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 Yael Naim “Go To The River” 


Yael Naïm (Hebrewיעל נעים‎‎, born 6 February 1978 in Paris, France), is an IsraeliFrench singer-songwriter. She rose to fame in 2008 in the US after her hit single “New Soul” was used by Apple in an advertising campaign for its MacBook Air. The song peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Yael Naïm was born in ParisFrance to Sephardic Jewish immigrants from Tunisia. At the age of four, she moved with her family to Ramat HaSharon, Israel, where she spent the rest of her childhood. She served in the Israel Defense Forces as a soloist in the Israeli Air Force Orchestra.[1]

She began her singing career with a part in the musical Les Dix Commandements[2] and her first solo album, In a Man’s Womb (recorded in Los Angeles with Kamil Rustam), was released in 2001. She also sang the song “You Disappear” by Bruno Coulais for the film Harrison’s Flowers. In her early work, she was credited simply as Yaël. She also performed a duet with Din Din Aviv titled “Mashmauyot”.[3]

Naïm joined with percussionist David Donatien and, over a period of two years, they arranged and recorded thirteen of Naïm’s songs in a studio in her apartment in Paris.[4] These were released as her second album, Yael Naïm, on 22 October 2007, on the Tôt ou tard label. The songs are in French, English and Hebrew and received critical acclaim.[2] The album entered the French album chart at No. 11 the week after its release. Her style has been described as having a touch of folk and a touch of jazz, with mysterious and evocative words sung with a delicate and intentionally husky voice.[5]

In January 2008, Apple featured her song “New Soul” in its debut commercial for the MacBook Air laptop. Steve Jobs himself picked the song for the launch of the laptop line.[6][7][8] Owing to high U.S. digital sales, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 for the chart week of 16 February 2008, at No. 9, becoming Naïm’s first U.S. top ten single, and making her the first Israeli solo artist to ever have a top ten hit in the United States. “New Soul” moved up to No. 7 the following week. The song was also featured on the soundtrack of the movies The House Bunny and Wild Target.

Her third album was released in November 2010. The first single from this new record was “Go to the River”.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2018 in blues, music, smooth jazz

 

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 “Yael Naim – Paris -” (French w/English lyrics)

 



Yael Naïm (Hebrewיעל נעים‎‎, born 6 February 1978 in Paris, France), is an IsraeliFrench singer-songwriter. She rose to fame in 2008 in the US after her hit single “New Soul” was used by Apple in an advertising campaign for its MacBook Air. The song peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Yael Naïm was born in ParisFrance to Sephardic Jewish immigrants from Tunisia.

At the age of four, she moved with her family to Ramat HaSharon, Israel, where she spent the rest of her childhood. She served in the Israel Defense Forces as a soloist in the Israeli Air Force Orchestra.[1]

She began her singing career with a part in the musical Les Dix Commandements[2] and her first solo album, In a Man’s Womb (recorded in Los Angeles with Kamil Rustam), was released in 2001. She also sang the song “You Disappear” by Bruno Coulais for the film Harrison’s Flowers. In her early work, she was credited simply as Yaël. She also performed a duet with Din Din Aviv titled “Mashmauyot”.[3]

Naïm joined with percussionist David Donatien and, over a period of two years, they arranged and recorded thirteen of Naïm’s songs in a studio in her apartment in Paris.[4] These were released as her second album, Yael Naïm, on 22 October 2007, on the Tôt ou tard label. The songs are in French, English and Hebrew and received critical acclaim.[2] The album entered the French album chart at No. 11 the week after its release. Her style has been described as having a touch of folk and a touch of jazz, with mysterious and evocative words sung with a delicate and intentionally husky voice.

Apple featured her song “New Soul” in its debut commercial for the MacBook Air laptop. Steve Jobs himself picked the song for the launch of the laptop line.[6][7][8] Owing to high U.S. digital sales, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 for the chart week of 16 February 2008, at No. 9, becoming Naïm’s first U.S. top ten single, and making her the first Israeli solo artist to ever have a top ten hit in the United States. “New Soul” moved up to No. 7 the following week. The song was also featured on the soundtrack of the movies The House Bunny and Wild Target.

