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“I went from zero to my own hero”

– Song Roar, Katy Perry

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Oleta Adams

I heard Oleta Adams for the first time in the album Seeds of Love, the third and most succesful album from the british band Tears for Fears. Seed of Love was and album that caught my attention because great drummers played in it, like Manu Katché, Phil Collins and Simon Phillips, but it was Oleta who really got my attention. A few months later, I got the chance to see Tears for Fears and Oleta Adams in concert, in Houston Texas, and she was even more than I expected. Catapulted by the fame she got from playing in such succesful album, she released her third solo album, Circle of One, and it quickly became one of my favorites.

Today I present the second song of her third album, Get There.

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Happy Sunday!

Read more about Oleta Adams’ life from Wikipedia

GET THERE Lyrics

You can reach me by railway, you can reach me by trailway
You can reach me on an airplane, you can reach me with your mind
You can reach me by caravan, cross the desert like an Arab man
I don’t care how you get here, just get here if you can

You can reach me by sailboat, climb a tree and swing rope to rope
Take a sled and slide down the slope, into these arms of mine
You can jump on a speedy colt, cross the border in a blaze of hope
I don’t care how you get here, just get here if you can

There are hills and mountains between us
Always something to get over
If I had my way, surely you would be closer
I need you closer

There are hills and mountains between us
Always something to get over
If I had my way, surely you would be closer
I need you closer

You can windsurf into my life, take me up on a carpet ride
You can make it in a big balloon, but you better make it soon
You can reach me by caravan, cross the desert like an Arab man
I don’t care how you get here, just get here if you can

I don’t care, I don’t care
I need you right here right now
I need you right here right now right by my side yeah yeah
Get here

I don’t care how you get here, just get here if you can.

 

Harry Conick Jr A-352440-1297853500.jpeg

I first listened to Harry Conick Jr back at the beginning of the 90s, when he recorded the soundtrack of the movie When Harry Met Sally. Since then, I’ve become his fan, and play his music regularly.

A few years ago I presented you Love is Here to Stay, and today I leave you with another great song that is perfect for Valentine’s day. I hope you enjoy it.

I’VE GOT A GREAT IDEA – HARRY CONICK JR.

Here are the lyrics of I’ve got a Great Idea:

I’ve got a great idea
And wouldn’t you like to know
You probably can’t bear it
So I guess I’ll have to share it
I thought of it a moment ago

It starts with your hand in mine
And next comes a little stroll
You probably won’t buy it
But I’m trying to keep it quiet
So please don’t tell a soul

’cause if you do
The world and you
Will think I’m crazy and give me medicine
They’ll drag me away
And as I go you’ll hear me say
I could have been a decent match for edison

Ideas are few and far between
And good ideas are rarer still
So listen and be wise
Just forget the other guys
’cause my idea’s no good for three
My idea is you and me

Harry Conick Jr. – Wikipedia

Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr.,[1] (born September 11, 1967)[1] is an American singer, musician, and actor. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide.[2] Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million in certified sales.[3] He has had seven top 20 US albums, and ten number-one US jazz albums, earning more number-one albums than any other artist in US jazz chart history.[4]

Connick’s best-selling album in the United States is his 1993 Christmas album When My Heart Finds Christmas. His highest-charting album is his 2004 release Only You, which reached No. 5 in the U.S. and No. 6 in Britain. He has won three Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards. He played Grace’s husband, Leo Markus, on the TV sitcom Will & Grace from 2002 to 2006.

Connick began his acting career as a tail gunner in the World War II film Memphis Belle in 1990. He played a serial killer in Copycat in 1995, before being cast as a jet fighter pilot in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. Connick’s first role as a leading man was in 1998’s Hope Floats with Sandra Bullock. His first thriller film since Copycat came in 2003 in the film Basic with John Travolta. Additionally, he played the violent ex-husband in Bug, before two romantic comedies, 2007’s P.S. I Love You, and the leading man in New in Town with Renée Zellweger in 2009. In 2011, he appeared in the family film Dolphin Tale as Dr. Clay Haskett and in the 2014 sequel, Dolphin Tale 2.

Read more about Harry Conick Jr. in Wikipedia, click here.

mumford

Mumford & Sons are a British rock band from London, England, formed in 2007. The band consists of Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums), Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboard, piano, synthesizer), Winston Marshall (vocals, electric guitar, banjo) and Ted Dwane (vocals, bass guitar, double bass).

