Prompted by the two latest comments on one of our Youtube videos, I thought I'd start a thread where we can suggest any particular theme we might think suitable for Hayley's next album or next but one (after Paradiso).
Not the sort of song I associate with Hayley, but she could probably sing the dictionary and make us like it. I really wish she'd done "A Nightengale Sang in Berkeley Square" from the same era.
Sean Kay 12 hours ago
What a brilliant version of this song.
Hayley should bring out an album of 1940's songs and have guest duets like this one. It really suits her voice.
and based on that, I think I agree with them! So my suggestion is for an album of 1940s and 1950s songs. The first four songs that come to mind are:
Chattanooga Choo Choo A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square We'll Meet Again White Christmas!
Does anyone have other song suggestions for a 40s/50s Hayley album? It might fit her demographic perfectly, I suspect! But of course, she probably has other ideas already for the next album and I know many of us want to see more of her own songwriting, which could happen.
I'm sorry, but I don't think I can take another themed album. Especially not this kind. The Battle of Britain concerts were plenty for me. We'll Meet Again was wonderful, but I didn't like how she sounded in the other songs. Too thin and nasally, and even a bit sickly-sweet. But then, that was before she recorded Paradiso. I'm glad she worked with Morricone, because he seemed to have a big influence on how her voice and performance quality have improved.
Enough already, I want a Hayley-themed album! And I feel sure that's what we'll get. She even said once that her next album would be non-themed album... probably before Paradiso was thought up.
Post by stevemacdonald on Jan 13, 2013 21:31:07 GMT
A modest proposal here: Rather than an album, why not release singles instead? This is how singers and bands established themselves back in the 40's, 50's, 60's and well into the 70's before albums became the standard. The new marketing by iTunes and the like now permit individual tracks to exist on their own again and so it should be for someone like Hayley whose talent is more reminiscent of the old days when people could really sing.
If the only way to get her next statement out there is in the form of another large project, out of which a few tracks will take on a life of their own, then so be it; but please keep it varied and not thematic. Libby is completely right about that!
Singles are great, but don't replace albums with them. Do like a lot of popular artists do: when you have a new album coming out, choose a song as the single, and put that one out a couple months ahead of time. That's what Josh Groban has done. He has a new album coming out next month, but he's put out his first single already on Itunes.
But don't replace albums with singles. If they did that with Hayley, I would absolutely go crazy. Nothing will satisfy except a full-length album with plenty of beautiful songs by Hayley, and with lots of variety.
I would like it if someday she did a whole album with Sophie. From what I've heard they harmonize very nicely, and it would be a step away from Hayley's existing material where her voice is often the only solo.
It's an interesting thought, though I'm not sure how much Sophie is into her music these days. We haven't heard them perform together for a very long time, but when they did it was delightful (I have seen them do it live back in 2004).
I would love to hear them perform together again, and possibly record together. But I find a whole album very unlikely, unless it's a one-off release for NZ. In NZ it would make sense, and maybe Taiwan/Japan. This would have to be a special Westenra-sister album. You don't produce a solo album and have someone duet with you on every track. You're either a solo artist, and you do a few duets, or you're a singing group, and you sing everything together. It just doesn't make sense otherwise.
Right. The artist would be listed as "Hayley and Sophie Westenra" or something along those lines. It is more likely, however, that they would just do a song or two like you said. Still would be really nice to hear them recorded together though, but I've heard Sophie's main focus is acting (not sure where I heard that - correct me if I'm wrong) so who knows if she would wanna be involved in music. I can imagine that with a successful older sibling, one might strive to be more independent therefore naturally steering away from their siblings prowess.
Hi Richard! Yes I have seen this video. They sound lovely together, it's a shame they only harmonized about 2 notes in the duration of this clip. I bet they'd sound amazing with more harmonies, like the part they sang together in Across the Universe of Time
Post by chungchunglee on Jan 19, 2013 18:24:37 GMT
Hi ! Guys !!!
If we really were to consider the materials from the "Good Old Days" of 1950s , then in my humble opinion .......... may I suggest :
"Que Sera Sera" (spelling ?) ......... Originally performed by Doris Day , I guess .
"Moon River" . THIS one , I specifically remember the performance of the late Audrey Hepburn . Audrey's singing was (or IS) GORGEOUS , of course ! But Hayley would also NAIL this song Notwithstanding .
"I Will Wait for You" , Title Theme Song from Madame Catherine Deneuve's <The Umbrellas of Cherbourg> .
Oh ! Ummmm ............... Did ANYBODY here remember the Black & White Movie <Paper Moon> starring Ryan O'Neal & his daughter in real life , Tatum O'Neal (sp ) . It was quite a bit of an Oscar Buzz back in the old days . That Title Theme Song is also pretty nice .
Here's my little 2 cents !
Regards and A Happy New Year Wish to all Hayley Fans ~~~ Chungie
Que Sera Sera... Just can't see it. Moon River, however, is a different story. It is a beautiful song, and I think Hayley would do a wonderful job with it. The others I haven't heard, so I'm not going to judge.