Happy Monday everyone! Hopefully everyone is having a wonderful first day of classes. Before I recommend some music, how ’bout some quick music news! Have you heard that Destiny’s Child is getting back together? Heard of Justin Timberlake releasing new music? Both of these artists are back on the music scene after being quiet for several years. Hopefully their reappearances will not disappoint!
I am particularly excited about this Music Monday post because I am sharing with you the musical stylings of Alexis Carballido. Alexis is one of my dear friends, and she just happens to be an incredibly clever musician.
Alexis writes her own songs and makes mash-ups of other artists’s songs and posts them to her YouTube channel. All of the songs are kind of quirky and very clever and unique. She also plays guitar or ukelele in all of them, so yeah, she’s kind of a big deal. My absolute favorite of her songs is “The Awkward Song” because as I have mentioned before, I am a tad awkward. Here are a few of my faves, but be sure to check out the rest of her videos! Have a great week and thanks for reading
“The Awkward Song”
“Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Mashup”
“A Beyonce Love Song”
Happy Music Monday everyone! I spent a great deal of my day yesterday listening to, and downloading, new music. I went on an Of Monsters & Men downloading rampage, and nothing has ever felt so right! It all started when I decided to begin an Of Monsters & Men Pandora station. As always, Pandora was nailing every song, so naturally I started downloading like a crazy person!
Of Monsters & Men is a six person, indie folk/indie pop band from Iceland. The band gained notoriety in 2010 after winning Músiktilraunir, their native land’s battle of the bands competition. After winning the competition, their song “Little Talks” became number one in Iceland as of 2011. Since then, their music has spread world wide, and I had the pleasure of encountering a number of their songs yesterday.
In case you hadn’t noticed by the pattern of music I suggest weekly, I am all about indie, folky, weirdo kinda tunes, and this band fits the bill. If Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros had a love child with Florence + the Machine, I feel this is what that child would sound like. I have put some of their songs below, so give them a listen if you would like! Have a great rest of break, and thanks for reading
“Love Love Love”
Happy Thursday everybody! Since I posted a vlog on Monday instead of the classic Music Monday, I thought I would discuss some music today! Since I have been home for break, I have been watching loads of television. I love lounging around all day, and since I was sick last week, I had the perfect excuse to do just that. I took this prime lounging time to begin catching up on this past season of The Voice.
The season 3 finale of The Voice was about a week ago, so I am a little late to the party. Nonetheless, I have been watching feverishly. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the show, contestants try out, and compete, to be the next great singer. The unique part of the show is that the singing hopefuls audition with the judge’s backs to them. This way the contestant’s looks do not play in to whether or not they make the cut. The four coaches, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Christina Aguilera, sit with their backs to the contestants and turn around when they like what they hear, welcoming the singer onto their team, thusly welcoming them to the show.
Every single person who auditions is so incredibly talented! They all make me feel sufficiently inadequate with my musical abilities, but then again, so do most people. As if the talent wasn’t enough to hook me, the always attractive Adam Levine is a coach. *Swoon* I am probably almost halfway through the season so far, but I thought I would share some of my favorite performances with you. I hope everyone is enjoying break, and thanks for reading
Mackenzie Bourg “Pumped Up Kicks”
Melanie Martinez “Toxic”
Trevin Hunte vs. Amanda Brown “Vision of Love”
Happy Monday! This Music Monday is devoted to City and Colour. City and Colour is the stage name for musician Dallas Green (get it, city and color?!). Green used to be in a post-hardcore band called Alexisonfire. This is incredibly funny to me because the music he makes as City and Colour is so incredibly mellow it could not be further from hardcore. Green’s music is acoustic and melodic and is very relaxing.
He has released three albums, Sometimes, Bring Me Your Love, and Little Hell, as well as nine extended plays. Here are a few of my favorite songs by City and Colour. I hope everyone is enjoying break, and thanks for reading
“Hello, I’m in Delaware”
“Save Your Scissors”
Happy Monday everyone! Since finals are starting this week, I thought I would share some relaxing music with you today to help you stay cool, calm, and collected.
The first song is “The Boat” by Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Benjamin Francis Leftwich is an English indie/folk singer songwriter from York. He has released one album, Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm, as well as several extended plays. This song is perfect to me. It is slow and flowy and is the perfect song for relaxation.
“Blood” by The Middle East is my next relaxation song for you. The Middle East is also an indie/folk band, and they are from Australia. They have released two albums, The Recordings of the Middle East and I Want that You Are Always Happy, as well as several extended plays. This song is also incredibly relaxing and wonderful.
My final song is “The Chain” by Ingrid Michaelson. Ingrid Michaelson is an American indie-pop singer who has released five albums: Slow The Rain, Girls & Boys, Be OK, Everybody, and Human Again. This song is very ethereal sounding, as is all of her other music.
