Holiday Cheer

 

Hello readers! It’s been a little while since I have posted something. I thought with the holiday season upon us I would keep it short and simple and spread some holiday cheer with my all time favorite Christmas song. Nat King Cole owns this song and to me this sing is the epitome of Christmas music. This is also my moms favorite Christmas song ( hence probably why it’s mine as well) and overtime I listen to it I get flooded with great memories of family and this time of year. Yes I get that warm fuzzy feeling inside and it also makes me really miss my home and my family. Boy I cannot wait to go home for Christmas. With that being said, kickback, make yourself some hot cocoa, put on those fuzzy pajamas and let Nat King Cole whisk you away into the Christmas spirit.

Happy Holidays folks!

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Song of the Week

This new song from Chris Stapleton, “Millionaire,” is a great tune. It really reminds you of what’s most important in this life. As long as you have love for yourself, love for others, and love from ones that are most dear to you than you have it made. I had the pleasure of going back to my Alma mater this weekend for homecoming and got to see my 4 closest friends. It was a great and special time and it really reminded me of how well I have it, even if we are all apart now. This song just takes you to that place of warmth and gratitude. It makes you truly realize how “rich” you really are. Hope you all take a listen and get a similar feeling.

Song of the Week

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Hello readers! It has been a little while since my last post. Hope everyone is enjoy the Fall weather and the changing of the seasons. I’ll keep this post short.

Some of you may know how big of a fan I am of Kip Moore. Well just a little over a week ago he was in the UK for a week touring and he and his band did an absolutely brilliant cover of U2’s ” Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. It’s a helluva moment to watch and you can really feel the passion and emotion poured into each note. I am seeing Kip Moore in concert towards the end of the month and boy do I hope they continue with this cover. The video is not great quality since it was captured on a phone, but it still gives me goosebumps every time I watch it. Enjoy!

Breezy Trees and Crunchy Leaves

 

Hello Readers! I hope you are having a good start to your week. And if not, then maybe the fact that it’s officially Fall will cheer you up. I do not know about you guys but I love Fall. The weather starting to cool, the sweaters and heavier jackets making their seasonal debut, women in beanies, and the sense of the holidays being just right around the corner. Fall is a great time. And although it still may be warm in some places ( it is still early Fall), I am in the Fall mood. To me, nothing quite says Fall like ” It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” To me this soundtrack just really takes me to that Fall place. As soon as I start playing it I can taste the apple pie, see the fresh pumpkin patch and smell the Fall candles. That’s what this movie/soundtrack does for me. Perhaps it does something different for you. Let me know in the comments if you’re in the Fall mood. Let’s share some Fall memories on this post! Now as I sign off until the next post, put on this soundtrack, breakout your sweaters and beanies, and let the music take you to that open pumpkin patch, or smell the pumpkin spice as you’re officially whisked away into the Fall season.

SLOWHEART

Well hello readers! I know it’s been awhile again. I’ve been off in Europe for a couple weeks taking in and exploring the magnificent cities that are London and Paris. Then I had to make a quick trip back home to CA for a family wedding ( which was quite nice). However, now that I am more or less back I am ready to start bugging you guys with some more music posts. The biggest thing that has come out since my absence ( in my opinion) is the release of Kip Moore’s third studio album ” SLOWHEART.” I know you might be noticing how my titles are often the same as albums or songs, well that’s to get your attention to try and make sure you checkout and don’t forget what I’m talking about. Some of you may know that I am a MASSIVE Kip Moore. I love his music, and respect the hell out of the guy for his work ethic, dedication to his fans and his lifestyle. This album has been well worth the wait. Every song could be a hit. It’s that good. I had to make a post about it. For those of you who do not know him, go and checkout this album and his last album ” Wild Ones.” It’s worth it. You’ll ears will thank you later. That’s it for now. More content coming soon!

