Showing posts with label Sarah Afshar Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sarah Afshar Music. Show all posts

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Prince died three years ago today

Prince, one of the most decorated artists in the history of music passed away three years ago today on April 21, 2016. I was at the Body Shop Fitness Centers gym in Payette, Idaho working out when I first heard the news. The radio playing in the gym started to play nothing but Prince tunes, as the radio disc jockeys reminisced what he did for music. 


I have been a fan of Prince for pretty much my entire life. I remember listening to his music and finding myself looking forward to hearing more. The first song I ever heard of him was "U Got The Look" before hearing "Lets Go Crazy" and finding myself really loving his music. 

If you could fuse Freddie Mercury into James Brown with a hint of George Clinton, Elvis and Jimmi Hendrix, you would have Prince. He always added a little more funk and soul to make it rock and it roll. 

Some of my favorite songs include: Gold, Baby I'm A Star, P Control, Computer Blue, Purple Rain, U Got The Look, Delirious, When Doves Cry, Darling Nikki, Controversy, Pop Life, Get Off, Cream, Batdance and Raspberry Beret. 



To listen to my rendition of Purple Rain, simply watch/listen to the video above. If it doesn't play, just click here right now. To listen to this song with LaShonda (ChocolateRocker) click here

Gone, but never forgotten. Music never does, as the soul never does too.


Rest in Paradise Prince

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Johnny Cash died 15 years ago

Johnny Cash was one of the greatest songwriters that ever lived. He was also a guitarist, a singer, a performer, an actor and even an author. In 1932 on this day, Johnny Cash was born in the heart of Kingsland, Arkansas. In between 1957 and 2014, Johnny Cash has created and has been featured in a total of 70 studio albums. He has sold over 100 million of them total.

And as one of the best-selling artists of all time, I want to honor him by singing a song he actually covered. The song is called Ain't No Grave (Can Hold My Body Down). Written by Ely Claude, this song is featured on Cash's American VI: Ain't No Gave album which was released in February of 2010. The song is about strength and really embraces the empowerment concept.

I have recorded this song three times on Smule. One solo back in late 2017 and the other in a duet with Smule User: StevenM716. You can listen to these renditions by clicking here and here.
 

 
To hear my most recent rendition of the song, simply watch the video above. If you cannot hear it, simply click here right now. Listen with headphones.

Gone, but never forgotten. Rest in Peace, Johnny Cash. 1932-2003

Monday, February 11, 2019

Whitney Houston died 7 years ago today

It is so hard to believe Whitney Houston died 7 years ago today on this date. When I first heard about her passing, I was sad. It was as if her death was not even real. I wasn't sad just because she died, but how she died. She basically drowned to death in a bathtub in a hotel room in Beverly Hills, CA. Houston had a long history of substance abuse; however, I always believed in her and always felt she would get through it. 

Sadly, she lost her battle.


When people criticized her voice, I remembered the voice she once had. That is the voice I will always remember when I think about Whitney Houston and the gift she brought to this world. She has always been amazing and quite possibly the best female pop singer to ever exist on earth.



To honor Whitney Houston today and her life, I want to share my recording of "I Will Always Love You" from Smule.




If you cannot see the video, simply click here right now to listen to rendition of this beautiful my song. 



Rest in Peace Whitney Houston. You will be forever missed. (August 9, 1963-February 11, 2012)

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Remembering Etta James

Etta James was one of the greatest singers to have ever lived and one of my favorite singers of all time. She was a storyteller who sang the blues, not because she wanted to but because it was who she was. James exuded so much soul she sold you the moment she would open her mouth. 

I remember hearing her sing for the first time and thinking how amazing she was. The power and projection she possessed was impeccably pristine. Imperfectly perfected, she epitomizes what singing your heart out really is. When she sang, I believed every word she would sing. It was 7 years ago today that Etta James died. At the age of 73, she passed away 5 days before her 74th birthday (which was on January 25th.) 

In late 2017, I joined Smule. The first song I ever recorded on the app was in late November. The first song I ever recorded on the app At Last by Etta James. It speaks so many volumes for being under three minutes and tells a story that many can relate to. 




To listen to my rendition of At Last, simply watch the video above. If it doesn't play, just click here right now. 

A woman with a voice and a message, Etta James will be remembered forever. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Harry Nilsson has been dead for 24 years

I remember being a very musically intrigued young girl listening to Harry Nilsson. I remember his beautiful voice and thinking I wished he would have lived a little longer, as he was just 52 years old when he died. In fact, he died when I was only 13 years old. Nilsson died of a sudden heart attack. 

