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13 Songs Ed Sheeran Makes Better

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ed-sheeran-4Greetings,

It would be quite an understatement to say I am a fan of Ed Sheeran. I adore his music; everything down to his lyrics and style of writing.

So as I was casually browsing through Youtube’s stash of Ed Sheeran songs, I found myself listening to a couple of covers he has done over the years.

Now when I say ‘songs Ed Sheeran makes better’ I don’t necessarily mean he did a better version of the song, but perhaps more I prefer listening to Ed’s versions of said songs as oppose to the original…take from that what you will!

So let us begin,

1. Skinny Love

Skinny Love is a song made popular by the artist Birdy however it is however originally Bon Iver’s song.

Ed covered this song for The Sun Biz session and I just love his version. I really enjoy Bon Iver’s version but I think Ed puts a lot more emotion into it which is strange considering Bon Iver actually wrote the song. Regardless, I love Ed’s cover.

 

2. Chasing Cars

I’ll let you in on a little secret. I don’t like Snow Patrol. Why? I am really not sure, perhaps it’s because they get way over-played on the radio, but I could never really warm to them as a band.

At the iTunes Festival 2012 however he covered Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars much to the delight of the audience as you can see below, and who joins him on stage? None other than Gary Lightbody himself (that’s the lead singer of Snow Patrol) to duet with Ed.

Ed comments that this song is, in his opinion, in the top 20 best songs ever written. Whilst I don’t think it would be in my top 20, Ed does remind us of what a beautiful song it is and almost gives it a much need new lease of life. It really is a pity this song has been over-played on the radio.

 

3. Be My Husband

No, I am not asking for Ed’s hand in marriage…although…

Last year Ed covered Nina Simone’s Be My Husband for The Live Lounge on the Warner Sound.

I wasn’t too familiar with the original but that is the beauty of artists such as Ed covering songs from decades ago.

He definitely gives this song a fresh new vibe, well worth listening to.

 

4. We Found Love

Rihanna fans you may want to skip ahead. I really don’t like Rihanna, she is a terrible role model and after seeing the video of a fan who paid decent money to see her perform only to be hit by Rihanna herself and her microphone is just downright despicable. However that is a rant for another day.

My point being, I don’t really like Rihanna or her music however I love Ed’s stripped back version of this song. He gives emotion to an otherwise emotionless song (thanks to Rihanna) and makes a really beautiful cover.

 

5. Make You Feel My Love

This is a song that gets covered quite a lot. Probably most famously by Adele. However this Bob Dylan song was also covered by Ed in a UStream he did a couple of years ago and I love his version.

 

6. Wonderwall

Again, this is one of those fantastic songs that gets ruined due to its popularity and other people insisting on covering it. However Ed seems to give this song a fresh new feel. He really sings like he means the lyrics which is nice especially for a cover song.

 

7. Who You Are

I wasn’t overly familiar with this song because I never listen to any of Jessie J’s music. However after hearing the original, I 100% prefer Ed’s version. It is stripped back and simple and the song is actually quite beautiful. If I had never heard this song before I would have thought it was Ed’s (it’s that good!)

 

8. No Diggity/Thrift Shop

A couple of month back my facebook news feed was just full of people posting about Ed Sheeran and Passenger’s cover mashup of No Diggity (Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre) and Thrift Shop (Macklemore) so of course I gave it a listen and although it’s not really the type of music I like/listen to I still found myself enjoying it!

 

9. Impossible

This is another song that is really beautiful but got ruined because it got over-played on the radio and I got sick of it.

Originally sung by Shontelle in 2010, James Arthur released it as his first single having won the X Factor UK last year. Ed Sheeran then worked his musical talent on it and covered it and made it sound 100 times better than both the original and James Arthurs version combined.

Sadly however I could not find the full version so here is a little snippet!

 

10. Empire State Of Mind

Yet another song that I didn’t really like to begin with but Ed covers it and suddenly it sounds like a brand new song that I love. I don’t know how he does it!

 

11. Wayfaring Stranger

This is a classic folk song that honestly I had never heard before I heard Ed’s version of it, nor have I heard any covers since so whilst I have no-one to compare him to, I love Ed singing this song. It is yet another cover where you think he could have written the song himself.

