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Song of the Day: “I Try” by Macy Gray

Is there a more distinctive singer in pop history than Macy Gray? Janis Joplin comes to mind, but even she is not quite so unique. So rather than opine on Gray’s one hit, a sentimental ballad with an earworm chorus, I’m going to try and describe Grays voice: It’s certainly quite raspy. In fact, Wikipedia…

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Song of the Day: “Levels” by Nick Jonas

As previously mentioned I have a soft spot for most boy bands. In particular, I enjoy those that bring a power pop edge to their performance. Thus, it should not surprise you but I actually kind of dug the Jonas Brothers. Seriously. After the band broke up, and I didn’t devote much effort to following the various…

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Song of the Day: “Video Games” by Lana Del Ray

What if you took a perfectly ordinary life and happy romance and transformed it into something fatalistic? You get Lana Del Ray and her first single, “Video Games.” I remember hearing this song for the first time and not getting whether it was a joke or a true artistic statement of purpose. Time has proved…

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Song of the Day: “Lollipop” by Mika

I don’t know if there is a name for this type of genre of music: Songs that are just flamboyantly happy and silly and horny (I suspect “glam” is not a bad starting point). Damn is Mika (at least his first two albums, the only I know) a lot of fun to listen to. It reminds me…

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Song of the Day: “I Thought She Knew” by *NSYNC

This week, I’ll be writing about some a cappella songs I like. I’m sorry this week doesn’t have a catchy tagline like “Get Pitch Slapped.” In the classic *NSYNC vs. Backstreet Boys battle, I’ve always fallen on the *NSYNC side despite being a fan of both groups. Though this preference has always been a gut-check instinct, *NSYNC had a skill…

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Song of the Day: “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

This week, I’ll be writing about some a cappella songs I like. I’m sorry this week doesn’t have a catchy tagline like “Get Pitch Slapped.” On the one hand, it’s not hard to see how “Don’t Worry Be Happy” became an oddball #1 smash. Its signature “ooh-ooh” vocal riff is really delightful. And any track…