Hello Readers and welcome to 2018! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season, I know I did. One of the great things that happened to me over the holidays is I FINALLY really got into old records and that smooth sound of vinyl. My family and I were out and about town a couple days before Christmas, killing some time, until we found this old store that had some antiques and a ton of used records. The store itself transported you back in time to the early days of vinyl. It was dimly lit, there were a couple of juke boxes for sales and you guessed it, it was full of records. Hell, the store itself was in a basement like room. We spent about an hour in that store flipping through records and not one of us had a record player. My dad and I ended up buying a few records and that is what kick started this craze for me. The first record I bought was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in The USA” followed by. ” Kind of Blue” by miles Davis. Fast forward to New Years, my dad caved and bought a Denon record player. We hooked this thing up to their surround sound and threw on good Ole Miles. And boy, let me tell you I was hooked. People have always said you cannot beat the sound of vinyl and I agree. Maybe it’s just the old soul in me, but there is something so true and pure to the vinyl sound that cannot be replicated with all the digital technology we have today. You drop that needle and you get that warm crackling noise that just soothes you and makes you feel at home. Not only that, but you’re more or less forced to listen to whole albums since skipping songs is not as easy on a record. You get to hear the deeper cuts from artists that rarely see the light of day and are sometimes better than the popular songs. My parents and I spent our pre New Years eve evening listening to records and just talking. Now tell me something that is better than that? So, because of all this, my dad and I are now on a record hunting craze. I bought a record player and some more records and you best believe that I’ll be out on the town this weekend in Austin exploring record stores. What are your thoughts on vinyl? Do you have a favorite old record that you could just listen to over and over again?
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!
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.
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!
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!
Have you ever noticed, observed, heard or felt about how driving with the windows down with some music blaring is one of the best feelings? Think about it, there’s a reason why people take drives. Whether it’s to deal with stress, have some alone time, or spend some quality time with someone special. A drive, especially during the summer time is one of the best activities one can do. Now depending on the mood someone is in, there are a TON of great driving songs out there. And in fact, some songs that aren’t maybe “driving” songs turn into a great driving songs because of that feeling you felt in that moment. I personally love taking drives by myself and just listen to some music with the windows rolled down. I did it a lot in college to either deal with stress and what not, or to just to go have some quality alone time. I know plenty of people who did this as well, and continue to take drives because they either need it and or enjoy it. Just yesterday I had a phone call from my sister who was out for a Sunday evening drive, listening to some tunes and decided to give me a call and check in to see how I was doing. I think most of us have been there before, we’re out driving listening to some tunes and think of someone and say ” you know, what? I think I’m going to call this person.” I don’t think I would’ve heard from her last night if she wasn’t out driving listening to some music. That’s just what music does to you. It takes you to a certain feeling, a certain mindset that makes you do things to become either more connected to someone else or with yourself. But anyway, as summer is quickly approaching it is time to hop in the car, roll the windows down and crank up those tunes. Now, right now I think it should be happier tunes, whatever that might mean to you. Personally I think a summers evening drive with your significant other, relative, or close friend is one of the best things you can do this summer. Picture it, the windows are rolled down, the sun is setting, you’re feeling the breeze going through your hair, maybe you’re sitting in silence just being with each other or maybe you’re belting out the lyrics to “Take Me Home, Country Roads”. Sounds like a lot of songs out there ( especially country ones, which I love) I know. But there’s a reason this kind of feeling is recorded in so many different ways. Either way, you won’t regret taking this advice. It will create a memory for you and whoever is in that shotgun seat next you that both will never forget. So, with all of the great driving music out there and summer coming up, there’s no excuse for not taking a little drive. What are some of your favorite driving songs? I am interested to know! Might come across something new and different to drive and listen too a little on down the road. There are A LOT out there, but “Hollywood Nights” by Bob Seger is always a great one in my opinion. Anyway, here’s to music and the upcoming summer driving season. See you somewhere down the road.