Mumford & Sons have released three studio albums: Sigh No More (2009), Babel[1] (2012) and Wilder Mind (2015). Sigh No More peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and the Billboard 200 in the US, with Babel and Wilder Mind both debuting at number one in the UK and US, the former becoming the fastest-selling rock album of the decade[2][3] and leading to a headline performance at Glastonbury Festival in 2013. The band have also issued two live albums: Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire (2011) and The Road to Red Rocks (2012).

The band have won a number of music awards throughout their career, with Sigh No More earning the band the Brit Award for Best British Album in 2011 and six overall Grammy Award nominations. The live performance at the 2011 Grammy ceremony with Bob Dylan and The Avett Brothers led to a surge in popularity for the band in America. The band received eight total Grammy nominations for Babel and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. The band also won the Brit Award for Best British Group in 2013.

Today, I present to you one of my favorite Mumford songs, Lover of the Light. I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Sunday!!

 

Here are the lyrics of Lover of the Light

And in the middle of the night
I may watch you go
There’ll be no value in the strength
Of walls that I have grown
There’ll be no comfort in the shade
Of the shadows thrown
But I’d be yours if you’d be mine

Stretch out my life
And pick the seams out
Take what you like
But close my ears and eyes
Watch me stumble over and over

I had done wrong
You build your tower
But call me home
And I will build a throne
And wash my eyes out never again

But love the one you hold
And I’ll be your goal
To have and to hold
A lover of the lights

With skin too tight
And eyes like marbles
You spin me high
So watch me as I glide
Before I tumble homeward, homeward

I know I tried
I was not stable
And flawed by pride
I miss my sanguine eyes
So hold my hands up – breathe in and breathe out

So love the one you hold
And I’ll be your goal
To have and to hold
A lover of the lights

And in the middle of the night
I may watch you go
There’ll be no value in the strength
Of walls that I have grown
There’ll be no comfort in the shade
Of the shadows thrown
You may not trust the promises
Of the change I’ll show
But I’d be yours if you’d be mine

So love the one you hold
And I’ll be your goal
To have and to hold
A lover of the lights

So love the one you hold
And I will be your goal
To have and to hold
A lover of the lights

katie-melua33265

Ketevan “Katie” Melua  born 16 September 1984) is a Georgian-British singer, songwriter and musician. She moved to Northern Ireland at the age of eight and then to England at fourteen. Melua is signed to the small Dramatico record label, under the management of composer Mike Batt, and made her musical debut in 2003. In 2006, she was the United Kingdom’s best-selling female artist and Europe’s highest selling European female artist.

In November 2003, at the age of nineteen, Melua released her first album, Call Off the Search, which reached the top of the United Kingdom album charts and sold 1.8 million copies in its first five months of release. Her second album, Piece by Piece, was released in September 2005 and to date has gone platinum four times. Melua released her third studio album Pictures in October 2007.

I heard Katie for the first time when my brother played Nine Million Bicycles for me in his car while riding to lunch. I immediately bought her album and have followed her ever since. Thansk Bro.

No Fear of Heights is the theme song in the movie The Tourist, starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, and it is one of my favorite songs of all time.It talks about how we all need someone to give us courage.

For you, who is that special person that makes you have no fear?

I hope you enjoy it. Happy Sunday!!

 

NO FEAR OF HEIGHTS

I never walked near the edge
Used to fear falling
I never swam far from shore
Never tried the secret door

But when you give me love
When you give me love

I have no fear of heights,
No fear of the deep blue sea,
Although it could drown me,
I know it could drown me

I didn’t wander in the woods
Used to fear the darkness
I didn’t like getting deep
I was scared of what I couldn’t keep

But when you give me love
When you give me love

I have no fear of heights,
No fear of the deep blue sea,
Although it could drown me,
I know it could drown me

No fear of the fall
No fear if it’s with you that I fall
‘cause nothing could break us,
No, nothing could break us, now

Gia Farrell

Jeannie Marie Bocchicchio (/bəˈkki/; born February 9, 1989), known professionally as Gia Farrell, is an American singer-songwriter. Her 2006 single “Hit Me Up” was featured on the Happy Feet soundtrack in 2006.

Bocchicchio was born in Suffern, New York to Italian-American parents. She began singing lessons at the age of 8. She continued to train her voice, and appeared in a local production of Guys and Dolls and opened for Fat Joe, where she performed songs from Beyoncé and Mariah Carey.

At age 13, she had performed on Showtime At The Apollo being named one of their “Best Artists of the Year” as well as on Ed McMahon’s Next Big Star and Star Search. In 2005 she signed with Atlantic Records. She later adopted her grandmother’s maiden name as her stage name. Farrell cites artists Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera as her biggest influences.[2]

Continuing with the christmass spirit, today I share Christmas Everyday, performed by Gia Farrell. I hope you enjoy it.

