Donivan / Songs / Billy Joel - Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

Variedad de colores musicales...

Desde el comienzo del tema nos damos cuenta que estamos ante una canción que brilla por su originalidad. Con esa intro de piano que le aporta un aura muy elegante. Las bases rítmicas variantes con cierto sabor a los setenta pero con un hermoso tono de modernidad. Los arreglos de los instrumentos de viento también le aportan una singularidad muy bonita.Y sin duda lo que más sorprende en su escucha, es la voz de su protagonista que trabaja diferentes registros aportándole mucha naturalidad. La guinda una melodía muy fácil de escuchar y que te hace querer más.

I lost

I am at the Publix library right now and I misplaced my Jedi head phones. Wow.  That's too bad huh? Well, I guess I will talk about my day for my bitcoin if you don't mind.  Very good.  I feel pretty decent actually. I like taking baths.  I took a bath earlier today and played WITH myself.  I get lonely in the bath sometimes.  Do you understand my pain?  The pressure sometimes is  unbearable AND at the momement...well nevermind...THANK YOU for using NUMBER ONE MUSIC dot COM. THE STEPBROTHER

Remarkable Cover-Version

This studio recording make me remembering again the imagination of the popular song from B. Joel´s album "The Stranger" in 1977. Billy is a class all by himself. But Donivan is with this great cover-version very close to. He has a real dynamic voice and brilliant vocal projection. The virtuos piano sounds perfect and carry the recording. This is definitely a very professional and similar arrangement. The song is a medley of three distinct styles fused into one. "Italian Restaurant" begins as a gentle, melodic piano ballad and segues into a uptempo jazz-influenced music including clarinet, trombone, tuba and saxophone solo, leading into a rock and roll song. This one is a really perfect studio recording and overall an impressive cover-version. The song was a radio hit and it´s worth to listen to this ambitous reproduction. I´m sure you will like to add it. Let others know your recommendation.

THe importance of Vocal Casting and problem of abrupt Musical Identity shifts

Hi Donivan, Thanks for asking me to critique and review this epic piece of aural Theatre! Firstly i don't feel qualified to critique this style and approach so i confess my ignorance. I am sharing my opinion as an novice to this Genre. Stars: I love the Piano playing and the excellent musicianship of your band. However I came away after the first listen unsure had you simply edited three different songs of yours together using piano motifs or drums and cymbal swells to glue the edits together! I would have liked to have the lyrics available to follow the kaleidoscopic journey from Accordions to sultry Romantic Saxophone solos to a strained vocal transition to a frantic conversational report about remembrances of the past connection - the tone of which ( the vocals) seems emotionally OFF - disturbed and frenetic, though the Clarinet sound tries to point my heart to the fact that they were having a wild night, the vocalist lost emotional connection - at least with me. Then the scene seems to shift even further back to a prom night without the songwriter making an effort to guide the listener or telegraph what is happening or just happened. These abrupt Timeline shifts really put me off and I have to work really hard to stay until the end of this musical roller coaster ride! And that's just about 3 minutes into this Musical Theatre type composition. At this point the POV of the song writer changes from a protagonist to that of Observer and reporter of the action, however the vocalist is the same and in the same or similar register! One of the basic challenges of songwriting is the problem of a Pronoun Shift during a song! Even in musical theatre type numbers. Though you try cleverly turn it into a part of the 'conversation' between the diners at the Italian restaurant i was still confused and reeling! Thankfully...shifting the tempo and instrumentation back to the original in order to re-compose the listener and give me something familiar to settle back into. Phew! Thanks again. The singer gets back into a more comfortable register (perhaps a little too low, while the other was a little too high!) and it's a little less disturbing to listen to him.... Button me up and send me off with a wonderfully played Sax outro. .... I wish: 1). you would use a more rangy singer to deliver this epic and entertain the listener and 2). Slow the tempo slightly for the reminiscences/'small talk sections/ pronoun shifts'; 3). solve the problem of the sudden shifts and 4). the hysterical freneticism which seems incongruent with a night out at an Italian Restaurant. Brilliant if disturbing ( for me anyway) Musical work. Best of luck to you Sir.

In MY Opinion

Greetings, Thank you for choosing me to review your work, I count it an honor to be included in such a task. My hat is off to you and anyone willing to step out and share their gift, talent and love of music to the public. Be it a musician, singer, song writer, actor and so-on. I myself, via 40 some years of experience in the fields, on the road, in the studio, radio, TV, video, and management, consider myself to be a seasoned musician, singer, song writer, studio-sound tech/engineer/ owner/operator, stage manager, find it sometimes hard/difficult and perhaps not even fair to sit in a seat, voicing My Opinion concerning another's creative efforts. Especially in certain genres of music I am not all that familiar with concerning very important elements that make up and meet the required standards to justify the various levels of ratings and grades. So, in saying ALL that, I will limit myself to MY Opinion concerning the quality of the work according to My ears, and the standards I have been familiarized with thru-out the years. I hold to the old - saying " Beauty Is In The EAR of The Beholder ... LOL. The sound quality of the recording over-all is very crisp and bright and clear, I really enjoyed the sax, love a sax.Vocals are smooth and natural. Enjoyed the change of the tempo and energy thru-out the song. The mix levels let me know who was still in charge of this song. Very easy to sit back and listen to. The slower portion of the song and message held my attention the most, and easier to focus on. I mean no offense in any part, I myself take all feedback and use it as a tool toward my next project. I pray you feel the same way. Either way, I say to you, keep doing what you do, keep kicking and enjoying what you do. I tell folks all the time for many years. When it stops being FUN, then it's time to stop, and stand back and think about what we are doing, why we are doing it, how we are doing it, what we and others are getting out it. Is it what we want, and how we want it. IF NOT. what are willing to do from there? Thank you again for asking MY OPINION. Johnny

Review - Donivan -Scenes from italian Restaurant - LaSueede

Good start with the piano. Reminds little of Billy Joel. I myself miss little guitar but i think i understand the concept. The Piano playing is really good. The singing can sometimes feeling little restrained and the voice can miss some tunes... I also like the sax (trombone) ? in the song but the hero in the song is definitely the piano. Can miss a little deep in the Grand piano. Little more reverb!? The lyric is soft and follows the title. The bass is good. I myself like more the native feelings of drums and i think that would suit this kind of music. Anyway a pretty good relax late dinner song. Regards LaSueede

Just like the original. Very nice!

Well done. Vocal and instruments rival the original. The band. Is very tight . You are very talented. You could easily put together a Billy Joel tribute band and bevery successful. Keep putting more music like this out here.
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