“My Deliverer” – The Prince of Egypt

I noticed The Prince of Egypt on Hulu the other day and it reminded me of a song I really liked from the soundtrack (which has a ton of big name artists from the 90s – Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men, Amy Grant, and more). But it was none of those that stuck with me. It was a song by my favorite band from the 90s, DCTalk.

I didn’t know back then that the song was originally done by Rich Mullins. I always think of Rich Mullins in acoustic/ demo versions of songs because it seems like most of what I’ve heard of his music was recorded on a tape. I LOVE THAT. So here is Rich’s demo version of “My Deliverer.”

I was so glad to be reminded of this song. It’s a great one from a great songwriter and covered by a great band. Listen to both and let me know in the comments which you like better.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

adding to song titles to make them more relevant to the coronavirus quarantine

Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – Stuck With U at home for 2 straight months

The Weeknd – Blinding Lights when I saw the sun for the first time in 2 straight months

Billie Eilish – everything i wanted has already been delivered

Luke Combs – Even Though I’m Leaving the living room, I’ll just be in the kitchen

Sam Cooke – Bring It pizza On Home to Me

The Lumineers – now the mailbox feels like a Long Way From Home

Jonas Brothers – wash your hands for Five More Minutes

Fitz and the Tantrums – 123456 7891011121314151617181920, ok now rinse your hands

Luke Combs – Six Feet Apart is how my dates always went anyway

Maroon 5 – Memories of the sports

The Pretty Reckless – Death by Rock and Roll, caused by Covid-19

Julia Michaels – I’ll Give It To You if I don’t wear a mask

Jason Aldean – you Got What I Got because I didn’t wear a mask

Panic! At The Disco – Hey Look Ma, I Made It a mask
Judah & the Lion – Suit and Jacket and sweatpants

JP Saxe & Julia Michaels – If the World Was Ending …wait, is it not?

Tracy Chapman – Fast Car that I haven’t driven in weeks

No Doubt – Spiderwebs inside my car

Green Day – Wake Me Up When September 2020 Ends

The Civil Wars – I’ve Got This Friend who I haven’t seen since March

Donny Hathaway – This Christmas I’ll be getting everyone hand sanitizer

P.M. Dawn – I’d Die Without You Purell

Elvis Presley – Just Pretend to hug me

Three Dog Night – grab a cheap flight if you’ve Never Been To Spain

Tim McGraw – Please Remember Me your Zoom ID and password

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Song endings- to fade or not to fade?

I’ve wondered this for a long time… how do artists decide if their song should fade to silence or have a definite, clear ending? It used to bother me when a song just faded out because I thought, “It’s still going! You can’t just turn it down!” Songs that ended on a guitar strum or a cappella moment were so much more satisfying, and honestly, they still are. To use a movie comparison- the fade out songs are like movies that leave you with a with a cliffhanger, wondering what happens next. I actually like this in movies, most of the time. But not in music!

I need the song to end. 

Even to this day, I think it’s weird when a song is fading out and the person is still singing. What else do they have to say? What do I need to know? How are they feeling? All these things will go unanswered because the song faded away. 

So if you’re an artist who writes music, how do you decide how a song comes to a conclusion? Is there a reason behind the fade-out that I’m not perceiving? Thanks in advance, and as always, thanks for stopping by! 

-Out of the Wilderness

More about Melii’s “Slow For Me” music video

Hello and thanks for stopping by! I’m betting you’re interested in what’s going on with Melii, a singer/rapper/entertainer who’s becoming more popular in music world. You might want to know more about her music video for “Slow For Me.” Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s what I’ve uncovered. Feel free to chime in below if you have info to share!

The details…

The song was co-written by Melii (who’s real name is Audrey Grinell Ducasse), Michel Sotolongo, and a dude named Devvon Terrell.

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Another fun connection between Devvon Terrell and Melii is his video for “Temperature” back in 2017. Melii stars as the love interest. Check it out here.

The song and video feature Daystar Peterson, a Canadian singer/rapper more well-known as Tory Lanez. As far as relationships go, I can’t find anything that says the pair are romantically linked in any other way besides being on the same record label, Interscope Records. How romantic [insert heart eyes emoji]

The video for “Slow For Me” was shot in Cafe La Trova, a nightclub/restaurant in Miami, Florida. Here are side by side pics from the video and the restaurant website.

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music video

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image from nightclub website

Other fun stuff…

The video was directed by Edgar Esteves and has over 1.1 million views as of today, August 9. That means since it’s debut on July 31, it gets close to 130,000 views per day. That’s awesome!

Melli is from Harlem, New York, stands at 5’5″ and has a net worth of $300k.

Here’s a behind the scenes clip from Melli’s Facebook page that shows a short glimpse into the fun they had while shooting this video.

Social info…

Director Edgar Esteves’s reel and on Twitter @edgarestevess

Melii on Instagram @melii and on Twitter @Melii

Tory Lanez on Instagram @torylanez and Twitter @torylanez

Devvon Terrell on Instagram @devvonterrell and Twitter @DevvonTerrell

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

How “Never Ever” hooked me…

The other day it finally dawned on me why I really like the 57-second intro for this song from 1997. The worldwide hit by All Saints is called “Never Ever,” and I never ever put two and two together that the music underneath the spoken intro is “Amazing Grace”!

A completely intentional move on the part of the band, and a good one, I might add. They add a slight variation to the centuries old hymn, but there’s enough there that this old wily detective finally caught on, two decades later. :/

While researching this, I was surprised to discover “Amazing Grace” is originally the tune of a song called “New Britain.”

I also came across an article that explains in more detail how the band used AG in their song, but here’s a snippet:

A text within a text. “Never Ever” does have something special of this sort. In its harmony it explicitly refers to an old popular song, “Amazing Grace”, which has become part of our collective musical consciousness. In “Never Ever” the chords of the first four measures of this hymn are clearly audible behind the spoken intro, as they are accentuated by the piano accompaniment and the voices in the background. And the ghost of this song will stay there for the remainder of “Never Ever”. This overlay of songs turns the songlines of “Never Ever” into a text within a text.

-Out of the Wilderness