Rob-Thomas

Robert Kelly “Rob” Thomas (born February 14, 1972) is an American singer and songwriter. He is the primary songwriter and lead singer of the band Matchbox Twenty. Thomas also records and performs as a solo artist. Thomas earned three Grammy Awards for co-writing and singing on the Santana triple-platinum hit “Smooth”, on the album Supernatural in 1999.

He has also lent his songwriting talents to such artists as Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, Marc Anthony, Pat Green, Taylor Hicks, Travis Tritt and Daughtry.

Since 1995, his band has released a string of hit singles to radio including “Push”, “3AM”, “Real World”, “Back 2 Good”, “Bent”, “If You’re Gone”, “Mad Season”, “Disease”, “Unwell”, “Bright Lights”, “How Far We’ve Come”, and “She’s So Mean”. In 2004, the Songwriters Hall of Fame awarded Thomas its first Starlight Award, recognizing young songwriters who have already had a lasting influence in the music industry.

Let’s start with the Christmas spirit. Today I present to you A New York Christmas, by Rob Thomas.

Happy Sunday!

james taylor

James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.[2]

Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single “Fire and Rain” and had his first No. 1 hit the following year with “You’ve Got a Friend”, a recording of Carole King’s classic song. His 1976 Greatest Hits album was certified Diamond and has sold 12 million US copies. Following his 1977 album, JT, he has retained a large audience over the decades. His commercial achievements declined slightly until a resurgence during the late 1990s and 2000s, when he recorded some of his best-selling and most-awarded work (including Hourglass, October Road and Covers).

Today, I present You’ve Got a Friend, written by Carol King and performed by James Taylor. I hope you enjoy it.

Have a Happy Sunday!!

 

 

YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND

When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand
and nothing, whoa, nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there
to brighten up even your darkest nights.

You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah,
you’ve got a friend.

If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds
and that old north wind should begin to blow,
keep your head together and call my name out loud.
Soon I will be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there.

Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend? People can be so cold.
They’ll hurt you and desert you. Well, they’ll take your soul if you let them,
oh yeah, but don’t you let them.

You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call, Lord, I’ll be there, yeah, yeah,
you’ve got a friend. You’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend. Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
Oh, yeah, yeah, you’ve got a friend.

laura-pausini

Laura Pausini, omri (Italian pronunciation: [ˈlaura pauˈziːni]; born 16 May 1974) is an Italian pop singer-songwriter and record producer. As a child, she was encouraged by her father to join him during his performances in local piano bars. After competing in local singing contests, Pausini signed her first recording contract. She rose to fame in 1993, winning the newcomer artists’ section of the 43rd Sanremo Music Festival with her debut single “La solitudine”,[1] which became an Italian standard[2] and an international hit, topping the charts in Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium.[3][4][5] Her eponymous debut album was released in Italy on 23 April 1993[6] and later became an international success, selling two million copies worldwide.[7]

Its follow-up, Laura, was released in 1994 and confirmed her international success, selling three million copies worldwide.[8] During the same year, she released her first Spanish-language album, Laura Pausini, composed of ten adapted songs originally included in her previous works. The album was certified diamond by the Association of Phonographic and Videographic of Spain,[9] making her the first non-Spanish artist to sell more than one million copies in Spain.[10]

As of 2014, she has released ten studio albums, two international greatest hits albums and two compilation albums for the Hispanic and Anglophone market only, respectively. She mostly performs in Italian and Spanish, but she has also recorded songs in English, French and Portuguese.[11] Her only English-language album, From the Inside, was released in 2002, but failed to satisfy commercial expectations both in North America and in the rest of the world. In 2006, her record Io canto was the best-selling album of the year in Italy.[12] In 2004, Allmusic’s Jason Birchmeier considered Pausini’s sales “an impressive feat for someone who’d never really broken into the lucrative English–language market”.[13] As of 2011, according to Warner Music Italy, Pausini had sold more than 45 million records.[14]

During her career, she has won numerous music awards, including three Latin Grammy Awards, a Billboard Latin Music Award and four World Music Awards. In 2006 she also became the first Italian female artist to win a Grammy Award,[15] receiving the accolade for Best Latin Pop Album for the record Escucha.[16] She has been honoured as a Commander Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

 

Click here to listen to Gente in Italian

 

Click here to listen to Gente in Spanish

 

GENTE (ITALIAN)

