Lee DeWyze “Live it Up” – Listen to a Stream

Listen to a stream of the Lee DeWyze tune, “Live it Up”. This song was originally set to be the 1st single from Lee’s post-Idol debut. At the last minute, the single was switched to “Sweet Serendipity.”

The tune is decent, but a little sleepy to be a hot pop tune. I think the label made the right call.

Listen after the JUMP…

Album Sampler

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48 Comments

  1. I agree, this was not a good single, let alone a lead single.
    The label made the right choice.
    Overall, I am happy with what I have heard. SS is too overproduced for my taste but catchy and fine for a single, and the rest of the album sounds great.

  2. It’s not as annoying as SS, but it really doesn’t sound like radio material. I don’t think it has the hook for it.
    As a song it’s ok. Sweet tune. Nothing I’d bother checking twice or nothing I remember the second it’s over,.

    I never noticed on idol, but the more I listen to his new songs the more he makes me think of Counting Crows. I only really know 2 or 3 CC songs, but that’s what comes to my head when I listen to Lee.
    I also don’t remember his voice being so nasal and annoying during the show as it is in his music, it was grittier… just not sounding the same to me.

  3. This sounds way more like what I thought Lee would put out than Sweet Serendipity. And his voice sounds much better here to me. But I do agree that it would have been an iffy choice for a single.

  4. I like it, it sounds so much more like Lee. I have to agree it is not a single. But why chose SS?

  5. I never noticed on idol, but the more I listen to his new songs the more he makes me think of Counting Crows. I only really know 2 or 3 CC songs, but that’s what comes to my head when I listen to Lee.
    I also don’t remember his voice being so nasal and annoying during the show as it is in his music, it was grittier… just not sounding the same to me.

    Yep, I’ve always thought he sounded like The Counting Crows. Same on the whiny and nasally, but at least he’s in key recorded I guess. The song is dull and Lee as someone’s Romeo kinda skeeves me out. um, no.. ;)

  6. I think LIU is a stronger song than SS melodically and lyrically, but IMO, the love-it-or-hate-it production on SS makes the song “pop” out little bit more (no pun intended). I listen to the radio in the bay area, and I think there are a lot of male singers songwriters vying for that magical “I’m Yours”/”Hey Soul Sister” spot that I think RCA, likewise, is going for. And although I do think the raspy/nasal/folk thing that Lee has going on in song like LIU makes the song stand out in a sea of similar-sounding male radio voices, the faster tempo of SS with its production would stand out more. At least I think it would. If my radio stations ever get around to playing it… :/ My only worry is that for SS, the melody in the chorus is a big blank spot in my head, whereas the melody on LIU got stuck there right away.

    Lili-anne7, I think we’ve had this discussion about the production on SS before. :) Your opinion on it may be shared by radio-listeners. I just hope it isn’t.

  7. I like LIU more than SS, so I´d prefer it as a single. I don´t understand how one can prefer LIU and still say SS is a better single. I can only judge what I prefer, not what others (masses) would potentially like more and therefore my preference shouldn´t count and be the better choice

  8. leome:
    I never noticed on idol, but the more I listen to his new songs the more he makes me think of Counting Crows.

    I thought the same a slower version of Counting Crows if that was possible.

  9. hmmmm… IDK what to think. I need to hear the songs in their entirety. They kinda blended in to one big song.

  10. I actually prefer LIU to be Lee’s first single over SS – but it is what it is.
    LIU truly has the Lee-vibe stamped all over it !!! For fans that have followed his pre-idol materials, this song has a natural progression to both his CDs, albeit, showing more growth/maturity to his voice.

    I have also been going back to listen to the snippets of his upcoming album and I am liking almost all of the snippets (I will know for sure once I have listened to the full album). There are only a handful of artists’ CDs that I listen to every single track from start to finish and Lee’s pre-idol CDs are amongst them. Here’s looking forward for his upcoming album to do the same.

  11. Been listening to Live It Up non-stop since we got it on Friday (only giving it a break to hear those amazing album snippets)! I love this song! :)

  12. I haven’t been following this season’s post-game. How is Lee’s single doing?

  13. I really like LIU! It sounds like “Lee” and I found myself grooving in my chair. Still haven’t gotten onboard with SS, though, so for me, I would have preferred LIU as the single.

  14. My only worry is that for SS, the melody in the chorus is a big blank spot in my head, whereas the melody on LIU got stuck there right away.

