Music played in any social event is pivotal to its success. For example, you would expect upbeat songs in a birthday party because if the songs “My Heart Will Go On” or “Fifteen” will be played, it would not be able to help set the guests into a birthday mood.
Rufus delivers a withering critique of California life, veiled in a poppy tune with Beach Boys harmony. It recalls how he worshiped Hollywood as a kid, but how now he’s disillusioned by how seriously California takes itself. “Ain’t it a shame,” he says, that the rest of the world “can’t enjoy your mad tradition” and the “soft-skinned boys” that can still bruise you. It’s a satirical comment on a world he has to live cartoon in to do the work he does. The last line says it all: “Life is the longest death / in California.” Funny that the first time I spent time with this song I was driving the 101 to LA.
Jay Gordon- ‘Slept So Long’ – From the soundtrack of Queen of the Damned, I could have sworn this song was made for that movie. The lyrics are entirely vampiric and sound exactly what Lestat might be singing to his maker. I really like this song for the slow and purposeful drums and the growly voice of the vocalist because both make the song just that more awesome.
At the root of so many of the problems which afflict black men is self-love. From self-love comes self-respect. From self-respect comes honor and pride in who you are; not what you do or how much money you make. Self-love and self-worth are delicately intertwined.
I’m not sure if it were meant to be used by characters in the Narrative, which renders the device defunct in my hands, but since we’re allowing ourselves some liberties reserved for the novice, I’d like to plead “Unreliable Narrator,” and assure that I cover this very contentious issue-Lazoo’s son and the light in which he’s portrayed in GUIOPERA II by “The Guy,” which I might add has something to do with Metofeaz Litigatti, good old Feeaz, the whimsical one, the fall guy; where the hell would I be without that guy, ah?
‘Vampire Money’ was released in 2010, but you wouldn’t know it. The song sounds like an out of control collaboration between the Sex Pistols and Jerry Lee Lewis. The 50s style single chord piano thumping and sarcastic as hell ‘voice over’ type intro is bound to make you giggle. However what takes the biscuit with this song has to be the lyrics. “Gimme, gimme some of that vampire money c’mon!” a not so subtle dig at the Twilight movie soundtrack gold rush that they managed to resist.
Born in Canada in 1978, Furtado was inspired to sing and perform at an early age. She started singing at 4 and began writing her own lyrics at 12. Shortly before she graduated from secondary school, she began making contacts within the rap and hip hop community in Toronto. A solo performance at the 1997 Honey Jam in Toronto caught the attention of Gerald Eaton and Brian West, two members of the group The Philosopher Kings. The duo helped Furtado create a demo which led to a deal with DreamWorks records. Her first single appeared on the soundtrack album for the film Brokedown Palace.
So next time you decide to perform a cover, give some consideration to these points. How are you going to delver the vocal? In what ways are you going to hold true to the original. And finally, how are you going to add your own style to it? If you consider these questions before you perform, you’re sure to give your audiences a cool experience. Have fun.