It’s saturday afternoon and you are probably getting by from a hard friday night. Let me help you.
Eric Bibb is one of those persons who is breathing music. Growing up as part of a very musical family, you can see this guy had to be a musician. Playing mellow blues songs on his acoustic guitar, only accompanied by a bass guitar, he is singing songs that will catch you from the very first second and will not let you loose. As an 11-year-old he got an important advice from the great Bob Dylan: ‘Keep it simple, forget all that fancy stuff’. And that is what makes it so magical. The guitar skill is evident, but Bibb just plays the things that help the song. That is what makes this song so honest.
Shingle by Shingle
Time for a relaxing time off, time for something else than the house and techno of the last posts. It is time for Michael Kiwanuka, a young british guy playing beautiful songs. The songs sound like classic soul songs (think Otis Redding, Temptations etc.) played by a guy with nothing more than his guitar. The BBC called him the biggest upcoming talent for 2012 and I think they are absolutely right. His songs take you to those beautiful summer days, relaxing in a park.
And keep in mind, this guy doesn’t have an album out. He released three EP’s until today, of which I know I’m Getting Ready the best. It contains three beautiful songs, like I’m Getting Ready and Any Day Will Do Fine. He is about to release his full album on march the 26th, it is called Home Again and you just have to check it out. At least I will.
And now… back to studying. Let’s take a moment to relax with Simon & Garfunkel. Listening to the nice acoustic guitar and the vocals.
Quentin Tarantino has a great music taste. Whichever of his movies you will watch, the soundtrack is always great. From the movie Reservoir Dogs, this song was one of the two that stood out. The other one was Little Green Bag by the George Baker Selection (it will probably get its own post in the near future). One of the reasons why Stuck In The Middle With You stood out, was definitely the scene in which it was played. If you have never seen Reservoir Dogs (you definitely should), let me tell you this (sort of spoiler alert!): Stealers Wheel, Michael Madsen, cop, razor, ear – Recipe for a lasting scene.
But the song is also great itself. Within twenty seconds the song is already at full groove mode. It starts with a guitar. Next, the bassline comes in. Clapping starts. Vocals. Yes sir. Nice vocals. Vocals that stay in your head. The result is a nice groovy song. For me personally, the guitar and the bass make this song so great. But listen for yourself.