 

12. Watchtower

Back to Bob Dylan again, Ed Sheeran and Devlin recorded quite a different-sounding version of this song and I love it. I have actually been listening to it on repeat a lot lately even though it was released around this time last year!

 

13. The Parting Glass

I have saved my favourite for the last. This is song is actually a traditional Irish song and me being Irish myself I have quite a fondness for Ed’s cover. He has said himself that he wants this song played at his funeral and I can see why. It is such a beautiful song and hate to sound like a broken record but I really love Ed’s version.

This song is actually featured on his album ‘+’ as a hidden track (it’s after ‘Give Me Love’).

 

Well sin é, I hope you have enjoyed this list and I actually want to say a quick apology for my absence from my blog. Hopefully I will be back to posting a bit more regularly now!

Let me know which cover is your favourite.

– Bee

Music Moments | Demi Lovato’s DEMI

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I have been a fan of Demi Lovato’s since early 2008.

I still remember waiting for her music video for ‘Get Back’ to be released. Oh the memories!

So needless to say I was beyond excited to hear that Demi’s fourth studio album would be released May 14th (my birthday!!).

I was even more excited when she released previews of ALL THE TRACKS!!!

Below I will discuss each of the 13 songs on DEMI, giving my thoughts and opinions on them, hope you enjoy!

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1. Heart Attack

Heart Attack is a song that most (if not all) Demi fans have heard plenty of times before. When this single was first released, I fell in love with it immediately. It’s a very catchy tune, and quite different to Demi’s previous work. Having said that, this could very well be my all-time favourite Demi song.

Let us not forget about the eagerly anticipated music video (see below). Again, this music video has a very different feel to what we are used to seeing from Demi. She couldn’t move around much in this music video because it was her first time in heels since she broke her ankle.

Overall, this is a great track, probably one of the strongest on the entire album.

2. Made In The USA

The first time I listened to this track, I wasn’t blown away by it. Not to say I didn’t like it, I just didn’t have a very strong opinion on it one way or the other. However, having listened to these songs on repeat over the last few days, I can safely say this song grows on you. It’s quite upbeat and catchy, another great number. This will be Demi’s second single from this album.

3. Without The Love

Again, the first time I heard this track I wasn’t immediately drawn in by the chorus, but again having listened to it a few times over, it is another song that grows of you. She even mentions DiMaggio in her lyrics which one can only assume is in reference to Joe DiMaggio, perhaps most famously known for his marriage to Marilyn Monroe, I’ll let you read up on that one yourself! This is a good song, not one of my overall favourites but still a good upbeat track.

4. Neon Lights

I was a bit weary of this song the first time I heard it. The first time you listen to it, it sounds like another one of those ‘club songs’ which I hate. But I really think Demi makes this her own, and damn is it catchy, really catchy. I actually really enjoy this song now.

5. Two Pieces

This song starts out with a slow(ish) tempo which leads into the chorus filled with lots of drum beats which reminded me a lot of the band fun. Not too sure why, but seeing as I love fun. I immediately fell in love with this song. Again, a really good track.

6. Nightingale

This is one of the first slow songs on this album, and it is such a beautiful song, I cannot stress it enough. I loved it on first listen, and I still love it. It’s one of my favourite songs on the entire album. It is a very powerful song.

7. In Case

This is another beautiful slow song from the album. I know this is a cover song but I’m not too sure who sang it before Demi. However after listening to both versions, I truly believe Demi did a better job of the song. If I had not known this was a cover, I would have thought Demi wrote it herself. It suits her voice and story perfectly. Very beautiful song.

8. Really Don’t Care

I was really looking forward to hearing this song. It’s Demi’s only song on this album which features another artist. That artist being X Factor UK series 7 contestant Cher Lloyd. I wasn’t a huge fan of Cher’s while she was on the show, I don’t really like her style of music but I absolutely 100% love this song. It’s upbeat, catchy, fun, just a really fantastic track. Again one of my favourites!