Her third album was released in November 2010. The first single from this new record was “Go to the River”.

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Biograph

Paris
(translated lyrics)

I ran to a different place so far
As far as I could
And I’m in Paris

The lights burn grey and clouds
I’m happy and feel good but I’m so cold
In Paris

Turning round and round in enchanted spell bounded alleys swallow me
I’m in Paris

Beautiful buildings you’re old and so noble
But will you keep me warm
In Paris?

I came here to get a bit blinded
Beautiful illusion of mine, try to catch me
I’m in Paris

\n Getting lost again
Sad dream. I’m famous already
And they know of me
Here in Paris

Now your voice is whispering to me from afar
“I miss you, come back to me already from Paris.
I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you and..
And Paris”

If it’s so good for me here then why am I crying again

The plane is landing and there are no clouds

Happiness percolates into me again
Goodbye Paris

 
 

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“Nancy Wilson-If I Could”

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Nancy Wilson is an American singer with more than seventy albums, and three Grammy Awards. She has been labeled a singer of blues, jazz, R&B, pop and soul, a “consummate actress”, and “the complete entertainer”
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 “Sade The Sweetest Taboo with Lyrics” 

“The Sweetest Taboo” is a song by English band Sade, taken from their second album Promise (1985). While the song peaked at #31 on the UK Singles Chart, it fared considerably better in the United States, where it reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1986, remaining in the Top 40 for 13 weeks. It also became the band’s second consecutive number-one hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, following “Smooth Operator”. It is considered the group’s signature song.
“The Sweetest Taboo” is mentioned in the lyrics of Prince’s 2005 charity single “S.S.T.”, as well as in Mos Def’s 1999 song “Ms. Fat Booty”.

The French duo Les Nubians recorded a song called “Tabou” on their 1998 album Princesses Nubiennes, credited as a French adaptation of “The Sweetest Taboo”, although the lyrics are significantly different.

British artists Glamma Kid and Shola Ama sampled the song in 1999 in a somewhat more upbeat version with both a ragga and R&B feel to it. It was released as a single only.

The song was featured in a 1985 episode of the US daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless.

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“SMOOTH” – SANTANA

“Smooth” is a collaboration between Latin rock band Santana and Matchbox Twenty vocalist Rob Thomas. The song was written by Thomas, DeGaetano, and Itaal Shur, produced by Matt Serletic and sung by Thomas. It won three Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Not only was it the final number-one Hot 100 hit of the 1990s, it was also the number-two Hot 100 hit of the 20th century. “Smooth” is the only song to appear on two decade-end Billboard charts. As of 2013, “Smooth” is ranked the second most successful song of all time by Billboard.

Concept and background

“Smooth” was originally conceived by Shur as a song called “Room 17”. The lyrics were stripped off and the track was given to Thomas, who re-wrote the lyrics and melody and re-titled it “Smooth”, then recorded the song as a demo to play for Santana. After hearing the song, Santana decided to have Thomas record the final version.[1] Matt Serletic (who produced Matchbox Twenty’s debut album Yourself or Someone Like You) produced the song and it was released from Santana’s album Supernatural.

Thomas wrote “Smooth” for his wife, Marisol Maldonado. He stated in interviews that the lyric “My Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa” was inspired by the 1972 Elton John song “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters”,[citation needed] which includes references to the 1961 Ben E. King song “Spanish Harlem”.
Success

“Smooth” became a massive hit in 1999, spending 12 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 beginning with the October 23, 1999 issue. It was the first chart-topping song in Carlos Santana’s long-running career (his previous biggest hit being “Black Magic Woman”, which peaked at number four in 1971). The song stayed in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 for 30 weeks, a record only bested by “How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes. In 2015, Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” also surpassed “Smooth” by spending 31 weeks in the top ten.

