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Many of you may/may not know about this young prodigy, but I’m going to tell you anyways. Sungha Jung is playing the acoustic guitar since he was 5 years old, and he recorded his very first acoustical cover when he was 8. The first song? ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ by The Beatles. This kid has got EXCEPTIONAL talent. I just watched, mesmerized by how effortlessly he played the guitar.. He’s made some amazing cover versions, but the most amazing piece (according to me) was his cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Boxer’..

Just switch on the video, watch the kid do his magic and sit there slack-jawed. After the first time, hit replay and close your eyes and feel the music flow through you.. It’s absolutely soul stirring! I’m sure Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel would be very proud!

*NOTE* – Sungha Jung performed this song when he was 13, and he’s almost 18 now. I urge you to go check out his Youtube channel: jwc

Okay, this one’s not as popular as the other songs I’ve reviewed lately, but I’ve grown a liking for this one. This is a song which the world (unfortunately) doesn’t know much about, but is still a ‘masterpiece’ in it’s true sense. So what’s the name of the song? I just said it. No, really; I just said it – ‘Masterpiece’. And it’s from a Pop group that didn’t quite make it to the top – Atlantic Starr. Actually, Atlantic Starr did make it to the top of many R&B charts, but the genre of songs people favored in those years was Rock, not R&B; and hence the virtually invisible status of this group. But that’s what we’re here for, right? For knowing the unknown. There are countless other groups out there that produced exceptional music, but never got the chance. And now, we have Miley Cyrus, Ke$ha and what not with their pathetic behavior and antics, hogging the spotlight and Youtube views. Anyways, back to the times when music was actually good!

Atlantic Starr

Atlantic Starr (Band)

History: ‘Masterpiece’ is a R&B song released by Atlantic Starr (with the help of Kenny Nolan) in the Mid 90’s. A single was first released, after which it was re-released as a part of the album ‘Love Crazy‘. It gained some recognition from the public after it’s re-release, resulting in a sudden jump to the Number 3 position on the U.S Billboard Top 100 and the U.S Hot R&B Singles. It also went on to grab Number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. Not bad, huh? Too bad the song didn’t stay on the charts for long – the world would’ve known what an amazing Pop group it was. There is just one version of this song – The 4 Minutes 53 Second Album Release Version.

Review: The song starts off with a gentle synthesizer vibe, followed by soft background hymns. David Lewis puts things in motion at 00:15, initiating the vocals. His voice, I have to say, is simply outstanding – soft, composed and full of emotion. The way he says ‘touched my heart’ at 00:45 demonstrates the qualities mentioned above. The soft background vocals also add another layer of class to the song. The first chorus begins at approximately 01:10, going all the way till 01:37. The chorus has David singing in a slightly different (higher and slower) pitch than that used in the normal verse. I personally love the chorus for it’s simplicity and efficiency, and the way David Lewis has beautifully crafted each word and presented it to us. The second verse is stitched to the chorus, as the time spacing in between the chorus and the second stanza is virtually null. The second verse is a tad longer than the first one, extending for about 55 seconds; OR it could be that two verses have been merged together (two short 30 second verses). The chorus starts for a second time at 02:34, with minor changes and administrations. At 03:02, a slightly changed verse indicates the start of the third stanza (or rather, a post-chorus, because it’s just 3 lines long), after which the chorus interleaves itself at 03:16, and loops a second time, extending to 03:42. The latter part of the song (03:43 – 04:53) is an interleave of chorus loops and a few vocal notes. The song slowly spirals down and fades off 04:38.

 

Lyrics For ‘Masterpiece’http://artists.letssingit.com/atlantic-starr-lyrics-masterpiece-24gtk2d#axzz2kdvKH2iG

Download Link For ‘Masterpiece’http://a.tumblr.com/tumblr_lljuqzSj8c1qaowhxo1.mp3 (Right Click on link, click ‘Save Link/Target As’)

 

'Masterpiece' is a song from Atlantic Starr's album titled 'Love Crazy'

‘Masterpiece’ is a song from Atlantic Starr’s album titled ‘Love Crazy’

