“Listen as your day unfolds Challenge what the future holds Try and keep your head up to the sky Lovers they may cause your tears Go ahead release your fears Stand up and be counted don’t be ‘shamed to cry You gotta be, you gotta be bad You gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together All I know, all I know love will save the day…”
Blast from the past. I’m feeling extremely nostalgic today.
My youtube crush. It’s been awhile since he’s uploaded a video and it seemed my growing infatuation with his voice was beginning to fade. Then he goes and uploads this video, and it all comes rushing back.
*sigh How can you NOT be in love with him?
Sidenote: I am not ashamed to admit that I listen to Justin Bieber’s music often, and sing along with my little brothers whenever his songs come on. Don’t judge me.
Some may only remember her from over a decade ago with her ‘Do You Know What It Takes’, ‘Show Me Love’ and ‘Do You Really Want Me’ fame…She disappeared from the music scene soon after that. The song above is actually off her most recent album that was released a year or two ago (can’t remember). This is actually originally a more up-beat pop song, but I tend to be more keen on slower, acoustic versions of most songs.
I used to spend a lot of time on youtube, in search of some amazing singers. Throughout the past few years I have found plenty, and these guys were among some of the first. I thought about them again today when I remembered that they were here yesterday for a show at The El Mocambo. I love this Goo Goo Dolls song, and I love Boyce Avenue’s interpretation of it. If you like this, check out some of their other covers on youtube.
If you’ve been following me for awhile now, you may remember me posting a link to Esthero’s blog when she first put up this song. It’s been 3 months since that time, and 5 days since her show here in Toronto, and I can’t help but keep kicking myself for missing it. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was unable to attend and from this moment forward I vow to NEVER miss another one of her shows again, no matter what.
My sister bought me tickets to see her 3 years ago @ The Mod Club for my birthday, and to this date it remains one of my top 5 shows (and I’ve been to A LOT of them). I went into it knowing only her latest album, and a couple songs of her previous. But I left the concert becoming a huge fan and idolizing her music, her lyrics, and her as a person, on a whole other level. With my fave artists these days I find that I am not as wholeheartedly amazed by their growth musically. However, with Esthero it seems to be the opposite; every record she puts out leaves me more and more impressed with her and her songwriting abilities; not to mention, her voice is extraordinary. There is certain rawness and vulnerability that she exudes, leaving me in constant awe and disbelief of her talent. She epitomizes everything I love so much about vulnerability and honesty. Just listen to those lyrics! This song still moves me just as much as it did the first time I heard it a few months ago, and very rarely does a song really do that to me. She is definitely one of the most underrated artists out there, and doesn’t get nearly enough of the acknowledgment or recognition she deserves.
This past year I’ve missed Mariah Carey, Robin Thicke and Alicia Keys’ shows (among many others), but nothing bothers me most than missing Esthero’s. I’m telling you, even if you don’t know her, just go to one of her shows or listen to her music, and your life will change. If her and Lauryn Hill ever did a show together, I would just about die…happily.
Here’s to hoping it doesn’t take her another 3 years to do another show.