Tunesday: March 2015

On TUNESDAY, I share some of the songs, music videos, and live performances I’ve been groovin’ to. Here are some of my favourite music moments from March…

Jimmy Fallon & Kelly Clarkson’s History of Duets
From Jimmy to Kelly! During a very special Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon and Kelly Clarkson belted out a medley of classic duets, including “I Got You Babe”, “Mockingbird”, “Islands In The Stream”, “Don’t You Want Me”, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, “Up Where We Belong”, “Don’t Know Much”, “Opposites Attract”, “Just Give Me A Reason”, and “Endless Love”. Justin Guarini who?

Kelly Clarkson – Invincible
Queen Kelly is back and better than ever with her latest album, Piece By Piece, and each piece of this puzzle of a pop record is truly unique. She experiments with new and different sounds, which is apparent in “Invincible”, an empowering anthem on breaking free from the constraints that bind you.

Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece
What I love most about Kelly Clarkson the musician is that she is not afraid to be vulnerable. In “Piece By Piece”, she juxtaposes her father’s abandonment with her husband’s support, promises to love her daughter unconditionally, and proves that there can be a happy ending after “Because of You“. It’s personal. It’s raw. It’s relatable. I’ll probably cry when I see her sing this in October.

Joey Cook – Fancy (by Iggy Azalea)
First things first, American Idol Season 14’s Joey Cook is one of the realest, freshest contestants to ever compete on this show. I knew it from the moment when she whipped out an accordion (or squeezebox) during her audition. Her Postmodern Jukebox-inspired retro rendition of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” is a showstopper. If you can make me dig a song I hate, you’re doing something right.

Postmodern Jukebox – All About That Bass (by Meghan Trainor)
While I’m on the topic of Postmodern Jukebox, their European Tour Version of “All About That Bass” is worthy of a watch. It features the two jazzy cats from American Idol Season 10, Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams, and is a complete harmonious delight to listen to.

Lily James – A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes (from Cinderella)
Disney’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella was beautiful and true to the sweetness, elegance, and magic of the original animation (you can read my thoughts on the film over on The Hudsucker). Lily James (of Downton Abbey fame) portrayed the graceful and kind Ella perfectly, and her singing voice is the icing on the cake.

Glee Cast – This Time
This month, Glee took a bow and said goodbye after a roller-coaster ride of a television series. Leading lady Rachel Berry’s (Lea Michele) swan song, “This Time” was written by co-star Darren Criss (who also wrote another original song called “Rise“, which was performed by the New Directions). The lyrics are a fitting tribute to the memories shared by the characters, the cast, and their fans during the show’s incredible run.

Glee Cast – I Lived (by OneRepublic)
For their final musical number, Glee brought the New Directions alums back together for one last performance of OneRepublic’s inspirational anthem. With a phrase like “with every broken bone, I swear I lived”, the song really rings a bell with the trials and triumphs endured by both the characters and the cast over Glee‘s six sensational years.

Glee is about finding the courage to open up your heart, raise your voice, and sing about love, life, and the world not just as it is, but as it should be. That’s about the bravest thing that anyone can do. Music unites people and inspires great change, and this show was a testament to that. Thank you, Glee!

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