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!

 

 

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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.

 

Here’s the link to LifeinRwindfilms Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lifeinrewindfilms/?hl=en

 

 

 

 

 

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.

We’re gonna be legends

Here is a song for all ya’ll to get after this week. Found this song in a Gary Vaynerchuk video ( highly recommend you checkout his content) and boy does this song get me pumped to do anything. Whether it’s working on improving myself, my career or crushing it in the gym. This song just gets me pumped. Hopefully it’ll get you pumped for this thing called life as well. What kind of songs motivate and pump you up? I would love to know! Always looking for new music. As always, please like and subscribe. It is much appreciated! Talk to you beautiful people soon.

Song of the day

Howdy Folks! As we have approached the end of the week I decided to give you a song of the day to give a listen too. I came across this little tune over the weekend and it has been on repeat since. For someone my age and just now starting adult life it really hit home for me. However, it doesn’t matter the age. This song can hit home for a lot of people. Hope you enjoy it!

Cinematic

Have you ever stopped and thought about how instrumental songs add so much to any situation. See a guy like me likes to be creative and likes the arts. So when something like film and music come together I am always in awe.  The combination of the two creates such a beautiful, happy, or even sad moment and I get all attached to it. I think in some way a lot of us think of our lives in the form a cinematic movie, and I suppose in a way it is. It’s just a rather long one with lots of ups and downs. If you think about your favorite movies and think about the musical scores behind them, you’ll realize how much that musical score really adds to the work of art. I know plenty of movies/ clips that would not be nearly as good if it weren’t for the music that goes along with it. The cinematic scores just add an extra layer of depth and emotion that nothing else can capture. I mean just think of any Star Wars or super hero movie. It doesn’t even have to be a full length movie, there are tons of YouTube videos and Instagram videos out there with the same effect. Or could even be something in the realm of study music, sleeping music etc.  A lot of cinematic scores or music used for uplifting/ motivational videos overwhelm me with a sense of joy and almost a sense of purpose in a way. Meaning, hearing one of those songs just reminds me of all the good times that have happened but also keeps me focused on the now in order to find my purpose. This kind of music will bond anyone together. I’ll keep this post short, but if you need some motivation/ uplifting instrumental music in your life to get things going than checkout the YouTube channel “Your World Within.” It’s where the idea for this post came from. Also, checkout this song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_6UDled07k and tell me you don’t feel inspired in a positive way. What are some of your favorite cinematic or uplifting scores? Please like, subscribe and share if you like what you’re reading. And if you don’t than do all that anyways.

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.