The holiday season is upon us! And if you’re like me, then you absolutely love this time of year. There is nothing like the holiday season. There’s a certain feeling in the air that seems to make people nicer and warmer on the inside during the holiday season. I know I get that feeling. Something about the Holiday season that really brings together family, friends and even strangers. After all, it is called the most wonderful time of the year. But, to me, the ultimate thing that contributes to this time of year being so great is, you guessed it, the music. Personally, I love Christmas/holiday music. There is something about the music that really brings the whole holiday season together. Each and every year I remember a certain Christmas song being played in a particular moment and it allows me to remember that moment forever. And of course that’s the beauty of music in general, but it’s the holiday season and I am in the mood. My all time favorite Christmas tune is “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole. Everything about that tune is magical. Every time I hear that song come on I instantly go back to a moment in time from last December. It was almost time for winter break from school and my old roommate and I were sitting outside in our backyard having a drink by a fire and talking past Christmas memories, and come to find out, his favorite Christmas tune is also the Christmas Song. The Nat king Cole song was on playing in the background, the fire was roaring outside and It’s a moment I will remember forever every time I hear that song.Now, my favorite Christmas album is A Charlie Brown Christmas. I love jazz and the style Vince Guaraldi used on that record to create some fantastic Christmas tunes. The most recent memory I have of this album was just last week. Last week it was Thanksgiving here in the States and so both of my older sisters came, which is always a blast and a treat. For as long as I can remember the day after Thanksgiving was the Christmas turnaround in our house. We get the tree, we decorate the inside and decorate the tree and then have our very close family friends come over for dinner to see everyone and catch up. We did all of that this year ( can’t break tradition) and this time I enjoyed even more than I usually do. We’re all getting older and who knows how many holidays we have left that just involve the five of us, so this year I really took in that evening and enjoyed the moment. We had a great evening, it was festive throughout the house and of course the album we had playing in the background was the Charlie Brown Christmas one. When that first track “O Tannenbaum” comes on I just instantly go to that evening and remember how joyous it was. There’s a lot of good holiday songs out there and hopefully this post leads you to remembering old holiday memories through those songs. I hope this Holiday Season finds you well and thankful. Cheers to the Holiday Season! Here’s my favorite Christmas tune to get you more in the mood. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOszvL9lgSs
After all of the negativity that has been in the lives of Americans and others around the world with latest Presidential election, I figured this post should be nothing but positive and full of hope. This post is really getting back to why I started this blog in the first place. Music, as we all know, is a beautiful thing that has been around for ages and has bonded humanity in different ways. Music has forged new relationships, strengthened old ones and will always continue to build a foundation around people’s emotions and hope. It has a way of connecting people in ways that other things cannot. I have a good friend of mine from college who loves the Foo Fighters as much as I do. The Foo Fighters are my all time favorite band. What they mean to me is a couple of posts within itself. During our senior year of college my buddy and I finally had the opportunity to go see them live in Phoenix, AZ. Something that we had been talking about since we met at the beginning during our first year at the University of Arizona. We had a great time, my parents even flew down for it because I turned my dad into a Foo fan over the years. It was a great concert, as usual, we sang as loud as we could, had a ridiculously over priced beer and created memories that will last us a lifetime. Unfortunately, I didn’t see my friend again until a couple days before graduation and after that we didn’t hear from one another until a few days ago.Once graduation happens, life gets more chaotic, people get busy and it’s easy to lose touch with people you were friends with. However, after about 6 months of no communication the Foo Fighters had started posting something suspicious on their social media pages as to tease the fans that they are about to announce something big. As I write this post, we still don’t quite know what they’re doing, although I have a guess. But, as soon as we notice that the Foos posted something I get a text from my buddy saying “Dude. What do you think the Foo Fighters are doing?” Just like that, after 6 months of nothing I hear from my good friend because of the Foo Fighters. And of course after we talk about that we took that opportunity to catch up and see how one another was doing. It was great, and I felt that we reconnected in a way. It made me realize that I could be better about keeping in touch with closer friends from school as life goes on. The moral of this post is that music reconnected my friend and I and that is what music is all about. Connecting and strengthening relationships. And I’ve experienced this with other songs that I’ve shared with close friends over the years (shoutout to my buddy Kevin. If he reads this he knows what songs I’m talking about). So if you’re missing a certain someone and haven’t spoken to them in awhile because life got in the way, just reach out to them. And if you think you need an ice breaker, send them something that has to do with music and relates to that relationship.It’ll open the conversation between the two of you right back up again. It is these little beautiful moments that we all live for so go experience them for yourself again. Please like and subscribe! I am thankful for all of you that follow me and take the time to read these posts.
