Thursday, July 26, 2018

Zombie (Piano) by Sarah Afshar


 
Zombie is about political expression. The message is so clear and the fact that Dolores O'Riordan refused $1 million just so release this amazingly epic song proves how iconic it really is.
 
I decided to cover it, as I found myself on Smule once again this evening. The piano version adds a very hauntingly beautiful appeal that you can't get with the original as it is more of a ballad versus the original, which is more upbeat.
 
Check out the video above. If you can't hear it, just click here. Remember to listen with headphones.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Is Lady Gaga starting her own beauty brand?

Lady Gaga is a woman of many talents, as she is a singer, songwriter, and now actress. But what I find fascinating is how recently when browsing Justia, I discovered the beauty brand "Haus Beauty" when looking at the beauty brand trademarks. Upon independent research, I discovered that the same trademark is owned by "Ate My Heart Inc." which own various trademarks including the "Lady Gaga" name, "Monster", "Jo Calderone", "Haus of Gaga", "Lady Gaga Fame", "Eau De Gaga", "Miss Asia Kinney", "Haus Labs" and her newest, Haus Beauty. 

Now I do believe some of these names are already active, as Lady Gaga "Fame" was her fragrance she sold back in 2012. Although her fragrance smelled great, it lacked silage and left an awkward gray stain on if made in contact with clothing. The body of the bottle itself was unique and definitely epitomized who Gaga represented at the time.

I do believe the other names are current including her own; however, I think Haus Beauty is very new which tells me this will be the name of a project in the near future. I also think Haus Labs will be her very own laboratory and/or manufacturer. With so many entertainers creating their own beauty brands (Rihanna's Fenty Beauty being one of the latest), I think it will be great for Lady Gaga to follow as her makeup always looks amazing.

I am thinking Lady Gaga is going to start a true beauty empire based on these names. As one can only hope, we can only speculate what her plans are. So, I think we may learn more about her beauty business ventures in 2019. I don't know about you, but I really love Lady Gaga and cannot wait to see what she does next.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Numb (Linkin Park) by Sarah Afshar

 
Chester Bennington was a man with a voice and a message. A voice so huge, he always shined his story through his songs. When I first heard Numb, I thought it was incredibly beautiful. From Linkin Park's Meteora album, the song is about living up to the expectations of others so much, you have become lost (or numb) in life. It depicts a strong message of giving in to others, but losing yourself along the way.
 
The message also portrays a person who tries so hard, but fails them self. And as much as they disappoint others, they are disappointing themselves more becoming so lost, they are numb to everything around them. This is exactly what this song is about.
 
I decided to cover the song using my own spin. If you cannot see the video above, just click here to listen to the song. Sounds much better with headphones.
 
RIP Chester Bennington
(March 20, 1976-July 20, 2017)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Love Runs Out by Sarah Afshar

Love Runs Out by Sarah Afshar in the style of OneRepublic. Yes, I took the liberty of recording this song several hours ago from my iPhone via Smule app. I used the Super Pop filter which is exclusively available to those who are VIP members of Smule. I tried something different with the song.

The song is a great fusion of rock, soul, funk and pop rolled into one tune. I've always loved and appreciated OneRepublic for their strong ability to cover an array of genres and making them work. I am a fan of many songs by them, but Love Runs Out is one of my favorites.

To listen to the song, just click the arrow in the video below...
 
 
If the video doesn't play, to listen to the song, simply click here right now. #SMULE