life and the concept of time. If you are wanting to take a listen to a musician that carries a strong voice, has a strong band ensemble, and gets you connected with his music and energy upon listening to the first time, go ahead and listen to Senior as soon as you can. Rest assured, you won’t regret it.

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Paul Maged Faces The Political Climate With Latest Single The Resistance

10 Nov

Paul Maged displays his feelings with an unfiltered and unapologetic view in his latest single The Resistance. With lyrics specifically concentrating on Trump and how his presidency has affected the nation dominates the single, its merely a statement to what our world is going through right now. While most listeners would agree politics and music should not mix, Maged carries his harshness into this single in an unapologetic way. Originally set to come out as part of a final EP in a trilogy, Maged chose to release it sooner due to the political season and the strong feelings associated with our nation. From being nominated for a pre grammy for writing No More Love Tonight to being a finalist for the Great American Song contest for Images, he shows a socially conscious side within The Resistance.

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Musical Nostalgia

14 Nov

Very recently I’ve been had some musical nostalgia, if you will.  At a young age I remember spending time in my basement, playing around with a boom box (it was the nineties after all) that we had down there.  Sometimes I’d listen to Yankee games on the radio, sometimes children’s stories on tape andsometimes I’d pull down the albums my parents seemed to have a particular affinity to.

I don’t know what drove me to listen to the Counting Crows.  The only upbeat song on their entire first album, August and Everything After, is their most recognizable song (“Mr. Jones”) yet it was the song “Round Here” that my parents refused to play on repeat for me and I know I didn’t get what they were singing about back then because I’m only getting the faintest inkling of understanding today.  And in spite of what may have driven me to the contrary, I listened to this album backwards and forwards more time before I was out of elementary school than most Counting Crows fans will listen to it in their lifetime. Every once in a while, I’ll (metaphorically) pull out this album and play it and pick up pieces of my childhood.

This one I don’t think my parents really listened to but I still picked it up anyway because I thought listening to Billy Joel would make me cool.  I liked how it sounded punk and the front cover was pretty bad ass for a 8 year old.  Whereas with the Counting Crows I go back and discover something new, I never really went back with this album. Until recently, of course.  And I was surprised that it wasn’t what I had remembered it to be.  Since my younger days, I’ve listened to pretty much all other Billy Joel albums, from the ballad heavy Cold Spring Harbor and Piano Man to the more thoughtful River of Dreams and I had assumed it just naturally fell as part of a progression.  But it’s not.  I didn’t realize how much more of a punk album it is than any of his other stuff, with Joel’s lead piano focused mainly on rhythm or left out all together.  It’s worth a listen, even if you don’t like Joel, because it’s something different.

Better Not Let Him In: Singer Songwriters

27 Sep

Mentioning singer songwriters conjures images of a single player sitting down behind a piano or strumming an acoustic guitar.  I think of James Taylor singing “Fire and Rain” or Jackson Browne on “These Days” or even Ray Charles behind his piano on “Georgia on My Mind“.  Often stripped down to barest bones, deeply personal and even slightly narcissistic, traditional singer songwriters seemed to be one man (or woman) bands.  But let’s say you’re in the mood for some singer songwriters that bring some more instrumentation to the table.  Well prepare to be amazed.

Sometimes it’s hard to separate where Bruce Springsteen ends and his E Street band begin.  Sure there was that one forgettable period in the 90s when Springsteen disbanded the group to try it solo, but it seems like that period is in the past.  Listen to Born to Run and learn why Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is an American institution.

If you really want an in depth look at Warren Zevon, I’m not the one to give it.  I’ve only be listening to the guy for less than a week.  But the guy has impressive singer songwriter chops.  Like really impressive because not only does he get up close and personal (in Don’t Let Us Get Sick), but also he has a sense of humor.

Here’s a guy who I wasn’t sure where to put.  Jeff Buckley’s music certainly contains elements of, for lack of a better term,  singer songerwriter-ness. That being said, he doesn’t really fit into folk or any other category for that matter.  His only album before his untimely death, Grace, was a masterpiece, including the best version of the classic Hallelujah ever  but I’m going to go with his “Lover You Should Have Come Over” to showcase Buckley’s own songwriting talents.

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