RIP Amer Mounib: 5 Years Since His Passing

November 26th, 2011, Egyptian singer and actor Amer Mounib passed away following his battle with colon cancer. I felt like a part of me died that day. I spent days listening to his music and posting links to his videos on Facebook.

Every 26th of the month I listened to his music to honour him as the talented artist he was.  I honoured him every year on this date too. He had acted in four films: Sehr Al-Oyoun (Charming Eyes), Kimo wa Antimo (Kimo and his friend), Al-Ghawas (The Diver), and Kamel Al-Awsaf (Perfect Features). His songs were usually romantic or about heartbreak. It was fun to see him act and sing.

The first song I heard was Ya Malak (My Angel) in the movie Sehr Al-Oyoun (Charming Eyes) and I fell in love with his music instantly. That was ten years ago. Wow! Time flies. I kept discovering many of his songs on various sites as well as his website, before I made use of Youtube, lol.  The last album he ever made was Hazy Men Al-Sama (My luck coming from the sky).

My favourite songs are Ya Malak, Leil w Nahar, Shouq wa Haneen, Moshtaalak Ainy, Kol Thany Maak, Ayam wa Layaly, Wayak, Nefsy A’Aolak, and much more!

Although he’s no longer with us, his music and films live on. I love his music, and I hope you will too.  May he rest in peace.

 

 

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First Album Fridays: Jonny Zywiciel’s Album “Onward & Upward” Incredible Music!

It’s finally here! Jonny Zywiciel’s debut album Onwards & Upwards is available. I was looking to hearing this album. It’s epic! Beautiful melodies, smooth music, and a voice that is versatile. Love this album!

There are 8 incredible songs on this album. This album is pop with a twist of various other genres such as jazz & funk. There are three other songs I haven’t heard until this album: Take You Out, Wait and Boomerang. I really enjoyed discovering these songs for the first time. His voice is so smooth and in tune with the music. I love the rhythm. His voice is also reassuring ,especially when he sings the song Time to Heal.  There is poetry in his lyrics that seems to stand out among artists of today.

Some versions of songs like Magnets, Everything, Time to Heal and Faith are different from the singles release in the last 2 years. The first releases and the new ones are equally amazing.

      Magnets and Everything have a faster tempo to the beat in comparison to when they were released as singles in 2014. The meaning of this songs is still the same. In the first versions of those two songs, you really hear the guitar in the background.  
    The song Faith in the album has a more jazz twist that differs from the version released as a single. The first version had a pop beat to it.  

    The song Melodies and Memories in the album is slightly different from the single in terms of the beat. The music is more present. This version, the song is longer, giving listeners time to appreciate the song even more.

Time to Heal in the album is the same as the version, which was released over the summer. It’s the most significant song because it covers the issue of addiction in a respectful way.

The song Time to Heal is a song that talks about those struggling with addiction in a delicate manner. A subject matter that needs to be discussed in order to raise awareness. It was admirable when I heard that proceeds in buying the song on iTunes was going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. This is a way to erase the stigma of discussing the topic of addiction.  

 His other songs have a more romantic feel to them, with a twist.  He talks about the joy and of being in love, but he also describes the confusion and fear that one feels in this regard. Take You Out is a song where the guy is not afraid to express how he feels. He sounds assertive without being overbearing. Boomerang is jazzy and smooth. I love how soft his voice is. His voice has a nice variety of tempos that gives the song an interesting depth. The music towards the end of the songs reminds of music from the Bee Gees and Wham.

This is a fantastic start to his career. Although he has only eight songs on the album, they are well chosen. Onward & Upward is definitely an example of “quality over quantity”

My favourite songs of this album are: Magnets, Faith, Time to Heal, and Boomerang.

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Michal Bublé “Nobody but Me”

Country: Canada
Genre(s):Traditional pop easy listening jazz pop rock vocal jazz cabaret show tunes swing big band blue-eyed soul
Experience: 1996-present

Michael Bublé’s latest album is fantastic! With recent news about Michael Bublé’s son being diagnosed with cancer, I’d like to dedicate this review to him and his family.

Nobody But Me is an upbeat album with music that sounds like Pop music from the 50’s and 60’s. Vocal jazz music is also very present in this album.  One song however, is more contemporary pop which is entitle Someday featuring Meghan Trainor. It’s a song full of cheer and romance. Their voices compliment each very well.

  The most impressive song of this album is On an Evening in Rome, a remake of a  song performed by the late Dean Martin where he sings in Italian. It reminds of the music of the romantic city of Rome, especially in the movies from 60’s . There are also other songs that also remind of Dean Martin: The Very Thought of You, I Wanna be Around, and My Baby Just Cares for Me and God Only Knows. The reminds of songs performed by Dean Martin such as That’s Amore, You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves, and  How Do You Speak to an Angel?. He combines pop with vocal jazz very nicely.  The songs that have the best beat for dancing are My Kind of Girl and Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow. Michael Buble is fantastic  in this album. The beat of the trombone and tuba is incredible and feels as though I were in a jazz festival.

Bublé’s voice is incredible, smooth and distinct from other artists.Listening to him brings joy to  my ears. Great consistency in his singing. He always knows how to carry a tune, as well as switch from one music genre to another throughout the album. He alternates between swing, smooth, and pop very smoothly.

Favourite songs are Nobody But Me, The Very Thought of You, My Kind of Girl, Someday (featuring Meghan Trainor) and On an Evening in Rome