July 2011

Song of the Day: “Love Story”

Today’s song comes from a wildly popular young woman who will be playing in Denver this September. Taylor Swift’s name is a perfect description of how quickly she topped the charts and won over both people in the country world as well as those who love rock with her easy smile, sweet demeanor, and songs that, while county-fried (and not in a Southern fried, Charlie Daniels way), still spoke to the masses as being real and catchy. Even those who aren’t big fans of the country scene (like yours truly) have been charmed by Ms. Swift.

Take today’s song, “Love Story,” for example. It equates a forbidden, youthful tryst to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; who hasn’t done that sometime in their own life with their own situation? The way she sings it—belting out powerful lines when appropriate, coupled with hushed tones with a simple guitar rhythm—is one thing, but the simple lyrics, even if they are a bit cutesy, charms us, too:

I see the lights; see the party, the ball gowns.
I see you make your way through the crowd-
You say hello, little did I know...

That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles-
And my daddy said "stay away from Juliet"-
And I was crying on the staircase-
begging you, "Please don't go..."
And I said...

Romeo take me somewhere, we can be alone.
I'll be waiting; all there's left to do is run.
You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess,
It's a love story, baby, just say yes

It’s charming enough to be something that both me and my sisters, both in their 20's, enjoy alongside my daughter’s best friend, who is six.

Swift will be performing at the Pepsi Center in Denver on September 27. Tickets are available at TicketHorse and cost between $25 and $70. You can also buy Swift’s music at iTunes or visit her on Facebook.

Here’s a little love story to get your day started:

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Song of the Day: “Ireland’s Call”

When you think of Denver, you probably don’t think about orange, green, and white flags or shamrocks. But the Irish band, Celtic Thunder, will be in Denver on Saturday, October 22, and they will be performing their trademark modern Celtic hits, such as the song “Ireland’s Call.”

The song, like much of their music, has some traditional instrumentals with classic waxing on Ireland’s beauty, yet a modern, clearer sound than you might expect. Here are a few lyrics from the ballad:

Ireland
Ireland

Side by side
We stand like brothers
One for all and all together
We will stay united through darker days
And we'll be unbeatable forever

Ireland, Ireland
Together standing tall
Shoulder to shoulder
We'll answer Ireland's call!

Come the day and come the hour
Some will live in song and story
We were born to follow our guiding star
And to meet our destiny with glory

The look of the band is also, of course, quite modern yet elegant—and not too hard on the eyes, either! You can see the cute quintet at the Paramount Theater for as little as $40.50 to $71 at TicketHorse. Don’t forget that you’ll be able to see Damian McGinty, the sparkly-eyed Glee Project candidate, who is also a member of the group. Can’t make the show? Get your Celtic Thunder fix from iTunes.

You can visit Celtic Thunder at their Facebook page or their website.

You can also watch them perform “Ireland’s Call” below:

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Song of the Day: "She Don't Use Jelly"

Today’s fabulous artist is the Flaming Lips. Also known as a dream pop or neo-psychedlia band, their music is very experimental and transcendental—what groovy play-in-your-van music might have been had it been made today rather than forty or fifty years ago. This group was one of the first that came across my alternative radar in the early nineties with their breakthrough hit, “She Don’t Use Jelly.” Remember that song—it was semi-whiny, but with a perfect guitar twang? It was so much fun to sing then—and it still is today. Here are a few lyrics to refresh your memory:

I know a girl who thinks of ghosts
She'll make ya breakfast
She'll make ya toast
She don't use butter
She don't use cheese
She don't use jelly
Or any of these
She uses Vaseline

I know a guy who goes to shows
When he's at home and he blows his nose
He don't use tissues or his sleeve
He don't use napkins or any of these
He uses magazines

The Flaming Lips are playing at the Red Rock Amphitheater in Colorado next Wednesday, August 3. You can buy tickets at StubHub. They range from $110 to $399. If you won’t be able to attend but you’d still like to keep up with the band (and maybe see a future show), you can visit their blog. You can also buy their music on iTunes, or check them out the new free Spotify program that’s sweeping across the country. They’re also on Facebook.

And without further ado, here is that song about the girl who uses tangerines, Vaseline, and… well, you know what else:

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Featured Artist and Song of the Day: Dylan LeBlanc, "Emma Hartley"

Denver-Music.com now has a series called "Featured Artist and Song of the Day."  Some of the songs you may have heard, others you may have not.  This series will try to help you, the music fan, in finding some new artists, or give you a chance to listen to a song you've hopefully already grown to love.  It will also bring an opportunity to buy some CD's, and give the information you'll need to see some of the featured artist's shows when they come around your area.

Featured Artist and Song of the Day: Jakob Dylan, "Something Good This Way Comes"

Denver-Music.com now has a series called "Featured Artist and Song of the Day."  Some of the songs you may have heard, others you may have not.  This series will try to help you, the music fan, in finding some new artists, or give you a chance to listen to a song you've hopefully already grown to love.  It will also bring an opportunity to buy some CD's, and give the information you'll need to see some of the featured artist's shows when they come around your area.