9. Fire Starter

This is a good song, again one with a very upbeat tempo that is quite catchy. It wouldn’t be one of my favourites from the album but it is still a good song.

10. Something That We’re Not

Ooo I do love this song. ‘Something That We’re Not’ is such a fun, catchy, upbeat song. I can listen to this song alone on repeat and not get bored with it. Definitely one of my favourites!

11. Never Been Hurt

Okay, it appears this entire album are full of songs I love, but honestly this is another fantastic tune. It’s very very catchy. On first listen, I wasn’t sure I liked how drawn out the word ‘hurt’ was, but I quickly got over it when I realised what an amazing song this is.

12. Shouldn’t Come Back

This is such a beautiful song. I can only assume after listening to the lyrics that this song was written by Demi about her father, her biological father that is. If you are a fan of Demi’s, I assume you will already know the back story there which means there is no need for me to explain it. But keep that in mind next time you listen to the song and it immediately becomes much more touching and beautiful. This is such an honest, vulnerable and sincere song which is why I love it so much.

13. Warrior

This is the final song on Demi’s album, and while it is a really good song, with a beautiful meaning, I just can’t warm to it as much as the others. I still really enjoy the song, but I occasionally find myself skipping over it I’m sorry to say.

 

So there you have it, my walk-through of Demi Lovato’s new album DEMI, which was released on May 14th.

Overall my favourite songs are, ‘Heart Attack’, ‘Nightingale’, ‘Really Don’t Care’ ‘Something We’re Not’, and ‘Never Been Hurt’. So you know….only half the album! Ha ha!

What are your favourite tracks from the album? I would be really interested to find out.

– Bee

Music Moments – Ron Pope

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Greetings!

First off, I do not know how I am stull functioning. I was up at 7am to make a Christening cake after only 4 hours sleep. Then I drove to the other side of the country (which sounds impressive, but when you live in Ireland it’s not really) and have been traveling all day.

But alas, I wanted to do a quick post about one of my favourite singer/songwriters of this generation.

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Ron Pope is a 29 year old singer/songwriter Atlanta, Georgia. He is, as far as I am concerned, one of the most under-rated singers ever. Despite having a whopping 10 albums released, Ron Pope has only seen mild success, particularily with what may be considered his most popular song, ‘A Drop In The Ocean’ which was featured in television shows such as 90210 and The Vampire Diaries.

Seriously, if you appreciate good music, you should check this guy out. You won’t regret it.

I have been a fan of Ron Pope’s now for about 5 years or so. I would tweet him every now and then on twitter asking him if he could come to Ireland for a gig…

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First off, it is so nice that he actually replies to tweets, very nice guy.

Secondly, Ron Pope actually came to Ireland for a gig (I think it was sometime last year) which is a pretty big deal for a relatively unknown American artist (seriously even the likes of Demi Lovato hasn’t done a concert in Ireland yet, just to put things into perspective!) and guess what? I couldn’t go! I was devastated but alas I will see him perform someday.

 

So here are some of my favourite songs by Ron Pope that I highly recommend you check out:

  • Tightrope
  • I Believe
  • Wherever You Go
  • You’re The Reason I Come Home
  • Fireflies
  • I’m Yours

I really could go on but I shan’t.

If you do check him out, please let me know what songs you like!

– Bee

 

Ron Pope’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonPopeMusic

 

Music Moments: Gabrielle Aplin

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My iPod recently got wiped. All my music, videos, audiobooks, everything gone. So I was purchasing new music when I was updating it, including music from the beautiful Gabrielle Aplin and thought it was a good opportunity to write a blog post about her.

Gabrielle Aplin is new to the music scene and as far as I am aware, is relatively unknown. She is a 20 year-old singer/songwriter from Wiltshire (South West England).

Gabrielle caught the attention of many viewers (including myself) when she began posting videos to her youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/Gaberrz) in 2008 of covers such as Paramore’s ‘That’s What You Get’, The Killer’s ‘Mr. Brightside’, Kings Of Leon’s ‘Use Somebody’, etc.

Gabrielle’s youtube channel now has just under 90,000 subscribers, and almost 18 million video views!

