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!

Let’s Go Get Lost

 

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.

 

Tis the Season

 

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

 

 

Can We Recover Love for Each Other

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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.

It’s in the Heartbeat

 

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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.

 

And the Story Goes…

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.

 

Spark

For those who read my last post ( here’s the link to it here:https://musicalconnectionblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/a-season-of-change/) you understand the struggle I’ve been going through and that struggle and the grind is all part of life. Sometimes one needs to go through these struggles in order to really feel a since of motivation and change. After writing that “Season of Change” post 11 days ago and going through the struggle and the sad emotions, I find myself in a much better state of mind and feel more motivated than ever to put in the hard work in order to get myself an entry level job and get out of my hometown. It’s not only a new motivation for finding a job and starting my life, It’s motivation to step up my efforts in the gym and start taking everything I do more seriously and putting in a better work ethic. Time to start living. I chose to title this post “Spark”, which is the name of the debut album of the very talented artist Drake White, because it instills a certain drive within in me to continue to strive and work hard to get what I want out of life. In life all it takes is some sort of spark to get something going. I know Drake White’s backstory and what he had to go through just to get his first full album released. He has been on the circuit for years grinding it out, playing shows and opening up for big time acts such as Zac Brown Band and Eric Church. Back in 2011 or 2012 when his first album was supposed to be released, he got dropped by his record label weeks before the release was supposed to happen. And did he give up? Absolutely not. I have huge respect for musicians who have put in the hard work and have gone about it the hard way, just being a road warrior and playing show after show with no real record label leads. I look up to these kind of artists because they inspire me to never give up. Now, I think this whole album is quite good. One of the full length albums that I have bought in about a year. There’s one particular song on this album that really motivates me. It’s called “Heartbeat”and the lyric that gets me is when he sings” here’s my plan brother man, yeah I’ll be just fine, cause I got my back don’t got no slack in this good old spirit of mine.”It’s a song like this that makes me realize that life is too short to do anything but work as hard as you can and enjoy it along the way. It’s another beautiful power of music. It’s why people listen to music while they workout, so they can feel motivated. Sometimes music is what it takes to allow oneself to kick it into gear and get busy living. What kind songs and lyrics strike you guys to feel more motivated and push yourself even more? I look forward to your answers. Thanks for reading! Please like and subscribe and share this with your friends. Be sure to check out that artist Drake White. You won’t be disappointed.

 

A Season of Change

I want to start this blog post by saying how sorry I am for being so absent for so long. During the last post I discussed what I was doing and how busy I had been. Well, not much has changed. But I am more dedicated too being more consistent with these blog posts because who doesn’t love talking about music? So let’s talk about the new direction I mentioned in the last post.

For those who have read my posts, you all know how much I love music and how much it means to me. But let me document my past couple months briefly. I graduated from the University of Arizona back in May and am now in that early 20s crisis mode. I have been applying for jobs without knowing what I truly want to do other than to start working already. I am not going to lie it has been tough. We’ve all been there. It’s all part of the stages of life. Now, I am all about a positive attitude and having a positive outlook on life. However, very recently I have learned that sometimes you need to feel sad and down in order too feel happy and see how beautiful life is. This is the part where music comes in. I went to Washington D.C. over Labor day weekend to visit my sister who is only 2 years older than me. It was a lot of fun and it was really nice and refreshing to be around young people, or people similar in age, again. It made me fully realize that I am no longer comfortable sitting at home looking for jobs without the fullest effort possible. I want to be out there working, grinding and having a social life again, just like how everyone in their 20s are doing. When coming home from this trip this wave of emotion came over me. It had been a long time coming.It was a wave of a sad and somewhat depressing emotion. I was coming home to an empty household because my parents were on vacation for the next two weeks and I felt this lonely and empty feeling. But, my idea of escape and therapy is to either listen too or play music. So that’s exactly what I did. The photo in this post is a song that hit me so deeply that it finally allowed me to realize that I have been “running” from these emotions for awhile now and it was time to let them come over me. That’s the beauty of music. It connects you to yourself in ways that otherwise might not be describable. The lyrics in the above song just hit home for me and I finally understood that it was completely normal and completely okay to be feeling that way. Once again music made me feel at that exact moment in time that I was not alone. Music helped me fully realize AND understand it. I had myself a tougher night than usual but now I am feeling a lot better and feel more motivated than ever to get out in the world and start living my life. What I am trying to get across in this post is that if you’re feeling sad or down, then feel sad and down. Listen to sad songs, songs that hit home for you and you’ll realize and fully understand how important it is to feel this way. Music teaches YOU how to feel. It connects you too yourself in ways that nothing else can. And in today’s world where we are all hiding behind the mask of the digital world and social media where everything seems so perfect, it is important that we do not lie to ourselves and realize that it is okay to go ahead and feel sad and down. We don’t always have too or need too put on a happy face.I would recommend you check out the artist Jake London. He has some good songs and it might just be what you need right now. Please like and subscribe! Feel free to comment your thoughts and what songs help you get through tougher times. Next post will be more positive and upbeat!

A New Direction

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Hello readers! It has been awhile since my last post. I apologize for the amount of time that has passed since I last posted. I’ve been busy graduating college, taking some time off for the summer, and enjoying some family vacations along the way. But, you guys aren’t here to read about what I’ve been doing. Shall we continue?

I’ve been thinking about music a lot lately( like I usually do) and I came across an idea about how this blog can be something else then just how music connects you with other people. As I have expressed throughout this blog, music means a great deal to me and I know it means a great deal to many other people. So for the next couple of blog posts I’ve decided that I’m going to talk about how music has the power to connect you to yourself and how that is a very great and powerful thing. I have a lot of experiences that I will share with and discuss with you about this idea. Hopefully we can start getting a bit more interactive with these posts and get a conversation going so we can continue to learn about the power of music and the different/similar effects it has on all of us. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you are into because any music is better than no music( for the most part). So stay tuned for future posts and as always if you like what you see please feel free to like and subscribe!

Why Music?

 

music_voice_of_the_soulI’ve come to think about this blog over the past couple of weeks and why it is that music is so important to me and other people. What is it about music that makes others feel so connected to complete strangers at a bar, or more intimate with loved ones? It doesn’t even have to be a specific genre of music. Even though I am not an EDM fan or a fan of any kind of technologically based music, I can appreciate it for what it is and I have found myself at parties or bars where this kind of music is playing and even I felt more connected to others there just by doing the classic fist pump or head bang. I’m not sure it is something that can be fully explained, it is something that is felt. Any kind of person who has lived any life at all can tell you how music has affected their life and how it has somehow made them feel more connected to others either in that moment, for a lifetime, or all the little moments in between. I think it is very important to remember the power of music in this age of digital worlds and technology. Not only is my generation of millennial’s losing the ability to connect face-to-face with others, I see it happening with older people as well. Music is one of those things that is so transcendent that it is almost impossible to compare it to anything else. I’ve seen studies done showing that the best way to bond a group of people together who hardly know each other is to put them all in a room and have them sing together. It is this musical expression and the release of emotion that binds people together. Music creates this kind of interpersonal connection with others without people even feeling the need to talk about it. It is just something that is felt. Next time you’re at a party, a bar, or social gathering just look around and observe how people are interacting and then think of how it would be if no music was playing at all. So, why music you may ask? As the photo states, music really is the voice of the soul, it is a voice that can be spoken by so many people, but more importantly it can be felt everyone. Why do you think music is so important in connecting people? I would love to hear your comments! If you like what you read, please give me a follow! I’ll follow you back.