Featured Artist and Song of the Day: A.A. Bondy, "Black Rain, Black Rain"

Denver-Music.com now has a series called "Featured Artist and Song of the Day."  Some of the songs you may have heard, others you may have not.  This series will try to help you, the music fan, in finding some new artists, or give you a chance to listen to a song you've hopefully already grown to love.  It will also bring an opportunity to buy some CD's, and give the information you'll need to see some of the featured artist's shows when they come around your area.

Featured Artist and Song of the Day: The Format, "On Your Porch"

Denver-Music.com now has a series called "Featured Artist and Song of the Day."  Some of the songs you may have heard, others you may have not.  This series will try to help you, the music fan, in finding some new artists, or give you a chance to listen to a song you've hopefully already grown to love.  It will also bring an opportunity to buy some CD's, and give the information you'll need to see some of the featured artist's shows when they come around your area.

Featured Artist and Song of the Day: Joe Purdy (with the eTown Band), "Pioneer"

Denver-Music.com now has a series called "Featured Artist and Song of the Day."  Some of the songs you may have heard, others you may have not.  This series will try to help you, the music fan, in finding some new artists, or give you a chance to listen to a song you've hopefully already grown to love.  It will also bring an opportunity to buy some CD's, and give the information you'll need to see some of the featured artist's shows when they come around your area.

Featured Artist and Song of the Day: The Pines, "Skipper and His Wife"

Denver-Music.com now has a series called "Featured Artist and Song of the Day."  Some of the songs you may have heard, others you may have not.  This series will try to help you, the music fan, in finding some new artists, or give you a chance to listen to a song you've hopefully already grown to love.  It will also bring an opportunity to buy some CD's, and give the information you'll need to see some of the featured artist's shows when they come around your area.

Featured Artist and Song of the Day: Meg Hutchinson, "Hard To Change"

Denver-Music.com now has a series called "Featured Artist and Song of the Day."  Some of the songs you may have heard, others you may have not.  This series will try to help you, the music fan, in finding some new artists, or give you a chance to listen to a song you've hopefully already grown to love.  It will also bring an opportunity to buy some CD's, and give the information you'll need to see some of the featured artist's shows when they come around your area.

Featured Artist and Song of the Day: Ari Hest, "Dead End Driving"

Denver-Music.com now has a series called "Featured Artist and Song of the Day."  Some of the songs you may have heard, others you may have not.  This series will try to help you, the music fan, in finding some new artists, or give you a chance to listen to a song you've hopefully already grown to love.  It will also bring an opportunity to buy some CD's, and give the information you'll need to see some of the featured artist's shows when they come around your area.

Featured Artist and Song of the Day: Gregory Alan Isakov, "If I Go, I'm Goin'"

Denver-Music.com now has a series called "Featured Artist and Song of the Day."  Some of the songs you may have heard, others you may have not.  This series will try to help you, the music fan, in finding some new artists, or give you a chance to listen to a song you've hopefully already grown to love.  It will also bring an opportunity to buy some CD's, and give the information you'll need to see some of the featured artist's shows when they come around your area.

Featured Artist and Song of the Day: J Wagner, "Old Missouri"

Denver-Music.com now has a series called "Featured Artist and Song of the Day."  Some of the songs you may have heard, others you may have not.  This series will try to help you, the music fan, in finding some new artists, or give you a chance to listen to a song you've hopefully already grown to love.  It will also bring an opportunity to buy some CD's, and give the information you'll need to see some of the featured artist's shows when they come around your area.

Featured Artist and Song of the Day: Blind Pilot, "Two Towns From Me"

Denver-Music.com now has a series called "Featured Artist and Song of the Day."  Some of the songs you may have heard, others you may have not.  This series will try to help you, the music fan, in finding some new artists, or give you a chance to listen to a song you've hopefully already grown to love.  It will also bring an opportunity to buy some CD's, and give the information you'll need to see some of the featured artist's shows when they come around your area.

Featured Artist and Song of the Day: Josh Ritter, "Change of Time"

Denver-Music.com now has a series called "Featured Artist and Song of the Day."  Some of the songs you may have heard, others you may have not.  This series will try to help you, the music fan, in finding some new artists, or give you a chance to listen to a song you've hopefully already grown to love.  It will also bring an opportunity to buy some CD's, and give the information you'll need to see some of the featured artist's shows when they come around your area.

Featured Artist and Song of the Day: Listener, "Wooden Heart"

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Featured Artist and Song of the Day: Nathaniel Rateliff, "Shroud"

Denver-Music.com now has a series called "Featured Artist and Song of the Day."  Some of the songs you may have heard, others you may have not.  This series will try to help you, the music fan, in finding some new artists, or give you a chance to listen to a song you've hopefully already grown to love.  It will also bring an opportunity to buy some CD's, and give the information you'll need to see some of the featured artist's shows when they come around your area.

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