TUNESDAY is a feature on my blog where I share some of the songs, music videos, and live performances I’ve been groovin’ to. This week, I have 10 songs to talk about…
Haley Reinhart – Show Me Your Moves
Show Me Your Moves / ‘Cause you ain’t nothin’ until ya do
Crowdfunded by her fans through Indiegogo, Haley Reinhart‘s unique and funky music video for her new single, “Show Me Your Moves” stars the singer as a Cosmic Queen sent to our planet to “enlighten, inspire, and challenge humans to tap into their inner passions”. This space jam is an artistic venture that celebrates the expressive power of music and dance. If you look closely, you’ll also see a special cameo from Haley’s fellow Idol, friend, and duet partner, Casey Abrams. “Show Me Your Moves” is available on iTunes.
Blue Swede – Hooked On A Feeling
I’m hooked on a feeling / I’m high on believing / That you’re in love with me
Hot off Haley’s heels is this track from Marvel’s latest blockbuster, the extraterrestrial action-adventure-comedy Guardians of the Galaxy. The catchy “Hooked On A Feeling” was featured in the trailer and is just one of the many songs on its 70s-inspired soundtrack, all of which have important tie-ins to the film’s storyline. I dare you to not walk away and start chanting “Ooga-Chaka” upon listening.
James Brown – I Feel Good
I feel good, I knew that I would now / So good, so good, I got you
Chadwick Boseman delivers a fine performance as the Godfather of Funk, James Brown, in the new biopic, Get On Up. With it’s energetic and feel-good vibe, Brown’s hit “I Feel Good” has always been a favourite of mine.
Harry James and His Orchestra – It’s Been A Long, Long Time
Kiss me once, then kiss me twice, then kiss me once again
I heard this song in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (during the scene in Steve Rogers’ apartment when he finds Nick Fury waiting for him) and later found it on the movie’s soundtrack. I adore the big-band sound and am enamoured with the feeling of returned romance in this particular song.
Sara Bareilles – Chandelier (Sia cover)
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink
Throw ’em back ’til I lose count
During her current Little Black Dress Tour, Sara Bareilles’ delivers a cover of Sia’s electropop single, “Chandelier”. The song follows the thought process of a party girl, who goes from swingin’ from a chandelier to her downward spiral and its subsequent aftermath. Sara’s stripped-down and soaring rendition brings out the melancholy nature of the words.
Gavin DeGraw – You Got Me (from Dolphin Tale 2)
Rest your head on my heart / And your pain on my shoulders
Make your way to my arms / ‘Cause you got me
Help me / So I can see the light
Recorded live in Charleston, “Help Me” is a groovy new song from bluesy singer/songwriter. The band and background vocals gives the performance even more rhythm and life. Embedding is disabled, so you can watch and listen on YouTube.
Janelle Arthur – What You Asked For
Don’t ask me to stay / When this is what you asked for
American Idol Season 12 finalist Janelle Arthur has released her first single, “What You Asked For”. This song about leaving a respect-less relationship highlights Janelle’s strong songwriting skills and classic country voice. Check out the acoustic performance above and download “What You Asked For” on iTunes.
David Archuleta & David Cook – Crush
Is it real or just another crush?
A David Squared (David Cook + David Archuleta) reunion! At Cook’s recent concert in Sandy, Utah, the American Idol Season 7 winner brought out a surprise guest in the form of the runner-up, Archuleta. The Utah-based singer sang his hit song, “Crush” while Cook and his band lent backing support (you can even hear the rock singer on harmonies). It’s really nice to see how their close friendship hasn’t faded since their Idol heydays.
Michael Johns – Day Breaks Sun
Peace on earth.
Michael Johns released this single on iTunes back in February. Inspired by George Harrison’s artistry, this beautiful and soothing spiritual tune is a departure from his rock-tinged soul sound, which just goes to show how incredibly versatile of a singer and songwriter he was. I think it’s the perfect last song to leave behind. Rest peacefully, Michael Johns.