It was quite tragic, as I remember hearing stories he tried to create more music shortly before his passing. One of things he did do was try to push his music label to release a special limited-edition box set. It was as if he knew he didn't have many years to live.

To honor his life and him, I decided to share my recording from Smule of his classic "Without You" a beautiful love ballad introduced in 1971 by the rock crooner. Written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans of Badfinger, this was Harry Nilsson's song. He recorded the song in a single take, which proves why I believe this was truly his song. Kind of like "I Will Always Love You" being Whitney Houston's.




To listen to my recording of Without You watch/listen to the video above. If it doesn't play, simply click here right now. 

Rest in Peace Harry Nilsson (June 15, 1941-January 15, 1994)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Auld Lang Syne by Sarah Afshar

It is so hard to believe it is 2019. I felt like 2018 flew by so quickly. I remember celebrating the New Year last year and it felt like only yesterday. 

As much as I want to list my goals here, all I can say is that I am happy and content right now. I do have a few bucket list goals, but I am not sure if I want to share them now or wait until I accomplish them. 

On Smule, I recorded Auld Lang Syne. This song is special in many ways; however, what I love most about it is that it was created from poem from Scots language. The history behind this tune really tells a story. 



To listen to my rendition of the New Year's classic Auld Lang Syne simply watch the video above. If you cannot hear it, just click here right now. 

With that said, Happy New Year! 

Friday, August 31, 2018

Solitaire by Sarah Afshar

Solitaire is a beautiful ballad originally performed by Neil Sedaka. I heard the song several times throughout my life and really loved it after hearing the talented Clay Aiken cover this song over 10 years ago. The song truly tells a story that many can relate to and identify with.

 
I took it upon myself to record it tonight on Smule. Originally I wanted to perform this song in parts, but decided to just record it in one go. Using Super Studio 30/30, there was barely any editing done to this song. What you hear is what you get and pretty much close to what I sound singing this IRL.

Check out the video above to listen to it. If you cannot see the video, simply click here right now. Remember to listen to this song with headphones.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

River by Sarah Afshar

I decided to take on River by Bishop Briggs on Smule. There is currently a trending contest going on called the "Smule Olympics" where various groups work together to collaborate and create their own unique version of a song. Although I didn't enter the contest (I didn't join any groups this year), I decided to use the hashtag (#SO2018) and experiment with the song as it is my first time diving deep into this tune.
 
I recorded all of the parts in the song directly from the app using my iPhone. I used Super Studio 25/25 on each part, so I barely edited the parts as much as I could have. I sung the song originally through on the first part before adding each additional part in. There are a total of five parts in this song.
 

To hear my rendition of River watch the video above. If it doesn't play, just click here to listen. I recorded this using headphones, so I highly suggest wearing them while listening.

Friday, August 3, 2018

A Guy What Takes His Time by Sarah Afshar

I first heard this when watching Burlesque and immediately loved it. Christina Aguilera did this song so much justice. I heard it shortly after by Mae West, the original singer of the song and loved it as much. Sure, she (West) didn't have the vocal abilities as Aguilera, but she definitely had something special. A certain personality to the song that was very sultry. Her rendition was very simple in comparison. I love both of them in entirely different ways.

 
Tonight, while on Smule I decided to record this song in parts without overdoing it. I went with A Guy Want Takes His Time because it was a song that I found myself singing throughout the day today. It's a very classic yet edgy and sexy burlesque song which embraces the jazz concept.
 
If you cannot hear the video above, just click here to listen now. And remember to listen to this with headphones.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Zombie by Sarah Afshar


Zombie is one of those hauntingly sinister songs that sends a message so beautiful, you find yourself lost in translation. The song was released in Fall of 1994. I was only 13 years old when the song came out. And still today, it remains to be a wonderful song. Written by Dolores O'Riordan herself, the song sends a powerful message about political trauma.
I read that The Cranberries were offered $1 million from their record label to work on another song and O'Riordan ripped up the check (and checks were big before bank deposits back in the early-to-mid 90s) and worked on releasing Zombie immediately.
I was a huge fan of Dreams, so I wasn't sure if I would ever like the song, but when I heard it, I just knew that it would be a song I would not only love, but appreciate. In fact, I love it so much I had to cover it.
Check out the video above. If you cannot see it, simply click here to listen to it. Listen with headphones.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

In My Defence by Sarah Afshar

When I first heard this song, I was literally floored. I was watching a Freddie Mercury documentary many years ago. The documentary featured a lot of songs that were not so popular, as they were part of Freddie's solo album. In fact, they played excerpts of Mr. Bad Guy. I discovered this song when listening to the album and have loved it ever since.
 
