Music with meaning

So I was listening to my Pandora today and the song “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” by The Script comes on. Because of this that song has been in my head all day and I have been singing it out loud. The crazy thing is that you may think you know a song until you REALLY listen and that has happened to me a lot. I just happened to look it up on YouTube so I could listen to it again and I really paid attention this time and the song has a beautiful message. It’s basically about this guy who is looking for this girl that he was in a relationship with and he’s still in love with her, so he’s telling her that he’s waiting for her to come back to him. He waiting on the corner of the street where they first met. I love songs that have such a beautiful message.

Lukas Graham “Funeral”

Well, in an earlier blog I talked about Lukas Graham and how I am a big fan. He is definitely a gem in the music industry. I believe he gained notoriety in the States from his single “7 years,” which is absolutely one of my favorite songs by the band. I should add here that Lukas Graham is a band and not just one person, although the front man of the group is Lukas Graham and they are from Denmark. In this blog I really wanted to talk about another one of Lukas Graham’s songs which is “Funeral.” The moment I heard it on YouTube I instantly fell in love with it. You know the moment you hear a good song and you have to cock your head a little bit and say “oh my goodness..this is pure genius!” Yeah, that was basically me in a nutshell. So the song is basically about this guy who dies but he doesn’t want his friends to be sad about. There’s a line towards the beginning of the song that says, “Everyone welcome to my funeral, everyone I know better be wasted…” It’s like he saying to just celebrate his life and have a few drinks. It’s really supposed to be an uplifting song in my opinion because not only are the lyrics somewhat encouraging but the whole vibe of the song really has a spiritual/gospel like, almost soulful quality about it. That is one thing about Lukas Graham though. He is a very soulful singer and to be who is that is amazing and I thoroughly enjoy his music. I would definitely love to see him in concert.

 

Lukas Graham

As you may have figured out, I love music. Hence, part of the title of my blog and I just love discovering new music and talent. Lukas Graham became one of my favorite artists over the past year. The first song that I remember from him and a song that really made him a success was the song “7 Years.” I absolutely love this song, but have you ever been in a situation when you get stuck on just one song by an artists so you can’t really call yourself a fan of a musician if you just know only one of their popular songs, so for me I thought it was important to go on YouTube and listen to some more of his music and what I found out is that Lukas Graham is a rare talent. He may be a white boy from Denmark, but one thing is for sure: That boy has soul. For me, I like unique, soulful, and different music. Don’t get me wrong, I also love music that doesn’t really have a meaning but is fun to listen to but Lukas Graham is just plain awesome. Since I discovered him there hasn’t really been a song that I disliked. I would have to say that my favorites though are “7 Years,” “Mama Said,” “Red Wine,” and “Funeral.” In a later blog I’ll have to go into a deeper analysis of  some of these songs and what I find intriguing about them. Don’t be hesitant to discover new artists and new music. It’s well worth it!

The benefits of being in the band

I have a deep appreciation for the band. I was in the band throughout middle school, high school, and college. I played the clarinet, bass clarinet, and I also played the tenor sax when I was in 8th grade jazz band. Needless to say music has always played a major role in my life. I was truly a band geek, but I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. Being in the band provided me with a lot of experiences and just gave me a sense of belonging. Being in the band is about being a part of something bigger than yourself because when one person messes up it affects the whole unit and one person’s success again affects the whole band. We all had to work together. That’s one benefit of being in then band. You learn about true teamwork. Teamwork is one of the most important things about being in the band. Also, going back to what I said earlier I’ve also been able to experience I never would have if it wasn’t for being in band. Being a part of my high school marching band I was able to perform in the Georgia Dome (home of the Atlanta Falcons) TWICE. I have been in numerous parades and more importantly being in the band gives you that sense of family. If you’re going to be in the band you’re most likely going to spend more time with your band mates than your actual family because you have after school practices, weekend competitions, and fundraisers but it was the most fun that I ever had. One of the things I do credit towards the band is my appreciation for all types of music. I have such a love for music and I really believe that being in the band for all of my school career has helped with that because being in the band you’re exposed to different types of music. Band will always hold a special place in my heart.