Hey everyone! I know it has been sometime since my last post. I got caught up in this little thing called life. But, I am back with fresh ideas. By now, any reader should be able to tell that this is a blog about music and how music connects you with others and with yourself. I think music is so popular with everyone throughout every corner of the globe is because it expresses feelings and emotions in ways that can be sometimes be tough for people to put into words or actions. It doesn’t matter if it’s lyrical or purely instrumental. Music washes over us all in a way that can truly only be felt and not as much described. It opens new doors, new possibilities, new conversations that lead to new and stronger relationships. I’ve discussed several times in this blog about the power of music and how it relates to everyone and brings people together so I won’t repeat myself again.Recently we had some family friends over for dinner and a fireside chat and one of the guests was my dads guitar teacher whom we have known for years. So naturally the conversation led to a lot of music discussion. We talked about Miles Davis and jazz, Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Peace Prize for literature, Springsteen songwriting, Van Morrison, and even made it all the way to Vince Guaraldi and his famous Charlie Brown Christmas album( which will be discussed in coming blog posts as the holiday season is upon us). As our discussion went on I felt that I was beginning to understand our family friends on a different level because of the shared musical connection and interests. Music has a way to feed the soul and the heart in ways that are indescribable that leads to a more powerful connection with others and with yourself. So, if you’re feeling as if you’re in a place of blah with yourself, others close to you or with even strangers, put on some music, discuss music and let yourself feel that connection become stronger. As always, if you like what you’re reading please share and like and subscribe! My song of the day for this post is “The Rising” by the BOSS himself Bruce Springsteen. If you don’t know it go check it out and instantly have yourself a better day. If you already know it, go listen again.
Happy hump day readers! As I begin to write this post, I just want all of you to know that I appreciate you all taking the time(or not) to read these posts. I enjoy writing these, as they help me realize some lessons, just as I hope these posts help you realize some things in your own life. Now that all of the sappy stuff is out of the way, let’s get started.
I’ve been thinking about living in the present moment a lot lately. It is very tough to do, and the majority of people cannot seem to fully do it. However, when one does do it, whether it is for a brief moment or for longer, one starts to fully realize the beauty of life. The important thing I want too talk about here is that it does not matter the week, the day, the hour etc., you should always be living in the moment and making the most out of every minute because you truly do not know what it is going to be like the next day. The song “Do or Die” by Thirty Seconds to Mars is a fantastic description of what I am talking about. The lyrics are in this title and in the photo. Jared Leto also writes a great description underneath the music video of what the song means. The song describes a feeling that we all take for granted almost everyday and that is to live life no matter what. I chose to write this on a Wednesday because I know it is the middle of the week, people are tired from work, home/personal life and other blessings that make life go by so fast. People tend to start dragging midweek because they want the weekend but it’s still a couple days away and blah blah blah. All I’m trying to say is take a step back and truly appreciate the moment you are in. It’s probably not as bad as you’re making it out to be. Enjoy it, enjoy the little things and have this lyric play in your head ” oh the time to be alive.” Here is the link to the song “Do or Die” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC63HGcsfEg. I highly recommend you listen to this one and gain some perspective. Please like and subscribe if you like what you’re reading! Much appreciated.