 

 

A Musical Discussion

As I’m sitting here in my apartment drinking hot tea and listening to some jazz, a re-ocuring thought keeps popping into my head. I’ve always wondered what people connect to more. Is it the lyrics of a song? The melody? The instruments? Of course the obvious answer here is all of the above. That’s what makes music, music. However, I am sure people connect differently to each of these aspects. Honestly, for me I go back and forth between lyrics and sound of the instruments. As a guitar player I hear certain notes or phrasing mixed in with a great pedal sound and I am overwhelmed with emotion and the occasional goosebumps. But as a music lover, I can hear any kind of instrument, melody, voice or song lyric and be completely overtaken by it. I think music has that kind of beautiful hold over us. Part of this post is me just thinking out loud ( nod to Ed Sheeran) to really try and figure out where I stand. But I remember having a conversation with a good friend of mine back in college and telling him that ultimately I connect with the lyrics and melody of a song first ( which I suppose is still true) and he came back with the complete opposite response. He said he always listens and connects to the instrumental parts of a song first. This is an interesting question/topic to me with no real right answer. I am curious to have your thoughts on this question and why you connect and feel towards one side over the other. I’m sure one makes you feel strongly more connected to yourself, the song that’s playing and/ or with someone else depending on the situation. Be honest with yourself cause I’m sure you do favor one more over the other. This question has always fascinated me so I am curious to hear some replies in the comments! If you like what you are reading here, give it a like and a follow. I do appreciate it. Have a good rest of the week!

Song of the Day

 

Ah yes, “Burgh Island” by the talented Ben Howard. This song is something else. The first time I heard was from one of my closest friends back in college and then I heard it again almost a year ago on a Kip Moore Instagram video from LifeinRewind Films. Side note: I am a huge fan of Kip Moore and also his buddy who runs the LifeinRewind films. Check out his stuff, it’s amazing. Back to the song, this song calms me down like no other song I’ve really heard before. At times it took me back to those college days. But now, it reminds me of being home in CA and visiting my sister in San Diego. The guitar sound, the vocals and the arrangement are fantastic. Gotta give my buddy props for introducing me to this song a few years ago. During the hustle and bustle of the week it is easy to get distracted, overwhelmed, stressed, anxious you name it. The list goes on and on. But this song right here is one of my choices to go into therapy mode and just calm it all down. What are some of your go to songs that relax and calm you down? I’m curios to know and always looking for more music! As always, thanks for reading! Give a subscribe if you like what you see and want more of it.

 

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Van the Man

Howdy readers! It’s been awhile. I’ve been busy trying to adapt the heat and humidity here in Austin. But I can’t believe I haven’t really mentioned Van Morrison at all in this blog. I am a big Van Morrison fan. His style, song writing and band is unparalleled. I could go on and on about Van Morrison, his songs, the different meanings and feelings for them all. Perhaps I’ll do that in future posts. But, for right now I recommend you re visit this tune or check it out for the first time. It is a great song that really describes the simple, yet fun times you can have outdoors with a buddy or family. So, as we head into this weekend in the middle of July, get out there, make some memories, or kick back and relax and talk about past ones with friends and family. Either way, it’ll stone you to your soul. Have a good weekend folks!

Keep The Torch Burning

 

Hey guys! This song is written, and performed/ recorded by my friend Justin down here in Austin. It’s a pretty good song with good lyrics. Very relatable, especially someone who is in their twenties or even people who are just going through something similar. He played most of the instruments on the recording and sang the vocals. Give it a listen and let me know what you think!

Wonder Woman

 

In honor of Wonder Woman coming out this weekend, I decided to make this the song of the week. For all who haven’t seen it yet, I recommend seeing it. It is a good movie and totally badass. I’ve already seen it twice. It’s an important movie for the world to have right now. As for this song, if you’ve seen the movie you know what it’s about. To me when Wonder Woman was walking up that ladder with this song starting I was completely and emotionally sucked in. ¬†That scene was awesome and this song just adds another layer to all those emotions. There’s just something about finally having a woman superhero that fills you with more hope and compassion than other superheroes might. And just an FYI I love my superhero movies. But, back to this song. There’s just something about it that makes you feel more hopeful and more compassionate along with being a badass. That’s a rare thing in my opinion. Usually it’s one or the other. It’s a well composed song and gives me chills when listening to it. So, if you haven’t seen the movie yet do yourself a favor and go see it.