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Coast 2 Coast Feat The Fantastic Gems - 'Live Your Life'

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“Live Your Life” has that 90s RnB feel that fans of groups like Boyz II Men and D’Angelo will absolutely love. The song features a variety of instruments like a smooth keyboard, saxes, horns and much more. The tune also has this fantastic Stevie Wonder sense to it, with a unique harmony and catchy melody that Wonder portrays in his music.

There’s also a little bit of an old jazz element to the piece, as most RnB songs of this style would have, with a smooth trumpet solo about 3 minutes into the song. The solo section is an element of most standards, and Yannis Oikonomdis kills it on that horn.

The piece is like a mix between “Feel Like Making Love” by D’Angelo and “Waterfalls” by TLC. The voice of Robert Finney is an important element to the smoothness of this track, and the crossover definitely gave the world something extraordinary.

The themes of this song are just as the title suggests, “Live Your Life.” Don’t let anybody stop you from doing you. Lines like, “Believe in Yourself,” and, “Find yourself in the light,” portray this idea very clearly. The song also has a bit of a religious undertone with lines like “Walk by Faith, Not by Sight.” It throws in a little bit of a gospel element by doing this. An interpretation of the message can be that we should all live our lives because God has us on a path. All we have to do is believe in that path and our journey is set. The themes of confidence in yourself and confidence in God are truly present in this piece.

Coast 2 Coast Feat The Fantastic Gems have a knack for creating a smooth melodies and playing their instruments very well. They fuse elements of RnB, Jazz and Gospel into this one piece, and it comes alive through their talent. This song is indeed an impressive definition of what these guys have to offer.

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About Coast 2 Coast

Back in 1968, at Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey, a music group called The Fantastic Gems was born. After graduation, the talented musicians went off to college, the military, and new careers. Years later, two of the original members reformed in Washington D.C. as "Coast 2 Coast" and began recording and performing from 1986 to 1990. 

In 2016, The Fantastic Gems got back together to fulfill a promise they made to each other when they were young students in New Jersey. The result of their reunion was the release of The New Old Skool. The project took three years from conception to completion and was released June 2019. 

The album is a tribute to their musical roots, and was made in recognition of the community who encouraged, supported and shaped their musical spirit. The New Old Skool features 11 great songs that fans of R&B, Gospel, Pop, and Jazz will love. 

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