From 2008-2012, Gabrielle released three EP’s which were well received with her audience and in February 2012, she announced she was signed on to Parlaphone and was recording her debut album.

Also in 2012, it was announced that Gabrielle would cover Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s classic hit ‘The Power Of Love’ for the annual John Lewis Christmas advert. If you are unaware as to what John Lewis is, it’s an English retailers, and to land the spot of doing the music for their Christmas advert is a pretty big deal for an up and coming artist.

I am in love with this girl’s voice! It’s so refreshing to see a young girl hit the music scene who is not scantily dressed in next to nothing, flaunting her sexuality. Instead Gabrielle Aplin displays her true talent of singing and songwriting. Mark my words, this girl is going places.

Her debut album ‘English Rain’ is coming out May 13th (day before my birthday…I know what I’m buying myself!) and I cannot wait to listen to all the songs. There is actually a 90 second preview of all songs from the album on Gabrielle’s website which I will link below.

I will leave you now with Gabrielle’s next single, entitled ‘Panic Cord’. (I also recommend you check out ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’, ‘Home’, and ‘Salvation’. All such beautiful songs, all written by the lovely Miss Gabrielle Aplin herself).

Seriously, check this girl out, you won’t regret it!

 

– Bee

Gabrielle’s youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/Gaberrz

Gabrielle’s twitter: https://twitter.com/GabrielleAplin

Gabrielle’s website: http://www.gabrielleaplin.co.uk/

13 Songs That Didn’t Make The Cut (Disney Animated Classics)

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There are several songs that didn’t make the cut across all 52 of Disney’s Animated Classics. If you look them up I am sure you will come across many you like and some you may dislike. Here is a list of 13 songs thats didn’t make the cut;

1. As Long As There’s A Moon – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

As explained in the clip above, the reason this song got cut from the final film is because it draws too much attention away from Quasimodo (after all, the film is called The Hunchback of Notre Dame, not Esmerelda and Phoebus’ love story!).

This song revolves around the marriage of Esmerelda and Phoebus. It is a good song, but in my opinion, does not match up to the quality of the rest of the songs in this film.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is probably my favourite soundtrack of all the Disney Animated Classics and I just don’t think this song would fit in. Also, as mentioned in the video above, there just really isn’t a need for it in the film. It doesn’t add much to the overall story.

2. Be Prepared (Reprise) – The Lion King (1994)

This is an interesting song. One in which I am very disappointed got cut from the final film.

As shown in the clip above, this reprise to ‘Be Prepared’ shows Scar’s reign over the pride lands. Scar decides he needs a Queen to help him rule, and in true villain fashion, he chooses the first lioness he lays his eyes on, Nala. Nala thankfully rejects him, and Scar banishes her and reveals that the hyenas will keep the other lionesses in line.

This essentially explains their hostility for the remainder of the film, which I feel is important seeing as they do not yet know that Scar is the one who killed Mufasa (although one of the hyenas almost blows his cover in this song also!).

This is a great song, I really wish it was in the final film.

3. Dancing To The Wedding Drum – Pocahontas (1995)

This is an interesting one also. The song is okay, but what I found interesting is the early portrayal of the character of Kocoum (whom Pocahontas is set to marry).

Before the song starts, Pocahontas is going to speak to her father about her doubts as to whether she can marry Kocoum. On her way to see her father, the cast breaks into song about the upcoming wedding, and Pocahontas meets Kocoum, who is portrayed as a very happy, friendly character.

I am happy they changed Kocoum’s personality from this to a very serious and sombre man. It gives Pocahontas more validation into her doubts about marrying Kocoum, and also makes us as an audience root for her relationship with John Smith that much more.

4. Humiliate The Boy – Aladdin (1992)

I’m so sad that this didn’t make the final cut. Jafar really should have had his own villain song. Not only that but this song is actually really good.

Jafar is determined to belittle and humiliate Aladdin in front of Jasmine, the Sultan, and his mother. Yes, in the early production of Aladdin many more characters were in this film, including his mother. (Unfortunately she later got cut from the film).

