Results for The Dawn of a Brand New Day

Happy February everyone!

It is the month where I hope to get back on 100% track with this blog if there isn’t any more vacations or illness. But before any new posts, I want to announce the winners of the last Battle of the Songs.

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Battle of the Songs: The Dawn of a Brand New Day

What kind of words or phrases do you associate with New Years?

New, brand, brand new, brand new day, renewal, refresh, relive, dawn, early, inspiring, inspiration, start, new start, resolution, new year, new you.

Today’s Battle of the Songs features songs that mention the concept of brand new. Whether it is a brand new day or a brand new start, one of these songs (or perhaps all) below will inspire you to live 2019 to the fullest.

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Which Song Are You Playing in This Late Autumn Season?

Before beginning today’s post, I have an important announcement to make. A dear blogger, Crisly Zerrudo from Empowering and Uplifting, recently had a family emergency. Her father suffered a stroke last week.  He made it through surgery but has a long road of recovery ahead.

Please take your time and help Crisly out by donating money to pay off the medical bills. Also, please share her story on social media. You can check out the information and ways you can give here: https://gogetfunding.com/help-my-dad-recover-from-stroke/

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.

Thank you!


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I can admit that I am not ready for the cold weather. Recently, I have been sleeping in a cocoon of blankets during the nighttime. Using the heater here in Japan is very expensive, so you have to be creative and think about other ways to keep yourself creatively.

But the cold weather hasn’t stopped the positive vibes flowing in the mornings. Excellent breakfast with a homemade latte makes the mornings even brighter. But, what makes it genuinely fantastic is this one unknown song from a well-known singer.

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UK Pop-Rock Band Kimono Loco Mixes Nostalgic and Modern-Day Musical Themes With “Hello, How Are You?”

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Kimono Loco has become one of my new favorite bands this year. The band released their 80’s flavored EP,  entitled “Hello, How Are You?”, about two months ago. It features a musical throwback to the 80s with a modern twist of featuring indies rock-pop — a sound that I am in love with. This amazing blend of an 80s throwback, pop, and indies rock in  “Hello, How Are You?” is a definite recommendation for any music listener as it energetic, refreshing, and nostalgic.

I recently drummer Alejo Sonnenberg a couple of questions about the band, their influences, and their recent releases via email. Take a peek under the cut to find out what recent artist inspires them (And what you should listen for in their music!)

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“We’re Alright” in Getting Over Those Roadblocks in Our Lives — How Do You Overcome Them?

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October has been a rollercoaster for me! This weekend, I caught a terrible cold that had me bedridden for a couple of days. I am just coming back “online”, aka back to normal, after spending pretty much four days sleeping and fighting a head cold.

I have meant to write about today’s artist for a while now. This artist has recently released two new songs within the past three months, with the current released about two weeks ago.  As a singer-songwriter, Jeremy Hoekstra has a beautiful talent for blending the sounds from different musical genres into his songs.

I had the privilege to review his latest release “We’re Alright”. This song’s message is very relatable to our lives. How so? Find out behind the cut!

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Blast From the Past: Misfits of Sciences

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Happy April, Readers! Hope that the weather is getting warmer where you are at! Indeed, it has been beautiful here in central Japan. I been passing the time by enjoying the spring weather, watching cherry blossoms spring to life beside my apartment’s window, writing, and also watching obscure 80s’ American TV shows like The Charmings, Starman, Out of This World, and others.  (All thanks to Wikipedia and Youtube!)

I have never really heard of Misfits of Science before I stumble on a Youtube video that showcased theme songs from “bizarre” 80s’ shows. Since I was born three years after the show’s premiere., all I know about the show is that: Courtney Cox starred in it, who would later star in the 90s’ staple TV show Friends, a charming Dean Paul Martin, and it sort-of piggybacks on the success of Ghostbusters as both share a mutual theme of “weird science” You could also say that “Misfits” is the distant cousin of Fantastic Four or even X-Men when you think about “beings” having strange superpowers.

For those who don’t remember this lost 80s’ show, “Misfit” premiered in the fall of 1985 on NBC. It only ran for sixteen episodes as it was canceled due to low ratings. It wasn’t the show’s fault though; it was competing against the mega-successful, ratings dominant Dallas during the same time slot.

Why am I writing about a TV show on a music blog? Am I forgetting my bearings? Let me talk about the theme song because sometimes the songs themselves are worthy to talk about.

The theme song for Misfits of Science was composed by Basil Poledouris, a Greek-American composer who created music for various TV shows and movies like Conan the Barbarian, RoboCop, and Free Willy. He also wrote music for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Meanwhile, the theme’s performer is a singer-songwriter named Karen Lawrence. Since the 70s, Lawrence has been featured as the lead singer for L.A. Jets, 1994, Karen Lawrence and the Pinz, and Blue by Nature while singing back vocals for Aerosmith and Jeff Beck. She released her only album, entitled Rip and Tear, in 1986 under the label Revolver.

The theme song is entirely an HI-NRG rock tune. There are some spots where the song slows down, especially at the pre-chorus where the BPM clocks in the lower 200s, compared to the verses’ BPM of around 225. But, it isn’t solely about the BPM that defines its sound. You can hear it in the instrumentation. The composer used a combination of electric guitars, electronic keyboards, bell-like tones, a drum kit, and a synthesizer. I feel like this song could be in the minor key to give it an edgy sound, but I could be mistaken.

I think the aspect I love about this song is the upbeat tempo, the edginess, and the “weirdness” factor that goes between the pre-chorus and chorus. You can hear it between 3:24 – 3:28 where a dissonant chord resolves into a consonant one, maybe into a half-cadence. The “weird” key, rock structure works perfectly for the show as the theme is “weird science”. But, the chorus adds a nice touch to the song as it changes directions and tries to resolve the song’s rock, edgy tension with a positive and relaxed melody.

Lastly, I think Karen Lawrence’s vocals are a perfect fit for this as her tone has that edgy, hard-rock tone to it that brings a balance to the song.

It is a shame that Misfits of Science only lasted half a season as the theme song is splendid. I might be biased as others have labeled this show as “awful,” but I love this theme song.  It reflects a perfect combination of vocals and instrumentation in the vein of the edgy, HI-NRG hard rock that was found prominent in the mid-80s. You can listen below and tell me what you think! 😀