Sunday, February 16, 2020

Review: The Mona Lisa Twins

I have decided to write again on my blog. And I'm writing about music. I know I originally started this site about comics, but I have made the occasional foray into other media areas, so this is not unprecedented. I'm just really excited about something, so I thought I'd comment.

I discovered the Mona Lisa Twins a few months ago and immediately began to devour all if their posted videos on their website/You Tube channel.  Wow do I love to listen to their music! They have a very retro-sixties sound, including doing cover versions of many 60's songs, chiefly by the Beatles. I have previous blog entries about such things as The Turtles, so yeah, this is one of my favorite eras if music. I discovered the Beach Boys in the late '70s, listening to their great harmonies and catchy pop songs, and expanded from there. My biggest Beatles experience was when I was in college and started playing some Beatles songs with friends of mine, one who went on to front a Beatles cover band and still performs lots of oldies--sometimes as "John Lennon".

But on to the Mona Lisa Twins. I love any "young" person who appreciates that music did not begin in the year 2000. The twins (I'll use MLT for short from now on) are currently 25 and have been performing since they were 13! They are incredible musicians and singers, and they harmonize like...well....they are sisters, so I guess it comes naturally.

I recently acquired their first two albums of original music: When We're Together and Orange and have been listening to them a lot. The two albums differ a bit in style, and I think there's a lot of growth between the first and second, but they are both exceptional. My favorite song off of When We're Together is "I Wanna Kiss You" which is just a fun pop song with cool background vocals. I don't know how to review music like a real critic (or someone who understands the technical aspects of music) but I also just love "I Don't Know Birds That Well" and "Nothing is in Vain". The latter is a bit more psychedelic, with simple lyrics but a melody that is enchanting.

Orange has a lot more variety in musical styles, plus the addition of a certain John Sebastian on blues harmonica on two stellar tracks. The lyrics of a lot of these songs are amazing. "Waiting for the Waiter" is about slow service...or something much deeper. "Sweet Loraine" is an addictive tune about a girl who may just not be so sweet after all! "Count on Me" is the song I wish I could figure out the chords to because it's positive message would be nice to play. But my absolute favorite song is definitely "That's Life". Great harmonies, great tune, excellent lyrics!

So I was thinking what would I like to know or what would I like to hear from the MLT?

My questions:

Why "Orange"? Is it your favorite color? Why no songs with cool rhymes for orange?

Do you each have a favorite Beatle? (I do not have a favorite MLT. Cannot choose. Love you both!)

Can you do a cover a Turtles song, but not Happy Together?

For those of you who haven't heard, here's some links to my favorite MLT songs.

And since this is my art blog. I drew a cartoony rendition of the MLT here it is!