Perhaps the reason this song could not be used in the final film is because initially the Genie could grant an unlimited amount of wishes, however in the final film, he could only grant three.

This song clearly demonstrates Jafar asking for several wishes so he can destroy Aladdin. Regardless, I love this song and wish it was in the film.

5. I Can’t Believe My Heart – Hercules (1997)

This song is a solo song for the character of Megara. If you listen to the song you will more than likely hold the same opinion as everyone else who listens; the song not only sounds similar, but basically has the exact same meaning as Megara’s solo song (that can be heard in the final cut of the film) ‘I Won’t Say I’m In Love’.

In this song she is explaining how she hasn’t had luck with men in the past, and then in comes Hercules who she is afraid to admit, is falling in love with.

Although it’s a good song, there really is no need for it in the film.

6. I’m Odd – Alice In Wonderland (1951)

I only have one question…WHY DISNEY WHY?! Why was this song cut from the movie?

I love this song, I think it’s fantastic. The Cheshire Cat is one of the most iconic characters to have been portrayed in this film and why he did not get his own song is beyond me.

One thing I will say though is, if you close your eyes and just listen to this song, doesn’t it sound like Winnie The Pooh is singing to you? This is because the voice actor who portrayed the Cheshire Cat, Sterling Holloway, was the original voice of Winnie The Pooh before Hal Smith and Jim Cummings took over.

This song gets right down to the point, the Cheshire Cat is odd, Wonderland is odd, heck even this film is odd. It would have been a fantastic addition to the film but alas it got cut.

7. Keep ‘Em Guessing – Mulan (1998)

This song, as stated by the director, was supposed to be an introduction to the character of Mushu.

The production team however felt that Eddie Murphy had enough charisma to pull of introducing Mushu in a couple of lines, as oppose to a 1-2 minute song in the final cut of the film.

While I agree that this song may be unneccessary for introducing the character of Mushu, when listening to it you also get a feel of Mulan’s doubt as to whether she can pull of being a man, which I feel is an important aspect of Mulan’s character.

Regardless, the song was cut, but at least we get to hear what could have been.

8. One Dance – The Little Mermaid (1989)

Many say this song is too similar to ‘Part Of Your World’, however I think (depending on where in the film this song would have been used) could have worked.

I really liked this song and it was interesting to listen to. It has the same principle as ‘Part Of Your World’ in that Ariel wants to dance with Prince Eric and essentially be part of his world, but the song itself is quite different.

9. Proud Of Your Boy – Aladdin (1992)

Not only am I a huge Disney fanatic, I am also a big fan of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, etc.

As some of you may or may not know, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman were working on the score for Aladdin (having previously worked on Beauty and the Beast together). Howard Ashman wrote this song, ‘Proud Of Your Boy’ and was very proud of his song (why wouldn’t you be?!).

Unfortunately though, with changes to the story, the character of Aladdin’s mother got cut. At the same time Howard Ashman passed away after succumbing to his illness.

Alan Menken fought hard to adjust the song so they could keep it in the film and honour Howard Ashman however it unfortunately didn’t work and had to be cut.

I love this song and am sad that it didn’t make the movie but at least we get to listen to it now.

10. Snuff Out The Light – The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

Disney cut an Eartha Kitt song? Yes. Yes they did.

With the changes made to the storyline regarding Eartha Kitt’s character, the song no longer made sense and was therefore cut.

11. The Middle Of The River – Pocahontas (1995)

This song was intended as a duet between Pocahontas and John Smith. However the song very closely resembles ‘If I Never Knew You’ and therefore was cut.

12. To Be King – The Lion King (1994)

Oh dear. I’m sorry to say that I am actually glad this song did not make the film.

Nothing against the song, it’s not bad really but I think it would have completely taken away from the character of Mufasa. This is one song best left on the cutting room floor. Still interesting to watch though.

13. Why Me – Aladdin (1992)

Again, why didn’t Jafar get a villain song?!

I love this, not only is the song really catchy, but it’s full of self-pity and lust for power.

I really wish this song made the movie. Jafar needs his villain song!

This song was replaced with ‘Prince Ali (Reprise)’.

– Bee