My Luv Notes brings a great new single to the world with a percentage going to donations instead of only collecting funds for the artist. “She Ain’t Me” is the title and it’s a fantastic song with sultry vocals by New York’s Stephanie Hochman. The concept of My Luv Notes is to make music without the same constrictions of the music business and give quality recordings proceedings to charity. It’s the music that counts the most and anyway to reach anyone to heal with it is a good thing, so the concept is honest and integral that was, along with the track itself being so well written, arranged and recorded.
Hochman’s background includes classical piano, and this song is completely inflected with that but not dominated by it in the process. But she doesn’t just come from those roots alone, this is a modern R&B coated Pop ballad with Adult Contemporary appeal for which she is well known. Her voice does most of the talking with some lyrics about seeing her former lover with another woman, but the musical textures add all the right bells and whistles without being too up-front in the mix. This allows the vocals to take command from the first couple of bars of the song.
The piano kicks in and makes an entrance just before her voice takes you on a journey through a disenchanted love story of emotionally upsetting proportions. If you like lyrics these will grab you and not let go, as the socio-political content carries the song along. Make no mistake, this is an all pro singer with no question, and it’s the only track I’ve even heard by My Luv Notes. I find an artist her with a lot to offer and not collecting any returns, which last I checked is a pretty-rare way to release music but an awful generous one.
At first you might think you’re hearing something that will bore you to tears, but there’s some great effects in this tune that keep you hooked the whole time, and the story captivates you for the rest of the duration. This is how soul music used to always be done, with some touches of the way it’s done now. The beats pop at all the right times and the voice is never interrupted by it, and the backing vocals add the icing on the cake. You’ll want to check out her album after hearing this – Words Cry, because one song is not enough by this artist.
If you’re feeling blue, this song has just the right words for you to reflect upon and get through it. The sheer talent of Hochman is off the charts, but her music should very well be on the charts, it’s that good. The production values are spot on and it’s just remarkable she’s not on the bigger radars, but I could be missing that, as I have also missed My Luv Notes in general but very satisfied that I heard this song worth every cent of donation. I also hope to hear much more from My Love Notes and Stephanie Hochman on the horizon.