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Music Monday – Tan Solo Tu, Sei Solo Tu

I really envy the Europeans in some ways. It’s a natural thing for many of them to speak multiple languages. It makes sense, really, because if you’re French, you can hop in your car and drive two hours and suddenly you’re in another country with a different language and different customs and all kinds of different things.

I live in Arizona. I can literally hop in my car and drive two hours and never leave the county, let alone the state.

Musically, that means you can market your tunes in different languages and, thus, different countries. It’s especially convenient if you speak a Romance language like French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, or Romanian.  They tend towards similarity and you can “port” your song into another language like a developer can “port” their code to a different platform.

Filippo Neviani, better known as Nek, performs in his native Italian and in Spanish. While I’m not fluent in Spanish, I do speak a bit of it and I read it even better. Spanish is similar enough to Italian that when I read Italian, I can usually gather what’s going on, at least in a general sense. If I can do that, then it makes sense for an artist to release a song in a similar language in another market. After all, I’m far from intelligent when it comes to languages, so if I can hit part of that target market, certainly hundreds of thousands of others can too.

A while back, Nek did a tune that I think is easily one of the more beautiful pieces of music ever recorded. It was a duet with Laura Pausini who takes the whole multilingual thing to another level and performs in her native Italian, and Spanish, and French, and English, and Portuguese. She is amazing on a level all her own, but when you put them together, singing the same song in two different languages, the blend is superb — even if you don’t happen to speak either fluently.

Tan Solo Tu, aka Sei Solo Tu, aka Only You if you happen to speak English is fantastic, no matter what your native tongue may be.

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Music Monday – Pawws, for Reflection

The problem with pop music is, well, pop music itself. Pop music is meant to be something for the populace. People think that the “pop” music means popular as in “lots of people like it.” That’s not quite the case. It’s popular in that it’s aimed at a large section of the populace. They’re supposed to like it because they’re the target market, not because the song is particularly good anywhere else.

The thing is, popular music can be excellent if it’s given the chance. May I turn your attention to the PopTron station on Soma FM? Good stuff over there, man.

Good stuff right here, too, in the form of Lucy Taylor’s music project, Pawws. Pawws is tackling one of the most reviled eras in pop music, turning it on its head, and throwing it back at you with beauty and a cup of awesome. Her song Sugar invokes memories of roller disco, Studio 54, and a time when we were all duped into thinking leisure suits were sexy.

Leisure suits were never sexy, but Pawws is. She’s got it going with a disco vibe and a modern twist that I absolutely adore. Give her a shot.

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Vlog – On the Topic of Being Boring

I’ve been meaning to try the whole vlogging thing on a more regular basis. I kind of have things together where I need them to be and sat down yesterday to get a feel for the workflow and needs to make a halfway decent video. It’s quick, it’s dirty, but that’s the nature of being a vlog. They’re not meant to be indie epics or Hollywood blockbusters, they’re meant to be quick and dirty.

I still probably put more effort into this than is really required, but I wanted it to look nice.

Anyway, let’s talk about being boring.