Fiona Apple – Shadowboxer

What Is It?

The song Shadowboxer by the American musician Fiona Apple from her 1996 music album Tidal:

Fiona Apple – Shadowboxer (Official HD Video)
Fiona Apple – Shadowboxer (In Session at W54th)
Fiona Apple – Shadowboxer (1996)

Here is how Wikipedia describes this song:

“Shadowboxer” is a song written and performed by American alternative singer-songwriter Fiona Apple.

It was released on July 1, 1996 by Work Records and Columbia Records as her debut single from her debut studio album, Tidal.

Background and release
Apple recorded the song with collaborator Jon Brion in 1995 immediately after being signed to a record deal with Sony Music Entertainment.

Its lyrical content mainly explores the themes of the dangers of desire and vulnerability.[1]

It was then released as her debut and lead single from her forthcoming debut studio album on July 1, 1996.

A music video of the song directed by Jim Gable was released.

Apple performed “Shadowboxer” in various events, most notably during the 22nd season of Saturday Night Live[2] and on the television special MTV Unplugged: Fiona Apple.[3]

Music video
Shot entirely in black-and-white, this takes place in a recording studio, with scenes of her playing the piano and in Fostex T20RP headphones singing in front of a microphone.[4]

Chart performance
The song charted inside the Top 40 of two different Billboard charts.

It spent six weeks on the Alternative Songs chart, peaking at number 34.[5]

It fared much better on the Adult Pop Songs, peaking at number 32 and spent over 15 weeks on the chart.[5]

Critical reception
“Shadowboxer” has received critical acclaim from music critics, with many of them comparing Apple’s voice to Nina Simone and her lyrical talent to Carole King.[6]

Steven Mirkin of Entertainment Weekly gave the song an A−, he wrote, “Singing to a former lover, her slurred, smoky vocals float above a loping, gospel-tinged piano, vibes, and string arrangement, making her “Shadowboxer” sound like Nina Simone covering early Elton John.

Although she’s only 18, she has the poise of a seasoned singer.”[7]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic described the song as “haunting”, remarking that while “it strives to say something deep and important, much of the lyrics settle for clichés.”[8]

Here are the descriptions for the videos above:

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Once my lover
Now my friend
What a cruel thing
To pretend
What a cunning way
To condescend
Once my lover and
Now my friend
Oh, you creep up
Like the clouds
And you set my soul at ease
Then you let
Your love abound
And you bring me
To my knees
Oh, it’s evil, babe
The way you let
Your grace enrapture me
When will you know
I’d be insane
To ever let that
Dirty game recapture me


SONG: Shadowboxer

ARTIST: Fiona Apple

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Ronald Jenkees – Stay Crunchy

“Stay Crunchy” – Messin With An E-Piano Sound

What Is It?

The song Stay Crunchy by Ronald Jenkees from his 2009 music album Disorganized Fun.

Here is the description for this video:

T-Shirts & signed CDs:



This is another one in the very early stages, but it’s fun to jam with. I messed with it quite a bit before I filmed, but each time it came out drastically different. LOL

I used FL Studio 8 and my Motif XS8 to make this one. The sound I’m using is actually an e-piano patch is called “Drive EP AS1” on the Motif XS series. I adjusted the distortion and delay to make it sound like it is.

Thanks again for watching and being a subscriber to my vids!!


Regina Spektor: Tiny Desk Concert – Après Moi

Regina Spektor: Tiny Desk Concert – Après Moi

What Is It?

The song Après Moi, by Regina Spektor, from the YouTube video Regina Spektor: Tiny Desk Concert (this link starts later in the concert) by the YouTube channel NPR Music.

Here is the description for this video:

Bob Boilen | August 5, 2022
Regina Spektor sat in her hotel room waiting as we tuned the piano behind my desk. In those idle moments, she whipped up a “Tiny Song,” and she opens her concert singing this sweet, funny and tiny ditty. “Took a train from New York to D.C. / And everyone was coughing on me,” she sings, “But I wore a real tight mask / And got myself a negative COVID test.” I won’t spoil the rest, except to say that what unfolds over the course of the next five songs is the humor and passions I’ve loved in Regina Spektor’s music since receiving an early release of her Soviet Kitsch CD in 2004.

Now 18 years later, Regina has made what I believe is her most astonishing record to date, Home, before and after. We hear two songs from this 2022 release, including the album’s opening track, “Becoming All Alone.” The story has Regina walking home alone when she hears God call out her name: “And He said, ‘Hey, Let’s grab a beer / It’s awful late / We both right here,’ ” she sings, “And we didn’t even have to pay / ‘Cause God is God / And He’s revered.” Their conversation ensues, and Spektor wonders just why life and loneliness don’t improve with time. It’s the type of truth and whimsy that makes for such heartbreaking music, including old favorites “Fidelity” and “Samson,” performed here simply on piano with charm and conviction.

“Tiny Song”
“Becoming All Alone”
“Après Moi”

Regina Spektor: piano, vocals

Producer/Creative Director: Bob Boilen
Director: Kara Frame
Editor: Michael Zamora
Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
Series Producer: Bobby Carter
Videographers: Kara Frame, Michael Zamora, Josh Bryant
Audio Assistant: Natasha Branch
Production Assistants: Jill Britton, Joby Tanseco
Tiny Desk Team: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer, Maia Stern
VP, Visuals, and Music: Keith Jenkins

#TinyDesk #NPRMusic #ReginaSpektor


Ronald Jenkees – Throwing Fire

Ronald Jenkees – Throwing Fire

What Is It?

The song Throwing Fire by Ronald Jenkees from his 2009 music album Disorganized Fun, and from his YouTube channel Ronaldjenkees.

Here is the description for this video:

Throwing Fire is on my 2nd CD, Disorganized Fun:

I also have some T-Shirts out now:

SUPER FUN TIME WITH THIS JAM!!!! Thanks a lot for watching! Hope you liked it. Kind of a rough cut, but it’s always fun.

This video is dedicated to the band Papa Roach for letting me check out their studio and giving me a place to stay in LA. Those are some hard-working rockers and good guys. I got cold chills listening to the songs they’re working on for their new album. I think it’s coming out really soon.

My friend Sam gave me the hat I’m wearing in this vid. It’s made of 100% recycled material. Can’t beat that. Here’s their site:

I’m using FL Studio software to make the beat in the background and a Korg Triton Le keyboard on top, Motif XS8 on bottom.



What Is It?

The YouTube playlist below is of the 1996 music album Tidal by the American musician Fiona Apple.


Here is how Wikipedia describes this music album:

Tidal is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Fiona Apple, released on July 23, 1996 by The WORK Group. Tidal produced six singles: “Shadowboxer”, “Slow Like Honey”, [1] “Sleep to Dream”, “The First Taste”, “Criminal” and “Never Is a Promise”. “Criminal”, the album’s most popular single, won a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 1998. In 2017, Tidal got its first vinyl run as a Vinyl Me, Please exclusive “Record of the Month”.[2]

“When I did Tidal,” Apple said in 2000, “it was more for the sake of proving myself; telling people from my past something. And to also try to get friends for the future.”[13]

Tidal was received well by critics,[14] with Jenny Eliscu of Rolling Stone and Richard Harrington of The Washington Post describing it as a mature effort comparable to the work of singer/songwriters Alanis Morissette and Tori Amos.[12][14] In 2010, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 83 among the 100 greatest albums of the 1990s.[15] The following year, Slant Magazine placed it at number 74.[16] The album is featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[17]

As of July 2016, the album has sold 2.9 million copies in the United States.[18]