Monday, August 19, 2019

“Lay Low” by Amy Guess - A Song Feature


      In 1966, “Eleanor Rigby” was released as the first (only?) Beatles’ song without a member playing an instrument. The vocals of The Beatles’ single were supported by a string ensemble performing a score that was mostly staccato, rather than melodic. Thus starts “Lay Low” by Amy Guess. However, that’s where the similarity ends. Instead of a reflection on loneliness, Amy Guess announces she wants to be left along. And “Lay Low” shows no interest in being limited to strings.

     Amy Guess is based in Las Vegas. She explains the motivation for “Lay Low:”
  “When I was writing this song it was definitely about taking a needed break from relationships that felt toxic to me, about taking time for self care to get my head in a better place but much more importantly it was also about feeling like I really wanted to make more time for the people I love most as well, time is so precious and I think a big part of self care that is very crucial is spending that time with the right people.”

     “Lay Low” by Amy Guess






Saturday, August 17, 2019

Tones and I - Free Saturday (“FL&R”)

     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) song each Saturday.

     Australia, Sweden and Norway are ahead of the curve in recognizing the entertainment value of “Dance Monkey.” The song hit "Number 1" on the charts of all three. “Dance Monkey” is from Tones and I, which is the moniker of Australian Toni Watson. Quoting her bio:
  Originally from Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, Tones And I journeyed to Byron Bay in early 2018 to take a chance at busking. On the first day she had crowds spilling onto the street. Tones quit her retail job and decided to make Byron her new home, where she lived out of her van for the year.

     “Monkey Dance” by Tones and I – To access the free download, go to the Triple J site and click the download arrow:





Lyrics of “Monkey Dance” by Tones and I
They say, oh my god I see the way you shine
Take your hand, my dear, and place them both in mine
You know you stopped me dead when I was passing by
And now I beg to see you dance just one more time

Ooh I see you, see you, see you every time
And oh my I, I like your style
You, you make me, make me, make me wanna cry
And now I beg to see you dance just one more time

So I say,
Dance for me, dance for me, dance for me oh oh oh
I've never seen anybody do the things you do before
They say move for me, move for me, move for me ay ay ay
And when you're done I'll make you do it all again

I said oh my god I see you walking by
Take my hands, my dear, and look me in my eyes
Just like a monkey I've been dancing my whole life
But you just beg to see me dance just one more time

Ooh I see you, see you, see you every time
And oh my I, I, I like your style, ooh
You, you make me, make me, make me wanna cry
And now I beg to see you dance just one more time

So I say
Dance for me, dance for me, dance for me oh oh oh
I've never seen anybody do the things you do before
They say move for me, move for me, move for me ay ay ay
And when you're done I'll make you do it all again

They say
Dance for me, dance for me, dance for me oh oh oh, oh oh, oh oh
I never seen anybody do the things you do before
They say move for me, move for me, move for me ay ay ay
And when you're done I'll make you do it all again

Oooooh (all again, all again)
Woah-oh, woah-oh, oh
Oooooh (all again, all again)
Ah ah, ah ah, ay

They say
Dance for me, dance for me, dance for me oh oh oh
I never seen anybody do the things you do before
They say move for me, move for me, move for me ay ay ay
And when you're done I'll make you do it all again

They say
Dance for me, dance for me, dance for me oh oh oh, oh oh, oh oh
I never seen anybody do the things you do before
They say move for me, move for me, move for me ay ay ay
And when you're done I'll make you do it all again
All again


Friday, August 16, 2019

“Our Hearts” by 12345 – A Song Feature


     A number of unrelated questions occurred when we heard the song from 12345. The first was a weak joke – “How did they get my brother’s password?” The second was more pragmatic – “Why do groups select names that make it difficult to research them?” Then came the heartfelt question – “Who damaged these guys?”

     “Our Hearts” is easily divided into three segments. Initially, there is some self-blame – “Who was I to say that shit to you?” In the second segment, another male voice enters and the finger is now pointing away - “Who were you to say that shit to me?” Then, a crescendo leads to band vocals that amplify the emotion. Each segment is strong, but the last is most effective.  

     12345 is a group in Quebec, Canada. Their Facebook site ends with “12345isnotaband,” so we will be careful. The members are Rick Pagano, William Hennessey, Pierre-Olivier Couturier, Jessy Mercier, Simon Gagnon, Lamine Baazi, and Alexandre Richard.

     “Our Hearts” by 12345



Lyrics of “Our Hearts” by 12345
Who was I to say that shit to you?
Love became the reason
Why I'm gonna dig a grave or two
Guess the only thing to say is
Our hearts are bound to break in two
A million other reasons
Why I stay the fuck away from you

Who was I to say that shit to you?
Love became the reason
Why I'm gonna dig a grave or two
Guess the only thing to say is
Our hearts are bound to break in two
A million other reasons
Why I need to stay away from you

Who were you to say that shit to me?
Hate became the reason
Why I'm gonna take a life or two
Guess the only thing to say is
Our hearts are made to made us blue
A million other reasons
Why I need to stay so close to you
[Repeat]

Guess you runaway but
I will never say that shit to you
Guess you run away but
I will never
I will never say that shit to you

Who was I to say that shit to you?
Love became the reason
Why I'm gonna dig a grave or two
Guess the only thing to say is
Our hearts are bound to break in two
A million other reasons
Why I need to stay away from you
[Muffled repeat]