#SongChallenge Day 25: An Acoustic Song
I love today’s challenge. Acoustic songs are my favorites and I’m sure Tiffology will agree. There’s just something about hearing a song in all it’s parts without the polish and pizazz of studio slicking. Hearing the true timbre of a singer’s voice or an instrument really resonates with my soul, so I don’t think I’ll be able to stop at just one song today.
Tiffny: Since we haven’t been keeping up with the posts daily and since this is one of my most favorite genres of music, I’m just gonna go ahead and drop my favorite 3 acoustic performances. Now the list is long, so choosing 3 to share with y’all was tough, but It Had To Be Done. The first is Jason Mraz‘s acoustic of Plane, from his album Mr. A-Z. This live performance was back in 2008 for Mix 108.5 radio station. I’d fell in love with the album when it came out and spent hours online watching live performances but if I remember correctly, this was the first time I’d seen a live performance of *this* song *this* good. Jason always delivers damn-near-studio quality live performances and the little nuances and chances that he makes in live performances are so perfect they’re absolutely spaz-inducing, even when they’re accidents. Basically I love Jason and he’s everything and nothing hurts.
Next on the list is Matt Corby’s Brother, live on Balcony TV. I’d stumbled across Matt’s music on tumblr and immediately became a fan. I remember when I first saw this video I sat there like Damn. this dude can really sing his ass off! He’s got quite a few acoustic performances of his own songs as well as covers and he’s also on my short list of damn-near-studio-quality lives, thus making him one of my favorite artists in recent years.
Lastly, is Ricky Martin and La Mari de Chambao and their acoustic performance of Tu Recuerdo. I. Love. This. Song. Like the studio version is amazing, but this performance is even better. If that’s possible. I love La Mari’s voice–she sounds like a guitar! I’m sure I’ve gushed about this song in the past, but even after all of these years I’m still in love with it. Also, can we talk for a moment about Ricky Martin’s vocal strengths? Like there’s a reason he’s such a recognized singers across the world and this video gives proof of that. Amazing.
I’m going to share 2 acoustic songs that I like very much, one that I kind of heard recently and another that I’ve liked for a long time.
THE UNUSED WORD – “THE HEALER”
Tiffology: I heard this song on Soundcloud a few months ago, when Yarah Bravo shared it on her Facebook. The Unused Word is a producer and singer from Vienna, and this acoustic song is actually a cover of Erykah Badu’s title of the same name. I remember being taken back when I heard her cover. Over a delicate, twinkling line of keys, The Unused Word down-pitched her own vocals, and, although minimal in reworking, it’s just as powerful and big as the original. Beauty, right here.
SOCIAL DISTORTION – “ANGEL’S WING”
Tiffology: I heard the studio version of this song many years ago, sometime after the death of original band member and guitarist Dennis Danell (who was my uncle’s brother). I probably heard it a decade ago, so well after he was gone. While I never had the opportunity to meet Dennis, his life lived on through my aunt and uncle, who got my brother, cousins, and I into this punk band (in their early years). The original song, I believe, was played at the memorial concert. It’s a sad and emotional one that I’ve listened to on repeat, mostly when I’ve felt down and out, and could connect to this song in some way. The acoustic version here is stripped down, of course, Mike Ness’ vocals are slightly pulled back, his emotions are a little more apparent here, and it really soaks in with me way more than the studio version.
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