Lately I've discovered how much I'm into violins - intense violin music that is. The intesity somehow deepens the impact of a song or an instrumental composition not to mention gripping the listeners (me in this case) and making sure the song/instrumental piece stay put in their minds.
I'll share with you 3 examples; 2 songs and an instrumental composition.
Numero uno goes to One Republic's Apologize. Actually, the one that's been playing on airwaves everywhere is the One Republic featuring Timbaland's version, which I had thought was a nice song the first time I heard it. Then one day I stumbled on the original One Republic's version and had not gone back since. That violin piece at the start says it all.
Oh, and One Republic performed the song during the American Idol Grand Finale with David Archuleta which was kinda cool..
And which brings me to the 2nd song; David Cook's version of Mariah Carey's Always Be My Baby. Unlike real fans, I don't follow American Idol from the start, audition and all. Usually, I'll pick up when they are at the Top 3 or Top 2 because by then, the performances are great and so are the songs. Also, I look forward to hearing the winning songs which are mostly powerful ballads that are so my cup of tea..hehe.
Well, this year was an exception because of this particular performance. David Cook performed this song during the Top 7 (I think) and it totally made me a follower of the show (Recipients of American Idol performances mp3s from me should know I'm not lying LOL). His rockish version is even better than the original Mariah's, at least to me. But most captivating of all, yup, intense violins during the start of the first chorus just did it for me. Too bad they dropped that in the studio version of the song. It's still nice (why wouldn't it be seeing that it comes from THE American Idol 7) but somehow a teeny, weeny piece is missing..Oh, well.
Lastly is one of the many instrumental compositions from the anime Fate/Stay Night soundtrack. The anime, awesome (the review is late though :P). So is the soundtrack. The violins come in towards the end but overall this is one mesmerizing piece that you can't get tired of - I played it over and over at work when I first got the mp3.
Or perhaps I just have too much tension pent up inside that needs to be channelled out and intense violin pieces are the green exit signs LOL. Whatever the reasons may be, these songs and music are staying in my playlist for a long time to come :)