Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fresh & Funky

I don’t know about you guys but in the last couple of years I have been more open to listening to top 40 radio...mainly because I can't tune my car radio to Lightning 100 anymore….So in listening to top 40 I have noticed some funky/groovy beats returning. I’m mainly thinking JT, Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars and Daft Punk. Noticed and LOVING it! I mean...if you see me in my car and any of these artists come on the radio, I’m dancing. Like wishing I was out of the car kind of dancing. How can you not people?! Also fun is Icona Pop. Even the hubs likes to sing along to that one! It helps that there aren't many lyrics (he doesn't do well memorizing lyrics...I love to show him up).

I am no musician by any means, however, I do tend to find a trend in the types of music I enjoy. “Why do I like these songs so much?” I questioned myself and really thought about the heart of these songs...it certainly isn't for some of the risque lyrics. There has to be something. Oh yeah the new Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines,” may just sounds a little similar to Marvin Gaye’s, “Got To Give It Up.” I have always loved Mr. Gaye and he has set the tone for a ton of pop music. A couple of attorney’s might say he set the tone quite well for Mr. Thicke’s new tune. And Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky song is a bit like Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September(also adore). Check out a little DeBarge “Rhythm of the Night;” might sounds a little similar to Mr. Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” (DeBarge is a new find for me thanks to the biggest fans of funky music in our family--the in-laws) While I am not a history buff either I find it fascinating how history repeats itself. It happens with everything. You see it in fashion all the time so of course it would happen in pop music too.

Just because everyone should hear this song...

Then there is always Mr. Stevie Wonder. He has influenced more current musicians than I'm sure he ever thought he would. Remember Will Smith's "Wild Wild West"? Sound familiar?  



Just in case you are not familiar with some of these amazing musicians of our past (that will always influence the present), click some of the links above. Those videos will get you hooked. This is a short list of influential musicians. Dig around, find more and share them with us! 

-Alison

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