Posts tagged ‘Music’

This Is How We Do It…..songwriting ORB style

It’s Saturday. My brother from another mother (he has the EXACT birthday as my sister) came in town to get a track written with me and discuss some music biz. So excited. It’s been years since we’ve put pen to paper and I had plenty on my mind to write about. He had a track about a 4th finished and we got to work…….man…this track is FUN-KY. Can’t wait for to share it – sadly, it can only be heard through our headphones since we were in writing mode…..we ALWAYS end up arguing….lol. Guess that’s the fun of collaborating, ha

 

Here’s another sneak peak of a song almost finished…listen in the background. This is our song “Bad Love” which will be on our Out Roun’ Back album that we are working hard to finish by the end of this year. Hope you like the little snippet….apparently I like to lipsync to myself, ha! Dork.

In other news…..up and coming this week. Singing with The Inspiration Band on the 28th at a private function and got MUUUUCH rehearsing to do for “The Voice” audition next Sunday. Think I’ve narrowed my songs down to Summertime (jazz standard) and/or We Found Love by Rhianna. I’m working on a new website and hopefully later this week I’ll switch to dezdonnell.com!! Will keep you posted. And one more thing……new videos posted on my video page and my youtube channel! If you subscribe on youtube PLEASE go to my channel and subscribe…I would be forever grateful….you can suggest repayment via comments Post your youtube channel and I will subscribe to yours…how ’bout dat. Here’s my channel link:  http://www.youtube.com/dezdonnell

This is how we doooo it……

It’s Saturday. My brother from another mother (he has the EXACT birthday as my sister) came in town to get a track written with me and discuss some music biz. So excited. It’s been years since we’ve put pen to paper and I had plenty on my mind to write about. He had a track about a 4th finished and we got to work…….man…this track is FUN-KY. Can’t wait for to share it – sadly, it can only be heard through our headphones since we were in writing mode…..we ALWAYS end up arguing….lol. Guess that’s the fun of collaborating, ha.

Here’s another sneak peak of a song almost finished…listen in the background. This is our song “Bad Love” which will be on our Out Roun’ Back album that we are working hard to finish by the end of this year. Hope you like the little snippet….apparently I like to lipsync to myself, ha! Dork.

 

In other news…..up and coming this week. Singing with The Inspiration Band on the 28th at a private function and got MUUUUCH rehearsing to do for “The Voice” audition next Sunday. Think I’ve narrowed my songs down to Summertime (jazz standard) and/or We Found Love by Rhianna. I’m working on a new website and hopefully later this week I’ll switch to dezdonnell.com!! Will keep you posted. And one more thing……new videos posted on my video page and my youtube channel! If you subscribe on youtube PLEASE go to my channel and subscribe…I would be forever grateful….you can suggest repayment via comments 🙂 Post your youtube channel and I will subscribe to yours…how ’bout dat. Here’s my channel link:  http://www.youtube.com/dezdonnell

 

Opening Act – new tv show discovering YouTube talent

Have you guys caught this new show on the E! channel, Opening Act? I caught a re-run episode last night and really enjoyed it. There is a team of industry experts – not sure if they change or are the same team from show to show, but this one had Martina McBride, Jason Derulo, Pete Wentz, and a vocal coach I’m unfamiliar with, the executive producer Nigel Lithgoe (from So You Think You Can Dance), Rock Mafia (songwriter/producers) and I think one or two others I can’t remember right now.

Anyhow, the premise is that they scour Youtube and find talent and match them up to headlining acts and get them prepared in a weeks time to open for artists like Rod Stewart, Lady Gaga, and LMFAO. Yeah, MAJOR players. So the first episode they show the Youtube videos of the artists they like and were finding an opener for Rod Stewarts show in Las Vegas. They surprise their pick in their hometown and whisk them away to LA to record, meet with the team, get all dolled up and then perform as an opening act. Pretty cool, huh?

A girl named Arielle from Allen, TX was the feature I saw and I really loved her voice – very reminiscent of one of my favorite artists, Ingrid Michaelson. She was super humble and so grateful to be chosen for such a huge opportunity, which made her even more endearing! Just a sweet person, you can tell. Here’s the video from youtube that awarded her this huge opportunity:

You can check out more info about the show online at http://www.eonline.com/shows/opening_act/ . Now, I need to get busy recording some videos for youtube with the songs they are looking for!

APPROVED MUSIC:
Your video must contain you or your favorite local singer or band performing one of the songs listed below. You can sing a cappella or perform the music using your own instruments, but entries featuring pre-recorded background tracks will be disqualified! Read Official Rules.

If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Goodbye Earl – Dixie Chicks
Cry – Faith Hill
Lips of an Angel – Hinder
Big Star – Kenney Chesney
Don’t Let Me Get Me – P!nk
My Girl – The Temptations
The Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
Lady Marmalade – LaBelle
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday – Boyz II Men
I’ll Be Loving You Forever – NKOTB
Ain’t Nothin Like the Real Thing – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me – Culture Club
Free Your Mind – En Vogue
Hold My Hand – Hootie & the Blowfish
Always On My Mind – Willie Nelson
Straight Up – Paula Abdul
Be Near Me – ABC

 
 
 

July…..are we really halfway through 2012??

