MP3 Andy Cohen - Mixed Emotions
A 16 song journey through the whole spectrum of emotions, genres and styles, with heartfelt and heartbreaking pop ballads, rock that''s fun to belt out, a little country from my Texas roots, and a few songs somewhere in between.
16 MP3 Songs in this album (66:23) !
Related styles: POP: Pop/Rock, ROCK: Arena Rock
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For me, singing is one of those things that makes life so special. The fact that wherever you are, no matter how old you are, you can open your mouth and music comes out is such an amazing thing and one of the main reasons that I love to sing. No matter how hectic life gets, when I sit down at a piano and sing, everything else seems to fade away.
I currently go to school at Middlebury College in Vermont and live in Eden Prairie, Minnesota after growing up in Sugar Land, Texas. Even though I’ve never lived there myself, I sort of consider NYC to be a home away from home, considering the amount of time that I have spent there my whole life. So where am I from? Everywhere.
What kind of music do I listen to? Pretty much everything. Growing up, I listened to a lot of older music like the Beach Boys, Beatles, Turtles, Frankie Vali and the Four Seasons and Dion and the Belmonts, then a little more recent things like Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams. As I got older, living in Texas, I started listening to a lot of country music. Things like Travis Tritt, Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, and other people and groups like those who really knew how to rock country music, but who also could sit back and sing a beautiful heartfelt song. After moving to Minnesota and reaching high school, I started listening to more mainstream music like 3 Doors Down, Nickelback, Matchbox 20, Daughtry, and other bands like those. So it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that I’ve always thought the question, “so what are your musical influences?” is a little bit amusing. I don’t think that people have specific influences; it’s more that they pick up subtle things that they like from one person here and there, and then put them all together in a cool new way to form their own sound.
I consider myself to be one of the luckiest people alive to have had the opportunity to record a CD because there is no cooler experience than hearing the finished product of something that you pour your heart and soul into and then getting to share it with other people. So, when you listen to Mixed Emotions, you won’t hear it as a pop CD or a country CD or a rock CD. Instead, it’s just a CD of music that people can relate to and, personally, that I can relate to. I always put my all into everything that I do and this is no exception, so I hope that you like what you hear and can also get something out of it. Music speaks to people like very few things can, and it has the power to touch people in a completely unique way. It really is true that music is magical.
ABOUT THIS ALBUM:
Mixed Emotions is exactly what its title suggests. It is a compilation of 16 songs covering the whole spectrum of emotions, genres, and styles. For me, the best part of working on this album in particular probably was getting to make music that I enjoy listening to and singing, while teaming up with my dad to create something that we’re both incredibly proud of. There’s a little country from my Texas roots, there’s a little rock that’s just fun to belt out, there are both heartfelt and heartbreaking ballads, and then a couple songs in between. Overall, this is a very personal debut album that will bring about just what the title suggests: Mixed Emotions. I hope you enjoy!
1. Don’t Think That About Me
If you ever have had enough of trying your hardest and still not getting anywhere, then you definitely will identify with this song. Pop, soft rock, folk and undertones of jazz all come together to make this song memorable.
2. (No More) Talk of Rain
If it’s possible to combine pop/rock with the feel of gospel, all in a song about wasted love and finally having the strength to walk away, then this is it.
3. Putting Distance
Yes – white boys can rap. But only to add a rough edge to this song about a shooting and a guy who can run away from everything and everyone he ever knew, but never can escape his own guilty conscience over leaving his woman behind.
4. Only You
A song full of everything that makes being deeply in love so incredibly special. Sweet, longing lyrics and an even sweeter, mellow vocal make this the perfect last dance of the evening song. If you ever have held hands across a table and had the rest of the world disappear, then you will be able to relate to this song. If you need a song to get someone special to hold you tight, this is the one.
A plaintiff call to a lost love, with a vocal wrought with emotion and an equally heartbreaking Spanish guitar-led accompaniment. If you ever have felt like all you needed in life was for someone to hold you while you cried, you will know exactly where this song is coming from.
6. Get Right To Your Heart
This is how country music is meant to be played. A wild ride with a guy falling hard for his girl and forgetting about everything else that used to be important, this song gives you the kind of memorable lyrics and screaming hot vocals only acceptable in a modern country song.
7. Morning Is Here
A beautiful melody and haunting vocal tell the story of a man with a past and a present that he didn’t want, expect, or deserve. Any more would spoil the message and the ending, which will slowly sink in the second or third time you hear this ballad. As you listen to the introduction, picture the thunder clouds slowly parting as the dawn arrives to introduce a chilly, overcast day.
8. Hurt Him Bad For Me
You’ll be drawn into the story of a guy who loves a girl so much that he would do anything to protect her. Anything. The passion and anger overwhelm him until he has had all that he can take. Soaring rock guitar licks add to the mood as violence wells.
9. I’ll Hold You In The Rain
The very definition of pop/rock, with a soft, driving guitar beat and lyrics about the desire for love and its attainment. Chilling and heartfelt, this song is perfect to tell the one you love just how much you care. The final vocal tones as the song ends leave you wanting more and reaching for the replay button.
10. On The Other Side (Of Sanity)
The mood is ethereal; the lyrics are haunting and a bit supernatural; and the guitars are screaming to drive home a message that may require some serious interpretation.
11. The End
If you are up to it, be drawn into the world of a teenager who sees no other way out but to end his life. Minimal instruments back a painfully emotional vocal in this certain tear-jerker about the only remaining option.
12. Vanish Point
If Christopher Walken heard this song, he would demand “More Cow Bell!” Played in a style reminiscent of Blue Oyster Cult in their heyday, the lyrics of this tune give you a slight chill and require expanding your mind. If you figure it out, you may just find yourself in a room somewhere in the Eagles’ Hotel California.
13. Count On Me
A definite feel-good song. This is the kind of catchy tune that put Kid Rock (“All Summer Long”) at the top of the charts and keeps Tim McGraw (“Something Like That”) in the hit column. Don’t look for any deep meaning, but it will have you singing along and then humming it days later.
14. Comin’ To You
If you are on your way to see your girl, this is the song that you want her blasting through the speakers while she waits. It may be rock and roll, it may be driving country, but it’s pretty clear about just why he’s Comin’ To You.
A romp through the big band-influenced sounds of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with a story that takes you back to the big band era of the 1940’s and the magic of a tall, mysterious, long-legged beauty named Maureen.
16. Third Eye Blind
A moving ballad about simply wanting to disappear and fade away to a place where the world doesn’t hurt so much anymore. Love may be lost, but that doesn’t take the pain away.