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Timmy Sean’s latest Song of the Week is a delightful pop confection with a George Harrison-esque guitar part, rich background vocal harmonies, and a hook for the ages.
“Hold On” is another one-man-band effort, with Timmy playing several instruments and producing. A great chord progression, an entrancing melody, and a cool cold ending rule. Timmy’s Songs of the Week project keeps getting better and better!
Timmy says: “This week marks the two year anniversary since my very first show in California. My keyboardist Frankie and I performed as a duo that night, and the first song we performed was “Hold On” from Noisewater. We spent most of 2013 performing as an acoustic/keys duo as we slowly put together the full line-up that became Timmy Sean and the Celebrities, and this arrangement has become a mainstay whenever we do a stripped down set to this day. So to commemorate this little anniversary, here is the never-before-heard acoustic mix of ‘Hold On'”!
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Timmy Sean’s Songs of the Week project has been a whole lot of fun. Each week, we have looked forward, with great anticipation, to the following week’s treasure. So what does Timmy deliver for week six? How about a lovely left-field turn, a whole ‘nother thing altogether–a western ballad complete with a gorgeous pedal steel part that will melt your heart.
“Western Rodeo” kicks off, and ends, with an acoustic guitar figure that would have been at home in any number of Big Star songs. Everyone can relate to the subject matter: The promise of something different, something new, something not of this place can carry a person through to the next, new horizon–in this case, Los Angeles. The melody is breathtakingly beautiful. Listen for the harmony reach at the three minute mark as Timmy casts each of three notes, one at a time, until they co-exist with each other and sing to the heavens. This is an astounding song, a lovely song, a song that shows just how far one can go with a great idea.
Of “Western Rodeo,” Timmy says: “This week’s song dips its toe somewhere I’ve never dared to explore before…country. Though, I feel like this song falls a little more in the 70s Southern California country pop/rock category than a traditional (or modern for that matter) country song. I don’t want to generalize about an entire genre, but if there’s one music style that doesn’t normally speak to me, it’s country. So when this song popped out of me a couple years back, I really didn’t know what to do with it. And there it sat until this ‘Songs of the Week’ idea came up. That’s what makes this whole project so appealing to me. With 52 songs on the way, I don’t need to worry about excluding certain songs that normally might not make sense next to others on a record. Now they all have a home.
“The most exciting thing for me about this song is the guest musicians. I sent the song to Elliott Beenk and Jamison Hollister to lay down some lap and pedal steel respectively, and what they both came up with blew me away. In my opinion, their parts really make the song. So without further ado, here’s a little tune I wrote about moving to the little ‘Western Rodeo’ I’ve called home for the last couple years, Los Angeles.”
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The fifth song in Timmy Sean’s Songs of the Week series emerges squarely from the could-have-been-on-Paul-McCartney’s-first-or-second-solo-album camp.
“Hold It Strong” has all of the elements needed for you to be able to slap a “Very McCartney-esque” stamp on it. The song starts out with Timmy’s emotional vocal up front in the mix atop an equally emotional piano part. Timmy’s falsetto, at the end of the second vocal line, is followed by some lovely background vocal harmonies and strings, which are followed by phased guitar and steady drums and a lovely bridge that leads to the catchy chorus, sung in harmony as the singer pledges his support for a loved one. The guitar solo, also phased, wows.
This is one heck of a song, one heck of a performance, and…well, it’s a keeper. Timmy worked up until the last minute finishing the recording and mixing. It was all worth it–this may be the best in the beginning crop of Songs of the Week we’ve heard so far.
Of “Hold It Strong,” Timmy says: “The chords and melody of this one pre-date Noisewater (in fact, the pre-chorus uses one of the Noisewater ‘melody themes’ that run through a number of songs on that record). It’s one of several songs from that time period that I’ve had sitting around with just a bare-bones recording of drums, piano, bass, and ‘scratch’ vocals, with a few lyric and melody ideas just so I don’t forget them.”
What a performance. What a song. What a project, and we’re only in week five. We can’t, and we know you can’t either, wait for the next 47 numbers. See you back here next week for number 6 in the series! And be sure to pick this one up from Timmy’s Bandcamp page. And new today is a subscription plan that will pay great dividends–you can get a heaping helping of Timmy’s releases, even from his Luzer days, by clicking here. Highly recommended!