Thank you @sarabareilles for this positive song that is needed more than ever right now in light of all the recent events. You f’n rock!
She’s been my number 1 since high school. This is a fantastic pop song that proves her amazing lyrical sensibilities and vocal nuances.
YouTube needs a repeat button.
If this song, and her most recent EP is the type of sound she is going for on her new album…this will be the best music of hers so far.
I Just Want You - Sara Bareilles
This is seriously one of her best songs. I hope it’s on the new album.
On Tuesday the 22nd, Sara Bareilles is set to release her Ben Folds produced EP, and clearly by the amount of posts related to her on my part lately, I’m excited.
This title track from the EP, “Once Upon Another Time” is absolutely mind blowing. It is stunning, with sound layers that I haven’t heard from her before. I can only hope her next full length LP is as matured and beautiful as this.
This. And her. The last few days.
Enjoy, and talk soon.
Yesterday, one of the exclusive Record Store Day releases was a 7” from Sara Bareilles with two songs on it - “Stay” and “Beautiful Girl.” Needless to say, I couldn’t have picked it up fast enough. Here is Sara performing “Stay” in Wisconsin last night. It is one of the most beautiful, soulful, and heartfelt songs I’ve ever heard from her. It will be on her new EP, produced by Ben Folds entitled, “Once Upon Another Time” which will be released on May 22nd.
Check out the video above.
A very, very successful Record Store Day. My first one at that, as well.
Tomorrow brings upon us the 5th annual Record Store Day. I myself hope to be participating and getting some of the releases I’m most excited for.
CBS This Morning did a wonderful piece with one of my favorite bands, The Civil Wars, on vinyl in comparison to how we listen to music, which there isn’t really any besides convenience. In my opinion, music can exist in an age with both vinyl and MP3’s.
Give the video a look, and talk soon.
First off, many thanks to Ann Powers - the author of this article from NPR Music. I have semi neglected this blog as of late because I’ve A. been very busy and B. been taking pictures and focusing on that blog.
However, this article on the role of autobiographical story telling in pop music gave me an inspiration to write. Give this article a read - especially if you’re a fan of pop music like myself.
It got me thinking about how in depth my favorite pop stars go in their music, and what makes it real. There is a fine line for me in how much I want to know about the artist writing the music and singing the song. That is because that level of mystery creates the ability for me to relate to the music. I won’t always know what they were writing about, and that allows me to apply it to my life and create that movie moment.
However - how far do I want that to go? Do I want the artist to create a persona in order to write about certain things, or do I want them to strip everything away, and write from within and be as honest as possible. I’d say it’s a mix of both.
For instance, Taylor Swift, because of her media attention, we have an idea of what is going on in her day to day life, and her love and loss, and the rest of it that doesn’t matter to our own lives. Because of this, and other reasons, I have a hard time relating to her music. On the other hand, someone like Sara Bareilles, I don’t know what is going on in her life all of the time, and what movie star she is dating, and not knowing that allows that mystery to develop that when I listen to her songs, I can relate. On a different level, Adele has written one of the most honest and genuine albums of 2011, but there is still a smoke screen there in the sense that we don’t know this person the album is about, but we know how honest the lyrics are.
In the case of Beyonce, the persona has allowed her fan base to attach to her and her music, and relate. In the long run, they are a creation in order to do exactly this. There are songs when listening to her catalogue, that as much as I love them, I have a hard time believing that it is a life experience she has had. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the song and enjoy it immensely, it just means that my connections to Beyonce’s music verses say someone like Sara Bareilles or Adele are very different.
For me, this does remind me that pop music can, and does have substance. Now, I’m not saying that this is the case for all pop music, but it reminds me that pop music cannot be written off as useless non-art.
Gonna Get Over You…I Think Not
On July 12th, one of my top 5 musical artists came back to Minnesota for a show at the Zoo. Sara Bareilles. She’s touring on and off with Sugarland this summer, and she had a headlining show here.
This was my 4th time seeing her, and without a doubt, this was the best concert I’ve seen from her, and one of my favorite shows I’ve been to. I have this unbreakable and profound connection to Sara’s music. She has written songs that impacted me in ways I cannot describe, and she has become one of the people in music I respect the most - both as a musician, songwriter, and singer, as well as the kind of person I perceive her to be.
Her show at the zoo showcased her growth as a performer - she moved out from the piano, worked the stage like the best of them, and let the audience know she is here to stay. One of the best contradictions with Sara Bareilles, is that a lot of her songs are meant for the broken hearted, and in between the songs, she is one of the most charming, and witty people I’ve seen on stage - her charisma that is undeniable.
Her live show provides the audience with a pure and perfect voice, and that was exemplified on songs like “Many The Miles,” “Basket Case,” “Breathe Again,” and the ever show-stopping, and spine tingling a cappella version of “Gravity” (featured in a YouTube link posted at the end of the post, and my favorite moment of the show). Another memorable part of Tuesday’s concert was the rock n’ roll twists on “Bottle It Up” and “Come Round Soon.”
With more material since I saw her touring for her debut album, Sara cut down how many covers she did, but she provided a remarkable cover of Mumford and Sons’ hit “Little Lion Man.”
The songs that are played on the radio from Ms. Bareilles, “Love Song,” “King of Anything,” and “Uncharted” are truly just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her music, yet they shined on Tuesday. Her albums, “Little Voice” (another contradiction) and her most recent release, “Kaleidoscope Heart” are filled with well written, relatable, and sometimes heart-wrenching songs about love, with just enough “F you” type songs to get you the right kind of angry.
I wont forget this concert…I wont layer this blog with my emotional connection to her music, but I will say that she has provided songs for me that have changed the way I think, and the way that I feel whatever the hell I’m feeling over the last 5 years, and I’m so incredibly thankful for that. In a time when I needed it the most, this concert came at the perfect time.
Here’s “Gravity” a cappella from her show at the zoo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAS8mcxCBSw
Was one of the best concerts I’ve been to, and the best show from her I’ve seen.
Thoughts coming soon.
Sara Bareilles, “Gravity” — Live
The meaning and impact of this song has been rediscovered as of late, which is the best and worst thing to happen.