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#1 Posted : 16 February 2012 00:52:27(UTC)
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Title: Drop The Needle And Pray!
Released: February 19, 2012
Format: CD Single, Digital Download
Recorded: Avatar Studios, New York City, New York
Genre: Soul, Blues, RnB, Pop
Length: 4:17
Label: Tric-Jam Records
Writer: Alicia Lena
Producer: Alicia Lena, Nevaeh Martinez-Smith

“Drop The Needle And Pray!” is a song recorded, written, produced and performed by American RnB/Soul musician, Alicia Lena for her third studio album set for release in 2012. It marks the eleventh single of the RnB singer’s career and is the first single from her untitled upcoming third studio album. Written in October 2011, the song was first debuted at the 4th Chaos Awards in late 2011 as Alicia closed out the show and has been performed at two charity events in December 2012. The song is a traditional soul song that focuses on hope, faith and belief during difficulties, like the majority of songs written and recorded by Alicia Lena its main instrumentation is a piano and vocal combination. Reviews for the single have been generally well received with Rolling Stone, Billboard and Allmusic praising the growth of Alicia’s songwriting and the uplifting nature of the lyrics as well as her vocals on the song. It is set for release on February 12, 2012.

Song Description
“Drop The Needle And Pray!” was not originally written with the intention of appearing on Alicia’s third studio album but after finishing the writing process for the song it was quickly decided that the song would fit in with the theme’s that Alicia was looking to approach on her third record but still unsure about the songs emotional connection the instrumentation and key of the song was changed by Alicia. Finally confident with the song, Alicia decided to debut the song at the 4th Chaos Awards in late 2011 to a positive reaction, one critic even said “Performed in a set alongside a cover version of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ only served to prove Alicia’s songwriting ability as she makes the move from pop’s sweetheart to a singer-songwriter that could someday rival the best the industry has seen”. She spent the following months of 2011 rather quietly with the exception of one or two blog updates, but in early January she announced that she would be entering a studio in the following weeks and months to work on her third studio album. In an interview with Rolling Stone in February 2012 she confirmed that the lead single was almost ready for release and a demo version of the song was handed to a reviewer for the magazine and the first official review of the single was written in the February 2012 issue of the music magazine.

The songs only instrument is the piano playing throughout which sets the emotional and tender backdrop to the song which is enhanced even further by Alicia’s bluesy vocals, midway through the song the key changes as Alicia unleashes a powerful vocal that ignites the song fully. It flows well throughout maintaining a good pace and at 4:17 in length it never feels rushed as Alicia takes her time to get to the highest point of the song with the lyrics, “But if you take a walk and find yourself looking down/Remember you’ve got something to give in this life/Everything will turn around someday/Just drop the needle and pray.” But then quickly switches back to a more slower-paced melodic run to see out the end of the song with the bluesy piano ending.

Rolling Stone Review & Live Performance



Songwriter’s Comment
“I wrote this song after finishing up my world tour, It was a period of some down time for me and a chance for me to relax and recharge myself before I started up work on the next project. I wrote two songs within the first week of finishing touring, the first was a love song (Somebody Out There Loves Me (ft. Dominic Brown and Isabel Merjos) which is something I’ve never really written about so much. Since I had just signed a new record deal with Tric-Jam I decided to put out a one-off single to mark the new era at my new label but the other song that I wrote was, “Drop The Needle And Pray!” and I was a little unsure about it at first but after a couple of days of editing and messing around with the key of the song, I finally had it the way I wanted it to sound and I was inspired and excited at the thought of writing again.

I like to write songs with an uplifting feel to them or songs with undertones of hope within them, that’s generally my preference as a songwriter and as a person I feel like I tend to always look towards the positive aspects of whatever it is that is going on in my life and this is a song that definitely has those elements in them. The songs that I write aren’t always biographical but there is always some part of each song that I write that can relate to my own life in some way and I find my own life creeping into my work more and more as I grow. I’ve always been fascinated by songwriters and how they grow throughout the years and I’m always looking to grow more and more with each new song that I write and I think this song is a good indication of where I’m at right now as a songwriter.”
- Alicia Lena