    Me too. I just don’t understand the conventional wisdom about SS making a better single. I realize it has the same general sound and production as hit pop singles, but it’s just not a good song and it doesn’t have a good hook. Which is kind of important.

    This one gets stuck in your head. I don’t know that it would be a hit, but I think it would have more chance than SS. But regardless of hit potential, I like the sound of the album, SS excepted.

  15. I like SS enough, but I’d be happy with any single as long as the general public likes it and I like the rest of the album.

  16. Some background information on the writing of this track, and its part in the album, has just come through from an article in BillBoard.com
    http://www.billboard.com/news/lee-dewyze-wants-fans-dancing-to-his-post-1004125799.story#/news/lee-dewyze-wants-fans-dancing-to-his-post-1004125799.story

    “When I first started talking to (label) people, I told them, ‘I just think that it’s going to be more me and it’s gonna progress better if I have a hand in the writing process,” explains DeWyze, “and they were like, ‘Well, go write and let’s see what happens.’ And so we went into the studio and (the song) ‘Live It Up’ came about. I brought that to the table and they were very happy with it, so that’s what kick-started the whole thing.”

    Looks like the whole album, and writing process, followed on from this song, resulting in the 10 co-writes.

    As a fan, I’m so pleased that Lee was able to carry his vision through in collaboration with the label. I’m very much looking forward to the whole album.

    ETA Sorry, a few link errors popped up, its hard to correct them in the edit but I think its OK now.

  17. Somehow a Lee concert/album and dancing isn’t really connecting in my head, lol

  18. I like Live It Up better than Sweet Serendipity, although I like them both. I think for me, LIU better represents the Lee sound I’ve fallen in love with from Slumberland and So I’m Told. Can’t wait to hear the entire CD.

  19. I love Live It Up and Sweet Serendipity. I’m not sure Live It Up would have made it onto HAC stations where Sweet Serendipity definitely has the rhythm and pop sounds for HAC. I would have been happy if Lee just wrote AC songs, I think that’s more his real style.

  20. I really, really love Live It Up- when I hear it, I can’t help smiling. No wonder RCA was impressed with his song writing ability!
    From what I’ve heard of the song snippets, I believe Lee when he says the album is “him,” is fun, and he’s proud of it.

  21. I came hear to listen to “Live it up” with the idea that I will hate this track, because I really didn’t like “Sweet Serendipity”, but I actually like it. LIU is sooooo much better the SS, it is so much more Lee than that SS schmalz.
    now for the rest of the snippets, I am not sure, they all blended all into one big blob of kinda boring music. I have to hear them individually to really say yay or nay.

  22. I think I prefer Live It Up to Sweet Serendipity. Not bad, not bad at all.

  23. they all blended all into one big blob of kinda boring music

    I had the same problem since the first listen I had was the youtube video where they are smashed together. I had a mini-freakout moment where I thought “what the crap did I just listen to?” But then I went to the Amazon site and listened to them individually and I could hear differences and I felt alot better about the CD.

    The snippets gave me what I wanted, which was that Lee is really Lee on this record. So for that, I’m excited for the album.

  24. Have no idea what would succeed on radio because when I listen I everything on it from soup to nuts. Really, our top 40 radio station plays hip hop, pop, ballads (not rock) – just everything. All I do know is that I’ve been enjoying SS & LIU…a lot. SS stuck in my head all day for a couple of weeks, and now LIU does. I have to admit that when I read some of these comments, I feel like I’m from a different planet ;) which is why most of the time I stay away :) Just too depressing for a Lee fan. I do hope that somehow non-Idol fans will get to hear him and enjoy him as much as I do. Gonna go back and listen some more to my Lee faves mp3s which give me a lot of pleasure. That I understand.

  25. i too love both SS and LIU but do agree that SS might be better as first single. SS is more upbeat & catchy, like something that i would want to hear on the radio while driving to and from work. like some, i also couldn’t stop listening to LIU since i heard it. so chill and so lee. i’m happy to know that upon hearing what lee could do, the label was satisfied and gave him more creative control in making his album. so much happening in the next few days, can’t wait :)

  26. After hearing all the snippets, I am super excited for Lee’s album. Also looking forward to hearing the studio version of Only Dreaming. The AP concert version with the screaming girls just doesn’t do it justice!