When was the last time you listened to a song with lyrics so simple, it seemed like a poem; but at the same time amazed you with the effect those simple words had on the song? I’m guessing you’ll have to recollect songs from the past thirty years and then sort your way through them. I came across this song on the morning of Christmas Eve, whilst I was strolling around in a mall, wondering what I should buy for my family. The moment the song was played, my ears commanded my brain to stop analyzing the discounted goods and listen to the song. I stood still, enjoying the warmth generated as the simple lyrics echoed through my ears. Thankfully, I could muster up some common sense and whip out my smartphone, start the ‘Shazam‘ app (thank God for technology), and identify the song. As soon as the result came up, I breathed a sigh of relief and continued with my not-so-successful shopping venture. The simplicity of the song really got to me, and I was so obsessed with the tune of the song that I drove past my house three times. Go ahead, give it a listen.

Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg

History:Same Old Lang Syne‘ is a song composed by Dan Fogelberg. The song was released to the public in 1980 as a single, only to be re-released as a part of his album titled ‘The Innocent Age‘ (1981). The song peaked at Number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It is also one of the most frequently played songs on Christmas Eve (keep your ears open in the mall!). The song, as I suspected, is an autobiographical incident. He was visiting home after a long musical tour, when he happened to run into his old lover in the nearby grocery store. As the song suggests, they awkwardly exchanged pleasantries and decided to spend some time catching up. What follows is accurately described in the song. Jill (Dan’s former girlfriend) heard the song, and pointed out two mistakes he made – Her eyes were green, not blue; and the man she married was a teacher, not an architect. The fact being that she didn’t come forward with these inaccuracies, as it would disrupt Dan’s marriage. For the complete story, click here. There is only one version of this song, viz. the 5 Minute 20 Second Album Version.

What the song conveys: It’s painfully simple, really. The song is written in First person, and it starts with a man stumbling upon his former lover in a grocery store. They exchange awkward formalities, and decide to catch up on all the time lost. They go to have drinks in a nearby bar, but find it’s closed. Hence, they get a six-pack from the liquor store and carry on with the conversation in her car. She tells him that she’s married to an architect and, though she’d love to say it, isn’t really happy. She acknowledges his success as a singer, and proceeds to leave by giving him a kiss and driving away to her normal life.

Review: The song starts with a soothing piano note (Fogelberg), and Fogelberg initiates the vocals at 00:19. As you must have already heard, the lyrics are dreadfully simple, and powerful too. This song stands up proudly among many others and proves that it isn’t necessary to have complex words thrown in a song just to make it listenable; and that sometimes, all it takes is a simple poetic approach. The first verse, which describes their meeting, ends at 00:54. A short piano interlude ensues, after which the second verse follows suit at 01:12. Again, the simplicity of the song is the winning formula. This verse describes the transition of their conversation from the grocery store to her car. The chorus follows right after the second stanza has its share of the spotlight (01:48). The chorus features Fogelberg in a slightly higher pitch and tone. The third stanza, however, brings things back to normal (02:04). This part describes the current happenings in the woman’s life (with a nice little double entendre added in there. Tell me what you thought it was in the comments). As the third verse ends at 02:58, the chorus takes over again, and loops a second time (with slight modifications in the last two lines). The song audibly slows down after the second repetition, with the beats fading off, and extra emphasis added to the piano. The last stanza always seems to catch my attention, as the last four lines (for me) are the best lines of the song. They are:

“Just For a Moment I Was Back In School,

And Felt That Old Familiar Pain;

And As I Turned To Make My Way Back Home,

The Snow Turned Into Rain”

Beautiful, isn’t it? The song gradually fades off, ending with the original ‘Auld Lang Syne’ piano piece. If you’ve really liked the song, I’m sure you won’t hesitate hitting the repeat button again! R.I.P Dan Fogelberg!

 

Lyrics For “Same Old Lang Syne”http://artists.letssingit.com/dan-fogelberg-lyrics-same-old-lang-syne-hpx5xm1#axzz2k98mbQcV

Download Link For “Same Old Lang Syne”http://www.dididoo.com/fordid/ddd/SameOldLangSyne.mp3 (Right Click on Link, Click ‘Save Link/Target As’)

 

Album Art

“Same Old Lang Syne” is a song from Dan Fogelberg’s 1982 album titled ‘The Innocent Age’

I’m sorry for the ‘tremendously’ long break guys. We had completions, vivas and exams simultaneously, and I couldn’t salvage time and write my blogs. Anyways, I’m back with another Pop classic, and I hope people who haven’t heard this masterpiece will get to it right away! Here goes nothing!

