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sam smith “lay me down”

after hearing sam smith sing for only a minute, one would be hard-pressed to ignore his sweet-to-the-ears talent.  what i’m most impressed by however is the vocal control/poise he shows for anybody, much less a 22-year-old.

listen to his song “lay me down” and let me know if you think there’s a singer out there better than this guy.  to hear more from smith, get his debut album in the lonely hour (drops in the uk may 26th; june 17th stateside).

related: sam smith performing on snl 3/30/14

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05/23/14

for me, one of the top pleasures on earth is great singing.  hearing certain voices & inflections makes my nerves do the snoopy dance in a unique way.  jazz legend sarah vaughan was blessed with the vocal tools to do the job.  born and raised in newark, nj, vaughan was once dubbed “the divine one” thanks to the angelic nature of her voice, which she could comfortably control in multiple octaves.  check out her 1958 performance of “tenderly” and let me know what you think.

related: r.i.p. etta james | the day lady died

video: sarah vaughan “tenderly”

07/26/13

alabama shakes “hang loose”

just listened to alabama shakes‘s grammy-nominated album boys & girls and i loved it.  brittany howard’s voice pulls you in by dancing over the songs with playful passion.  fellow bandmates zac cockrell, steve johnson & heath fogg follow suit while rocking the bass, drums, and guitar.  here’s their uplifting single “hang loose” (lyrics below).  if you haven’t already, check out the full album for yourself and let me know which song is your favorite:

Don’t worry sweet baby!
Don’t you ever worry ’bout a thing.
Put them worries on the shelf ‘n’ learn to love yourself
Don’t be your own worst enemy.

Hang loose, hang loose
Let the ocean worry ’bout bein’ blue.
Hang loose, hang loose.
Go with the tide and I’ma take care of you.

Come with me sweet darlin’.
I got a seat ya ticket for the plane.
We gonna fly to Waikiki, it’ll just be you ‘n’ me.
And we’ll let the sun melt our cares away.

Hang loose, hang loose.
Let the ocean worry ’bout bein’ blue.
Hang loose, hang loose.
Go with the tide and I’ma take care of you.

Alright, we gon’ be alright.
Alright, you’re gon’ be alright!

Hang loose.
Hang loose!
Hang loose.
Hang loose.

05/29/13

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