Nostalgia: Tell Him – Lauryn Hill

Long story short: If I ever had to list my all-time favorite 10 songs, “Tell Him” would be on that list.

Tell Him – Lauryn Hill [Download]

Winnie The Pooh Vs. Harry Potter

July 15 has been engraved in the back of every moviegoer’s mind that it’s the day “It all ends“, the release date of the final Harry Potter movie. But, what’s funny (not really) is that July 15 is also the release date of Disney’s new revamped-but-still-true-to-its-roots Winne The Pooh movie. Now, the genius team behind Winnie The Pooh has released TV spots poking fun at its box office competition with the mighty wizard to lessen the blow. Below are the two spot, and the full theatrical trailer for those not in the know.

Spot 1

Spot 2

Theatrical Trailer

SOTD: No Ordinary Love – Sade

Sade-Love-De-Luxe-Del-1992-DelanteraSong:  No Ordinary Love
Artist:  Sade
Album:  Love Deluxe
Genre: Soul/R&B
In short: Where to begin?

No Ordinary Love – Sade [Download]

SOTD: Be Mine! – Robyn

robyn2_1Song: Be Mine!
Artist: Robyn
Album: Robyn
Genre: Pop
In short: If you have been following the Song Of The Day segment, you’d probably notice that we featured a Swedish singer not long ago (Erik Hassle), this time it’s Robyn, another Swedish import. Robyn’s self-tilted album was first released in 2005, it’s still one of the freshest sounding records, a true benchmark in Pop music.

Be Mine! (Album Version)
Be Mine! (Verschwende Deine Jugend Remix)
Be Mine! (Ballad Version)

SOTD: Torn – Natalie Imbruglia

a9e52d41Song: Torn
Artist: Natalie Imbruglia
Album: Left Of The Middle
In short: Natalie’s biggest hit to date, doesn’t need  an introduction.

Torn – Natalie Imbruglia [Download]

SOTD: What If – Aaliyah

AaliyahSong: What If
Artist: Aaliyah
Album: Aaliyah
In short: Think of this song as R&B Metal. Weirdly enough, the scorching electric guitar only compliments her tender voice. Aaliyah might have left us long ago, but her music prevails.

What If – Aaliyah [Download]

SOTD: A Good Man Is Hard To Find – Bessie Smith

album-the-essential-bessie-smithSong: A Good Man Is Hard To Find
Artist: Bessie Smith
Album: Essential Bessie Smith
In short: Nobody sings the blues as good as Ms. Smith does. This song is bound to compel you, it’s one of Ms. Smith’s finest, as well as being one of the greatest blues songs ever sung.

A Good Man Is Hard To Find – Bessie Smith [Download]

SOTD: When I Saw You – Mariah Carey

mcSong: When I Saw You
Artist: Mariah Carey
Album: Daydream
In short: On of my all-time favorite Mariah songs, it’s such a shame she can’t sing like that anymore 😦

When I Saw You – Mariah Carey [Download]

Daria on DVD!

DariaFans of Daria can now rejoice for there will be a DVD release of the show almost 12 years since the first episode aired. There was an ad promoting Daria hitting DVD in 2010 at the begging of the newly released DVD of the long awaited MTV original The State. Above is Daria’s screencap.

Arabic GEMS

ArabicI never did an arabic version of my GEMS! post, so thought “why not?”, since arabic music is getting better, and there are a lot of good releases this year, mixed with older tunes.

AnghamRahat Layali – Angham [Download]
Only recently I got into Angham’s music, the album Leih Sebtaha is perfect, start to end. Rahat Layali is my most played song of hers, it’s very lush and melodic, which represents Angham’s music very well.

RashidLe Etteshakka – Rashid AlMajed [Download]
This song is as old as pre ’95 i think, I remember my older brother listening to the song nonstop, which made me, eventually love the song.

YaraMaroom – Yara [Download]
Download this right now, it’s probably the catchiest arabic song this year. I was very surprised when I heard her album, and LOVED it, she’s truly one of the best non-Khaleejis who sang Khaleeji.

AhlamTawwik Fithait – Ahlam [Download]
Borrowing a little more than just the strings from Asalah’s Sawaha Galbi, Ahlam storms back to the music scene with one fire cracker, this is a hit in the making. Very well produced.

NajwaHakam ElQadhi – Najwa Karam [Download]
I love Najwa Karam, and what I love more than her, is classic Najwa. Although her music is great still, nothing can touch her older albums, circa 96-99.

NawalHathy Jideeda – Nawal [Download]
Mogul producer Saham (Asalah, Ahlam) lends his magic touch to Nawal, which results in this gem of a song. Although the overall result of their work is inferior to his work with both Asalah and Ahlam.

Obviously I can’t let this post go without posting something by Asalah, so I’m going to post three of my current favorite Asalah songs, one Khaleeji, and two Egyptian/Arabic. Tegdar Terooh is definitely a standout song given it wasn’t on any of her albums, it’s a Khaleeji song, so if you enjoy her Khaleeji albums, and want a little more before her next album (confirmed to be Khaleeji) comes out, get the song. Ah Min Aynah and Ba’a Tabeay are two great gems found on her latest album Nos Hala, both are feel-good songs that fill me with joy beyond all joy.
Tegdar Terooh
Ah Min Aynah
Ba’a Tabeay

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