Showing posts with label Smule. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Smule. Show all posts

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Black Cat by Sarah Afshar

Beautiful Fall
Good Morning! As much as I have contemplated and debated whether or not to dress up for Halloween this year, I simply cannot as I have plans today. Job interview for one. But to be honest, I just don't have the time to participate in Halloween much anymore. 

As fun as the holiday is (and it is very fun - costumes, candy, pumpkins, caramel apples, etc), I will just have to entertain the idea of possibly participating in the future. Honestly, truth be told, I don't really party unless it is with family and friends, so I don't think I am missing out much. 

I can eat candy and drink apple cider at home. I am more of a Thanksgiving and Christmas girl to be honest. But for those of you celebrating Halloween today/tonight, I do hope you have an amazing one. 

Speaking of which, since today is Halloween, I thought I would share my rendition of Black Cat that I recorded last year on Smule originally for Friday the 13th. I should probably start singing more again on Smule. I still have the app installed on my phone, but have been so busy I haven't even had the chance to log onto it. 


Everyone is sharing their renditions of Thriller by Michael Jackson, I thought I would be different and sing Black Cat by Janet Jackson. To listen to my cover, simply watch/listen to the video above. If it doesn't play, just click here right now. Make sure you are wearing headphones. Photo is courtesy of my neighbor's cat Jinxie who loves to come over to my house and visit me often. 

I seriously want to go back to bed. Happy Halloween everyone. Please be safe.

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

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.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Natural (piano version) by Sarah Afshar

Imagine Dragons is one of my favorite bands. They are so unique and just bring something new, different and exciting to music. I have quite a few favorite songs from them, with their newest song Natural being one of them. I think the best way I would describe them is the Dave Matthews Band mixed with OneRepublic with a hint of Cold Play. 

The moment they released the song, I learned it because I knew I would want to record it. The day I first heard it, I learned it. You can listen to that recording by going here. Tonight, I took to Smule to create another rendition. A cover that was unique and didn't sound like every other cover of the song.


To listen to my version of Natural, simply watch the video. If it doesn't play, just click here right now.

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.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

My Own Worst Enemy by Sarah Afshar

My Own Worst Enemy is one of those classic 90's songs that reminds me of life. This song came out while I was in high school and was played on the radio a lot during that time. Recently I joined a contest for my friend Lashonda, but had to drop out as I didn't have time to sing everyday multiple times. In case you are unaware, My Own Worst Enemy is a pop punk kind of song, so I wasn't sure I was going to be able to cover this at all.

And like any risk, sometime the reward is worth it. My rendition of this song is so unique, I don't think anyone has ever done this ever with this song. I recorded all of the parts (5 total) via Smule, including the harmonies and dark growl/scream parts. I did everything from my iPhone. As much as I wanted to go darker, I didn't want to do too much. 

Here it is:


To listen to my version of My Own Worst Enemy, simply watch the video or listen to the video above. If it doesn't play, just click here right now. What do you think?

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

Bring Me To Life by Riesland featuring Sarah Afshar

Tonight on Smule, I decided to join Riesland's open duet of the classic tune Bring Me To Life by Evanesence. It's been a while since I've heard this song let alone sung this one, so I do apologize if I sound a little pitchy. 


To listen to our rendition, simply watch/listen to the video above. If it doesn't play, just click here to listen now. 

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.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Casual Affair by Sarah Afshar

Panic! at the Disco is one of those underrated bands that has so many hidden good songs. Kind of like Fall Out Boy and Muse. You hear a few of their songs and you are thinking they are good, but a lot of their great and amazing stuff is never played on the radio. 

Casual Affair is one of those songs. 

Today I decided to record this song on Smule. What do you think? 


To listen to my version of Casual Affair simply watch or listen to the video above. If it doesn't play, simply click here right now. Make sure you are listening with headphones. 

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)

Monday, July 16, 2018

In the Arms of an Angel by Sarah Afshar

So, tonight I was on Smule as usual deciding what to sing when I realized that I wanted to sing Sarah McLachlan's "In The Arms Of An Angel" as it is such a beautiful song with so much depth, spirit and meaning. I heard this song when I was much younger, but didn't really appreciate it until I heard it on Animal Planet on one of the animal commercials. Then, when I heard about McLachlan's humanitarian efforts, especially towards animals, I just fell in love with it. 

I originally recorded this song in late 2017. You can listen to that rendition here



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

Friday, July 13, 2018

My Immortal by Sarah Afshar

I remember when I first heard this song. It was back in 2004. I was living in York, Pennsylvania at the time. The song was so dark yet so angelic and possessed a message so big, I felt immediately such a strong relation to the song. 

So tonight, I took Smule to record My Immortal. I decided to add the super pop filter to my cover of the song. I also added some trills, as I wanted to do something different with the song without changing the arrangement. 


With risk there is reward. I hope that is the case with this particular cover. To listen to my rendition of My Immortal, simply watch/listen to the video. If it doesn't play, just click here now. 

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