The song is just a beautiful ballad with a lot of rock and soul to make it roll. It is one of my favorite songs by Freddie. You know me, I just had to record this one on Smule. I originally recorded this as a duet back in January with another Smule user. You can listen to that recording here. Tonight, I recorded the song solo.

 
To listen to my rendition of "In My Defence" just watch (or listen) to the video above. If you cannot hear it, simply click here now. And BTW, I recorded this using my iPhone straight from the Smule app.

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.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Anyway by Martina McBride

God is great, but sometimes life ain't good are wise words to live by as they are part of this amazing song by Martina McBride. Anyway is literally one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. It is so inspirational and filled with so many truthful verses. I literally can relate to this song. And if you dislike country music, you will love it after hearing this song.

 
You know me, if I love a song, I have to sing it on Smule. And that is exactly what I did tonight. I originally recorded the song on May 4th of this year. You can listen to that version here.
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Tonight I decided to tackle the song again using barely any filters. To listen to my rendition of Anyway, watch the video above. If the video doesn't play, just click here to listen. Listen with headphones, as I think I pretty much recommend in every blog post I make about this.

From This Moment On by Sarah Afshar

From This Moment On is the reason I started loving and appreciating country music. The song is literally one of the most beautiful love songs I have ever heard. The first time I heard it, I was 17 years. Shania Twain was popular for many years prior; however, she gained huge stardom because of this song. I became a huge fan of her my senior year of high school, when this song came out.
 
Of course, I heard the song earlier today so I had to go to Smule to record it. I recorded the song originally back in April. You can listen to that recording here.
 
 
I haven't heard many covers of this song, but I am almost certain no one has covered it the way I have. To listen to my rendition of From This Moment On just watch the video above. If the video above is not playing, simply click here to listen to my version of the song.

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

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Main tumse pyar karthee hoon

I Will Always Love You is a song about finding love and not letting go it. If you truly love someone, you will always love them no matter what happens in life. And if that love is meant to be, it will never die. They say it takes a day to know someone, but it takes an entire lifetime to forget them. This song really sends a message and when it is complement by beautiful vocals (especially those of Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton) the song speaks for itself. I decided to record this song on Smule tonight.
 
 
I love this song for many reasons. I can relate to this song in many ways, especially now as an adult. A heart cannot be replaced, as real love can't ever die.
 
To listen to my rendition of the classic "I Will Always Love You" simply watch (or listen) to the video above. If you cannot hear it, just click here right now to listen. Main tumse pyar karthee hoon, Sumit.

Footprints in the Sand by Sarah Afshar

Originally performed by Leona Lewis and written by Simon Cowell, this is literally one of the most beautiful songs to exist. The song depicts a story between two people who love each other and are there for each other through thick and thin and through black and blue. The message is definitely real here and almost certain all of you can relate to this song, as much as I can.

 
I decided to go onto Smule and record this again (I recorded this last year, which you can hear here) and pour my soul into this once again. To listen to my rendition of Footprints in the Sand, simply watch the video above. If you cannot see the video, just click here to listen.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

God Bless The USA, I love my country

Well, tomorrow as we celebrate Independence Day, all I can think of is how much I love the land of the free and the home of the brave. We have an incredible president Mr. Donald J. Trump who does so much for our wonderful country, as his pledge to make America great again, as we have liberty and the ability to say what we think without biting our tongue. 

So, of course I took to one of my favorite apps, Smule to record one of my favorite patriotic songs, God Bless The USA by Lee Greenwood a few minutes ago. 




Enjoy my rendition of God Bless The USA by watching the video above. If it doesn't play, just click here to listen. America, I love you! 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Chandelier by Sarah Afshar


 
When I first heard Sia sing this song, I was astonished. I just fell in love with the song. And as eccentric and unconventional as the video is, I really like it. Sia is truly a musical genius, in my opinion. Every song she creates is magic and really complements not just her style, but the artist's style too. She's written a lot of great songs by some of the best singers too including Christina Aguilera.
 
In my opinion, Chandelier embodies all of the things you love in life. It is as free-spirited as freedom gets. The song tells a story that embraces life, love and liberation.
 
If you can't see the video, simply click here to listen. Make sure you are wearing headphones.