Si sbaglia sai quasi continuamente
Sperando di non farsi mai troppo male
Ma quante volte si cade
La vita sai è un filo in equilibrio
E prima o poi ci ritroviamo distanti
Davanti a un bivio
Ed ogni giorno insieme per fare solo un metro in più
Ci vuole tutto il bene che riusciremo a trovare in ognuno di noi
Ma a volte poi basta un sorriso solo
A sciogliere in noi anche un inverno di gelo
E ripartire da zero
Perché non c’è un limite per nessuno
Che dentro sè abbia un amore sincero
Solo un respiro
Non siamo angeli in volo venuti dal cielo
Ma gente comune che ama davvero
Gente che vuole un mondo più vero
La gente che incontri per strada in città
Prova e vedrai ci sarà sempre un modo
Dentro di noi per poi riprendere il volo
Verso il sereno
Non siamo angeli in volo venuti dal cielo
Ma gente comune che ama davvero
Gente che vuole un mondo più vero
La gente che insieme lo cambierà
Gente che vuole un mondo più vero
La gente che insieme lo cambierà
Insieme lo cambierà, proverà
Gente che proverà
Lavori lo cambierà, riuscirà
Gente che riuscirà
Insieme ci riuscirà, cambierà
Gente che cambierà

 

GENTE (SPANISH)

Una vez más, casi continuamente
Vuelve a caer, y volverá a equivocarse
Mucho más fuerte si cabe

La vida es un hilo en equilibrio
Que al separar dos puntos equidistantes
Puede acercarles

Y cada día juntos, haciendo sólo un metro más
Se necesita todo, todo lo bueno y lo malo que tengas en ti

Aunque después te baste una sonrisa
Para fundir todo un invierno de hielo
Para empezar desde cero

Porque no hay un límite para nadie
Que dentro de él tenga valores eternos
No hay más misterio

No somos…
Ángeles, no nos caímos del cielo
La gente que busca el amor verdadero
Gente que quiere un mundo sincero
La gente corriente de cualquier ciudad

Prueba y verás que siempre hay algo nuevo
Dentro de ti para empezar otro vuelo
Directo al cielo

No somos…
Ángeles, no nos caímos del cielo
La gente que busca el amor verdadero
Gente que quiere un mundo sincero
La gente que unida lo cambiará

Gente que quiere un mundo sincero
La gente que unida lo cambiará

Unida lo cambiará, lo verás
Gente que luchará
Unida lo intentará, lo verás
Gente que arriesgará
Unida lo logrará, lo verás
Gente que cambiará

thescript

A few months ago I went to a concert with my family, and we saw three of the most popular groups: American Authors, The Script and OneRepublic. It certainly was the event of the year.

Today I present you with Hall of Fame, from The Script. I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Sunday!

 

HALL OF FAME

Yeah, you could be the greatest
You can be the best
You can be the king kong banging on your chest
You could beat the world
You could beat the war
You could talk to God, go banging on his door

You can throw your hands up
You can beat the clock
You can move a mountain
You can break rocks

You can be a master
Don’t wait for luck
Dedicate yourself and you can find yourself

Standing in the hall of fame
And the world’s gonna know your name
Cause you burn with the brightest flame
And the world’s gonna know your name
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

You could go the distance
You could run the mile
You could walk straight through hell with a smile

You could be the hero
You could get the gold
Breaking all the records they thought could never be broke

Do it for your people
Do it for your pride
Never gonna know if you never even try

Do it for your country
Do it for your name
Cause there’s gonna be a day
When you’re…

Standing in the hall of fame
And the world’s gonna know your name
Cause you burn with the brightest flame
And the world’s gonna know your name
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

Be a champion
Be a champion
Be a champion
Be a champion
On the walls of the hall of fame

Be students
Be teachers
Be politicians
Be preachers

Be believers
Be leaders
Be astronauts
Be champions
Be true seekers

Be students
Be teachers
Be politicians
Be preachers

Be believers
Be leaders
Be astronauts
Be champions

Standing in the hall of fame
And the world’s gonna know your name
Cause you burn with the brightest flame
And the world’s gonna know your name
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

(You can be a champion)
You could be the greatest
(You can be a champion)
You can be the best
(You can be a champion)
You can be the king kong banging on your chest

(You can be a champion)
You could beat the world
(You can be a champion)
You could beat the war
(You can be a champion)
You could talk to God, go banging on his door

(You can be a champion)
You can throw your hands up
(You can be a champion)
You can beat the clock
(You can be a champion)
You can move a mountain
(You can be a champion)
You can break rocks
(You can be a champion)

You can be a master
(You can be a champion)
Don’t wait for luck
(You can be a champion)
Dedicate yourself and you can find yourself
(You can be a champion)
Standing in the hall of fame

Read The Script’s history in Wikipedia.

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