Thursday, January 30, 2014

I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo..


Life is Beautiful !!!

I have had busy ears this January. I have been immersed in trying to revisit the past , enjoy the now, and leap to the future. I managed to mash together two cd's this month. The first cd yields the fruits of this exploration. I am particularly intrigued by Bad Suns  just something grabbed at me when I came across them. Also we have new Zac Brown Band from the Ghrol Sessions. SO it's no surprise I was giddy with joy when  Zac Brown and Dave Ghrol joined forces!!!! 

The second cd is inspired by a  British show called My Mad Fat Diary. This show is about a slightly odd 17 year old girl set in 1997 who is obsessed with music. Well hello have we met?  How do you know me so well?  The music in the show transports me back to hanging out  listening to music,  running wild with the guys, and other mischief we won't get into . This is just another reminder of how music not only shapes you as you grow but can take you right back to that time and those feelings!  I hope this finds your inner 17 year old and tells her/him to turn the music up !!

I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo- Capital Cities
Salt- Bad Suns
Scene of the Crime- Placebo
Haunt- Bastille
In My Arms- Plumb
Hurricane- The Fray
Can You Hear Me Now- Jetta
The Crooked Kind- Radical Face
Sad Song- We The Kings
Satellite- Tyrone Wells
Day For the Dead- Zac Brown Band
The Cure- Avalon Landing
Dead In the Water- Ellie Goulding
Mystery track!

Sabotage-  Beastie Boys
Voodoo People- Prodigy
Morning Glory- Oasis
Missing- Everything But the Girl
To Wish Impossible Things- The Cure
Fade Into You- Mazzy Star
High and Dry- Radiohead
The Chemistry Between Us-  The London Suede
Ocean Pie- Shed Seven
Movin' On Up- Primal Scream
I Wanna Be Adored- The Stone Roses

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Pushing play!

So life is a mix-tape? Mine is! 

A little over a year ago what started as a simple act of sharing my homemade cd's  with just a few friends has started to blossom into a  list of followers. Thanks to the encouragement of my friends and a fair amount of  "nagging"  I am starting a blog!  To create a place where I can share with you my playlists, random thoughts, and other nonsense. I am hoping that if I am fortunate enough to have followers that  they will feel free to share thoughts and inspired suggestions.

Here we go!

In honor of January we must take a moment to discuss a very important event.. the Grammys. This is the time where we get to see what they are calling the best of the last year. Once again I have made a mix of the year's nominees. I know some of these have made it onto my past mixes!

Locked Out of Heaven- Bruno Mars
Blurred Lines- Robin Thicke
Royals- Lorde
Radioactive- Imagine Dragons
Get Luck - Daft Punk
Roar- Katy Perry
Mirrors- Justin Timberlake
Brave- Sara Bareilles
Same Love- Macklemore
Retrograde- James Blake
Swimming Pools- Kendrick Lamar
Lego House- Ed Sheeran
Just Give Me a Reason- P!nk
Begin Again- Taylor Swift
Mine Would Be You - Blake Shelton
Merry Go 'Round- Kacey Musgraves
Highway Don't Care- Tim McGraw
Take a Little Ride- Jason Aldean

Honestly speaking a great portion of this list makes me very HAPPY! 

Standouts on the list would have to be first Sara Bareilles what can I knot say about her? Brave captures so much of what there is to love about her. It is possible I am showing my bias, an unexplainable love for  a chick and a piano.  Yeah I'm a sucker! This pop anthem has the chops in my opinion. She is just so many of the things that I love about music.

Secondly I come to Ed Sheeran.  The first time he came onto my radar he was opening for Snow Patrol. Ed and a guitar low- tech, gritty production but the words and voice were there. Once the release of his full length CD came out I fell in love. Lego House shows his quirky and smart approach to lyrics  .

Lastly, Imagine Dragons. I have been so impressed with them. What started with a band from Vegas that I had heard about but never managed to see ( yeah sometimes I just suck) turned into a hidden gem snuck onto a cd by my cousin Jess ( someone who will  no doubt make future appearances  in my blog because she shares my love of music and is always up for going on concert adventures but I digress...)  turned into a chance to see them at the Life is Beautiful Festival. It became one of those moments when you are seeing a band play and you realize they are better than on radio, so rare these days!  Radioactive showcases all of the elements that make them so very exciting to listen to. Just you ask my buddy Karla how exciting !

Thanks for reading, thanks for listening, thanks for doing what you do. I hope this experiment grows .

Here is to too much music!