“RONAN” and “WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER” TAYLOR SWIFT
Taylor Swift closed the VMA’s on Thursday night was a big production version of her new smash, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. Taylor was confident, energetic, owned the MTV crowd and got everyone singing along to her crossover pop gem. The very next night, Taylor performed a subdued and elegant, new acoustic song called “Ronan” on the multi-network telethon, Stand Up 2 Cancer. I was so impressed with Taylor’s ability to keep it emotionally together to get through this heartbreaking song about a little boy and his heroic fight with a disease that has claimed the lives of far too many people in this world. The song is available on iTunes and all proceeds go to cancer research. Back to back nights, Taylor was the highlight of each show.
“MERCY” DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
The new official video for “Mercy” from the Dave Matthews Band just got released. I’m a sucker for feel-good anthems that sing about making the world a better place to live if we all share a little bit of love. Paul McCartney’s famous line “some people want to fill the world with silly love songs, well, what’s wrong with that?” This video has an unique picture-in-picture theme with 6 camera shots sync’d together. I love that the band didn’t feature themselves but promoted the message and their fans. It’s a great good-morning wake up song to cheer up your day!
“FALLING UP” MELISSA ETHERIDGE
4th Street Feeling is the hot off the press, newest CD by Melissa Etheridge. The lead single, Falling Up, really raises some questions. With a rockabilly introduction, a steel guitar, and a country feel to the pop song, I was wondering if Melissa was “going country” as a lot of singers looking for a career resurrection seem to do lately. But the new CD doesn’t disappoint. The opening track “Kansas City” reminds us that Melissa is the “female Springsteen” ready to tell us a great story wrapped around rock guitars. The CD was co-produced by Jacquire King, famous for his work with Kings Of Leon. Melissa’s raw emotions are highlighted in a track called “Enough Rain”. Great to see Ms Etheridge is back!
“I TOLD YOU ONCE” HOWLER
Howler is a new band out of my old stomping grounds, Minneapolis. This song has been stuck in my head since I first heard it by accident clicking on a YouTube video next to it. The New Music Express (NME) has been a famous UK magazine for decades who keep with all of the trendy new bands to watch. They list Howler as #3 on their list for 2011. The lead singer definitely has generated a weird vibe almost like Napoleon Dynamite here. He stated that their musical style is a mix of psychedelic Rolling Stones records, the Yardbirds and throw in a little Dion & The Belmonts, odd combination but I like it!