Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Vivian




Vivian Green will be releasing her sophomore release "Vivian" Spring 2005! Check back soon to listen to new music, watch new video, check out new images of Vivian, and much more...Keep it locked right here at http://www.viviangreen.com


With Vivian performing a few nights ago - showcasing her classic hits such as a resounding rendition of "What Is Love?" and "Emotional Rollercoaster", she also pumped out three stunningly wonderful new tracks, "Mad", "Damn" and "Sweet Memory." And judging from the audiences there, things can only look up for Miss Green (recently single and working hard at the gym to lose those post-baby body blues).



"Vivian" will drop at the end of May 2005. Be sure to get your very own copy.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Love For Sale - Part 2

"I would have sung any song they asked me to sing, but I love "Love for Sale," so I was cool with that. The song was actually banned from radio for years when it was originally written because it's about a prostitute - it's very sultry, very melancholy. It's a great song. De-lovely was the perfect thing for me to do because I'm so familiar with the music. It was just an honor to be there." Vivian Green






Love For Sale

When the only sound in the empty street,
Is the heavy tread of the heavy feet
That belong to a lonesome cop
I open shop.

When the moon so long has been gazing down
On the wayward ways of this wayward town.
That her smile becomes a smirk,
I go to work.

Love for sale,
Appetising young love for sale.
Love that's fresh and still unspoiled,
Love that's only slightly soiled,
Love for sale.

Who will buy?
Who would like to sample my supply?
Who's prepared to pay the price,
For a trip to paradise?
Love for sale

Let the poets pipe of love
in their childish way,
I know every type of love
Better far than they.

If you want the thrill of love,
I've been through the mill of love;
Old love, new love
Every love but true love

Love for sale.
Appetising young love for sale.
If you want to buy my wares.
Follow me and climb the stairs
Love for sale.
Love for sale.

Let the poets pipe of love
in their childish way,
I know every type of love
Better far than they.

If you want the thrill of love,
I've been through the mill of love;
Old love, new love
Every love but true love

Love for sale.
Appetising young love for sale.
If you want to buy my wares.
Follow me and climb the stairs
Love for sale.
Love for sale.
Love for sale.


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Vivian Green in De-Lovely. Photo courtesy of MGM.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Cole Porter and Nostalgia

One of my main complaint about the state of modern music is the lack of...well, music. As extrapolated on my other blog, the scandalous techniques, sly marketing, millions of money poured into feeding the frenzy MTV generation has spawn a depravity of music.

Hip-hop being the main offender, it's story-less lyrical play only depict their superficiality with huge amounts of materialistic wealth, or "bling bling" on display. Pop music has always been a main player - although its roots are firmly held in commercialism of the industry, which translates to it's disposability as its demise as well.

So what is the answer? To find out, we have to look to the past. Although this is not an exercise in nostalgia as there is no reference point to the "golden past", I will focus on one song in particular that has captured my heart, my ears and its resounding nostalgia.




LOVE FOR SALE


Devastating, smokey, convincing, deprived, depressed...the melancholic adjectives continue to roll off the tip of my tongue. This precisely captures Vivian Green's take on "Love For Sale." Originally a classic piece from the troubled American, Cole Porter, Ms. Green serves up an equally depressive, yet brilliant cover for the De-Lovely movie and soundtrack.

Other classic jazz artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday had covered it, but Ms. Green touches it with a dash of bittersweetness. Instead of producing it to the nth degree, the song relies heavily on the masculine piano performance, a touch of brush drums and allowing all the space Ms. Green needs to put on a convincing vocal and emotive performance.

What makes this song stand out from the rest is that it conveys the story of a prostitute - a contentious topic that even today, MTV does not show or report. Despite the overt female sexuality on display in music video clips and even lyrically, nothing comes close than an outsider speaking knowingly on the discourse of "love". Ms. Green's breathy vocals has the air of defiance, melancholy refuting any emancipatory celebration of what continues to be a socially demeaned position and status within the society.

So we resort to nostalgia for music. No doubt the genre-defying beats and rhythm still rule, or sassy, cut-throat lyrical play. But can today's modern take on music survive? Can it breath life? Vivian Green and Cole Porter are testament to it.







Vivian Green singing "Love For Sale" in Winkler's "De-Lovely." Photo courtesy from MGM.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Tired

COULDN'T HAVE GIVEN YOU MORE. I TRIED TO LOVE YOU LIKE YOU LOVED ME. MAYBE FOR THE WRONG REASONS. MAYBE. AT FIRST IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. EVERY GIRL HAS A FAIRYTALE. BUT THEN YOU WAKE UP AND SEE IT'S NOT ALL IT'S CRACKED UP TO BE.


I GOTTA GO. I GOTTA LEAVE. SO PLEASE DON'T MAKE IT HARD FOR ME. I'VE GIVEN UP. I'M TIRED OF LOVE. I GOTTA LET IT GO.


NOW I TAKE THE BLAME. FOR TRYING TO STAY AND WORK IT OUT. SHOULD'VE LEFT BEFORE IT GOT COMPLICATED. SHOULD'VE LEFT WHEN THERE WAS STILL SOME HAPPINESS.


YES I TAKE THE BLAME FOR HAVING FAITH IN THE RELATIONSHIP. I THOUGHT IT MADE ME COMPLETE. BUT THE TRUTH IS. I'M COMPLETE WITHOUT IT.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Gotta Go Gotta Leave




Vivian Green's first single off her sophomore album, "Vivian," hit back hard. Similar to the angst of "Emotional Rollercoaster," Green comes off the firing ranks - with a heated display of disatisfaction with her now ex-husband. She is tired. Tired of love.



Label: SONY URBAN MUSIC/COLUMBIA

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CD Maxi Single 5 inch
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May 3, 2005


1 Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired) Junior's 27th Street Club Mix 8:42
2 Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired) Eddie Baez' Anthem Mix 11:09
3 Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired) Morel's Pink Noise Vocal Mix 7:43
4 Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired) Morel's Tired Of Love Mix 5:25
5 Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired) Album Version 4:36

Thursday, May 05, 2005

The Life Of Ms. Green




Vivian Green grew up in Philadelphia, where she started singing at an early age. She began playing the piano at age eight and writing songs when she was 11. At 13, she joined a girl group called Younique. She spent her teens writing, sending out demos, and singing wherever she could. Her break came when she was hired as a backup singer for Jill Scott, who took her on tour internationally. That connection eventually led to record company interest, and Green signed to Columbia Records in November 2001. Her debut album, "A Love Story," was released one year later detailing her emotional love journey with her husband.

Though only 23 when she released "A Love Story," Green turned that page with a CD that showcases personal lyrics and her exceptional voice. The recording features songs that follow big changes in Green's life, all set to a range of soul, pop and jazz-inspired arrangements showcasing her rich vocal talents.


As she starts to release her sophomore album, self-titled "Vivian," she will present another level of musical journey. She has now split from her husband, giving birth and is now a stronger, fulfilled woman. And just like her life detailed in "A Love Story," no doubt this next phase in her life will be outlined in plain site on "Vivian." She can only climb higher.




[biography quoted from William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide with additional information added]

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

The Former Backup Singer





Ladies and gentleman, in return to some jazz class, I welcome the former backup singer Vivian Green to the stage.

Her neo-soul class, smooth honey vocals and catchy hooks, she will reel you in with her seduction, clever emotional lyrics and style. Blowing up with her massive debut single "Emotional Rollercoaster" in late 2003, Ms. Green has grown from strength to strength.

In this "May" edition, we dissect a musical journey that will definitely take you places you have not been before. Embrace her charm, let her music take you over and enjoy the ride.