Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New Songs From Sade, Kansas, Michael Jackson & More

As usual, this week's new song releases are all over the map. There's classic R&B from Ray Charles, brand new pop from Lady Gaga and mysterious soul from Sade, not to mention hits from Kansas, Michael Jackson, and Kris Allen. While we do have to apologize to fans of hip hop, jazz and bhangra, everyone else should be able to find something in this week's new songs to enjoy on their Yamaha keyboard.

Another Part of Me - Michael Jackson

One of ten singles released from Michael Jackson's landmark album Bad, "Another Part of Me" is a classic Jackson dance tune. Co-produced by Quincy Jones, it has the same crisp, funky groove that make songs like "Beat It" and "Dirty Diana" so irresistible. "Another Part of Me" was also a big part of Captain EO, the 3-D film featuring Jackson that has been played at Disney theme parks at various times since 1986. The film had not been shown in the US since 1997, but was reopened this past February at Disneyland in California. Jackson's music is just as breathtaking now as it has ever been, and the synths and bass featured prominently in the song sound especially great in this MIDI file.

Soldier of Love - Sade

"Soldier of Love" is the latest single from Sade, who have now been making sultry R&B for over 25 years. Helping them achieve their first ever number one album in the US, "Soldier of Love" has everything you'd expect from a Sade song and more. The smoky, ethereal instrumentation and strong but understated beats you'll recognize from hits like "Smooth Operator" are here, albeit with darker overtones and intricate guitar fills. This MIDI version retains the same stark, menacing groove of the original and will work perfectly as an accompaniment for vocal performance. Just mute the vocal part on track 1.

Dust in the Wind - Kansas

Showing the softer side of 70's progressive rock, Kansas's "Dust in the Wind" is one of rock's finest examples of timeless balladry. With only acoustic guitar and string accompaniment the song's melancholy melody and lyrics dealing with life's impermanence take center stage. In addition to sounding great, this MIDI version will act as a great starting place for you to create your own version of the song.

Keep reading for a full list of this week's new songs, including songs from Lady Gaga and Pink.

New MIDI Songs

Soldier of Love - Sade
Glitter in the Air - Pink
Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
Live Like We're Dying - Kris Allen
Uprising - Muse
Dust in the Wind - Kansas
Another Part of Me - Michael Jackson
Busted - Ray Charles

- Doug