Today’s Flavor: YOU GUESSED IT! Bluegrass, but today I commend an artist who went to bluegrass after dabbling in another (unnamed) genre. Up On The Ridge by Dierks Bentley is my flavor today. Why do you ask does she choose bluegrass? Well, if you don’t respect the artists who can truly rip-it-apart on an instrument, then you don’t appreciate music. And it does not matter whether that instrument is an electric guitar, or piano, or banjo, it takes just as much talent and practice to be at their level. That being said, Up On The Ridge is an excellent display of skill. And to go along with the banjo picking and violin strumming, the lyrics are captivating and alluring. This song is for the soul and speaks to the soul. In general, I have no tolerance for ignorant people. That goes for music as well. Someone who never considers listening to acoustic or rap music does not appreciate music and as an observation makes the most ignoramus remarks ever. Don’t be an ignoramus. Thanks.
When will my reflection be… Just kidding.
Today’s Flavor: Scarborough Fair by Simon and Garfunkel
You may not know this but the tune to Scarborough Fair is one of the oldest string tunes there is. It originated around the Renaissance period and has been duplicated year after year. It wasn’t until two songwriting masterminds got ahold of it that lyrics were matched with the flawless and beguiling notes. Not only does it put your mind at ease, but it’s one of the easiest songs to learn. This is one song I will never be upset about singing all day.
Sometimes, you don’t need the fluidity and grace of a piano or perfect chord progressions. Sometimes, you don’t need lyrics that reach down deep and wrench out every sentimental feeling that we share. No. Sometimes all it takes is a good beat. Saturday Nite by Blitzen Trapper is not only different for the band, but it’s more like a song that you could sing at work or on the road or in the field. It’s encompassing and catchy. “Jump down turn around on a Saturday night” - who doesn’t want to do that on a Saturday night? And while the piano is still present along with some various percussion, it’s not the focus of the song. The amount of synthesized material only acts as an aid. So, enjoy this poppyish tune and go out dancing tonight.
BONUS FLAVOR: NYC Gone, Gone. by Conor Oberst
This is one of those songs that I forget I love. I hear it come through the speakers and my heart starts beating in time and I can’t help that urge to move. The lyrics are clever and make me chuckle to myself. O! how I wouldn’t love to say to someone, “where you gonna go with a head that empty?” Maybe someday….maybe.
Thank goodness it’s Friday and finals are finally over. (No pun intended). Needless to say, I’m beyond relief and as such, am ready for a new flavor.
Today’s flavor: The Best Day by Atmosphere
I’m not usually one for Rap or Hip-Hop, not that that music takes any less talent or validity, but it’s not something I actively seek out. However, there are some songs that just resonate with me. The Best Day by Atmosphere intrigues me with the lyrics, which obviously are true for anyone, unless you’re living in an idyllic world. And along with that, I am a sucker for pianos, so add in any melody and a few progressions and I will be hooked. Beyond the blatant, it’s just a good tune. That’s all you can say about it. If it can get this anti-usual listener to hit repeat something must be working.
So after a short hiatus, I suppose things are back in full swing. Whether you like it or not.
So, I wrote a long blurb about Dancing Shoes by the Arctic Monkeys and malheureusement, tumblr decided not to post it. Though it is sad, I will still say that Dancing Shoes truly makes you want to dance. Though the beginning is reminiscent of swing, big band, and the video alludes to this also, the entire song has undertones of a more romantic time when we all went to sock-hops and had a gay ol’ time. I mostly love the feeling when your feet start to tap, then it slowly moves up your legs and into your heart and soon your whole body is moving. It’s glorious.
Also, on a similar note…
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room by John Mayer is a smooth and delicious taste of this artist. If the lyrics don’t do it for you, then ballad like chords should melt any icy disposition away.
I consider myself an avid music follower. And though my scope can be narrow at times, in general, there isn’t a single genre that I actively pass over. But what does that even mean? Today it’s incredibly easy to acquire music but how much of that music do people engage in when they listen? Just food for thought more so than anything. Tonight, I’m listening to music for motivation and focus - because we all know it’s that time of year when our professors and families and everyone freak out that it’s the end of the year (semester) and pile it on. Go team.
Tonight’s Flavor: Eye of the Tiger (oh yes)
Who doesn’t immediately feel the rush of adrenaline when BUM.. BUMBUMBUM comes over the radio or stereo speakers? It’s the ultimate “pump it up” song and might as well be the theme song for any character defining story. All it takes, apparently, is a steady rhythm, the occasional power chord and a set of sweetly victorious lyrics. Feeling down? “Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past, You must fight to keep them alive.”
Good luck studying, holiday shopping, or performing any of those other stressful and anxiety filled tasks.
There are times when the last thing you expect to happen rolls in like a freight train. Is there no mercy for the young and faint of heart? How can children and young adults, who’ve barely lived, die? Think about your own life and all your dreams and everything you wish to do and see, all ripped away unceremoniously. It’s heartbreaking. I can’t stand it.
Now, to jump off that damn soap box…
Today’s Flavor: Ben Sollee
I was listening to Andrew Jackson Jihad today, after all it was an AJsquared kind of day, but I realized that Ben Sollee is what I needed. Everyone has music they listen to when they are mad, or happy, or sleepy, or horny, or upset. Ben Sollee, while playing his amazing cello, chills the soul and calms the nerves. I heard about him through my friend from home who actually played with him while he was in Colorado. I immediately melted for his music and listen to it constantly. It’s the feng shui of music. Also, I love that he did his “Ditch the Van” tour and rode a bicycle, cello and all, to each show. Anyway check it out and check out the Ditchthevantour on Youtube. Chickity Check it yo.