Started listening to compositions by Burt Bacharach recently. Very impressed overall. One of my favourites thus far has to be the song “What the World Needs Now is Love”, composed by Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David, and first recorded by Jackie DeShannon. Here’s the video, and wikipedia entry. Beautiful stuff.
January 16, 2011
November 13, 2010
As before, the album is contemporary instrumental piano. The music is simply beautiful. Both relaxing and deeply contemplative. Ade’s in no rush to finish a song, the timing is just right. The notes feel a lot more harmonious, diverse, confident. My favourites include “Jakarta at Night 3“, “Go on 2“, “I Saw Happiness“, and “Moving Ashburton“. “Jakarta at Night 3” – well if you have spent a night in Jakarta – the faintly cool night breeze in a city named after a prince, you’ll get the connection. Tracks average 6-8 minutes in length. One contrast (in both feel, and length) is “Unity in Diversity“, a short (1:35!), light piece.
Highly recommended, awe-some. 10/10 stars. Still DRM-free (yay!).
December 15, 2009
A few renditions by Krall (live videos):
So Nice – playful.
Walk On By – favourite.
Look of Love – jazzzzyyy.
Cry Me a River – I first heard this song (not sure who sang it though) in the movie “V for Vendetta”, sad but hey, with songs you gotta learn to detach it of associations, and enjoy it for what it is, a great song :-).
December 5, 2009
Some beautiful unplugged (acoustic) versions of Bon Jovi – definitely not as jump-and-head-banging-rock as the regular versions (then again, I don’t think Bon Jovi counts as head-banging-rock, just jumping :P) – but beautiful chill out music. Videos:
August 22, 2009
I’ve heard various versions of this song (well, okay, maybe more like 2), but this version is a nice listen – the acoustic touch on live stage is awesome. Youtube video, enjoy. Apparently it’s live in Seattle, 2003.
May 3, 2009
Disclaimer: I know Ade personally. Though I can’t handle crappy/mediocre music, from friends or foes!
“Visions” is Ade’s first solo album. Ade’s an independent musician based in Melbourne, Australia. The album is a collection of 9 beautifully composed piano pieces. My personal favourites are “Birth of Love”, “Sky” especially the second half of the composition, and “Rain 1”. The pieces are pleasant, relaxing, ambient but non-intrusive, and at times very inspiring (for one thing it digs out my wish to learn a musical instrument every now and then!). On average, each piece runs for about 7 minutes, and it is easy to sense the effort and love that has gone into the album’s creation. Note that although this is his first solo, Ade is by no means new to the music scene, having been involved in various events previously.
I highly recommend “Visions” if you like instrumental music. You can find out more about Ade and “Visions” at Ade’s website. In the spirit of fair use, trust, and freedom of platform choice (yay!) – Ade’s made sure the music is DRM-free.
Finally, only peripheral to this – but nevertheless quite interesting to geekoids and musicians alike – is that Ade’s Computer Science PhD is on Music Information Retrieval – so yeah, he likes his music :-).
April 25, 2009
Chill out song – very girly – but still decent enough :P. Captain and Tennille, Do that to me one more time.
March 15, 2009
Here’s the video – it’s just some background images for the piece really, not a “real” video. Definitely makes it to my all-time favourite list. Here’s more info on the piece itself. You might also like the more opera-friendly version sung by the 3 tenors. For completeness, I like Andrea Bocelli’s version too.
Beautiful stuff. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
— Kamal, bumming and unemployed at 1.55am :-).
December 28, 2008
It’s hard to see how I forgot this one till I was reminded by my friend a couple of weeks ago. I spent many-an-evenings in the lab listening to this prior to going home back when I was at uni in Jakarta! Very uplifting song, definitely one of my all-time favourite, and very personal too. Anyway, as usual, video and wonderful lyrics! Be carried away!
PS. Actually most things Enya make it to my all-time favourites list easily, but this one tops it :-).