I get to play this character that, yeah, she may be a little bit of a badass, she’s very confident, self-assured, but she’s super playful and super tongue-in-cheek. I don’t think I’ve ever done a video using so much color and freedom and fun!
This is one of the first Xtina songs I’ve loved in a while. I really didn’t get down with her most recent album Bionic, but REALLY loved Back to Basics (2006), which boasted three worldwide singles: “Ain’t No Other Man”, “Hurt” and “Candyman.” Aguilera’s seventh studio album, Lotus, is set to be released in November 2012 which will include ”Your Body”. ”[Lotus] will be a culmination of everything I’ve experienced up until this point…. I’ve been through a lot since the release of my last album, being on (The Voice), having had a divorce,” she said. “This is all sort of a free rebirth for me. I’m embracing many different things, but it’s all feel-good,” she said of the album’s material, including tracks that are “super-expressive” and fun, with moments that are “super-vulnerable.” - from an interview with Lynn Elber (August 28, 2012)
Here are a couple of my Xtina’s favorites:
The Throw Back – Come on Over
The Dirty Days – Welp…
The Heart – Beautiful
The Class is Back – Ain’t No Other Man
You Betta DANCE – Candy Man
The Soul – It’s a Man’s World - Grammy 2007
Her rendition of “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” at the 49th Grammy Awards ranked third in the Grammy’s Greatest Moments List behind Celine Dion’s performance of “My Heart Will Go On” and Green Day’s performance of “American Idiot”. In an interview, Dion described Aguilera as “probably the best vocalist in the world.”
Posted on: April 22nd, 2012 by Patrick Fromuth No Comments
I just stumbled upon this stripped and inspiring performance of hers from over a year-and-a-half ago at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Sara B is one of my favorite artists boasting complex orchestrations, breathtaking vocal control and flexibility, but – most importantly – lyrical prowess surpassed by few.
Her guttural poetry sucker punches its listeners into emotional depths of:
Despair, Levity, Love, and Hope
You hold me without touch / You keep me without chains / I never wanted anything so much / than to drown in your love and not feel your reign…
This one might leave a mark – for me – salty H20(sounds so much more manly than tears…eh.) This dance set to the popular “Gravity” demonstrates the *Guttural Sucker Punch* I was talking about above. Their performance illuminates – in perfect clarity – the struggle of an addict no matter the vice: drugs, alcohol, gambling, and even Eros.
Levity: “Gonna Get Over You”
Maybe is a vicious little word that can slay me /Keep me when I’m hurting and make me, / Hang from your hands / Well, no more, / I won’t beg to buy a shot at your back door…
Now THIS is the right way to take being dumped! It’s heartfelt, positive and fun. From the rockin red Caddy Convertible, the local, the wardrobe, the INCREDIBLE casting, their moves, to her hair this video is a gem! And let’s be real,who wouldn’t want to rock out down a grocery asile amid blasts of confetti cannons?! The last 30seconds are GOLDEN. Levity at its finest.
Love: “The Light”
Never mind what I knew, nothing seems to matter now / Ooh, who I was without you, I can do without / No one knows where ends, how it may come tumbling down / But I’m here with you now / I’m with you now…
I decided to pick this video recording to bring your focus to the incredible lyrics. “The Light” is one of my favorite songs. It encapsulates my perspective on love and commitment. It is beautiful and epic while grounded in reality. Sung at my wedding?! I. Think. So.
Hope: “Let the Rain”
And I always felt it before / That the world was filled with much more / Then a drowning soul / I’ll learn to be / I just need the rain to remind me / Let the rain come down / make a brand new ground / Let the rain come down
“The only way to get past your insecurities is to embrace them. This song is all about rebirth, rejuvenation, a baptism by fire.” – Sara B Make sure to pay attention to the hope in addition to the extreme levels of cuteness.
So In Summation:
Revisit and support Sara B; she was, is, and will always be able to
Posted on: April 15th, 2012 by Patrick Fromuth No Comments
Pentatonix - Hot off the Press
Less than a day and Almost 100,000 well deserved viral views
Check out Sing Off’s Season 3 Champions Penatonix and their Fresh and AMAZINGLY shot performance of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.” While everyone was SICK, I must admit it I was distracted by Kirstie Maldonado and her hot BAMFery. And that’s coming from a gay man…Yum.
But look at this… Just one month ago the Indie Band, Walk of the Earth covered the SAME GOTYE SONG in a dynamic and peculiar way. 5 People playing one Guitar simultaneously by five people using different strings and surfaces, for all the instrumentation.. WATCH it!
48,949,599 well deserved viral views
Some think that these covers stole Gotye’s artistic thunder…
Tell that to his 63,355,172 views on this original video.
Get it. Gotye. That number doesn’t even include all of the other YouTube uploads of the video with Lyrics, fan music videos, etc.
“Australian-Belgian singer and songwriter Gotye (birth name Wouter ‘Wally’ De Backer) from his third studio album Making Mirrors, and features New Zealand singer Kimbra. The song was written by Gotye himself, lyrically about the experiences he has had with relationships. The song was released on 6 July 2011 as the second and lead single off the album.” - Wiki
In seven months the song took on a life of its own: Got grown, went to YouTube University, Got Popular, found a gay partner, got married in Cali(See Ya PROP 8!), had a Coverbaby, and that Coberbaby had a Coverbaby and that one, and that one… Musical Birth is Beautiful. Yet who can be surprised that Google’s YouTube is the Patriarch of this foster home of an ever growing network of “Song Families” A popular mainstream example of this would be Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” getting covered by everyone and their mother: Including the EPIC John Legend, then that version getting covered by Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff on Glee.
Even Fromuth Productions has been a part of this Family tree. Look at the reverse evolution of the silky smooth vocals of Melanie’s EGO performance of Slow Motion:
The MamaCover – Lydia Paek
The Grandma Original – Karina Pasian
This just goes to show that amazing covers and YouTube benefit all: The cover performers, the videographers, the viewers, and especially the reach and popularity of the original artist. Dear SOPA and PIPA…LAY OFF!
Click HERE to get a FREE download of Penatonix’s track.
Posted on: April 1st, 2012 by Patrick Fromuth No Comments
What a RAVISHING Rifftress!
Can’t overlook Angie Girl WORKIN. That. Groove. It started off gorgeously subdued, and I was content that she wouldn’t have what it took to kick it up the notch at the end. Yet, Tori had something else in mind. UNREAL. Never heard her sing before, but I’m a huge fan now. Thanks to Connie Cho(choconstance) for the amazing find. I think you two should collaborate! You’re both in LA and your voices would complement each other so well…Let’s make it happen!
Check out one of Tori’s Riff-Rockin Originals below