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Featured Songs on djSwade Radio - February 2022 Edition


In August 2021, I debuted djSwade Radio on Pandora. Because I enjoyed the songs and artists so much, I decided to pick three that I really dug and describe what spoke to me about them. I had a blast doing it, so I'm making it a monthly thing. My only criteria for picking these songs is that I really enjoy them. It doesn't matter to me whether they're old or new as long as they groove. So, in no particular order, here are my picks for February 2022.



This song sounds like it's from another time and place. I can't figure out exactly when and where, but it really takes me to a whole other place. For some reason, the first thing I thought of when I heard it was Steppenwolf, the famous Hermann Hesse novel. I pictured the Magic Theatre where the novel comes to a close. I love the combination of sounds in this song. The violin is out of this world, sweet and sad at the same time. Then, in the break, I hear a piano, possibly an answer to the violin. Is it foreboding? Warning? I'm not sure, but it is a fitting end to a great piece. At a little over three minutes, it's short but sweet!



In the universe of songs on djSwade Radio, this one comes from left field. It starts with guitars. I think there's a slide guitar in there somewhere. The beginning of this song would settled nicely into Led Zeppelin III. It also gives a nod to the Indian musical tradition. The guitars give way to disembodied voices, melodic and harmonious, perhaps telling me that everything is fine. Just as I'm getting into a groove, the guitar is left alone, signalling a new direction that gets my attention, because I want to know where I'm going next. Just as I'm starting to wonder, the drums kick in and I hear engaging keyboards accompanied by rhythm guitar. Very intriguing and definitely worth a listen.



This song starts with some nice keyboards accompanied by a solid rhythm guitar. The feeling it conveys is relaxation and reassurance, always a good combination. The lead guitar is excellent. It weaves in and around some fantastic keyboard textures. Without a doubt, this is a feel good song, a very chill and relaxing beat. And certainly a great tune to wake up to. On a side note, I was intrigued by the group's name. I am guessing it's derived from the character Melibea in the work known in Spain as La Celestina. It was published in 1499 (!) and is entirely in dialogue.

 

I highly recommend all these songs. You can hear them on djSwade Radio. You can also click the direct link to each song, artist or album provided above. If you like what you hear on djSwade Radio, you can also listen to my album Audiostrata (available on Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music and other online stores), as well as my new singles "Lemon Cello" (available on Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music and other online stories), "Ascending Acoustic" (available on Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music and other online stores) and "Waverider" (available on Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music and other online stores).


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