Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Music - The Grammys Part 2

All Samuels Public Library cardholders are eligible for three free downloads a week from Freegal, a massive online database containing over 500,000 songs.  Sifting through such an enormous selection of music can be a daunting task, so we here at Samuels have decided to offer a few suggestions for the overwhelmed (or new) Freegal user.  This week we continue to recognize this year's Grammy winners:

Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile
“Here and Heaven” (featuring Aoife O’Donovan)
From The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Add a “Best Folk Album” Grammy to the long list of awards and accolades accrued by Yo-Yo Ma, the world’s most famous cellist.  Proving that he can do just about anything, Mr. Ma teams his classical chops with ex-Nickel Creek mandolin player Chris Thile and two other stellar musicians to create an interesting bluegrass-meets-string quartet fusion.  “Here and Heaven” also guests singer Aoife O’Donovan, whose lovely voice pairs perfectly with Thile’s on the old-timey ballad.

Chris Botti
“Oblivion” (featuring Caroline Campbell)
From Impressions

Impressions, winner of the “Best Pop Instrumental Album” award, contains a wide variety of familiar jazz, classical, world, and pop tunes given a smooth makeover courtesy of trumpeter Chris Botti.  The lush and lyrical “Oblivion,” with its stirring strings and melancholy melody, could be from a great lost romance film from the 1970s.  It would make perfect background music for a candlelit dinner or  an evening alone with a good book and a glass of wine. 

Carrie Underwood
“Blown Away”
From Blown Away    

Carrie Underwood belts it out like a force of nature on “Blown Away,” her “Best Country Song” winning number.  Much like fellow American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson’s “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”-- a song I wrote about last week-- this song exhibits a gritty performance buoyed by a strong beat and a surging chorus.  Like Clarkson’s song, “Blown Away” feels like a call-to-arms, a bold battle cry in the face of tremendous adversity.   

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