Adele’s new success

Drew Barrymore, in the movie Music & Lyrics (directed by Marc Lawrence, released in 2007), says something about, well, music and lyrics, that for me is as true as the law of gravity: “A melody is like seeing someone for the first time. The physical attraction. Sex. But then, as you get to know the person, that’s the lyrics. Their story. Who they are underneath. It’s the combination of the two parts that make it magical.” Continue reading “Adele’s new success”

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Discovering new sounds: The Citizens

Have you ever heard about the Citizens!? The British band, I mean, not the online bank. I probably never would have if not for a concert that I went to in September 2015. They were the opening band and caught my attention right from the first melody.  Continue reading “Discovering new sounds: The Citizens”

Lady Gaga and “Till it happens to you”

The always-ready-to-shock-an-audience singer has been very low key (at least outside the U.S.) for the last few months. The expectation was that she was preparing herself for another round of successful songs – she is in fact preparing a new album, supposedly to be released in 2016, but the song that I will talk about today is not related to it.

Till It Happens To You was made with the collaboration of Diane Warren to be used as background for the documentary The Hunting Ground, shown for the first time in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The video for the song, directed by Catherine Hardwick, premiered on Friday, September 18. Continue reading “Lady Gaga and “Till it happens to you””

The beauty of Hallelujah

In 1984, the Canadian singer Leonard Cohen arrived at the studio where he was recording his album Various Positions and presented the song Hallelujah. Nobody knew at the time his struggle to compose it, and almost nobody appreciated at all. The song was hardly heard for almost a decade. Then Bob Dylan sang it in a show. Then John Cale did a cover, followed by Jeff Buckley. The song exploded. It is considered today one of the most reproduced songs of all time. Continue reading “The beauty of Hallelujah”