  27. According to the billboard article, his writing on Live It Up impressed RCA so much that it led to him writing on the whole album, except for Beautiful Like You, a song he was really impressed with.
    I just saw the first half of Lyndsey Parker’s interview, in which Lee discusses the album song by song. He talks about the musical instruments involved, including the mandolin (but no bagpipes). He said they used lots of different kinds of arrangements and instruments because he wanted each song to be distinct and recognizable (unlike some albums where all the songs sound alike). It sounds like he had a lot of say in the production and is very happy with the results.
    I hear ya bamintx about being from a different planet-I often feel that way in these music discussions. How can something that fills me with bliss bore anybody? Milage sure varies.But there are Idols who have devoted fans who don’t interest me. I wish them well, though. And I’m thankful to AI, flawed as it may be, for introducing me to DC, Adam and Lee, whose careers I hope to follow in years to come.

  28. I have to say I’m so glad the album is Lee. I love LIU and SS but SS is more uptempo and is a real energise song. Agree its a better single.

  29. Although I agree it isn’t likely to do much on Pop radio, seems like LIU is a better choice for HAC. (But I am not a fan of SS.)

  30. I love Live It Up and Sweet Serendipity. I’m not sure Live It Up would have made it onto HAC stations where Sweet Serendipity definitely has the rhythm and pop sounds for HAC. I would have been happy if Lee just wrote AC songs, I think that’s more his real style.

    I have to preface comments like this given my past history on commenting on threads involving Lee…but seriously, what are people expecting for HAC?? To me this has that genre stamped all over it. HAC to me would imply basically just what it stands for…hot adult contemporary, which I’d consider to be pretty much any age from just after college to retirement age, so early 20s to 60ish. This sort of music seems perfect for targeting that general range – it’s something new, from a new artist, it’s happy, not too loud, sorta middle of the road, and I’m not gonna lie, he’s got a pleasant voice on this really.

    Outside of SS, for the most part the rest of what I’ve heard of Lee’s album (this, and the clips of other songs), well, it sounds good. I’ll make no bones about it, I had a rather strong dislike for Lee in the past but in the end, it’s about the music, and now that he’s doing original material and not covering songs on the tour with full bombast in effect, he’s fine to listen to. I only really need to be sold on about 2 more tracks to be ready to buy the album – Live it Up and Brooklyn Bridge both work for me.

  31. Count me as another who much prefers Live It Up to SS.

    Listening to the snippits, I’m liking what I hear a lot more than I thought I would. Lee’s voice comes across very nicely. Would like to hear more of the ‘Me & My Jealousy’ song at 3:08. That one sounds single worthy to me.

  32. Hmmmm…I’m a little confused now. LIU was supposed to be the first single. LIU was one of the first songs Lee brought to the label. Why did they wait till October to drop the single then? I’m not complaining…I still think SS is a catchier song for the radio (love that piano intro). But I’d imagine an extra month would have helped with radio play.

  33. So excited to finally hear Lee’s songs. I really liked some of the song clips. I’ll wait for the final stream to determine which songs I really like. Ooh, that might happen later this week.

    He has a very distinctive voice – I like the smoother parts of it vs. the break in his voice parts so I can see myself cherrypicking those particular songs from the album.

  34. I love the songs and song snippets I’ve heard so far. I think Live It Up would have made a good single, but I really like Sweet Serendipity, (and I hardly make any typos on it anymore!!). I’m not a radio exec so I don’t know the formula they use to decide what to use. When they “11th hour” decided to change the single, Lee said they decided to hold off on LIU so perhaps they plan to make it a single down the road. I think from the snippets there might be more than one single-worthy song there. I love BLY, M&MJ, BB and A Song About Love. That list will probably change/expand next Tuesday!

  35. He talks about the musical instruments involved, including the mandolin (but no bagpipes). He said they used lots of different kinds of arrangements and instruments because he wanted each song to be distinct and recognizable (unlike some albums where all the songs sound alike). It sounds like he had a lot of say in the production and is very happy with the results.

    I really love Lee’s first CD’s, especially Slumberland. The more I listen to them the more I hear different instruments on just about every song, and they give each song a very unique sound and vibe. I love Lee’s singing, but I’ve also come to appreciate what a talented composer/lyricist he is.

  36. has anyone heard “Dear Isabelle”? Found what sounds like an entire song of Dear Isabelle plus lyrics here!

    there’s something not quite right with this song! it sounds sweet and romantic and all but did Lee just change his accent/tone for this song? he ALMOST sounds like a brit trying to be american sounding, the way he enunciates the words then it gets to the chorus and he’s Lee again then he goes back to sounding different. is it just me?! if you’re a lee fan, obviously you’d say the entire album is perfection and there’s nothing wrong with this song… :)

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