Here’s the last of my Eurovision songs to celebrate the contest tonight in Vienna. The reason it’s taking place in Vienna is because last year, Conchita Wurst sang Rise Like A Phoenix as the Austrian entry and ended up winning the contest. I hope you’ve enjoyed my Eurovision-themed week. Normal service will resume tomorrow… 😉
Today’s song is the theme from the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall. Written and recorded by Adele, it was released at 0:07am on the 5th October 2012 as part of Global James Bond Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, the first Bond film. A bit of controversy surrounds the lyrics of the song, which are apparently very close to the words of a poem in Tamil by the poet Subramania Bharati. A line in the poem is as follows:
Uchchi Meedhu Vaan Idindhu Veezhugindra Podhinum, Achcham Illai Achcham Illai Achcham Enbadhillaiyae
This translates roughly to: “let the sky fall, when it crumbles, we will stand tall and face it all together.” Sounds familiar…
This is another of the many songs I’ve played which hadn’t even been written the last time I took on this challenge. Like my previous Bruno Mars song, Just The Way You Are, Marry You featured on his 2011 debut album Doo-Wops and Hooligans. I’ve moved it into G flat major, slowed the song down a bit and “balladified” it (!), so I hope you like this slightly different version of the song.
Here’s my take on Katy Perry’s Firework from 2010. It’s a cracking pop song and today’s random fact is that this song featured in the animated films Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (yes, really!) and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. I’m sure you’ll sleep better now knowing that…
I was trying to come up with something appropriate for me to play on International Women’s Day. I turned to a Spotify playlist for inspiration and found Kacey Musgrave’s Follow Your Arrow. It’s a great song and hope it’s right for today!
One of the things I’m most enjoying about this year’s challenge is the variety of songs I’m playing: this week I’ve covered everything from songs from the shows, to Mozart, to dance anthems and I’m finishing the week with Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus! I think the video of this song distracts from what is actually a really good pop song with strong lyrics and a powerful melody line, especially with the repeated fifth and sixth intervals of the verse. I hope you enjoy my version and you’ll be glad to know there’s no accompanying video!
Today’s song is One Direction’s debut single from 2011, What Makes You Beautiful. This song won the 2012 BRIT Award for Best British Single and the music video is apparently the 18th most watched music video in history according to YouTube. It was covered in 2012 by the Piano Guys with a very clever performance involving a lot of grand-piano-string-plucking. I suppose my version is probably a bit more Piano Guys than One Direction!
I always think that if you can take a song and completely change the style and it still works then it must mean that the song must be pretty good to start with! I’ve done this with Avicii’s 2013 summer anthem Wake Me Up and I think it works – I hope you agree!
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