Monday Music Madness: Free-and-Legal Downloads from Il Volo, Universal Music, and more!

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Happy Memorial Day!  Let's start the week off right with some free music!

First, if you have kids then you might want to celebrate the day with five free downloads from Hector's Favorite Patriotic Songs for Kids.  You'll find "America the Beautiful," "Old Chisholm Valley," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Red River Valley" and "The Yellow Rose of Texas." Call me a patriotic music purist if you must, but IMO, only two of those are actually patriotic... the other three should really just be part of Hector's Favorite Old Songs instead.  And if you're wondering who Hector is, I can't really answer that, besides the fact that he's one of the Countdown Kids.  Who appear to be... animated singing sensations?

Next, if you're a fan of American Idol then you may have already heard of these guys because they apparently made an appearance there, but Il Volo is new to me... as is the concept of "Pop Opera," which is how some people are describing their style of music.  Though honestly, they just sound like Josh Groban, if Josh Groban were three lovable Italian adolescents... not that that is anything to complain about!  Anyway, the point -- there's a free track of Il Volo singing "O Sole Mio" on their website right now, and you should definitely download it.  It is very pretty, buttery and romantic, and just begging to be played while you dance passionately on a patio overlooking a river somewhere, while a candlelight dinner lays neglected in the background.

In other good news, if you like to pick-and-choose your free music then this one is for you;  filling out a survey for Land of Frost lunchmeat will get you a free music download of your choice from the Universal Music label.  Which is basically, Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Anberlin, 3 Doors Down, Jay-Z, Owl City, and a lot of people in between, as well as a wide variety of world music and various soundtracks.  Your biggest problem will probably be choosing just one.  

Yay free music!  Download and enjoy, your iPod can thank me later.

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