Wow this year is flying by.  Where are you with the goals you set for this year? I’m pretty pleased with what I’ve accomplished to date…but still have a long way to go with hitting my 2012 goals. Now that it’s the halfway mark, I need to kick it up a notch!!

My gigging calendar has slowed down and I am excited to get back into the studio this weekend!!! Looong overdue… Out Roun’ Back is wanting to complete our debut album that’s been several years in the making…you hear 3 of the un-finished tracks on my music tab….so I would LOVE to have a completed project by the end of the year. I’ll be heading to Shreveport this weekend to get back in the studio with ORB and see if we can pick up on the mojo where we last left off. Funk voice….activate.

The end of the month also brings The Voice auditions….gonna give it a go….I’m open to any audition song suggestions! So far I’m thinking about Jessie J’s “Mama Knows Best”, Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose”, Teena Marie’s “Loverboy” or “Kiss” by Prince. Song choice is key and yet soooo hard to decide on! Thoughts?!

Would love to get some comments from you guys, anyone out there??

Wishing everyone a happy and safe July 4th!

Dez

Bad Band names…

I ran across this article yesterday http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2012/06/the_worst_local_band_names.php  and had to laugh because I remember trying to name our band a few years back. All 7 of us made a list and tossed around names like “Tin Roof Rusted” and “S.E.N.S.A.” – which one member said stood for “spiritual, empirical, neo-soul, attitude”…um, okay….yeah…I voted NO on that one. Then we had “Sista Soul Brotha”….chees-o-rama….”Soulitude”…which ended up downgraded to a song title. We googled every name we came up with to see if there was another band with any of the names and EVERY one of them was taken. So then we decided to name our band “Taken”…yep, that was taken too. Go figure….so then the bass player says…well, we’re always “out round back” working on our music…and it’s kind of like the band name “3 Doors Down” so we’ll be “Out Roun’ Back”! So that’s what we ended up with….you have to admit it’s better than SENSA…..which is now the name of a weight loss aid you sprinkle on your food! Glad we didn’t go with that….we’d be competing with this:

Home concerts?!

So my brother in law was telling me last week that I should make myself available for home concerts…like, actually book myself to perform in someone’s livingroom. Has anyone ever done this? I’m not talking about a party either, an actual concert at someone’s house. This sounded so bizarre to me, but I started thinking about it and realized when people invite me to dinner…they’re always like…can you sing us something? Or…I’d love to hear you sing this song…blah blah blah. Apparently this is becoming a popular thing….and I think I’m gonna make myself available for it…..as long as you have air conditioning, no smoking and some drinky drinks for me…hee hee. That’s my rider.  Apparently there’s an entire website devoted to these types of bookings…..

http://www.concertsinyourhome.com/

Could someone PLEASE invite me to perform at their home in say, Morocco? Or Spain? Or Playa Del Carmen??

By the way, Saturday’s Juneteenth show was incredible! Here’s 2 pics:

Me with The Inspiration Band , Juneteenth Show 6-16-12

Me with The Inspiration Band , Juneteenth Show 6-16-12

100 Greatest Singers of all time…per Rolling Stone…

I ran across this article today, not sure how old it is (2008?) but I thought I’d pass it along to see what you think.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-singers-of-all-time-19691231

I don’t know who this “panel of 179 experts” is….but this list is pretty jacked up in my opinion. Christina Aguilera above Mariah? Bob Dylan above Stevie Wonder? Barbara Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, Pavarotti, Bocelli and Chaka Khan completely left off? I know it’s hard to rank singers that are from different eras and genres, but still the innovators should be before the copycats. And true vocalists above showmen….showmanship and entertainment value doesn’t equate a greatest singer of all time in my book….that needs its own list so they can place Madonna, David Bowie, etc…on that one. Bob Dylan has a terrible voice…great songwriter and performer? Sure….but SINGER?

Top 25 for me would be:

  1. Aretha Franklin – they had this one right.
  2. Ella Fitzgerald
  3. Barbara Streisand – she’s not my personal fave, but I have mad respect for her huge range and control
  4. Stevie Wonder
  5. Bobby McFerrin – yes the acapella genious – don’t judge off “Don’t worry, be happy” – check out his youtube performances and you’ll be BLOWN AWAY of what he is capable of producing out of just his body and a microphone.
  6. Michael Jackson
  7. Whitney Houston
  8. Kim Burrell
  9. Sting
  10. Prince
  11. Mariah Carey
  12. Chaka Khan
  13. Tina Turner
  14. Celine Dion
  15. Louis Armstrong
  16. Steve Perry
  17. Phil Collins…yes, mainstream, but I have always been a big fan.
  18. Yolanda Adams
  19. Steven Tyler
  20. Anne Wilson
  21. Sarah McLaughlin…why? Because she was the first person I heard to mix yodeling into mainstream music and her breathiness is beautiful too
  22. Mavis Staples – that low range with the feel and “stank” she put on everything!
  23. Jill Scott – to mix spoken word, soul, opera and jazz….she is a HUGE inspiration to me
  24. Anita Baker
  25. Patti Labelle

It was almost impossible to put these in any kind of order….but they are my personal faves as far as innovating style within their genres, vocal techniques and ranges. This list has NOTHING to do with their stage presence or entertainment value….just vocal abilities. Frank Sinatra and others would have definitely made my list of top 50, but….I don’t have all day to ponder these things!

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