Straight Talk Sunday: Having a Passion

It’s no secret that I love a song with a good piano section in it. If you were to get a dollar every time I said that on this blog, you’d likely be a rich fool by now. I hope it doesn’t get too repetitive when I write about it, but it probably does. The thing is, though, that can really make a song for me. I came across this cover of John Cale’s “Fear A Man’s Best Friend” by ANR (Awesome New Republic) today, and the piano melted my heart immediately.

I started to ask myself today why it is that I love piano in songs so much. Is it that the sound pleases my ears more than any other instrument? Perhaps. But I think it’s got more to do with the memories it brings up in my mind. I started taking piano lessons in Kindergarten with this incredibly kind old man named Louis Pizzolato. I’m not even sure if that’s how you spell his name because he was always referred to as Mr. P. He was a white-haired man, very old (never knew just how old, but appeared to be in his 80’s or 90’s), and he always had a bucket of candy in his office. To call it an office might be an extreme, because really it was a room next to the cafeteria at my school that could fit an old man, a piano, some candy, a couple shelves of music books, and a kid eager to learn. Nothing more than that. The lighting was always dim in that room, maybe because the window to the outside was about 6 inches by 6 inches, if I recall correctly. There were two other rooms just like this one, one on both sides, but I never knew much about those rooms. The most I ever heard was that those piano teachers rotated in and out a lot. They didn’t stick around for long. Mr. P, on the other hand, was there day in, day out, for years.

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ANR – Millionaire (Kelis Cover)

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What better way to celebrate the holidays than with an indie rock cover of an R&B song? ANR (Awesome New Republic) passionately interprets Kelis’s 2004 single “Millionaire,” which features Andre 3000. I guess the band didn’t think their milkshakes brought all the boys to the yard. Cop it out below, and swag on a million during the Andre 3000 verses. Snap.

MP3: “Millionaire (Kelis Cover)” – ANR

I woke up early this morning, but I still ain’t see the sun…

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ANR – The Endless Field of Mercury


“The Endless Field of Mercury” – ANR

When I’m not busy at my day job or posting songs for the blog, I like to spend my time listening to music that sends me floating in the clouds. In fact, I just got back from a trip to the clouds! Lucky for me, it’s a beautiful day here, so my cloud was a small one. It meant I had to hold on tight, but it also meant my great view wasn’t blocked by much. I’m back, and here to share the soundtrack to my trip with you so that maybe you can be lifted as well. I hereby present to you all, “The Endless Field of Mercury” by a band called ANR.

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