So there's a story I need to share with you about a super talented musician . . . oh, and I must admit that I have the great privilege of calling him a friend!
I met Jeff Taylor when he came to my hometown at the end of 2012/beginning of 2013. A friend of two friends, Jeff signed up to play a gig at my alma mater (shout out to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown!) and he blew me away. That's a stupid cliché, I know, but that's exactly what he did. As soon as he started singing, I was mesmerized. Beautiful voice, I thought. And man, he plays that guitar so passionately. And . . . wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.
I got to spend some time with Jeff following that performance. At the time, he had just released an album (Frustration in Time Travel) under the name Dumpster Hunter. By the time he had left town to return to Brooklyn, I had already played this song dozens of times in my house and in my car (DISCLAIMER: it's an earworm!):
Needless to say, I was elated to hear that Jeff was returning to J-Town to play another local gig. After we exchanged big hugs (in addition to being super talented, Jeff is also super friendly!), he announced that the music that he wrote during his stay in Johnstown was recently released on an album titled "Organelle." Fast-forward to last evening, when my husband and I sat down with Jeff and our mutual friends for some good wine and good conversation. He placed a copy of "Organelle" in my hands and was even kind enough to sign the inner sleeve of this beautiful 10'' vinyl (I mean, check out the cover art, people!):
As soon as I got home last night, I spun the record and was reminded of how much I adore Jeff's voice. What is it that makes my ears swoon? Well, whatever it is, I want to share it with the world. I hope that you'll take the time to listen to Jeff's new record and consider purchasing it; you can get the entire EP in digital format for $4, and a copy of that beautiful 10'' vinyl for $20. Not bad, considering that you're supporting a professional musician with a big voice and a big heart to match.
Here's a track from the album (this one's called "River") for your sampling pleasure. I hope you'll enjoy this song as much as I do :)
Another song from Michael Jackson's upcoming album "Xscape" has been released, and it is spectacular. Produced by Timbaland, "Chicago" begins with Michael singing, "I met her on the way to Chicago." The chorus is especially powerful; it's almost as if Michael was gritting his teeth while he was singing (love, love, love that!).
Preview the song here and see what I mean: http://rapdose.com/2014/05/05/michael-jackson-chicago
One week until "Xscape" is released! Woop woop!
I got my first image macro* published by Internet Poetry yesterday! Check it out:
*Image and words by yours truly :)
(DISCLAIMER: This should've been posted two days ago. Forgive me for my tardiness.)
I am thrilled to post the world premiere of one of Michael Jackson's new songs from his forthcoming posthumous album, "Xscape." This particular version of "Love Never Felt So Good" features Justin Timberlake:
"Love Never Felt So Good" debuted May 1 at the first iHeartRadio Music Awards. Usher made a special appearance, which definitely would have gotten a thumbs-up from MJ. Watch it here:
Call me crazy, but I prefer the version sans Justin's vocals. Don't get me wrong--I love Justin Timberlake just as much as the next girl who grew up in the '90s, but the song stands well on its own with Michael's vocals only. It feels more raw and "right." I'm grateful that "Xscape" contains both versions.
For those of you wondering about the tracklist for deluxe edition of "Xscape," which is to be released via Epic on May 13, here it is:
1. Love Never Felt So Good
3. Loving You
4. A Place With No Name
5. Slave to the Rhythm
6. Do You Know Where Your Children Are
7. Blue Gangsta
9. Love Never Felt So Good (Original Version)
10. Chicago (Original Version)
11. Loving You (Original Version)
12. A Place With No Name (Original Version)
13. Slave to the Rhythm (Original Version)
14. Do You Know Where Your Children Are (Original Version)
15. Blue Gangsta (Original Version)
16. Xscape (Original Version)
17. Love Never Felt So Good (feat. Justin Timberlake)
I recommend splurging on the deluxe edition, as it contains all the original versions of the new songs + a DVD. You can pre-order it through Amazon here.
Sidenote: As lovely as it is to have new music being pulled and released from the King of Pop's vaults, it's also heartbreaking to know that these songs could've reached greater heights if MJ were still alive. Damn you, Murray.
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