Random Songs From My Phone – Comin’ Home Baby – Michael Buble

English: Michael Buble walks the Red Carpet at...
English: Michael Buble walks the Red Carpet at the 2009 Junos in Vancouver, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As if to prove I truly use the shuffle function, up comes a Michael Buble tune that, although nice, is not anywhere near the top of my musical food chain.  Typically, I’ll hit next when one of his songs comes up in the queue.  Not this time though.  Michael Buble is a huge world-wide superstar, a Canadian crooner at the top of his craft.  He sells out anything and anywhere.  His style is a throwback, a scotch drinking smoker with a crazy sense of humour, and, of course, a great singing voice.  This tune, “Comin’ Home Baby, is from his “Call Me Irresponsible” album and is a duet with Boyz II Men. The song is a jazz tune from 1961, originally done by the Donald Bailey Quartet, later recorded and turned into a hit by Mel Torme.  Many artists have covered it,  including Herbie Mann, David Sanborn and Quincy Jones.

Enjoy, and let’s hope the shuffle God is kinder next time.

Song Of The Day – Ben Howard – Keep Your Head Up

Nederlands: Ben Howard tijdens een optreden in...
Nederlands: Ben Howard tijdens een optreden in Paradiso, Amsterdam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Today’s song of the day is a nice tune from Ben Howard, an English singer-songwriter.  The song, “Keep Your Head Up” was released as a single in 2011, but was on his 2008 début album, “Games In The Dark”, and on his 2011 record “Every Kingdom”.  The song starts out fairly slowly but picks up power as it continues, then moves into a great chorus.  Good tune.

 

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Interesting Covers – “I’m A Believer”

Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m A Believer is a song penned by Neil Diamond and made a forever signature classic by The Monkees way back in 1966.  The song went gold in 2 days, hitting number 1 in December 1966 and was the biggest selling single of 1967.  It is also one of only 40 songs to sell 10 million physical copies (source:Wikipedia).  Amazing numbers for so long ago.  Needless to say that success bred many attempts at duplication, of which I will note four.  Don’t forget to vote for the one you like best.

First we have British singer Robert Wyatt who made it a UK hit in 1974.  The band he was with had some power with Andy Summers (Police) on guitar and Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) on drums.  The video is a live performance on Tops Of The Pops and was his first appearance after an accident left him a paraplegic.

Robert Wyatt

Next up we have my favourite version by Smash Mouth.  Why you say?  Simple, Shrek is one of my all time favourite movies. Eddie Murphy is also featured on the tune, recorded in 2001.

Smash Mouth

Third, we have the man, Neil Diamond.  he sings his song live in 2008.  Nicely done Neil.

Neil Diamond

And last, the original.

The Monkees

Song Of The Day – John Mayer – Wildfire

John Mayer playing guitar on "Human Natur...
John Mayer playing guitar on “Human Nature” at Jackson’s memorial service on July 7, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The oft maligned John Mayer enters my Song of the Day series, yet again.  I say maligned as more often than not he is dismissed as nothing more than a pop artists.  I tend to disagree.  I find him a superior writer of songs, some pop, some a lot more than that, such as this tune, “Wildfire”.  In this tune he once again proves that he can write and do a great catchy song and showcase something else that people tend to miss.  As a guitar player, there are few performing today that are as good as he is.  He is a terrific player, up there with many of the recognized greats.  In the video, he really cuts loose at the 3:20 mark.  All in all, this song rates an A+ in my books.  Hope you enjoy.

Song Of The Day – Serena Ryder – For You

English: Serena Ryder performing at Showbox, S...
English: Serena Ryder performing at Showbox, Seattle 4-26-09 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Heard this on CBC2 today during an interview she was doing and had to post it.  Serena Ryder is the next big thing.  The vocals on this are amazing, almost Adele, yet different, kind of like Aretha, yet different, and a dash of Amy Winehouse.  This is the exact performance I heard.  Sit back and enjoy “For You”.  Oh, and get the album “Harmony”, you will not regret it.

 

Serena Ryder on iTunes

 

Serena Ryder on Amazon

 

Serena Ryder on CBC Music