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It’s been awhile, yeah? I’ve been listening to a heck of a lot of audiobooks, so I haven’t been listening to music quite as much. Guy at work had on some super annoying music last week though, so I listened to a bit. Yay!
First though, I have to share this one. At The Unchained Tour last week, they had a couple of musical peoples. One was Rachel Kate Gillon, a girl from the Charleston area. She doesn’t have a recording contract or anything, nothing on iTunes, and just a couple things on YouTube. Luckily, one of the songs she sang at the show is on there and it was my favorite. Her father wrote this song for her and her sisters, which makes it all the more special and beautiful. Sorry it’s so dark, but you don’t really need to see. You need to hear.
This, I heard in the radio the other day and we all fell hard for it. My 8YO daughter especially loved it. This is Elba by E.S. Posthumus. And also, so far everything I’ve listened to by them has been awesome.
Also heard this and really liked it; Light and Shadow by Vangelis.
Lastly here is Vivaldi’s Winter (my favorite season) by Dark Moor. It is seriously awesome.
What music have you heard lately that would knock my socks off? Let me know in the comments!
I don’t know what to call my music post yet, or what day I’m going to do it on (I am leaning toward Sunday though!), so right now it’s just called A Music Post. Not feeling terribly creative this morning!
First thing, I have to apologize to Chris. I’m PRETTY sure he tried to introduce me to Grace Potter once before, on one of his Christmas gift mixes. I guess it was a matter of timing, because it didn’t click. It does now though. Sorry Chris, because what a voice!
Thanks Pandora, I discovered Damien Rice. I am so butt crazy in love with this song, OMG.
Lastly, this girl is awesome. Her voice. Oh my gosh. Love.
Um, I never realized this was Adrian Brody in this video… And no, I didn’t *just* discover Tori Amos…let’s just say I *just* discovered a new appreciation of her.
Also, I started another YouTube playlist of songs I like that are not classical crossover. It’s here….How about you? Heard any good music lately?
- So. I don’t know if you heard…but Andi and I have brought Estella’s Revenge back from the dead and gave her a new name, and a new purpose. The Estella Society will launch in a few weeks and we need your help! Visit our first post for more info, put on your thinking caps, and help us make TES as amazing as it can be.
- Our (Andi and my) readalong of North and South has pretty much started. I know people who are already reading! Our first discussion isn’t until August 6th, so you have time to join in. In fact, here is the schedule again:
Go to the official sign up post to join in, if you haven’t already. There will be prizes! Pretty great ones too, so don’t miss out!
- You guys, I have been a music listening fiend lately! Let me apologize now; I tried, but I couldn’t leave one of these songs out! I discovered quite a few things I want to share with you! I really REALLY got around on Pandora last week. At one point I was even listening to bluegrass and blues. I don’t know what’s come over me! Well, yes I do. I have a co-worker who always has this 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s Top 40 station playing. If I hear Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones or I Wear My Sunglasses At Night by whoever that was, I may just scream. I listen to Pandora to keep my sanity.
Speaking of bluegrass/country-ish-ness, I discovered The Wailin’ Jennys and I’m really taken with their sound. Who’da thunk.
My weekly dose of The Civil Wars for you:
This is old. I know this. However, I JUST discovered it and I can’t get enough of it. I’m thinking I need to listen to more Sara Bareilles. Her voice is so beautiful.
I found this on my new blues channel. Lawd.
And this? This just blows my mind.
Returning to this Classical Crossover I’ve been listening to SO MUCH, here are a few more bands to peruse:
Oh my gosh, this is a lot of fun:
Unsurprisingly, I like Coldplay better when played by a string quartet…
This is for Jill: David Garrett, the beautiful German violinist.
At the suggestion from a commenter, I created my own Classical Crossover YouTube Playlist. Here it is if you want to check it out. I expect I’ll be adding lots of videos to it. I’m also seriously entertaining the idea of just making a music day here, maybe twice a month. With the addition of Estella to my to do list now, it would be nice to have a day to post about music adventures. Would you like to share in this journey with me?
