Single Saturdays: Dua Lipa – Swan Song

British Pop singer Dua Lipa has released a new single for the movie Alita Battle Angel, entitled Swan Song. The tune tells the story of a young girl who’s learning about herself while fighting for justice. It compliments the film well because the protagonist is someone who can’t remember who she is and has to prepare for battle against machines.

The music is primarily pop but has some touches of a beat that sounds like techno. At the beginning of the song, the music sounds like a score from a film. There’s a special effect in the rhythm of the tune, which creates a sense of suspense. The sound reminds me of the music dancers of contemporary dance use.

Dua Lipa’s voice is soft, and then it goes higher when she sings the pre-chorus and chorus. Her voice reminds me of Rihanna. There’s depth to Dua Lipa’s sound that is unique.

The lyrics of Swan Song have symbolism in them. Sources say that the words represent how not to give up in a time of adversity. Despite the sense of fear, there’s a glimmer of hope. In the chorus, it says “This is not a Swan Song”, which means that there’s a long way to go in the battle of life or this case against the machines (referring to the movie’s story), also according to Sources. In other words, it’s time to take action and not stay indifferent to the challenges the world may face.

Swan Song is now available everywhere. It’s a song of empowerment that I recommend. Enjoy!

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Soundtrack Saturdays: Race Time Movie

The movie Race Time is out in theatres, and the soundtrack is now available. The movie is about Frankie-Four-Eyes and his friends that compete against newcomer Zac. The songs focus on the themes of friendship and hope.

The music of this soundtrack is similar to one for the original version in French, just as fantastic. This record is upbeat overall, and it sounds incredible. There’s even an 80s feel to it, especially with Cindy Lauper’s song Together. It’s a mix of different genres including pop, rock, and country,

The artists’ voices are amazing. Cyndi Lauper, Robby Johnson, Lara Fabian, Simple Plan, and more perform spectacularly in this record. Their musical styles in this soundtrack blend together nicely.

There are some that are both the French and English Versions of the movie soundtrack: Bigger by Simple Plan, What If by Lara Fabian and Beautiful Day by The Cool Kids.

My favourite songs are Better Day by Robby Johnson, Bigger by Simple Plan, Together by Cyndi Lauper, and Beautiful Day by the Cool Kids.

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Single Saturdays: Robby Johnson – Better Day

Robby Johnson has a new single entitled Better Day. It’s from the soundtrack for the movie Race Time (the English title for La Course Des Tuques). It’s a cover of Alex Nevsky’s single Pour Commencer (To Start). It’s about making the best of every day.

The music has a catchy beat that is cheerful and upbeat with a fantastic rhythm. The two genres of music are Pop and Country. Fred St-Gelais and Nelson Minville composed the tune. The composition is marvellous and intricate. It makes one want to get up and dance.
Robby Johnson’s voice has an incredible tempo to it and follows the beat of the song. He sings in tune with the music. His sound is impressive as always.

The lyrics are well-written and structured, similar to Alex Nevsky’s song Pour Commencer. Fred St-Gelais and Nelson Minville wrote the original version. However, unconfirmed if they also wrote the song Robby Johnson’s release. There are two poetic styles of compositions: ABBA and AABB. The words to Better Day are inspirational and hopeful. There’s a sense of optimism in this song. The crown represents attaining a goal or reaching one’s potential in life with determination and perseverance.

Better Day is available now. The soundtrack for Race Time will be released January 25, 2019.

Soundtrack Saturdays: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms came out this year is a cinematic version of the classic ballet The Nutcracker. The music for the soundtrack is just as incredible as the Tchaikovsky’s original ballet. There are two songs to this soundtrack that give it a nice touch: The Nutcracker Suite by Lang Land, and Fall on Me (English version) by Andrea Bocelli and Matteo Bocelli.

Soundtrack Saturdays: La Course Des Tuques

La Course Des Tuques is a Québecois movie that came out in theatres this year. The soundtrack for the film is incredible! With the Holiday break upon us, this is an album I recommend, especially those who have seen the movie. The primary musical style of the soundtrack is pop. There are other genres as well, such as R&B and Opera.

