Top 30 Songs for August 2-8, 2020

1. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (2)
2. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (1)
3. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (7)
4. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (5)
5. HELL N BACK – Bakar (3)
6. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (8)
7. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (4)
8. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (10)
9. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (12)
10. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (12)
11. MARIA – Two Feet (6)
12. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (14)
13. FIRE – Black Pumas (15)
14. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (16)
15. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (17)
16. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (9)
17. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (18)
18. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (20)
19. NOT OK! – Chaz Cardigan (21)
20. SWIMMING CLOSER – HAZY (22)
21. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (23)
22. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (13)
23. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (28)
24. MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER – AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert (26)
25. WHEN THE WORLD FALLS APART – Terry Barber (27)
26. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (19) 26th week on list
27. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (29)
28. WOLVES – MISSIO (30)
29. CAUTION – The Killers (25)
30. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (N)

Top 30 Songs for July 26-August 1, 2020

1. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (1)
2. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (3)
3. HELL N BACK – Bakar (2)
4. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (5)
5. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (8)
6. MARIA – Two Feet (4)
7. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (9)
8. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (10)
9. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (6)
10. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (12)
11. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (13)
12. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (11)
13. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (7)
14. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (15)
15. FIRE – Black Pumas (16)
16. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (22)
17. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (19)
18. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (20)
19. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (18) 25th week on list
20. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (21)
21. NOT OK! – Chaz Cardigan (23)
22. SWIMMING CLOSER – HAZY (24)
23. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (25)
24. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (14)
25. CAUTION – The Killers (17)
26. MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER – AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert (27)
27. WHEN THE WORLD FALLS APART – Terry Barber (28)
28. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (29)
29. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (30)
30. WOLVES – MISSIO (N)

Top 30 Songs for July 19-25, 2020

1. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (5)
2. HELL N BACK – Bakar (1)
3. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (6)
4. MARIA – Two Feet (2)
5. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (3)
6. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (4)
7. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (7)
8. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (8)
9. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (11)
10. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (10)
11. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (13)
12. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (14)
13. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (15)
14. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (9)
15. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (17)
16. FIRE – The Black Pumas (18)
17. CAUTION – The Killers (12)
18. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (16) 24th week on list
19. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (20)
20. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (21)
21. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (22)
22. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (23)
23. NOT OK! – Chaz Cardigan (24)
24. SWIMMING CLOSER – HAZY (25)
25. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (26)
26. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (19)
27. MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER – AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert (29)
28. WHEN THE WORLD FALLS APART – Terry Barber (30)
29. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (N)
30. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (N)

Top 30 Songs for July 12-18, 2020

1. HELL N BACK – Bakar (1)
2. MARIA – Two Feet (2)
3. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (3)
4. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (5)
5. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (6)
6. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (7)
7. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (9)
8. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (10)
9. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (4)
10. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (12)
11. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (17)
12. CAUTION – The Killers (8)
13. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (14)
14. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (15)
15. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (16)
16. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (11) 23rd week on list
17. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (18)
18. FIRE – Black Pumas (19)
19. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (13)
20. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (22)
21. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (23)
22. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (25)
23. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (26)
24. NOT OK! – Chaz Cardigan (27)
25. SWIMMING CLOSER – HAZY (28)
26. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (30)
27. DELETER – Grouplove (20)
28. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (21)
29. MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER – AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert (N)
30. WHEN THE WORLD FALLS APART – Terry Barber (N)

New Song of the Week – TERRY BARBER: “When the World Falls Apart”

Terry Barber

Terry Barber is an internationally acclaimed singer and actor currently based in New Jersey. With his uniquely beautiful countertenor voice, he has a distinguished career in opera, musical theater and as a recording artist. He’s appeared on such renowned stages as Carnegie Hall, the New York Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and Moscow’s Svetlanov Hall, and was formerly a member of the classical vocal ensemble Chanticleer. He’s also appeared on albums by Madonna, Chaka Khan and Cyndi Lauper, and has performed with the London Philharmonic. Terry has recorded albums featuring a wide range of genres, including pop, classical, gospel, opera and Broadway musicals. Last year (2019), he released Reimagined: Mercury, a collaborative work featuring covers of many of Queen’s hit songs.

Terry is also active in many social causes, and in 2009 founded the non-profit organization Artists for a Cause, whose mission is to provide support for artists who serve community needs. Troubled by fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine, then the killing of George Floyd and resulting protests and riots, Terry was moved to write his very first song “When the World Falls Apart” to express the powerful emotions he was feeling. He explained that the song “is my response to the current tragedies we are facing. As an artist, I have always known that my talent is my power to make a difference. We all must do more.” I’ve chosen it as my New Song of the Week.

“When the World Falls Apart” is a gorgeous song, with a haunting piano-driven melody, accompanied by sweeping orchestral instrumentals and an anthemic synth drum beat that kicks in halfway into the track. But the real highlight is Terry’s dramatic and stunning countertenor vocals that go from tender to impassioned. He brings goosebumps as he passionately sings the stirring lyrics that speak to the strong feelings of isolation, anxiety, fear and pain so many of us have experienced over the past three-plus months.

To accompany the single, Terry has created a beautiful, deeply moving video featuring images of empty streets and theaters, people struggling with isolation due to being quarantined, and people protesting racial injustice. But there are also glimmers of hope, as shown by images of people helping and caring for others. Terry is donating 50% of the proceeds from sales of the single to the NAACP.

Note: I actually briefly met Terry around 10 or 11 years ago, when I lived in St. Louis. I lived in the historic Lafayette Square district, where his father Terry, Sr. and stepmom Pat also live, and know them fairly well. In fact, Pat was one of the very first people I met from the neighborhood prior to my moving there in early 1995. Anyway, Terry came to St. Louis to perform at an intimate venue, and I had the pleasure of hearing him sing.

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