LRLS: Jan 2017 [Closer – The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey]

Happy New Year friends! The last month of the year is always a bit frantic – time seems to pass strangely. Sometimes it feels like the first half of December is the calm before the storm… time goes slowly – there’s plenty of time to get things organised… you blink and suddenly it’s 3 days before Christmas, the panic has set it… Why didn’t I have half of my friends on my Christmas list? Do we even buy presents for eachother anymore? How do you spell their daughter’s name? Why do all the cool scooters only take weights of up to 45 kilos? Argh!

Then of course, the overwhelming quantities of food available – and why do I seem to think that I need to eat until I feel like I might be pregnant with a food baby?

Luckily, I normally do a run on NYE – which helps me feel like I can get away with the vast amounts of everything that has happened in the last week! This year there was a crazy amount of traffic – it took about 3-4 times longer to get to the run, which meant that I unfortunately missed being part of the race. Instead, I ran by myself and caught up with fellow runners at the finish line.

Anyway, I’ve survived the month of December! I was MUCH more organised with finding and recording a LRLS track – I’ve at least learnt that I don’t want to be scrambling to find a song to record/mix on New Year’s Day!!

Here’s to the start of another great year. Have a listen to what was originally another dance-pop song – enjoy!
Gav

Song Title: Closer
Original Artist: The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
GavJazz level applied: Medium

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LRLS: Dec 2016 [I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry]

Hello December my old friend. I’ve made it – WE’VE made it! Another 12 songs have been added into the Lounge-Room Lounge Series and I’m stoked about it.

This latest month has included a lot of preparation for the Voiceworks end of year show (Voiceworks = the choir that I love playing for). It’s been a great challenge – we’re performing the show (“Sparkle and Shine”) on 2nd and 3rd of December. *Spoiler alert*: I just might have a sneaky little solo thrown in too. This will be great – details at www.voiceworks.org.au – I can’t wait!

In other news, I recently met a lady walking her pet pig down by the river. I never thought the sight of a domesticated pig being walked – on a lead – in a picturesque (and nice) part of the city – would make me so so SO happy! #PigsAreBiggerThanYouThink

I love doing songs that have been written to always be performed by a female. I try not to change many lyrics when I do them either – which usually makes you think about things in a slightly different way. “I kissed a girl” is a perfect example of one of those songs – I hope it brings everyone else as much joy as it brings me.

I’ll see you all in the new year – enjoy!
Gav

Song Title: I Kissed A Girl
Original Artist: Katy Perry
GavJazz level applied: Medium

 

LRLS: Nov 2016 [Sunday Morning – Maroon 5]

Gawd. We’re in November. NOVEMBER! Time has absolutely flown by and we’re basically at the end of another year… again!

This past month has been good. I trained for and completed a half-marathon in windy (not to mention rainy) Fremantle. It was a nice Sunday morning, went for a jog, had a bite to eat, then spent the rest of the day in bed as I was EXHAUSTED! In fact, everything was sore as I’d also gone rock-climbing a couple of days prior to the race… so it actually felt like everything hurt!

As usual, I had no idea about what song to try this month. I really wanted to make a specific 90’s hit work, but just couldn’t make it stick… who knows – it might be workshopped for a future month instead?

Interestingly, inspiration for this song came from me trying things in a different order this time – I started drafting up this post before I’d picked a song to try, and hey! “Sunday Morning” sprang to mind. Thanks Maroon 5.

Enjoy!
Gav

Song Title: Sunday Morning
Original Artist: Maroon 5
GavJazz level applied: High

LRLS: Oct 2016 [Moving On Up – M People]

Here’s a little secret… that almost everyone I know already knows… There are some – *cough* *cough* MANY *cough* – months where I have absolutely no inspiration with new songs to pick to #GavJazz & end up being so grateful for the internet always being there to save me.

This month was not meant to be one of those months. I’d recently had an awesome time working with a wonderful group of people (“Voiceworks Plus”) – who had put in an amazing amount of work produce a one-night-only musical for the community to enjoy. It was called “Sweet Tooth – The Musical” – and it got everyone thinking a bit more about their dental hygiene habits! (Basic storyline = Dentist in a small town is not making enough money & needs to drum up some more business, so sets out to put sugar in the water supply to rot everyone’s teeth!)

Anyway, there were a few new tunes that I’d had to learn for this show, so I thought that I might be able to repurpose one of the numbers to be a GavJazz hit. As it turned out, the songs were already great, I didn’t get any tingly feelings when trying to do something interesting to them, so I was back to square one – trying to find a song for this post.

As always, my number one google search (“top 90’s hits”) came to the rescue yet again! It yielded a new site that I hadn’t noticed before, reminding me of a song I’d long forgotten – “Moving On Up” – M People.

Enjoy!
Gav

Song Title: Moving On Up
Original Artist: M People
GavJazz level applied: High

 

LRLS: Sept 2016 [Say it – Flume (feat. Tove Lo)]

There have been so many good things said about the Netflix series “Stranger Things” – that I had to see what all the fuss was about. I loved it! Aside from the cool storyline with awesome acting, it’s set in 1983 and the soundtrack uses the BEST synth sounds!

