Friday, February 3, 2017

Free Friday (“FL&R”) – February 3

     Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases.  The end of an offer may be based on the expiration of a set time or on the number of downloads.  But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. The hope is to post at least one FL&R song each Friday.
     “Alive” is a track on the Graeme James album “News from Nowhere,” which was released in September 2016. It is available on a name-your-price basis. By itself, “Alive” is worth a “tip,” since it brings a bounce to the step of a listener. James is a violinist who plucks, strums and bows its strings in creating the magic of “Alive.” He is based in Wellington, New Zealand.
     “Alive” by Graeme James (For the download, go to the Bandcamp site that is identified above the lyrics.)

Lyrics of “Alive” by Graeme James
Left the city for a lost romance
Left the city with blood on my hands
Falling like the leaves from the sycamore
Running like a thief through an open door

The countryside looks pretty at night
Everything calm in the pale blue light
Awake to see the break of dawn
I’ve been awake now for far too long

But I'm alive, I'm alive
But I'm alive, I'm alive

Screaming and a shouting at the top of my lungs
The fog in the paddock and a newborn sun
Walking all night just to clear my mind
Cause twenty five years is a lot of time

But I'm alive, I'm alive
But I'm alive, I'm alive

But I'm alive, I'm alive
But I'm alive, I'm alive
But I'm alive, I'm alive
     Yelling lyrics in a melodically pleasurable manner is a difficult vocal skill. Sure, fans in the Death Metal genre may tell you their favorite bands do so, but those bands’ gravelly voiced growls are not intended to be “melodically pleasurable.” In comparison, the vocals in “Only Child” are increasing passionate and forceful, but without any loss of attractiveness. The song is a few years old, but we only recently discovered the track (red faced).
      "Only Child” by Dead Owls – To access the free download, go to Triple J site ( and click the down arrow.  

1 comment:

  1. Good song - nice one Graham.
    The Dead Owls song featured on my best of list-whatever that year was. A shame there's not more of a supportive industry in Oz. And NZ for that matter. It's a cracker of a track. They deserved international success with it.