Song Lyrics

When all of this is over what will be left of you
And the things that made you who you once were
Can your rebuild from the wreckage once last time
Or will your dream become a never ending blur
---
And it’s all piling up in front of you
Everything is getting so tough to maintain
What will become of you my dear
What will you do today
Will you give in to the thought of sweet relief tonight
In the hope that this feeling will go away
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I can’t force you to do anything
I can try to pick you up but all that I can say
Is that you will find your way someday
If you just drop the needle and pray
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I don’t know when the pain will disappear
I don’t know how to remove this fear
I know it sometimes helps to scream and shout
We all live in fear and doubt
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But if you take a walk and find yourself looking down
Remember you’ve got something to give in this life
Everything will turn around someday
Just drop the needle and pray
---
When the darkness descends and all hope is gone
Just remember that everyone has a place in this world
There’s a place where we all belong
If it’s the voice of a hero in the lines of a song
I hope that you can stay strong
But all that I can say
Is that you’ll find your way someday
---
I don’t know when this pain will disappear
I don’t know how to remove this fear
I know it sometimes helps to scream and shout
We all live in fear and doubt
---
I can’t force you to do anything
I can try to pick you up but all that I can say
Is that you will find your way someday
If you just drop the needle and pray

Personnel
Alicia Lena – Vocals, Piano, Lyrics, Production
Nevaeh Martinez-Smith - Production

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#2 Posted : 16 February 2012 01:25:04(UTC)
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Dustyn: Such an amazing song. You never fail to impress me and I'm really looking forward to your new album! Your last one is already a classic.

(A)Rhia: This song is beautiful vocal wise and lyrically, it's like a piece of art! x
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erica:when i grow up,i wanna be alicia. this is just...perfect. no other word can really describe it.
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Katie: Beautiful, perfect, emotive, wonderful. What more can I say? These words describe both you and the song. You really are at the top of this game Alicia.

OOC: BRILLIANT way to introduce the single, with the whole review and stuff. Really great work.
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Abie: This is amazing! I'm so excited to hear your new album, you inspire me in so many ways!

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Hannah Beth: Beautiful Alicia :) I love the title also.
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Glamazon: Alicia, please stop being so good, I just don't know how you do it. If I was a jealous person, I may have killed you by now. ;) Your material is so consistently amazing each and every time, you just never fail. Amazing stuff, sweetheart!
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Radio: You gave me so much hope and pride in this song because it's so powerful and heartfelt on the stunning vocals you have it seems naturally in this song, like everything flows. It's a great single and the album seems it's like amazing, one to wait for in the year if the music going to sound this great vocally and musically.
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Dustyn: Such an amazing song. You never fail to impress me and I'm really looking forward to your new album! Your last one is already a classic.

(A)Rhia: This song is beautiful vocal wise and lyrically, it's like a piece of art! x


Alicia: Awww thanks Dustyn :) Thanks (A)Rhia, that means a lot to me :)
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erica:when i grow up,i wanna be alicia. this is just...perfect. no other word can really describe it.


Alicia: Wow, that's really sweet, thanks Erica :)
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#12 Posted : 19 February 2012 01:32:13(UTC)
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Katie: Beautiful, perfect, emotive, wonderful. What more can I say? These words describe both you and the song. You really are at the top of this game Alicia.

OOC: BRILLIANT way to introduce the single, with the whole review and stuff. Really great work.


Alicia: Awww thank you Katie, that's so sweet, I dunno if I'm all of those kind words though :)

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Abie: This is amazing! I'm so excited to hear your new album, you inspire me in so many ways!

OOC: Beautiful Lyrics ;)


Alicia: Thanks Abie, that means a whole lot to me, your an amazing artist too :)

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Hannah Beth: Beautiful Alicia :) I love the title also.


Alicia: Awww thanks Hannah, I'm very glad you liked it :D
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Raven J: Your one of the only ones who really have music in the soul. Your so peaceful, lyrical, and beautiful! You inspire me in so much ways! Your an icon.
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Glamazon: Alicia, please stop being so good, I just don't know how you do it. If I was a jealous person, I may have killed you by now. ;) Your material is so consistently amazing each and every time, you just never fail. Amazing stuff, sweetheart!


Alicia: Wow, well I can't tell you how glad I am that your not a jealous person, I wanna be around for a very long time :) Thank you so much, that means the world to me :)
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Radio: You gave me so much hope and pride in this song because it's so powerful and heartfelt on the stunning vocals you have it seems naturally in this song, like everything flows. It's a great single and the album seems it's like amazing, one to wait for in the year if the music going to sound this great vocally and musically.


Alicia: Awwww thank you :) No pressure then? lol
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Stephanie Fierce: I thought it was all right. A good listen!


Alicia: Thank you Stephanie :)
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Raven J: Your one of the only ones who really have music in the soul. Your so peaceful, lyrical, and beautiful! You inspire me in so much ways! Your an icon.


Alicia: Aww thanks :) I don't think I'm an icon though lol
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