Songs from Dancing with the Stars, Season 11
One of the unforeseen advantages to being a Dancing with the Stars fan is that you get to hear music that you haven't heard before and I've already found two new songs that I love and I wouldn't have been exposed to if it hadn't been for the show. What I'd like to do is add the songs as I hear them with each episode. The music video will be accompanied by the dance performance and you can see how the original song was adapted for the performance. By the end of the season, there'll be a few songs that I hope you will enjoy as well.
Song: Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop
Sung by Landon Pigg, this song was used to accompany a waltz performed by Kyle Massie with Lacey Schwimmer. Kyle and Lacey did a very good job and I fell in love with this song as well as with this young and cute duo.
Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop - Landon Pigg
Kyle Massey with Lacey Schwimmer - Waltz
Song: Just the Way Your Are
This is from the debut album from Bruno Mars. He is definitely a promising talent. Unknown to most people, he has worked in the music industry as a successful producer, songwriter, and music arranger among other accomplishments. This song accompanies a foxtrot by Bristol Palin with Mark Ballas during Week 3 - Story Week.
Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas - Foxtrot
Song: I'll Be There for You
I only knew the first chorus of this song because it's the Friends theme song which was played during Week 5 of Season 11 for the TV Theme Show Week. When I actually listened to the rest of the song, I thought that it was one of the best friend-oriented songs I've heard.
I'll Be There for You - The Rembrandts
Brandy with Maksim Schmerkovskiy - Quickstep
Song: Breathe (2AM)
Not too many people know about Anna Nalick, including me, probably because she released one album with Sony in 2005, Wreck of the Day, and Breathe (2AM) track was a radio hit. Nalick left Sony in 2009 over a dispute regarding her second album.
Breathe (2AM) - Anna Nalick
Kyle Massey with Lacey Schwimmer - The Viennese Waltz
Song: Mary Goes to Jesus (Passion of the Christ - Soundtrack)
When I first heard this song, I found it so haunting, disturbing and beautiful, I had to know the composer. John Debney wrote this track for the Passion of the Christ. He applied for the job directly to Mel Gibson and sent him some tracks; Gibson heard the music and hired him. Debney's work is also on Elf and Bruce Almightly soundtracks.
Mary Goes to Jesus (Passion of the Christ) - John Debney
Bristol Palin with Mark Ballas - Waltz
Song: Raise Your Glass
This is one of the best party dance songs of the year; it has a good beat, highs and lows and an ebb and flow. This was the song that the contestants danced their Instant Cha cha cha to close the season. I thought what a great upbeat song to match an upbeat dance and end such a contentious -- among the part of the public -- season. The official video, in my opinion, doesn't execute the upbeat optimism of the song, too much on the defiance and weird concepts.
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