What makes a song a classic?

Today as I was listening to music I contemplated “What makes a song a classic?” I was listening to “No Diggity” by Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre and that is a classic hip hop song, so it made me wonder “What makes a song a classic?” There are many songs that we might consider classics. Maybe they became instant classics as soon as we heard them or maybe they became classics over time. For me, I definitely think what makes a song a classic is the lyrics and the beat. What do you think makes a classic song?

Intimate relationship with music

Music for me today was on a whole other level. I love when you go back and rediscover songs that you hadn’t listened to in a long time. Today it was Blues Traveler and their song “Runaround” and I listened to a lot of Sean Paul today as well while I was at work and both artists are completely opposite ends of the spectrum but like I mentioned in my last posts. That’s the beautiful thing about music. Music is music and certain songs evoke different emotions. For example, I found an awesome live version of Blues Traveler doing their song “Runaround” (I’ll link the video below) and I think it is better than his album version although I like that one too. That song just gives me life and soul. The way he sings and plays that harmonica…it’s just complete excellence. I get chills just watching that performance and I just have to close my eyes and tap my foot and move my head. Then on the other end there’s Sean Paul who is known for his reggae and dancehall music and for me when I listen to his songs like “Like Glue” and “We Be Burnin'” that music makes me feel like I’m from the islands myself and it makes me feel like a sexy, beautiful woman. Music is such a powerful tool and we shouldn’t ever take it for granted.

Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgfEVDxd7Kc

 

Musical Diversity

I honestly think if people were to look at my music on my phone that I have downloaded they would be confused. I have such an eclectic taste in music, but I think it’s one of the most awesome things about myself. I don’t discriminate music based on genre. Music is music to me. I have everything from Eminem to Adele to Blues Travelers and then throw in some 50s rock and roll. My music taste is all over the place. I just love music! When I think back on it I really think that being in the band all the way from middle school through college really instilled in me a love for music and an appreciation for different types of music. I loved music before but I think having an appreciation for different types of music is important. Music is a cultural thing and a universal language and it’s beautiful and inspiring and it just encompasses all of these feelings that I can’t even really express fully. Music is just a God given blessing to make the world a little more brighter.

Music is one of the main things in ny life that truly brings me happiness. I can’t even explain my feelings about music. Bottom line is that music is magical. So, I’m at work listening to my Pandora and the station I’m listening to right now is Old School Rap. I’m probably in the majority that thinks that old school music is the best. It’s way better tham today’s music and I’m only 25 years old. Now don’t get me wrong. There are artists today who are taking music to whole other places and doing something unique with it. Those people are true artists, but sadly most of the rap genre has gone downhill but that is just a generalization of course. There are a select few who are doing great things in hip hop, but listening to these oldies…rap hits that came out in the 70s, 80s, and 90s brings so much nostalgia that sometimes I just get the chills and I wasn’t even born in the 70s or 80s but that’s the beauty of music. Music transcends race, decades, generations, and so forth. Earlier the song “Me, Myself, and I” by De La Soul was on and I was just like “Wow! This is true music right here.” Music should conjure up those feelings. Music truly is a universal language.

Music has many purposes

Today I was contemplating on the fact that music serves many purposes. There’s this guy at work who found out that I love oldies and ever since then he’s been talking to me about different songs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. It made me realize that music. A couple of days ago he told me to look up a song by the Paris sisters called “I Love How You Love Me,” which apparently came out in the early 60s if I’m not mistaken. That’s when it really hit me that music can be a bonding experience. When you find someone who likes the same type of music as you it’s a way to connect with that person. They could even turn you on to some of their favorite artists and vice versa. Music can also bond two lovers. Some lovers have a special song that reminds them of their significant other. Other than bonding music also has the ability to heal. There is some music that is meant to calm you such as classical music or soft ballads. Then you have music that’s meant to get you hype such as “crunk” music which hails mainly out of Atlanta, GA with artists like Lil John, Lil Scrappy, YoungBloodz, and many more. I just think it’s great that music has so many languages.