Nadia Vaeh - 'Holidazed and Confused'
Music Review by Daniel Hoyt & Staff
“Holidazed and Confused” at its heart is a pop song with a standard I-V-VI-IV progression that appeals to the masses; however, the depth of the song is far greater than the “typical” sound and will draw in an even greater crowd. Fans of pop and alternative-pop will relate to this moving holiday song.
“Holidazed and Confused” has that Ariana Grande-esque sound and marketability to it. Nadia has a polished vocal presentation that is radio-ready. The beat is electronic, featuring snaps on the two and the four. The song begins with just lead vocals in a distorted lower frequency before a full blast kicks in. The form of the piece is a Chorus-Verse-PreChorus-Chorus type of structure, with a bridge or middle section to create a nice contrast. The chorus is strong with a catchy hook. This piece was written and performed by Nadia Vaeh, and co-written with help from Dion Shaw. The song was produced by Dion Shaw and Tyler Spratt and the production quality is high. “Holidazed and Confused” has a very deep meaning to the writer herself because it was inspired by the passing of her mother and spending the first Christmas without her. At another level, the song can also be a look at anybody that we may have lost in the previous year, even if it was a breakup of some sort. The song is not only heartfelt to the musician, but it reaches the hearts of all of us. The title itself is “Holidazed.” A daze is a state of confusion itself, so the writer is confused on how she is supposed to feel on this joyous occasion. She wants to “disappear at Christmas,” and she reflects on her lost loved one by saying, “you were a light – it’s sad I took you for granted.” Nadia doesn't hold back when it comes to being real; she is authentic and honest. This kind of honesty is what makes her more than a crafts-woman; it makes her an artist.
Nadia Vaeh creates a sound that can reach the masses, and has a deep meaning behind her lyrics, which is often forgotten in pop writing. Her music is heartfelt and has the ability to stand the test of time in its message.
Two of Nadia's Holiday Songs, "Holidazed & Confused" and "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" Are On National Indie Radio (WNIR)
"Holidazed & Confused" and "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" are in rotation on National Indie Radio (WNIR) from December 1st through December 31st as part of BWH Music Group’s Holiday Radio Special. WNIR features the best independent artists in the world and is part of the highly selective and nationally renowned BWH Music Group platform. The Holiday Radio Special will feature original holiday songs as well as covers by exceptional independent artists. Station information can be found at National Indie Radio’s website.
About Nadia Vaeh
A native of Atlanta with an American mother and a Lebanese father, Nadia Vaeh found her way into artistry through modeling and joining a local Atlanta circus. She started singing in their productions, but this was not the beginning of her artistic roots.
Nadia’s love of music and singing began at the age of two, and was nurtured by her parents by placing her into a traveling youth-choir. Her mother was a poet and passed on her love of words, which later lent to fuel her as a lyricist. Nadia lost her mom to suicide at the age of 17, which shifted the course of the young artist.
Consequently, Nadia dismantled her high-school band and strayed from songwriting and singing for years. After this tragic loss, she states that she went down a path of self-sabotage and destruction and used relationships and partying to ignore her pain. When she finally decided to begin again with artistry, she was a shell of a person and looking to anyone and anything for answers to deal with her heartbreak. “I made a lot of missteps when I first began my career and had to learn a lot of things the hard way.”
With her endless resilience, she has grown into a performer, has had her music recently played on international radio, and is looking forward to sharing more of her music here in the US and around the world.
She has written well over 100 songs born from the things she’s experienced - to her, songwriting is not only personally healing, but is also a platform to help others heal and make waves with social matters. Having written in several genres, her fascination lies with pop.“You can tell a story and create even more movement with that story through catchy lyrics and melodies.”
For more information on Nadia Vaeh, please visit her website.
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Listen to Nadia's fantastic rendition of The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) on Soundcloud