Day 9/30: A Musical Interlude

I’ve been quite enjoying switching up the music in my office lately. I need a better set of earbuds (or a single earbud, actually, since I don’t like to be completely oblivious to outside noise), but it’s nice to rock out when I want or take it down a couple notches if I need to.

These songs are a small sampling of some I’ve liked over the last couple months.

Frank Turner – Recovery

Fitz & the Tantrums – Out of My League

The Heavy – What Makes A Good Man (I also quite enjoy How You Like Me Know)

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Sunday Music: A return (of sorts)

It’s been a while since I posted, which can only mean that the Fall semester has started and I’m spending far too much time on homework and finding that there are not enough hours in the day. I keep meaning to come chat here – I made a delicious blueberry cake last week that I need to share with you. There is much knitting happening when I am not studying or working, but there’s not much to show for it right now (let’s pretend like I didn’t realize just yesterday that I needed to knit a special gift RIGHT AWAY. I will hope I can finish it by Christmas).

So, let’s ease back in to posting with some songs I’ve been enjoying lately.* These are by no means new, but I still like them.

Churchill – Change

Lorde – Royals

Bastille – Pompeii

Avicii – Wake Me Up

The Mowgli’s – San Francisco

*Somewhat related tangent: We had a bit of an office reshuffle at work & I’m no longer sharing an office with the coworker who survived The Crazy Years with me, which means our mutually agreeable music station doesn’t get played anymore. I now listen to random stuff through headphones in my new shared office, so I’m noticing new things again. I’m not sure if this means the return of Sunday Music a couple times a month or what, but it’s a good way to jump back in after not posting for a few weeks.

In which I get annoyed by American Idol.

I watched American Idol for the first time all season this week, just in time for the final performances. When JLo said Phillip-squared was doing something that wasn’t on the radio right now, it bothered me. She might be right, but there are people out there doing what he does (whether it be that kind of bluegrassy dude with a guitar thing or the gravelly voice thing) and doing it a lot better, even if they aren’t getting a ton of radio airplay.

I’m not saying that I am a fount of musical knowledge (and I’m pretty sure my music geek card is about to expire), but here are 5 people or bands that I think are doing what P-squared does and doing it BETTER.

1. Mumford & Sons. C’mon, they performed at the Grammy’s. They were all over the radio with Little Lion Man. There are guys wearing marching band outfits in the video for The Cave.

2. Ray Lamontagne. Gravelly voice, check. Songwriting chops, check. Grammy award, check.

3. James Morrison.

4. Josh Ritter.

5. Ryan Bingham.

I’m sure there are plenty more, but I’m tired.

Here’s the thing – there are so many reality competitions focused on singers now that it’s hard to find a niche. There isn’t anyone that’s doing something truly unique (in the ONE OF A KIND sense of the word) anymore*. You might change a little something here or there, but just like adding a beat to Under Pressure does not make it yours**, having a guitar and rearranging a known song doesn’t make you unique.

*And yes, I watched the Voice and wanted to smack the judges every time they said someone had a unique quality to their voice. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

**Vanilla Ice reference, in case you didn’t get that.

Sunday Music, February 19 edition

My office-mate was out of town for a couple days last week, so I switched up the music selection while she was gone. I was able to find some more new to me songs that I like enough to share with others.

Company of Thieves – Death of Communication

Fun. f. Janelle Monae- We Are Young

The Features – How It Starts

These next two I discovered from Maggie at Mighty Girl & I’m so glad I took the time to listen when she posted them.

Kimbra – Settle Down

Gotye f. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know

Sunday Music #18

I think this is going to be the last regular installment of my Sunday Music feature. I’ll still post new stuff I find from time to time, but just not on a weekly (or bi-weekly) basis. There’s only so much “new” music I’m finding at any given time & it’s getting harder & harder to find songs to feature here.

That being said, this has helped me to discover new stuff & I’m much more aware of what I’m listening to. So, on with the tunes for this time.

Adele – Someone Like You (I love her & have since I first heard Chasing Pavements. This is from her new album.)

Circa Survive – I Felt Free

After Midnight Project – Take Me Home

Atomic Tom – Take Me Out

Decemberists – Down By the Water