No Song is Safe From Us

No Song Is Safe From Us - The NYFOS Blog
 |  Michael Barrett

I’m ending this weeks posts where I started with Rhiannon Giddens. I’m drawn to this voice. It’s honest, and vulnerable and strong at the same time. I’m shedding some of my musical snobbery thanks to her. Simplicity can be a beautiful thing. I don’t need all my music to be complicated to satisfy my musical […]




 |  Michael Barrett

Today’s post isn’t so much about one song. It’s really about a musical force of Nature – Sister Rosetta Tharpe. She is brand new to me. But she seems too forceful, too full of musical life to ignore. A voice made of power and muscle and devotion. She came out of the gospel tradition which […]




 |  Michael Barrett

Tom Waits has got to be one of the most original balladeers alive. His raspy voice doesn’t pretend to be anything except for the experienced and world weary vehicle for his poetry. I find his music amazing in how his songs capture something that feels so specific. I can’t really put my finger on it. […]




 |  Michael Barrett

I started talking yesterday about Country Music. As I said, I’m really not down with classifications. A good song is a good song. It tells you something about yourself, or at a minimum shows you another epoch or slice of humanity in a way you can understand. Ideally one that touches your heart. Here is […]




 |  Michael Barrett

NO SONG IS SAFE FROM US. That’s a slogan we invented soon after we started NYFOS nearly 32 years ago. We’ve had some musical and lyrical adventures that have taken us to places we didn’t even know existed, and we have been blessed by the treasure trove of songs we’ve discovered. Sometimes there are great […]




 |  Luke Frazier

Judy Garland set the bar for every performer to follow. Every time I’m working with young singers on iconic American repertoire I have them listen to Judy’s recordings. Every recording of Judy Garland serves as a masterclass in style. 




 |  Luke Frazier

I’ve rarely found anyone that has ever heard of Kay Starr. I got to know Kay Starr by a friend of mine from West Virginia who told me that Kay was Patsy Cline’s favorite singer. If you’ve not gone down the rabbit hole of Kay Starr’s discography, do yourself a favor and dive in!




 |  nyfos

I grew up with the sound of tight harmony in my ear from my many mornings in a country church. Every time I hear this song of freedom I can hear my grandmother harmonizing in her tenor voice with the rest of the country choir. 




 |  Luke Frazier

I think this piece speaks even more today than when Dolly recorded it over 40 years ago. I think too often Dolly’s music can be tossed off by many as light music, this shows the breadth of expression and commentary Dolly has offered throughout her entire career.  Frazier’s American Pops Orchestra pays tribute to Dolly […]