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Re: Sugar Water: Soft, Smooth, and Silver

Sat, 16 Jun 2012 17:44:38 -0000

I'll e-mail you, Tim.




Re: Sugar Water: Soft, Smooth, and Silver

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 03:25:49 -0000

I know this posting is years old, but does anyone have the LOVETEST songs?  As a huge SIlver Seas/Tashian fan, I am dying to hear these.  Willing to trade or buy you coffee or wash your car...whatever...I just want to get my hands on these tracks.  Please contact me at tftalbott@mac.com if you can help - thank you!




Re: Sugar Water: Soft, Smooth, and Silver

Tue, 08 Jul 2008 11:57:36 -0000

I don't think of Steely Dan as soft-rock guys, but I can see why they're yacht rockers because of the smooth factor. Lyrically they're not smooth at all, and they don't make smooth jazz, but their jazz-pop is certainly sleek.

Bareilles apparently wrote "Love Song" as an angry answer to record executives who said she needed a hit, a love song they could put on the radio. Once again, tension at the crossroads of art and commerce saved the day.




Re: Sugar Water: Soft, Smooth, and Silver

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 20:51:57 -0000

I know Sara Bareilles (my daughters have the CD). I like "Love Song", but it also seems like a tune that lost its iPod commercial to Feist. Besides "Nothing Is Free" has a lift to it that I don't get from tunes like "Love Song". Maybe I'm splitting hairs when it comes to "yacht rock". But to me, it's a low blow to Steely Dan to be lumped in a genre with America. I guess my "Mellow Gold" only goes so mellow.




Re: Sugar Water: Soft, Smooth, and Silver

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 11:52:48 -0000

Oh, I forgot to mention: Mead absolutely wiped the floor with Sexsmith live. It was embarrassing how much better he was.




Re: Sugar Water: Soft, Smooth, and Silver

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 11:15:20 -0000

That's good to hear about Mead. I want to think that all of those Nashville pop guys are friendly and approachable. I chickened out on approaching Tashian and asking about "The Lovetest," but he was right there in the crowd before the show talking to people.

In that interview with Puremusic.com, Tashian said that he didn't own the rights to the "Lovetest" songs for a while, but now he does, which may be why they're no longer available on his blog. That may also mean an actual album release is in the works.




Re: Sugar Water: Soft, Smooth, and Silver

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 11:12:25 -0000

"As great as the New Radical's 'You Get What You Give' is, I don't think it would be a hit today."

When that song was discussed in Scott's Basement Songs column a few months ago (I linked to it above), I made a comment about the end of the song, where Gregg Alexander takes some shots at then-current pop stars, as being a letdown, because the rest of the song is so great, so why is he instantly dating the song with those references? Someone who commented under the name of "oldradical" replied that those references probably helped New Radicals and "You Get What You Give" get on the radio and MTV in the first place -- they courted cheap controversy, creating buzz for themselves. Maybe that was Alexander's way of subversively commenting on the state of radio and MTV in 1998, but it's hard to say.




Re: Sugar Water: Soft, Smooth, and Silver

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 11:02:59 -0000

I'll have to look for that one. Thanks, David. I really liked Mraz's "The Remedy" when it was on the radio five years ago, and it had some soft-rock flourishes in it.




Re: Sugar Water: Soft, Smooth, and Silver

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 10:22:07 -0000

Love High Society, fabulous little record. Thanks for posting the other stuff from their singer.

Funny you should mention Schuba's and David Mead: I saw Mead open for Ron Sexsmith at Schuba's, then drank with him until two in the morning. Great guy.




Re: Sugar Water: Soft, Smooth, and Silver

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 09:25:57 -0000

And whether or not it becomes a hit, Jason Mraz's new-ish single ("Make It Mine") is *straight* outta Seventies soft rock, rolled in flour and breaded with some Josh Rouse-y goodness ...




Re: Sugar Water: Soft, Smooth, and Silver

Sun, 06 Jul 2008 23:57:36 -0000

I know I'm shooting for the moon by thinking "Nothing Is Free" could be a #1 hit, but have you heard Sara Bareilles? "Love Song" is a terrific piano-based soft-rock song, and it's all over the adult-contemporary stations. She's got some other good songs on her debut album, so if she can make it, I'd like to believe Tashian and the Silver Seas can, though Bareilles may have an incredible marketing machine backing her up.




Re: Sugar Water: Soft, Smooth, and Silver

Sun, 06 Jul 2008 22:55:40 -0000

"Nothing Is Free" is great. I love stuff like this, but you just don't hear it being played anywhere. As great as the New Radical's "You Get What You Give" is, I don't think it would be a hit today. I think it's going to take a band really breaking out with this kind of music, before it's widely played again. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening in the near future.