SONG OF THE DAY – “DIAMONDS” by JOHNNYSWIM

August 20, 2014

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It is amazing to believe that summer is almost over. It has been one of the quickest summers in my recent memory. Where has August gone? It was just August 16 – my anniversary – when I posted last … and it is already August 20. I think I lost a few days.

Yesterday was my dad’s 80th birthday! Where did the years go? Not only does he not look or act like he is 80 years old, but it is hard to believe that he is actually 80! He is the youngest, sharpest 80-year old you will ever meet. I am so lucky to be his daughter! He is a wonderful man and I am blessed to have him as my dad. Happy Birthday, Dad!

Last night I went into the city to see the fabulous musical duo, JOHNNYSWIM, at the Bowery Ballroom. They were amazing! I have been following them for some time and have really been looking forward to the opportunity to see them live. It was worth the wait! They were funny, the music was fabulous, and the chemistry and connection between the two is absolutely electric.

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JOHNNYSWIM is composed of a pair of singer-songwriters – Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano (daughter of Disco Queen, Donna Summers) – who just happen to now be husband and wife. The couple met in Nashville, Tennessee in 2005 and began writing music together shortly afterward, forming JOHNNYSWIM in 2006. They released their first LP in 2008 and were married in 2009. They just released their full-length debut album (Diamonds) in April of this year (2014). It sounds like the past nine years have been an action-packed and adventurous time for the couple.

Abner and Amanda make beautiful music together – both the music and the lyrics are incredible. They blend folk, soul, and rock in a perfect combination and their voices mix together magically. Amanda Sudano even commented on this in an interview with NPR in April 2014, saying that it is sometimes difficult for the two of them to determine who is singing “because our voices are so similar.”

In addition to the incredible music, the electricity between the two of them is palpable. They have an easy banter on stage and their performance and timing are flawless. The stories that they told to the crowd, everything from Abner’s parents to their engagement, kept the audience mesmerized. They truly are the whole package … not only do they create fantastic music, but they are literally the cutest musical group out there – real, joyful, connected, and visibly enjoying the adventure.

 

 

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Today’s song is a favorite, but I honestly love all of their music. I have previously posted two JOHNNYSWIM songs as Song of the Day on this blog already: “Home” on December 1, 2013 and “Live While  We’re Young,” on April 29, 2014. I hope you enjoy this song, which they playfully refer to as their “SUCK IT” song. 🙂

 

 


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SONG OF THE DAY – “LIVE WHILE WE’RE YOUNG” by JOHNNYSWIM

April 29, 2014

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Today’s song is in celebration of my friend’s birthday. It is fitting that I am posting a song for her here as she is the one who, along with my daughter, convinced me to start this blog and is probably my biggest promoter and fan.

This is such a great song and I love the title. My friend lives her life wide open and full of joy. She is definitely living while she is young … and she will always be young. She knows the meaning of living life to the fullest and enjoying each moment. She is quick to laugh, always up for an adventure, full of energy, and is constantly serving others. I know that I am not the only friend of her’s who has benefited from the spark for life that she shares with everyone she meets. So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, my dear friend! I miss you and know that you are out living while you are young today, even though you are one day older. 🙂

“Live While We’re Young” is from JOHNNYSWIM, the husband-wife duo of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano. JOHNNYSWIM is one of my favorite newer musical groups and I previously shared a song by them on this website back in December (I give a little more history about them in that post). Their full length debut album, Diamonds, was just released today! I have been anxiously awaiting its release, so I wanted to share another song by them from the new album today. They are incredible and just have a remarkable sound.

I truly love this new song and there are so many on the album that are worth a listen. I am very impressed with this album – the song lyrics are fantastic, the sound of their two voices together is incredible, the music is raw and infectious, and their chemistry is just something that is not seen very often. Enjoy this new song and the new album today!

There is not currently a YouTube video out for this song, but click here to listen to the song. I will update the page as soon as a video is avaiable. In the meantime, the Album Trailer video below will give you a taste, and if you click here NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert will give you a fantastic view of this remarkable husband-wife duo.

SONG OF THE DAY – “HOME” by Johnnyswim

December 1, 2013

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Yesterday I left one home and arrived at another. Left the home where my parents live and returned to MY little family’s home. It is always nice to “go back home” but it is equally as nice to return home where I live. Home is a strange phenomenon – it can mean so many different things and be so many different places. I feel home when I am with my little family. It really does not matter where I live as long as they are with me.

The song of the day today is by an up and coming husband-wife, music duo called Johnnyswim. I have not been able to determine where they got the name of their group, and when I watched them on the You Oughta Know concert on VH1, the announcer said that he had not been able to get to the bottom of it either.

The duo is married couple Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano. Ramirez is a classically trained musician and Sudano is the daughter of disco legend, Donna Summers. You will have to look to see if you recognize the resemblance. They are such a cute couple and make fabulous music together! The chemistry between the two of them is palpable. They have great harmonies and just look like they love each other and what they are doing up on stage.

I love the performance of this song, “Home,” but it is not yet on iTunes. I have attached the link to their album, Heart Beats, which was just released in June of this year. Take a listen to their music, I think you will really enjoy what you hear. I knew that I liked them, but I have to admit that the deal was sealed when I saw them perform on the You Oughta Know concert. Not only were they fabulous live performers, but Mat Kearney (my absolute favorite artist!) performed with them and I learned that he and Ramirez used to be roommates. No way! I knew there was something about him I liked. 😉

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