Good luck on finals, have a wonderful week, and thanks for reading
Happy Monday all! I hope everyone had a spectacular Thanksgiving break and ate a lot of delicious food! Since it is Music Monday I will discuss my Thanksgiving festivities (including a grandma update) in my next post! For now, let’s talk about music.
The concert I saw over the summer!
I am going to talk about Parachute today. Parachute is an American rock band from
Charlottesville, Virginia. Although “rock” is the genre in which they are described, I would say they have more of a singer-songwriter vibe mixed in. They aren’t totally mellow, but they don’t rock hard core either. Parachute has released two albums, Losing Sleep and The
Way It Was, as well as a few extended plays. Their most known song is probably “She Is
Love.” Fun fact, Parachute used to be known as Sparky’s Flaw but changed their name in 2008.
Parachute has been on tour with Kelly Clarkson, The Goo Goo Dolls, O.A.R, Matt Nathanson, and Duffy to name a few. They have also toured independently. In fact, I saw them in Joliet, Illinios over the summer with The Cab and it was a great time! Here are a few of my favorite Parachute songs! Have a great week and thanks for reading
“Pretty Girl Rock” cover
“She Is Love” Acoustic Version
“She (For Liz)”
Happy Music Monday! The other day I discovered that musician Jason Reeves started following me on Twitter and I freaked out a little bit. I don’t think I was following him, so I have no idea how or why he started following me, but I am indeed a fan, so I am not complaining!
Jason Reeves is an American singer/songwriter musician who has been making music since 2003. He has released six albums and several extended plays thus far in his musical career. He was also named the top Indie Singer-Songwriter on iTunes in 2007. Fun fact about Jason Reeves, he is a friend of Colbie Caillat and has done several songs with her. Jason’s music is really mellow and very peaceful sounding and I really like his voice! Here are a few of my favorite songs by him. Enjoy!
“You in a Song” (Ignore the video, it is kinda weird)
“Photographs and Memories”
“No Lies” ft. Colbie Caillat
Have a wonderful week and thanks for reading
Happy Music Monday everyone! As I am sure you have all heard, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez broke up. After dating for nearly two years, the young couple called it quits due to their busy schedules. Unfortunately for Justin, he recently did an interview with Oprah in which he talks about his love for Selena. The interview is supposed to air November 25th, clearly several weeks after the break up has happened. Awkward.
DailyGrace did a video about the break up!
In other music related business, Ed Sheeran’s final music video for his album, +, debuted last week. The video is for his song “Give Me Love” (Selena and Justin could have used some love, am I right?!) I have mentioned Ed Sheeran in many of my blogs before, so obviously I am a huge fan. This song is incredible and the video is good too! All of his videos are kind of dark and match the story of the song in a creative way, making them incredibly intriguing! I will put the video below. Have a wonderful week and thanks for reading
Happy Monday! Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love to sing. I sing quite often, however, my voice is absolutely vile. Because of my lack of musical ability, I go crazy when I witness other people’s musical talents.
A few weeks ago, Out of the Dawg House came and performed in the Schwitzer lobby. Out of the Dawg House is the male a Capella group at Butler, and they are beyond impressive. I was totally jazzed about watching them perform, and they did an amazing job!! Now whenever I see one of them around campus, I feel like I am seeing a celebrity because I know who they are and get really excited, but they have no idea who I am. I honestly feel like it is a matter of time before I ask one of them for an autograph.
My friend Allie is in the female a Capella group, Freshly Brewed and I cannot wait until November for their first performance! I put a few videos of Out of the Dawg House’s performance down below. Sorry for the awkward camera angle, the pillar was in the center of the room and I could not get around it. Have a great week and thanks for reading
I Would Walk 500 Miles- The Proclaimers
Not Over You- Gavin DeGraw
Crazy Love- Van Morrison
Happy Monday to all! For this Music Monday, instead of talking about a specific artist, I am going to discuss some news in music! First off, Adele had her baby yesterday. She and her boyfriend Simon Konecki gave birth to a healthy baby boy, welcoming their first child into the world. Hoorah! Prior to giving birth, Adele had been working on her next album, which is reportedly lighter than her previous albums 19 and 21. I am certain her next album will be as delightful as her previous two.
Taylor Swift’s newest album, Red was released today. The album features her hit single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. I am not a huge Taylor Swift fan because I feel like a lot of her songs sound incredibly similar, but by the looks of her single, this album might be a bit different. I have left some Adele and Taylor Swift songs below so I hope you enjoy! Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week
“Daydreamer” from 19
“I’ll be Waiting” from 21.
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” from Red