August 22, 2010

Review and Giveaway: David Garrett's "Rock Symphonies" CD

As part of the Music Moms program, I occasionally have the opportunity to listen to and giveaway new music. I like music of all genres, so I'm always eager to listen to the new tunes. This time around, Music Moms provided me with a copy of David Garrett's Rock Symphonies.
Combining classical music with classic rock isn't a new concept, but I'm always interested in hearing what artists do to give something "old" a "new" spin. On this album, Garrett blends his violin skills with songs from bands such as Led Zepplin, Aerosmith and Nirvana.
I think I have to first confess that before I was asked to do this review, my opinion may have already been swayed. I subscribe to a certain entertainment magazine which has a "Bullseye" in the back of each issue, discussing each week's "hits" and "misses." Just a few weeks ago a "miss" was this: "While turning rock songs into choral numbers is great, turning them into symphonies is not. Please take note, David Garrett." Then Music Moms contacted me and asked me to do this review and giveaway. My curiosity got the better of me. I really wanted to hear this and judge for myself.
My overall opinion is that certain songs simply don't need to be turned into symphonies. Garrett's take on Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" was not entertaining for me to listen to. Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was OK. Guns 'N Roses "November Rain" was enjoyable as was Garrett's spin on the band's "Live and Let Die." It's not a bad album... it's just not something I would listen to on a regular basis. Still, there are some songs I would listen to (and enjoy listening to) again.
One Buried in Laundry reader will get the chance to decide for his/herself if rock songs should be made into symphonies. Music Moms is giving one of my readers an autographed copy of David Garrett's Rock Symphonies.
To enter the giveaway (this step is a must):
  • leave me a comment telling me what rock song you think would sound good if it were turned into a symphony. Please be sure to leave a valid email address in your comment.
For additional entries: (Leave a separate comment for each entry)
  • Become a follower of Buried in Laundry or let me know that you already follow this site.
  • Blog about this giveaway and link back to this post
This giveaway is open to U.S. addresses. The deadline to enter is 11 am EST Sunday August 29, 2010. The winner will have 48 hours after notification to provide me with a mailing address or a new winner will be chosen. Again, please remember to leave a valid email address!
Disclosure: Music Moms provided me with a complimentary CD to review and keep and will be providing the winner's prize, however no monetary compensation was provided for my review.

11 comments:

Meg said...

Anything Led Zeppelin!! Um, but if I HAD to choose ONE song... it would be Over the Hills & Far Away ~ sounds slightly symphonic doesn't it? :)

Meg said...

I follow you, not officially through Google Followers but you're bookmarked on my Internet. :)

Do I need to write my email in the comment? Cause I'd rather not do that...

Quadmama said...

Since you have a blog, I'll contact you that way if you win.

Rosemarie said...

OK - you have peaked my interest! I'll go with Queen - are they even rock - and is is cheating since most of their songs are symphonies in themselves? Hmmm? I vote for Queen's "Somebody to Love" - love that song!

Rosemarie said...

I follow! (I'll try to do a post about it tonight!)

Rosemarie said...

I posted on my site!

Mrs. Werginz said...

I'm a follower and thanks for the comment on my blog!!

Mrs. Werginz said...

Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody...it would be intense wiht a whole symphony! MAYBE?!?!

tanya904 said...

I would love to hear Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze performed by a symphony
tanyainjville@yahoo.com

Jessie Lathroum said...

I actually LOVE this album. I dont own it, but I would LOVE to. I really like Vivaldi vs. Vertigo and The 5th and even Nirvana. Its a fun way to incorporate some classical music into your kids lives and show them that all kinds of music are cool in a way they can relate. I think it's brill. I think maybe some Red Hot Chili Peppers might be fun,... Sting? I am a HUGE No Doubt fan, but I'm not so sure about "Spiderwebs" as a symphony, you never know though. :)

Rosemarie said...

Ooooh - I like Jessie's suggestions!

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