For My Sunday Song #70, I am going with a lesser known band called Thirdstory. The song is called “G Train”. It is off their debut E.P called ‘Searching’ which I did a review back in 2016. The band consists of only three singer/songwriters – Elliott Skinner, Ben Lusher, and Richard Saunder. And let me tell you, these guys can sing.
I first came across them when they opened for Tori Kelly back in 2016 on her tour. The guys were so incredible and their harmonizing was second to none. Their performance made me go out and download their E.P. because there was one song in the show that stood out to me and is now one of my favorite songs.
“G Train” was written due to the band’s schedule in rehearsing. One of the members was was always taking the NY Subway back and forth. On the video, theFader.com states…
…the three members of the group trade stories about lovesickness as they ride the subway through New York City’s boroughs. The song is a perfect soundtrack for the type of deep contemplation that only happens on the train, when you have altogether too much time with your own thoughts.
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My Sunday Song #69 is “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall. The song was released as a single in 2005 from her 2004 debut album ‘Eyes to the Telescope’. It was a sensational debut song and reached as high as #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and made it to #1 Adult Pop Songs chart.
The acoustic guitar and drum beat had you tapping your feet and bobbing your head instantly. When you add in that gritty voice, you had an instant classic. KT’s song was a little blues, a little soul and a little rock, but a had a lot of character. I never knew what the song meant and it didn’t really matter. It was catchy and had a certain charm to it. I would catch myself singing it all the time when it was released and it was one of the best songs of 2005 for sure.
KT Tunstall discussed the meaning of the song at Contactmusic.com. She said the following:
“Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” is inspired by old blues, Nashville psycho hillbillies & hazy memories. It tells the story of finding yourself lost on your path, and a choice has to be made. It’s about gambling, fate, listening to your heart, and having the strength to fight the darkness that’s always willing to carry you off.
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The closer we get to Christmas, the fewer good new releases coming out. That doesn’t mean that aren’t any, just fewer to choose from. For me this week, there are only two Live albums I am interested in hearing and they are highlighted in Blue. Let me know if there is anything you see that you like. Have a great day!!
- Collective Soul – Live – (Suretone Records): One of my favorite bands from the 90’s and from Georgia. I have followed them since their first single “Shine” way back in 1993 and they haven’t disappointed me ever!! I am looking forward to a live album as I don’t have one of those in my collection for them.
- Deep Purple – The Infinite Live Recordings, Vol. 1 – (earMusic): Deep Purple has been killing it this past year with a new album and so many treats associated with that new album. Now we have a live album as well. That is all I need to hear. Thanks and turn it up!!
- Circus of Power – Four – (Noize in the Attic)
- Story of the Year – Wolves – (Story of the Year)
- Culture Club – Live at Wembley World Tour 2016 – (Cleopatra Music)
- Luke Bryan – What Makes You Country – (Capitol Records)
- Walker Hayes – boom. – (Monument Records)
- Belle and Sebastian – How to Solve Our Human Problems Part 1 E.P. – (Matador)
Maroon 5 started off their career as a Pop/Rock/Funk band back in the very early 2000s and brought us the masterpiece debut album ‘Songs About Jane’. 15 year later the band is still going strong with the newest album called ‘Red Pill Blues’. The resemblance between these two albums is relatively zero. The Rock/Funk part of the band is non-existent and all you have is glorified POP!
Don’t get me wrong, there is some pop music I like. However, there is something about pop music that irritates me and that is most songs on pop radio seem to think the actually have to be “featuring” a hip-hop artist or at least another artist. Singers and bands today don’t seem to be able to do a song that is strictly their own.
Maroon 5 now believes in that theory whole-heartedly. As a result, they have six songs, that is right 6!!!, on their new album that feature another artist. They are as follows:
- “What Lovers Do (Feat. SZA)
- “Help Me Out (duet with Julia Michaels)”
- “Who I Am (Feat. Lunchmoney Lewis)”
- “Whiskey (Feat. A$AP Rocky)”
- ‘Don’t Wanna Know (Feat. Kendrick Lamar – yeah for like 10 seconds)”
- “Cold (Feat. Future)”
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My Sunday Song #68 is “Hold Back the River” by James Bay. You could say I have become a huge fan of this young man. I have his album “Chaos & the Calm” (on vinyl and a picture disc at that) and my daughter and I have seen him in concert (Great show – read the review HERE). He has been posting pictures on Facebook of him in the studio and a new album coming in 2018 which got me listening to him again.
