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!
Here in the UK we probably know this song best in the Westlife version, and in the US it’s most likely to be Josh Groban’s version with which most people are familiar. However, You Raise Me Up was actually first recorded by Norwegian/Irish group Secret Garden and was written by Rolf Løvland and Brendan Graham. It has since been covered over 125 times, and I’ll add my version to the collection!
I mentioned this song earlier this week when I played Hooked on a Feeling so I thought I’d play it today. Nina Pretty Ballerina was recorded by Abba in 1973, pre-Eurovision and was released to promote their first album, Ring Ring. It’s not exactly the most well known of Abba tracks, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless!
Something tongue in cheek today – Madonna lived to tell the tale of her performance at the Brits last night, despite a wardrobe malfunction which could have been serious! She’s a pro though – getting straight up and on with the song. I’m not sure how much of her back catalogue fits my piano tunes, but here’s Live to Tell from the 1986 True Blue album. It was also used in her then-husband Sean Penn’s film At Close Range.
After Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music tribute last night at the Oscars, I thought the most appropriate song to play this morning was The Sound of Music. I played Climb Ev’ry Mountain last time round, and there are no doubt more Sound of Music tunes to be played this year. For now, I hope you enjoy this!
Today’s song is Enya’s Watermark from the 1988 album of the same name. It featured in the 1990 comedy Green Card and, randomly, in the animated film Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted! I hope you enjoy this relaxing piece of music for a Sunday.
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 Abba’s Hasta Mañana. This song was almost chosen as their 1974 Eurovision entry in favour of Waterloo as it was thought that Waterloo may be too risky and Hasta Mañana represented more the style of Eurovision. Waterloo won out in the end and the rest was history! This seems like a simple song, but I think the chord pattern is pretty sophisticated. It’s definitely not a three-chord song! In my E major version the chorus goes like this: E – G#m – C#m – C#7 – F#m B – F# – B – E – G#m – C#7 – F#m – A – Am – E – C#7 – F#m – B – E. So if you want to strum along you’ll be fine. At least until the modulation but that’s what capos are for!
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!
Today I’m playing the beautiful Randy Newman song When She Loved Me from the film Toy Story 2. It was performed in the film by Sarah McLachlan and went on to win the 2000 Academy Award for Best Original Song. I hope you enjoy this piece!
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