The artists’ voices have different styles, which makes for an interesting variety. All the singers, including Alex Nevsky, Lara Fabian, Ludovic Bourgeois give amazing performances in this album. The soundtrack includes a remake of U2’s single Beautiful Day, by the group Cool Kids. Etienne Cousineau has an opera-style voice that gives the album a lovely touch. Corneille sings beautifully with Joshua Moreno with the tune Je serai là (I will be there).

This is an impressive soundtrack. It’s available now. Enjoy!

 

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Single Saturdays: Ben Adams & Joanne Clifton – Damn It, Janet

The song Damn It, Janet is a song from the classic musical Rocky Horror Show. Ben Adams & Joanne Clifton perform the latest version. The story is about a couple who realizes they’re in love and is surprised by it.

The music has a vintage vibe- it even reminds of the 1950s. The song starts slow then increases in tempo. The tune is catchy and makes one want to get up and dance.

Ben Adams & Joanne Clifton sing beautifully together. Their voices compliment each other. Each singer performs their parts of the song, without one overpowering the other.

Bohemian Rhapsody- Movie & Music

This weekend I went to see the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. I loved it!! Rami Malek gave an incredible performance portraying the late Freddie Mercury. At times, he looked like him; it was spooky (In a good way of course). I felt tempted at times to sing the songs out loud, but I refrained myself.

I particularly enjoyed learning the history of the songs and how Queen came to be the biggest Rock band in music history. There was a clip where Freddie Mercury was playing the piano when he was on the floor with his girlfriend, Mary (Lucy Boynton). When I heard him play the piano, I could recognize what would eventually the music of Bohemian Rhapsody. Another clip I enjoyed was when Brian May (Gwilym Lee) showed Freddie Mercury his idea for their next song by clapping their hands and stomping their feet to have the audience involved in the tune. That song would be the famous and timeless hit We Will Rock You. My favourite segment of the movie is when Queen recording Bohemian Rhapsody in their private studio. Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) does many takes of the famous “Galileo” bit, at the request of Freddie Mercury. While they finish recording Bohemian Rhapsody, you hear an excerpt of the song. The Live Aid performance of Queen in the movie was incredible. I heard excerpts of their best hits.

Regarding the music, there are excerpts of the Queen’s classic hits throughout the film. We don’t hear the songs in their entirety, but it doesn’t take away the quality of the movie. I enjoyed this movie. The actors, especially Rami Malek, were incredible.

The movie is playing in theatres. Enjoy!

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again- Incredible Movie & Music

Saturday, July 28, 2018, I went to see the movie Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. I liked it very much. Having heard the soundtrack before watching the movie, I enjoyed the songs even more. The choreography and the tunes performed in the film made it visually pleasing. However, there was only one song that I didn’t hear in the movie, which was The Day Before You Came performed by Meryl Streep. That didn’t affect the film in any way.

The songs complement the movie and advance the story in a smooth rhythm. The order of the tunes in the film is the same as on the soundtrack. It was one thing to hear Cher singing. It was another to see her make her first appearance in the movie. She makes a spectacular entrance. I can’t imagine otherwise. Her voice is powerful and unforgettable. I loved her performance of Fernando with Andy Garcia. The colourful fireworks in the background worked with the song perfectly. Another musical performance I enjoyed was Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper’s version of One of Us, especially how the way they edited that segment. My favourite performance was Lily James and castmates’ version of When I Kissed the
Teacher. It was funny. I was excited when I saw one of the members of the original Abba group Björn Ulvaeus.

In some scenes, I heard the music of some of the other classic Abba hits such as Chiquitita, S.O.S, Mamma Mia, etc. The music was in the background, but impossible to miss.

It was an incredible movie!! I felt like getting up and dance the music is that good.

Watch the movie, when you have a chance. Beautiful story and fantastic music. Enjoy!