When I hit this song in the playlist, I remembered how much I love this song. The quiet opening with just some slow picking on the guitar and his voice. The slow build up and a little faster pace and faster and faster. It actually has the feel that as you try to hold back the river, it get harder and harder and more intense.
In an interview with The Sun, James said the following about the song:
“I wrote it after my first really busy period as an artist, when music had taken me around the world for the first time, and at the end of the year, I’ve become really eager to see friends and my family properly. ‘Hold Back The River’ is a metaphor for that feeling.”
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We are now in December and only 24 more days until Christmas. Here are some great gifts to give…new album releases!!! There is a wide variety of music this week so there might be something for everyone today. My picks are highlighted in Blue. What do you see that you like and want to get from Santa??? Let me know. Also, if you want to purchase an album, you can easily click on the link below the album and it will take you straight to iTunes.
- Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 2 – (Mercury Nashville): I am so glad there is a Volume 2 because ‘From A Room: Volume 1’ was sensational. I am looking forward to what he taps into for this one because if it is anything like the outlaw country / southern rock vibe of the first one, you will be in for a treat.
- Down ‘N Outz – The Further Live Adventures of… – (Frontier Records): Joe Elliott from Def Leppard returns with his side project that celebrates the music of Mott the Hoople, British Lions & Ian Hunter. This time it is a live concert and another reminder of how great their music was. It deserves to be celebrated. As a Joe fan, no brainer for me.
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For My Sunday Song #67, I am going with a song that randomly pops in my head more often than not, “I Started a Joke”. The song is by the Bee Gees and I don’t honestly know why I find myself singing it at the most odd times. I guess it means I really like this song and I actually do. I was not a Bee Gees fan at all because when I grew up and got in to music, Disco was the Devil. I actually love the Bee Gees now, but their real early stuff from the late 60’s and early 70’s is the best.
“I Started a Joke” was released back in 1968 and was on their album ‘Idea’. The song was written by all three brothers and was sung by Robin Gibb. The song has such a relaxing, somewhat hypnotic sound that is beautiful and psychedelic. It has a sadness to it and the lyrics do as well (“I started a joke, which started the whole world crying”). The song has stuck with me and is constantly playing in my head. For years, I will just start singing this song and looking back it might be at times I was sad but I truly don’t know why it stays with me.
Robin has never explained what the song is about as he felt the song interpretation is up to the listener as any real explanation would detract from what the listener feels it is about. Robin’s vocals on this song are stunning. His squeaky, high pitched voice and the melody just makes me feel the song is about loneliness. I think with the loss of my parents over the last couple years, there is a little part of me that feels a little lonely since they aren’t with me anymore.
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It is Black Friday!!! As a result, a lot of bands don’t release albums the day after Thanksgiving. However we do have a few coming out…one studio release I might give a listen, one anniversary release, a couple live and a greatest hits (of ballads). Hopefully there is something for you. Have a great day and don’t shop too much!!! My choices are highlighted in Blue.
- Queen – News of the World 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe: The biggest release today is the 40th Anniversary Edition of News of the World. This looks great and I would get it, but it is pretty pricey and might be out of my reach for awhile. The album features the classics “We Will Rock You” and “We are the Champions” so it is a must for anyone’s collection…if you can afford it. The Super Deluxe is $128…ouch!! If it is streamable, I will listen to it there first.
- Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built the Moon? – (Caroline): Oh the Gallagher Brothers…First Liam has a new album and now Noel. Since no more Oasis, I will take what I can get from each. Liam’s album was surprisingly good…I hope this will be just as surprising (even with the girl playing scissors on stage) and just as good.
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My Sunday Song #66 is the first current release I have done in some time. It is the song “Feel the Still” by the band Portugal. The Man. The song is the second single off the band’s 2017 album “Woodstock” and their first #1 on any chart. What surprised me about the band when I looked them up was that this is their 8th studio album. 8th?? I had never heard of these guys…how did that happen??
I first heard this song on an Apple commercial and then later I started hearing it on the radio. It was so damn catchy and had a 60’s kind of vibe to it with the fun beat and John Gourley’s very high pitched vocals. As it turns out, the song has borrowed heavily from the song “Please, Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes which was released way back before my time in 1961 (not really that far before my time but definitely before).
Lyrically the song seems all over the place. It jumps from references to the civil rights movement in 1966 up to their introduction to the Beastie Boys, Licensed to Ill in 1986 and all the way to today and what is happening with the current administration. I saw where the song was inspired by his daughter growing up while they were making this album. To me he seems to be worried about the world she is going to inherit and that we need to fight for our rights like people have done in the past. Now is the time. Maybe I am reading too much into this short song at only 2:43.
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