George Michael – what does the name remind you of? Uncannily good looks, amazing love songs, and rhythm you couldn’t get your mind off for weeks. ‘Careless Whisper‘,’Father Figure‘,’Faith‘ and finally, ‘Last Christmas’ – All classics. In a recent interview with the soul-stirring musician, he revealed the secret of the power behind his lyrics: Heartbreak. He wrote his masterpieces when he went through a bad breakup (Note: He didn’t know he was gay before). But hey, he made amazing love songs, which still keep us warm in the cold winter nights. My top three George Michael songs are: Careless Whisper, Father Figure and Last Christmas.

Wham! (Musical Duo)

Wham! [L-R]: Andrew Ridgeley, George Michael

History:Last Christmas‘ is a single from the Pop duo Wham!, which was released in 1984 via Epic Records. The composition was done by George Michael. Since Wham! was a popular group in the UK and the US (especially in the UK), they had no problem snatching pole positions on the Christmas charts. It did, however, fail to grab the Number 1 position in UK, creating a record in the process – Being the only song in UK history to sell well over million copies, and NOT feature on the Number 1 position. The song performed quite well in Japan too, selling around 600,000 copies and featuring in the Top 10. To view the complete chart performance of ‘Last Christmas’, click here. While this song was on the charts, George Michael was also involved in another band called the Band Aid (it was actually a collaboration of the top UK artists at that time). Interestingly enough, Band Aid’s ‘Do You Know it’s Christmas?‘ topped the charts, and Wham! finished second. The royalties received after the success of both these singles were donated to the Ethiopian famine in 1984. There are currently two versions of this song, a 4 Minute 27 Second long Single version, and a 6 Minute 45 Second long (don’t laugh) Pudding Mix. Interestingly, the Pudding Mix (can’t stifle that chuckle, can you?) sold more copies than the Single Version; and hence, we’re going to review the Pudding Mix.

Review: The first 27 seconds of the song seem slow, with the occasional synthesizer rifts and effects. The second you hear George Michael whispering “Happy Christmas”, the beats kick in, holding a high and energetic tempo. The vocals make their move at 00:46, and the velvety voice of George Michael takes over. The piece of vocals you’ll hear is actually the chorus. The catchy moments are when George Michael says ‘gave’ and ‘save’ (go ahead, give it a listen and hear for yourself). It sounds funny, but it makes the song all the more listenable. At 01:04, the chorus loops again. The Christmas bells effects are added in the brief interlude between the chorus and the first stanza (which initiates at 01:40). As usual, George Michael and his soothing vocals send you in delirium, making you forget all your worries completely. The tempo of the beats will make you think this is actually a jolly song, which, in reality, is not. The second stanza starts after the chorus (starts at 02:15 and ends at 02:51, followed by a short interlude till 03:10). This stanza also holds the post-chorus part of the song, viz. “A Face On A Lover With A Fire In His Heart…” If there’s one thing which annoyed me, it’s the fact that there are too many choruses in this song (not that it any less enjoyable). The chorus starts (I know, once again! This time, however, George includes some snazzy off-beat vocals to spice things up) at 03:46, after which the post-chorus begins at around 04:20 (commenced after George Michael says “Special”). This also (more or less) marks the ending of the song, because the post-chorus and the chorus are looped and interleaved, and a few extra lines are added to avoid being too monotonous. I know, 2 minutes and 44 seconds of virtually nothing sounds quite boring; but this is George Michael we’re talking about! An extra tip: Edit the song from 06:09 till the ending – It’ll make for an amazing ringtone. Overall, the song is amazing. Of course, if you’re not a big fan of choruses being repeated (4 times [X 2], to be precise), you’ll probably choose to live without this one.

Lyrics For “Last Christmas”http://artists.letssingit.com/wham-lyrics-last-christmas-7mjhsm7#axzz2k2LT18NX

Download Link For “Last Christmas”http://mediafreedom.at/user-media_mf/maclink1/17112007_gV2Cp_0201wham-lastchristmas.mp3 (Right Click on Song, click ‘Save Link/Target As’)

Last Christmas - Album Art

“Last Christmas” is a song presented by the English Pop duo Wham!