In the United Kingdom, “Smooth” first charted at number 75 in the UK Singles Chart in October 1999. On a full release in March 2000 it peaked at number 3, spending eight weeks in the top 40.
“Smooth” also spent a record-breaking ten consecutive weeks at the top of the VSpot Top 20 Countdown, a record that held up until the Dixie Chicks broke it in 2006.

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Posted by on April 7, 2018 in latin music, music, smooth jazz

 

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 “C’ EST SI BON (IT IS SO GOOD) EARTHA KITT” 

Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American singer, actress, dancer, activist and comedian, known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of “C’est si bon” and the enduring Christmas novelty smash “Santa Baby“, which were both US Top 10 hits. Orson Welles once called her the “most exciting woman in the world”.[3]

Kitt began her career in 1943 and appeared in the 1945 original Broadway theatre production of the musical Carib Song. In the early 1950s, she had six US Top 30 hits, including “Uska Dara” and “I Want to be Evil”. Her other notable recordings include the UK Top 10 hit “Under the Bridges of Paris” (1954), “Just an Old Fashioned Girl” (1956) and “Where Is My Man” (1983). She starred in 1967 as Catwoman, in the third and final season of the television series Batman. In 1968, her career in America suffered after she made anti-war statements at a White House luncheon. Ten years later, she made a successful return to Broadway in the 1978 original production of the musical Timbuktu!, for which she received the first of her two Tony Award nominations. Her second was for the 2000 original production of the musical The Wild Party. Kitt wrote three autobiographies—Thursday’s Child (1956), Alone with Me (1976) and I’m Still Here: Confessions of a Sex Kitten (1989). She also played Lady Eloise in 1992 film Boomerang, starring Eddie Murphy.

Kitt found a new generation of fans through her roles in the Disney films The Emperor’s New Groove (2000), in which she voiced the villainous Yzma, and Holes (2003). She reprised the role as Yzma in the direct-to-video sequel Kronk’s New Groove (2005), as well as the animated series The Emperor’s New School (2006–2008). Her work on the latter earned her two Daytime Emmy Awards. She posthumously won a third Emmy in 2010 for her guest performance on Wonder Pets.

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LYRICS IN ENGLISH

It is so good
From anywhere
Arms on top of arm
By singing songs

It is so good
To say soft words
Little things at all
But who say a lot

Seeing our delighted mine
Passers-by on the street envy us
It is so good
Watching in his eyes
A wonderful hope
Who gives the thrill

It is so good
These small sensations
It’s better than a million
It’s so, so good

(It’s good, it’s good)
Mmm, it’s good

There it’s good
Passers-by in the street
Arms on top of arm
By singing songs
What a wonderful hope
Mmm, it’s good

I’m looking for a millionaire
With great “Cadillac car”
“Mink coats”
Jewelry up to your neck, you know?

Mmm, it’s good
This little sensation
Or maybe someone
With a small yacht, no?

Ah, it’s good
It’s good, it’s good
You know I would wait
Someone who could bring me
Lots of “loot”

Tonight? Tomorrow? Next week?
Whenever
Mmm, it’s good, so good
It will be very. Crazy, no?
So, it’s so good!

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Angelina Jordan – a seven-year-old sings ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ 

Angelina Jordan – a seven-year-old sings ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ 

This 7-year old gives a “bravo” performance in 2014 singing Fly Me To The Moon  on Senkveld The Late Show… 

On a March appearance on Norwegian late-night show Senkveld, the 7-year-old Norway’s Got Talent alum sang Sinatra’s classic “Fly Me to the Moon” in a jazzy style that belied her young age. (She has since turned 8.)

Maybe it’s her accent, but something about Jordan’s singing is able to transport us back to the smoky bars of the 1950s, a time when men wore hats and women were “gals.”  people.com


Enjoy!

Despite being born years after Ol’ Blue Eyes’s death, Norway’s Angelina Jordan has done Frank Sinatra‘s memory proud.

 

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