A call for help, I say? Why, yes. I need your help. You see, I used to listen to a lot of music. Then my tastes changed, radio got extremely boring, I discovered audiobooks, and I had children. So, I don’t listen to a lot of music any more. Or, rather, I listen to the same stuff I have been listening to for years. YEARS. Saturday, my daughter requested that I play something, anything, new. In my spare time this past weekend, I’ve been looking on YouTube, iTunes, and Spotify for new stuff I like. But I don’t have a lot of spare time, so I’m coming to you. Here is a sampling of what I found that I liked:
fun.: Some Nights
Sigur Rós: Ekki múkk (moving art)
Mumford and Sons: The Cave (thanks Kathy!)
Gym Class Heroes: Fighter, featuring Ryan Tedder
I also like:
The Civil Wars: 20 Years (and everything else they do)
Katy Perry: Wide Awake
Max Richter: On the Nature of Daylight
David Garrett: The 5th
So, can you help me? And help my poor children? We’ll be forever grateful. Really. Grate.ful.
Zibilee has me wanting to read The Face Thief by Eli Gottlieb even more than I already did. I read Now You See Him back in 2009 and, while I didn’t love it, it did really stay with me, which always brings my admiration of any book up. Plus, I’m interested to see how this author has grown.
This is my first year participating in the Virtual Advent Blog Tour. I’m not sure why I have stayed away until now; I guess I’ll chalk it up to my tendency to be a bit of a Scrooge. I love Christmas, don’t get me wrong, but the whole “starting Christmas before it’s even Thanksgiving” annoys me. I’m not so much into the whole getting presents thing. Hey, I love getting presents but there is so much to be enjoyed during the season. Family. Love. Movies. FOOD. And music.
Because really, that’s when it all starts right? Walking around Walmart, buying Halloween candy to the strains of Silent Night, Holy Night, marks the beginning of the season in these parts. So, to celebrate the season, with one of my favorite parts of it, here are a few carols to get us started right.
One of the rockin-est versions of Carol of the Bells I’ve even heard and definitely my favorite.
And John Berry’s version of O Holy Night never fails to bring on the chills and goosebumps.
From one of my favorite holiday movies! I really prefer the her singing it with Will. That version with Leon Redbone grates my ears!
For my uncle.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a very brief tour of some of my favorite Christmas Carols. What are some of yours? Happy Holidays!!!
Mort by Terry Pratchett
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Winter's Kiss by Melissa Marr
Transition by Melissa Marr
Love Struck by Melissa Marr
Stories from 2013
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
3. The Stuff of Legend: Omnibus 1 by Mike Raicht
4. The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
5. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, read by David Case
6. Splintered by A. G. Howard
7. The Stuff of Legend: A Joker's Tale by Mike Raicht
8. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
9. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
10. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
11. A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
12. Chiggers by Hope Larson
13. Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby
14. Smile by Raina Telgemeier
15. Red Spikes by Margo Lanagan
16. Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
17. Bad Island by Doug TenNapel
18. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
19. Feynman by Jim Ottaviani
20. I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
21. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
22. The Night is For Hunting (Tomorrow series, #6) by John Marsden, read by Suzi Doughtery
23. A Good American by Alex George
24. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, read by Emily Klein
25. Venetia by Georgette Heyer, read by Richard Armitage
26. Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
27. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
28. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
29. The Bird King: an artist's notebook by Shaun Tan
30. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, read by Davina Porter
31. Stardust by Neil Gaiman, read by Neil Gaiman
32. Zombie vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justin Larbalestier
33. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, read by David Tennant
34. Strangers in Paradise: Pocket Book 1 by Terry Moore
35. Mort by Terry Pratchett
36. Strangers in Paradise: Pocket Book 2 by Terry Moore
37. Rachel Rising #1 by Terry Moore
38. Genius by Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen
39. Bubbles & Gondola by Renaud Dillies
40. The Enchantment by Christian Deriuex
41. Relish: My LIfe in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
42. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
43. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Ness, read by Nick Podehl
44. The Other Side of Dawn by John Marsden, read by Suzi Dougherty
45. The Game by Barry Lyga
46. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
47. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
48. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell