There’s a lot of negativity in the world today. That’s obvious just sitting and watching the news each day. Considering all of that negativity it’s safe to say that the world is in dire need of something about which to feel good. Enter veteran duo Michael Franti and Spearhead. The duo released its new “EP” Once A Day Rise Up early last December. The eight-song disc was marketed as an EP. But for all intents and purposes it is more akin to a maxi-single than an EP. That is because all eight of its featured tracks are just different variants of the same song. What’s truly interesting about the record is that all things considered it is still a presentation that despite having been released a couple of months ago is just as uplifting now as it was in its original release. What’s more it will still be just as uplifting in the year and years to come, too. Keeping that in mind, Once A Day Rise Up is an EP that everyone should have in their personal music library.
Michael Franti’s new “EP” Once A Day Rise Up is a collection that every person should have in her or her own personal music library. The main reason for this is the various takes on the uplifting song and its positive lyrical content. the EP features eight different takes on the hit song, which for all intents and purposes makes it more of a maxi-single than EP. but that is beside the point. What is truly important here is the positive message and vibe presented in the song. Franti sings in this song, “You never know what the world is gonna show you/It ain’t up to you/You always think it’s gonna happen to another person/And it’s never ever gonna happen to you/You got your friends/Got your money/Got your family/Got your honey/You think you got a million days/But then life comes along/And it knocks you right down/To the ground/And that’s why I say that/Everybody oughtta hug somebody/At least once a day/And everybody oughtta kiss somebody/At least once a day/Everybody’s gonna miss somebody/At least once a day/And everybody gotta love somebody/Everyday. This is a message from which the entire world could really benefit especially nowadays. That positive message is just one part of the song’s positive outlook that makes it worth the listen. Franti goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “And we all will rise up/Spread your wings and fly/We all will rise up. From there Franti and Spearhead rap in the song’s second verse “The purpose of life is to live a life full of purpose/And so don’t ever take for granted what the spirit has given you/in the first verse/You might never get a second verse/The same rehearsal/You can’t put it in reverse/So just believe in yourself/Don’t let nobody be a negative/Tell you what to do.” Regardless of one’s age, this is a message that every person should take to heart in his or her everyday life. Both verses together compose a message that is far too rare in the mainstream music industry today. The song’s infectious reggae-infused sound adds even more enjoyment to the song, too. It is a sound that makes it a perfect fit on any Top 40 A/C station across the country and would likely be just as welcome, too. The positive, uplifting message is sure to make it just as welcome at said stations. Audiences can hear the song for themselves online now via Michael Franti and Spearhead’s official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gowi31zGyQA.
It was previously noted that Michael Franti and Spearhead’s new song ‘Once A Day’ is a piece that is both welcome and needed now more than ever. That is because of its infectious reggae-infused sound and its uplifting lyrical mesage. This applies just as much in the song’s Love Life Mix. What makes this take on the song so interesting is its musica approach. The song’s lyrical content is delivered much in the same fashion as in its original radio edit. Keeping that in mind, the song’s musical content plays a far more important part here than its lyrical content and delivery. The guitar line that is used as the song’s basis in the original song is replaced here by a light keyboard line. It’s not one of those full-on EDM style keyboard parts either. Rather it is just subtle enough to get in listeners’ heads and have them humming along when it plays and even at other random times. There is even something that sounds like a sample of rapper Lil John incorporated into the song to add to its flare. This critic could easily be wrong. But it certainly sounds like him. It would be interesting (having to work this song without any liner notes–another reason for having the physical versus the digital) to find out if it is in fact him. It’s a good addition to any DJ’s lineup considering all of this. The positive vibes generated by the song’s musical content and its equally positive, uplifting message certify this even more. Audiences can hear the song’s Love Life Mix online now via Franti and Spearhead’s official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOZ1tra1aXI.
Both the Radio Edit and Love Life Mix of ‘Once A Day’ are their own enjoyable takes on the song. They each prove in whole to be compositions that would be just as welcome in America’s clubs as the nation’s Top 40 A/C stations (if it isn’t already spinning at said stations). While both renditions prove to be equally enjoyable presentations of said song they are hardly the only versions that prove its value in American (and potentially even world) culture today. It is also presented in a Cutmore Club Mix/Radio Edit. That take on the tune presents it in its purest possible club setting possible. Its original take is updated with a full-on EDM sound complete with flowing keyboard line, drum machine and more. The upbeat, infectious groove generated in this remix will not only put a smile on listeners’ faces but have them dancing and singing along happily. They collectively make it a song that is even more certain to stick in listeners’ ears and heads long after it ends, which is a very good thing. That means it will have listeners coming back to it time and again just as much as the song’s original take, its Love Life Mix and every other take on the song. The song is streaming online now via Franti and Spearhead’s official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWrmCjPLctw. Together with the song’s Love Life Mix and its original Radio Edit, all three takes on the songs show in their own way clearly why Once A Day Rise Up EP is a welcome new collection of remixes of Franti and Spearhead’s new song. One would be remiss to ignore the other remixes included in the disc. Each presents its own different mix that is sure to entertain audiences in its own original fashion. Altogether all eight mixes make this EP/maxi-single a collection that any Top 40 station should have in its library just as much as any listener.
Michae Franti and Spearhead’s new EP Once A Day Rise Up is a collection of remixes that every Top 40 A/C station should have in its library (and playlist) just as much as any listener. That is thanks largely to the eight different takes on the pair’s hit song ‘Once A Day.’ It is interesting that the collection is considered an EP since all eight compositions are different takes on the same song. Considering that they are all based on the same song, it might be better to call this collection a maxi-single than an EP. Regardless it is still a collection that proves to be quite the entertaining mix of song stylings. Altogether they prove to be a collection that every Top 40 A/C station should have in its library just as much as any listener with the infectious grooves presented in each song and the echoing of its uplifting lyrical theme. All things considered, Once A Day Rise Up shows in the end to be one of the most welcome collections of songs to come along in a long time in any genre regardless of whether it be an EP or maxi-single. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this release is available online now along with all of Michael Franti and Spearhead’s latest news, tour dates and more at:
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