I don’t normally search out synth music. Whilst binge-watching this show, I had no option but to listen to the stuff again – and it’s left me with a desire to try out synth sounds again.

Previous synth attempts in the past have not had any success, so nobody outside of my music room has ever heard the results. I persevered this time – had a play around with some settings on my keyboard and ended up with a mostly inoffensive sound that was interesting to work with.

I think this is still classified as “Jazz”… “Electro Lounge” must be a thing already – let’s call it that.

Enjoy!
Gav

Song Title: Say it
Original Artist: Flume (feat. Tove Lo)
GavJazz level applied: Medium

LRLS: August 2016 [You’re the one that I want – Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta]

People LOSE IT when they hear the Grease Megamix. I don’t get it – but everyone gets really excited – there’s screaming, a stampede to the d-floor, group singing & general happiness everywhere.

I’ve been to this club that mainly plays 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music to witness this phenomenon myself. It was contagious. I found myself just as excited to be there but kinda happy once the song was over – it’s pretty long & has that infamous “ugh” at the end that I love and hate at the same time.

Anyway, it is a long-long-long song & whilst busting out my Grease-y moves, I had some time to think that I do actually like the music from Grease… So here it is, one of the Grease songs I’ve probably always wanted to try (deep down) but hadn’t until yesterday.

Enjoy!
Gav

Song Title: You’re the one that I want
Original Artist: Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta
GavJazz level applied: Medium

LRLS: July 2016 [7 Years – Lukas Graham]

Time has flown by since the last LRLS post – I feel like I was only just trying to work out what song to try yesterday, and now it’s the first of the month again.

Actually, between rehearsing/performing at the mid-year show for the cool choir I play for (“Voiceworks”), a rent inspection (house is super clean right now), training for and doing the marathon relay race with family & friends (fun/tiring way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday without anyone needing to actually run a full marathon) and soaking up as much music/talent as possible at the Perth International Jazz Festival… it has been a full-on month!

By the way, 1 July is the start of the new financial year in Australia. Happy New (Financial) Year everyone – some of that paperwork you’ve been holding onto only needs to be kept for… 7 Years.

Enjoy!
Gav

Song Title: 7 Years
Original Artist: Lukas Graham
GavJazz level applied: low

LRLS: June 2016 [Walk On By – Dionne Warwick]

I’m a bit of a space-cadet when it comes to song lyrics, but I’m always the first to admit that I don’t really listen to lyrics *that* closely. In fact, there are songs that I’ve listened to and loved for years – without knowing what the lyrics were ever about. Usually I just like the overall “sound” of the song without taking into consideration what it’s even about.

It’s probably only when I need to record a song that I’ll actively search for the lyrics, trying to understand what I’m about to sing about. Most times I’m pleasantly surprised, sometimes embarrassed I’d never realised what was going on this entire time!

This time, I was deeply moved.

Enjoy!
Gav

Song Title: Walk On By
Original Artist: Dionne Warwick
GavJazz level applied: moderate

LRLS: May 2016 [My House – Flo Rida]

The best (and worst) part about moving house is looking at the things you’re about to pack/move/unpack and questioning yourself – “Do I really need this?”

In the most recent month, a few friends have packed up their life and moved it to a different space. I on the other hand have just looked at all my belongings and realised that I don’t want to have to think about it so much when I do move… So I’m doing it now!

I’ve been doing some serious bouts of decluttering at my place – making a decision to give away an item a day. It’s actually been quite hard, but definitely rewarding. I’m looking forward to getting to the point where I’m (mostly!) only surrounded by the things that I “need”, instead of the things I “want”.

I took a break from decluttering to record, “My House” – yep – this was the month of the house!

Enjoy!
Gav

Song Title: My House
Original Artist: Flo Rida
GavJazz level applied: moderate

LRLS: Apr 2016 [Your Body is a Wonderland – John Mayer]

John Mayer was the first artist I ever forked out my own money to go see perform live. It was definitely seventy bucks well-spent.

It was probably around 2005 or 2006, we’d enjoyed the first 20 seconds of the opening song then the power onstage tripped. Mayer and his band were instantly in the dark with no power to make music. As a musician, I found it interesting to see how they handled this unplanned event – they just quickly evacuated the stage so the stage crew could get everything working again.

The stage crew were excellent – they quickly got the power back, Mayer and his band came back onstage & everyone enjoyed an awesome concert.

Looking back, it was an eye-opening moment for me – I realised I like it when unexpected things happen and nobody panics… Everyone just does what they’re meant to do and everything works out.

This was one of the big Mayer songs from 2002 that I fell in love with & happily sang along to at the concert.

Enjoy!
Gav

Song Title: Your Body is a Wonderland
Original Artist: John Mayer
GavJazz level applied: moderate