NMM: Where Is My Mind (Pixies Cover) by Maxence Cyrin

Just discovered this haunting piano cover of the Pixies tune “Where Is My Mind” by Maxence Cyrin.

And bonus: at 2 minutes 47 seconds… you don’t even have to cut it!

Grab it on iTunes

Where Is My Mind - Novö Piano

Enjoy!

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2012 Song Selections

Now that the competitions and recitals are over, I’d thought I’d share my list of songs I used this past year for choreography. (Here is 2011 in case you’re curious)

All links open in iTunes, unless otherwise noted

TAP

 

My magic hat!
Faces obscured for privacy

LYRICAL / CONTEMPORARY

OTHER

What was your favorite song that you danced to this year?

Love Playlists for Jazz & Hip Hop

Rainbow SpiritAnd we have come upon our last Valentine’s playlist!  Click here for previous weeks (tap, children, lyrical).

This week’s playlist is everything else I found that didn’t fit under certain heading – mostly for jazz or hip hop, with a little classical ballet mixed in at the end!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little series… have a great Valentine’s Day!

 

JAZZ
Stereo Love – Edward Maya ft Alicia Stereo Love - Ultra Weekend 6
Somebody To Love Remix – Justin Beiber ft. Usher Somebody to Love - My World 2.0 (Bonus Track Version)
Seasons of Love – RENT Seasons of Love - Rent (1996 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]
One Love – David Guetta One Love (Deluxe Version) - David Guetta
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga Bad Romance - The Fame Monster (Deluxe Version)
Groove Is In The Heart – Dee Lite Groove Is In the Heart - The Very Best of Deee-Lite
Heartbeat – Enrique Inglesias Heartbeat (feat. Nicole Scherzinger) - Euphoria (Deluxe Edition)

HIP HOP
Love Lockdown – Kanye West Love Lockdown - 808s & Heartbreak (Bonus Video Version)
Countdown – Beyonce Countdown - 4
Good Feelin – Flo Rida Good Feeling - Good Feeling - Single
You Make Me Feel So – Cobra Starship You Make Me Feel... (feat. Sabi) - You Make Me Feel... (feat. Sabi) - Single
BALLET
DJ Got Us Fallin In Love – Sunny Choi DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (feat. Pitbull) - DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (feat. Pitbull) - Single
Love Story – Taylor Swift Love Story - Fearless
The Heart Asks Pleasure First – Ahn Trio Heart Asks Pleasure First - Ahn Trio: Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac

Love Playlist for Lyrical / Contemporary Class

Until Valentine’s Day, I’ll be doing a different “Love” themed playlist every Monday.  This week’s playlist is geared towards lyrical or contemporary dancers.  After I made the playlist, I realized it tended to go to the darker side of love – the heartache or wanting.  All the better to ’emote’ with, I guess!  As my students would say, “this song needs an angsty lyrical face.”

[Links open up in iTunes]

Love Remains The Same – Gavin Rossdale – an uplifting song
My Love – Sia – hauntingly beautiful
She Is Love – Parachute – simple and soft acoustic guitar
A Little More of You – Ashley Chambliss – mellow
Like You Do – Angel Taylor – very “pop” and bubbly
I Will Show You Love – Kendall Payne – updated love ballad
Be Be Your Love – Rachael Yamagata – 3/4 rhythm, bluesy
The Book of Love – Peter Gabriel – beautiful song for all ages
Thinking About You – The Big Scary – slow and steadily tugging on your heartstrings
Fools In Love – Inara George – another 3/4 time!  Lamenting about fools in love
Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri – no need for description, there’s a reason it’s overplayed…
Piece of My Heart – Keri Noble – song about leaving a piece of yourself behind – I used this as a duet for sisters when one of them was a high school senior

2011 Song Selections

Just wanted to jot down my song list from this past year for posterity!  (Or so I can look it up at a later time when I can’t remember what that song was I used way back when…)

All links open in iTunes, unless otherwise noted

And my favorite dance for the year:

New Music Mondays: Ballet Music

Looking for some new ballet music?

Here are our current favorites:

1. Aly Tejas – Music for Ballet Class III Music

Described as “haunting” and “beautifully melodic”, her album Music for Ballet Class III is one of her best and most recent. You can’t really go wrong with any of her stuff, but we especially love this album.

2.Dancing Fingers Volume 8 – Michael Roberts Dancing
We’ve been using Michael Roberts’ album “Between the Barres” for years, but his new album, “Dancing Fingers” is another classic. 34 songs, most of them between 1 and 2 minutes makes them perfect for class.

3. We’ve mentioned Sunny Choi in a previous New Music Monday post – but she has some cool covers… available for FREE on Facebook.

4. Musique de la Danse (Ballet Class) – Fernando Davil 

Enjoy!