My Music Review: Evolution by Anastacia

Listen to the full album Evolution on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7pnVPVoOvTTB4DvX2D9WfX

Anastacia has just released her latest studio album Evolution. Known for her super hit songs like I’m Outta Love and Not That Kind, Anastacia has developed a stronger music style over the years, which showed even on her last album Resurrection (2014), and she has taken it one step further on Evolution. Having battled through several unfortunate illnesses, when listening to Evolution, it almost feels like we are hearing a personal memoir which showcases Anastacia’s triumphs during these tough times of her life. The album has 13 strong tracks (9 of which have been co-written by Anastacia) with powerful song titles:

Caught in the Middle
Redlight
Stamina
Boxer
My Everything
Nobody Loves Me Better
Reckless
Not Coming Down
Before
Pain
Why
Boomerang
Higher Livin’

…and you can say that each track almost shows a different side to Anastacia’s musical personality!

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Remembering the King of Pop Michael Jackson on his birthday

As told in my last blog post, the very first concert that I ever went to was during Michael Jackson’s Dangerous tour in 1992, and needless to say that since then, I remained a huge fan of his!

To celebrate his birthday (29th August), I am sharing my top 3 favourite songs from Michael. These songs need no introduction, so just let me know in the comments below, if they are also your favourites!

Remember the Time – Dangerous album

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My live music experiences part 1: Western Music concerts

I recently had the pleasure of attending the ARRahman concert at Wembley arena in July, and as I was attending a concert after a long time, it made me think about all of the concerts that I have been to so far. I thought it would be a great idea to share my experience of attending these concerts, here at the blog and so I have decided to split them into Western Music and Bollywood Music categories. In this post, I shall talk about my Western Music concert experiences.

I was only 8 years old when I attended my first live concert at Wembley Stadium, which was for the legend Michael Jackson during his Dangerous tour in 1992. I went with my family and unfortunately te concert got cancelled the first time round, and so we went again on the re-scheduled date. The atmosphere was electric to say the least, and as I was only 8 years old, I was totally overwhelmed with the level of the music, and audience noise but I am extremely grateful to this day, that I had the opportunity to witness a legend and Music icon like MJ, perform live.

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Twilight Soundtrack: Bella’s Lullaby

Yesterday, I found myself re-watching the first film from the Twilight Saga as it is available on Netflix. As a Netflix newbie myself, I recently completed season 7 of my favourite show Pretty Little Liars and I was searching for something else to watch when I stumbled across the Twilight Saga movies.

I have been a fan of the books when they released and had devoured each one – refusing to put them down as I became hooked on the intense love story between Bella & Edward. Whilst re-watching the first film last night, I was reminded how much I loved the piano instrumentals from the soundtrack – whether it is Edward’s favourite Claire de Lune or the soothing Lullaby that he composes especially for Bella, both melodies are wonderful to listen to, especially if you are looking for some sort of escapism in the Music. Check them out below and let me know if you are a Twilight fan also!

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Girl at the Piano pays tribute to George Michael

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This week, the world of Music suffered another terrible loss of a great Music icon: George Michael. Sadly, this is the second tribute post at my blog this year, as Heaven becomes a Musical place!

It is my dear Mum who first introduced me to George’s Music. I grew up enjoying and listening to his tracks Careless Whisper, Last Christmas, including his hits with Wham!. Luckily for me he was still making Music as I grew up, and so I was able to enjoy his later hits such as Faith and one of my most favourite duets of his, As. The video for As was a memorable one and I remember watching it on TV almost every week as the song remained number one in the charts for weeks.

I am sharing some of my most favourite songs by George below. Let me know which ones are your favourites!

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My Favourite cover songs ~ Part 3

Returning back to my favourite cover songs feature with part 3, and this time, I will be talking about the song ‘Without You’.

‘Without You’ is a song which is originally sung by singer Harry Nilsson. The song had released in 1972 and was later famously covered by diva Mariah Carey in 1993. My favourite version of the song is Mariah’s version. She has performed the song on such a high level, that it is almost hard to ignore the emotionally charged strength in her performance.

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My Favourite Cover Songs ~ Part 2

Continuing the series of cover songs, with my second most favourite cover of the song ‘Dreams’.

‘Dreams’ is a song that is originally written and composed by one of my most favourite and popular bands of the ’70’s Fleetwood Mac. They comprise of musicians Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks and ace guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. ‘Dreams’ features on their highly popular album ‘Rumours’ and was covered by my favourite Irish band The Corrs in the 1990’s who gave the song a magical uplift.

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My Favourite Cover Songs ~ Part 1

I am finally back with a new blog post and this time, it is all about my favourite cover songs!

Cover songs are a very common occurrence in Western music. They can often boost an artists career, or help to launch a new artist, and give them the much needed exposure. In Bollywood Music cover songs are created in a slightly different manner. They can often be heard in the form of epic performances on music based reality shows or in the form of YouTube covers from upcoming artists who are trying to get noticed by the Bollywood Music industry.

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Girl at the Piano pays tribute to Prince: Legend and Icon Forever

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Last week saw the loss of one of the greatest musicians of all time. The legendary ‘Prince’. As the news spread of this loss around the world, many tributes poued in and fans began to relieve the memories.

My “musical relationship” with Prince, may not have been as strong as the one I shared with MJ, but I fully respected his talent and greatly admired his ability to constantly reinvent himself. Reinvention is quite possibly, the most difficult task for any artist. A multi-instrumentalist, Prince was truly blessed with the gift of Music, on every level.

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My Top 5 favourite Christmas songs

As we head closer to Christmas, you have probably noticed all of your favourite christmas songs playing in every shop! Even though we always hear mostly the same ones every year, I thought I would share with you all, my Top 5 favourite Christmas songs:

All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey

We all love Mariah and especially, in this happy, chirpy christmas number. She not only belts out the highest of notes, but also displays her full singing range in almost one song!

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